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Posts from the ‘Open government’ Category

Comment on government secrecy

The Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies has reposted my column, “A complex battle over openness.” Access here.

Talk at Rutgers transparency conference

I gave opening remarks at the Transparency Research Workshop hosted by the Institute on Transparency and Governance in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University Newark on September 22.

Address to International Conference of Information Commissioners

DKKDd-0WAAM6x8AI gave the keynote speech to the International Conference of Information Commissioners in Manchester, UK on September 20, 2017. The title was “Defending the open society.”  Text for the talk available here.  The meeting was hosted by the UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, and the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew.  More information about the conference here.

Canadian Bar Association panel on future of access to information

pa280002I participated in a panel discussion on the future of access to information at the Canadian Bar Association’s Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium in Ottawa on October 28.  The program is here.  The panel included Michel Drapeau, Murray Rankin MP, and David Loukidelis.

RFI story on WikiLeaks

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 11.38.37 AMI’m quoted in a July 29 story by Radio France Internationale on WikiLeaks.  Read the story.  I provided a skeptical view about WikiLeaks’ impact in a 2011 article in the Wilson Quarterly, The WikiLeaks Illusion.  Read the 2011 article.  A longer academic version of that article also appeared in the International Review of Administrative Sciences in 2012.  Read the 2012 article.

Technology for Accountability Lab

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 4.38.19 PMI’ll be a presenter in the Technology for Accountability Lab that will be hosted this summer by Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law.  Details here.

Debate on open government

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 3.45.23 PMI was pleased to help with hosting a debate on open government at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on March 15.  Video of the debate here.

5th and 6th global conferences on transparency research

The 5th Global Conference on Transparency Research: University of Limerick, Ireland, June 19 to June 21, 2017

 The 6th Global Conference on Transparency Research, The Schools of Administration and Law at the FGV in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Late June 2018

The Standing Executive Committee of the Global Conference on Transparency Research—consisting of: A.J. (Albert) Meijer (Utrecht University), Suzanne Piotrowski (Rutgers University), Alasdair Roberts (University of Missouri), Jean-Patrick Villeneuve (University of Lugano)—is very pleased to announce the 5th and 6th Global Conferences on Transparency Research at the University of Limerick, Ireland (June 2017) and The Schools of Administration and Law at the FGV in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 2018) respectively. Read more

European Ombudsman discusses Mexico address

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 8.23.53 AMIn a February 25 speech in Dublin, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly discusses my address to Mexico’s Accountability Network last October as well as earlier work on the effect of Wikileaks.

Where Brandeis got “sunlight is the best disinfectant”

A note for Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2015.  Louis Brandeis is credited with writing that “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”  But why did Brandeis say that sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants?  Because he was referring to a statement by James Bryce in his 1888 book, The American Commonwealth.

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