Every person has their secrets; some are trivial, embarrassing moments while others are significant flaws. There is no reason for every individual to divulge every record about themselves to the public. They are private people just living their lives. However, the government does not fall under this consideration. In order to be what the founding fathers intended, the government must have its information open to the public.
Freedom of Information Day or FOI Day is to celebrate and promote governmental openness. FOI day occurs every year around March 16th, James Madison’s birthday. Madison is thought to have been one of the most vocal proponents of transparency in government.
Technology has made FOIA easier to take advantage for the public. On the other hand, technology has also made FOIA more complex. E-mails, texts, and other forms of electronic communications can create an area of uncertainty for some.
To learn more about the FOIA or FOI Day, check out these resources:
"The Pro And Cons Of The NSA's Domestic Surveillance Program." Congressional Digest 94.10 (2015): 12. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
Dyer, John. "50 Years Of FOIA." Nieman Reports 70.1 (2016): 36. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
Marshall, Adam. "When Does The Public Get Public Records?." News Media & The Law 39.4 (2015): 11. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
Tucker, David. The End Of Intelligence : Espionage And State Power In The Information Age. Stanford, California: Stanford Security Studies, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
Leigh, David, et al. Wikileaks : Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy. New York: PublicAffairs, 2011. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
Ticher, Paul. Data Protection Vs Freedom Of Information : Access And Personal Data. Ely: IT Governance Publishing, 2008. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
Greenwald, Glenn. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2014.
Call number: 327.12 G855 2014
Boghosian, Heidi. Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Publishers, 2013.
Call number: 323.49 B634 2013