Monday, January 31, 2011
Vincent Gogolek, executive director of the non-partisan BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, noted the candidates surveyed seemed more willing to support open data ...
But last week, thanks to freedom of information requests made by this newspaper, the true cost of involving the private sector has been revealed – and the government ...
But, several proposed laws pending in the new General Assembly would carve out new exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act. For example, House Bill 7, sponsored by state Rep ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:29 PM
TORRINGTON - The third and final Freedom of Information Act class with Andy Thibault as instructor is this Wednesday February 2. The 11 a.m. class will have South ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:28 PM
The groups allege that the failure of the State Department to comply with its responsibility under the Freedom of Information Act further calls into question Secretary Clinton's ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:28 PM
In a letter, co-signed by 25 open-government groups and individuals, the Freedom of Information of Texas is calling upon the White House to direct the Department of Justice to re-calibrate its position regarding the release of public information. This request follows a response to questions directed to Assistant Solicitor General Anthony M. Yang during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. At a January 19, 2011 hearing, when Yang was asked if FOI exemptions should be narrowly interpreted, he reportedly replied "…stating such would 'distort' the 'very important values' Congress intended to protect through the FOIA's exemptions." This directly contradicts an FOIA policy directive President Obama issued upon taking office. Open Government Letter to the White House (1-31-11).
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:27 PM
Sunday, January 30, 2011
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Interactive Fellows Friday Feature!
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It is a lazy Sunday afternoon and though I haven't left the house once, I've spent most of my day volunteering for a nonprofit. In the time that it would normally take to browse Facebook or clear out my Google Reader, I was able to help a Czech Internet nonprofit craft their social media strategy, right from the comfort of my own living room.
The site that made this digital volunteering experience possible is called Sparked, and it is the world's "first micro-volunteering network." With the tagline "Online volunteering for busy people," Sparked is CEO Jacob Colker and CTO Ben Rigby's answer to a problem that many working professionals face: finding free time in our chaotic lives to volunteer for the causes we care about.
"Sparked is really the evolution of three years worth of trial and error," says Colker. Originally coined The Extraordinaries, Sparked began as a mobile app designed by Colker, Rigby, and others that "allowed people to add image tags to archives while standing in line at Starbucks." But, says Colker, "The truth is, after awhile there's only so many images that one person is willing to tag. While that was a hugely successful platform, it wasn't the broad sweeping impact we wanted to have for the nonprofit sector."
With Sparked, a web-based platform that will soon boast mobile integration, Colker and Rigby now have a chance to influence the change they believe the web is capable of facilitating. Since The Extraordinaries launched, over 150,000 people have signed up as micro-volunteers, and Sparked itself has between 10 and 30 nonprofits register every day. It helps that the site is remarkably easy to use: when an individual volunteer signs up, he or she lists their skills and the causes they care about most. Sparked then culls challenges from nonprofits that require those skills, and users can choose which ones to take on. The challenges can be anything from critiquing an organization's tagline to redesigning an entire website. "Sparked is a skill-based platform," says Colker. "We appeal really well to professionals who have years of expertise who are also incredibly busy people."
So far, Sparked has generated a number of successes, from larger projects like helping a Kenyan village gain access to fresh water to smaller but no less impactful ones, like redesigning a Romanian Tech organization's banner ad.
"74% of the United States doesn't volunteer, and the overwhelming reason is that they're just too busy to engage," says Colker. While Sparked won't convince everyone to transfer their energy from Facebook stalking to social good, it certainly dismantles several of the barriers that prevent working professionals from volunteering—and judging from the amount of hours wasted online each week, finding the time to micro-volunteer shouldn't prove too difficult.
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Sunshine Review, a non-profit government watchdog, grades government websites for transparency and disclosure at the state, city and local levels....
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 6:18 PM
But several proposed laws pending in the new General Assembly would carve out new exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act. For example, House Bill 7, sponsored by state Rep ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 4:07 PM
According to a news release, the Ben Blackstock Award is presented to a non-governmental person or organization that has shown a commitment to freedom of information.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
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New Yorkers, get ready to have your say about the role sustainability plays in your city. Give a Minute, the civic engagement platform, is headed to your town, and is looking for the best ideas to green your neighborhood. I first wrote about Give a Minute's launch in Chicago back in November, where an incredible 2,000 ideas flooded in for improving Chicago's transit culture.
Give a Minute works like a virtual suggestion box: It poses a question to urban residents through viral and traditional marketing, and encourages them to respond via text, Twitter, or a website post. The ideas are then aggregated on Post-It note style graphics on a giant digital whiteboard.
The platform was designed by Local Projects in partnership with CEOs for Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation, and in New York, it has a big-time sponsor: Give a Minute's question asking New Yorkers how they'd green their neighborhoods will be included with the rollout of PlaNYC 2030, Mayor Bloomberg's massive sustainability program, in May.
The coolest thing about Give a Minute is that it gives big-time politicos and heads of government agencies a chance to actually respond to the suggestions from city residents. So Mayor Mike can actually "endorse" an idea that he likes and offer feedback that goes directly back to the person who suggested it. We think he'll actually comment, too, since Bloomberg is totally behind the idea, offering this quote: "This kind of open call for ideas—or 'crowdsourcing,' as it's called—has helped cutting-edge companies like Facebook and Netflix improve services and save money. And with more than 8.4 million people in our crowd, imagine what we can come up with."
Since the first launch in Chicago, Local Projects' Jake Barton and his team have been streamlining and improving the application, and the platform now allows people to create "action groups" around specific things that need to happen to make ideas reality. If you input a specific idea like rain barrels, you're immediately invited to join the appropriate action group in your neighborhood. "The city has resources to actualize some solutions, from planting trees, to mitigating storm water, to creating pocket parks," says Barton. "But it's wider then just the city, as neighborhood groups can use this to organize around an idea, raise funds through Kickstarter, meet face to face through Meetup, or create an advocacy group by getting more people on board."
Give a Minute's new incarnation is exactly the kind of translation from awareness to action that we've been hoping a web-based tool like this can provide. Barton says the way it will be set up for New York, it should be able to accommodate all kinds of ideas. "Big ideas can get enough attention to really create change, grants, and be implemented, and that small groups can gather their neighbors together to address very local issues," he says. "The project is really looking for change at all scales, and ideally it brings together the city and its collective resources for positive change."
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 9:14 AM
President Obama's mentioned several of Sunlight's core issues in his State of the Union Address issues last night. A closer look at what he said, and what he said last year, helps to sort out the rhetoric from the reality.Earmarks Here's President Obama, last night:
And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren't larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it... A 21st century government that's open and competent.This is a new development, and a departure from his request last year, in January of 2010:
I'm also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. Applause.) Democrats and Republicans. (Applause.) Democrats and Republicans. You've trimmed some of this spending, you've embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. (Applause.) Tonight, I'm calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single Web site before there's a vote, so that the American people can see how their money is being spent. (Applause.)In 2010, Obama called for earmark transparency. In 2011, he issues an outright veto threat. What has changed? After Obama's initial call for an earmarks database, lawmakers (and Sunlight) took his call seriously, crafting the Earmark Transparency Act in both the House and the Senate. They had broad bipartisan support, and the Senate bill even passed out of committee. The White House was silent, and uninvolved. Unfortunately, a veto threat is an unlikely fix to our earmark issues. It's unclear how long it'll last, or whether it's a threat that Congress will accept. Even if they do, no one expects earmarks to end, but instead to continue under a different procedure -- phonemarking, lettermarking, and who knows what else. (We're calling those "nearmarks"). Members of Congress can still direct funds to pet projects; they'll just be harder to track, and further from the public eye. The only ultimately reliable authority to appeal to on spending is public scrutiny. That's what Obama called for last year. Too bad he didn't follow through. It's difficult not to interpret the earmark veto threat with skepticism, as part of an escalating anti-washington political arms race, rather than a well-considered solution to a real problem. Campaign Finance Disclosure After the Citizens United decision, President Obama became a fierce ally for legislation to create disclosure in its wake. He made countless speeches and radio addresses, and the White House was heavily involved in trying to get the effort passed. Senate Republicans ultimately blocked the effort, even after an initiative to introduce a disclosure-only bill. Given that history, it's surprising that this issue didn't show up at all in last night's speech. The cynical view is that Democrats are planning ways to benefit from campaign finance deregulation; perhaps Republican control of the House makes a disclosure bill less likely to pass. In any case, it's a huge reversal for the reform issue perhaps closest to Obama's heart to get a goose egg in the SOTU. 2011:
With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. (Applause.) They should be decided by the American people. And I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.Lobbying Last night's speech saw one particular call for lobbying reform:
Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online.That sounds like a good idea, but unfortuntely it's expressed in State of the Union shorthand, and glosses over a pile of complexity. There are two sets of policies that Obama could be referring to when he says that they've "already done" lobbying disclosure. First is the visitor logs, which the White House released as a result of a CREW lawsuit. They allow anyone to see records of most visitors to the White House posted online four months after the visits occur. These are meaningful disclosures, and allowed Sunlight's Paul Blumenthal to reconstruct the lobbying and dealmaking that went into the healthcare bill. But that doesn't mean that they're an effective lobbying disclosure system. The design of the WAVES system is an artifact of how security officers track who enters and leaves the White House system -- a far cry from the lobbying disclosure so necessary to holding officials accountable. Secondly, Obama could be referring to the lobbying disclosures the Executive Branch is voluntarily making around focused issues. There are such policies now applied to TARP, the stimulus, and now to the Dodd-Frank bill. Again, these are meaningful policies, worthy of broad praise, and further analysis. But they're insufficient for the White House to say they're "already done." These policies are easy to evade, and often rely on the outdated and ineffective definitions from the Lobbyist Disclosure Act. The real fix is the sort of fundamental reform to our lobbying disclosure system that we've described in our bill on PublicMarkup, and posted for public review and commentary. Having the President push for such a measure would improve its prognosis significantly. Unfortunately, it's unclear whether the line in last night's speech was the opening salvo in a new lobbying reform initiative, or a temporary jab at the legislature intended to garner praise for existing White House initiatives. If "we do big things" then real-time, online lobbying disclosure should be one of them. Other Obama also mentioned the following line:
Because you deserve to know exactly how and where your tax dollars are being spent, you will be able to go to a website and get that information for the very first time in history.This is rather cryptic. It's possible that this refers to a proposal to create a digital receipt for after paying your taxes, which has been floating around in different versions for several years. But that's a guess. The USASpending.gov site already provides details on how the government spends money on grants and contracts, although the data they're using is largely unreliable. If the government is going to add to this accounting, they should fix those problems first. Overall Compared to last year's speech, 2011's ideas were derivative and rhetorical. Since there is no dedicated staffer at the White House pursuing ethics and transparency, it looks like the Obama's leadership on this issue is slipping. As the White House staff shakeup continues, and in the absence of the not-to-be-replaced Ethics Czar, we're left wondering whether we've already seen the best of the transparency of the Obama Administration.
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 8:53 AM
A bill setting a time limit for government groups and other public bodies to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests is headed for the state Senate after passing the House unanimously Tuesday night.
House Bill 5, sponsored by Dover Democrat Brad Bennett, would require FOIA requests be granted within 15 business days, unless the request is for large amounts of information, requires legal advice, or the records involved are in storage.
If the deadline is extended, the government agency involved has to tell whoever made the request about the extension within 15 business days.
Filed under: 3. Access law Tagged: Delaware, Freedom of information legislation
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 8:50 AM
Vincent Gogolek, executive director of the non-partisan BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, noted the candidates surveyed seemed more willing to support ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 8:50 AM
Monday, January 24, 2011
... cent of Albertans who asked for access to government records got some or all of the information they wanted to see, compared to 62 per cent in 1995, when the freedom of information ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:17 PM
If you've ever put a request for information through the government's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act you'd be forgiven for thinking the FOIP acronym stands ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:16 PM
The Black Vault-- Despite the name, a legal site that publishes information obtained from the American government through Freedom of Information Act requests.
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:15 PM
WASHINGTON — A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a letter obtained today by The ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:14 PM
LONDON (AP) — What happens in the palace stays in the palace. A new British law that took effect Wednesday makes Queen Elizabeth II , Prince Charles and Prince William exempt from freedom of information laws, meaning many private details of their lives ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:14 PM
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has forwarded the Freedom of Information Bill to the House of Assembly for passage into Law. Fayemi disclosed this on Sunday while ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:11 PM
Lord McNally, the minister in charge of freedom of information policy, says he once tried to submit an FOI request himself. He submitted his application to Network Rail - only ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:10 PM
The dispute involves the Freedom of Information Act, which gives groups and individuals the opportunity to obtain information in the hands of executive branch agencies.
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:10 PM
21 Jan 2011 // Leading experts on transparency issues and representatives of the Obama administration gathered Thursday at American University's Washington College of Law for the "Transparency in the Obama Administration: A Second-Year Assessment" conference. More»
Expertly documented by this New York Times story in yesterday's paper:
Amit Jethwa had just left his lawyer's office after discussing a lawsuit he had filed to stop an illicit limestone quarry with ties to powerful local politicians. That is when the assassins struck, speeding out of the darkness on a roaring motorbike, pistols blazing. He died on the spot, blood pouring from his mouth and nose. He was 38.
Mr. Jethwa was one of millions of Indians who had embraced the country's five-year-old Right to Information Act, which allows citizens to demand almost any government information. People use the law to stop petty corruption and to solve their most basic problems, like getting access to subsidized food for the poor or a government pension without having to pay a bribe, or determining whether government doctors and teachers are actually showing up for work
Filed under: 1. Records that matter, 3. Access law Tagged: India, New York Times, Right to Information Act
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:06 PM
from Minnesota Coalition on Government Information: The Minnesota Coalition on Government Information is soliciting nominations for a person, group of people or organization that demonstrates a commitment to the power of information.Past recipients include Colleen Coghlan, a college librarian outspoken on open access, the Urban Coalition, a Minneapolis organization that uses information to build
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:05 PM
Date: January 24, 2011 4:18:58 AM AST
Subject: Workshop on ADB Openness Policy
24 January 2011: For immediate release
Workshop Calls for Bold Measures in ADB's Openness Policy
Today, 24 January 2011, the Global Transparency Initiative (GTI) hosted a
Workshop with key stakeholders, including senior ADB representatives, to
discuss the second draft Public Communications Policy (PCP) prepared by
the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Workshop provided a chance for civil
society and ADB representatives to discuss the further changes that are
needed to bring the draft PCP fully into line with international standards
on information disclosure, ahead of the 16 February discussion by the
Board of Directors on the draft Policy.
At the Workshop the GTI provided ADB representatives with a document
entitled Proposed Amendments by the GTI to the Second Consultation Draft
of the PCP. The Proposed Amendments, prepared by Toby Mendel of CLD and
Nepomuceno Malaluan of the Philippine Access to Information Network,
presents in track changes the specific amendments GTI is proposing for the
"We welcome the positive changes that the ADB is proposing in its new
draft Policy," said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD. "But if the
ADB wants to do more than just keep pace with other international
financial institutions, it needs to adopt a bolder vision. It should, in
particular, show leadership by heralding in greater Board openness and
limiting the third party exception to sensitive business information."
Other key demands presented at the Workshop included:
• Removing the proposed power of the Board and President to trump
disclosure, even when information is not covered by an exception.
• Broadening the powers of the Independent Appeals Panel to at least make
recommendations in cases involving a refusal by the Board or President to
• Taking more direct responsibility for ensuring effective access by
affected people, including through a commitment to develop project
communication plans jointly with implementing partners.
When it adopted its new policy in 2005, the ADB was at the forefront of
IFI transparency but it has now fallen behind. We call on the ADB to take
the initiative and once again adopt an information disclosure policy that
breaks new ground.
The Proposed Amendments are available at:
For further information, please contact:
Centre for Law and Democracy
tel: +1 902 431-3688
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 6:49 AM
Friday, January 21, 2011
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In Denton, Texas a long-running feud between members of that city's Airport Advisory Board and its city leaders is heating up. The airport manager says one of the board members "obviously" violated state law when he sent an email to other board members suggesting they file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General about city officials. You might remember this feud from last December. The Texas Open Meetings Act requires any discussion involving a majority of a governmental entity to be held during a scheduled public meeting. A plan is currently being considered by the city that would do away with the airport board altogether – which is reportedly the reason the board member sent the email in the first place – but that's still not allowed under the law.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
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LONDON — What happens in the palace stays in the palace. A new British law that took effect Wednesday makes Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William exempt from freedom of information laws, meaning many private details of their lives won't ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 11:48 AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
On Monday, Manitoba's Ombudsman gave the WCB top marks -- a 100 per cent score -- for the way it handles freedom of information (FIPPA) requests.
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 8:20 PM
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today (January 19, 2011) on whether or not corporations have privacy pursuant to FOIA Exemption 6 today. For those of you unfamiliar with the case, the Sunlight Foundation has this excellent synopsis of the case.
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 7:19 PM
Scope of Spanish Right to Information Law Too Limited
The Spanish government has been preparing a Draft Law on Transparency and Citizen Access to Public Information, so far in secret. A draft of the law was leaked to the press in August 2010 and CLD has prepared a detailed set of Comments on the draft. The government has still not released an official version, apparently waiting until it has a very developed version before soliciting public comment.
"The draft Law has some positive features, but these are seriously undercut by major limitations on the scope of both information and public authorities it covers," said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD. "Furthermore, given the important social implications of this exercise, the government should have prepared a policy paper and held wide-ranging public consultations before proceeding to draft the actual legislation."
Some of the key problems with the draft Law highlighted in the Comments include:
· Information which is not destined to become 'part of the file', such as notes, drafts, opinions, reports and internal communications are not covered.
· 'State secrets', which term is not defined in the draft Law, will be accessible only through other (as yet unspecified) rules granting access to information.
· The draft Law has only limited application to legislative and judicial bodies.
· The regime of exceptions is significantly overbroad, both in terms of the scope of the exceptions – which include vague and expansive items such as 'external relations', 'secrecy as required by the decision-making process' and the 'legitimate interests of private individuals' – and the weak nature of the test for engaging them, which is 'might result in harm'.
Spain remains the only major country in the European Union, and one of very few members of the Council of Europe, that does not have a right to information law. It is thus welcome that progress is being made to adopt one. We call on the government to approach this task in a consultative manner, and to ensure that the law that is adopted complies with international standards in this area, in accordance with our Comments.
The full set of Comments is available at: http://www.law-democracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/11.01.Spain_.FOI_.pdf.
For further information, please contact:
Centre for Law and Democracy
tel: +1 902 431-3688
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 8:45 AM
Campaign against narrowing of EU Access to Documents Rules
Call for signatures for open letter to Members of European Parliament
Madrid, 18 January 2011 - Access Info Europe this week called for signatures for an open letter to Members of the European Parliament as part of its campaign to stop narrowing of the EU's rules on access to documents, Regulation 1049/2001.
Concerns about the reforms initially proposed by the EU Commission in 2008 include:
• Narrower definition of "document"
• Exclusion of databases
• Veto Rights for EU Member States
• Blanket Exception for Legal Advice
• Extended time for EU bodies to process appeals
• Personal data protection not subject to public interest test
The letter, developed as part of a joint campaign with CSOs Client Earth and Greenpeace, has already been signed by over 40 civil society groups from around the world. If you would like to sign the letter as an individual or an organisation, please write to Access Info by clicking here.
"EU transparency is important to civil society and individuals around the world," commented campaign coordinator Pamela Bartlett. "This letter to MEPs is open to signature by NGOs from any country."
MEPs are expected to discuss the reform of the EU's Regulation on Access to Documents in early February.
For more information on Access Info Europe's campaigns promoting a transparent and participatory European Union, click here
To receive updates about developments relating specifically to EU transparency, subscribe here
For more information contact Pamela Bartlett, email@example.com, office phone +34 91 366 5344
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Research & Statistical Officer III (Legislative Coordinator) (Halifax) - Halifax, NS - Indeed Mobile
Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.
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Monday, January 17, 2011
The Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") has published a series of tips on freedom of information, aimed at communications professionals working for public authorities ...
How well do public bodies respond to freedom of information (FIPPA) requests? The office of the Manitoba Ombudsman looked at five organizations last year as part of an ongoing ...
It is not clear whether freedom of information laws can make distinctions between a port's role as commercial operator and harbour authority
WASHINGTON — A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 11:09 AM
C anada ranked last in an international study comparing our freedom of information laws and their effectiveness to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, released ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 11:08 AM
Sunday, January 16, 2011
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Argyll News: Council reveals ignorance of FoI legislation and admits no consideration of alternatives to closure :Argyll,school closures,FoI,alternative to closure, | ForArgyll Mobile Version
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TORRINGTON - A free three-week class on the Freedom of Information Act will be offered at The Register Citizen's new Community Journalism School next week, and it's ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 4:48 PM
Saturday, January 15, 2011
He points to "overweaning" information control and cites a recent British study on the functioning of Freedom of Information laws that rates Canada — once the model of a good ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 6:47 PM
Friday, January 14, 2011
BC Ferries has gotten into the habit of releasing potentially embarrassing Freedom of Information records late in the day, making it harder for reporters to analyze ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 9:36 PM
National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame: "from the First Amendment Center: The right to know about the actions of government is now an important part of America’s democratic heritage.The legal basis of this right was established on July 4, 1966, when President Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act. In 1974, FOIA was strengthened with the passage of key amendments. A new measure, which would apply FOIA principles to electronic"
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 2:50 PM
Thursday, January 13, 2011
"I'm a threat to the established power," she says over a coffee in Toronto, a day after a lecture on Iceland's new freedom of information law.
The group looked at laws protecting freedom of speech and freedom of information in dozens of major countries and cherry-picked what they thought were the best ones.
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In Virginia, a state representative carrying the water for state employees has come up with this gem:
A bill introduced by Sen. Stephen H. Martin, R-Chesterfield, would prevent the names of public employees and officials from being released with information about their salaries.
As proposed, Senate Bill 812 would amend Virginia Freedom of Information Act laws to exclude names from release with compensation information.
"In my judgment, it's not necessary for the public to know who makes exactly what," Martin said by phone Tuesday.
Martin said the bill was introduced in response to a state salary database that the Richmond Times-Dispatchpublished online in October. The database included the names of employees earning above the average salary of $50,298.
Filed under: 3. Access law Tagged: Virginia
Mandate court award of attorney's fees when government entities deny access or fail to comply in timely manner to a Freedom of Information Law request.
WASHINGTON — The 13th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference will be held Wednesday, March 16, at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania ...
President Obama's open government initiative unleashed a torrent of agency data, but citizens still don't believe they're getting the whole story.
The rusty machination that serves as this country's woeful freedom of information system isn't enough of an issue to get Canadians rushing to the polls. But ...
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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"I think freedom of information is very important but there is a difference between a freedom of information request and publishing classified military documents.
Things you can do from here:
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 12:16 PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
If we claim we live in a democracy but don't have free press or freedom of information online, then we are obviously not in a very democratic society.
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 10:25 PM
"You will note that some information on the enclosed records continues to be withheld pursuant to section 15 o f the [Freedom of Information and Privacy]Act, as the ...
Posted by Greg Pemberton at 10:24 PM
Lyle's blog: Freedom of Information and Research: "As Universities in Australia are statutory bodies they come under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). So your research data and records might be requested! Some aspects of this are explained in the OAK Law report "Building the ...
Lyle's blog - http://lylewinton.blogspot.com/"
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