The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse is suing the CIA over its withholding of basic information on the receipt and processing of FOIA requests. TRAC filed suit after the CIA was the only one of 21 federal agencies that refused to even process requests for information on its FOIA process. TRAC’s full report on its requests for agency FOIA information can be found here.
On October 22, the Congressional Transparency Caucus hosted a briefing on the importance of public access to Congressional Research Service reports. Demand Progress’ Daniel Schuman moderatedthe briefing panel, which also featured American Research Libraries’ Prue Adler and R Street Institute’s Kevin Kosar. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), who introduced a bill to make non-confidential CRS reports available to the public, also gave remarks at the briefing.
OpenTheGovernment.org is pleased to welcome the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee(ADC) to our coalition of openness groups. ADC works to defend the civil rights of Arab Americans, including on issues of surveillance, law enforcement profiling, and voting rights. We look forward to working with ADC, and promoting the voices of Arab Americans in the openness community.
Demise of the EU–US Safe Harbor: What Needs to be Done? Center for Democracy & Technology, November 3
Pulling Back the Blue Curtain: Police, Privacy and Public Exposure First Amendment Coalition, November 10
Secret Sources: Whistleblowers, National Security, and Free Expression PEN America, November 10
Last week, hundreds of government and civil society representatives from around the world joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Mexico City for its biennial summit. On Civil Society Day, OTG hosted a workshop that brought together an international group of civil society actors.
The workshop, moderated by UK Open Government Network Coordinator Tim Hughes, provided a forum for civil society groups to share experiences working with their respective governments on the OGP process. Panelists from Indonesia, Georgia, Jordan, Mexico, and Ghana joined Hughes and OTG in an engaging discussion followed by a break-out session in which attendees and panelists collaborated on lessons learned and shared advice for fellow advocates.
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