Gerry Canavan

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Security Creep

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“In the latest freedom-of-information blow, agencies ignore a transparency order from the president himself.” Meanwhile, the New York Times enters stage four: bargaining.

Imagine if we could watch in high definition with a bird’s-eye view. A drone would let us count demonstrators, gun barrels and pools of blood. And the evidence could be broadcast for a global audience, including diplomats at the United Nations and prosecutors at the International Criminal Court.

…If human rights organizations can spy on evil, they should.

The Open Government Act

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This may be the first time in seven years that I’ve been more or less happy with the direction of American democracy two whole days in a row: Congress has passed a major revision of the Freedom of Information Act, including:

Easier recovery of attorney’s fees when requesters are forced to file suit to get records;

The creation of a national FOIA ombudsman to mediate disputes between information requesters and government agencies;

A tracking system for individual information requests, and;

Penalties for agencies that fail to follow FOIA deadlines.

Also via MeFi. Like yesterday’s energy bill, this isn’t nearly perfect, but how refreshing to actually take the occasional step in the right direction…

Written by gerrycanavan

December 20, 2007 at 3:00 pm