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The following is David Cuillier's editor's note for the December 2020 edition of the Journal of Civic Information. To read the edition, please click here. ------------------ This is a societal illness...
Nominations are open for the First Amendment Coalition’s Free Speech & Open Government Award, given each year to recognize significant achievement in advancing freedom of information and expression...
Although the FBI reported in September that murder was up almost 15 percent, based on data from agencies that reported three to six months of comparable data for both 2019 and 2020, the antiquated...
For the second time in two days, the Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Clark County’s attempts to withhold unredacted child autopsies, requiring that the records be released to the Review...
Strong freedom of information laws aren’t enough to fix long-standing political and social problems, a new study published in Government Information Quarterly suggests. “However, knowledge of the...
The University of Michigan is being sued for refusing to provide a significant portion of documents requested concerning the science and data used to support the state’s lockdown orders. The Mackinac...
Freedom of information advocates are mourning the loss of Tim Crews, 77, who rose to national prominence while editing a twice-weekly newspaper in Glenn County, California. His regular efforts to pry...
A big challenge for government transparency advocates is making the cause relevant to everyday people. Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, explained how he...
Freedom of information advocates celebrated Tuesday's decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The "decision is massively good news for requesters using Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law," Erik...
Nine Vermont municipalities, including Northfield and Shrewsbury, are being sued because of a claim they have been prohibiting or restricting access to public government records, citing COVID-19...
When America's state legislators begin meeting for their 2021 sessions, the blunt fact is that many of them won't be meeting at all. They will be sitting at Zoom screens, talking on their iPhones and...
In a move that heralds a new era of greater citizen access to government, the Forest Park City Council, the Downtown Development Authority, the Development Authority, and the Urban Redevelopment...
The death of Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on the high court, prompted us to share this tribute written in July...
The Colorado Supreme Court’s adoption Thursday of a statewide standard for sealing or suppressing court records in criminal cases “is an extremely positive development that increases transparency and...
\Whistleblower Network News hosted a webinar Dec. 14 on how to effectively use the Freedom of Information Act. The webinar featured leading whistleblower lawyer Stephen M. Kohn, who is a founding...