PIDB In-Person Meeting—Register Now!

On Monday, June 24, 2024 the Public Interest Declassification Board will hold its first public meeting of 2024 at the National Archives and Records Administration. The meeting will be held in the McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum at 701 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The meeting will … Continue reading PIDB In-Person Meeting—Register Now!

PIDB Executive Session Held on May 15, 2024

The PIDB held a virtual executive session on May 15, 2024. The session featured a presentation by Adam Davis from the Department of Energy regarding the Advanced Computer Tools to Identify Classified Information (ACTICI). ACTICI uses artificial intelligence tools to aid derivative classifiers to review and identify information classified under the Atomic Energy Act. PIDB Chair … Continue reading PIDB Executive Session Held on May 15, 2024

Columbia University Hosts Conference: The Dark State? Government Secrecy and American Democracy

Today’s post was written by Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) members Carter Burwell and Carmen Medina. On Friday, April 19, 2024, two members of the PIDB spoke at Columbia University at the 2nd Annual Conference in Honor of Robert Jervis. The event was titled "The Dark State? Government Secrecy and American Democracy" and was hosted at Columbia's … Continue reading Columbia University Hosts Conference: The Dark State? Government Secrecy and American Democracy

PIDB Executive Session held on March 27, 2024

The PIDB held a virtual executive session on March 27, 2024. PIDB Chair Mary DeRosa led the meeting which was attended by PIDB members Carter Burwell, Andrew Byrnes, Ezra Cohen, David Hickton, Carmen Medina, and Alissa Starzak. NARA's General Counsel provided the annual ethics briefing. The members discussed plans for a public meeting and Board … Continue reading PIDB Executive Session held on March 27, 2024

PIDB Submits 2023 Annual Report to Congress

On March 8, 2024, PIDB Chair Mary DeRosa submitted to Congress the PIDB’s Annual Report for 2023. The report reviews the appointments of members; public events including the public meeting held on January 26 in Austin, Texas; briefings from federal agency representatives on their initiatives in developing artificial intelligence and machine learning tools for declassification; … Continue reading PIDB Submits 2023 Annual Report to Congress

PIDB Executive Session held on February 21, 2024

The PIDB held a virtual executive session on February 21, 2024. PIDB Chair Mary DeRosa led the meeting which was attended by PIDB members Carter Burwell, Andrew Byrnes, Ezra Cohen, Laura DeBonis, David Hickton, Carmen Medina, and Alissa Starzak. The members discussed projects, future meeting plans, legislative requirements for the Board, and overall objectives for … Continue reading PIDB Executive Session held on February 21, 2024

New Appointees and Executive Session Held on January 17, 2024

President Biden reappointed Laura DeBonis and appointed Andrew Byrnes and David Hickton to three-year terms as members of the PIDB, effective on January 11, 2024. Speaker Mike Johnson appointed Ezra Cohen to a second three-year term, also effective on January 11.   The PIDB held a virtual executive session on January 17, 2024. New members, Andrew … Continue reading New Appointees and Executive Session Held on January 17, 2024

PIDB Executive Session (December 20, 2023)

The PIDB held a virtual executive session on December 20, 2023, featuring a presentation by Geof Kahn and Anthony Persico of Palantir. The presentation included a demonstration of tools using large language models for declassification review to analyze text and assist with declassification decision making. PIDB Chair Mary DeRosa led the meeting which was attended … Continue reading PIDB Executive Session (December 20, 2023)

President Biden Appoints Mary DeRosa as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board

On December 6, 2023, President Joseph R. Biden appointed Mary DeRosa to a two-year term as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board. Ms. DeRosa is a Professor from Practice at the Georgetown University Law Center. The PIDB members and staff look forward to working with her on matters pertaining to reforming and modernizing the … Continue reading President Biden Appoints Mary DeRosa as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board