Upholding the Right to Know in the Digital Age – December 1, 2015 Newsletter

– Contribute to Open Government on #GivingTuesday (more)
– Don’t Miss from OTG (more)
– Updates on Coalition Partners & Others (more)
– Coalition Partner Events (more)
– Upholding the Right to Know in the Digital Age (more)


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If you, like us, believe that openness and transparency are fundamental to democracy and holding government accountable, consider donating to OTG and to any of our more than 90 partner organizations (listed by mission here).

Don’t Miss from OTG:
OTG and partners submitted comments on proposed revisions – the first in 15 years – to Circular A-130, the Office of Management & Budget’s governing document establishing policies for the management of federal information resources. Issues significantly affected by Circular A-130 notably include public access to government information, privacy protections, whistleblower protections, and appropriate measures to protect the security of information, information resources, and information systems while ensuring transparency and accountability.

Updates from Coalition Partners & Others:

New Open Government Legal Fellowship at Florida FAF

The Florida First Amendment Foundation announced yesterday the creation of the Hanna and Douglas Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship, supported by a donation from Kenneth L. Weiss, Esq. The fellowship will be offered to a law student for one semester, to go toward the study of Florida’s open government laws and legislative process. The deadline to apply is December 15; look here for more information.

Good Jobs First Study Sparks Call for Transparency on State Subsidies

A new Good Jobs First study, Shortchanging Small Business, has garnered media attention and pushed some to call for greater transparency in the way state governments dole out economic development incentives. The study’s findings showed that in the 14 states examined, 70 percent of the deals and 90 percent of the money went to big businesses, despite claims that subsidies were available to businesses of any size.

Coalition Partner Events:

Annual Membership Meeting Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition, December 4

2015 Human Rights Summit Human Rights First, December 9

Upholding the Right to Know in the Digital Age

Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email on a private server to conduct official government business sparked a storm of controversy. The email debate has served as a pivotal moment for the public to pressure the government to examine the way officials manage, preserve, and release information in the digital age, and for the openness community to channel the attention towards these fundamental aspects of government openness and accountability.

OTG’s Jesse Franzblau lays out what the openness community argues the government should do to modernize records management policies here.

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