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.
In the summer of 2017, the Chicago Police Department did something on social media that would usually be unremarkable: it changed its profile picture.
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.
Matt Topic recently joined us to talk about government surveillance and answer common questions that can stump FOIA requesters. Find out what you missed and details on Friday’s upcoming FOIA chat.
Author of the “Underground Steroid Handbook,” Daniel Duchaine is a controversial figure in the bodybuilding world, once described as a “cross between Andy Kaufman and Albert Einstein, with some Bart Simpson thrown in.” A recent release of Federal Bureau of Investigation records on Duchaine reveal him as not only an expert on masking the use of anabolic steroids in athletes, but also an expert at masking their trafficking from the FBI.