The Foilies: Recognizing The Worst in Government Transparency From 2018

The Foilies: Recognizing The Worst in Government Transparency From 2018 By Dave Maass, Hayley Tsukayama, Camille Fischer, and Aaron Mackey The cause of government transparency finally broke through to the popular zeitgeist this year. It wasn’t an investigative journalism exposé or a civil rights lawsuit that did it, but a light-hearted sitcom about a Taiwanese American family set in Orlando, Florida, in the late 1990s. In a January episode of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, the Huang family’s two youngest children—overachievers Evan and Emery—decide if they sprint on all their…

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Victory: Federal Court in Seattle Will Begin Disclosing Surveillance Records

Victory: Federal Court in Seattle Will Begin Disclosing Surveillance Records By Aaron Mackey The public will learn how often federal investigators in Seattle obtain private details about your communications, such as who you called and when, as a result of a petition to unseal those records brought by EFF client The Stranger. Federal prosecutors and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington clerk’s office have agreed to begin tracking and docketing various forms of warrantless surveillance requests and next year will issue reports every six months detailing…

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