Since the Trump Administration took office, reports of information going missing from government websites have caused confusion and worry. Volunteers from government and civil society have been working to preserve as much online government data as possible, with groups like the End Of Term Harvest and DataRefuge bringing archivists and hackers together to harvest data and other information from government websites.
We’ve written previously about the End Of Term Harvest and other ongoing efforts to preserve access to online government information as the Trump administration takes office. The EOT Harvest team, made up of volunteers from government and civil society, are still collecting crowdsourced nominations for government URLs to harvest and preserve.
In 2016, OpenTheGovernment.org (OTG) worked to defend and strengthen open and accountable government, combat attempts to increase government secrecy, provide information to the public about their right to know, the need for open government reform, and much more. We know the public can provide oversight and seek redress only when it is aware of what its government is doing.
Among the 2016 highlights, as described below, OTG:
On January 13, 2017, OpenTheGovernment.org and our partners at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) held a high-level roundtable meeting, bringing together experts to discuss avenues for advancing a more open and transparent approach to trade negotiations. The morning segment included OTG partners and experts from the Open Digital Trade Network. In the afternoon, representatives from the U.S.
OTG joins rights groups in support of Congressional call for dissemination of Senate “Torture Report”
Today, 40 members of Congress sent a letter, supported by OTG and a coalition of human rights and accountability organizations, urging President Obama to direct federal agencies to immediately open and internally promulgate copies of the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (a.k.a. “The Torture Report”).