Journal: Information Sharing as a Form of Secrecy

10 Security, Government

Phi Beta Iota: Tip of the hat to Steven Aftergood and the Federation of American Scientists.

“Although information sharing might seem like the antithesis of secrecy, the term has come to be used to refer exclusively to sharing within the government, including state and local officials and certain selected private partners. Unlike “transparency,” which is a different policy portfolio, information sharing does not extend to members of the general public even in principle.  To the contrary, it implies their exclusion– there is no need to “share” information that is generally available to all.  And so “information sharing” is emerging as a modified form of official secrecy.”

Read the full story at Secrecy News.

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