FOI Notes: EU, OGP, Open Data, Journalism, Broadway

3 April 2014

European Union: StateWatch comments on access at three EU institutions, stating:

  •  Frontex given until end of March 2014 to comply with the Ombudsman’s Recommendations to change its Management Board Decision putting into effect the Regulation on public access to EU documents
  •  Eurojust seeks to avoid any compliance until some undefined point in the future
  •  Europol meets four Ombudsman Recommendations – but the launch of its public register of documents “planned for completion by the end of 2013” is overdue

OGP: Joe Foti, deputy director of the Open Government Partnership writes an op ed article beginning:

Three months from now 47 of the 63 countries participating in the Open Government Partnership are due to make new commitments to advance accountability, transparency and participation. This is a critical moment to show that ambitious changes across a range of policies are possible when reformers in government and civil society seize the OGP opportunity.

Open Data: The World Bank explains its plans for an open data fund.

FOI and Journalists: The author of FOI Directory in the UK, Matt Burgess, is writing a book about how journalists can use FOI, according to a blog post about the project.

FOI and Journalists: Audio clips containing FOI tips from a Sunshine week event in the US.

United States: Five transparency priorities from Ralph Nader.

Entertainment: FOIA Love is a monthly comedy show at the Tank Theater in New York City called “a based on public records. See video of the March show – “Here’s what happens when NY’s finest actors give a dramatic reading of FTC complaints about eHarmony and JDate.”

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