Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Here's a job for the blogosphere

Magnus Linklater on the Freedom of Information Act in the Times:

A plethora of reasons will be offered for withholding documents, either on the grounds of cost or conflict with the various exemptions mentioned above. Those who persevere may have to appeal to the Information Commissioner if they are turned down, and then go through another long process. Finally, the papers that are released are likely to be mind-numbing in length and arcane detail. Reading, understanding and distilling them will require time and patience. “This is the hour of the long-term clever nerd,” comments Professor Peter Hennessy, veteran observer of the Whitehall scene.

..or alternatively hundreds of eyeballs all going over the detail and distilling it down, analysing and cross-checking every last sentence. A job for the blogs.