The Brechner Center develops initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information needed for informed, participatory citizenship.
Important FOI case just argued at Kentucky's Supreme Court has the potential to "open the floodgates to institutional secrecy at the university level that will be regularly exploited under the sanctimonious guise of protecting student privacy."
Amye Bensenhaver: In UK vs. Kernel, just ask: Whose privacy is being protected?
“Kentucky Kernel editor-in-chief and reporter William Wright appeals the University of Kentucky’s denial of his request ‘to obtai...
An officer is removed from service after accusations of misconduct. But the public isn't allowed to know who the officer is, even though disclosure might bring forward additional information.
Portland Police Remove an Officer Accused of Violence From the Streets—but Won’t Identify Him
Why not? Perhaps because arbitrators have repeatedly overturned city discipline of police officers, including high-profile terminations.
The drive to open up police misconduct records to public scrutiny in New Jersey is getting a push from exonerated people whose convictions were wrongfully secured.
After being wrongly convicted, former prisoners call on N.J. to make police misconduct records public
The growing coalition includes former prisoners whose convictions were overturned after decades behind bars.
Prof. @FrankLoMonte with @BrechnerCenter & Attorney @ginnyhamrick discuss student athletes' rights to speak freely to the news media & how college athletic departments are unlawfully restricting this right. Check it out: https://bit.ly/33GP6Ye. #lawtwitter #ICYMI
GAO report: OMB is months behind in providing needed guidance for agencies to publish open data, at a time when access to public-health data is a critical safety issue.
OMB Behind Schedule on Open Data Initiatives, GAO Says
The Office of Management and Budget missed the deadline for issuing governmentwide guidance for complying with the OPEN Government Data Act and is beh...
An appeals court finds no basis to block N.J.'s planned disclosure of police officers' complaint files. But the police union continues resisting even "quite limited" public disclosure.
In One State, a Battle Over Publicly Naming Disciplined Police Officers
A state appeals court in New Jersey ruled that the attorney general does have the power to compel police departments to disclose the names of police o...
NTSB debuts an upgraded open data portal that centralizes queries about all types of cases.
NTSB moves forward in meeting federal requirements for open data | WorkBoat
The NTSB has launched a new database query system, the Case Analysis and Reporting Online – or CAROL, for investigations.
Kansas governor: After a sudden end to the brief tenure of Wichita State's president, the public is entitled to a more transparent search for his successor.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly: Students and faculty deserve an open search process
In an interview with The Sunflower Monday, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said that the Board of Regents should heavily consider an open search process f...
“When I’m told I should not speak to the media, it feels like we’re hiding something," one @HousingCarolina RA said. "And I really hate that."
‘Don’t rock the boat’: UNC resident advisers grapple with media policy https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2020/10/university-housing-ras-first-amendment