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From Social Science Research Network: “Open government” used to carry a hard political edge: it referred to politically sensitive disclosures of government information. The phrase was first used in...

From National Archives: OGIS is sponsoring a unique event to mark Sunshine Week (March 9-16, 2012), a celebration of government openness. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is...

From Politico: President Barack Obama set a high bar for open government, and he set it quickly. A minute after he took office, the White House website declared his administration would become “the...

A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier: NFOIC debuts #OpenGovVideos with interviews featuring Ken Bunting...

From Washington Post: The latest call for the Obama administration to publicly release its legal justification for a drone strike that killed U.S.-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen last...

From BoingBoing: Want to make a freedom-of-information request to the FBI or other three-letter agencies for any information they might have about you? This post links to a website that lets you enter...

From Sunlight Foundation: The Advisory Committee on Transparency will host an event on legislative transparency and legislative branch appropriations on Monday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the Rayburn...

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 issued...

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...