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NYPD Demands $36,000 “Copying Fee” for Access to Cops’ Body Cam Footage

January 15, 2016 2:35 PM

In April 2015, the New York City television station NY1 filed a open-records request for “unedited video files from the NYPD’s body camera program” captured during five specific weeks in 2014 and 2015. Four months later, the New York City Police Department agreed to review and release the footage—but only after NY1 paid a $36,000 “copying fee.” NY1 appealed the N.Y.P.D.’s decision and, in a letter dated September 16 of last year, was once again denied by the N.Y.P.D.’s deputy commissioner of legal matters. Read more »



Editorial: Is The Internet Evolving Away From Freedom of Speech?

January 15, 2016 2:18 PM

Over the last two months I have written extensively on the many ways in which the evolving and globalizing world of the Internet is shifting away from being the flag bearer of free-for-all freedom of speech and towards a moderated commercial enterprise that must mediate among conflicting global standards on acceptable speech and online conduct. What does this mean for the future of the Internet? Read more »



FEDERAL AGENCIES: Judges rebuke Obama admin's arguments over private emails

January 15, 2016 2:00 PM

Federal judges don’t appear to be buying the Obama administration's arguments that a lawsuit seeking access a top White House official’s private emails should be tossed out.

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rebuffed government attorneys' arguments today that they should uphold a lower court's dismissal of a case aimed at obtaining work-related emails kept by White House science adviser John Holdren on a private server.  Continue... Read more »



Corona, California: City launches open data site

January 15, 2016 12:06 PM

Diana Narahara, Corona’s finance manager, hovered her cursor over an online map of the city Thursday afternoon.

She paused at a blue arrow indicating the Foothill Parkway extension -- one of many Capital Improvement Projects underway across Corona -- and a terse description of the project, costs, and a breakdown of funding sources appeared. A couple of clicks later, Narahara was looking at individual payments made to vendors for the work.  Continue... Read more »



Bill would reveal Kentucky legislators’ state pensions, which are secret under current law

January 14, 2016 11:05 AM

The public could learn how much a state pension is worth to legislators under a bill unanimously approved Wednesday by a Senate committee.

Senate Bill 45 would require public disclosure of individual benefits for current and former legislators enrolled in the legislative pension system, the judicial pension system, the Kentucky Retirement Systems for state employees or the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System for educators.  Continue... Read more »



Delaware: Web transparency varies across state

January 14, 2016 10:58 AM

Delaware’s municipal governments have websites that make it easier for them to share information with residents. But plenty of opportunities exist for them to improve transparency, encourage local businesses and let the public know about important issues. Read more »



COALITION SUES NORTH CAROLINA OVER CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ‘ANTI-SUNSHINE’ LAW

January 14, 2016 10:35 AM

Raleigh, N.C. – A coalition of animal protection, consumer rights, food safety, and whistleblower protection organizations filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct. Read more »



D.C. mayor names new CTO, unveils open data policy

January 13, 2016 11:24 AM

Washington, D.C., is moving to overhaul its IT operations, placing a special focus on open data.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday that Archana Vemulapalli, chief technology officer of facilities management company Pristine Technologies, will become the district’s new CTO. She’ll replace interim CTO David Bishop, who was filling in after Tegene Baharu resigned in October.  Continue...

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Editorial: Standards Are Crucial to Successful Open Data Policies

January 13, 2016 11:19 AM

I recently moderated an event for the National Governors Association at the Harvard Kennedy School. In one session, performance management expert Bob Behn told a group of governors’ chiefs of staff that one of the most basic but often overlooked aspects of an efficient organization is a shared definition of key terms. Simple words can take on significantly different meanings to different people, and if a standard definition for these words is not set, collaboration is stifled by miscommunication. Read more »



Wisconsin Public Records Board Rescinds Controversial Action on Open Records

January 13, 2016 11:08 AM

After a public outcry, the Wisconsin Public Records Board voted unanimously on Monday to rescind actions it took on August 24 that were apparently used by the Walker administration to deny a pending public records request. Read more »



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