Shedding Light on Algorithms: Civil Rights Advocates and Lawmakers Call for Changes to Connecticut’s FOI Laws to Address AI Bias Concerns – CT News Junkie

04/25/2023 By Hugh McQuaid Civil rights advocates and a group of lawmakers called Tuesday for changes to Connecticut’s Freedom of Information laws in order to shed more light on the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence by state agencies. Legislators Continue reading Shedding Light on Algorithms: Civil Rights Advocates and Lawmakers Call for Changes to Connecticut’s FOI Laws to Address AI Bias Concerns – CT News Junkie

For a new Connecticut reporter, public records seem within reach – Connecticut Public Radio

04/24/2023 By Katie Seltzer I was recently asked if I had ever filed a Freedom of Information appeal. Sure, I said. Many times. What I meant was that I had filed a Freedom of Information records request and had been Continue reading For a new Connecticut reporter, public records seem within reach – Connecticut Public Radio

Bethel developers win Freedom of Information case against town over denial of unedited meeting video – Danbury News Times

04/24/2023 By Kendra Baker BETHEL — The Freedom of Information Commission has found the town in violation of public records laws over its refusal to provide public access to unedited video from a meeting from last year. The February ruling Continue reading Bethel developers win Freedom of Information case against town over denial of unedited meeting video – Danbury News Times

Appellate Court: Yale Police Not Required to Turn Over Recordings of ‘Uncorroborated Allegations of a Crime’ – Law.com

By Allison Dunn 04/04/2023 The Connecticut Appellate Court upheld an administrative appeal that concluded the Yale University Police Department properly denied a student’s request to access certain body camera recordings created when officers were responding to “an uncorroborated allegation of Continue reading Appellate Court: Yale Police Not Required to Turn Over Recordings of ‘Uncorroborated Allegations of a Crime’ – Law.com

Charges dismissed against firefighter over accident scene photos – Connecticut Inside Investigator

By Marc E. Fitch 04/05/2023 A public information officer for the Chesterfield Fire Company in Montville who was arrested after posting photographs of a vehicle accident scene in 2021 had his charges dismissed by Superior Court Judge Arthur C. Hadden. Continue reading Charges dismissed against firefighter over accident scene photos – Connecticut Inside Investigator

Town sets open meeting training, not revealed to public – Westport Journal

By Thane Grauel 03/29/2023 WESTPORT — The Board of Selectwomen and the Town Attorney’s Office will hold Freedom of Information Act training for town staff, board and commission members Thursday. The sessions, at 3 and 7 p.m., in the Town Continue reading Town sets open meeting training, not revealed to public – Westport Journal

Committee Approves Bill With Steep Penalties for FOI Violations – CT News Junkie

By Staff Report 03/27/2023 Lawmakers advanced five bills Friday out of committee revising the state’s Freedom of Information Act, including one that seeks to improve enforcement by increasing the maximum fine allowed for denial of public records requests from $1,000 Continue reading Committee Approves Bill With Steep Penalties for FOI Violations – CT News Junkie

Connecticut Hearst papers: Open government laws need enforcement – New Haven Register

Editorial 03/26/2023 The penalties for violating Connecticut’s Freedom of Information laws are far too lenient. They hardly amount to a disincentive, and are in no way a cure for those who flout the statutes. The General Assembly may be looking Continue reading Connecticut Hearst papers: Open government laws need enforcement – New Haven Register