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Government undermining 'right to know' laws

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March 16, 2015View for printing

It's getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee citizens' right to information, turning the right to know into just plain "no."

Associated Press journalists filed hundreds of requests for government files last year, simply trying to use the rights granted under state open records laws and the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. What we discovered reaffirmed what we have seen all too frequently in recent years: the systems created to give citizens information about their government are badly broken and getting worse all the time.

By Gary Pruitt President and CEO The Associated Press

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It's past time for Montana government entities at the state, county and local level as well as all education organizations to fully embrace the open data movement and make all data available to its citizens.

It's only when all data is freely available and able to be analyzed in a powerful dashboard/analytics application will there be a much stronger belief in these organizations and a stronger willingness for citizens everywhere to work with our institutions and elected officials.


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