FOIA

Hacking

Researchers Are Liberating Thousands of Pages of Forgotten Hacking History From the Government

Using FOIA, they’ve already published NASA’s official report about the infamous WANK worm.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.10.19
FOIA

‘Mutant Rabbit’ Lost By University of Michigan Laboratory, FOIA Docs Show

The University of Michigan was home to a series of animal deaths in 2018.
Sarah Emerson
3.25.19
FOIA

Here Are Hundreds of Pages of Official Documents About Predictive Policing in America

Motherboard is publishing several hundred pages of documents we obtained from police departments by using Freedom of Information requests.
Caroline Haskins
2.26.19
mascots

Don't Fear the Green Reaper, the Department of Energy's Creepy Recycling Mascot

The unsettling costume was dreamt up by an employee at the agency that oversees America's nuclear stockpile.
Matthew Gault
1.29.19
UFOS

The Government’s Secret UFO Program Funded Research on Wormholes and Extra Dimensions

Documents released by the Department of Defense reveal some of what its infamous Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was working on.
Sarah Emerson
1.17.19
FOIA

Why Seattle Accidentally Sent This Activist the First 256 Characters of 32 Million Internal Emails

How this self-described FOIA-nerd uses city data to make your life better.
Karl Bode
10.31.18
FOIA

Oakland Police Open Records Transparency Investigation After 'Watch Dogs 2' Lawsuit

Earlier this year, Oakland Police refused to turn over documents about any collaboration with Ubisoft. An activist sued the agency, and won.
Ian Birnbaum
10.24.18
nasa

NASA Lost Lunar Rover Prototype and Other Priceless Artifacts to Sloppy Management, Inspector General Finds

The agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that “a significant amount of historic personal property has been lost, misplaced, or taken” due to inadequate procedures.
Becky Ferreira
10.23.18
deepfakes

DHS Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny It Has Records on Deepfakes

As DARPA researchers work on identifying manipulated videos, and lawmakers call for an intelligence community report, the DHS is staying tight-lipped on deepfakes.
Joseph Cox
9.18.18
privacy

How a Horrible Invasion of Inmates’ Privacy Led to This Ridiculous Photo

In an unusual response to concerns raised by a nonprofit, the researchers decided to model themselves.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.21.18
transparency

The Internet Is Crowdfunding the Release of 4,358 Secret CIA Mind Control Documents

Twelve years after receiving a cache of CIA documents related to the MKUltra program, John Greenewald of the Black Vault realized that thousands of pages had been omitted. Now, he's asking the internet for help.
Michael Gaynor
8.13.18
gold

The US Has 4.6 Million Foreign Gold Coins Stashed in a Vault in New York

The coins were supposed to be melted into gold bars, but were instead preserved in a vault.
Michael Gaynor
7.16.18
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