@Info.Policy: Want another view of government IT? See GIQ

Robert Gellman

From time to time, I review books on information policy in this space. Today I want to let you know of a scholarly journal covering information and telecommunications policy, information management, and e-government practices and policies at all levels.

Many subjects covered by GCN get an in-depth, academic look in the pages of Government Information Quarterly.

In the most recent issue of GIQ, Alasdair Roberts writes about ORCON Creep'you can make your own joke about that.

ORCON refers to the rule of originator control over classified and other information shared by agencies with others.

Roberts analyzes the effect of increasing agency use of ORCON on right-to-know laws, government accountability, and agencies' ability to use and share information effectively.

David McMillen writes about the 2002 data sharing law that set confidentiality rules for agencies collecting data for statistical purposes.

McMillen, a Hill staffer, heard and saw the debates about the law. His article on its history, policy and implementation combines an insider's view of the legislative process with a sharp analysis of the underlying issues.

A couple of articles will appeal to CIOs, webmasters and e-government practitioners. One compares the strategic priorities of public- and private-sector information executives. Find out how your views match up with others'.

Another article identifies the factors that affect content production for state agency Web sites.

Yet another looks at the use of the Web by the Federal Communications Commission and asks how well e-government initiatives are serving the public.

An article on telecommunications policy in India reflects GIQ's international interests.

The journal's occasional reviews of Web pages are one of my favorite features. In the current issue, a government librarian looks closely at the Agriculture Department site's evolutionary progress.

These reviews are a great place to learn how others see government sites and to look for ideas for new features, improvements and other ways to better serve users.

Not only will many find something of interest, but a few readers might want to contribute articles about information or Internet activities at their agency or company. Contact the editor, John Carol Bertot, jcbertot@lis.fsu.edu, at Florida State University's School of Information Studies.

You need to know that I serve on the GIQ editorial board, but I don't get a commission if you download an article or subscribe. Board members are academic librarians, political scientists, lawyers, policy and communications types, and others who reflect the journal's multidisciplinary objectives.

You can find out more about GIQ, along with contents and abstracts, by going to GCN.com and entering 291 in the GCN.com/box.

Robert Gellman is a Washington privacy and information policy consultant. E-mail him at gellman@netacc.net.

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