[open-government] [CityCamp Exchange] legal barrier to open government
briangryth at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 16:41:27 BST 2011
Yes the focus is the US because the audience is primarily attorneys for
cities in Colorado. But I may use non-US experience in my talk.
Thanks everyone for all the info.
On Apr 16, 2011 3:59 PM, "Tim McNamara" <paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz> wrote:
> 2011/4/17 Brian Gryth <briangryth at gmail.com>
>> So just to follow up with the group on my thoughts:
>> Here is my list of potential legal barriers:
>> Open Meeting Laws
>> Open Records Laws/Records Retention (here I am think of all the
>> to the open record rules and defining what a record is.)
>> Privacy (protection of PII and other sensitive information related to
>> Section 508 compliance
>> Security/Unauthorized disclosure (The video Alex pointed to raises the
>> issue of an employee inadvertently exposing his or herself to violation a
>> disclosure law by saying something on a social media site).
>> Intellectual Property
>> The regulation of speech in a public or semi-public forum.
>> Further thoughts?
> This list, and the prior discussion, seem very focused on the USA. Is that
> the scope of your talk?
> Over to you, but I wouldn't focus on specific areas of law so heavily. I
> would use them of examples of broader themes.
> *Legislative drafting*
> Policy creates a (narrow) law which is intended to facilitate democratic
> participation. The law is given a strict interpretation by the judiciary.
> This in turn undermines the original intention of the legislation, to
> facilitate democratic participation. From the outside, the open meeting
> requirements seem absurd.
> *Inconsistent legislation and/or policy*
> Many laws intersect in this area. This makes it very difficult for
> legislation to be consistently interpreted. Additionally, it can be
> difficult for politicians creating legislation to create consistency.
> Sometimes, it's hard to determine exactly what open government actually
> *Multiple policy objectives*
> Even if parts of government would like to open, it meets inertia. Several
> government-controlled agencies use fees and levies to service their
> operations. This may have been established when another mode of operation
> wasn't conceived. Constitutional legislation acts as inertia by design.
> those agencies are in place, it is very difficult to shift to a new model.
> Many government agencies, in my experience mainly local governments, use
> very restrictive licencing with associated fees. Each of those licences
> be slightly different. Every new licence adds compliance costs to third
> parties seeking to make use of that information. Notionally, prices are
> on a cost recovery basis.
> Tim McNamara | @timClicks <http://twitter.com/timClicks> |
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