Chris Rourke                                Times Editor
Chris Rourke Times Editor

COMMENTARY

The irony was not lost on me in two meetings in as many days on the Front Range. Both debated privacy, convenience and rights in the information age.

One was at the Colorado State Capitol between members of the media and state legislators; the other — a congressional subcommittee meeting — held on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus, where lawmakers listened to claims of how big tech companies are misusing information and data. One highlighted how journalists are fighting to maintain their right to access information, while the other showed how companies have ready access to more information than many of us want them to have.

At the capitol, Freedom of Information Coalition Executive Director Jeff Roberts informed legislators about the challenges journalists have in gaining public information — that which is needed to do their jobs and inform the public. Such rights are guaranteed by “Sunshine” and Open Records laws.

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