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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Monday, May 21, 2007

    More on FoI

    Further to my post on Sunday about the Freedom of Information Act and the private members bill (was ever there a more apt phrase!?) which passed through the Commons - it seems that I am not the only on who thinks that it is reprehensible. IWR - in an article entitled One rule for FoI's Maclean and another for us - talks about "the contempt MP hold for the public" and Blogzilla quotes David Winnick MP who believes "we [MPs] are in danger of bringing ourselves into disrepute", while ORG says MPs vote themselves above Freedom of Information, but quotes The Guardian which notes that there is some hope at least the Lords will prevent this Private Members Bill reaching the statute books.

    The Open Rights Group Blog has a good idea:
    Here's a list of who voted which way. If your MP voted ‘aye’, you should drop them a line to ask how this measure increases accountability and transparency in government.

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