NFOIC Meets Amid New Open-Government Challenges of Digital Revolution

October 12, 2016

Investigative journalism is hardly about paper documents anymore — and that is a big challenge. The digital challenge was front and center at the recent meeting of the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC).

The cutting edge today is more likely to be requests for emails, even on private accounts. Just ask Hillary Clinton. But it doesn't stop there — text messages, chats, and other electronic communications, the courts have ruled, are valid targets for public records requests if they involve public business.

The issues multiply. Does the Freedom of Information Act cover messages on Slack, a group instant messaging platform that essentially lives in the cloud? How about Slack imitators?

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