When we first started MuckRock, it was an experiment in building a better way to file, track, and share public records requests. Almost a decade later, we now have 20,000 completed requests to prove transparency still works.
Over the past decade, MuckRock has grown from a simple records request tool to a network of open source platforms that help journalists, researchers, and the public better understand how the world around them works. Help define our next ten years with one of two positions we’ll be hiring for in the coming months.
We are excited to share that Meredith Broussard, associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, has joined the board of the MuckRock Foundation.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been doing some one-on-one user testing to better understand what is most helpful for requesters when receiving an acknowledgement letter. Alongside those individual tests, we wanted broader feedback, including from both experienced and novice requesters. Help out by answering a few questions about a mix of federal and local acknowledgement letters.
Last week, we quashed a bug that was overly aggressively logging users out, so you should now be able to use the site with fewer interruptions.