Public Notice and the World Wide Web
With the onset of social media, government as well as personal information can be accessed at a push of a button for all to see. This book addresses the kinds of changes that public notice and published public records have experienced as governments around the world try to accommodate the digital formats for information and World Wide Web publishing, as well as presenting historical and legal underpinnings for the broader claim of a public requirement to be informed about government.
While there is concern that government information on the web will fall pray to pranks and misuse, the author argues that it is possible to reduce this risk by looking carefully at the intent of public notice and the history of democratic evolution. The book concludes with recommendations for smoothing the transition from a paper-based world of records to an environment of speed and virtual portability.
Table of Contents
Preface vii Acknowledgments xi Chapter 1: Political Communication Theories and the Development of Public Notice 1 Chapter 2: The Origins of Public Notice 25 Chapter 3: Modern Legal Definitions of Public Notice 41 Chapter 4: Modern Examples of Web Posting 63 Chapter 5: Costs for Public Notice 83 Chapter 6: Public Notice in Changing Environments 97 Notes 119 List of Figures 135 Bibliography of Printed Works 137 Bibliography of Works of Law 143 Bibliography of Websites and Universal Resource Locators 147 Index 153
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