Category Archives: Freedom of information

Texas university to reconsider policy seen as limiting students’ right-to-know

 Texas A&M has a rule that university system employees can’t make public records requests of their employer, according to the San Antonio Express-Times. The school recently extended that to cover several students in a journalism class. Open-records advocates squawked, and … Continue reading

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Agency: Our mistake to release records, but it’s requester’s problem now

A Massachusetts agency tells a blogger he could go to jail for publishing information it says it was mistaken to release. Nice of the agency to warn him and all, but he’s not the one who released the information that … Continue reading

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Freedom of information’s roots are subject of a new book

“Piercing the Veil of Secrecy, Lessons in the Fight for Freedom of Information” by Mitchell Pearlman details the history of freedom of information laws. These days, as many government officials act like freedom of information is something invented by nosy … Continue reading

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Imagine: Transparency as hot politics

Several U.S. congressman announced the “Transparency Caucus” earlier this week. It will, according to its introductory letter,   “… educate the public on the importance of federal government transparency. We will facilitate exchanges between Members and experts and stakeholders from … Continue reading

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Yes, but fork over $111,930 for those records

A research group recently received an answer for its 2006 records request. Yes, you can have the records. If you pay nearly $112,000. This is how the requester responded to that price tag: “Your letter provides no information why 861 … Continue reading

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Freedom of information fund makes first grant awards

The Knight FOI Fund, which is making $2 million available over three years to help state open-records advocacy groups, has made its first awards: $6,000 to Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government and Citizens for Sunshine, two Florida groups, to help … Continue reading

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