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March 13, 2005 8:10 AM   Subscribe

So it's Sunshine Week. That's not a weather forecast, but a creation of the press to focus attention on the need for more open government. Some sites have posted How-To Guides on filing a FOIA request, a skill without which sites like this wouldn't be able to publish entertaining mugshots and court documents. My local paper has a package of articles on Sunshine Week. Anything happening in your town?
posted by baltimore (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
re: Nick Nolte mugshot

1.21 Jigawatts!?!
posted by ba at 8:20 AM on March 13, 2005

Nice post baltimore. Just like to add: Tapping Officals’ Secrets provides a link to state FOI guides.

University of Florida Citizen Access Project ranks state FOI access and allows the user to compare states.

38 Noteworthy Articles Made Possible By FOIA In 2003-2004 from the GWU National Security Archive.

Open Government Advocates Find Allies Among GOP Lawmakers.
posted by mlis at 8:40 AM on March 13, 2005

The paper here in Panama City, FL, did a pretty comprehensive survey of compliance by all the PDs, ISDs, and City Governments of all the surrounding areas. Roughly half flat refused to give out the requested information, and another quarter questioned the identity \ motives of those requesting the info to various degrees.

(I, unfortunately, cannot link to the article because it's subscription-based and not free)

One might quibble if it's REALLY a violation of the law to refuse to hand out government personnel records to someone without at least acquiring a name (I wouldn't think so) but some of the departments absolutely grilled the undercover reporters to the point that no average citizen would've put up with it. ("Why do you want those records, son? You think your girlfriend filed a report on you?")

I wonder if having this Sunshine Sunday happening nationwide will do anything to increase public awareness? Or will it just get swept under the rug?
posted by InnocentBystander at 9:00 AM on March 13, 2005

OpentheGovernment has tons of info, including this: U.S. official secrets multiplying at fast pace
posted by amberglow at 1:13 PM on March 13, 2005

related: Stop Fake News
posted by amberglow at 7:38 PM on March 13, 2005

related: Stop Fake News
Uh oh. Jon Stewart will not be pleased.
posted by Sangermaine at 7:51 PM on March 13, 2005

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posted by amberglow at 8:06 PM on March 13, 2005

While I constantly rag on the Honolulu Advertiser for being a soul-less outpost of the cold Gannett Empire, they bumped themselves up a few notches in my estimation with their "Sunshine Week" series.
posted by pzarquon at 11:16 AM on March 15, 2005

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