preview IFG-Ticker


Twitter bot featuring FOIA news

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 use the IFG for their reporting is low. And even if they use the law to obtain documents, they often don’t state that they used the IFG. With this Twitter bot, I want to encourage journalists to a) use the IFG and b) write in their article if they used the IFG. 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 the civil society to push for improvements.

Follow the bot on Twitter. The software is built opon the work by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

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