NFOIC’s FOI Friday for November 11 2011

A few items selected from many of interest in the last couple days.

Second judge gives DOJ access to WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts

The U.S. Justice Department will be allowed access to WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts, including information about what Internet and e-mail addresses are associated with them, a federal district judge ruled …

Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is representing one of the Twitter account holders, said his group is "considering our options for how best to protect our clients' rights in response to this dangerous decision." A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

Visit c|net for the rest.

Gov. Scott Walker hires lawyer to defend DA who sued state

Gov. Scott Walker has hired private legal counsel to represent a county district attorney being sued for allegedly violating a state open government law — a move made necessary because the DA has sued the state for allegedly violating another open government statute.

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Alameda (Ca.) Sunshine Ordinance made law

The 31-page ordinance, which modifies chapter two of the Alameda City Charter, requires that the city council post its regular meeting agendas 12 days before council meetings; makes the city respond to public record requests in three days; gives citizens more information about council's closed sessions; standardizes the electronic formats of city documents; and prevents councilmembers from deliberating on new resolutions after 10:30 p.m. at council meetings.

Visit Alameda Sun for the rest.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins wants social media involved in emergency alerting

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, ranking Republican on the committee, says FEMA needs to make sure the alerts reach the most people possible. To that end, Collins announced she plans to introduce a bill to ensure FEMA uses “cutting-edge technology” for emergency alerting.

Visit Radio World for the rest.

Eye On Boise

The laws that ensure openness in government in our state and nation, including the Idaho Open Meeting Law, the Idaho Public Records Law and the federal Freedom of Information Act, allow people to hold their government accountable, prevent and uncover corruption, and actually participate in governing themselves, as our founding fathers intended.

Visit The Spokesman-Review for the rest.

The State Department is tumbling

Have no fear – or hope, depending upon your perspective: the United States Department of State is not undergoing a revolution. They have, however, added one more tool to the digital diplomacy toolkit: they’ve started a new blog on Tumblr, a rapidly growing blogging platform.

Visit gov20.govfresh for the rest.