What do you do, Rosemary Cundiff? BACKGROUND: Cundiff has worked at the State Archives for 12 years. She spent seven of those years in records management. She is currently the manager of the records analysis section. WHAT SHE DOES: As ombudsman, she works with government entities who are responding to records requests.
WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson has seen the organization through its most turbulent times: the site crash after being hacked in a Distributed Denial of Service attack, the banking blockade joined by many financial companies, and the negative fallout after WikiLeaks’ admission of playing a role in a fake New York Times-Bill Keller editorial, a move criticized as having delegitimized the authenticity of future leaks.
The freedom of speech, assembly, religion, the press and to petition government are seen as fundamental rights, thanks to the U.S. Constitution. Beyond that, though, is access to government information a fundamental human right? And if so, do journalists need to do a better job informing the public about the importance of it?
Legislators trying to tweak open records laws to their advantage is nothing new, unfortunately. In Utah, a fly-by-night operation to pass a bill that effectively gutted the state’s existing records law was met with stiff opposition from media and citizen groups.