A few years ago, I sat at a table in a Washington think-tank with a group of mid-level Japanese officials. They were spending several weeks in the United States on a study tour, and I was meeting with them to give a talk on governance and access to information. Japan had recently passed, but not yet implemented, a sweeping freedom of information law, and the bureaucrats were puzzled about how they were to implement it. Or even whether they should implement it. After all, as one earnest young woman asked, if the government starts giving people information, they might want to do something with that information. “And what if they use it the wrong way?”
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FLORINI, Ann, "Behind closed doors: Governmental transparency gives way to secrecy" (2004). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 2323.
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