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ALA Awards Presidential Review Group
The American Library Association (ALA) honored the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, established by President Obama, with the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th annual Freedom of Information Day held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. ALA chose the Review Group for its advocacy of reforms to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service’s (NSA/CSS) surveillance programs.
The Review Group released a report that served as a blueprint for how the U.S. government can remain committed to privacy and civil liberties without compromising national security. It called for transparency, effective oversight, national security protection, and foreign policy advancement.
“The Review Group’s recommendations are aligned with the American Library Association’s commitment to maintaining public access to government information,” says Barbara Stripling, ALA’s president. “Thanks to the steadfast commitment of this group, impractical reforms to the government’s unconstitutional surveillance practices may soon be on the horizon.”
ALA gives the James Madison Award to individuals or groups who champion, protect, and promote public access to government information.
Source: American Library Association
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