The Brechner Center develops initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information needed for informed, participatory citizenship.
Open data is helping equalize the odds between tenants and abusive landlords. But there's one problem: Landlords who intentionally spell their names wrong in municipal records to avoid leaving a trail. https://diginomica.com/new-york-renters-take-dodgy-landlords-using-open-data
The @BrechnerCenter is now calling for entries for the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding news coverage that promotes transparent, accountable government. http://bit.ly/38xsQzF
1/ 🚨🚨Big Database Doc Dump!!🚨🚨 I am So Excited to publish this w/ @teamtrace @MuckRock: Data dictionaries, user guides, record layouts + more for some of the most widely used police databases in the country. https://www.thetrace.org/2020/01/police-data-documentation-public-records-requests/
This would revolutionize the public's right-to-know if it caught on: Jacksonville says media should get its FOI fees refunded because its utility coverage alerted the city to essential, previously unknown information. https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200115/city-council-to-jea-donrsquot-charge-for-public-records-requests-about-utility-sale