A Privacy Perspective of Open Government: Sex, Wealth, and Transparency in China

A Privacy Perspective of Open Government: Sex, Wealth, and Transparency in China

Bo Zhao (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4987-1.ch002

Abstract

Open government and freedom of information are key values in today's democracy, rule of law, and public governance. Their further development may have to be equally taken into consideration with other important public interests, such as state secret, public security, and other individual rights including reputation and privacy. In particular, there is the need to consider how individual privacy can be protected in the digital era in which both the concept and practice of open government may claim more territory. Taking China as an example, this chapter tries to reveal the complex, dynamic relationship between open government (transparency) and privacy protection, in particular by studying two specific privacy-related issues: the disclosure of official's public interest-related private life and the disclosure of family asset. In the sense that they can be regarded as the benchmarks to measure the level of open government and FOI development in a community, both can reflect the cultural and political complexities that affect such developments.
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Open Government And Privacy Protection In China

The concept of open government has been popular in the recent decade. With fast development and deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the public sector, the concept of open government now refers not only to transparency of government information and data to the public, or open access, but also encompasses public participation and interaction in public affairs. Transparency and information sharing at different levels within government, between government and the public, and in the public sphere, mean that information shall be accessible by default to promote the understanding of accountability, and that information is interoperable and open for reuse both by different government agencies and the private sector (Hansson, Belkacem, & Ekenberg, 2015, p. 1).

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