preview IFG-Ticker


June 2018

IFG-Ticker automatically highlights news articles that make use of the German Freedom of Information Act (Informationsfreiheitsgesetz, abbrev.: IFG).

In Germany, the number of journalists who name the IFG is low. Often they only write that “documents are present” but not about their origin. With this Twitter bot, I want to encourage journalists to state if they obtained a document with it. By doing so, the IFG gets more attention. And as a consequence, it is harder for the ones in power to abolish it and easier for us to push for improvements.

Follow the bot on Twitter and check out the code on Github, which is based on work by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.