Notes from the Electronic Cottage 3/24/22: Sunshine and Government

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We recently discussed Sunshine Week here and its commitment to the public’s access to government information. That is a commitment that can exist at the top, as US Attorney General Garland’s March 2022 memo demonstrates, but doesn’t always filter down to the agencies that interact with the public, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Foilies” Awards demonstrate. Plus some indications that politicians’ outrage at surveillance by social media and tech firms doesn’t often extend to surveillance by government.

Link to Attorney General Garland’s Memo on Freedom of Information Access Guidelines

Link to EFF “Foilies” Awards

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.