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Requester’s Voice: Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project

Requester’s Voice: Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project

The Virginia-based advocacy group Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project talks to Tom Nash about how they use public records to push for police oversight.

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Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Co-Vice President Christa Westerberg reflects on 40 years of transparency

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Co-Vice President Christa Westerberg reflects on 40 years of transparency

In light of the groups 40th anniversary celebration at the end of this month, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Co-Vice President Christa Westerberg sat down with MuckRock to talk about the group’s decades promoting transparency in the Badger State.

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Requester’s Voice: Open the Government's Jesse Franzblau

Requester’s Voice: Open the Government’s Jesse Franzblau

For this week’s Requester’s Voice, MuckRock spoke with Open the Government policy analyst Jesse Franzblau about investigating immigration policy and the doing FOIA work under the Trump administration.

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Requester's Voice: The Trace's Brian Freskos on using public records to explore gun theft

Requester’s Voice: The Trace’s Brian Freskos on using public records to explore gun theft

Over the course of over a year, a team of investigative reporters dug deep into local data to find that across the country, police recovered more than tens of thousands of stolen firearms, the vast majority of which were later connected to crimes including carjackings and kidnappings, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and murders. Using public records, they were able to tell the story behind these stolen guns with a level of detail that had never been done. Here’s how.

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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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