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Column: If police insist on using questionable tactics (like posing as protesters for surveillance purposes), the law should at least require disclosure of the type of tactic.
Police Infiltration of Protests Undermines the First Amendment
Protests against police brutality haven’t just been met with excessive force, they’ve also seen improper police surveillance that chills t...
"Meager budgets, stodgy technology and disjointed state and local reporting systems make standardizing data an arduous undertaking." How antiquated data policy hampers the quest for an effective COVID-19 vaccine.
Lack of Public Data Hampers COVID-19 Fight
Thin public health budgets and dated technology stymie reporting efforts.
NEW: I found three dozen VA officers convicted of crimes ranging from embezzlement to child porn to manslaughter that were not decertified by the state. Are they cops somewhere now? We don't know.
All should have lost their credentials but have not.
Failure of oversight: How dozens of officers kept their police certification despite convictions
As legislators plan to address systemic policing problems in a special session next week, a Virginian-Pilot investigation found three dozen officers c...
Important and deeply reported story by @mirandareporter in USA Today, with a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (@FundFIJ)
Public colleges hide donors who seek to influence students. Will COVID-19 make it worse? via @usatoday
Public colleges hide donors who seek to influence students. Will COVID-19 make it worse?
The coronavirus may give private donors more say over public colleges' classes and professors, observers worry. Secrecy is the norm across the U.S.
Stop hiding behind inapplicable FERPA and HIPAA laws, schools: "The public needs to know how many cases of COVID-19 are occurring in each school in the district." Editorial, via @bistrib.
Tribune editorial: Schools need transparency in pandemic
There’s growing concern as schools reopen across the nation that transparency will be ignored. The fear is schools will hide behind HIPAA and FE...
Legally questionable nondisclosure agreements are obstructing access to how and why election-security grants were disbursed to Florida counties.
Florida's lack of transparency about election security funds aided alleged coverup, watchdog says
Secrecy pacts helped shield an elections supervisor's alleged $42,000 personal spending sprees, observers say.
We got our hands on athlete media rulebooks and 86 percent them violate the First Amendment. Listen to episode 2 of Why Don't We Know, available on Spotify and Apple podcasts. @NCPANOW @AreHuma