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ICYMI: Eric Holder Says He's Open To Revisiting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 7 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he's be willing to revisit a landmark computer crime law to figure out whether it's being abused by prosecutors. The statement is noteworthy because the Department of Justice has been pushing to make the law even stricter rather than acceding to rolling it back. Read More

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Watch Australian Dept of Justice Explain its Social Media Policy in Three Minutes

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, October 24 2012

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The Department of Justice for Victoria, Australia, created a 3-minute video that explains cogently, in simple terms that do not patronize, what social media is and the steps an employee of the department must take in order to use it responsibly. Read More

Here's the Future of Open Government, Courtesy of ... The Environmental Protection Agency?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 26 2012

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Several members of Congress got a tantalizing glimpse of one possible model of the future of open government recently, and it didn't come from the Justice Department, the agency at the federal level that is primarily in charge of ensuring agencies' compliance with Freedom of Information Act. Instead, the model came from the Environmental Protection Agency. Read More

Crowdfunding Dissent

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 23 2011

Security researcher Christopher Soghoian says he raised $500 for legal fees in 20 minutes. He was raising the money to sue the federal Department of Justice for access to 600 pages of documents about Internet and mobile ... Read More

FOIA.gov Joins the Federal Family

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

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Justice Dept. responds to Obama's open gov call with reworked FOIA reports

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 9 2009

Here, perhaps, is some of that hoped for trickle-down effect we mentioned below. Read More

Filling Out the New Media Ranks Beyond the White House

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 28 2009

The Plum Line's Greg Sargent reports that Tracy Russo, former John Edwards campaign blog outreach coordinator, is headed over to the Department of Justice to serve as the DOJ's director of new media. Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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