Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration said it would reject all freedom of information requests – and then reversed itself after public outcry.
One more casualty of the coronavirus pandemic: open government. Since the crisis began, local, state and federal officials throughout the United States have locked down information from the public.
Leaked WhatsApp messages showed why Julie Bishop performed so poorly in the first round of voting to replace Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal party.
There is a strong case to be made that WhatsApp messages are subject to the Freedom of Information Act in the same way as email and others forms of text messages.
Students and faculty members have protested arrangements GMU made with donors.
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When public universities and their foundations take large sums of money from political and strategic philanthropists, they can’t safeguard academic freedom unless there's some transparency.
One government transparency movement may now be threatened by the other.
During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes.
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An expert on secrecy in government explains the downsides and limits of transparency.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s clampdown on dissent in Matabeleland claimed up to 20 000 lives.
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The effects of President Mugabe's post-independence security clampdown that led to the murder of between 10 000 and 20 000 Zimbabweans, known as the Matabeleland massacre, continue to be felt.
Attorney-General George Brandis has again lost a bid to prevent his ministerial diary from being released under FOI.
The FOI request was one a first year law student could complete - instead, the courts have been tied up with political game-playing.
University's reasons for not releasing trial data are groundless.
How do government agencies make decisions?
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Data-driven algorithms drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and civic lives. But they contain inherent biases and assumptions that are too often invisible to the public.
Politicians hate secrecy when in opposition but grow to love it when in power.
Malcolm Turnbull is known to use secretive messaging apps such as Wickr.
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The use of private messaging apps that bypass government IT raise troubling issues for oversight and freedom of information.
British American Tobacco says it wants the information to ascertain whether it substantiates government claims about the impact of plain tobacco packaging laws.
Restricting entities such as tobacco companies' use of FOI laws is not the best legal response if it helps public bodies generally become more secretive.
A researcher buried in records requests can’t attend to actual science.
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Some activists use open records requests to bully researchers – distracting them from their actual work and silencing others who don't want to draw attention.
Students of color are more likely to be suspended.
Students of color are subjected to harsher disciplinary measures. Are schools doing enough to check this practice?