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Poll: Should information generated from government funded projects be publicly available?

Should any and all information generated with government funding be publicly ava
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Should any and all information generated with government funding be publicly available?

281 votes tallied
Yes
207 votes
No
28 votes
Maybe
46 votes

What do you think? Does the information paid for by taxes in a democracy belong to the people who helped pay for it? Or maybe governments have a right to keep secrets and an interest in doing so--everything can't be open.

Perhaps information generated in universities like statistics or scientific data should be available, but not the results of reports or investigations that rely on the promise of privacy or anonymity to get accurate results.

Maybe you think that some information has commercial value. If the private sector can make money from it, does it need to be protected from the public until it can be monetized? Things like drugs or nano technology, developed in public universities, for example.

Chime in on the comments.

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Colin Dodd - Colin Dodd is a writer at Red Hat.