Confirmed and Denied

Redacted Documents and the Freedom of Information Act
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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of 1966 enshrined the right of access to federal government information from the executive branch. Through FOIA requests journalists, watchdog groups, and members of the public have received entire files pertaining to requested subjects, partial files with redacted documents, and nothing. Confirmed and Denied explores redacted documents and unfilled requests through notable exemptions and exclusions set forth in the original and amendments to the act. What information does the government share with the public? What kind of information remains classified, obstructed from view by black ink or computer-generated boxes? An unsolved Alcatraz escape, Cold War espionage, surveillance on a Bay Area political group, and other local and national cases are highlighted in the exhibit.

Related Program: Freedom of Information Act 101, March 13, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, 5th Floor Learning Studio. Led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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