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National Archives publishes online dashboard of its investigations into lost, altered or destroyed public records

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In spring 2018, for the first time the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has begun using the Internet to inform the American public about its ongoing investigations of unauthorized dispositions in an online dashboard. In a year that continues to be marked by regression on open government, this is a welcome development that shines a bright light on a matter of significant public concern.

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Facebook’s commitments to transparency before Congress are welcome, but insufficient

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Unless Congress takes more time to understand and then to craft careful remedies, the emerging challenges for open government that Facebook is implicated in – from automated activity to algorithmic transparency to public speech on private platforms to data ethics and protections to anti-trust concerns to artificial intelligence – will most likely be obscured by more sound and fury emanating from Washington that ultimately signifies nothing.

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It’s time for a reboot on open government at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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In 2016, after we highlighted missing data and non-compliance with President Obama's Open Government Directive, the agency committed to restoring public information and producing a new plan. Their promise to us and the American people to produce a self-assessment, progress report and plan for transparency and accountability has not been kept. It's time for a reboot.

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