NCAC Urges Transparency in COVID-19 Data Collection

By |2020-08-17T12:17:16-04:00July 9th, 2020|News|

NCAC has joined Open the Government and two dozen organizations in urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to rescind an order to hospitals requiring them to send daily COVID-19 data reports to HHS, a change that creates urgent concerns about transparency, accountability, and the politicization of data. In a letter sent to Azar on July 23, NCAC [...]

NCAC Urges Privacy Protection Reforms

By |2020-05-20T11:36:16-04:00April 21st, 2020|News|

NCAC has joined a coalition of 36 organizations led by the ACLU, FreedomWorks, and Demand Progress, to urge Congress to reform the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, a bill that would extend provisions of the Patriot Act which expired in March and pose unprecedented threats to Americans’ civil liberties.  These provisions include the controversial “lone wolf” and “roving wiretap” [...]

Government Transparency Is Not a Partisan Issue: Eclipse of Sunshine Week

By |2020-01-03T15:50:37-05:00March 16th, 2018|Blog|

Since 2005 the National Association of News Editors has branded the third week of March “Sunshine Week.” But in 2018, Sunshine Week is looking less bright. Sunshine Week has been obscured by an eclipse. Zach Garrett cautions against allowing partisan politics to obscure the real issues.

Wikileaks and “mutual knowledge”

By |2020-01-03T13:40:14-05:00March 30th, 2011|Blog|

When it comes down to it, most of the documents in Wikileaks's Cablegate release refer to issues that had already been covered in the press. Did we really need Wikileaks to tells us that Mexico isn’t doing a great job combating corruption and cartels?  Or that the war in Afghanistan is going poorly?  Or that Pakistan and North Korea and [...]

Resource: Wikileaks

By |2020-01-02T15:58:07-05:00December 29th, 2008|News|

Wikileaks (not affiliated with Wikipedia) is an impressive project to collect leaked documents relating to government and corporate corruption. According to the website: Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. ... We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny [...]

Consumer tools to compare hospital care

By |2019-03-12T18:27:46-04:00December 12th, 2008|Blog|

The Boston Globe reported the launch of a new website that allows Massachusetts residents to compare the cost and quality of care at different hospitals in the state.  Patients now have access to previously confidential information that they can use to make informed decisions about the medical care they seek.  Consumers can compare, for example, patient satisfaction data and safety [...]

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