Mark Holland, Rashida Felder, and I attended Elon University’s and the N.C. Open Government Coalition’s excellent Sunshine Day 2015 forum at the Durham Convention Center on Monday, March 16, part of Sunshine Week.
We listened as Sarah Healy, public records administrator for the City of Greensboro, described Greensboro’s Public Information Request Tracking System, otherwise known as PIRT. Citizens go to PIRT, which is on the City’s website, to make public records requests and track the status of their requests. Anyone can view records requests and, in many cases, view the public records produced by the City in response to the requests.
We also heard a fascinating panel discussion on body-worn camera video as public records. There are many issues associated with body-worn camera video, including confidentiality, technology, and when to turn body-worn cameras on in a police/citizen interaction. One of the panelists was Frayda Bluestein of the UNC School of Government, who wrote about body-worn camera video here.
Finally, we heard an excellent panel discussion on transparency in the courts and learned what a StingRay was!
The Records Analysis Unit looks forward to this day each year. We love the thoughtful discussions on current issues that affect the transparency of North Carolina’s government.