Volume 89 Issue 46 | pp. 32-33
Issue Date: November 14, 2011

Freedom of Information Versus Academic Freedom

Records requests raise questions about public university researchers’ right to private exchanges
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: climate change, academic freedom, Michael Mann

Researchers are known for kicking ideas around, debating theories, and sometimes vociferously disagreeing. They do this via a variety of means—including face-to-face interactions, website posts, and e-mail exchanges. Freewheeling deliberations have long been considered an essential part of science.

But a high-profile legal case in Virginia is raising fears that e-mail discussions among scientists could be stifled if any of the researchers involved in an e-mail string works for a public college or university. The . . .

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