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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 opacity in Seattle shows why self-regulation on digital disclosure isn’t enough

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The public should be able to easily see the source of campaign ads though disclaimers and online disclosures, no matter where we live or what network, platform or device we view them on, so that we can understand who is seeking to influence our elections. Transparency is a necessary but insufficient measure to detect and deter influence, whatever city or state people live in.

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6 Ways to Free the Freedom of Information Act

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David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, invites the public to visit the National Archives during Sunshine Week on March 12, 2018. https://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2018/01/10/mark-your-calendars-for-sunshine-week-2018-at-the-national-archives/

In its first meeting of 2018, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee unanimously voted to approve a series of recommendations. If implemented, they would improve transparency, accountability and efficiency in administering the nation's preeminent public records law at federal government agencies. Bonus news: a new FOIA.gov is coming soon.

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Tweets by @realDonaldTrump are official statements of the @POTUS, says Justice Department

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Listening and responding to members of the public that is a minimum expectation for public servants in any democratic state, whether those voices are raised in protest, petition, email, send letters or reply on social media. While there are practical challenges to making sense of millions of emails, tweets, call or letters, blocks that violate the First Amendment rights of the public are not the solution to filter failure.

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