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Open Government Dialogue
Information on transparency, participation, collaboration, and policy changes

Media and Communications Law Society
Information for those interested in the intersection of the media and the law

The Citizen Journalist’s Guide to Open Government
A multi-media resource to help you understand your rights and learn to access public information

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

The Associated Press and Freedom of Information Web site
Offers resources for journalists and the public on issues relating to free press, access to information and the public’s right to know.

Common Cause
A nonpartisan nonprofit national advocacy organization for open and accountable government.

Massachusetts Campaign for Open Government
A Common Cause affiliate that recognizes Massachusetts cities and towns that make it easy for their citizens to access public information

Access Rhode Island
A nonprofit freedom of information coalition

The Maine Freedom of Information Coalition
A resource for information on accessing government records and meetings in the state.

First Amendment Center (Vanderbilt University)
The center, which also has a location in Washington D.C., is a forum for the study of each of the five rights protected under the First Amendment. Its site provides updates on First Amendment litigation, legislation and news.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
A nonprofit organization that offers extensive information on public access laws. It also serves as a legal resource for journalists.

The National Freedom of Information Coalition
An alliance of state FOI, First Amendment organizations and academic centers. Its mission is to protect the public’s right to an open government. The Web site provides state and federal resources on public access laws.

Public Citizen/Freedom of Information Clearinghouse
Their mantra is to protect the health, safety and democracy of citizens. Its site offers updates on FOI litigation and news in a number of fields, including auto safety, Congress and health research.

OpentheGovernment.org
A resource for FOI reports, experts, policy and news updates.

The Web site for the American Society of Newspaper Editors
Includes a section on the First Amendment, which covers relevant legislation, policy and other freedom of speech related topics.

Society of Professional Journalists
Resources on the Web site include a pool of FOI experts, suggestions for FOI activities for newsrooms, how to write about FOI issues, curriculum and classroom ideas for teachers and the latest FOI news.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center
A public interest research organization based in Washington, D.C. EPIC reports on privacy, open government and free speech, among other topics related to civil liberties.

National Security Archive
Located at George Washington University, the Archive is a non-governmental research institute and library. It posts on its site declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

American Library Association
The Web site is a resource for reports on legislation and policies regulating open records and government secrecy.

The Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project at the University of Florida

Sunshine in Government Initiative
A coalition of media groups advocates policies that ensure an open, accountable and accessible government. The site includes coverage of FOIA issues and related legislation.

netronline.com
An extensive online database of public records that can be searched by county.