552(a)(1,2) documents

Auditing the entire Federal government's compliance with the protective disclosure mandates of 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(1, 2).

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After the Dust Settles: A Guide to Protest and FOIA

A list of FOIA resources that will help you prepare, participate, and actively investigate what the police were doing at a protest.

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Agency HQ/PR emails with attribution designation phrases

Part of Fiat Fiendum's FOIA audit, this is an all-agency request for emails containing phrases like "off the record", "on background", etc. It specifically targets emails as stored in centralized databases.

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A Leaf of Faith: The Kratom Story

Kratom is a plant in the coffee family from Southeast Asia. It is typically consumed as raw powder, tea, and in capsule form. Although the herb displays an excellent safety profile, in 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert on it, a de facto attempt to prevent its importation and sale.

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America Bids on Amazon

We want to find out what every city is offering the tech giant in exchange for its second headquarters.

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Anti-Abortion Organizations Public Records Requests Project

A project to understand how abortion opponents are using public records.

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A Titanic Undertaking

In honor of the 105th anniversary of the legendary April 15, 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, I'm looking through records across the country to find historic and current information about the ship, her crew, her passengers and more.

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Blank Check: How local police fund themselves with fines and fees

For almost every city around America, fines and fees are a useful law enforcement tool, offering a way to punish everyday infractions without the immediate threat of jail or a permanent mark on a criminal record. But what happens when governments stop thinking of fines as a deterrent, but as a crucial source of funding? How does it change policing when the goal is neither to serve and protect, but to ensure that the budget doesn't take a hit? The Sunlight Foundation and MuckRock are partnering to find out.

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Caledonia Pipeline Project - Protect Duck Creek

We are working to shut down a large, new natural gas distribution line in Ionia County. This line is already in progress. This 12/24" line, owned by Consumers Energy, will pass under Duck Creek, a protected trout stream. Additionally, I have not sold an easement and no eminent domain has been established. Lastly, if it runs in the right of way, it could cause the bridge over Duck Creek, which is slated for replacement in 2018, to fail, perhaps to the point of collapse. UPDATE 5/30/17: The pipeline has been slightly rerouted. It will no longer pass through my property but will be installed approximately 75 feet est of my property line.

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California ICE Communications

Communications between Cali law enforcement and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement

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California Metadata and Electronic Formats Project

We want records of emails, calendars, and similar in their original electronic format, with all headers, metadata, etc. except those explicitly deemed exempt. This project illustrates `test' requests intended to get agencies to provide metadata and/or justify correctly their refusal to do so. Included are various appeals intended to get rulings declaring metadata as part of the public record.

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California SB 272 catalogs

Lists of enterprise computer systems required of local California agencies by 2015's Senate Bill 272

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Cell Site Simulator Census

A nationwide census of cellphone surveillance equipment use and policy.

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Charlottesville Transparency Project

Charlottesville, Virginia is a municipal government which claims to embrace transparency. We hope to put that to the test with this project to get an idea for how transparent they really are.

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Chief FOIA officer's desktops

Literally, the stuff on their physical and computer desktop. Audits process concerns such as what FOIA officers are in fact doing on a day-to-day basis (as a snapshot), time to respond, format compliance, litigation holds, and reasonableness of responses such as difficulty of search (this literally is "the stuff in plain sight in your office", so should be zero search time), availability of records (by definition, these records exist), and negotiation (the exclusion list is basically "stuff that's hard to scan, triggers a recursion, or is private", and agencies could easily request that it be extended to cover other such things I didn't anticipate).

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CIA Liaisons and Official Contacts

This project explores CIA's liaisons with other government agencies.

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Closed Meeting Crash

This project will evaluate Massachusetts municipalities’ responsiveness to records requests, as well as which have kept up with reviewing and releasing the executive session minutes of their local boards, and which have not.

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College Cola Contract Crowdsource

The options you have at your college’s fountain machine are usually determined by a contract with one of the two big names in beverages: Coca-Cola or Pepsi.

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Converus lie dectector

Primary documents regarding Converus use by police departments, for my feature in Wired magazine.

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Counting the Uncounted: The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Project

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Despite an estimated 175,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits that sit untested in evidence rooms and crime labs across the country, there is no federal law in place mandating policies or testing of kits, and we don't know how many more go uncounted. This project aims to end that, one city and one kit at a time.

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CPRA logs

Logs of California Public Records Act requests kept by state and local agencies

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CVE Watch

The programs being designed and implemented across the country under the auspices of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) have drawn fire from Muslim community members and civil rights activists. They are criticized for unfairly targeting Muslims, being used for surveillance under the pretext of community outreach, and being based on an unfounded theory of radicalization. Despite the heavy criticism CVE has been subjected to, there remain lingering questions about precisely which communities are targeted, what research (and which experts) agencies are relying on for their approaches, how (or if) government agencies are planning to safeguard civil liberties, which community leaders are being supported and for what reasons, etc. By making the relevant government documents public, we hope to help answer some of these questions.

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Dark Patterns in Public Contracts

While the vast majority of public contracting is done with integrity, bad actors and a lack of public knowledge have a disproportionate effect on the fiscal wellbeing and public trust of every level of government.

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Data visualization style guides

How the government makes charts and graphs

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