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Thursday, March 17, 2011

We have sunshine, but no Sunshine Week

 Sunshine Week this week in the US, the annual national initiative led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know. Here is a sample of the coverage and events.The Department of Justice got on board launching FOIA.gov with government wide data on FOI processing, including agencies with the biggest backlogs. The Knight Open Government Survey undertaken by the National Security Archives revealed a glass half full on implementation of President Obama's day one openness commitment and subsequent directive.

Would we had a philanthropist like the Knight Foundation to fund, and a coalition like the one behind Sunshine Week to support, a similar initiative here.

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