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28 Feb 2012, 7:38 am by McNabb Associates, P.C.
The Sydney Morning Herald on February 29, 2012 released the following: "Revealed: US plans to charge Assange Philip Dorling UNITED STATES prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, according to a confidential email obtained from the private US intelligence company Stratfor. In an internal email to Stratfor analysts on January 26 last year, the vice-president of intelligence, Fred Burton, responded to a media report concerning US investigations targeting… [read post]
10 Aug 2010, 4:20 am by Dianne Saxe
Freedom of information (FOI) laws are important, in that they are supposed to provide citizens with access to information that is under the control of government institutions.  However, the FOI request process is cumbersome and confusing, and many requests are rejected with little or no explanation. In Canada, the Access to Information Act applies to federal government institutions, and each province has its own FOI statute(s), all of which operate in a similar manner.  In Ontario, for… [read post]
19 Mar 2014, 2:18 am by legalinformatics
Many proposals concerning legal technology or legal communication have been submitted to the 2014 Knight News Challenge: (If you know of others, please feel free to identify them in the comments to this post) Craig Aaron: TechDefender. Your tech. Your rights. Ellyn Angelotti and Catherine Cameron: Twibel Tracker for Online Defamation Resolution: a communication and education-based remedy for defamation on Twitter Christopher Bavitz et al.: Free Expression and an Open Internet: Tools for Informed… [read post]
10 May 2011, 4:00 am by Cari Rincker
I know that it has been a while since the agriculture community has talked about the National Animal Identification System (“NAIS”).  As most of my readers know, the program is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”) and participation is currently voluntary.  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) expressed concern over NAIS.  In February 2010, Secretary Vilsack announced that the USDA was… [read post]
11 Jun 2010, 9:33 pm by legalinformatics
[NOTE: In addition to the call for proposals described on this post, readers may be interested in the call for proposals for 2010 e-Justice Action Grants, designated JLS/2010/JPEN/AG/EJ.] A call for proposals — with submission deadline of 15 September 2010 — has been issued for Criminal Justice Action Grants, with the designation JLS/2010/JPEN/AG, by the EU Directorate General for Justice, Freedom, and Security. Proposals are invited on the following legal informatics topics: Interconnection of… [read post]
28 Mar 2013, 4:41 pm by George David Wilson
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) earlier this month released and posted a valuable new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)-related report: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Background and Policy Options for the 113th Congress By Wendy Ginsberg, Analyst in American National Government March 8, 2013 R41933 Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog. Cross-posted on Law Library Blog. [read post]
23 Oct 2013, 1:24 pm by Lewis B Gainor
People make mistakes… That’s just life, right? But things are different in today’s world, because social media like Facebook and Twitter are available to document people’s mistakes forever. In an instant, arrest records are disseminated for all to see in Google. There is a pernicious industry on the web that preys upon people who were arrested by posting their mugshots online. The business model relies on shaming these people with their photos and a description of their… [read post]
12 Jun 2013, 3:41 am by David Hart QC
Queen Mary University of London v the Information Commissioner (1) and Robert Courtney (2) First Tier Tribunal EA/2012/0229 read judgment Rosalind English has recently posted here on incomplete academic work in the climate change field. This appeal is closely related, in that it concerns a university’s claim to hold on to data from a publicly-funded randomised controlled trial pending peer-reviewed publication. Between 2005 and 2010 Queen Mary ran a trial into the efficacy and safety of the… [read post]
31 Aug 2012, 8:48 am by Allison Walton
Our Australian colleagues refer to their country as OZ, and there is no doubt that the employees of the government agency CenITex wish they could click their heels like Dorothy and not be front-page news anymore. The recent Freedom of Information request dispute with The Age newspaper suggests that the Victorian government is in dire need of archiving and eDiscovery technologies. On August 20, ITPro reported that CenITex (the government’s Centre for Information Technology Excellence) would need to… [read post]
31 Aug 2012, 8:48 am by Allison Walton
Our Australian colleagues refer to their country as OZ, and there is no doubt that the employees of the government agency CenITex wish they could click their heels like Dorothy and not be front-page news anymore. The recent Freedom of Information request dispute with The Age newspaper suggests that the Victorian government is in dire need of archiving and eDiscovery technologies. On August 20, ITPro reported that CenITex (the government’s Centre for Information Technology Excellence) would need to… [read post]
4 Dec 0001, 4:00 pm by Rosalind English
Stephen McIntyre v Information Commissioner (Environmental Information Regulations 2004) [2013] UKFTT 156 (17 May 2013) – read judgment and [2013] UKFTT 51 (7 May 2013) read judgment These are the latest in a series of  freedom of information requests for disclosure of material from the UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU).  These requests arose following the ‘climategate’ affair where hacked university emails suggested that individuals within CRU might have… [read post]
10 Jun 2013, 4:44 am by Rosalind English
Stephen McIntyre v Information Commissioner (Environmental Information Regulations 2004) [2013] UKFTT 156 (17 May 2013) – read judgment and [2013] UKFTT 51 (7 May 2013) read judgment These are the latest in a series of  freedom of information requests for disclosure of material from the UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU).  These requests arose following the ‘climategate’ affair where hacked university emails suggested that individuals within CRU might have… [read post]
28 Sep 2011, 7:54 pm by McNabb Associates, P.C.
The New York Times on September 27, 2011 released the following: "By CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is permitted to include people on the government's terrorist watch list even if they have been acquitted of terrorism-related offenses or the charges are dropped, according to newly released documents. The files, released by the F.B.I. under the Freedom of Information Act, disclose how the police are instructed to react if they encounter a person on the list. They lay… [read post]
14 Feb 2011, 7:00 am by Kelly Buchanan
As we've mentioned previously, the Law Library has a great news service called the Global Legal Monitor. Often these stories about legal developments in many different jurisdictions are ones that don't feature in U.S. newspapers or news programs, and they link or refer to a wide range of different sources of information. On the homepage of the site we provide links to both the latest articles and to the five most viewed articles for the week. I thought it would be interesting to see what people have… [read post]
17 Nov 2011, 4:28 am by Rosalind English
BUAV v Information Commissioner and Newcastle University (EA/2010/0064) – read judgment There is no doubt that freedom of expression plays a starring role in the human rights fairy tale. While she is carried aloft on the soaring rhetoric of citizens’ rights from the newsrooms to protesters’ rallies, the right to information, her shy stepsister, is rarely allowed out. How can that be? Surely we can’t have the one without the other? The key lies in the Strasbourg Court’s traditionally… [read post]
18 Oct 2012, 3:25 pm by Allison Walton
The eagerly awaited Directive from The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was released at the end of August. In an attempt to go behind the scenes, we’ve asked the Project Management Office (PMO) and the Chief Records Officer for the NARA to respond to a few key questions.  We know that the Presidential Mandate was the impetus for the agency self-assessments that were submitted to NARA. Now that NARA and the OMB have distilled those… [read post]
28 Apr 2013, 2:57 pm by David Hart QC
Bancoult v. Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Divisional Court, Richards LJ and Mitting J, 16-24 April 2013, judgment awaited, but see 25 July 2012, Stanley Burnton LJ for an earlier judgment A quick update at the end of the recent judicial review on 24 April by the Chagossian islanders, but before judgment. They had challenged the designation of the waters around their islands as a Marine Protected Area. I have posted on this saga before, which started with the Chagossians’ eviction… [read post]
3 Dec 2009, 4:13 am by caririnc
This has been a hectic week so far, but as I was going through my google reader last night I thought the following posts from fellow legal bloggers were “noteworthy.” 1.  Prof. Susan Schneider, the Director of the LLM Program in Agriculture and Food Law at the University of Arkansas notes here that she is heading [...] [read post]
15 Feb 2012, 2:06 am by Adam Wagner
Sugar (Deceased) (Represented by Fiona Paveley) (Appellant) v British Broadcasting Corporation (Respondent) [2012] UKSC 4 – Read judgment / press summary The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that an internal BBC report into its coverage of the Israeli Palestinian conflict was “information held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature” and therefore need not be released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Four of the justices were of the view that even if… [read post]
11 Jun 2013, 6:41 am by David Hart QC
Bancoult v. Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Divisional Court, Richards LJ and Mitting J, 11 June 2013 read judgment The Divisional Court has now dismissed  the claim by Mr Bancoult on behalf of the Chagossian islanders. He had challenged the designation of the waters around the islands as a “no take” Marine Protected Area, i.e. one which could not be fished.  Mr Bancoult said that the decision was flawed (i) by having an improper purpose (it would put paid to the… [read post]