Friday, January 29, 2010

Should Supreme Court Uphold the Quon Case on Worker Privacy? - U.S. News & W...

 
 

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Should Supreme Court Uphold the Quon Case on Worker Privacy?
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Mitch Danzig of the San Diego law firm Mintz Levin LLC, argues that no worker should expect privacy on company equipment, and a written policy is not null ...


 
 

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Copyright Not An Excuse To Refuse FOI Request - The Blog of Kev. In what could be a landmark issue Francis Irving looks to have won his battle with the House of Commons over an issue of copyright and the Freedom Of Information Request ...
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via Google Alerts - "foi" -"ma foi" by Katherine Gundersen on 1/29/10

The ICO's statement that the university at the centre of the 'climategate' email scandal did not deal with FOI requests as it should have done under the legislation has received a lot of media attention. Section 77 of the Act makes it ...
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Good Morning Scotland - Information Commissioner concerned by FOI refusals

 
 

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via Google Alerts - "foi" -"ma foi" by DeHavilland (press release) (subscription) on 1/29/10

There are concerns the Scottish Government is hiding behind a legal ruling to block freedom of information (FOI) requests. MSPs and members of the public ...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Daily Herald | Stop chipping away at reforms that have passed

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FOI bill would exempt campus threat talks | Charlottesville Daily Progress

http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/foi_bill_would_exempt_campus_threat_talks/51405/


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Privasoft Web Seminar to Provide Direction to FOIA Community on Using Modern Technology to Inform Citizens

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/1_privasoft/prweb3500174.htm


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Government secrecy still remains - Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/135449.html


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UK Freedom of Information Blog: EDM 589: FOI and companies owned by two or more public authorities

http://foia.blogspot.com/2010/01/edm-589-foi-and-companies-owned-by-two.html


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Congress urged: Ratify Freedom of Information Act - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100126-249502/Congress-urged-Ratify-Freedom-of-Information-Act


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Agencies Unload New Sets of Data onto Data.gov - The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) Blog

http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2010/01/agencies-unload-new-sets-of-data-onto-datagov.html


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Guest Column: The 2010 Agenda: Open Government | The Texas Tribune

http://www.texastribune.org/stories/2010/jan/26/guest-column-2010-agenda-open-government/


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The Cavalier Daily | Proposed bill could tighten confidentiality

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/2010/01/26/proposed-bill-could-tighten-confidentiality/


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More than 300 public-records lawsuits filed in Obama's first year - washingtonpost.com

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/26/AR2010012602048.html


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AUMONITOR | FEMNET launches book on FOI and women’s rights

http://www.pambazuka.org/aumonitor/comments/2620/
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

The FOI Advocate: Nice look at federal secrcey from an FOI warrior

http://foiadvocate.blogspot.com/2010/01/nice-look-at-federal-secrcey-from-foi.html


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Freedom of Information | Open Government

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/open-government-is-rudds-aim-20100121-mngm.html


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AP Chief: Strong Fight Needed for Open Government - ABC News

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Judge weighs suit to reveal bridge commission salaries : City & Region : The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/932535.html


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Lost Opportunity | Hartford Business

http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news11687.html


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nwherald.com : Krug: Transparency dies premature death

http://m.nwherald.com/nwh/db_38338/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=0GE3duy9&src=cat


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Open and Shut: FOI fees and charges proposals raise questions and uncertainties

http://foi-privacy.blogspot.com/2010/01/foi-fees-and-charges-proposals-raise.html


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Campbell neuters government watchdog

http://www.theprovince.com/mobile/iphone/story.html?id=2478930


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FOI complaint request denied

http://www.thisissurreytoday.co.uk/news/FOI-complaint-request-denied/article-1737872-detail/article.html


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The Rural Blog: Mississippi papers, AP and FOI center team up again to fight government secrecy in the state

http://irjci.blogspot.com/2010/01/mississippi-papers-ap-and-foi-center.html


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Freedom of Information | Open Government

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/open-government-is-rudds-aim-20100121-mngm.html


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NGOs push approval of Info Act | Manila Bulletin

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/239526/ngos-push-approval-info-act


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Federal News Radio 1500 AM: Transparency grades clearly lacking

http://www.federalnewsradio.com/index.php?nid=35&sid=1869375
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Yawn. Councillor claims FOI is wasting money. But why? | David Higgerson

http://davidhiggerson.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/yawn-councillor-claims-foi-is-wasting-money-but-why/
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

BC'S PRIVACY COMMISSIONER, DAVID LOUKIDELIS IS CHANGING JOBS. - C-FAX 1070 - News

http://www.cfax1070.com/newsstory.php?newsId=12095


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The FOI Advocate: Virginia Bill Would Block Public Access to Concealed Handgun Records

http://foiadvocate.blogspot.com/2010/01/virginia-bill-would-block-public-access.html


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Halifax considering open data | CREST Halifax

http://www.cresthalifax.org/?p=2751


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Lack of transparency appalling

 
 

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via Google Alerts - secrecy canada by StarPhoenix on 1/18/10

The Mendel and the city continue to operate under extreme secrecy. I wrote to Knight last month, asking four simple questions regarding comments attributed ...
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Obama takes several actions to open government info

 
 

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President Barack Obama let the public know that open government was one of ... the administration would handle Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. ...

 
 

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Is The President Serious About Engaging Citizens Digitally?



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via Ronin Research Group by Alan on 1/19/10

Yesterday, President Obama was the first president in history to send a tweet, sent via the @RedCross account during a visit to the Red Cross's Washington DC headquarters. There were tweets from the @BarackObama account during the campaign, but these were from campaign staffers. This was the first time the President, our most technologically advanced so far, actually pushed the button.
What followed was "big news story" and the obligatory ribbing from the Republicans.  But the real issue that is almost lost in the story is that for all of the hype about Government 2.0, Open Government, and other efforts, digital engagement is still not well accepted at the top levels of government and the word of the day remains "control."
In the story on CNN, Ed Henry points out:
It's unlikely the president will be doing much tweeting in office, however. White House personnel – other than a couple of top aides such as Bill Burton – are restricted from using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. There are security concerns with White House computers, and administration officials are also not supposed to be tweeting on taxpayer time.
FULL ARTICLE: http://www.roninresearch.org/2010/01/is-the-president-serious-about-engaging-citizens-digitally/




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We need a common sense approach to Freedom of Information requests

 
 

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Photograph: junku/Getty Images/Flickr RF When is a Freedom of Information (FOI) inquiry a legitimate question and when is an inquiry an outright waste of ...
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'The PATI bill, as drafted, is a good law'

 
 

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He was brought to the Island last week by the Coalition for Community Activism in Bermuda to talk about why FOI laws matter and how they work around the ...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Transparency Breeds Self-Correcting Behavior | GOVERNING

http://www.governing.com/column/transparency-breeds-self-correcting-behavior
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Public records more open in 2010 :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Wilmette Life

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/wilmette/news/1987488,wilmette-foia-011410-s1.article


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Political Affairs Magazine - Obama Scores Points for Transparency

http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/9237/


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Roy Greenslade: FoI campaign group puts Secrets online | Media | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/jan/14/freedomofinformation


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Dark days for democracy


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We have a government that is shrouded in secrecy: the least transparent, least accountable government in memory. I had a long conversation with a very ...


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Should Teacher Evaluations Be Exempt From Disclosure? | Progress Illinois

http://progressillinois.com/2010/1/14/should-teacher-evaluations-be-private


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The Punch:: Again, Reps step down FOI bill

http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art201001153255823


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Freedom is not free for charities making information requests


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Freedom is not free for charities making information requests

By Duncan Osler and Valerie Surgenor Third sector organisations feel discouraged from making Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to public authorities ...


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FOI Oklahoma: Tulsa judges remove signs barring public from courtrooms

http://foioklahoma.blogspot.com/2010/01/tulsa-judges-remove-signs-barring.html


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telegraphjournal.com - Citizens must fight Canada's anti-democratic drift | Jean-Marie Nadeau - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada

http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/922521


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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Roy Greenslade: Guide to freedom of information act for reporters | Media | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/jan/07/freedomofinformation-newspapers


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FOI Springdale


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FOI Springdale. Transparency of government is an idea whose time has come. The purpose of this site is to share information we have gathered with other concerned citizens of Springdale. Of course your comments are welcome. ...



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In praise of… priceless information | Comment is free | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/08/in-praise-of-priceless-information


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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Issues for the 111th Congress ...

 
 

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Issues for the 111th Congress. Authors: Wendy R Ginsberg; LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH ...

 
 

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National Freedom of Information Coalition to Create FOI Litigation Fund With...

 
 

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via Google Alerts - "foi" -"ma foi" by Citizen Media Law Project (blog) on 1/6/10

The Knight Foundation and the NFOIC had a hunch that that support for litigation and for the work of FOI coalitions themselves was threatened by the media ...
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Tories hide behind “national security” to deny access to ...

 
 

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via Google Alerts - "access to information request" canada by Western Standard (blog) on 1/6/10

Emery's lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, made an access to information and privacy (ATIP) request for Justice Department communications related to Emery's arrest for ...

 
 

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The FOI Advocate: Posts Made on Social Networking Sites Are Public ...

 
 

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via Google Alerts - "foi" -"ma foi" by admin on 1/7/10

Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen issued an opinion in which he states that electronic communications made by elected officials are public records, even when they are posted on social networking site.
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FOI bid rejected

 
 

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via Google Alerts - "foi" -"ma foi" by Shepparton News on 1/7/10

Access to key documents relating to the deal for the $1 billion second stage of the upgrade of northen Victoria's irrigation network has been blocked and ...
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

FOIA changes make requests easier, denials harder - Urbana/Champaign News-Ga...

 
 

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FOIA changes make requests easier, denials harder
Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette
The changes also narrow the "personal privacy" exemption along with a requirement that the state's public access counselor be notified of any assertion of ...

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JOB – Information Governance Lead – £30k/£39k – Birmingham @ Foi News

 
 

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Freedom of Information News. The only website you'll ever need for news, jobs, discussion and legal updates on the Freedom of Information Act - Unlock FoI. JOB – Information Governance Lead – £30k/£39k – Birmingham ...
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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Trusts targeted by data freedom chief


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"The Scottish Government has recently announced its intention to extend the scope of FoI to cover more bodies. "This is extremely welcome. ...


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Freedom of information: caught in the act | Media | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jan/04/freedom-information-caught-act