Artificial intelligence could help lift FOIA log jam

Federal agencies have begun to use artificial intelligence to deal with the crush of Freedom of Information Act requests. Adam Marshall for the Reporters Committee of the Press welcomes the possibility of getting information to the public in a timely manner but questions whether AI can make the legal analysis needed in some cases. (NBC News, August 1, 2023, by Lewis Kamb)

The Justice Department, State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing AI to help with information requests. Federal agencies completed 928,000 FIOA requests in 2022, the highest number in history. (Forbes, August 1, 2023, by William Skipworth)

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