26 September 2023

IAI Access Day reveals right to information

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The Department of Justice and Attorney-General has recognised International Access to Information Day (IAI Day) which acknowledges the public’s right to access Government-held information.

The 2022 theme of IAI Day was Artificial Intelligence (AI), E-governance and Access to Information.

In a statement, the Department said that in an ever-increasingly digital world, AI and e-governance could play an important role in improving the community’s access to information.

“These tools can help bridge the digital divide by giving people access to tailor-made, user-friendly information, and delivering more efficient and effective services to the community,” the Department said.

“However, these developments in technology also raise questions about fundamental human rights and ethical use.”

It said there must be an awareness of the risks in order to ensure AI and e-governance processes were built on transparency, accountability and openness to protect human rights, build trust and promote inclusion.

“IAI Day is a reminder of the importance of community access to information, helping people to feel empowered when making decisions and when exercising their right to access information,” the Department said.

“We are committed to improving access to information for the community.”

Further information about IAI Day including how to access information is available at this PS News link.

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