May 12, 2012 Hatem Ben Yacoub

OpenGov Laws Around the World

I’m not specialized in Laws or legal issues, however I’ll try to  keep this post update for reference with different regulations and laws around the world related to Open Government. If you have any update or correction feel free to contact me.

1- United States

Official Summary

3/16/2010–Introduced.Public Online Information Act of 2010 – Establishes a Public Online Information Advisory Committee to:
(1) coordinate and encourage the government’s efforts to make information from all three branches of government available on the Internet; and
(2) issue and update nonbinding guidelines on how the government should make public information available. Directs the government to make public records available on the Internet at no charge, except as imposed by federal law before this Act’s enactment. Requires:
(1) public records to be permanently available on the Internet;
(2) current information technology capabilities to be applied to the means by which records are made available and to the formats in which they are available; and
(3) each agency to publish on the Internet a comprehensive, searchable, machine processable list of all records it makes publicly available. Delineates the roles of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government, and the chief information officers of independent regulatory agencies, including granting narrow case-by-case exceptions to the Internet publication requirement if an agency requests an exception and demonstrates that:
(1) there is a clear and convincing reason for the record to not be made available on the Internet; and
(2) on balance the harm caused by disclosure significantly outweighs the public’s interest in having the record available on the Internet. Directs the Inspector General of each agency to conduct periodic reviews regarding agency compliance with Internet publication requirements. Sets forth provisions regarding enforcement of public access by private individuals or organizations. Urges:
(1) judicial and legislative agencies to adopt or adapt the Advisory Committee’s recommendations; and
(2) the Government Printing Office (GPO) to make all of its publications permanently available on the Internet in a multiplicity of formats.

  • US NY: A10335 (2009)
    Requires public disclosure of certain state agency materials, and authorizes the office for technology to publish a technical standards manual for the publishing of records on the Internet by state agencies

2- Europe

  • Facilitate the creation of Community-wide services based on or integrating public sector information.
  • Enhance an effective cross-border re-use of information for added value products and services.
  • Limit the distortions of competition on the Community information market.

3- Tunisia

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Hatem Ben Yacoub Energy Engineer, Entrepreneur, ICT & eGov Consultant with over 15 years experience. Independent Open Data expert.

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