Perception: Open Society, Transparent Government. Reality: Florida

Boing Boing points us to this amazing piece of enterprise reporting: A group of journalists posed as regular citizens making perfectly legal information requests of Florida government officials. Result: nearly half of them tried to get out of providing information to citizens. Yikes. Story here. Excerpt: Public officials lied to,…

Boing Boing points us to this amazing piece of enterprise reporting: A group of journalists posed as regular citizens making perfectly legal information requests of Florida government officials. Result: nearly half of them tried to get out of providing information to citizens. Yikes. Story here.

Excerpt: Public officials lied to, harassed and even threatened volunteers who were using a law designed to give citizens the power to watch over their government. In six counties, volunteers were erroneously told that the documents they wanted didn’t exist.

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

2 thoughts on “Perception: Open Society, Transparent Government. Reality: Florida”

  1. I actually used to run that website (St. Augustine, not Boing Boing) and suggested the program to the editor, modelled after one done in Arkansas (http://foiarkansas.com/) back in 1999.

    All news orgs should do this in their states. I remember sending one of our web geeks to the local sheriff, since he knew all the ‘real’ reporters.

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