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dc.creatorStewart, Daxton Chip
dc.creatorSanders, Amy Kristin
dc.description.abstractAs governments engage in public-private partnerships, they have devised ways to shield the public's business from the traditional level scrutiny offered by citizens and journalists, watchdogs of the public trust. The authors propose rethinking public oversight of private vendors doing government business. First, the authors explore the historical and legal background of open records laws. This core purpose is undermined by overly broad interpretations of trade secrets and competitive harm exceptions, a trend exacerbated by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2019 ruling. The authors demonstrate why public-private collusion to sabotage transparency demands a reinvigorated approach to the quasi-government body doctrine, which has been sharply limited for decades. The authors conclude with recommendations on reversing the trend.
dc.publisherUniversity of Florida
dc.sourceThe Journal of Civic Information
dc.subjectFreedom of information
dc.subjectPublic records
dc.subjectGovernment transparency
dc.titleSecrecy Inc.
dc.rights.holderDaxton Chip Stewart et al.
dc.rights.licenseCC BY-NC 4.0
local.collegeBob Schieffer College of Communication
local.personsStewart (JOUR)

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