Bring the Freedom of Information Act into the Digital

Eight years after a Seattle man requested safety information about explosive weapons stored in Puget Sound, the U.S. Supreme Court last week said the Navy’s excuse for keeping the information secret violated the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

The 8-1 decision, uniting ideological opposites on the high court, is a victory for advocates of open government. It’s also a reminder of how hard it can be to get public officials to release information that rightfully belongs in the public domain.

This article was originally published in The Seattle Times.