Access to Information by the Numbers

Following up on a previous post:

Number of days it took to fulfill my request for information from the Privy Council Office for “records related to copyright law reform,” between June 1, 2005, and the date of the request (December 21, 2007): 830

Number of copyright bills that have been introduced since my initial request: 2

Number of pages finally received: 76

Number of pages completely redacted for reasons of international relations, federal-provincial affairs, government operations, solicitor-client privilege, and/or personal information: 27

Number of pages excluded because they were deemed not relevant: 8

Total number of pages with some kind of copyright-related information on them: 41

Total number of pages consisting mainly of articles that you could get in a couple of hours surfing the net: 21 (fully half of the non-redacted pages)

Total number of forwarded emails included in this package that contained only a (publicly available) media or newswire article: 3 (7 pages)

Total number of pages taken up by a 1995 statement by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, that is freely available on the Web: 14

Total number of pages of emails scheduling a 2007 Deputy Minister-level copyright meeting: 2

Number of pages included from a 2005 Media Analysis Report on the introduction of Bill C-60: 10

Of the seven journalists named in this Report as having written more than one article on copyright between April 16 and August 11, 2005, number whose names were not redacted (because doing so would reveal “personal information” – even though the articles are generally available): 0

Number of memos included in the package: 6

Number of memos whose subject line was not redacted: 0

Total amount by which the PCO’s work on this Access to Information request will improve Canadians’ understanding of how their government works, and what decisions are being taken in Canadians’ names: 0

Amount of time, in seconds, that I would recommend a PhD student spend on Access to Information requests, unless they have access to a ringer who does this kind of thing professionally: 0

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