True democracy is only possible if the people have access to the government's records. We work to cast light on shadowy government programs by using the federal Freedom of Information Act to wrest previously secret documents from the hands of government agencies.
The Freedom of Information Act contains a provision which gives requesters the right to go to court when an agency fails to disclose documents. We use this provision to enforce the act and make agencies more accountable to the public.
Advocates for Accountable Democracy was founded by Ginger McCall. Ms. McCall is a veteran Freedom of Information Act litigator. She has spoken on open government and privacy issues in a variety of academic and conference venues and has also provided expert commentary for local, national, and international media, including The New York Times, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Al Jazeera.
Prior to founding Advocates for Accountable Democracy, Ms. McCall worked at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she was the co-editor of Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws 2010 and co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on privacy issues to the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. McCall was also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a course on The Law of Open Government.
Ms. McCall is a graduate of Cornell Law School and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English Literature. Ms. McCall was awarded Cornell Law School's Freeman Prize for Civil and Human Rights.
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