Aaron Mackey

Frank Stanton Legal Fellow/Electronic Frontier Foundation

Aaron is a Frank Stanton Legal Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A 2012 graduate of Boalt Hall, Aaron worked for EFF while a student in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Before joining EFF, Aaron was in Washington, D.C. where he worked on speech, privacy, and freedom of information issues at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown Law. Before law school, Aaron was a journalist at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism and English from the University of Arizona in 2006.

Resetting Government Data Permissions
Too often, access to government records and data requires interested parties to file requests with local, state, and federal authorities and then wait for a response. This default frustrates our ability to learn about government activities, including what data officials collects about all of us. Instead, government should be proactively disclosing records and data, making them available to anyone.

The talk will highlight efforts individuals can take to flip the default to increase transparency, building off of the open access values Aaron Swartz embodied. This includes advocating for open data laws at all levels of government and pushing for proactive disclosure and open data formatting policies. It also includes crowd-sourcing efforts to find government data and make it useful and easily accessible to all.

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