International Right to Know Day September 28, 2007

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Though the annual recognition of International Right to Know Day is just five years old these have been five years of change – expansion and contraction of rights both within and among the nations of the world. The brief history of International Right to Know Day is recounted in a 2004 statement from the US Department of Justice FOIA Post.

An excellent map showing nation-by-nation steps is a bit dated, but useful.

The Canadians have mounted an energetic national campaign for 2007.

The political, human rights, technology and justice aspects of the universal Right to Know are tracked by numerous websites and rights organizations, including these and many more.
National Security Archives
International Right to Know

Check under the term “International Right to Know Day” to learn what a Big Deal this is around the world – Pakistan to the Cayman Islands to Moldova…..

Oct 18, 5:00 to 7:00 – Mark Ritchie, MN Sec of State

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Mark Ritchie – Minnesota Secretary of State

Management of Information – Minnesota’s Renewable Asset

Thursday, October 18, 2007
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, St Paul, MN

Free and open

Sponsored by the
Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MnCOGI),
Telecommunications and Information Policy Roundtable (TIPR)
Minnesota Chapter, American Society of Information Science & Technology (ASIST)

Oct 9th, 5:00 to 7:00 – What is happening with St. Paul Broadband?

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Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Andrea Casselton – What’s Happening with St Paul Broadband?
Andrea is Director of Technology and Communication, City of St. Paul

Free and open

Rondo Community Outreach Library
NOTE CORRECT ADDESS — University and Dale in St. Paul

Sponsored by the Telecommunications and Information Policy Roundtable (TIPR)
http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/mn-tipr
Minnesota Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST)
http://www.asis.org/Chapters/mnasis/index.html
Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MnCOGI) http://www.mncogi.org/

Citizen-centered Government – Event Sept 27, 2007

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Thursday, September 27, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.:* The Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy will co-host a daylong conference on Thursday, September 27, to promote enhancing the role of citizens in a digital world.

“Citizen-centered Government Websites: The User Experience, E-Democracy, and Web 2.0” will feature speakers who will talk about how government websites and tools can further engage citizens in problem solving while improving their experience with a government agency. All are invited to attend. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Find out more and register online.

The free event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the University’s Government Publications Library’s status as an official federal repository.

Access to White House Records – Event Sept 17, 2007

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Monday, September 17, 5:30 p.m.

Access to White House records is being narrowed as more types of communications are not being preserved (including e-mail) or are being removed by the White House from public viewing.

Professor Larry Jacobs will talk about the importance of maintaining robust access to presidential communications and its implications for American democracy at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 17, in Wilson Library on the West Bank.

Federal funds for public libraries & e-democracy

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Public library types — celebrate Sunshine Week and Freedom of Information Day by taking a few minutes to read this recent article about potential federal funding for public libraries involved in e-democracy and access to federal goverment information. http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6417238.html

Nominations needed for the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award

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Nominations needed for the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award! Each year, on Freedom of Information Day, the Madison Awards are presented by ALA to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. (Learn more)
Program Length
6 minutes, 19 seconds
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In order to listen, all you need to do is make sure you have speakers or headphones plugged in and click the “play” button you see below.

Steve Kelley Tuesday, January 30, 5:00 pm

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Steve Kelley

Information and telecommunications policy issues on the 2007 legislative and regulatory agenda

Tuesday, January 30, 5:00 pm
MN Council of Nonprofits meeting room
2314 University Avenue West in St. Paul

Parking East of the building – enter from East side

#16 or #50 bus

Free and open

Sponsored by the Minnesota Telecommunications & Information Policy Roundtable, Minnesota Coalition on Government Information and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits