Sunshine Week 2010 Webcast

Friday, March 19, 2010, 12:00 - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Participate in person at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC, at a registered site, or online

Watch the video HERE

Email questions for panelists to questions at openthegovernment.org or call 202-741-6278 during the event.

If you have questions please contact: Amy (Fuller) Bennett, Program Associate, OpenTheGovernment.org, afuller at openthegovernment.org.

Register to attend the event in person HERE.

Registration to host an event is now Closed.

See a list of registered sites here

To view the webcast live on your personal computer, no pre-registration is required. Simply use the URL that will be available on this page about 24 hours prior to the event

What?

On his first full day in office, President Obama committed his Administration "to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." To help meet that goal, the Administration has issued an Open Government Directive and a new Memorandum on Freedom of Information Act and Attorney General Guidelines. The Administration has also launched an expansive effort to open up data to developers, advocates, and the public via Data.gov. Join us for this three panel event to hear our panelists -- transparency experts from inside and outside government-- discuss these initiatives and their effect on the public. Panelists will also take questions from the live and viewing audience.

The first panel, which includes Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and John Wonderlich, Policy Director at the Sunlight Foundation, will focus on the White House's efforts to embed transparency in the system by, in part, requiring each agency to develop an open government plan, and post open government pages.

During the second panel, our panelists, including Kevin Goldberg, American Society of News Editors (ASNE) counsel, Miriam Nisbet, Director of the new Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), Melanie Sloan, Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and Melanie Pustay, Director of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Information Policy (OIP), will discuss how recent changes to law and policy effect a citizen's ability to request and receive information from the federal government.

During the last panel, developers and advocates will explain how they use government information like the data on Data.gov to make a difference for the public. Confirmed panelists include Laura Beavers, National KIDS COUNT Coordinator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Eric Gundersen, President and co-founder of Development Seed. The panel will be moderated by Sean Moulton, Director of Federal Information Policy at OMB Watch.

The event will also be available as a live webcast from the Center for American Progress. About 24 hours before the event, you will have the opportunity to test the webcast, and call someone to help with any technical difficulties.

You can watch the webcast on your own, or with a group. The panel discussion will be shown at locally hosted discussions in communities across the country.

Opportunities will be available for audience questions from all participants.

Where?

The event will be held at the Center for American Progress (1333 H Street, NW) and webcast to sites around the country.

Not in DC? You CAN still participate by hosting a program in your community!
Participants are encouraged to show the national program and plan local programs tailored to open government issues in their communities. To show the webcast to a larger audience you will need: a computer, a LCD projector, and a screen (like for a movie) or a blank wall.

Don't have that kind of equipment?
Check with your local library about co-hosting the event. Libraries generally have the necessary equipment and are a natural fit for an event on information policy.

Sites are encouraged to show the national program and plan local programs tailored to open government issues in their communities. Audience members at all sites viewing the live event will have an opportunity to call in (using any telephone) and email questions to our live panels. We will answer as many questions as time permits.

When?

The event will be held on Friday, March 19, 2010 12:00- 2:00pm (EDT).

How?

Register to attend the event in person here.

To view the webcast live on your personal computer, no pre-registration is required. Simply visit here.

If you have questions please contact: Amy (Fuller) Bennett, Program Associate, OpenTheGovernment.org, afuller at openthegovernment.org.

Why?

The first national "Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know" was launched in March 2005 and will be celebrated in 2010 from March 14-20. Sunshine Week's intent is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to everyone in the community, not just journalists. Sunshine Week 2010 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, Center for American Progress,League of Women Voters, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Freedom of Information Coalition, OMB Watch, OpenTheGovernment.org, Public Citizen, Sunshine Week, Special Libraries Association, and the Sunlight Foundation.

Submitted by abennett on 02/01/2010