Wednesday, January 3, 2007

FOI originates from China?

Lamble argues that the concept of information flow can be tracked back 1200 years to China according to the findings of a Finnish clergyman, named Anders Chydenius. The Chydenius’ findings have been incorporated into the first FOI legislation in 1766 in Sweden. However, such argument needs to be confirmed. Initial research supports a view that China experienced a type of FOI activities from the Qin Dynasty, much earlier than the recognition of Chydenius. China also established the Imperial Censorate to strengthen information flow from citizens to the emperor. The Censorate has been transplanted by other jurisdictions into the Ombudsman. Therefore, a historical study is needed to further clarify all of these initial findings."> " title="permanent link">#

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