An open democracy

Abstract

Sovereign power is retained and shared by the citizens of a country. Using electoral tools, governing structures are formed to ensure protection of national interests. As with any institution, proper control of the government guarantees its adherence to the tasks delegated to it by its citizens. In turn, citizens have to be provided with, and are encouraged to access and evaluate, information generated by the government. On the other hand, governments generate sensitive information (e.g., intelligence, internal reports, etc) that are required for self-evaluation and defense against threats to the nation. Governments are granted a privilege to collect, store and use such information to perform necessary tasks. How far does governmental privilege go relative tothe intrinsic right of citizens to access and evaluate information?

DOI: 10.1186/1476-4598-6-43

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@article{Mathur2007AnOD, title={An open democracy}, author={Shawn Mathur and Christian Schmidt}, journal={Molecular Cancer}, year={2007}, volume={6}, pages={43 - 43} }