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Case Disclosed is a blog written by students, supervising attorneys, directors, alumni, and friends of the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic.

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Case Disclosed

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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China’s Cybersecurity Administration Cracks Down on Free Speech

October 19, 2017
By Adam Pan

According to a CAC report, between April to June of this year, the agency revoked over 3,918 ICP licenses (permits required for Chinese-based websites to operate in China), revoked over 810,000 user accounts on various websites, issued warnings to 172 of the 443 websites it has investigated, and transferred 316 cases to Chinese police authorities for criminal investigations.

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