Engage discussion

FOI Web multimedia and cartoons

Sometimes it’s nice to have some visual material to break up the lecture or enhance a syllabus. Here are some interesting online Flash presentations and videos regarding FOI:

  • Do you suffer from Congressional Data Frustration (CVF)? Try Sunlightalinazinosec!

September 2007, Sunlight Foundation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEO7yglGfd8

  • Democracy in Jeopardy!

2007, OpenTheGovernment.org

http://democracy.openthegovernment.org/

  • Are we Safer in the Dark?

2006, OpenTheGovernment.org

http://inthedark.openthegovernment.org/

  • (Classified) clip about (classified)

2007, The Onion

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/proposed_classified_bill_will

  • Save the e-mail records from deletion!

2007, Missouri Democratic Party

http://www.bluntdocumentdestroyer.com/

FOI News for discussion fodder

It helps to raise current FOI issues during class to spur discussion. Here are some Web sites and blogs that post FOI news:

SPJ FOI blog                                            http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/foi/

NFOIC FOI Advocate blog                 http://foiadvocate.blogspot.com/

Reporters Committee                          http://www.rcfp.org

News Media and the Law                    http://www.rcfp.org/news/mag/index.php

Free Government Info                         http://www.freegovinfo.info

Associated Press FOI news                http://www.ap.org/FOI/foi_apnews.html

The FOIA blog (Scott Hodes)            http://thefoiablog.typepad.com/

State Sunshine                                         http://openrecords.wordpress.com

UK Freedom of Information              http://foia.blogspot.com/index.html

Open Secrets (UK)                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/opensecrets/

Open and Shut (Australia)                   http://www.foi-privacy.blogspot.com/

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