The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is an incubator for ideas and initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information necessary for informed, participatory citizenship. The Brechner Center works to educate journalists, policymakers and the general public about the law of access today and how it should work tomorrow. The Center is a source of research, expertise and advocacy about the law of gathering and disseminating news across all platforms and technologies.


To mark 40 years of service to the cause of open and accountable government, we asked thought leaders from media law and journalism education to reflect on the Brechner Center’s role, accomplishments, and future challenges. Read More.

Frank LoMonte Comments on OUC Employee Non-Disclosure Agreements with Universal Orlando

September 18, 2019

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Diane McFarlin and Frank LoMonte Co-Author Article on the Value of Student Newsrooms

September 11, 2019

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Brechner Center Launches Open-Access Journal of Civic Information

September 4, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Possible Defamation Lawsuit Against MSNBC Host

August 30, 2019

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Frank D. LoMonte


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Huge step to protect FOI requesters on the threshold of becoming law in California. SB 518 would abolish the abusive litigation tactic of offering requesters a "settlement," under threat that refusal will mean paying the agency's legal fees.

How to get people to get comfortable sharing civically essential data? McGuinness: People are okay sharing if we take time to explain the payoff in delivering public services; “we have to do better about saying how bad the data is in the first place.“ #D4GX

#D4GX NYC’s Kelly Jin: “Government is the ultimate scaler. Some of our best ideas, actually, come from on-the-ground, front-line bureaucrats ... there is a ton of information being collected that they themselves may not have access to.”

UNO’s Michelle Thompson leads #D4GX discussion about “democratizing data” and how a community “data-thon” helped identify community needs and opportunities; data is helping New Orleans customize development policy.

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