Freedom of Information

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pho­to cred­it: Haags Uit­buro via pho­topin cc

In the broad­est sense, free­dom of infor­ma­tion “FOI” is the public’s right to a free flow of infor­ma­tion in soci­ety. This includes our rights of free­dom of expres­sion and access to infor­ma­tion with­out undue restric­tions imposed by gov­ern­ment, cor­po­ra­tions, or oth­er enti­ties.

The term FOI is also used in a nar­rower sense to mean the individual’s right of access to gov­ern­ment records and infor­ma­tion.

Access to infor­ma­tion

Access to and con­trol over infor­ma­tion is enor­mous­ly impor­tant to the sur­vival and suc­cess of both indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions. It is also vital to per­son­al free­dom and the con­tin­ued via­bil­i­ty of our democ­ra­cy.

We need access to infor­ma­tion for all for the pur­pos­es of per­son­al devel­op­ment, edu­ca­tion, cul­tur­al enrich­ment, leisure activ­i­ties, eco­nom­ic activ­i­ties and informed par­tic­i­pa­tion in democ­ra­cy.