I am still formulating my thoughts around the wikileaks phenom myself. On the one hand, I am a huge proponent of all things opengov. However, I understand how difficult international diplomacy is, and I’m not sure how helpful it is to include all of govts actions on these fronts into the 24 hr news cycle. In this way, it really turns all govt activity into a “press release,” where govt action is tailored by public opinion rather than what is in the best interest of our country. On the other hand, public accountability is supposed to keep our govt officials honest, on the right side of the law, and working in our best interest. I’m not sure where to draw the line…
Inevitably, the public will always have imperfect access to information when it comes to the govt – does that mean that our judgments are inherently less rigorous (or less important) than those of public officials that have a view of the whole picture? If so, does that mean that we should have more access to information or less?
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