Videos

OTG at 10: Setting Openness Priorities

OpenTheGovernment.org officially launched during Sunshine Week in 2004, but the discussions about secrecy and the need for a united openness front began long before. On May 8th, we will celebrate our anniversary and release a video about OpenTheGovernment.org. But as a preview of the celebration, we will post clips from the interviews we've conducted with our founders and supporters. 

In the video below, Gary Bass, Executive Director of the Bauman Foundation and OTG co-founder, discusses how OTG worked with its partners to set concrete priorities for the new Obama administration.

OTG at 10: Tom Blanton on OTG's Beginnings

OpenTheGovernment.org officially launched during Sunshine Week in 2004, but the discussions about secrecy and the need for a united openness front began long before. On May 8th, we will celebrate our anniversary and release a video about OpenTheGovernment.org. But as a preview of the celebration, we will post clips from the interviews we've conducted with our founders and supporters. 

Break-ins, Leaks, and Breaking News: Intelligence Reforms, Past & Present

During the Nation FOI Day Celebration at the Newseum on Friday, March 14 we brought together a panel of reporters and policy-makers to talk past and present leaks of information about US surveillance programs, the effects on society in these cases, and resulting reforms in intelligence policy and practice. In particular, panelists discussed the similarities and differences between the 1971 break-in to the Media, PA FBI Field Office, which eventually contributed to the creation of the Church Committee, and the revelations made by Edward Snowden, which has already spawned some reform efforts in Congress. Below are a few of our major take-aways from the program and video of the panel.

Are We Safer in the Dark?

To commemorate Sunshine Week in 2006, we released a video asking, "Are We Safer in the Dark?" Take a look and let us know what you think on Twitter at @OpenTheGov. View the piece in full screen here

Sunshine Week 2012 Event - Video

All too often government openness and national security are thought of as opposing national interests and values. In reality, though, openness and security are not always in contention. On Friday, March 16 we hosted two panels of experts to discuss the practice and policy keeping and telling secrets in America.