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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 19 2013: No, a government cannot and will not share all its information with us. The true challenge lies in ensuring that there are sufficient checks and balances (a trite phrase in America) to ensure that what they are doing in secrecy is acceptable. Governments are motivated by power. The reason that we have codified a series of rules is to make sure that this power does not get to the point where it has a negative effect on the society that is being governed. Though we will not be able to see all the information of the government, we should try to have the best methods for ensuring that what they are doing would be acceptable if we were to know.

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