public records

FOIA

‘Mutant Rabbit’ Lost By University of Michigan Laboratory, FOIA Docs Show

The University of Michigan was home to a series of animal deaths in 2018.
Sarah Emerson
3.25.19
Predictive Policing

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Documents obtained by Motherboard using public information requests verify previously unconfirmed police department contracts with predictive policing company PredPol.
Caroline Haskins
2.6.19
future of flight

Uber Asked LA Mayor to Vouch for the Safety of its Still-Hypothetical Flying Taxis

A confidential FAQ that Uber sent Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti contains unprovable claims about its eVTOL technology.
Sarah Emerson
12.15.17
FOIA

'Nature' Editorial Juxtaposes FOIA Email Release With Illegal Hacking

One of science's most important publications assumes science journalists don't know how to do their jobs.
Jason Koebler & Sarah Emerson
12.8.17
Whodunit?

Google Tells City ‘Local Adolescents’ Are Throwing its Bikes Into a Mountain View Creek

Mountain View public records show Google asked for help in retrieving its abandoned bikes from Stevens Creek.
Sarah Emerson
7.31.17
philadelphia

Philly Cops Send Unhelpful Response to Public Records Request on Fake Google Car

The department sent us back a copy of our own email.
Joseph Cox
7.5.16
seattle

City of Seattle Releases Documents, Then Court Orders Them Wiped from the Web

It looks like the city made a mistake, yet private citizens are getting sued.
Joseph Cox
5.27.16
information

It's Still Way Too Easy for Government Employees to Hide Official Conversations

Requests for government records have long been foiled by the use of BlackBerries and instant messaging apps, and personal email accounts.
Matthew Braga
3.3.15