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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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    Friday, June 08, 2007

    Freedom of Information, Lords help us!

    I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one disturbed - and a little bit angry - with a government that thinks itself above the law (see my previous post on FoI pronounced Phooey) - Mark Chillingworth in his 'Editor's View' of the June 2007 Information World Review begins:

    Political historians describe the 1950s and 60s as a period of consensus politics – both political wings, left and right, shared similar views on a range of policies such as nationalised industry and the welfare state.

    Fifty years later we have entered a new era of consensus politics, that of the covered-up political society that preaches one set of rules for ordinary citizens and another for its own actions. It covers its tracks with talk of protecting the civil liberties of citizens – while exploiting every expenses loophole it can find.

    in a typically hard-hitting piece. Worth a read!


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