This week is the 10th annual Sunshine Week, a media conspiracy that’s good for you, according to Eric Newton of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The agenda: to brazenly promote your right to know. Open government, we argue, only works when public information flows freely. As Madison himself explained nearly two centuries ago: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
Eric Newton stresses that open government depends on all of us.
In the end, the American experiment will fail unless the people who run this country -– us -– know nearly as much as the people who work for us — our employees, the government.
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