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Should a country/government give all its information to the citizens/public? If no, what information should the country not release?

This question is inspired by WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. I was wondering if you guys think there is some information about your country that the government can keep to itself. Or should you be granted access to all information regarding your country? This question is mainly about transparency and the government's right to have privacy from its citizens.

After some Googling, it seems this question is about open governments and how open they need to be for "effective public oversight" (thanks Wikipedia).


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  • Oct 5 2013: You can say "people are stupid" but stupidity is actually just a lack of information. You can not shape public opinion, if you are revealing all of the information. The more information is revealed, the less "stupid" the people are, and the less you can shape public opinion.


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