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Obama administration pushes open data in executive order

From Computer World: IDG News Service - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order requiring that government data be made available in open, machine-readable formats, expanding open-access requirements from earlier in his ad ...
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ACLU obtains documents showing FBI doesn’t always get warrants before reading emails

From Dissenter.com: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has received documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that provide details on FBI and Justice Department policies, which appear to suggest the federal ...
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NFOIC supports newspaper in legal action

Press release from NFOIC: COLUMBIA, Mo. (May 9, 2013) – A small daily newspaper has been awarded a $12,500 litigation grant from the Knight FOI Fund after being rebuffed and stonewalled for months in its efforts to get email distribution ...
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Obama Administration releases historic open data rules to enhance government efficiency and fuel economic growth

Press release from the White House: The Obama Administration today took groundbreaking new steps to make information generated and stored by the Federal Government more open and accessible to innovators and the public, to fuel entrepreneur ...
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A 30-month legal fight to conceal e-mails about a 95-day schools chancellor

From the New York Times: If you have lost three consecutive times in court on the same legal fight, with not a single judge giving you the time of day, and one of them saying that your main argument is “particularly specious,” what ...
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Editorial: Jindal should set example

Editorial from the Advocate: We’re not the only observers, of course, who were struck by the irony of Gov. Bobby Jindal accusing state lawmakers of secrecy in making their decisions. read more ...
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Vt. police records bill advances

From Valley News: Montpelier — A bill that would require police to release records of their investigations unanimously passed a House committee and now heads to the full House, perhaps as soon as next week. read more ...
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Open-government law now defines ’emergency’ meeting

From WVGazette: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For years, West Virginia's Open Meetings Act has allowed state agencies, boards and commissions to call emergency meetings on a moment's notice -- but until now, it never defined what constitutes an emergency. That changes with passage of HB2747, which spells out circumstances when emergency meetings may be called ...
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Editorial: Public has right to know Nevada public pension expenses

Editorial from RGI.com: Last week, pension reform died in the Nevada Legislature. This week, the cause gets new life in Carson City — not before lawmakers, but in front of the Nevada Supreme Court in the state’s most important public reco ...
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