Harry Hammitt

Contributing Writer


September 5, 2002

Disclosure Debate

Federal prohibitions on open-access laws are causing confusion about what records states are required to release.

June 4, 2002

An End to Easy Access

Security concerns are superseding agencies' missions to provide useful information to the public.

April 16, 2002

Judging Privacy

Federal and state courts are beginning to set policies for protecting personal information in electronic public records, but doing so is a delicate balancing act.

July 24, 2000

Leading Edge: NGA Annual Meeting

Leading Edge: NGA Annual Meeting

July 20, 2000

Best Practices: My Virginia

Best Practices: My Virginia

July 12, 2000

Report: Privacy

Report: Privacy

June 23, 2000

Report: NGA

Report: NGA

June 20, 2000

Blue Print: Access America

Blue Print: Access America

June 5, 2000

Report: Information Technology: Creating Real Change for Small Business

Report: Information Technology: Creating Real Change for Small Business

May 24, 2000

Report: NASIRE Digital Gov. Landscape

Report: NASIRE Digital Gov. Landscape

May 24, 2000

Best Practices: Access Idaho

Best Practices: Access Idaho

May 23, 2000

Best Practices: Washington E-Mall

Best Practices: Washington E-Mall

May 22, 2000

Report: FTC Privacy Online

Report: FTC Privacy Online

May 16, 2000

Best Practices: Texas Marketplace

Best Practices: Texas Marketplace

May 16, 2000

Website: NSF Digital Government

Website: NSF Digital Government

May 12, 2000

Report: CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security

Report: CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security

May 2, 2000

Best Practices: North Carolina@Your Service

Best Practices: North Carolina@Your Service

May 2, 2000

Best Practices: TechMart

Best Practices: TechMart

May 2, 2000

Report: Growing New Businesses with Seed and Venture Capital

Report: Growing New Businesses with Seed and Venture Capital

May 2, 2000

Survey: Cryptology & Liberty 2000

Survey: Cryptology & Liberty 2000

May 2, 2000

Speech: NGA Winter Meeting

Speech: NGA Winter Meeting

May 2, 2000

Study: Reengineering Federal Government

Study: Reengineering Federal Government

May 2, 2000

Best Practices: Pierce County, Wash.

Best Practices: Pierce County, Wash.

May 2, 2000

Best Practices: KyDirect

Best Practices: KyDirect

May 2, 2000

Best Practices: Boston

Best Practices: Boston

May 2, 2000

Best Practices: Honolulu

Best Practices: Honolulu

May 2, 2000

Best Practice: Local Government Marketplace

Best Practice: Local Government Marketplace

May 2, 2000

Report: Measuring the Imparct of Welfare Reform

Report: Measuring the Imparct of Welfare Reform

May 2, 2000

Survey: At the Dawn of E-Government

Survey: At the Dawn of E-Government

May 2, 2000

Report: Governance in a New Economy

Report: Governance in a New Economy

May 2, 2000

Report: The Digital Divides New Frontier

Report: The Digital Divides New Frontier

May 2, 2000

Report: States on the Internet

Report: States on the Internet

May 1, 2000

Report: Enonymous.com

Report: Enonymous.com

May 1, 2000

Report: Eight Imperatives for Leaders in a Networked World

Report: Eight Imperatives for Leaders in a Networked World

November 30, 1999

Curses, FOIAed Again

Freedom of information battles academic prerogative.

October 31, 1999

"Labouring" Toward Access

The United Kingdom's journey from secrecy to openness is measured in inches, not miles.

July 31, 1999

Act Needs Protection

The Drivers Privacy Protection Act is likely to reach the Supreme Court.

June 30, 1999

Is Too Much Information Dangerous?

Agencies argue that easily gotten data is a problem.

April 30, 1999

Buying Privacy

Is it worth the cost? When a third party, like government, stands to financially benefit from selling individuals' privacy, the outrage over privacy invasion can quickly rise to deafening proportions.

March 31, 1999

Is Responsible Use of Personal

The question is not about stopping the flow of data, but controlling it.

February 28, 1999

Secrets Come Cheap

We moan about the loss of privacy, then trade our mother's maiden name to save a nickel on a can of beans.

January 31, 1999

Punishing With Sunshine

The government sometimes hands out open-access rules as discipline for agencies rather than benefits for citizens.

December 31, 1998

Privileged Information

Governments sometimes make

November 30, 1998

Can a National ID Tell Us Who We Are?

Whether there is a need is also a question.

October 31, 1998

Can Self-Regulation Really Work?

With the European Union talking tough on online privacy, the federal government favors laissez faire over legislation.

September 30, 1998

Collaboration Fuels Partnerships

Los Angeles has taken the lead from New York and San Francisco, increasing cooperation to foster a better IT climate.

August 31, 1998

To Regulate or Not to Regulate

If the private sector doesn't protect the privacy interests of consumers, the federal government is threatening to step in and make it happen.

July 31, 1998

Committing to Privacy?

The Clinton administration's interest in privacy may be motivated more by politics than an interest in the public's privacy rights.

June 30, 1998

The Vanishing

GPS helps locate the remains of a young man and bring closure to his family.

May 31, 1998

A Constitutional Right of Informational Privacy

Don't assume that, if someone wants access to personal information, they are planning to use it in harmful ways. Let the privacy exemption do the work.

April 30, 1998

Opting for Privacy

Are people correct in thinking privacy is more important than access?

March 31, 1998

Paying Up

Do attorneys' fees foster disclosure?

February 28, 1998

Sanitizing the Internet ?

The question of whether Internet content should be regulated has already been answered. The next question is: How?

January 31, 1998

Judge TOM CECIL: Technology Not Yet Supreme in Court

Judge Tom Cecil, presiding judge for the Sacramento Calif., Superior and Municipal Courts, maintains a 25-year facination with technology. This interest fuels his one, driving ambition: To bring the practice of law into the Information Age with respect and dignity. Over the past eight years, he has done just that for the Sacramento courts.

December 31, 1997

The Irrational Side of E-Mail Policy

The Irrational Side of E-Mail Policy

November 30, 1997

States to Feds: We Don't Want Your Legislated Privacy

Constitutional laws are tested as states resist a federal mandate to control access to public records.

October 31, 1997

Privacy Trumps Access, And It Ain't Cheap

Although Congress vastly underestimated the cost of implementing FOIA, it clearly understood that cost was not to be an obstacle to access.

September 30, 1997

Data Protection and Privacy in Hong Kong

How will Chinese rule affect Hong Kong's commitment to privacy and daya protection? the andwer could weigh heavily on matters of trade and economic cooperation.

August 31, 1997

Disclosing Financial Records

Some financial institutions' records may still be impregnable, but attitudes are changing about the public's right to know what's going on with their banks.

July 31, 1997

Is Possession Still Nine-Tenths of the Law?

Is Possession Still Nine-Tenths of the Law?

June 30, 1997

15,000 Requests and Counting

The FBI is still struggling under the weight of thousands of unanwsered Freedom of Information Act requests, and requesters keep waiting and waiting...

May 31, 1997

Access

How well are federal agencies carrying out the Freedom of Information Act since Attorney General Reno's call for more discretionary disclosure?

April 30, 1997

Access

What policies are useful in determining the cost of access to government information?

March 31, 1997

Access

The National Privacy and Public Policy Symposium was designed to look at privacy issues from virtually every conceivable angle and discipline.

February 28, 1997

Access

Government information is still a bargain, but it's not free. What policies govern fees and access?

January 31, 1997

Access

Access

December 31, 1996

Access

The 1996 amendments to FOIA mark the first congressional recognition that rights of access to government information must change to keep up with technological advances

October 31, 1996

UK Secrets Legacy Yielding

The UK has not necessarily been known for its open access to government records, but significant strides have been made with an administrative code.

September 30, 1996

Hiding the Deliberative Process

Hiding the Deliberative Process

August 31, 1996

Dodging the Sunshine

Dodging the Sunshine

July 31, 1996

Access

Access

June 30, 1996

Are Public Records Too Private?:

Are Public Records Too Private?:

April 30, 1996

Judicial Records: Can Privacy Concerns Co-exist with Public Access?

California communities have begun to wrestle with a major public policy problem that pits traditional concepts of access to court records against individuals' rights to privacy.

August 31, 1995

Online Judicial Opinions Need a Public-Domain Format

West Publishing's copyright is hindering electronic dissemination of case law

May 31, 1995

Bill Would Provide More Access to Electronic Records

California's S.B. 323 would enhance electronic access to public records, but does it ask too much of state and local government?