freedom of information act

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
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

Public Lands Agency Ordered Staff to Promote Oil and Gas on Social Media

Staff at the Bureau of Land Management were instructed to share photos of fossil fuel development on the agency’s Flickr page, FOIA documents reveal.
Sarah Emerson
12.11.17
FOIA

'Nature' Editorial Juxtaposes FOIA Email Release With Illegal Hacking

One of science's most important publications assumes science journalists don't know how to do their jobs.
Jason Koebler & Sarah Emerson
12.8.17
The September Stories Issue

Here's What J. Edgar Hoover Called 'Fake News'

Government officials have long watched journalists who pissed them off.
Jason Leopold
9.7.17
crime

Josh Duggar Sues Magazine That Exposed His Molestation Case

The disgraced "19 Kids and Counting" star says the investigation into his sexual misconduct violated his privacy and caused him emotional injury.
Gabby Bess
7.7.17
THE SALUTE YOUR SHORTS ISSUE

She Was Known for Her Decades Long Protest, But FBI Files Tell Another Story

How grief and mental illness fueled a White House vigil.
Jason Leopold
6.13.17
SmartPhones

Hundreds of Customers Complained to the FCC That AT&T Switched Their Data Plans

Complaints obtained by Motherboard show customers quite upset with AT&T.
Adam Elder
1.5.17
News

An Exclusive Look at FBI Communication About the Accidental Drone Strike Killing of an American

We filed a FOIA request for all records the FBI had on Warren Weinstein, a US aid worker killed in a top-secret CIA drone strike in Pakistan. Our request was initially denied; we appealed. Here's what we found.
Jason Leopold
11.8.16
uk

Don't Have Surveillance Gear? UK Cops Will Share

Documents obtained by Motherboard show the City of London Police shares its surveillance technology with a UK competition authority.
Joseph Cox
11.4.16
The Music Issue

A Close Look at the FBI's File on Wu-Tang Clan

​The FBI has always had a hard-on for gangsta rap music, specifically the creative forces behind the genre's most iconic and provocative hits. We used the Freedom of Information Act to find out more about the bureau's file on the Wu-Tang Clan.
Jason Leopold
10.13.16
Hacking

What Really Happens When You FOIA UK Police

Ever wondered why every British police force seems to give you the same answers?
Joseph Cox
10.5.16
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