Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Two significant Ontario FOI cases from 2009 « All About Information

Two significant Ontario FOI cases from 2009 « All About Information: "Two significant Ontario FOI cases from 2009. October 26, 2009 · Leave a Comment. I've been preparing a case digest for an upcoming universities conference we're hosting and summarized these two Ontario FOI cases, both of significance. ...



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Hospitals ask Ontario to include them in FOI law | TNews.ca ...

Hospitals ask Ontario to include them in FOI law | TNews.ca ...: "The Ontario Hospital Association is asking the government to extend freedom of information laws to cover the province's 155 hospitals.



TNews.ca - Toronto News At A Glance - http://tnews.ca/
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Kathy Corrigan: BC government should be upfront about real cost of 2010 Olympics - Georgia Straight

Kathy Corrigan: BC government should be upfront about real cost of 2010 Olympics - Georgia Straight: "



Kathy Corrigan: BC government should be upfront about real cost of 2010 Olympics
Georgia Straight
The documents, obtained through a freedom of information request, revealed that many of the tickets, including those for luxury suites in BC Place, ...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

FOI and the third sector - when disclosure is less than necessary

FOI and the third sector - when disclosure is less than necessary: "Benefits of using FOI When used, freedom of information can be an important aid for voluntary sector organisations in pursuing their aims. ...


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UK Freedom of Information Blog: Identity of person making a FOI ...

UK Freedom of Information Blog: Identity of person making a FOI ...: "However, any individual who is the subject of an FoI request can make a subject access request, an SAR, under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act to find out the recipients of his or her personal data. Lord Dubs: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend's Answer. ... If investigative journalists are going to have a field day at our expense, maybe we should know who they are. Lord Bach also referred to the issue of requesters using pseudonyms to make requests: ..."

FOI requests refused as agencies lose info

FOI requests refused as agencies lose info: "The commissioner's annual report shows in the last financial year FOI applications have jumped by 20 per cent and it is taking longer to process them . ...


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FOI documents go missing

FOI documents go missing: "Freedom of Information applications are being refused because Northern Territory public servants are misplacing documents. The NT Information Commissioner's ...


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What was illegally dumped still kept from public

What was illegally dumped still kept from public: "Tom Hennick, public education officer at the state FOI commission, said “the law talks about prompt access to records,” and the FOI filing party has to ...


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Firing shrouded in secrecy

Firing shrouded in secrecy: "“The ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada makes it a requirement for them to let me ... “The fact that this meeting was done in secret is very troubling. ...
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UK Freedom of Information Blog: BBC4 Law in Action on the impact ...

UK Freedom of Information Blog: BBC4 Law in Action on the impact ...: "BBC4 Law in Action on the impact of the FoI Act. Supposed to create a new age of openness in government, the Act forced all public bodies to disclose information when requested. How has it been used over the last five years? ...



UK Freedom of Information Blog - http://foia.blogspot.com/
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FOI Oklahoma: Barring bulk copies of electronic court records is ...

FOI Oklahoma: Barring bulk copies of electronic court records is ...: "Founded in 1990, FOI Oklahoma is a statewide organization actively supporting those organizations and individuals working to open records or provide access to meetings illegally closed. FOI Oklahoma doesn't just believe in the right of ...



FOI Oklahoma - http://foioklahoma.blogspot.com/
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Agencies criticised over FOI requests

Agencies criticised over FOI requests: "An investigation into the Roads and Traffic Authority revealed a longstanding practice of sending draft FOI determinations to the minister's office for ...
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Trying to get the facts on FOI

Trying to get the facts on FOI: "By Victor Bowman - Prince George Free Press Any of you watching the city council meeting last Monday listened to the report to council on the Privacy Act ...


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A transparent tribal government

A transparent tribal government: "I also led the charge in passing our Freedom of Information and Free Press acts, which are models of open government for other tribes. ...
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The FOI Advocate: Virginians Want Ethics Investigations Made Public

The FOI Advocate: Virginians Want Ethics Investigations Made Public: "The official blog of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the FOI ADVOCATE, in which we bring news of freedom of information developments far and wide... NFOIC is a coalition of state groups dedicated to open government, ...



The FOI Advocate - http://foiadvocate.blogspot.com/
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Newcastle university refuses to disclose executive bonuses

Newcastle university refuses to disclose executive bonuses: "

Sydney Morning Herald

''Our investigation found that, as part of their internal review, the university had obtained legal advice that most of the FOI exemptions they relied on ...


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Alan in Belfast: Council accountability, transparency, FOIs and ...

Alan in Belfast: Council accountability, transparency, FOIs and ...: "It's a reasonable case-study into what happens when you apply FOI, and then request an internal review. Magherafelt are not the only web-averse Council. Castlereagh Borough Council - due to merge with Lisburn City Council - doesn't ...



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UK Freedom of Information Blog: Identity of person making a FOI ...

UK Freedom of Information Blog: Identity of person making a FOI ...: "There was a short debate in the House of Lords on 15 October 2009 on the subject of whether the names of people making FOI requests should be disclosed to those about whom information has been requested: ...



UK Freedom of Information Blog - http://foia.blogspot.com/
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BBC - Open Secrets: The Mad Hatter's time lesson

BBC - Open Secrets: The Mad Hatter's time lesson: "The new Commissioner Chris Graham made some interesting remarks about the delays in his office on an episode last week of the BBC Radio 4 programme Law in Action, which assessed the state of FOI nearly five years after it came into ...



BBC Blog Network - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

The FOI Advocate: Virginians Want Ethics Investigations Made Public

http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http%3A%2F%2Ffoiadvocate.blogspot.com%2F2009%2F10%2Fvirginians-want-ethics-investigations.html
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nicholson blasted over privacy act

Nicholson blasted over privacy act: "Now, Szabo is critical of Justice Minister Rob Nicholson for refusing to change Canada's Access to Information Act. That's despite recommendations from a ...


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Monday, October 19, 2009

Promise vs. Performance

Promise vs. Performance: "The days of secrecy are over! OBAMA: The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable. And the way to make government accountable is to make ...


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Planned bill would speed response to FOIA requests

Planned bill would speed response to FOIA requests: "

Washington Times

He said Officer Baumann and a handful of others, whom he would not name, are abusing open government laws and preventing the government from responding to ...


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FOI changes to ensure transparency: Giddings

FOI changes to ensure transparency: Giddings: "The bill also provides criteria for information meeting the "public interest" test and gives clear time limits for processing FOI applications. ...


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FOIA Ombuds-Woman Named

FOIA Ombuds-Woman Named: "OGIS was created to review and make recommendations concerning agencies' Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policies, procedures, and compliance, ...


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FOI Friday: Ten things we've learnt this week thanks to Freedom of ...

FOI Friday: Ten things we've learnt this week thanks to Freedom of ...: "The main reason for this is that the FOI Act has been of massive use to me over the last few years – first as political reporter and chief reporter at the Lancashire Evening Telegraph and then while on the newsdesk at the Liverpool ...



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Paper trails are past tense: let's put it all online

Paper trails are past tense: let's put it all online: "The controversies have led again, therefore, to calls for changes and improvements in our system of freedom of information (FOI) and, in particular, ...


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CALABARBOY: US HOUSE PASSES FOI AMENDMENT TO HIDE ABUSE PHOTOS

CALABARBOY: US HOUSE PASSES FOI AMENDMENT TO HIDE ABUSE PHOTOS: "US HOUSE PASSES FOI AMENDMENT TO HIDE ABUSE PHOTOS. It is heart breaking that a country like The United States of America which professes to be the longest standing democratic state and also preaches the freedom of the press would pass ...



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JOB – Freedom of Information Advisor – £29k/£39k – London @ Foi News

http://www.foinews.co.uk/?p=1170: "The postholder will assist the FOI Manager with the day to day handling of FOI requests to enable scope for strategic growth, to develop proactive solutions to reduce the impact that FOI has on the SHA, as well as other NHS ...



Foi News - http://www.foinews.co.uk/
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Va. Coalition highlights transparent government

Va. Coalition highlights transparent government: "In addressing issues of government transparency, panel discussions focused on ... spoke during a Freedom of Information Act 101 panel Friday afternoon. ...
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Taking a page from Chretien

Taking a page from Chretien: "... the latest attempt to improve Canada's privacy and access-to-information laws, ... in Nova Scotia as just the way the locals like to do business. ...
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Futile FOI Fights

Futile FOI Fights: "Hartford's Corporation Counsel, John Rose, denied the request for the fee waiver and Prison Legal News filed a complaint with the FOI Commission, ...


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RAH Freedom of Information request to cost $120000

RAH Freedom of Information request to cost $120000: "The letter, unusually penned by Health Department chief executive Tony Sherbon rather than departmental FoI officer Tricia Brooks, says the Government's ...


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Paul Waugh | Blogs | Evening Standard

Paul Waugh Blogs Evening Standard: "Ben, a dogged FoI requester (who, incidentally deserves to share the Reformer of the Year title with Heather Brooke*), has obtained the minutes of a 2006 meeting where senior MPs discussed the problems with publishing second homes ...



standard.co.uk - Paul Waugh - http://waugh.standard.co.uk/
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Open and Shut: Ministers not so high on the hog

Open and Shut: Ministers not so high on the hog: "This blog takes an interest in all issues associated with Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy legislation in Australia. It also includes comment about open transparent and accountable government and privacy issues generally drawing ...



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Freedom of Information (foi) Act requests reveal saints and sinners of prompt ...

Freedom of Information (foi) Act requests reveal saints and sinners of prompt ...: "The FPB uncovered the figures from local authorities north of the border using the Freedom of Information (foi) Act. The move was designed to find out how ...


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Canadian Universities Too Closed Minded on Open Access

Canadian Universities Too Closed Minded on Open Access: "

This week is International Open Access Week with universities around the world taking stock of the emergence of open access as a critical part of research and innovation. The basic principle behind open access is to facilitate public access to research, particularly research funded by taxpayers. This can be achieved by publishing in an open access journal or by simply posting a copy of the research online.

In recent years, many countries have implemented legislative mandates that require researchers who accept public grants to make their published research results freely available online within a reasonable time period. While Canada has lagged, a growing number of funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Genome Canada have adopted open access policies.

The result is unprecedented public access to cutting-edge research. There are now more than 4,000 peer-reviewed open access academic journals worldwide and more than 30 million articles freely available through Scientific Commons. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s medical literature is openly accessible within two years of first publication. Nearly ten percent is immediately available. Moreover, there is budding momentum behind open educational resources, or open access teaching materials. A growing number of governments foresee significant benefits – both economic and pedagogical - behind developing open educational resources that could supplement or replace conventional textbooks.

Notwithstanding the success stories, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that two major barriers remain.


The first is the need for broader campus support for open access. In recent months, many of the world’s top universities - including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Cornell - have adopted open access strategies that feature mandatory open access policies within some faculties as well as financial support to absorb costs faced by researchers who wish to publish in open access journals.

Canadian universities may benefit from far more public funding than their U.S. counterparts, but they have been much more reluctant to adopt open access mandates. While there are some exceptions - Athabasca University along with the library departments at York University and the University of Calgary have adopted open access policies - most have been strangely silent on the issue.

Second, Canadian university publishers have been generally hostile toward open access. Leading university presses such as Oxford University Press and Yale University Press have experimented with open licences, but most Canadian presses have not.

This is particularly troubling given the public dollars that support university publishers. Last year, the Canadian university presses received more than $780,000 in financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, $1.4 million from the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, and another $700,000 doled out from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Yet despite nearly $3 million in annual taxpayer support from those three sources alone, most university presses have opposed open access strategies.

In fact, during the recently completed copyright consultation, the Association of Canadian University Presses signed onto a document that actively opposed a more flexible approach for fair dealing, a position otherwise broadly endorsed by the Canadian education community. The University of Alberta Press, which last year received $72,000 from Canadian Heritage and $54,000 from the Canada Council, told a roundtable in Edmonton that it opposed flexible fair dealing and special reforms to assist education, yet backed legislation to support the imposition of digital locks on books.

The success of open access points to the power of merging public support for research with Internet-based dissemination. As the global community embraces its potential, Canadian universities should not be left trailing behind."

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Harper government refuses to expand information, privacy laws

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Open government group to honor Freedom of Information activists

Open government group to honor Freedom of Information activists: "Herald-Courier will be given a FOI award for media for his series of articles that revealed a kickback scheme between an Abingdon magistrate judge and his ...


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All my trips were legitimate - Harney

All my trips were legitimate - Harney: "The Minister was also about her Department being in breach of FOI legislation by failing to meet deadlines for the release of documentation to another ...


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Your Right To Know » Blog Archive » When Heather met Paxman

Your Right To Know » Blog Archive » When Heather met Paxman: "Even now you have to request them usuing FOI. […] Right to inspect audit documents trumps commercial confidentiality Tuesday, 13th October, 2009. More of us should use our right to inspect council audit records […] ...



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Despite promises, government hasn't done much to improve transparency

Despite promises, government hasn't done much to improve transparency: "Open government advocates testifying before Congress last week complained that nothing has changed since Attorney General Holder's order, according to ...


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Cambridgeshire cops get coy with FOI • The Register

Cambridgeshire cops get coy with FOI • The Register: "Oct 6, 2009 ... Southampton Uni slaps IP notice on FOI requests (10 September 2009); Info Tribunal fluffed on FOI, rules High Court (24 July 2009) ...
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Transparency Roundup

Transparency Roundup: "The Virginia Coalition for Open Government published an incredibly useful primer on state freedom of information laws on their blog. ...


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NASS assures on FOI, information responsibility bills

NASS assures on FOI, information responsibility bills: "... assured the Nigerian press and members of the public that it is in the process of passing the controversial Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill into law. ...


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FOIA Ombudsman Promises Sunshine

FOIA Ombudsman Promises Sunshine: "

Main Justice

By Steve Bagley | October 14, 2009 Two years after the Bush administration tried to neuter it, a government office that will mediate Freedom of Information ...


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Access to information : Journalist calls for passage of FoI Bill ...

Access to information : Journalist calls for passage of FoI Bill ...: "Access to information : Journalist calls for passage of FoI Bill. Law & Human Rights Oct 9, 2009. By Innocent Anaba. Socio-Economic Rights Initiative, with the support of Misereor, Germany, recently organised an interactive forum for ...



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UK: Tracking government information on transparency websites

UK: Tracking government information on transparency websites: "

Global Voices Online (blog)

Nonetheless the British are a little behind the US: just as it took a little while to catch up with Freedom of Information (FoI), the UK government has only ...


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Taking sunshine for granted

Taking sunshine for granted: "I talked about open government and transparency, and a State Department interpreter provided simultaneous translation. I discussed freedom of information ...


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The FOI Advocate: Illini Fighting Release of Admissions Clout List

The FOI Advocate: Illini Fighting Release of Admissions Clout List: "The official blog of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the FOI ADVOCATE, in which we bring news of freedom of information developments far and wide... NFOIC is a coalition of state groups dedicated to open government, ...



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Freedom of information — oxygen of democracy

Freedom of information — oxygen of democracy: "FOI is not to be confused with media freedom. FOI is an important component of the international guarantee of freedom of expression, which includes the ...


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Research on Freedom of Information and Electronic government in ...

Research on Freedom of Information and Electronic government in ...: "http://foichina.blogspot.com Opinions and observations on FOI legislation and Electronic-government in China and other jurisdictions. Maintained by Ben (Weibing Xiao), lecturer at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. ...



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Virginia Coalition for Open Government announces awards

Virginia Coalition for Open Government announces awards: "Reporter Mike Owens of the Bristol Herald-Courier will receive The Virginia Coalition for Open Government's 2009 FOI award for media for a series of stories ...


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TNR Debate: Too Much Transparency? (Part I) | The New Republic

http://www.tnr.com/article/tnr-debate-too-much-transparency-part-i
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Critics: National Archives lax in records management enforcement

Critics: National Archives lax in records management enforcement: "But some specialists and open government advocates said the problems that NARA and other agencies experience with storing and retrieving a growing number of ...


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Consultant's fees facing heat - Winnipeg Free Press

Consultant's fees facing heat - Winnipeg Free Press: "


Consultant's fees facing heat
Winnipeg Free Press
Calls to the mayor of Kingston were not returned, while that city's public service asked the Free Press to submit a freedom-of-information request, ...

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Documents Revealed Through Freedom of Information Request Show Increasing ... - Canada NewsWire (press release)

Documents Revealed Through Freedom of Information Request Show Increasing ... - Canada NewsWire (press release): "


Documents Revealed Through Freedom of Information Request Show Increasing ...
Canada NewsWire (press release)
TORONTO , Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Documents released after a two year Freedom of Information battle reveal almost complete control of Ontario's community medical ...

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BBC - Open Secrets: The impact of whatdotheyknow

BBC - Open Secrets: The impact of whatdotheyknow: "It compares the number of requests going through whatdotheyknow to the official figures published for central government FOI applications for April-June 2009, the most recent data available from the Ministry of Justice. ...



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Teacher and School Employee Salaries Posted On SeeThroughNY

Teacher and School Employee Salaries Posted On SeeThroughNY

Complete report in PDF format
October 08, 2009


CONTACT: Tim Hoefer

                   (518) 434-3100


Payroll records for 121,961 custodians, bus drivers, aides, secretaries and other non-professional public school employees were posted today at www.SeeThroughNY.net, the transparency website sponsored by the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center for New York State Policy. 


Combined with teacher and administrator information previously posted on the site, SeeThroughNY now offers searchable databases of more than 385,000 individuals who worked for school districts outside New York City. (New York City school salaries were posted on SeeThroughNY as part of the city payroll in January.)


The data for non-professional school employees cover the 12 month-period ending March 31, 2009, as reported to the New York State Employees Retirement System.  Also available on the site are names and salaries of 256,568 teachers and administrators employed during the 2007-08 school year, as reported to the New York State Teachers Retirement System. 

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.empirecenter.org/AboutUS/news_releases/2009/10/schoolerspayrolls100809.cfm

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

GN e-mails not private: commissioner - Northern News Services (subscription)

GN e-mails not private: commissioner - Northern News Services (subscription): "


GN e-mails not private: commissioner
Northern News Services (subscription)
... fully understanding that those records may well be subject to an Access to Information request," Keenan Bengts wrote in her most recent annual report. ...

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Renew resolve on our right to know

Renew resolve on our right to know: "Once a staunch advocate of transparent government, President Obama now appears to be exhibiting feet of clay on the most critical open-government issues of ...


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Secrecy can be overcome

Secrecy can be overcome: "After election, councillors do not immediately become the brains of Canada. They should welcome the input from those who are interested and use the ...


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Secrecy can be overcome

Secrecy can be overcome: "After election, councillors do not immediately become the brains of Canada. They should welcome the input from those who are interested and use the ...


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Right To Know Fun Walk a great success

Right To Know Fun Walk a great success: "

Cayman Net News

The Fun Walk / Run / Ride-a-thon, which in previous years was run in conjunction with Sunshine Week, was again hosted by the FOI Unit. ...


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Vancouver's mayor guilty of same NPA secrecy

Vancouver's mayor guilty of same NPA secrecy: "Shortly before last November's civic election, Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson blasted the NPA-run council for the "secret decisions" it ...


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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A rare chance to hold PM to his word

A rare chance to hold PM to his word: "Here secrecy is the norm. As departing Information Commissioner Robert Marleau detailed in his final, scathing report, unconscionable delays and a dribble ...


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Live every week like it's Sunshine Week

Live every week like it's Sunshine Week: "Each year, people in the news business celebrate Sunshine Week, a national campaign promoting discussion about freedom of information and open government. ...


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Richard Taylor | Kevin Wilkins Replaces Ruth Joyce as FOI Lead on ...

Richard Taylor | Kevin Wilkins Replaces Ruth Joyce as FOI Lead on ...: "Kevin Wilkins Replaces Ruth Joyce as FOI Lead on Cambs Police Authority by Richard Taylor, Cambridge, United Kingdom.



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FOI court challenge evaporates

FOI court challenge evaporates: "“Common sense and the FOI Law strongly suggest that the higher and more influential the post, the greater the need for transparency, and this includes more ...


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Now's the time to make our democracy work

Now's the time to make our democracy work: "... presidential order that a US government already vastly more transparent than Canada's must make openness its default position. Here secrecy is the norm. ...


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Monday, October 05, 2009

Harry's Place » Freedom of Information Act Does Not Apply To The BBC

Harry's Place » Freedom of Information Act Does Not Apply To The BBC: "Or the BBC's resistance to, through the expenditure of a six figure legal sum, to two challenges brought by the Information Commissioner and Great Wen lawyer, Stephen Sugar respectively to apply the spirit of the FoI-A. ...



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Whatdotheyknow.com - Freedom of Information - RedPassion.co.uk ...

Whatdotheyknow.com - Freedom of Information - RedPassion.co.uk ...: "Hi, My new fave website is WhatDoTheyKnow.com , a site that allows you to put in free Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests and read others on there.



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Show taxpayers under-$25k deals

Show taxpayers under-$25k deals: "I was told by one city official that to learn who received payments of $25000 or less, one has to file a Freedom of Information request. ...
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The Art of Democracy


Democracy is a challenging new graphic design exhibition forming part of Design Event, the North East's annual design festival. We're aiming to create the ultimate democratic exhibition; we're inviting designers and illustrators to submit their visual interpretation of the theme of Democracy and only those with the most votes will be featured in the exhibition. All qualifying entries are showcased on this website and you can then vote for your favourite. You can also leave comments on the work and get in contact with the artist/designer behind them.
This project is a unique chance for designers and artists to pit their work against peers from all over the world. It is also a great platform to promote your creative talent to thousands of art-lovers and design-fans engaging with Design Event 09.

http://www.createdemocracy.com/home.html

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Democracy Club: Transparency through volunteering



Democracy Club is a new, independent network of volunteers who want to help internet-savvy transparency groups like mySociety and The Straight Choice to hold election candidates and representatives to account. Both of these organisations endorse this project. If you sign up, we will (in time) suggest ways you might want to help them.

http://www.democracyclub.org.uk

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Open and Shut: More disclosure might lead to less questions about ...

Open and Shut: More disclosure might lead to less questions about ...: "This blog takes an interest in all issues associated with Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy legislation in Australia. It also includes comment about open transparent and accountable government and privacy issues generally drawing ...



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OMB to issue transparency directive within a few weeks

OMB to issue transparency directive within a few weeks: "

Nextgov

Those policy actions include a January memo requiring disclosure as the default in releasing information under the Freedom of Information Act, he said. ...


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Friday, October 02, 2009

FOI, Broadcast legislation list among priority Bills - Dr Luncheon ...

FOI, Broadcast legislation list among priority Bills - Dr Luncheon ...: "Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, yesterday announced that the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) as well as the long-awaited Broadcast Legislation are among the priority Bills slated for the National Assembly when ...



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After years of campaigning we win expenses transparency fight

After years of campaigning we win expenses transparency fight: "The alternative was for the details to be picked off one by one through individual FoI requests. Not all the demands of Open Stormont have been met so far. ...


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FOI salary case heads to court

FOI salary case heads to court: "The court is somewhat constrained in the way it can act on appeals regarding FOI requests. It cannot alter the specific ruling of the information ...


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You have the right to know

You have the right to know: "•The FOIPOP Review Office is the independent oversight body responsible to accept ... Nova Scotia, the first province in Canada to enact access legislation, ...
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Open-government conference to

Open-government conference to: "... up to his promises of more transparent government and the workings of Virginia's Freedom of Information Act. "The focus is access," said Megan Rhyne, ...


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Democracy is the victim when secrecy rules

Democracy is the victim when secrecy rules: "In the last Freedom of Information audit commissioned by the Canadian Newspaper Association, the BC government was the second-worst province in Canada for ...


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Senators, AP seek more public info, fewer secrets

Senators, AP seek more public info, fewer secrets: "

The Associated Press

Some are trying to circumvent the 42-year-old Freedom of Information Act through special provisions slipped into legislation "without debate or public ...


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NDP gets failing grade for refusing to make info public

NDP gets failing grade for refusing to make info public: "The coalition released a report card on secrecy within government in conjunction with Right to Know Week, an annual Canada-wide effort to highlight what ...


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Open government

Open government: "Transparency in government was the topic of a US Senate hearing this week assessing compliance with freedom of information requirements. Open government ...


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NASS should pass FOI Bill ---NUJ president

NASS should pass FOI Bill ---NUJ president: "Malam Muhammad Garba, the President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in Abuja charged the National Assembly to pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) ...


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BBC - Open Secrets: Veolia and the reverse-FOI

BBC - Open Secrets: Veolia and the reverse-FOI: "A blog about freedom of information, written by the BBC's Martin Rosenbaum.



Whatanews4u.Sports - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/
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Access to information is a right, not a privilege — Maxwell Kadiri

Access to information is a right, not a privilege — Maxwell Kadiri: "But even without the FoI, there are other laws, which guarantees the public's right of access to public documents. In this interview, Mr Maxwell Kadiri, ...


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Supreme Court tackles freedomofpress issues Nova Scotia News ...

Supreme Court tackles freedomofpress issues Nova Scotia News ...: "For the fourth year in a row, Canadians are marking Right to Know Week. ... Journalists and a director of the Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia ...
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Stabroek News Broadcast FOI bills to be tabled this month

Stabroek News Broadcast FOI bills to be tabled this month: "Daily News, Sports, Business, Entertainment and more from Guyana.
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FOI failures hurt the public

FOI failures hurt the public: "Information and Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis reported that the government fails to produce information within the time limits allowed by the law in ...
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The Three Laws of Open Government Data

The Three Laws of Open Government Data: "David Eaves has a great post on the three laws of open government data: find it, play with it, and share it.
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