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Category Archives: Freedom of Information

Poynter – 13 of the best open-records stories so far this year

By Kelly Hinchcliffe – March 17, 2016 Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles being published by Poynter to commemorate Sunshine Week. View the rest here. In honor of Sunshine Week, I asked fellow journalists on Twitter to share their favorite open government stories from around the country. Here are some… Continue Reading

DHS Privacy Office 2015 FOIA Report to AG of US, February 2016

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2015 Freedom of Information Act Report to the Attorney General of the United States, February 2016 “DHS was able to make enormous strides in significantly reducing the backlog despite the fact that DHS consistently receives the largest number of FOIA requests of any federal department or agency in each… Continue Reading

Report tracks status of Open Government Partnership

Civil Society Report on Implementation of the Second US National Action Plan, February 2016: “This report provides an assessment of the progress made on the United States’ Second National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership (OGP), spanning the period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015. It encompasses the evaluations from civil society… Continue Reading

Dept. of Energy Notice – Protection of Human Subjects in Classified Research

Via Steven Aftergood – Secrecy News – “The Department of Energy last month issued new guidance on the conduct of classified scientific research involving human subjects. While all human subject research is governed by federal regulations, the new DOE policy imposes several additional requirements whenever such research is to be performed on a classified basis.… Continue Reading

Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations

Via FAS – CRS Report – Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations, Kristin Finklea Specialist in Domestic Security February 18, 2016. “Because modern-day criminals are constantly developing new tools and techniques to facilitate their illicit activities, law enforcement is challenged with leveraging its tools and authorities to keep pace. For instance,… Continue Reading

Maps document the full extent of ISIS cultural destruction

Antiquities Coalition – “Mapping threats to cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa makes it clear that much of our past, the ‘Cradle of Civilization’, is in imminent danger of destruction. With priceless artifacts and millennia of history lost and imperiled, teams of heritage experts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)… Continue Reading

CIA Releases Declassified Documents to National Archives

“Today [February 16, 2016], CIA released about 750,000 pages of declassified intelligence papers, records, research files and other content which are now accessible through CIA’s Records Search Tool (CREST) at the National Archives in College Park, MD. This release will include  nearly 100,000 pages of analytic intelligence publication files, and about 20,000 pages of research… Continue Reading

Report – Global fact-checking up 50% in past year

Duke Reporter’s Lab – By Mark Stencel, February 16, 2016: “The high volume of political truth-twisting is driving demand for political fact-checkers around the world, with the number of fact-checking sites up 50 percent since last year. The Duke Reporters’ Lab annual census of international fact-checking currently counts 96 active projects in 37 countries. That’s… Continue Reading

Search Hillary Clinton’s Emails

Via WSJ.com – Search Hillary Clinton’s Emails – The State Department has released five batches of Hillary Clinton’s emails from the time when she was secretary of state. The department is reviewing more than 50,000 pages of Clinton’s messages and releasing them on a monthly schedule. Last updated Jan. 29, 2015. Continue Reading

Kickstarter seeks to make CIA Records Search Tool accessible to researchers

Michael Franco – cnet: “Currently, more than 11 million pages of declassified CIA documents are publicly available via an electronic database called CREST, or the CIA Records Search Tool. While some of these documents — like a batch of UFO related files the CIA cleverly calls its X-Files — are available online, many can only… Continue Reading

Negotiations for UK wiretap order access to US social media

Washington Post: “If U.S. and British negotiators have their way, MI5, the British domestic security service, could one day go directly to American companies like Facebook or Google with a wiretap order for the online chats of British suspects in a counter­terrorism investigation. The transatlantic allies have quietly begun negotiations this month on an agreement… Continue Reading

Paper – Coming to Terms with Secret Law

Rudesill, Dakota S., Coming to Terms with Secret Law (January 6, 2015). 7 Harvard National Security Journal, 2015, Forthcoming; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 321. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2687223 “The allegation that the U.S. government is producing secret law has become increasingly common. This article evaluates this claim, examining the available… Continue Reading