Heard of open economy, but what about open Government, how transparent do you think your Government is? You might be living in the United States or any where else, do you prefer a transparent Government which gives out details to the public on every project it undertakes? If so how many of us would be able to welcome it? Do you think it is justifiable on account of the security of the Country? Well these are some of the question and much more would crop up when we think about Government opening its many functions to the public completely!
Well looks like we are not alone in this, there are many who feel that Government should open up its inner functions to the public. There are sites like the Google’s Government specific search engines. Which could help one to trace many of Governments inner news like the Government Attorney General John Ashcroft’s phone number to certain files of the FBI. There are also blogs dedicated to provide published and unpublished reports of the Government. There is Aftergood’s Secrecy news site, which he maintains as part of his work as the director of Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. Aftergood works for congress . All these writers and more feel that hiding information, for the sake of terrorist would only lead to much information kept away from the public view and hence many project would not even achieve the purpose for which they were formed.
Many like me are of the view that many projects that the Government undertakes is for the public and for their goodwill, hence most of the project which is not classified as secret or ‘only for the security officials’ could be made public such that many could take advantage of the same.
Source: www. Wired.com date: 29 Nov 2004