Sunshine Laws

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Sunshine Laws

Laws at both federal and state levels requiring regulators to make meetings and decisions public. Some sunshine laws allow ordinary citizens to attend the meetings, but all aim to increase transparency in economic regulation. The SEC, for example, makes many of its decisions available for public view on its website.
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Following the introduction and overview of the regulatory framework, the material is organized into sections examining topics in intellectual property such as copyright, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets; ICT contracts, including hardware contracts, software contracts, turnkey contracts, distribution agreements, facilities management, network services, and government contracts; electronic transactions; non-contractual liability in tort law; privacy protections and the Freedom of Information legislation; computer-related crime; nano-technology; gene technology; and e-waste management.
The only way we could get official and independent figures would be for the state to finance political parties in proportion to their memberships, and we would be able to obtain the information now with the Freedom of Information legislation.
"There has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness," the inquiry concluded, pointing out that scientists had failed to meet requests made under Britain's Freedom of Information legislation.
The nature of the information was outlined in an internal Ministry of Defence memo that was obtained under Freedom of Information legislation.
In their determination to avoid accountability for their behaviour, MPs even voted to exempt their expenses claims from scrutiny under Freedom of Information legislation.
Recently some researchers have alleged that freedom of information legislation is still being used to protect the perpetrators of a war crime that took place fifty years ago.
Last July the Evening Telegraph asked the Information Commissioner, which ensures public bodies abide by Freedom of Information legislation, to review the case.
During its first few years of existence, AIP led seminars, public discussions and workshops aimed at bringing more attention to the need for freedom of information legislation and educating the public of how to use such laws to its advantage.
Freedom of Information legislation has long historical roots (Sweden has laws that date back to 1766).
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Freedom of information legislation is only as successful as it successfully defines what should be kept secret.
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