Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Differences between 'Open Government Information' and 'Freedom of Information'

The Chinese new national Freedom of Information(FOI) Regulations have been translated into 'Open Government Information(OGI) Regulations'. However, FOI and OGI are different from each other.
Open government affairs or information (zhengwugongkai) means that government agencies proactively disclose information at their own discretion and therefore the scope and timeframe of disclosure are very limited and uncertain. The activities of open government information in china are not guaranteed by laws.
Freedom of information (zhengfuxinxigongkai) includes proactive disclosure by the government, and requests from the public. Freedom of information is allowed by legislation and a review system is provided.

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