Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

The Dark Side of FOIA

In the currently polarized political climate, activists have been using FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and similar tools as a means of both achieving policy goals and intimidating speech. FOIA has been regularly used by social and environmental justice activists to expose or uncover unseemly governmental action. Now FOIA and similar tools are being used by alt-right activists to "dox" or otherwise expose individuals who express political sentiments that the alt-right finds unseemly.


This panel will consist of FOIA experts and those whose emails have been requested through FOIA actions. The panel will discuss the FOIA process, as well as the rights and responsibilities of those who have had material requested of them under FOIA and similar processes.



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Idea No. 184