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By Lee Banville
UM School of Journalism Professor 

Let the Sunshine on government

 

March 14, 2019

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 results you click on. That information is sitting in you...



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