Charles Koch Institute Applauds Freedom of Information ‘Accountability Engine,’ Cites Immigration Data as Proof of Importance

As part of years of work requesting and organizing the findings of millions of public records requests, scholars at Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) discovered immigrants now wait an average of 727 days for decisions on their cases. News reports today reveal that these wait times are roughly twice as long as two decades ago. While these findings may help inform discussions around immigration policy, they also demonstrate the power of open government efforts. Charles Koch Institute Director of Free Expression Sarah Ruger released the following statement:

For data-driven solutions to our country’s most pressing challenges, you first need … well, data. Many don’t consider FOIA a glamorous topic, which makes the rigorous work done by Syracuse’s TRAC and other open government scholars all the more important. Tools like Syracuse’s ‘accountability engine’ give journalists, researchers, and citizens greater insight into the workings of government and empower individuals to more easily engage on the issues they care about.

The Charles Koch Foundation’s support of Syracuse’s initiative is one of many grants expanding work that explores the role of government transparency in an open society. These include educational opportunities, legal scholarship, and new and innovative programs.

09-09-2020 04:30pm

TEL Education brings high-quality, personalized learning to more students

TEL Education, a nonprofit organization specializing in online courses for high school students, aims to fulfill families’ desires for new educational models while ensuring all students have access to those options at an affordable price.

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09-08-2020 09:00am

Welcome, Emerging Tech Policy Leaders!

The Charles Koch Institute (CKI) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Hewlett Foundation) are proud to announce the launch of the Emerging Tech Policy Leaders Program, a new initiative that provides early-career professionals with opportunities in the technology and cyber policy fields

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08-28-2020 12:30pm

Americans agree on this: the United States needs a more realist foreign policy

According to a recent YouGov poll commissioned by the Charles Koch Institute (CKI), 75 percent of Americans believe “the United States should prioritize domestic issues over foreign policy issues.” That opinion was supported by voters in both parties.

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