The Mouse That Roared

Peabody Award winning and Academy Award nominated director of "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," Judith Ehrlich now tells the story of the tiny nation of Iceland, the launchpad for Wikileaks most notorious release, and the story of Birgitta Jónsdóttir, former collaborator with Julian Assange, poet, writer, artist, internet pioneer, Buddhist and now a member of Iceland's Parliament as she works to create a unique free zone for whistleblowers, muck-racking journalists who fear retribution, writers, artists and anyone worldwide concerned with personal privacy and civil liberty. Follow us and our story of courage and resistance, secrets and lies, whistleblowers and talking truth to power…This is the story of a mouse that roared.
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The pendulum can swing back and forth many times if you’re there long enough. Certain records can be closed and then they’ll be open, then they’ll be closed. The question is will they be more open at the end of my life than they were at the beginning. If they are more open, that would be a success in my mind. Transparency is not a one-time legislative victory or defeat; it’s an attitude about the people’s right to know about the governmental process and governmental problems. It’s not about whether you win a court case or lose it, or get a piece of legislation passed or stop something. It’s about keeping the attitude of transparency first. That’s in the public interest and that serves the citizens best.
I think it’s very, very important that we get real people into places of power, be it parliament or inside the boards of the corporations and so forth so that we have an insider view and can report what’s going on there and how we can change it from outside from the grassroots. If you don’t know how it works then you can’t do anything to change it.

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FOIA Online goes live

Starting today, October 1, journalists who submit Freedom of Information Act requests will be able to keep track of their requests through a new system called FOIA Online. The system, which will be used by the EPA, National Archives and Records Administration, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Board, and the Departments of Commerce and Treasury, should help both journalists and agencies track requests more efficiently.

From the Sunshine in Government blog:

The new system, called FOIA Online, allows anyone to search pending FOIA requests and documents already released as the result of previous FOIA requests, submit a new FOIA request to an agency, track requests, see the status of any request and receive agency correspondence and documents all within the new system. And for FOIA geeks like us, it provides anyone the ability to search the tracking data, identify trends and keep tabs on how well (or poorly) any agency is fulfilling its obligations under FOIA. 

The funding push for The Mouse That Roared has only a week left to go and we still need more than $25,000. Here’s why you should contribute to our indiegogo campaign:

Through our character-driven documentary featuring  Birgitta Jonsdóttír—poet, Buddhist, activist, single mom, and elected member of the Icelandic Parliament—we explore the question, “is the Internet to become what WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange calls ‘most significant surveillance machine that we have ever seen,’ or will it be a platform for innovation, creativity, community building and justice?”

Iceland’s people have crowd-sourced their laws for a new constitution to make their nation a safe haven for freedom of information, and now my team and I are crowd-funding to make a film about it.

We need your support to raise $50,000 to get to Iceland, the U.K, New York and Washinton D.C. this fall to film critical events that will become pivotal scenes in the film—specifically, we will follow Birgitta Jónsdóttir and cybersecurity expert Jacob Appelbaum as they participate in Iceland in their historic Constitutional Referendum and address Onternet pioneers in London.

(If more material incentives are what interest you, look no further—we will reward contributors handsomely with credits, DVDs, posters, backer-only production updates, and even dinner with the Ellsbergs and Birgitta herself!)

And here’s a bit more about IMMI…

If you’re not already following IMMI ‘s work, and are interested in the future of information law, civil liberties, sunshine regulations, and open government, this is a nice short intro to the project.

We are proud to say that our “The Mouse That Roared”  team joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation as supporting members! The EFF works hard to defend our rights in the digital world whether that means taking cases, educating the public about dangerous laws, or creating privacy-enhancing technologies.

We are proud to say that our “The Mouse That Roared”  team joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation as supporting members! The EFF works hard to defend our rights in the digital world whether that means taking cases, educating the public about dangerous laws, or creating privacy-enhancing technologies.

Birgitta Impossible! Meet the unstoppable Icelandic MP, mother, poet, and the 21st century’s greatest female activist for digital democracy! We present…Birgitta Jonsdóttír!