Investigative reporters and citizen journalists alike need access to public records, but bureaucratic hurdles make it hard to get such information. Journalists that hold power accountable depend the ability to scrutinize reports, audits, emails and meetings of government officials. Our aim is to create social and technological ways to keep this information free. Using BitTorrent and other technologies, we can reduce the double-work involved in filing Freedom of Information Act requests by more efficiently distributing this information so that public interest information can be kept in the public domain.
“RecordsQuest,” ibiblio catalog, accessed May 19, 2013, http://ibiblio.org/catalog/items/show/4235.