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When Open Government and Academic Freedom Collide
First Amendment Law Review (2014)
  • Jonathan Peters, University of Missouri
Uneasy is the balance between open government and academic freedom. Scholars have argued that using public records laws to obtain their emails is a form of harassment and intimidation. Nonprofits and political parties have argued that the public has a right to know that scholars are following university rules and properly using public resources. Against that backdrop, we have explored whether public records laws apply to faculty members and whether an exemption in those laws for academic freedom would be conceptually sound and consistent with other exemptions for communications and work product.
  • first amendment,
  • academic freedom,
  • freedom of information,
  • open government
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Jonathan Peters. "When Open Government and Academic Freedom Collide" First Amendment Law Review (2014)
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