Open data benefits many, but cost breakdown unclear

Editor’s Note: This article first ran on July 20, 2017 on the Investigative Reporting Workshop’s website. By Clairissa Baker and Yang Sun, Investigative Reporting Workshop A new citywide data policy in Washington, D.C., shows there is no simple way for cities to clearly budget open data initiatives.  Meanwhile, as the city works this summer to…

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Nominate a secretive government agency for IRE’s Golden Padlock award

Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States. “The techniques of government secrecy have been elevated into high art by determined civil servants,” said Robert Cribb, chair of the Golden Padlock committee. “This award brings well-deserved recognition to those…

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Mississippi Ethics Commission rules in favor of records request for text messages

The city of Tupelo, Miss. violated open-records laws by not providing the Daily Journal with text messages it requested last year. The paper had requested the texts from the mayor’s personal cell phone over the course of three days last October, when a city official resigned, the Journal wrote. The Mississippi Ethics Commission all agreed…

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