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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

Ghana’s Right to Information Bill: An Opportunity for the Implementation of Digital Preservation Infrastructure

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Author Kofi Koranteng Adu
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 795-799
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 10
Issue Date November 01, 2013
Publishing Date November 01, 2013
Keywords Digital Preservation, Freedom of Information (FOI), Right to Information (RTI) Information Infrastructure.


Abstract

Information in the 21st century has become the heart, cornerstone and an important resource to most governments around the world. Access to this information is a universal right according to the UN and is being viewed as an important trajectory in strengthening democracy, transparency, accountability and sustainable developments. To give effect to this provision, Ghana has begun to take steps in promulgating the Right to Information Law (now the information Bill) to provide a legal and institutional framework for making public sector information accessible. However, while the legal framework is necessary, it is not sufficient enough to guarantee real access to digital information by the citizenry. This paper echoes the need for the passage of the bill and the establishment of a digital preservation infrastructure in order to actuate the much anticipated law, particularly when the sustenance and comprehensive use of the law hinges on a digital preservation infrastructure. Promulgation of RTL by government is an assurance to the public that it is transparent and accountable. Existence of proper management of government records backed by RTL is an assurance that governance is carried out to reflect and protect the will of the public. The originality of this paper emanates from its pioneering role and contribution in the emerging discourse about the right to information law and the establishment of a digital preservation infrastructure.
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