Tag Archives: ALA

FOIA reform unanimously passed by Senate faces final hurdle

It’s taken just over a year for the Senate to vote on S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act, but its unanimous approval yesterday is a wonderful way to celebrate Sunshine Week 2016! ALA and many other advocates’ attention will now be focused on clearing the final hurdles to marking FOIA’s 50th anniversary (fittingly on July 4th) with a White House ... Read More »

Reflections on a South-by experience

Highbrow meets hijinks If you haven’t been yet, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the all-the-rage conference in Austin that can only be described as highbrow meets hijinks. For every insightful point made at the convention center, there’s at least one beer swilled on Sixth Street. For every transformative technology shown on the expo floor, there’s at least one brisket sandwich ... Read More »

What does it mean to #ConnectALL?

Last Wednesday, the White House announced the #ConnectALL initiative and a goal to connect 20 million more people to broadband by 2020. That’s right — 20 million! According to the Pew Research Center, only about 67 percent of Americans have home broadband access, or roughly 80 percent when factoring in access via smartphones. Cost is the major reason most people ... Read More »

ALA President quotes Madison, Carnegie and Oprah! at FOI Day festivities

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With the approaching 50th anniversary (July 4, 1966) of the enactment of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), there was a spirit of festivity at the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day event today hosted by the Freedom Forum’s 1rst Amendment Center. While speaking to attendees about the American Library Association’s policy priorities, ALA President Sari Feldman said ALA ... Read More »

OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft recipient of 2016 James Madison Award

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(ALA) President Sari Feldman presented OpenGov Foundation Executive Director and Co-founder Seamus Kraft with the 2016 James Madison Award today during the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day hosted by the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center at the Newseum. “Seamus Kraft is an individual who has and continues to fight hard to protect and promote the public’s right to know, ... Read More »