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Transforming classification. The new NARA blog on the block

For all you (de)classification geeks out there, here’s an interesting new .gov blog to add to your blogrolls. NARA’s Public Interest Declassification Board now has a blog called Transforming Classification. They’ll be posting a bunch of white papers on various topics over the coming months. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

The Public Interest Declassification Board is an advisory board established by Congress to promote the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities. The Board’s mandate includes advising the President and other government officials on policies deriving from the issuance by the President of Executive orders regarding the classification and declassification of national security information…

…President Obama has charged the Board with designing a more fundamental transformation of the security classification system. In response to his request, we are proposing new solutions that address the shortcomings of the current system and tackle the challenges of digital records. By reducing inefficiencies and increasing public access, our proposals aim to improve the classification/declassification’s system capacity to protect and serve the American people.

Every other Wednesday over the next eight weeks, we will post either two or three “white paper” synopses to the blog describing an element of our proposed transformation.

[HT to Meredith Stewart]

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