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From NextGov : A new research paper by Harlan Yu and David Robinson does an excellent job of tracing the history of the open government and open data movements and the way the two have been conflated,...
From The FOIA Project : When the Obama administration came to office in January 2009, it promised openness and transparency in government. On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama...
From NFOIC : Nominations are still being accepted for a new inductee into the Open Government Hall of Fame. Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame is a joint venture by the...
From Connecticut Mirror : The House of Representatives adopted an emergency fix Thursday to the state's right-to-know law that could break a legal logjam blocking the release of voter lists and other...
From Fayetteville Flyer : Marilyn Heifner, executive director of the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, is facing a class C misdemeanor charge for allegedly violating the Arkansas...
From Bangor Daily News : Media members and others testified Thursday before a legislative committee in opposition to a proposal from the governor that would exempt all of his “working papers” from...
A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier: Open Data Handbook 1.0 introduces open data To help guide...
From Politico : The federal government is under no obligation to release mugshots of accused criminals under the Freedom of Information Act, even though many states and localities routinely make such...
From New York Times : Analysts for a Department of Homeland Security program that monitors social networks like Twitter and Facebook have been instructed to produce reports on policy debates related...
From RT : Despite requests made under the Freedom of Information Act for correspondence out of the White House, the Obama administration is refusing to comply with calls to disclose discussions with...
COLUMBIA, Mo. (February 22, 2012) – In a federal district court lawsuit supported by the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the Knight FOI Fund, a Virginia watchdog organization is...
From ClarionLedger.com : The city of Jackson fails about four times in 10 to respond to public records requests within the time limit set by state law. A Clarion-Ledger analysis of open records logs...
From SanLuisObispo.com : The Oceano Community Services District has been warned that it could face litigation unless district officials correct two issues stemming from a meeting earlier this month....
From Deseret News : SALT LAKE CITY — Last year, an attempt to change Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act led to a raucus Capitol Hill rally, outraged editorials and citizens throughout...
From the Mail Tribune : SALEM — A bill that would close off the records of those who hold concealed handgun licenses in Oregon easily passed the House, but its future in the Senate is, again,...