[LINK] ICT Predictions 2009 - little OT (gov't reports example)

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Jan 23 08:16:41 AEDT 2009

At 10:48 AM 19/01/2009, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>... In July 2007, online/electronic company annual reports became 
>the default.  ... There is also a continuous disclosure regime in place  ...

Perhaps "continuous disclosure" should be adopted for government. The 
Public Service Commission and Auditor could monitor compliance and 
the Ombudsman taking complaints about agencies which failed to reveal 
information relevant to the business of government in a timely 
manner. This should lower the cost of government administration; with 
the Internet and the web it is easier to publish information than 
keep it secret.

Once the information is public there is then no need to expend 
resources on protecting it. A practical corollorary of this is that 
the most useful internal information source for a government 
organisation should be its public web site. There should be no need 
for the agency staff to look up a manual on the internal web as that 
manual should be, in most cases, public.

Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd            ABN: 17 088 714 309
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617                      http://www.tomw.net.au/
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Australian National University  

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