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Seven Myths About Democracy in Morocco

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Judging by media stories and think tank reports, many foreign commentators seem unable--or unwilling--to see beyond the reformist image that the Moroccan leadership seeks to project abroad.

UK's Top Court Paves Way For Publication Of Prince Charles' Private Letters

AP | By GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court Thursday paved the way for the public release of 27 hotly contested memos written by Prince Charles to governm...

Peacebuilding Reboot

Sheldon Himelfarb | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Sheldon Himelfarb

The overwhelming majority of conflict resolution work done in the 1990s and 2000s was funded by governments. But today's peacetech projects are launched by digital humanitarians bootstrapping their own startups.

George Lois: Be a Cultural Provocateur

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Andrea Chalupa

Recent events reminded me of his advice to use creativity to change the world, to be a cultural provocateur.

Stay True, Starbucks

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Concealing information from the general public does not empower but rather removes the freedom to make informed choices. We should all be concerned when corporations and government join forces to decide what they will share and not share with the public.

Watch Lists and the First and Fourth Amendments

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ray McGovern was put on the State Department's Diplomatic Security Be On the Look Out list-- one of a series of proliferating government watch lists. What he did to end up on Diplomatic Security's dangerous persons list and how he got off the list are a tale of our era, Post-Constitutional America.

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Honduras: The Secrecy Law

Marco Cáceres | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

When the National Congress, under the leadership of Juan Orlando Hernández, arbitrarily voted on December 12, 2012 to dismiss four of the 15 Supreme ...

Freedom Of Information Not So Free -- Many States Charge Insane Fees

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a $4,500 bill from the city’s police department for access to public crime data, the Pulitze...

The US Panic Over Official Secrecy Is Uniquely Our Own

Edward Wasserman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

By the standards of other countries, the U.S. approach to official secrecy is ferocious. For leaking hugely newsworthy information to the press, Snowden could go to prison for life. Elsewhere, punishment for making official secrets public is less severe than the penalties here for driving drunk.

Media Wars in Egypt: The Revolution Continues With Journalists in the Crosshairs

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
Courtney C. Radsch

Upon taking power and unseating the first democratically elected (if not necessarily governing) president, the military immediately shut down several Egyptian and Arab television stations and arrested numerous journalists.

Newtown Records Measure Draws Criticism From Transparency Advocates

AP | DAVE COLLINS | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A plan by Connecticut officials to withhold some Newtown school shooting records from the public would be another blow to governmen...

UNESCO's fight to promote a truly American value globally: Freedom of speech

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

Every year on this day, May 3, the international community comes together for World Press Freedom Day. For those of us here in the United States, it's...

Drawing the Line Between Copyright and Free Knowledge

The State Press | Posted 03.19.2013 | Media
The State Press

The entire debacle is tragic. A life has been lost, and we can only speculate as to why. We should use this time not only to offer our condolences to Swartz's family and friends, but to inquire in his name: How do we allow widespread access to knowledge and still retain rights to intellectual property?

Nursing Transparency in Former Soviet Republics

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Kenneth F. Bunting

In this email response to the director of a freedom of information NGO in the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Kldiashvili, civic-minded and engaged Americans may see little that is new to them. But, perhaps, it will serve as a reminder about the derivation of some of our precious freedoms.

The Jindal End Run: 'E' in 'Email' Should Not Stand for 'Evasion'

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 02.19.2013 | Media
Kenneth F. Bunting

To avoid possible disclosure, Jindal's top advisors used personal email accounts while devising a communications strategy regarding hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts.

How to Sabotage California's Freedom of Information Law

Peter Scheer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

If enforcing rights to public records carries with it a risk of having to pay the government's legal fees and costs, the California Public Records Act will be a dead letter.

New York Racehorse Safety Task Force Is Taking Its Time

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.12.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

More than five months after being formed, the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety has yet to share its findings concerning the alarming number of racing-related horse deaths (19) over the inner track during Aqueduct's winter race meet.

Democracy, Trust and WikiLeaks: A Conversation With the Mother of Julian Assange

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.26.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

I believe that people such as Julian Assange, movements such as Occupy Wall Street and those behind the Arab Spring, actually want change for a better, not worse and more chaotic, world. But their image and their hard work is being hijacked and manipulated.

Hurdles Block Important Access Laws

State Integrity Investigation | Caitlin Ginley | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

Early last month, lawmakers in Iowa completed work on a new open records statute. Senate File 430 creates the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-me...

Reality of Transparency Less Than Its Promise

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 01.21.2012 | Media
Kenneth F. Bunting

Across the globe, there are more people living in countries where citizens supposedly have access rights to government information than do not. But what people are entitled to see under freedom of information laws and what they can easily gain access to are two different realities.

The Associated Press Tests International Right-To-Know Laws

AP | By MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 11.18.2011 | Media

-- Satbir Sharma's wife is dead. His family lives in fear in rural India. His father's left leg is shattered, leaving him on crutches for life. Shar...

Is Business Ready for Hypertransparency?

Naomi Mandelstein | Posted 01.08.2012 | San Francisco
Naomi Mandelstein

The era of controlled and packaged disclosures is giving way to transparency that is being co-created by stakeholders and citizen journalists. And businesses, ready or not, will have to adapt.

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.

Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen?

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

Senator Norman's misguided bill is yet another attempt to keep a tight, dark lid on the many, many wrongs being committed today by the factory farming industry.