Hosted by the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center in cooperation with OpenTheGovernment.org and the American Library Association, the annual Freedom of Information Day Conference brings together access advocates, government officials, judges, lawyers, librarians, journalists, educators and others to discuss timely issues related to transparency in government and freedom of information laws and practices.
Featured at this year's program:
- A discussion of "Open Government: Successes, Challenges, Prospects" presented by OpenTheGovernment.org.
- A discussion of the first ten years of the "Sunshine Week" national open records initiative, presented by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors, including a preview of a major reporting package from The Associated Press, McClatchy and Gannett/USA Today on a decade of open government activity.
- Remarks by Miriam Nisbet, former director of Office of Government Information Services, National Archives.
- Announcement of this year's recipient of the James Madison Award, presented annually by the American Library Assocation to individuals or groups that have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public's right to know.
- Additional speakers may be announced later.
Attendees should use the C Street entrance to the Newseum, which will open at 7:45 a.m. for this program only. Admission to the FOI Day program does not include admission to the Newseum.
The event is free, but registration is required.
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