Obama Signs into Law Reforms to US FOIA

Congress has passed and President Obama has signed into law new measures strengthening the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The amendments write into law a "presumption of openness," bolster the FOIA ombudsman, put a time limit on the use of certain exemptions, and mandate more openness. Critics say the actions, while welcome, are ironic, given the Obama Administration's record for secrecy. 

Source: Freedominfo.org

Posted on: July 7, 2016

India Firm To Pay for 1,000 FOI Requests

The founder of Indian e-commerce firm Paytm, Vijay Shekhar Sharmahas agreed to sponsor 1,000 Right to Information requests for filed in the public interest and by poor people. The cost to file a request at an online platform ranges from US $1.50 to $3.00. India's RTI law is widely used and considered a success story. "People have been truly empowered by using this tool," Sharma said.

Source: Economic Times

Posted on: December 18, 2015