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To Stop Corruption, Egypt Needs a Freedom of Information Law

Sahar Aziz | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Sahar Aziz

For Egypt to achieve sustainable democracy, many reforms remain to be implemented, the most important of which is public access to information that permits meaningful government accountability.

D.C. Police Department Ordered To Release Orders And Policies

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- How does D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department decide the order for handling calls? What was MPD planning to do if there was a nuclear a...

Andrea Stone

The Keywords Government Uses To Monitor Social Media | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics

Ever complain on Facebook that you were feeling "sick?" Told your friends to "watch" a certain TV show? Left a comment on a media website about govern...

Tyler Kingkade

Chancellor Birgeneau Told Officials 'Don't Back Down' After Batons Used On Protesters | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.21.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- Newly released emails show University of California, Berkeley officials did not initially object to the use of batons on nonviolent protes...

Emanuel Has Heated Exchange With Tribune Reporter

Posted 02.14.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cruised through most of his first year in office with high approval ratings from city residents, but his recent move to ins...

Lynne Peeples

Watchdog Groups Slam Military's Ongoing 'Secrecy' Over Camp Lejeune Water Contamination | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

Government watchdogs are crying "bullshit" and calling the U.S. Navy a "bully" in response to a redacted federal report on the drinking water supply a...

Getting Away With Diplomatic Murder

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

New records released after a four year FOIA fight between the State Department and Gawker show that mercenaries, primarily from Blackwater, shot and sometimes killed a lot of Iraqis in the name of protecting America's diplomats.

UK Police Spent Only $125,000 Investigating 'Climategate' Hacking, Can We Get A Real Investigation?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 01.26.2012 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The UK police force tasked with investigating the hacking of emails and documents from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia seems to have quietly de-prioritized its investigation earlier this year.

When the Government Lies

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Department of Justice has proposed federal regulations that would authorize the United States government to lie to the American people. This is not as crazy as it seems.

Joshua Hersh

Keystone XL: State Department Pushes Back On Claims Of Bias In Pipeline Review Process | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The State Department has begun to push back on claims by environmental groups that the process for approving a controversial oil pipelin...

PATRIOT Act: Four More Years Will Worsen Government Secrecy

Sarah Berlin | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Sarah Berlin

If the thought of the government accessing your business or medical records, telephone calls and even your genetic information isn't scary enough, the most frightening aspect is that we don't know how the government actually interprets and applies Section 215.

Jason Cherkis

Mitt Romney's Amazing Document Dump | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

For politicians, there is one time-tested method for thwarting public records requests: stall and stall and, when in doubt, stall. This January, fo...

Washington Post, New York Times Fail on FOIA

Brec Cooke | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Brec Cooke

With much editorial commentary frequently limited to no more than 750 words, one would think that two of the nation's premier news organizations would jump at the chance to educate the public on the ins and outs of public disclosure laws.

Inside The SEC's Controversial 'Think Tank'

Posted 07.03.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Sarah N. Lynch) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pulled out all the stops when it tapped University of Texas law professor...

Chicago Reporter Sues City Over FOIA Rejections

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

For years, the Chicago Reader's Mick Dumke has been reporting on everything from the city's misuse of TIF funds to its lack of recycling. Shedding lig...

Obama Opens the Oval Office to Good Government Groups

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

When we met with him yesterday, President Obama did something remarkable: He said the issue of transparency in government is incredibly difficult, and he asked us to work with his office to improve the status quo.

New Study Finds Agencies Slow to Adopt Even Basic FOIA Guidelines

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Sunshine Week starts with a new report from the National Security Archive and the Knight Foundation that finds only 49 of 90 agencies have adopted 'co...

Sunshine Week: The Forecast is Mostly Cloudy

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth F. Bunting

Open government laws, in state after state, are being damaged and weakened, with increasing frequency, by new exclusions, loopholes and crazy exemptions that promote more secrecy and a lot less transparency.

Elise Foley

Issa, Cummings Clash Over Subpoenas Of Obama Administration | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa issued two subpoenas this week targeting the Obama administration, reigniting a dispute with Democrats on the House Ov...

Despite Harassment, Peace Activists Vow to Continue Work

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

On January 25, 2011, people gathered in cities across America to demonstrate against the ongoing harassment of peace organizations and individual acti...

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 4

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fourth of five excerpts from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Priva...

Arms and Secrecy: What You Don't Know About the WikiLeaks Fallout

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
G.W. Schulz

It's impossible for critics to claim WikiLeaks has made no difference at all, as leaked cables show that thousands more civilians were killed in Iraq than previously reported with details available for some of the more brutal cases.

Under Rule, Texas A&M Professors Could Be Fired For Instructing Students To Request Records

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Texas A&M System professors hoping to teach their students the merits of the Freedom of Information Act recently encountered an ironic roadblock: Unde...

Shadow Elite: WikiLeaks, FOIA and the Cultural Life of Government Secrecy

Michael G. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael G. Powell

When we become aware of government secrecy -- as we do through redaction in WikiLeaks document dumps -- it raises our consciousness about the exercise of power and especially the potential abuse of that power.

9th Circuit Rules SBA Does Not have to Release Agency Phone Records

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Friday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals released its ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Small Business League (ASBL) against the Small Busi...