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Using records to inspect your snacks, understand Chicago surveillance, and following the  money in law school gifts

Using records to inspect your snacks, understand Chicago surveillance, and following the money in law school gifts

Public records helped tell some important stories this week, ranging from the hidden dangers of the food we eat to the data that increasingly shapes our lives. Here’s some inspiration for your own transparency fight.

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Chicago Police Department can't use blanket "investigatory techniques" exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology

Chicago Police Department can’t use blanket “investigatory techniques” exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology

Chicago Police Department can’t use blanket “investigatory techniques” exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology according to a recent appeal determination by the Illinois Assistant Attorney General.

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Chicago Police Department coaches officers on how to avoid the same social media surveillance they themselves employ

Chicago Police Department coaches officers on how to avoid the same social media surveillance they themselves employ

How do police officers lockdown their online presence? A document released by the Chicago Police Department to Lucy Parsons Labs provides clues.

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UPDATED: Help release the FBI files on the Black Panther informant involved in the murder of Fred Hampton

UPDATED: Help release the FBI files on the Black Panther informant involved in the murder of Fred Hampton

In response to a FOIA request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on Black Panther informant William O’Neal, the Bureau located over 7,000 pages. But actually releasing the documents will cost a duplication fee of $250. You can chip in and help.

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Requester's Voice: FOIA lawyer Matt Topic of Loevy & Loevy

Requester’s Voice: FOIA lawyer Matt Topic of Loevy & Loevy

Matt Topic, a Chicago-based FOIA attorney, has taken on some of the biggest public records paces of the past few years, managing to win important precedent after precedent. He shares what he looks for when considering litigation, why public records matter, and how he accidentally fell into transparency law in the first place.

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