Information Mischief Under the Trump Administration
35 Pages Posted: 31 May 2019 Last revised: 3 Jun 2019
Date Written: May 21, 2019
The Trump administration has used government information in more cynical ways than its predecessors. For example, it has removed certain information from the public domain, scrubbed certain terminology from government web sites, censored scientists, manipulated public data, and used “transparency” initiatives as a pretext for anti-regulatory policies, particularly environmental policy. This article attempts to tease out an emerging “information policy” for the Trump administration, explain how it departs from the information policies of predecessors, and evaluate the extent to which both legal and non-legal mechanisms might constrain executive discretion.
Keywords: Information Policy, Data Policy, Government Data, Administrative Law, Regulatory Law, Trump Administration
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