’08 FOI conference set for March 14

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

WASHINGTON — The 10th annual National FOI Day Conference will be held on Friday, March 14, in the Freedom Forum’s Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., in the nation’s capital. (The Newseum will formally open April 11.)

This year’s conference, hosted by the First Amendment Center, will include noted keynote speakers; more than a dozen national experts discussing new amendments to the federal Freedom of Information Act and access to critical infrastructure information; and presentation of the American Library Association’s annual James Madison awards. In addition, new reports and publications on FOI and government secrecy will be available for conference participants.

The FOI Day Conference, which brings together access advocates, government officials, lawyers, librarians, journalists, educators and others, is co-sponsored by Sunshine Week and held in cooperation with the American Library Association, OpenTheGovernment.org, the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government and the Sunshine in Government Initiative.

The conference will begin with continental breakfast at 8 a.m. for those arriving early, and the programming will begin at 8:30 a.m. The conference will end by 3 p.m.

Ronald K.L. Collins, First Amendment scholar, said program details would be announced on this Web site.

There is no charge to attend, but because space is limited, participants must register individually in advance. To register for the 2008 National FOI Day Conference, you must:

When registering, please provide your name, title, affiliation and contact information and let us know whether you will be attending the lunch.