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First POST: Profanity

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 31 2013

The Washington Post exposes the NSA's hacking of Google and Yahoo; the US promises, yet again, to overhaul its FOIA administration; the states start to pass their own new privacy laws; and much, much more. Read More

U.S. Commits, Yet Again, to Modernizing Administration of Freedom of Information Act

BY Alex Howard | Thursday, October 31 2013

Pictured is, from left to right, Rageh Omaar, ITV News; Tanzanian Pres. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete; and Rakesh Rajani (Alex Howard)

As part of its participation in the international Open Government Partnership (OGP), which is now holding its annual summit this week in London, the United States government is committing to further open government data, improve its management of natural resources, engage citizens in innovation and, perhaps most significantly, modernize the administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). That last item is most important. The United States has had a FOIA law since 1966, and it was expanded after the Watergate scandals. It's a critical tool for the press to hold government accountable. Compliance with FOIA, however, has long been a mixed bag. Alex Howard reports from London. Read More

First POST: #DearCongress

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 1 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Public protest at the government shutdown starts to surface via the #DearCongress hashtag; the health insurance exchanges launch; Occupy Wall Street launches a debit card; and much, much more. Read More

With Kickstarter Funding, FOIA Machine Wants to Help Fix Public Records

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, July 19 2013

(Kickstarter)

FOIA Machine, a platform that aims to streamline the process of tracking of filing and tracking public record requests, has raised more than $29,000 on Kickstarter — exceeding its funding goal by more than $10,000. Read More

Obama Administration Falling Behind In Freedom of Information Requests, Senators Charge

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, March 13 2013

The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday expressed frustration with the Obama administration's inability to comply with a 2007 open government law that Congress enacted to speed up the processing of Freedom of Information Act requests. Advocates say that if the administration wants to get serious about improving its record on access to information, it should apply the tech savvy that has become a hallmark of the Obama brand. Read More

Crossroads GPS Aims to Wiki Obama's FOIA

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

Looks like Crossroads GPS, the offshoot of American Crossroads associated with Karl Rove, isn't satisfied with the Justice Department's brand-new FOIA.gov clearinghouse. Meet Wikicountability: Wikicountability is a ... Read More

Adventures in Collaborative FOIA

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Got free time and a love parsing of PDFs? The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an offer: help them make sense of the government docs they get through Freedom of Information Act requests, and if it ends up they don't ... Read More

Is FOIA Freer Under Obama?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

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Deputy CTO's Buzz Contacts Set Off FOIA Request

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 12 2010

Today is "Better Know Your Social Media Settings" on the blog, it seems. Read More

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