March 16, 2009

Government information should be free

A good editorial in the Sun today on how government information needs to be free:

Although many government records are stored electronically and could be easily posted online, some officials feel that the records are the government’s documents and refuse to make them available. Officials at all levels of government should understand that the taxpayers own these documents and they should be open, free and on the Internet for all to see.

Agreed. A healthy democracy requires an informed citizenry, and an informed citizenry can only happen with freely available information.

It's great that Nevada meets 14 out of 20 categories, but there is no reason we can't have 20 out of 20.

Also, make sure to check out TransparentNevada.com to get more information on Nevada's state government.