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FOIA News: Reporters Committee launches “FOIA Wiki” beta

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Reporters Committee launches “FOIA Wiki” beta

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Oct. 3, 2016

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched a beta of the FOIA Wiki (www.foia.wiki), a collaborative and evolving digital resource on the federal Freedom of Information Act. The FOIA Wiki is part legal guide, part community space for sharing information that aims to serve as a central hub on all manner of issues surrounding FOIA as the law celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Using a “wiki” format to encourage contributions from different persons and organizations, the FOIA Wiki includes explanations of FOIA’s provisions and exemptions, provides places for reporters and members of the public to share strategies and tips, and intelligently categorizes information about caselaw and federal agencies to promote the “right to know.” It complements the Reporters Committee’s existing public records guides, such as the Open Government Guide and will evolve alongside changes to the statute and court cases interpreting it.

“This is an exciting first step towards creating a powerful, community-based FOIA resource,” said Adam Marshall, the Knight Foundation Litigation Attorney at the Reporters Committee. “Bringing together the expertise of reporters, the open government community, and everyone who is passionate about FOIA benefits all of us who rely on this law to hold the government accountable.”

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See the FOIA Wiki here.