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March 9, 2022
Sunshine Week 2022

For Sunshine Week 2022, The National Freedom of Information Coalition & Uncovered: A Cold Case Platform proudly present “Lighting the Way: Illuminating Information and Innovation.”

2 p.m. Eastern, Monday, March 14 — “Igniting Inspiration: Bringing Data to Light and to Life,” presented by Lam Thuy Vo, data journalist in residence at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

3 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, March 16 — “Sparking Discovery: Using FOI and Big Data to Tell Stories, Build Community, and Solve Problems,” presented by David Cuillier, NFOIC board president and University of Arizona associate professor; Grace Cheng, director of government practice, practical law, at Thomson Reuters; and Ashlee Fujawa, co-founder and head of community of Uncovered, a cold case platform, and NFOIC partner.

Register for Lighting the Way
The NFOIC welcomes your attendance, regardless of your ability to pay. We are pleased to offer these sessions at no cost to you, but we absolutely welcome your donations, as you are able to give and no matter the amount.
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Sunshine Week, launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — has grown into an enduring initiative to promote open government. In addition to the NFOIC-hosted events listed above, check out state and local events sponsored by NFOIC members and other open-government supporters. 
Check Out Sunshine Week Events
From the Headlines

After police shot and killed her son, mother uses open records laws to find answers, spark change

“I want inspire people to do open records and hold government accountable.  I am not an attorney or a journalist. NFOIC and the Brechner Center have inspired and educated me.”
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FOI & Technology

NFOIC aligns with tech startup to strengthen
police transparency through artificial intelligence

The National Freedom of Information Coalition is partnering with SIID™ Technologies, a tech startup leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to mitigate the influence of human biases within systems and institutions.

Founder Eri O’Diah created SIID Technologies to analyze and track trends in the role implicit bias plays in criminal justice. Performing analysis, distillation, and sorting of public records data, including speech to text from body-camera and dash-camera footage, will dramatically enhance access to and the value of public records generally. 

“We are proud to partner with the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC). The partnership gives us much-needed access to critical training data for our platform. We want to demonstrate the benefits of leveraging data and analytics to provide agencies and municipal leaders an early-warning or preventative tool that enables proactive decision-making, saves lives and taxpayer dollars,” said Eri O’Diah.

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Fourth annual NFOIC competition invites
research proposals focused on FOI, technology

The fourth annual National Freedom of Information Coalition research competition welcomes one-page proposals for papers that shed light on freedom of information, particularly those focusing on technology and FOI.

Top-three papers will earn cash prizes and will be guaranteed publication in the online Journal of Civic Information, published by the University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information.

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Looking at Legislation

Tracking transparency across the nation:
Monitoring bills of interest in state legislatures

Powered by Bill Track 50, the National Freedom of Information Coalition and its members monitor transparency-related legislation in state legislatures.

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Download 'States of Denial'

A 2021 survey of state coalitions for open government showed that the
greatest threats to government transparency today are legal exemptions primarily focused on protecting individual privacy. Learn how NFOIC members protect the public's right to know. Click the image above to download a PDF
of "States of Denial." 

NFOIC Newsletter Contacts
This newsletter is produced by Todd Fettig, NFOIC executive director, and Erika Benton, NFOIC external partnership coordinator and communications specialist. To contribute items or for more information, email and To read regular FOI updates, visit our blog at and follow us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

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