Open Government

AALL believes that citizens possess the right to access the documents and proceedings of their government in order to allow for effective public oversight. The public’s right to know promotes equal and equitable access to government, and reduces secrecy and undue influence from special interests. AALL believes that federal, state, and local governments should be committed to openness, transparency, public participation, and collaboration.

Classification Policy

AALL strongly supports classification policies that promote opening the government to the greatest extent possible. Recognizing the need to balance security and transparency, we urge lawmakers to prioritize transparency where possible by supporting policies that limit classification and encourage declassification.

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an essential federal open government law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the federal government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute. AALL works to support strong open government laws and has long advocated for improvements to FOIA.

Issue Briefs and Reports

Formal Statements

Net Neutrality

AALL strongly supports network neutrality,  the principle that ensures that all internet traffic is treated equally. Network neutrality has kept the Internet open and non-discriminatory and has allowed it to thrive and flourish, promoting innovation, competition, and intellectual freedom.

Issue Briefs and Reports

Formal Statements

Other Issues

Many issues fall under the umbrella of Open Government, including increased access to non-classified government records and government oversight.

Formal Statements

Coalitions