International Access to Information Day
In Australia and around the world, International Access to Information Day (IAI Day) is recognised on 28 September.
IAI Day is designed to raise awareness of every individual's right of access to government-held information, and the public sector’s responsibility to release information unless it would not be in the public interest to do so.
The theme for 2022 is ‘Artificial intelligence, e-governance and access to information’.
In our ever-increasing digital world, artificial intelligence (AI) and e-governance play an important role in improving access to information.
They can help bridge the digital divide by giving citizens access to tailor-made, accessible information and deliver more efficient and effective services. However, to build greater trust with the community, they also need to be designed and used in an open, transparent, ethical, and accountable way.
We’ve seen the benefits that timely access to accurate and relevant information brings, particularly during a crisis. It helps us to stay informed, provides us with ways to stay safe, and empowers us to make decisions about matters affecting us.