Australia: Open Government Perils and a Way Out?

Great post down under about some concerns about Open Governmnet initiatives.

http://www.zdnet.com.au/open-government-isn-t-open-yet-339304632.htm

The best part is that it doesnt simply provide a critique of the situation, but rather describes some potential solutions.  The post describes the concern for journalists to be able to protect their confidential sources within Governmnets if all such contacts are logged and released to the public.

This concern is not new and we discussed it at our event this past month at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in some deeply personal ways.  Folks from multiple elected officials staffs expressed safety concerns in global environmnets where a release of their income in public could make them a target for kidnapping.

These concerns are very serious and need to be addressed, but just like at our event at Harvard, we cannot let these objections halt the progress toward a more open governmnet structure throughout the world.  In the US they long ago committed to “a more perfect union” not a perfect one.

Maybe we need to commit to a more open government globally, not simply an open one.  These issues that have arisen are serious concerns and our efforts to open data in government cannot suffer as opponents use these examples as ways to stop the movement.

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