Pulling back the curtains of government on Sunshine Week
An Op-Ed on highlighting and promoting transparency in government
March 14, 2019
By Lee Banville, Professor of Jounalism at U of M
The students I teach at the University of Montana often show up with a powerful assumption: If there is some piece of information out there, Google can find it. It’s an understandable belief for 19-year-olds who have grown up in a world where ubiquitous connection to the Internet and easy access to vast reams of webpages is expected.
But for all those Wikipedia pages and Wayback Machines, there are countless documents that you, as a Montanan, have a constitutional right to see and you won’t find them no matter how many pages of search r...