Friday, October 15, 2021

From the Bookshelves: Saving the Freedom of Information Act by Margaret B. Kwoka

Margaret Kwoka of Ohio State University Moritz College of Law has just published a new book titled Saving the Freedom of Information Act.

The book promises to be an essential Kwoka resource for a diverse set of readers, including those using the FOIA law to request immigration-related records. Here is the abstract:

Enacted in 1966, The Freedom of Information Act (or FOIA) was designed to promote oversight of governmental activities, under the notion that most users would be journalists. Today, however, FOIA is largely used for purposes other than fostering democratic accountability. Instead, most requesters are either individuals seeking their own files, businesses using FOIA as part of commercial enterprises, or others with idiosyncratic purposes like political opposition research. In this sweeping, empirical study, Margaret Kwoka documents how agencies have responded to the large volume of non-oversight requesters by creating new processes, systems, and specialists, which in turn has had a deleterious impact on journalists and the media. To address this problem, Kwoka proposes a series of structural solutions aimed at shrinking FOIA to re-center its oversight purposes.

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https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2021/10/from-the-bookshelves-saving-the-freedom-of-information-act-by-margaret-b-kwoka.html

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