government transparency


Gmail's 'Self Destruct' Feature Will Probably Be Used to Illegally Destroy Government Records

Activists have asked Google to disable the feature on government accounts.
Mack DeGeurin
government transparency

The National Park Service Promises to Reinstate 92 Climate Change Documents Removed From Website

Dozens of documents outlining how national parks will address climate change were removed from the agency’s website this month.
Sarah Emerson

Chelsea Manning Is Finally Free: 'I Am Looking Forward to So Much'

The military whistleblower was sentenced to 35 years in prison, where she was subjected to treatment deemed "cruel and inhuman." In one of his final acts as President, Barack Obama reduced Manning's sentence to time served.
Diana Tourjée

Chelsea Manning Is Exactly the Kind of Advocate We Need in 2017

As someone who risked her life and freedom to inform and empower the public, Manning's advocacy for transparency is a counter to the opaque practices of President Donald Trump.
Diana Tourjée

Trump Is Taking Action Without Sharing Basic Information With the Public

Trump has been slow to post Executive Orders, official memos, and speech transcripts to official communication channels, creating a "transparency theater."
Samantha Cole

13 Million Pages of Declassified CIA Documents Were Just Posted Online

The CIA was losing money because a heroic citizen used the agency's ink and paper to print and scan them one by one.
Jason Koebler

White House Sends 'Strongest Signal Yet' That Chelsea Manning Will Be Freed

In a press conference on Friday, White House press secretary addressed Chelsea Manning's plea for clemency at length—a development many of her supporters see as extremely heartening, and a possible indication that the president will commute her...
Diana Tourjée

'It’s Hard to Show the World I Exist': Chelsea Manning's Final Plea to Be Seen

In 2010, Chelsea Manning leaked thousands of classified documents in an attempt to shed light on the "true cost of war" in the Middle East. But while other whistleblowers continue to attract media attention and concern, Manning is locked up.
Diana Tourjée

Local Governments Are Letting Silicon Valley Skirt Public Disclosure Laws

Uber and Waze are following an example that was originally set by the surveillance industry.
Jason Koebler
Donald Trump

Reminder: Public Officials Using Private Email Servers Is Indefensible

You don't have to be in the "Hillary for Prison" movement to understand that Clinton's use of a private email server is terrible for democracy.
Jason Koebler

‘Classified Historical Films’ You Can Now Request From the Pentagon

"Peacetime Governmental Detention," "Nuclear Warfare at Sea," and "Electronic Intelligence Research Techniques" are among the classified films the Pentagon will now consider releasing.
Jason Koebler
Primary Sources

It Took a FOIA Lawsuit to Uncover How the Obama Administration Killed FOIA Reform

The Obama administration bills itself as the "most transparent in history," but recently released documents show that behind the scenes, the administration has been fighting against government transparency.
Jason Leopold