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Expert: Louisville board of trustees broke open meetings laws in Pitino, Jurich reaction

September 28, 2017 11:12 AM

The University of Louisville board of trustees clearly violated open meetings laws by having a series of one-on-one phone conversations about how to deal with the fallout from the FBI investigation into a college basketball pay for play scheme, says a leading First Amendment lawyer. Read more...

U.S. precinct-level election data made available

September 27, 2017 3:11 PM

Open Election, a Knight Foundation-funded project is almost finished with an unprecedented data set to illuminate the behavior and motivations of the American voter, according to its lead. Read more...

IL: Evanston Council suspends online database after juveniles’, sexual assault survivors’ names disclosed

September 27, 2017 2:53 PM

City Council voted to make the online database containing Evanston’s Freedom of Information Act requests private after it publicly disclosed the names of juvenile offenders and survivors of sexual assault. Read more...

At Least 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Accounts

September 27, 2017 8:23 AM

At least six of President Trump’s closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said on Monday, September 25. Read more...

Buffalo, N.Y., to Launch City's First Open Data Portal

September 26, 2017 9:09 AM

The city of Buffalo has announced plans to launch an open data portal in October that will give the public streamlined access to datasets about services, policing and more. Read more...

Boone County plans to digitize old paper records

September 25, 2017 11:25 AM

In an effort to make county records more accessible, the Boone County Recorder of Deeds plans to digitize paper records and make them searchable online. Read more...

Lawmakers mulling evidence-based policymaking

September 25, 2017 11:18 AM

Amid the heated Capitol Hill debates on health care, tax reform and agency funding, lawmakers are actively working on legislation improving how policies are made and to learn how well federal programs work, with the help of government data. Read more...

N.H. Supreme Court Upholds $7.49 Email Cost

September 22, 2017 11:47 AM

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled September 21, 2017, that School Administrative Unit 55 is allowed to charge $7.49 to provide a 3-page email in electronic format. In the case of Taylor v. SAU 55, the court ruled that the charge for a thumb drive covers the actual cost of making a copy. Read more...

Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, to provide keynote address at 2017 FOI Summit

September 21, 2017 3:16 PM

Skilled First Amendment litigator Jameel Jaffer will share his thoughts on the significance of open government and FOI litigation as the keynote speaker at the 2017 FOI Summit. Jaffer is the founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He assumed his current position in June 2016 after leaving his position with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as its deputy legal director. Read more...

L.A. reaches settlement with First Amendment Coalition over retaining public records

September 21, 2017 2:39 PM

A legal battle over records tied to former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge has ended with the city reaching an agreement on retaining city documents. Read more »

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