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Statement of Values
We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, believe that the People have a right to information held by and for our government. We believe that transparency is essential to ensuring integrity and accountability in the operation of our governing institutions. We believe that openness helps to ensure that policies affecting our health, safety, security and freedoms place the public good and well-being above the influence of special interests. Making government as open as possible also fosters confidence in representative government and encourages public participation in civic affairs, an essential feature of our form of government. For all these reasons, OpenTheGovernment.org seeks to advance the public's right to know and to reduce unnecessary secrecy in government.