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Saturday, August 16, 2008

An Interesting Look At Texas E-Mail Saga

An open source site takes a look at one man's drive to open the e-mail of Texas Gov. Rick Perry to public scrutiny:

John Washburn takes public records seriously. Recently, the 45-year-old computer software tester from Wisconsin decided to take on Texas Gov. Rick Perry over his e-mail retention program -- or lack of one.

Perry's office automatically deletes virtually all its e-mails every seven days, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Washburn, who viewed the retention period as "obnoxiously short," developed a computer program that every four days automatically requests all e-mails sent to and from Perry's office staff. When he received the first batch more than 8,000 e-mails covering four days -- he promptly posted them online.

More here.


Dan said...

Washburn's Blog


National Freedom of Information Coalition said...

Thanks for droppin' by, and keep us posted!