FOIA Machine is a new open-source web platform to manage your open records requests. It’s aimed to help you get what you want from your request, avoid being ignored and appeal when you are denied.
"It’s aimed to help you get what you want from your request, avoid being ignored and appeal when you are denied", says Djordje Padejski, investigative journalist and founding director of the FOIA Machine.
“What we’re hoping to solve is this problem,” Coulter Jones of California Watch said, showing the room a picture of binders full of FOIA requests at the NICAR Database Library. Instead of information on who and how to FOIA confined to silos in individual newsrooms (or binders), the FOIA Machine developers want to pool that knowledge in one place.
“There’s not a collective body of knowledge that we’re working with,” Jones said.
What the FOIA Machine will do:
FOIA Machine wants your knowledge! The platform is currently a prototype, and will look for journalists to volunteer as beta-testers in a month or so. Today at the event, Padejski and attendees filed foia requests to DOD, FBI and SSA to learn about how many officials of these agencies were disciplined for not failing to provide public information or for illegally closing a public proceeding or other violations including.
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