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What happens when the public-comment mic is in everyone's dining room? The transition to online public meetings has been a rough adjustment for some local governments. https://www.wlrn.org/2020-09-29/unmute-yourself-public-comment-pushing-through-the-pandemic
Remarkable work by the Brechner Center. We strongly recommend Episode 5, “What is a FOIA anyway?” as a starting point. “FOIA” is a widely used shorthand for public records laws. This episode offers a broad overview aimed at providing listeners with tools for better understanding. https://twitter.com/brechnercenter/status/1310310774481522689
Today would be a good day to catch up on your #FOIA binge-listening by subscribing to http://www.whydontweknow.com, the podcast that captures the human toll of what's lost when government agencies withhold (or fail to gather) essential documents and data.
Today would be a good day to catch up on your #FOIA binge-listening by subscribing to , the podcast that captures the human toll of what's lost when government agencies withhold (or fail to gather) essential documents and data.
It's a simple question. We expect government secrecy from the Pentagon or the CIA — not from our universities and our schools. But in many...
Though death certificates are public in Massachusetts, @BostonGlobe had to sue @MassDPH to get the underlying data for recent years for latest @GlobeSpotlight investigation. https://apps.bostonglobe.com/metro/investigations/spotlight/2020/09/last-words/part1-dying-poor/
Editorial: We don't have reliable data about how often police kill civilians. In fact, "much about our criminal justice system remains shrouded in secrecy." #datadeserts
Opinion: We don't know how many George Floyds there are in America
We need to begin a systemic and transparent process of collecting and publishing data on policing.
Baltimore is affirmatively publishing records of citizen complaints against police officers and instances of use of force, including racial demographics, instead of waiting for the information to be FOIA'd. #opendata https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/baltimore-county-launches-interactive-dashboard-that-tracks-police-complaints
Chicago mayor caught end-running open meetings law with secret conferences with city council members.
When Is a Meeting Not a Meeting and a Lawmaker Not a Lawmaker? When It’s Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago.
Chicago’s mayor held secretive calls with the City Council and claimed they weren't “public business.” We asked the state attorney g...
"Georgia health officials have decided to withhold information about coronavirus infections at each school, saying the public has no legal right to information about outbreaks that the state is investigating."
Georgia withholds school COVID-19 counts from public
Georgia Department of Public Health had said it might share coronavirus data from schools but reverses that position
Listen to @mirandareporter and @lexcap on episode 7 now, available on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher.
.@BrechnerCenter Director @FrankLoMonte on why universities have to stop blocking athletes from speaking to to the media. https://twitter.com/Poynter/status/1308869245216985104
For athletes at many of the nation’s top athletic programs, talking to the news media is regarded as a punishable offense. That needs to end.