Nuclear weapons production and testing contaminated many sites across the US and exposed people unknowingly to radiation and toxic materials. Some have gone uncompensated for decades.
Espionage Act violations come in many different forms and can result in a wide variety of punishments.
What’s kept out of the news is just as, if not more, important than what is included.
Labor is committed to changing the law for the better. Here’s what needs doing
The Supreme Court held off at least another day before announcing a ruling on abortion rights. High profile cases take more time to finalize, but there are also political and public relations factors.
In an open democracy, there is no rationale for withholding information about National Cabinet’s decisions or any documents these decisions are based on.
The G-7 wants to set a minimum global tax rate, which would make it harder for countries to act as tax havens.
New documents expose a chink in the queen’s armour of secrecy.
The US has a long history of forced sterilization campaigns that were driven by the bogus ‘science’ of eugenics, racism and sexism.
Pope Francis recently removed a rule known as Pontifical Secrecy, which allowed clergy and church officials to withhold information regarding sexual abuse. Will it make the church truly transparent?
Australia’s metadata laws offer weak protection to journalists, but they don’t offer any to academics conducting confidential interviews.
During the Cold War, the US built nuclear weapons at a network of secretive sites across the nation. Some are still heavily polluted and threaten public health today.
Australians’ confidence in charities would be strengthened if any compliance action taken against them was made public.
We don’t expect our own government to hack our email – but it’s happening, in secret, and if current court cases go badly, we may never know how often.
Successive Australian governments have dehumanised refugees and kept Australians in the dark about what really goes on in the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
Whether they charge for FoI searches or not, it’s still too hard to access government information.
Sacked from your job and never told why. Is this the new normal for some workers in Britain?
Politicians hate secrecy when in opposition but grow to love it when in power.
The Australia Border Force Act further entrenches the culture of secrecy around our asylum seeker policy at the cost of open and transparent government. That is something we should be worried about.
The idea of the right to know as the ‘lifeblood of democracy’ is a surprisingly modern development. And in an age when transparency is prized, privacy and secrecy can still be justified in many cases.