About the lecture
Has the digital revolution made it easier or harder for governments to keep secrets? The controversies over WikiLeaks and the Snowden disclosures might make us think we live in a new age of transparency. The reality is more complicated. In many ways, technological change has actually complicated the task of monitoring government. We should not underestimate the capacity of governments to react forcefully against transparency initiatives that threaten vital state interests. The public is for instance given a basic right to government documents through disclosure laws like the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). How are they influenced by these new information technologies? It seems that the struggle for openness remains both more vital and alive than ever.
About the speaker
Alasdair S. Roberts is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA. He is the author of Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age (Cambridge University Press). Professor Roberts is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration and co-editor of the journal Governance.
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Date: June 2nd 2014
Time: 16u – 17u30
Location: Stadscampus, aula B.001
Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory