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Curious where to start when it comes to FOIA and public records? Want something from government but not sure how to ask? This Thursday we’re hosting a free FOIA 101 training to help you become a better requester. The training is online and free, but RSVPs are required to reserve your place.
The weekly roundup of what is or should be public record. Something we missed? Let us know!
Detroit, Atlanta, other cities curbing water shutoffs because of COVID-19 threat while some wait for an outbreak to change rules
Some cities are announcing a temporary moratorium on water shut-offs to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Others are waiting to formulate or unveil plans even as they have high rates of shut-offs.
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.