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ACLU v. NSA: How Greater Transparency Can Reduce the Chilling Effects of Mass Surveillance

December 6, 2017
By Paulina Perlin

In 1981, President Reagan issued Executive Order (E.O.) 12,333, which has since come to serve as a general charter for mass intelligence surveillance.

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A Possible Alternative to Secretive DNA Analysis

November 27, 2017
By Aislinn Klos

In October, MFIA worked with ProPublica to lift a protective order on the source code for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s (OCME) “Forensic Statistical Tool” (FST).

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The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016: A New Era of Government Openness?

November 14, 2017
By Mike Karpman

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was first enacted in 1966, establishing the structure of FOIA as we know it today. Since then, the story of FOIA has included a tug-of-war between greater government openness and greater government secrecy, as different administrations have favored or disfavored openness.

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When Silence Isn’t Golden: How Gag Orders Can Evade First Amendment Protections

October 24, 2017
By Isabel Farhi

Trials must be conducted at law, rather than in the press, and courts sometimes feel the need to assert control of the outflow of information around judicial matters to preserve the fair trial rights of litigants.

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