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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.

Internet Restrictions: How Much Should We Worry About Our Freedom of Information?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.21.2012 | Technology
Marianne Mollmann

From a human rights perspective, blanket restrictions on specific means of communication should always raise red flags.

Is the Federal Reserve Coming Clean?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Since the Fed wants to turn over a new leaf, why not ask for the transcripts of the meetings from 2007-2010? Let's just accelerate the timetable, and let everyone know what really went down at those meetings during the crisis of 2007 and 2008. And we got them. And we'll show you just what we got.

Bush-Era Official Strongly Objected On Interrogation

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A memo released Tuesday on harsh interrogation techniques shows that a former State Department official strongly dissented from the...

Constitution Check: Can the Public Get Access to the Legal Reasons for Targeted Killing?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

It is now widely assumed, within the media and among national security experts, that there is at least one legal memo written by a Justice Department lawyer that spells out the case for targeted killing without any review by a U.S. court.

Obama Supports New Category Of Secret Government Files

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the middle of Sunshine Week, when news organizations and advocacy groups promote government transparency, the Obama administrati...

FDA Staffers Sue Agency Over Surveillance Of Personal E-mail

The Washington Post | Posted 01.30.2012 | Technology

The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that t...

German Court Orders the Parliament to Release UFO Report

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 02.08.2012 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

A German citizen has won his first battle in an effort to view a UFO report created by the Scientific Service of the German Parliament. After attempts to block the document's release, the Berlin Administrative Court has ruled he has the right to read the document.

Who Will Watch the Watchers? Google & Facebook Privacy Audits Should be Fully Public

Nathan Newman | Posted 02.04.2012 | Technology
Nathan Newman

If Google wants to have the role of trustee of more information about more people than any other company and even the government, then it should accept in turn public scrutiny of its actions as well.

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...

Democracies Should Lead the way on Right to Know Day

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 11.28.2011 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

On International Right to Know Day, the battle between secrecy and openness is being fought throughout the world, from the staunchest democracies to the most repressive regimes.

Quinn Approves FOIA Amendments, Watchdog Group Not Pleased

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law Friday that gives government entities a longer time period to respond to requests for public records, despite...

Orlando Sentinel Files For Sealed Casey Anthony Documents

AP | Posted 10.02.2011 | Crime

ORLANDO, Fla. — A newspaper is asking a Florida judge to make public most of the sealed documents from the trial of Casey Anthony, who left jail...

The Odd Couple: Julian Assange, Rupert Murdoch and Freedom of Information

Jean-François Julliard | Posted 09.19.2011 | Media
Jean-François Julliard

The controversy surrounding WikiLeaks -- and more recently, the scandal that led Rupert Murdoch to shutter News of the World -- raise interesting questions about what constitutes public knowledge and whether freedom of information can be taken too far.

Once Public, Now Private?

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 10.10.2011 | Media
Kenneth F. Bunting

It is well under the radar, but another important open government case may be making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It's Time for High Standards at the High Court

Bob Edgar | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Without anyone paying much attention, our nation's highest court has moved beyond the kind of scrutiny Americans give the rest of our government.

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.

Grand Jury Investigates Torture In Abu Ghraib Death

Time | Adam Zagorin | Posted 08.13.2011 | World

It has been nearly a decade since Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqi prisoner known as "the Iceman" — for the bungled attempt to cool his body and make him...

Supreme Court Makes it Harder to Hold Contractors Accountable for Fraud

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

We urge Congress to reject draft legislation that would silence potential whistleblowers, weaken SEC enforcement actions and allow law-breaking companies to evade accountability.

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.

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...

Emails: Insiders Worried Over Political 'Meddling'

AP | TED BRIDIS | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department official in charge of submitting sensitive government files to political advisers for secretive re...

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...

Denver Attorney Exposes SEC's Handling Of Porn-Watching Public Servants

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has counseled or disciplined 24 employees who accessed pornographic sites on government compute...

Supreme Court Rules Against Government In Open Records Case

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the government's broad use of an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act to withho...