Three Ways in Which Governments Can Enhance Access to Information for Their People

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.