East Valley Tribune
Scottsdale not releasing city records to Tribune
By Paul Giblin, Tribune
Scottsdale is refusing to release city records associated with a wide variety of
On FOIA Front, More Agencies Contract Out
Private Firms Have Growing Role in Handling Backlogs of Requests for
By Christopher Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 8, 2004; Page A21
Steven Aftergood has waited so long for federal officials to answer his requests for public
information that, he says jokingly, he may be in his grave before some of the documents
land on his desk.
Posted on Tue, Jun. 08, 2004
Nelson joins suit to
Senator says voter-list secrecy could tarnish
By Bill Cotterell
DEMOCRAT POLITICAL EDITOR
Thousands of law-abiding Floridians might be
denied the right to vote and the outcome of the
presidential election could be tarnished unless the
public can see lists of convicted felons set for
purging from voter rolls, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson
Missouri governor signs expansion of sunshine law
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Increased penalties for illegally closing public meetings and records
are part of a revised Missouri Sunshine Law signed yesterday by Gov. Bob Holden.
The new law, which takes effect Aug. 28, also enters the cyberworld, with additional
disclosure requirements for exchanges by members of public bodies via e-mail, chat rooms
and conference calls.
It imposes a standard statewide fee of 10 cents per page for copying public records, while
allowing public agencies to impose new clerical charges for staff research time in
compiling records for disclosure.
And the new law makes clear that the University of Missouri's governing Board of
Curators — which has lost costly legal fights over its closing of records — is subject to the
law, like other public governmental bodies.
Ohio News Now
Public records in cities, villages denied more than 20 percent
CANTON, Ohio Kathy Thompson, the clerk-treasurer in
McConnelsville, will provide any requested public records: budget sheets, personnel files, payroll
Just don't stop by on Mondays. Or Wednesdays. Or on days that she takes vacation
time.Thompson has those days off _ and the only key to the file cabinets that hold the
records."Most people are willing to work with me," she said.If they come on a Monday, the
secretaries tell them to come back the next day, Thompson said."That's still only 24 hours," she
said. "Our solicitor has advised us that we have to provide the information within a reasonable
period of time."Ohio law says a person should be able to inspect public records "promptly."
Ohio News Now
Ohio Supreme Court rulings limit access to records
TOLEDO, Ohio Rulings by the Ohio Supreme Court,
particularly in the last decade, have limited access to documents once available under the state's
public record law, media law experts said.
In some cases, the decisions were made to protect the privacy of people involved. But the rulings
led to sweeping exceptions in the law, according to David Marburger, a Cleveland attorney who
has represented the media in public records cases.Media law experts say the courts increasingly
have narrowly defined the meaning of public record, so documents collected by a public agency
that used to be available are now being kept from the public.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Parma sets, then scraps, policy on public
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Joseph L. Wagner
Plain Dealer Reporter
Parma - A new city policy of logging the descriptions and races of people who
ask for public records without giving their names lasted less than a day.
Mayor Dean DePiero at first defended the practice, saying the descriptions
could help police identify people who might use records to commit crimes.
Hours later, after inquiries from The Plain Dealer, he scrapped the policy.
Article Last Updated: Tuesday,
Public figures' salaries now
City of Oakland says releasing
names and exact numbers is an
infringement on privacy rights
By Robert Gammon, STAFF
OAKLAND -- For the first time,
the city of Oakland is refusing to
release the names and exact
salaries of employees on the
public payroll, saying disclosure
would infringe on their privacy
June 08, 2004 08:01 AM US Eastern Timezone
Rochester Public Utilities Propels Instant Messaging To Forefront of Business
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 8, 2004--
Municipal Utility Company Enlists Akonix to Boost Productivity and Customer
Satisfaction with Secure Platform to Manage IM Activity
Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), the largest municipal utility in the state of Minnesota, has
turned sporadic, unmanaged use of instant messaging (IM) into a productive business tool for
internal and external communications. RPU selected Akonix' L7 Enterprise gateway to manage
and secure employee use of all IM communications.
June 08, 2004 09:14 AM US Eastern Timezone
FivePoints and IMlogic Offer Secure Hosted Instant Messaging Compliance Archiving Solution;
Partnership Provides SEC, NYSE and NASD Compliant IM Management Solution
NEW YORK and WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 8, 2004--FivePoints Compliance Inc., a
pioneer in providing outsourced compliant messaging services, and IMlogic, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise
infrastructure software solutions for the rapidly growing Instant Messaging (IM) market, today announced a
partnership to offer a secure, outsourced instant messaging management solution designed specifically for
small-to-medium sized financial services companies. IMlogic IM Manager, the industry-leading IM management
solution and IMlogic IM Linkage, the industry's first multi-network IM application system for the development
and deployment of enterprise-class IM applications will be offered in a hosted environment to customers looking
to deploy a compliant IM system within their company.
Research Report: Enterprise storage
Our survey of over 600 InfoWorld readers reveals conservative spending patterns and an obsession with disaster recovery
By Mario Apicella May 28, 2004
Like the rest of the world, InfoWorld readers are spending a little less and expecting a lot more from their technology. That message
comes across loud and clear in the results of this year's survey of readers who are involved in evaluating or purchasing storage
solutions. Rather than increasing their investment in storage, our respondents seem determined to get more from what they've already
Search engines try to find their sound
By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
To be Googled, or not to be Googled?
That was the question facing National Public Radio's online director Maria Thomas earlier this year. The
answer would seem obvious for anyone doing business on the Web, where being included in search
results can mean the difference between success and oblivion.
But in Thomas' case it wasn't that simple: Most "spiders" that crawl and index the Web are effectively
blind to audio and video content, making NPR's highly regarded radio programming all but invisible to
mainstream search engines.
May 28, 2004
By Larry Dignan
Are you ready to declare your company secure against attacks from cyberterrorists?
If you're not, get moving. The odds are increasing that in the not-so-distant future, legislators will make corporate
America adhere to yet-to-be-defined best practices in cybersecurity.
Conference mulls Web as personal memory store
Last modified: May 20, 2004, 5:17 PM PDT
Imagine being able to record every interesting conversation you have ever held in your life, not to
mention all the photos and writing you have done.
Top Internet researchers attending the annual World Wide Web Conference in New York this week are
wondering what it will mean when individuals can recall nearly every waking moment. It's a vision of the world where everyone becomes a digital pack rat.
Ohio News Now
Internet allows quick access to public records
CLEVELAND Twenty years ago, Betsie Norris' search to
find her birth parents in Wisconsin through paper records took eight months.
She likely could now do it in a day or so using public records and other documents available on
the Internet."The Internet certainly has made that easier," said Norris, executive director of
Adoption Network Cleveland. "It helps to speed things up."Adoptees looking for their birth
parents, or anyone else trying to search public documents, can turn on their computers to sift
through items such as marriage records, the Social Security Death Index, military records,
professional licenses and property records.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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