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A Cyberattack Against RIPTA: Using Public Records to Complete the Story
Tolly Taylor at WPRI in Providence describes how he reported on a recent cyberattack against the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and the role public records played.

What’s the Future of Online Public Meetings
When the pandemic began two years ago, our government moved online. Since then we have seen the good and the bad of online public meetings. Transparency advocates and public officials discuss the pros and cons of government by Zoom.

Executive Order Needed in Rhode Island to Keep Government Transparent During New COVID Wave
Steven Brown at the ACLU of Rhode Island discusses a request made to Gov. Daniel McKee to reinstate an executive order that would require hybrid/ remote public meetings. ACCESS/RI, a group of open government organizations including the New England First Amendment Coalition, called it matter of “great urgency” given COVID-19 concerns.

Secrecy in Rhode Island During the COVID-19 Pandemic
John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, and NEFAC’s Tim White, an investigative journalist at WPRI-Providence, describe the toll taken on open government during the COVID-19 pandemic through executive orders issued by Gov. Gina Raimondo.