"There are a lot of ways that electronic dissemination can save time and money, but outsourcing can be a major problem," says Caramanica of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. "You can't be privatizing government functions in the private sector and then telling citizens that they no longer have a right to these records. This is an important part of an important conversation that is now trying to take shape — especially at the federal level, but also at the state and municipal levels. Everyone is starting to understand that this thing of the Internet and electronic dissemination and proactive disclosure can really be a useful tool to enhance transparency. Now we have to figure out how this is all going to work."

Chris Faraone can be reached at cfaraone@phx.com.

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