July 4, 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Join a discussion about the past, present and future impact of FOIA on state and local FOI laws and practices on Friday, October 7th.
Moderated by Miriam Nisbet, Founding Director of the federal Office of Government Information Services, speakers include Thomas Blanton, Director, National Security Archive; Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate and Author and Thomas Susman, Director of Government Affairs for the American Bar Association and Founding President of the D.C. Open Government Coalition.
The nation’s capital and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Freedom of Information Act will serve as backdrops for the 2016 FOI Summit. The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the D.C. Open Government Coalition (DCOGC) will convene the summit on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Each year, the FOI Summit features the exchange of ideas, experiences and discussions about the latest issues and trends around freedom of information laws, policies and practices at the state and local levels across the U.S. The summit delivers two days of panel discussions, presentations, and group interaction featuring experts, advocates and champions of transparency and open government.
Included in the summit is the keynote luncheon highlighted by the 2016 induction of a worthy individual into the State Open Government Hall of Fame, a tradition NFOIC launched in collaboration with the Society of Professional Journalists more than a decade ago. Veteran newspaper editor, First Amendment Foundation founder and FOI pioneer Pete Weitzel was last year’s hall of fame inductee.