Sunshine Week 2013 will take place March 10th to 16th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the United States. On Friday, March 15th, OpenTheGovernment.org and the First Amendment Center will host a Sunshine Week celebration of National Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Download the agenda HERE.
This year, after taking a quick look at from where we’ve come, we’ll focus on moving forward. In a departure from the traditional panel format, the morning will feature four smaller discussions. Each discussion will include a speaker outlining how the Obama Administration could make real progress on an open government issue in the short-and medium-term, and a respondent from the government or a former government employee. The featured topics will be FOIA and proactive disclosure, spending transparency, declassification, and ethics disclosure. The afternoon will feature clips from the upcoming documentary, “War on Whisteblowers,” and a discussion with featured journalists and whistleblowers.
Can’t wait until March? The week's sponsors, the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have refreshed the Sunshine Week website, www.sunshineweek.org with and up-to-date calendar of events and a “Sunshine Week Toolkit” that will soon include op-eds, cartoons, public-service ads, and logos to help participants and planners get ready for the event.
Don't forget to check out the work of our co-sponsors for the March 15th event: the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, American Society of News Editors, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Effective Government, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition, Project on Government Oversight, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Special Libraries Association, and Sunlight Foundation.