This paper focuses on the impact of technology on the fundamental right of access to information in the United States and explores the legal, political and technological issues involved.
|Keywords:||Freedom of Information, Access to Information, Electronic Access, Privacy|
Sandra Chance is the Executive Director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida and an Associate Professor of Journalism in the College of Journalism and Communications. She teaches media law at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information specializes in providing information on access to government meetings and records to media organizations, private citizens, and elected officials. The Brechner Center also provides information on media law developments in Florida to organizations, individuals and institutions nationwide. Chance handles telephone queries about access to meetings and records and presents seminars nationally on access to governmental information and First Amendment issues. Chance graduated with honors from the University of Florida's College of Law in 1990 and was named to the Order of the Coif. She practiced media law with the law firm of Holland and Knight in Tampa, Florida. Chance also served as an Assistant General Counsel at the University of Florida. Chance has published in numerous academic and professional journals and newspapers. She is nationally recognized as one of the leading scholars on freedom of information. Chance is on the board of directors of the First Amendment Foundation and is active in the National Freedom of Information Coalition. She is the Sunshine Chair for the Society of Professional Journalists. She is active in numerous professional and academic associations and holds several national leadership positions. She is admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court and the federal courts in Florida. Chance earned her M.A. with high honors and distinction in Journalism and Communications in 1985 from the University of Florida where she also earned her B.S. with high honors in 1975. She was a teaching fellow at the University of Florida's College of Law and a research assistant with the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the College of Law.
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