We’re still hard at work putting more polish and finishing touches on the revamped DocumentCloud, but we wanted to share some major improvements now. Better yet, you can go ahead and try them out even without access to the beta.
This Friday, we’re joining together with partners to host a free training for journalists, organizers, and the public to better understand how to use open records to bring more transparency to policing.
In March, as government agencies closed or reconfigured operations at all levels, we paused our automated follow-up systems. Now that agencies are getting back to work at the new normal, we’re resuming our automated follow-up systems to ensure requests get a timely acknowledgment and response.
As Georgia reopens and braces for an increase in COVID-19 cases, state relies on corporate donations and PPE orders go unfilled
As more industries begin to rely on PPE to protect themselves against COVID-19, Georgia is straining to identify and address shortages.
Every day government decisions from bus routes to policing used to be based on limited information and human judgment. Check out our new database and join MuckRock in learning more about these uses.
The largest city in the country seemed ready to create a framework to follow. But the final NYC Automated Decision Systems Task Force report, released last month, concluded that quick answers wouldn’t be available for addressing questions of fairness and accountability, even when trying to define ADS itself.
An interim report released earlier this month by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence says the U.S. will lose important advantages in defense, human resources, and the economy if it doesn’t cooperate with industry and academia to prioritize progress in AI research and development.
“It’s PredPol, and it’s going to reduce crime”: Agencies take algorithmic effectiveness on faith, with few checks in place
Law enforcement agencies nationwide are using predictive policing software, yet almost none of their users, past or present, have clear measures for how effective or accurate they are.
The weekly roundup of the latest in FOI. See something we missed? Let us know!
In January, amendments made under recent Texas legislation will go into effect, strengthening the Texas Public Information Act (PIA) and addressing court-created obstacles to accessing contractor information within the state.
Appeals are a critical tool for records requesters who want government agencies to cough up their secrets, but what if an agency puts up its defense before you even know you’re in a disclosure fight?
It’s likely most Americans have never heard of Clearview AI, Inc., but many still have a good chance of being in the company’s massive facial recognition database.
Across the country, facial recognition technology is being quietly acquired and used by government agencies of all sizes, but the full extent of police departments and agencies accessing or using the technology remains unknown. MuckRock and Open the Government want to change that.
Is your local government using facial recognition? Use our guide to file your own FOI request and find out.
MuckRock and Open the Government sending public records requests about facial recognition technology to hundreds of police agencies across the country. There’s lots more to do, however, so we put together a guide on doing your own investigations.
Irregular billing, rapidly increasing water and sewer rates, overflowing sewage - despite efforts to address the issues, residents throughout DeKalb County, Georgia remain dissatisfied and overcharged. Are you one of them? Let us know.
The Department of Watershed Management provides water service to more than 700 thousand people in DeKalb County, Georgia. Many of them have suffered the system’s failures in the last decade. Are you one of them? Let us know.