Scientific Freedom of Speech: The Changing Tide

Tom Price

In the United States and Australia, scientists are being given more freedom to conduct and disseminate their work.


The day after his inauguration, U.S. President Barack Obama began taking steps toward establishing a climate of scientific openness in his administration. He instructed all federal agencies to adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure when responding to requests for government documents under the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, he said, agencies should establish procedures for making information public even in the absence of requests.

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Publish Date: 01 April 2009

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