Join 2,383 other subscribers
May 2023 M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
copyright notice© Lawrence Serewicz and Philosophical Politics ,2011-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Lawrence Serewicz and Philosophical Politics with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Category Archives: FOIA
Jenny Jones, the MPS, and the search for better records management
On 8 January, the Guardian reported a claim by a police whistle blower that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) had shredded documents illegally. The documents were reports on Jenny Jones who is a Green life peer which were held by … Continue reading
Rahm Emanuel’s Funeral Oration for Laquan McDonald: “I’m committed to reform.”
On 7 December 2015, Rahm Emanuel wrote an article, a funeral oration, to explain that Chicago would be reformed after Laquan McDonald’s death. The Mayor wrote that he is committed to reform. On its own a call to reform is … Continue reading
Posted in corruption, FOIA, Government, Uncategorized Tagged Chicago Police Department, corruption, Laquan McDonald, Rahm Emanuel, reform Comments Off on Rahm Emanuel’s Funeral Oration for Laquan McDonald: “I’m committed to reform.”
Can the Goddard Inquiry succeed when civil servants hide the secrets?
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, also known as the Goddard Inquiry, has started in the UK. This long overdue Inquiry will “investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, corruption, FOIA, Government Tagged Child sexual abuse, goddard inquiry, Sexual abuse 5 Comments
In defence of PRISM: why we need governments in cyberspace.
With the latest revelations about the United States of America’s government’s access to various internet services companies, people have been outraged. They seem genuinely surprised that such action is occurring. What they fail to realize are two important things. … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, privacy, transparency, Uncategorized Tagged Apple, facebook, Google, Government Communications Headquarters, Law, magna carta, National Security Agency, Politics, Rupert Murdoch, United States Comments Off on In defence of PRISM: why we need governments in cyberspace.
Vexatious requests guidance: weakening our power to make the state speak
The long awaited guidance on vexatious requests has arrived. The guidance follows from two distinct events. The first was the Parliament’s review of FOIA during which the MoJ presented evidence that suggested council’s were limited in their ability to deal … Continue reading
What is the public interest in an undeclared war? Leveson Inquiry connection to the Iraq War
Was the Iraq war a declared war that demonstrated an existential threat to the United Kingdom against which the public had to be consulted? Lord Hennessy in his testimony to the Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, statesmanship, war Tagged government, Iraq, Leveson Inquiry, Lord Hennessy, Public interest, Rupert Murdoch, United States, World News Comments Off on What is the public interest in an undeclared war? Leveson Inquiry connection to the Iraq War
Why did I start blogging? Reflections after my 50th blog posts.
I finally made it to 50. When I started blogging, I decided that once I reached 50 posts I would decide whether to continue or stop. Either I would not make it, through boredom, fear, too much hard work or … Continue reading
Posted in education, FOIA, good writing, Government, local government, scholarship Tagged Academia, blog, blogging, Community of practice, Diplo, Jiscmail, United States, Vietnam War Comments Off on Why did I start blogging? Reflections after my 50th blog posts.
Empty Archives: hollow men and the fear of accountability?
In their recent visit to the Justice Select Committee Lord O’Donnell and Lord Hennessy talked about the possibility of “empty archives”. Lord Hennessy mentioned that Cabinet minutes were not as explicit as they were in previous generation. He said that … Continue reading
Will the reform of FOIA create empty archives: The myth, the threat, or the reality?
In the recent discussions around the future of FOIA, there have been important actors missing: records management and archives. Their absence creates three problems. Two are understandable and relatively minor. The third is the most subtle and the most dangerous … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, FOIA, Government, local government, public sector, transparency Tagged foi requests, FOIA, foia requests, Freedom of Information Act, Inga-Britt Ahlenius, missing records, Records management, Swedish National Audit Office Comments Off on Will the reform of FOIA create empty archives: The myth, the threat, or the reality?