Tennessee’s New Public Records Law

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen recently signed into law revised and updated rules for the state’s public records policies. The new public records law puts the duties of Tennessee’s open records ombudsman into law and establishes a seven-day deadline for records custodians to respond to public records requests — or they need to explain why more […]

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Facebook, MySpace Reunions Replacing Class Reunions

As social networks like Facebook and MySpace have become increasingly popular, more people are using them to search for and reconnect with past friends and classmates, while foregoing the traditional class reunions. A recent article on Courant.com observed that often times an online reunion with a former friend or classmates is easier than travelling to […]

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Judge Orders Teens To Post A YouTube Apology

A judge in Viera, Florida has ordered two teenage boys to post an apology on video-sharing site YouTube.com as punishment for a drive-through window prank that led to battery and criminal mischief charges. The prank, called “fire in the hole”, occurred last July and involved fast-food employee Jessica Ceponis at a Taco Bell drive-through window. […]

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USASpending.com Shows US Federal Spending On Contracts & Grants

A new open public records website launched by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget called USASpending.gov provides a searchable database of federal spending on contracts and grants. The Contracts section of USAspending.gov lets users to search for public record information regarding all federal contracts. You can search contracts and grants by contractor name, geographic […]

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Surveillance Software Blurs The Faces Of Innocent People

Governments and businesses are using thousands of video surveillance cameras in an effort to monitor and deter terrorists and criminals, but innocent everyday citizens get caught on tape too. However, a new type of privacy software for surveillance cameras may correct that problem, by blurring the faces of innocent people in the footage unless there’s […]

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