The People’s Plan
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Matt Ballantine

Updating legislation to reflect the realities of technology.


The Public Records Act needs overhauling to bring practices in the public sector out of the paper era. Freedom of Information legislation needs to acknowledge that for government to work civil servants need places for digital conversations that are off record.


The PRA was implemented in the 1950s, and places paper-age restrictions on how organisations think about managing information. Public Records are vital, but the legislation needs to be brought into the 21st century. Similarly The FOI Act was designed before flexible working and collaborative systems. To work well, and to build trust in one another, people need to be able to have conversations in private, even if those conversations are in text on a system. The FOIA needs to adapt to that.

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