Lighting a New Frontier
Digital sunshine pours fourth from an office near Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle.
Or that's the idea, at least, behind the Electronic Frontier Foundation's FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government Project. Created last year, it exists solely to ask -- and then sue -- the government to release records on high-tech programs affecting Americans' privacy.
For the uninitiated, FOIA stands for Freedom of Information Act: It's the federal law providing for disclosure of government records. Newspapers, nonprofits and attorneys regularly use it to access public records of all kinds, but few are dedicated solely to using it to probe the shadowy areas where cutting-edge technology might infringe upon civil liberties.