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Recognizing the year's worst in government transparency

Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency

Each year during Sunshine Week (March 13-19), The Foilies serve up tongue-in-cheek “awards” for government agencies and assorted institutions that stand in the way of access to information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock combine forces to collect horror stories about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state-level public records requests from journalists and transparency advocates across the United States and beyond. Here are this year’s “winners.”

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Redact yourself the easy way with #FOIAFacelift

Redact yourself the easy way with #FOIAFacelift

Ever wonder what your FBI file would look like? Want to share your wild (socially distanced) weekend pics without leaving too much incriminating evidence for potential future employers? We’ve got you covered with #FOIAFacelift, our new tool that FOIA-ifies your personal photos in seconds instead of months.

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The Foilies 2021: Recognizing the Year's Worst in Government Transparency

The Foilies 2021: Recognizing the Year’s Worst in Government Transparency

Since 2015, The Foilies have served as an annual opportunity to name-and-shame the uncoolest government agencies and officials who have stood in the way of public access. We collect the most outrageous and ridiculous stories from around the country from journalists, activists, academics, and everyday folk who have filed public records and experienced retaliation, over-redactions, exorbitant fees, and other transparency malpractice.

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Update: 2020 Transparency Science Fair cancelled

Update: 2020 Transparency Science Fair cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, we’re cancelling our in person events this year. We look forward to convening with you virtually to celebrate this Sunshine Week from the comfort of your home with events in the near future.

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This week’s FOIA roundup: concealed carry permit requests trigger doxxing and states stepping up for public records

This week’s FOIA roundup: concealed carry permit requests trigger doxxing and states stepping up for public records

The weekly roundup of what is or should be public record. Something we missed? Let us know!

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