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George Mason Students Sue For Records On Koch Donations

David Halperin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Politics
David Halperin

Today, students at George Mason University sued their school and a private foundation tied to the school in a Virginia state court, seeking records related to donations from the billionaire Koch brothers.

We Need To Know The Algorithms The Government Uses To Make Important Decisions About Us

The Conversation US | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics
The Conversation US

As a society we should require that public information officers be trained so they are literate and indeed fluent in the terminology they may encounter when the public is asking for algorithms.

Leaked Clinton Email Shows Campaign Wanted All Lawmakers To Make Their Emails Public

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Hillary Clinton’s campaign team once considering trying to recruit an ally on Capitol Hill to introduce a bill that would end the Fre...

What Will Reporters Ask Hillary In Press Conferences?

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Asking candidates to answer questions about their positions on education, infrastructure repairs, on fighting addiction, job creation and building the economy seems foreign to today's media.

Interview With Connecticut Secretary Of State And Convention Delegate Denise Merrill

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I conducted the following interview yesterday, before the convention actually started. Denise Merrill is a Connecticut delegate (although not, as she pointed out to me, a superdelegate) and serves Connecticut as their Secretary of State. A recent achievement was the state becoming the first to pass a campaign finance reform law which created a public financing system for elections -- all the other states with such laws created them through ballot initiatives or referenda.

The Public And Its Right To Know

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Fifty years since the Freedom of Information Act was first passed, the country is still debating how much transparency in government is appropriate. While the public has widely supported greater openness for decades, some concerns remain.

Progress Worth Noting: Congress Passes A Major Blow To Government Secrecy

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 06.17.2016 | Media
Dorothy Samuels

President Obama has said he'll sign the measure -- a fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of the nation's premier transparency law this July 4th.

American Public Can't See Full Senate Torture Report, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics

An appeals court ruled on Friday that more than 6,000 pages of the so-called Senate torture report cannot be made public because they consist of congr...

Federal Judge May Order Hillary Clinton To Testify In Ongoing Email Controversy

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

A federal judge on Wednesday signaled that he may be willing to order Hillary Clinton to testify about the decision to conduct official business on a ...

Why An Uber Lobbyist Wants A Reporter's Emails

Austin Business Journal | Marina Fang | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics

A lobbyist for Uber Technologies Inc. has filed an open records request to obtain more than a year's worth of my emails and text messages sent to city...

Scheer Intelligence: Jason Leopold and the power of FOIA

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with journalist Jason Leopold to discuss how he has used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) again and again to obtain previously undisclosed government documents.

In 2015, the government set a new record for censoring documents requested by the public

Max Galka | Posted 04.12.2016 | Media
Max Galka

Since 2008, a growing share documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act arrive with portions withheld or erased. Which government agen...

How Merrick Garland Made It Harder For Obama To Be So Secretive

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.18.2016 | Media

On his first day in office in 2009, President Barack Obama called the Freedom of Information Act “the most prominent expression of a profound nation...

Sunshine Week: Encouraging Transparency in Government in 2016

David Chavern | Posted 03.16.2016 | Media
David Chavern

If the legislation is passed, these missteps can be exposed quicker and amended faster. It is the media's job to shine a light -- but we will continue to remain in darkness for too long unless these improvements are enacted.

ACLU Sues Obama For Targeting Muslims After He Decried Targeting Muslims

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued the Obama administration, seeking information about government programs that unfairly target Musl...

Judge Handling Clinton Email Case Fumes Over State Department Delays

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

A federal judge on Tuesday grilled a State Department lawyer who had been summoned to explain why his office missed a deadline to produce 7,000 pages ...

Pentagon Continues To Block Release Of Bush-Era Torture Photos

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Friday begrudgingly released 198 photos showing abuse of detainees held by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan during th...

Diplomatic Passports For Sale, Claims Dominica's Opposition Leader

Till Bruckner | Posted 01.18.2017 | World
Till Bruckner

Lennox Linton is the Leader of the Opposition in the Commonwealth of Dominica, an independent island-state in the Caribbean with just 72,000 inhabitan...

Press Freedom Group Says Justice Department Helped Kill Transparency Bill

Courthouse News | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Department of Justice helped kill a bill intended to enhance transparency and refuses to release records on its efforts to bl...

Student Reporter Hit With Big Bill After FOIA Request

The Detroit News | Judah Robinson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Media

Plymouth — Leola Gee’s number one lesson for her high school journalism students: Tell the truth, and deal with whatever comes. But Gee never expe...

Monsanto and its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.02.2016 | Green
Ralph Nader

As the FOIA approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Setting a New Standard for Science Transparency

Kevin Folta | Posted 09.22.2016 | Science
Kevin Folta

Things have been a little intense lately and the little voice in my head keeps begging, "How did I get here?" In other times of quiet introspection the little voice in my head says, "What would you have done differently?" What the heck happened?

Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.03.2016 | Green
Till Bruckner

Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care.

New Federal Watchdog Has Dubious Track Record

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

The U.S. has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. This week, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced that James Holzer ...

Journalists Want Transparency, But Not Right Away

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

It didn't take long for journalists to criticize the flaw -- for them -- in the federal government's new pilot program on making public all responses ...