open records


How Scientists are Responding to On the Media’s Reporting on Researcher Harassment

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The prolific public radio show On The Media last week explored how open records laws are used to disrupt public interest research at public universities and examined the challenges of creating laws that allow for scrutiny while protecting free speech. The reporter, Alana Casanova-Burgess, treated the issue with the complexity it deserves, and in the days since, I’ve heard from several professors around the country by email and phone. Read more >

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Corporations and Activists are Exploiting Open Records Laws. California is Trying to Change That

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Corporations and activists from the left and the right are abusing open records laws to harass public university researchers. A growing body of analysis shows that these attacks are growing both in number and severity. Fortunately, some states have begun to clarify how these laws apply to university researchers, both through courts and state legislatures. Read more >

Cartoon: Brian Narelle/UCS
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Real Scrutiny of Science and Scientists Goes Well Beyond FOIA

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

In today’s Boston Globe, reporter David Abel profiles our work to push back on those who harass scientists through open records laws. The Globe article helps prove the point that the Freedom of Information Act is inadequate to root out corruption within science while also protecting scientists from harassment. Read more >

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The Public Interest Lies in Promoting Transparency AND Protecting Scientists from Harassment

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

On Sunday, the New York Times published an op-ed from Paul Thacker, a former Senate staffer who is critical of UCS’s efforts to protect scientists from harassment. Unfortunately, he misrepresents our work, as he did previously in a PLOS Biology op-ed that was ultimately retracted (to our surprise, while we were corresponding with an editor about corrections to the piece). Read more >

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American Meteorological Society Slams House Science Committee Witch Hunt

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The American Meteorological Society today issued a strongly-worded letter condemning House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith’s ongoing harassment of government climate scientists. The letter is in response to a demand made by Chairman Smith under new, unilateral subpoena powers for all correspondence, notes and other materials from the last seven years related to the work of certain NOAA climate scientists. Read more >

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