Facebook Scrutiny for Election Fake News

Facebook is facing tough scrutiny for its role as publisher and distributor of a flood of misinformation and fake news during the U.S. election. From President Obama to media critics, the online service is being singled out for allowing extraordinary amounts of false reports to reach voters. Facebook, argues, CJR, "should play a more active part in editing—yes, editing—its own platform, and hiring actual people to do so."

Source: CJR

Posted on: November 12, 2016

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

Obama and the Challenges to Open Government

Global Integrity's Executive Director Nathaniel Heller writes about transparency in the US. “If you haven't already read the news about the Justice Department snooping on the Associated Press' newsroom... prepare to be nauseated... We've warned repeatedly about the risks of governments trying to be half-pregnant on open government. It just doesn't work."

Source: Global Integrity Blog

Posted on: May 14, 2013