ERIC Number: ED472893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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A Look at Changes in Government Information Policies after September 11.
Hart, Edward T.
One critical area in government campaigns to combat terrorism is the management and manipulation of information. This is information which is both produced by governments and private information that governments believe will be useful in the fight against terrorism. Governments are reviewing their information policies regarding access and privacy. Some countries' policies have already been directly influenced by the events of September 11 and have changed to meet the perceived new demands of combating terrorism. There are two very important areas of information policies that have changed in many countries: access to information, whether government produced or not, and privacy from government intrusion into personal information. This paper focuses on access to information. Playing a critical role implementing in these measures are information specialists and librarians who are being told to deny their patrons information while at the same time being forced to surrender information long thought of as confidential. This paper looks at the considerations and changes regarding government information made by a number of countries after September 11, as well as examining several examples of the government seeking to control private information sources, commercial and nonprofit, on grounds of security or the need to prevent "hate crimes" against threatened minority populations. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Change, Federal Government, Government Publications, Information Policy, Library Policy, Library Role, Policy Formation, Privacy, Public Policy, Terrorism, World Affairs
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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