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Government Transparency

Disclosure Needed as Obama Administration Reverses Lobbyist Ban

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

There can be no doubt that too many special interests have too much access to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. But it is the height of absurdity to pretend that only registered lobbyists wield undue influence.

No, Less Disclosure Will Not Reduce Dark Money

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

The basic lifeblood of a democracy is information. And in a system of privately funded elections, it is essential to have real-time information on where candidates are getting their money. Knowing this tells us something about what they stand for, and whom they are spending their time with.

How Cuomo Is Breaking His Promise For A Transparent Government

ProPublica | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica, May 5, 2014, 9:53 a.m. Adopting a tactic that has been used by officials ranging from Sarah Palin to staffers...

Attention Politicians: Campaigning On Financial Transparency Wins Elections

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Campaigning on financial transparency will win elections. America, is in fact, hungry for it. The highly respected George Washington University Batt...

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

The News Is What the New Gitmo Hearings Don't Tell Us

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The current review process is an improvement over the old one, in that the detainee is now assigned two "personal representatives" to help him. But as in Afghanistan, neither is a lawyer or trained advocate. And neither has a budget to do any real investigation of the case.

Proposed Surveillance Reforms Insufficient, Another Finding NSA Program Is Illegal

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The President showed an understanding of the problems created by surveillance, but bolder leadership and strong action are required. We have no doubt those assigned to protect U.S. security want more information to do their job better, but that insatiable zeal for more information is where we get into trouble.

To Reform the NSA, Slash Its Budget

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Prasch

To get the NSA to actually "hear" what we are saying we must speak to them in a language that they and their primary contractors readily comprehend. If you want their attention and if you want them to change their ways, you must speak to them about cutting their annual budget.

The Unfulflled Promise of Citizens United

Bruce Freed | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Freed

Relevant regulatory agencies, along with Congress, have failed to repair the massive sinkhole in disclosure created by Citizens United. Justice Kennedy, it turns out, assumed incorrectly that shareholders would have the information they urgently need to assess a corporation's political spending.

'Tis the Season to Be Polling

Jim Moore | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

I cannot recall a time of meaner politics. There was never a time when politicians of both parties were not only willing, but almost happy, to tear asunder the very fabric of our Constitution. Are you kidding? Of course we don't trust them.

Stop the Slaughter: Time to Rein in Wildlife Services' Reign of Terror

Noah Greenwald | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

The agency's unregulated killing gets worse with each passing year. After more than 100 years of ruthless, indiscriminate killing, the carnage must stop. The Department of Agriculture must finally rein in this indefensible reign of terror.

Why Barrett Brown's Trial Matters

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 02.16.2014 | Crime
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett Brown is being "punished for the crime of taking citizenship seriously." This is clear: he stands for values of liberty, transparency and privacy; though soon prosecutors in Dallas will try to persuade a jury otherwise. Increasingly, conscious citizens know the true score.

Transparency: It's Not Clear to Me

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Maggie Van Ostrand

For eyeglasses, transparency is fine. Same goes for windshields, air, and nightgowns. I just don't like it in my government. It sucks the fun out of water-cooler supposition, conjecture, and gossip.

Anti-Establishment Journalist Has Spent 400 Days in Jail

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

The charges pursued against him equate to a dangerous precedent, especially for anyone who reports on hacking or leaks of stolen information. It means that one can be charged with fraud and identity theft for simply pasting a hyperlink.

The Exorbitant Cost Of Government Transparency In Hawaii

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

Neil Abercrombie’s job as Hawaii governor takes him around the world. Tourism meetings in Tokyo. A trade show in Los Angeles. A forum in Beijing....

Hickenlooper's Surprising Stance On Gov't Transparency

Posted 08.08.2013 | Denver

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) raised eyebrows with a somewhat counterintuitive statement to TIME magazine about government transparency making i...

Barrett Brown Awaits Trial on Spurious Charges in Texas

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 09.30.2013 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett is a member of a new generation of journalists who double as activists, those who recognize that dissent is fully warranted against a media complicit in creating the conditions for war.

Shining a Bright Light on Government Spending

John C. Liu | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
John C. Liu

Some say the West Coast has the best beaches, the Midwest has the friendliest people, and that you can't beat the cheesesteaks in Philly. But financial transparency? Fugghedaboudit. New York City's got everyone beaten by a mile.

Government Secrecy and the Nation's Security

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Government secrecy is presumptively illegitimate. But note the word "presumptively." Government secrecy is presumptively, but not absolutely, illegitimate. Despite the grave dangers of government secrecy, there are undoubtedly circumstances in which secrecy is essential.

An Open Letter to John Brennan: Don't Drone Me, Bro!

Valiant Lowitz | Posted 04.14.2013 | Comedy
Valiant Lowitz

I know people are on you about shifting U.S. counter-terrorism policy to "targeted, surgical pressure" on militant groups intent on attacking the homeland but whatever -- people harass us for our frat's policy of "targeted, surgical pressure" on sororities all the time. Screw it, you do you.

Dems: 'Transparency' Candidate Is Liar

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

The heat in Ohio's competitive Senate race has been turned up as state Democrats challenge the Republican nominee's claims of transparency. Republi...

Nate Willis

Bipartisan Duo Calls For Public Access To Hidden Reports

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate Willis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan congressional duo is calling for the American public to be given access to the same information that members of Congress ha...

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.