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Attitudes toward online availability of US public records

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Attitudes toward online availability of US public records
Many have enthusiastically greeted the ability to search and view public records online as a great advance for transparency and accountability. Such ability, however, also creates value tensions with privacy and other important human values. In this paper, we report findings from a survey of 134 residents of the US Pacific Northwest on their awareness of and attitudes towards online access to political campaign records and real estate transaction histories, bringing to light some of the social implications of technological changes that increase ease of access to public records. We show that, while respondents often understood the reason behind making these records public, considerable concern about the current accessibility of these records exists, along with a precautionary indication that such open access may reduce public participation for some individuals. Categories and Subject Descriptors
Sean A. Munson, Daniel Avrahami, Sunny Consolvo, J
Added 18 Dec 2011
Updated 18 Dec 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where DGO
Authors Sean A. Munson, Daniel Avrahami, Sunny Consolvo, James Fogarty, Batya Friedman, Ian E. Smith
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