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Young People and the Right to Information

By Mary Treacy The right to know is the birthright of every child born in this democracy. The challenge is to recognize and nurture that right, to inculcate the attitudes and skills that make it a reality. The welfare of

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Posting FOIA Releases Online Saves Agencies Time and Money

By Lauren Harper FOIA Expert National Security Archive The silver lining of the Hillary Clinton email debacle is that the Department of State is well positioned to post all of Clinton’s emails online for the public to view after it

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Sunshine Week column

By Gary Pruitt President and CEO The Associated Press It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee citizens’ right to information, turning the

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Cost-related access challenges, solutions in 18 states

By The Associated Press Some recent developments regarding the cost of seeking access to information: CALIFORNIA The state Department of Motor Vehicles estimated a minimum charge of $19,950 in response to an Associated Press reporter’s request last fall to determine

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Surveillance, Bodycams and…Aretha Franklin

By Robert J. Freeman Executive Director New York State Department of State Committee on Open Government, Albany Cameras of all sorts are everywhere. Sometimes what they records is routine and innocuous, but often the events that are captured raise questions.

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Lawmakers Attack Transparency

By Edwin Bender Executive Director National Institute on Money in State Politics Transparency in our elections, our government, and our democracy doesn’t just happen. It’s hard work. It takes funding. It needs staff. Perhaps most of all, it takes an

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Trade talks require a massive dose of sunlight

By Celia Wexler Senior Washington Representative Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists [P]opular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps

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Transparency: Not Republican, Not Democrat

By Jim Zachary Director Transparency Project of Georgia Tennessee Transparency Project Openness in government is not a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, TEA party or Libertarian issue. The importance of transparency in local, state and federal government should transcend parties

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Associated Press: In rare move, Veterans Affairs Department concludes FOIA overpowers HIPAA

By Ted Bridis Investigative News Editor The Associated Press News organizations regularly encounter government agencies and other organizations that profess they are unable to provide important information in the public’s interest because of restrictions placed on them under the U.S.

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SW13: News Media

      Wisconsin: Wausau Daily Herald: March 6, “Sunday Feedback: For Sunshine Week, help us shine a light on government”: Every Wednesday, the newspaper posts a draft of its Sunday editorial for reader feedback. “Sunday will mark the beginning

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