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Media, Popular Culture, and Communication Rights Research Guide: Freedom of Information vs Privacy

Research strategies and resources on media, popular culture, journalism, copyright, digital society, and related topics.

Freedom of Information vs Privacy

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The digital age has brought huge transformations in the availability of information, but also it has also massively increased the data gathered about individuals' activities for commercial and political purposes -- one person's desire for information can be an invasion of privacy to another. Investigation and research aimed at giving the public information about governments' and corporations' hidden dealings has been countered by new challenges to freedom of the press.

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NOTE: Many resources on freedom of information and privacy will be found at the Law Library

See also: Freedom of Speech vs Censorship

Selected Resources on Freedom of Information vs Privacy

American Civil Liberties Union

The foremost US organization concerned with privacy, freedom of the press, freedom of information, and other rights.

Center for Digital Democracy

The CDD is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that the digital media systems serve the public interest.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation was created to defend our rights to think, speak, and share our ideas, thoughts, and needs using new technologies, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web.

Electronic Privacy Information Center

EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. "describes best practices, consolidates lessons learned, explains campaign strategies and tactics, and links the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world. It contains crucial information on freedom of information laws and how they were drafted and implemented, including how various provisions have worked in practice."

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (US Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy)

The U.S. Department of Justice is required under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose federal records (with certain exceptions and exclusions) requested in writing by any person. See also the ACLU's FOIA Guide.

Freedom of Information Center (School of Journalism, University of Missouri--Columbia)

Press and speech freedoms in the world, from antiquity until 1998: a chronology. Compiled by Louis Edward Ingelhart. Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood Press, 1998.

SML Reference, Z657 I525X 1998

Project on Government Secrecy -- Federation of American Scientists

Through research, advocacy, and public education, the FAS Project on Government Secrecy works to challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight.

World Privacy Forum

The WPF "is focused on conducting in-depth research, analysis, and consumer education in the area of privacy.... [It has] documented important new areas, including medical identity theft. Areas of focus for the World Privacy Forum include health care, technology, and the financial sector."

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