Town Halls

OTG Town Hall: Exposing secret government surveillance and combating threats to privacy, civil liberties and civil rights

Join us for an OpenTheGovernment town hall to discuss efforts to combat secrecy and build consensus around ways to address constitutional threats stemming from warrantless government surveillance programs. Experts will provide insight into the policies and practices that give the FBI and domestic law enforcement access to information collected without a warrant, and the dangers this poses to privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights (RSVP here).

To ensure accountability for use of lethal force, advocates look to Congress

So far, the Trump Administration has shown a willingness to accelerate the use of military force overseas, while continuing and sometimes expanding on the excessive secrecy of its predecessors.  As the number of civilian casualties from U.S. strikes grows at a shocking pace, government transparency and Congressional oversight may be the surest way to advance accountability in U.S. use of military force.

Join OTG for a Town Hall on Advancing Accountability for the Use of Military Force

Excessive secrecy has been a hallmark of the use of lethal force by the United States since the September 11th attacks, both in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in drone strikes and other operations outside areas of active hostilities. The Trump Administration has so far continued to reject transparency around military actions, in some ways further shrouding the military and the drone program in secrecy.

OTG Town Hall reveals common goals for openness and immigrant rights’ communities

On November 3rd, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted immigrant rights’ advocates, open government experts, and others for a discussion on improving transparency and oversight in the U.S. immigration detention system. Participants shared their experiences challenging government secrecy around immigration detention, as well as their expertise on FOIA and other mechanisms they have used to push for government transparency and accountability.

OTG Forum Identifies Opportunities for Engagement on Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement Advocacy

“The data helps us balance the playing field” – grassroots organizers speaking at OTG’s January 27, 2016 town hall

On January 27, 2016, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted a Town Hall event attended by open government organizations, data specialists, civil right groups, grassroots organizers, and criminal justice proponents. The panelists were Kanya Bennett (ACLU), Sakira Cook (Leadership Conference), Damian Ortellado (Sunlight Foundation), and Scott Roberts (ColorofChange).

RSVP for September 9 Open Government Town Hall – Foreign Aid and Security Assistance Transparency

This September’s Town Hall will feature dynamic speakers who will engage in a lively discussion about government and civil society initiatives underway to make available information on foreign aid and security assistance, and impediments that remain for the public to access such information. The speakers have years of experience engaging in efforts to improve public access to information on U.S. security and development aid.

Open Government Town Hall Tomorrow on September 29

If you are in the DC area, please join us for our next open government community town hall on Monday, September 29 from noon - 2! OpenTheGovernment.org hosts these quarterly events to give open government enthusiasts the opportunity to connect with each other, and share information about the great work going on at their organizations.