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More than 40 people attended a panel that offered an overview and updates about the Freedom of Information Act and the California Records Act, strategies for obtaining records, and how to use the information effectively. Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation explained the basics of FOIA and gave examples of government responses to FOIA requests under the Bush and Obama administrations. Michael Risher, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, offered advice about using the California Public Records Act. Phillip Reese, a reporter at The Sacramento Bee, shared ways to use the data you get to create ways of making information digestible and comprehensible to readers.
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