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Wikipedia Edit A Thon: Improving FOIA          

Join the FOIA Edit-a-thon at the Center for Public Integrity and help to improve or create Wikipedia articles about the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

New to editing Wikipedia? Don't worry - Training will be provided. Laptops are required. Please bring your own.


Friday, July 19 2019 from 3-5pm


Center for Public Integrity
Barr Building
910 17th St NW #700
Washington, DC 20006

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Training will be led by Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado) with volunteers from Wikimedia DC. This event is open to up to 12 participants of all Wikipedia experience levels, from beginner to expert.

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This is for use on the day of the event.
1) Select 'Sign in'
2) Scroll down on the page that follows and click 'Publish changes' or 'Save changes'.
Your username will automatically be added to the list of attendees.




Suggested Work List[edit]

  • Freedom of Information Act (United_States)
    • Elaborate on Exemption 4 - "trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential"
      • Add mention of 1974 landmark case National Parks Conservation Ass'n v. Morton
        • "releasing the data was likely (1) to impair the Government’s ability to obtain necessary information in the future; or (2) to cause substantial harm to the competitive position of the person from whom the information was obtained." - from Lexology [1]
      • Add mention of 2019 Supreme Court decision on Food Mktg. Inst. v. Argus Leader Media - PDF file
      • "The Court’s decision overturns the definition of confidential established over forty years ago in Nat’l Parks & Conservation Ass'n v. Morton, 498 F.2d 765 (D.C. Cir. 1974)." - Department of Justice [2]
      • "Court gives broad meaning to “confidential” in FOIA exemption for commercial and financial information" - SCOTUSblog [3]
  • Administrative Procedure Act (United States)
  • Wikidata items related to this
    • Add Wikidata items for the important cases related to FOIA over the years
    • Example of a Supreme Court citation tree generated via Wikidata for Roe v. Wade [4]
  • Sources to draw from
    • FOIA blog at NARA
    • There's a (new?) job title in the Federal government for FOIA and privacy experts: Look for job series 0306, Government Information Specialist job series; some info may be at
    • Freedom of Information Act = 5 U.S.C. 552, right?
    • Many/most FOIA requests are from potential government suppliers who want to find out about existing contracts and acquisition. (source, aside from uncite-able interviews? uncertain)
    • Govt agencies use one of a couple of common platforms to process and track FOIA requests ; This is one:

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