May 17, 2015
There are at least three ways in which governments can enhance access to information for their people.
The first way in which governments can enhance access to information for their people is by coming up with laws that promote (rather than hinder) such access to information. This can be very tricky, because as we saw in an earlier post, enacting such laws can mean that the governments have to work against their perceived interests.
The second way in which governments can enhance access to information for their people is by opening up the media spaces: that is, mostly by allowing more independent media organizations to operate.
The third way in which governments can enhance access to information for their people is by empowering the people economically. People who are financially empowered are more likely to go out in search of information, and to access the information (through modern media tools) when the information is actually availed. Indeed, people who are financially empowered can go as far as seeking technical information, on highly technical sites such as www.logmein123.com which is also accessible through www.logmein.com. And that is on top of the information of a more general nature, which they get from media organizations such as the CNN, the BBC and the VOA – to name but just a few.
March 29, 2015
If you discover that your vacuum cleaner is malfunctioning, then you have two options. One option is that of replacing the machine. But this can be a costly option: especially if the prices indicated on websites like http://www.bestvacuumcleanersonthemarket.com/ are anything to go by. The second option is that of getting the vacuum cleaner repaired. This is likely to be a particularly attractive option if the vacuum cleaner is of an especially costly make – like, say, if it is a premium car vacuum cleaner, and if you think that the cost of repairing it is likely to be lower than the cost of replacing it.
If you decide to take the option of getting the vacuum cleaner repaired, then you will be faced with the challenge of selecting an ideal professional for the repair work. And the question you will have to contend with is as to what factors to consider, when selecting an ideal vacuum cleaner repair professional.
It turns out that an ideal vacuum cleaner repair professional is likely to be one who has the best qualifications. Granted, you may not find someone with a postgraduate engineering degree from the California Institute of Technology repairing vacuums. But you should nonetheless go for the best from the pool that is available to you. An ideal vacuum cleaner repair professional is likely to be one who has the best experience. Actually, experience often trumps paper qualifications. Again, while you may not be lucky enough to find someone who gained engineering experience at a top company like, say, Hyundai Motors repairing vacuums, you should nonetheless go with the best from the pool that is available to you. Another critical consideration is cost: where, all other factors held constant, you should ultimately settle for the professional charging the most affordable rates. That is unless ‘money is not an issue for you’.
January 12, 2015
Many democratic nations put in place ‘access to information’ laws. But the said laws are often controversial. We venture to identify the reasons as to why the access to information laws are often controversial.
The first reason as to why access to information laws are often controversial is in the fact that these laws are often in conflict with national security interests. This is where we often hear about the balance between ‘what the people want to know’ and ‘what the people need to know’.
The second reason as to why access to information laws are often controversial is in the fact that these laws are often at loggerheads with the interests of certain people. This can get more problematic if the people who are potentially inconvenienced by the laws happen to be powerful people (as is indeed often the case).
The third reason as to why access to information laws are often controversial is in the fact that their enforcement can be rather hard. The enforcement becomes particularly hard when the information that is being requested is of a sensitive nature. Things become even more complicated if the agency requesting the information is one that is not particularly powerful, as its requests are likely to be simply ignored. But then again, even a powerful but foreign agency can have difficulties requesting for information under the access to information laws. Thus, for instance, reporters from a news corporation like, say, the BBC may have difficulties requesting for information from a given country. That would be the case, especially if that information is seen as being potentially sensitive within the framework of geo-politics, where suspicions often abound.