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All too often government openness and national security are thought of as opposing national interests and values. In reality, though, openness and security are not always in contention. On Friday, March 16 we hosted two panels of experts to dicuss
Transparency experts from inside and outside government will discuss: the role of and risks to whistleblowers and the press in holding government accountable: and the intersections among secrecy, real national security, and openness. Panelists will take questions from the live and viewing audiences.
1:15p.m. - Welcome: Patrice McDermott, Executive Director
A discussion of secrecy, disclosure and the risks for security and accountability
1:20 pm - Whistleblowers & the Press: Roles and Risks in Divulging Information Needed for Accountable Government
2:30 pm - Secret Government and Secret Laws: Do claims of national security trump open and accountable government?
The event will be held and broadcast live from the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum as part of the Freedom Forum's National Freedom of Information Day Celebration.
The event will be held in the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC).
There is no charge to attend, but attendees are encouraged to guarantee seating in advance. To register for the 2012 conference, please contact Ashlie Hampton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 202-292-6288. When registering, please provide your name, title, affiliation and contact information for agenda updates and other news.
We will be taking questions for our panelists from the remote audience. Please email your questions to email@example.com or call 202-292-6073
The event will be held on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 1:15- 3:30pm (EDT), in coordination with the Freedom Forum's National FOI Day conference.
The first national "Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know" was launched in March 2005 and is celebrated in 2012 from March 11-17. Sunshine Week's intent is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to everyone in the community, not just journalists.
Sunshine Week 2012 National Dialogue is brought to you in celebration of Sunshine Week by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition, OMB Watch, OpenTheGovernment.org, Project On Government Oversight, Sunshine Week, Special Libraries Association, and the Sunlight Foundation.