Monday, September 14, 2009

Review ~ Right to Know by Jacqueline Klosek

The Right to Know: Your Guide to Using and Defending Freedom of Information Law in the United States
is a resource book for citizens seeking to understand, use, and defend their right to know their rights under the freedom of information laws in the United States.

It sets out in plain language freedom-of-information best practices for ordinary citizens, activist organizations, journalists, bloggers, and lawyers. It educes practical lessons from dozens of case studies of how the reader can use our freedom of information laws in order to protect the environment, public health and safety and to expose governmental and corporate crime, waste, and corruption. Finally, it shows American readers how their right to know is being progressively curtailed, why the trend is so dangerous to American democracy, and what they can do to help reverse the alarming trend.


Freedom of information is the bedrock of democracy and a leitmotif of the history of American democracy. Freedom of information laws were first passed in Sweden (1766) and the United States (1966). Over the course of the past decade, scores of democracies around the world have followed suit by enacting national legislation enshrining their citizens' right of access to government information. Yet, since even before 9/11, the United States has been going in the opposite direction, as the federal government has aggressively expanded exemptions from the protections of public access to government information guaranteed by the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 and the post-Watergate sunshine laws.

My thoughts ~ This is such an important book for us Americans to read.  Knowledge is power, that is something I will always stand by.  Jacqueline Klosek gives us information we should have in an easy to read format that is also enjoyable.  If you live in the Unites States, you should read through this book!  You can read her guest post on my blog here

About the author ~ Jacqueline Klosek is a Senior Counsel in Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP,
where she practices in the Intellectual Property Practice Area. Her practice focuses on advising clients on various issues related to data privacy and security. She also drafts and negotiates various technology agreements and advises on different aspects of the law related to intellectual property and technology.

Jacqueline is a frequent writer and lecturer. Her most recent book is The Right to Know: Your Guide to Using and Defending Freedom of Information Law in the United States. Her prior books include: War on Privacy (Praeger, 2006); The Legal Guide to e-Business (Greenwood Publishing, 2003) and Data Privacy in the Information Age (Greenwood Publishing, 2000).
Jacqueline (along with James R. Silkenat and Jeffrey M. Aresty) is also an editor of the recently released 3rd edition of the ABA Guide to International Business Negotiations: A Comparison of Cross-Cultural Issues and Successful Approaches.

Jacqueline is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Ms. Klosek is on the Advisory Board for The Privacy Advisor of the International Association of Privacy Professionals , and is the co-chair of the International Working Group of that organization. She is also an active member of American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers.
 
Jacqueline has been recognized for her professional expertise. In 2004, Ms. Klosek received NJBiz magazine’s “40 Under 40” award, given annually to the top 40 achievers in New Jersey with an established record of leadership who have taken on key decision-making roles at an earlier-than-usual stage in their lives. She was also the recipient of the Telford-Taylor Fellowship in Public International Law.
She is a graduate of the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels (LLM, European and International Law); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD, Law) and New York University (BA, Psychology)

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