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.

08-02-2019 01:40pm

Statement from Will Ruger in Response to Reports of an Initial U.S. Peace Deal with the Taliban

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, on reports that the U.S. has reached an initial peace deal with the Taliban that would include a drawdown of 6,000 troops.

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07-17-2019 02:41pm

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 discovered immigrants now wait an average of 727 days for decisions on their cases.

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07-16-2019 11:41am

Setting the Table for Discussion on How Tech Platforms Address Extremism

Media and technology firms are grappling to discover and refine the rules, tools, and standards that address substantive concerns about extreme content while allowing free expression to thrive. Communities Overcoming Extremism: the After Charlottesville Project is bringing together private sector leaders to talk about the questions and discoveries arising in different online communities.

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