ERIC Number: ED459733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
For National Memory and for Democratic Accountability: In an On-Line Age, Are These Conflicting Tensions Still Manageable within the Construct of "Official Information"?
Smith, Alan E.
This paper discusses the significance of digital publication of official government information, focusing on New Zealand. The concepts of the national state and official information are described. E-government is addressed, including benefits and risks of online publication. Three case studies are presented: (1) publication of the New Zealand First 1996 party manifesto only on the World Wide Web; (2) publication of the 1999 "New Zealand Official Yearbook" only on the Web; and (3) the recent use of the published records of 19th century colonial governments as an example of historical official publication for modern accountability. It is concluded that there is a risk that our successors will not be able to develop a sense of what early 21st century nations were like, due to a vanishing record resulting from too extreme a shift to digital publication of the official records of government. (Contains 14 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Electronic Publishing, Foreign Countries, Government Publications, Problems, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand