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Category Archives: Freedom of Information

Newsweek reporter records suit is focused Trump National-Security issues

Court House News: “A Newsweek reporter has brought a federal complaint to access records on President Donald Trump’s classified briefings, as well as details on how the government investigated the likes of Stephen Bannon for a security clearance. Jeffrey Stein’s Jan. 31 lawsuit comes just days after Trump announced that he would give the chief… Continue Reading

New powers of FBI made public to shine light on threats to civil liberties

The Intercept: “In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the FBI assumes an importance and influence it has not wielded since J. Edgar Hoover’s death in 1972. That is what makes today’s batch of stories from The Intercept, The FBI’s Secret Rules, based on a trove of long-sought confidential FBI documents, so critical: It shines a bright light… Continue Reading

FCC Eliminates Two Public Inspection File Requirements

“The Federal Communications Commission today eliminated two public inspection file rules.  These rules currently require: (1) commercial television and radio broadcast stations to retain, and make available to the public, copies of correspondence from viewers and listeners;  and (2) cable operators to maintain and allow public inspection of the location of a cable system’s principal headend. The… Continue Reading

ALA Midwinter 2017: Librarians Ponder the Future Under Trump

Via Publisher’s Week – “In his opening keynote at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, just hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, W. Kamau Bell made a plea to librarians: don’t let Trump’s vision of America become the new normal. “Everything that’s happening right now… Continue Reading

Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil

Via UCLA Center for Knowledge Structure: “The Southern California Climate Data Protection Project helps to build a refuge for climate change data and supports climate and environmental research and advocacy. We are committed to evidence-based arguments. Our goal is to preserve the research society needs at a time of ongoing climate change. This concern is… Continue Reading

Responses to immigrant ban include legal stay and legislation

The New York Times – Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know – “The order caused widespread confusion on the immigration system and in airports, and prompted protests and legal action. Here is a quick guide.” The Executive Order signed by President Trump  on January 27, 2017 is no longer posted on WhiteHouse.gov. Copies… Continue Reading

Saving web pages for archiving on the Wayback Machine

Via the managing editor, TV News Archive/Internet Archive: “I want to remind folks — though I’m sure many here are well versed in this — that it’s possible to save web pages to be archived on the Wayback Machine: https://archive.org/web/ 1. You can download a handy chrome extension that will allow you to save from… Continue Reading

EPA staff directed to cease use of social media, blogs, press releases, agency site content updates

Via MediaITE: “In a memo sent out to staff at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Trump Administration has prohibited press releases, social media postings, blog posts or new content placed on the agency’s website.” Continue Reading

Science Librarian Focuses on Projects to Archive Gov Docs Post Obama

Around the Web: Saving Government Data from the Trumpocalypse by John Dupuis: “While I’m working on a major update to my Documenting the Donald Trump War on Science: Pre-Inauguration Edition and preparing for the first of the post-inauguration posts, I thought I’d whet everyone’s appetite with a post celebrating all the various efforts to save… Continue Reading

UK research project documents decline of statistics and rise of big data

“How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next,” by William Davies, The Guardian: “The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril…In theory, statistics should… Continue Reading

EPIC Sues FBI for Details of Russian Interference with 2016 Election

“EPIC today filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in federal district court in Washington, DC. The case is designated EPIC v. FBI, No. 17-127 (D.D.C. filed Jan. 18, 2017). The complaint states “EPIC challenges the FBI’s failure to make a timely decision concerning EPIC’s request for expedited processing… Continue Reading

UK Report – Better Information for Better Government

Better Information for Better Government. 18 January 2017. Cabinet Office Digital Records and Information Management Team, working in collaboration with The National Archives and Government Digital Service. “Managing information is critical for good government. Internally, information is the foundation of effective analysis and policy making. It provides the evidence to support decision making and it… Continue Reading