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Category Archives: Freedom of Information

The Intercept announces greater access to Snowden archive

Via The Intercept: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why – “Today, The Intercept is announcing two innovations in how we report on and publish these materials. Both measures are designed to ensure that reporting on the archive continues in as expeditious and informative a manner as possible, in accordance with the… Continue Reading

The Rise of Dark Money in US Elections

“Dark Money Watch, a project of MapLight, is a hub for information about dark money in U.S. elections. Our goal is to support investigations of dark money in order to help the public understand how hidden donors can influence our political system….Dark money comes from groups that are not required to disclose their donors. It… Continue Reading

Voices in Danger and Journalists in the line of fire

Via UK Independent – Voices in Danger, A platform for stories of journalists killed, kidnapped, jailed or threatened just for doing their jobs See also Journalists in the line of fire and Reporters Without Borders – Help defend freedom of information every day Continue Reading

Greenpeace Netherlands Releases TTIP Documents

Via Greenpeace – Annie Leonard. May 2, 2016: “Greenpeace Netherlands released to the public secret documents from the United States’ current trade negotiations with the European Union. The deal is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP for short) and once it’s agreed upon it will govern the U.S.-European economic relationship for years. You… Continue Reading

Facebook Government Requests Report

Report, July 2015-December 2015: “United States Law Enforcement Requests for Data – We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague. Total Requests – 19,235 Users / Accounts Requested… Continue Reading

Economist and Time Websites blocked in China

New York Times: “The Economist and Time have joined the list of foreign news websites currently blocked in mainland China. The sites appear to have been censored as a result of recently published cover articles in the magazines critical of the growing power of China’s president, Xi Jinping. According to GreatFire.org, a website that tracks… Continue Reading

Saving Government Email an Open Question with December 2016 Deadline Looming

Via National Security Archive: “The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Department of the Treasury’s Comptroller, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are among a handful of agencies that have already admitted they will not meet the December 31, 2016, deadline for electronic management of official government email – like Hillary Clinton’s – in their mandatory,… Continue Reading

Site aggregates for search thousands of federal government oversight documents

oversight.garden – “The US government has many dozens of offices dedicated to keeping the government honest and efficient through strong, independent oversight. They produce a lot of good work, but the results are scattered all over the internet. Sometimes they get the attention they deserve, and many times they don’t. It would be a shame… Continue Reading

Free Expression on Campus: A Survey of U.S. College Students and U.S. Adults

Report by Gallup, The Knight Foundation and the Newseum Institute: “The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and the right to petition the government without retribution. The ways in which the First Amendment has been interpreted and applied over time… Continue Reading

FOIA Mapper

This tool was developed by Max Galka: “Making a Freedom of Information Request is a burdensome process that may involve days or even weeks of work to identify what records are available and enough information about how they are stored to property phrase the request. Government agencies are required to disclose a list of their “Major… Continue Reading

Map Shows How Apple-FBI Fight Was About Much More Than One Phone

Via ACLU – “The government insisted that its effort to force Apple to help break into an iPhone as part of the investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino shootings was just about that one case. Even though the FBI no longer needs Apple’s help in that case, the FBI’s request was part of a sustained… Continue Reading

ProPublica Campaign Finance API

Derek Willis – ProPublica – “An API, or Application Programming Interface, is a language that two programs can use to communicate and trade data. Programmers can use it to access data from a website or Internet service more easily. We’re assuming responsibility of an API that was previously published by The New York Times. If… Continue Reading