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David Sarokin and Jay Schulkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034920

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034920.001.0001

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Openness and Secrecy: The Essential Tension of Government-Held Information

Openness and Secrecy: The Essential Tension of Government-Held Information

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(p.171) 8 Openness and Secrecy: The Essential Tension of Government-Held Information
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David Sarokin

Jay Schulkin

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034920.003.0009

Governments collect and create enormous amounts of information, some of which is publicly available, but most of which remains hidden from view. In addition to information marked secret, there are vast government records that are public in principle, but unavailable in fact. Revelations of multiple mass surveillance programs have shaken the public’s faith, but such programs are not likely to be scaled back. To reset the balance, government information should be more widely available to the public by adopting a policy of hypertransparency.

Keywords:   Mass surveillance, Government secrecy, Moynihan Commission, Freedom of Information, Hypertransparency

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