Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Open government information and access to government information

There are two terms related to FOI which we should clarify their use in China. One is open government affairs or information (zhengwugongkai) refers to government agencies proactively disclose information with their discretion and thereby the scope and timeframe of disclosure are very limited and uncertain. The activities of open government information in china do not guarantee by laws and there is no review system.
The other is access to government information or freedom of information (zhengfuxinxigongkai) includes proactive disclosure by the government and request by the public. Access to government information or freedom of information is allowed by legislation and the review system is provided. Transparency, openness and publicity may be used in this thesis with the similar meaning to freedom of information, except that there is a special illustration. "> " title="permanent link">#

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