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The Project On Government Oversight is concerned that NSA’s excessive secrecy isn’t just a threat to democracy, it’s also an open invitation for corruption.
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Sharon Fisher

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Ironically, this is all happening against the backdrop of the revelation that the Bush political action committee’s newly hired CTO, Ethan Czahor, spent the weekend scrubbing his Twitter feed of some of his youthful indiscretions, like his belief that women were sluts and gay men were looking at him.
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Keith Rutter

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It’s only February, and already this has been a busy year on the open government front. Two cases have come to light involving problems with “controlled unclassified information” (CUI) markings. Both cases involve the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) use of its CUI marking “sensitive security information” (SSI), and both cases highlight the need for improved policies regarding the public release of government information.
It's only February, but its been a busy year on the open government front. The Transportation Security Administration's use of pseudo-classification markings has been criticized and the problem appears more like a pattern that a random instance.
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What is Open Government?
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“Without cost” is a significant factor, as one of the criticisms of the PACER system has been its price, especially when applied to voluminous court documents.
One of the last digital document holdouts is throwing in the towel. The Supreme Court recently announced that it intends to put its records online next year—for free. Just months after the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system came under sharp criticism for being behind the times, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced the decision in his annual year-end report.
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Yeah, I paid almost 3,000 for the court records for one of the cases I followed. 
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Government corruption has been outlined because the abuse of public power for personal gain. Such abuse encompasses a long history. as an example, the Bible includes a law prohibiting felony in jud...
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Sharon Fisher

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Are we talking about a decade-old .pst file? Bush indicated it would be on a website; what will the interface to it be? Will people be able to look at the entire corpus at once, only one message at a time, or what? Will it be threaded? Several of the articles quoted Bush saying that some of the email was funny, some of it was sad, and some of it was serious; is it going to be available under categories such as Funny, Sad, or Serious rather than by date or other subject?
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I'll follow my rule of not saying anything when I'm outraged. Pause, and let the emotion pass. Instead, I'll just post this.
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This is a good time to recall John McCain's words in the Senate on torture.
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Alexander Howard
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The editors of BoingBoing decided that Senator Jay Rockefeller singlehandedly scuttling FOIA reform was worth covering: http://boingboing.net/2014/12/06/senator-jay-rockefeller-single.html I I can't help but hope that other outlets follow their lead.
The House unanimously passed a bill that would bring much-needed improvements to the Freedom of Information Act; the Senate had bi-partisan support for it, too -- but outgoing Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-WY) singlehandedly killed ...
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Police departments that have implemented body cameras are finding out that the cameras themselves are just the half of it. The data they collect has a lot of cost and issues of its own.
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Fellowes

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What else would a minister use when handed a dossier about paedophile parliamentarians ;-)
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I would definitely worry if the agencies that are actually doing the work are forbidden to communicate directly with the public. Modern media are designed to let us do that. I'm not questioning that this service will be used for propaganda -- that's what government officials do -- but choking off alternative sources of information will be the real threat.
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"Security and privacy are properties of free and open societies, not threats to them" - Dennis Fisher  https://threatpost.com/encryption-is-not-the-enemy/110375
There are few things scarier these days than a politician stepping in front of a microphone, taking a deep breath and opening his mouth to pontificate on security. A long list of American elected o...
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When it comes to holding government accountable, it is in the nation’s best interest to allow the media, nonprofit groups and the public full access to decision-making.
There are too many decisions made in secret, not too few.
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only the light can do that." Military lawyer quoting MLK.
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WASHINGTON—Warning that it would be reckless to release the full findings to the general public, critics in Washington condemned the Senate’s 480-page report detailing the CIA’s interrogation tactics Tuesday, saying it puts the country a...
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Don’t miss the new study case about the evolution and perspectives of #SmartCities in #LatinAmerica.
In this issue, we analyze the interesting case of #Chile
The organization and administrative responsibility of its cities -shared among regions, provinces and communal structures- influences its technological development.
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