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Wobbing Europe – Sponsored by the Belgian Pascal Decroos Fund.

Access Info Europe - The site for NGO Access Info Europe.

FOI in the EU – Run by Statewatch, an EU-based NGO

Open Secrets - BBC – written by veteran journalist Martin Rosenbaum.
UK Freedom of Information Blog – the site of the Campaign for Freedom of Information - Katherine Gunderson, editor
The Guardian's Freedom of Information web page (Guardian Unlimited) - Tracks recent stories featuring information obtained or withheld under freedom of information legislation and offers sample letters to download for people who want to make information requests.

FOIA Man - Anonymous: self-described as a London “practitioner.”
David Higgerson – Journalism, online, random thinking – Variety of topics, including FOI, covered in this personal blog by the head of multimedia for Trinity Mirror Regionals.
Inforrm’s Blog - Done by the International Forum for Responsible Media, (Inforrm for short) and largely on issues of media responsibility, but also covers FOI matters.
Hawk Talk - The blog of FOI training company Amberhawk Training Ltd., a FOI training company, focuses on data protection and FOI.
Heather Brooke – British journalist Heather Brooke, author of the book “The Silent State,” focuses on government surveillance, privacy, FOI, etc.
Panopticon – A blog about “information law“ maintained by members of 11KBW’s Information Law Practice Group. - Mostly reprinted reports on the use of the FOIA, part of a larger site owned by four regional newspaper publishers.
Ben Plouviez - A blog about information by Ben Plouviez
FOIA News – U.K. FOI news, edited by DataNews Ltd journalist Matthew Davis.
Information Law – A website containing articles and training materials by Ibrahim Hasan, a UK solicitor specializing in the area.
Constitution Unit Blog (FOI and DP) – A blog by a UK-based think tank specializing in constitutional affairs and comparative constitutional studies.
UK FOIA Requests – Spy Blog – A spin-off site of Spy Blog, tracking the organization’s FOIA requests on surveillance matters. – Updates from a website for making and tracking FOIA requests.
Open Knowledge Foundation Blog – Run by the British-based nonprofit , the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The Story - Done by blogger Gavin Sheridan

The Netherlands
Bigwobber: wie vraagt krijgt meer -
Fringe: FOIA and Wob – via e-mail


Malte-spitz – (German)

Access Point: A blog by the Access to Information Programme (in Bulgarian).

Access to Information Programme – the website of the AIP (Bulgarian and English versions).

Secret Services.Com - Independent specialized site for clean past and transparent future (in Bulgarian).

The Institute for Information Freedom Development


Right to Information –CRTI – The blog of Campaign for Right to Information.

RTI! – The news section of the RTI! website.
J&K RTI Movement - An information coalition of activists in Jammu and Kashmir.

Accountability Initiative -
India Right to Information -
Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel -
Jammu -
RTI for Citizens Right to Information - an anti-RTI blog.

Journeys to Democracy -

Research on Freedom of Information and Electronic government in China - Opinions and observations on FOI legislation and Electronic-government in China and other jurisdictions. Maintained by Ben (Weibing Xiao), associate professor at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law.
Diigo newsmarks 03/28/2011 - A component of CHINESEFOI.ORG, a public interest website dedicated to the report and research of the progressive FOI reform in China
FOIA in China – A component of CHINESEFOI.ORG, a public interest website dedicated to the report and research of the progressive FOI reform in China (inactive since March 2010)

South Africa
Open Democracy Advice Centre - The Open Democracy Advice Centre is a section 21 nonprofit based in Cape Town.

North America
All About Information - By Toronto, Ontario lawyer Dan Michaluk

United States
Unredacted – A blog on FOI sponsored by the National Security Archive, Washington, D.C.
The FOI Advocate - The site of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Sunlight Foundation - A news-packed blog by the Washington-based nonprofit, see esp. The Day in Transparency.
The Art of Access: Strategies for Accessing Public Records, by academics David Cuillier and Charles Davis.
The First Amendment Coalition – News feeds are among the offerings on the site of this California-based nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs
The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press – FOIA news included along with media-related information.
Secrecy News – Sponsored by the Federation of American Scientists.
Local Open Government Blog – A site run by the Foster Pepper law firm.
Alltop – a commercial aggregator of postings fro FOI-related blogs and websites.
The FOIA blog - written by Washington attorney Scott A Hodes.
Electronic Frontier Foundation – Some FOI news included on this site.
Project on Government Oversight – Check under “open government“ heading.
FOI FYI – the blog of the Society of Professional Journalist’s FOI Committee.
Free Government Information – A blog on many information topics run by three librarians at University of California San Diego, - The group’s website, but plenty of news.
Open Records – State Sunshine and Open Records, a blog about freedom of information, open records and access to public documents. It is associated with WikiFoia, is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute and is written by Leslie Graves and Joshua Meyer.
Primary Sources – a blog run by staffers of MuckRock, “an open government tool powered by state and federal Freedom of Information laws.”
FOIA Geek – By Erin Rosa, “an investigative journalist in the Western Hemisphere.” (Inactive since June 2010)

US State News
FOIA Oklahoma – State-oriented content from an Oklahoma advocacy group.
PaFOIC – The site for the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition, with news updates.
Record Tracker, a blog about Pennsylvania transparency.
Open-Government Blog – Mainly news from the state of Washington, sponsored by the Allied Law Group and Sunshine Blogger.
Kentucky Open Government Blog – sponsored by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and Kentucky Citizens for Open Government.
FOIA Friday Index - Mostly Michigan FOIA news by blogger Edward Vielmetti.

Open and Shut - Peter Timmins
All About Access - By Rick Snell, senior lecturer in law at the University of Tasmania.,


Freedominfo — A one-stop portal on FOI worldwide.

Right2Info – Open Society Institute site brings together information on the legal frameworks for the right to information as well as case law from dozens of countries, organized and analyzed by topic.

FOIANet – Organization of international FOIA activists, based in Madrid.

Article 19 - UK-based NGO on freedom of expression an FOI matters.

Carter Center - Access to information project, U.S.-based group.

Centre for Law and Democracy – NGO based in Halifax, Canada, focused on freedom of expression and transparency.

The Access Initiative – International focus with an environmental emphasis. NGO coalition with Secretariat at the World Resources Institute, Washington

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative - Monitors/advocates on FOI issues in Commonwealth countries (not very active in 2010)

Privacy International – Mainly privacy oriented, but some FOI postings. Also see “press and news” section on website for good collection of tweets.

Knight Center – Latin American media news, with good emphasis on FOIA

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