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David Cuillier - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

David Cuillier

Director | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

David Cuillier’s expertise is in freedom of information, particularly the ability for journalists to acquire government records.


Dave Cuillier is a leading authority on freedom of information and is the former president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. During the past two decades, Dave has taught more than 10,000 journalists, students, and citizens how to acquire public records.

Areas of Expertise (2)

Freedom of Information

Access to Information

Media Appearances (3)

Judge denies police union’s motion to take down RJ video

Las Vegas Review-Journal  


A judge denied a police union’s demand to require the Las Vegas Review-Journal to remove or modify a video of corrections officers that was posted with a story about excessive overtime and mistakes at the Henderson jail. District Judge Mark Denton said Monday that he was “not persuaded” to issue a temporary restraining order because the union did not prove that the newspaper causes irreparable harm and injury by keeping up the video of officers without blurring their faces.

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School district removes letter from online despite Parents' Bill of Rights clause

The Gainesville Sun  online


Alachua County school district officials may soon have another legal issue to address following the creation of a questionable club at Gainesville High School that potentially violated state and federal laws. This time, the argument boils down to the removal of an appeal letter that, by law, should have been added to the School Board's Sept. 19 agenda.

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What are they hiding? State agency quotes high fees to bog down records requests

Las Vegas Review-Journal  online


Since the pandemic’s onset, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has regularly received complaints from people who couldn’t get their unemployment insurance checks, were victims of fraudulent claims or received unexpected overpayment notices from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. But when the newspaper requested records to look into the problems this year, the agency responded with a series of demands for money, including $650,000 to review emails about the backlog of claims.

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Articles (1)

Overclassification overkill: The US government is drowning in a sea of secrets

The Conversation

David Cuillier


The U.S. faces far more threats to its national security than from spy balloons or classified documents discovered in former and current presidents’ homes. About 50 million more threats every year. That’s the estimated number of records annually classified as confidential, secret or top secret by the U.S. government. The U.S. has an overclassification problem, which, experts say, ironically threatens the nation’s security.

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