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Access to Information as a Human Right

Kay Mathiesen

University of Arizona

September 7, 2008

Information rights include rights to create and communicate information (e.g., freedom of expression, freedom of association), to control others' access to information (e.g., privacy and intellectual property), and rights to access information (e.g., freedom of thought, the right to read). This paper focuses on those rights related to free access to information and argues that access to information is indeed a fundamental human right. It is further argued that the right to access is not merely a liberty right, but also a welfare right. That is, individuals' information rights place duties on governments to provide access to information.

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Keywords: human rights, information ethics, access to information, information rights

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Date posted: September 8, 2008  

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Mathiesen, Kay, Access to Information as a Human Right (September 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1264666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1264666

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University of Arizona ( email )
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
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