2012 FOI Summit Panels

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We had great panelists who participated in stimulating and informative panels at the 2012 FOI Summit on open government and transparency, networking, digital photography, campaign finance, and elected officials’ schedules.

Below, you’ll find embedded videos and links to same as well as links to other content presented there.

Please see the FOI Summit round up page for additional highlights and acknowledgments.

We also have available these Summit tweets at #NFOIC, kindly collected and provided by Justin Silverman from the New England First Amendment Coalition.

If you attended and have other content to share with fellow attendees (and the rest of the world), please contact us with that information and we’ll do what we can to post it.

Thanks, and enjoy.


Round-table Conversation: Ideas Marketplace — Connecting and Networking: Technologies for Social Interaction and User-Generated Content

A round-table discussion with NFOIC executive director Ken Bunting, journalist and consultant Hyde Post, and Dan Bevarly, president, Public Communications Management Strategies, about an exciting new initiative NFOIC has launched to better network and connect state and regional affiliates. NFOIC recognizes the importance and benefits of having a well-connected network to collaborate about FOI and open government issues and policies. Finding ways to benefit from the use of social media and social networks will help both the Coalition and its affiliate members do a better job of meeting the communication and information needs of their members and the general public. Please see the slideshow below.




2012 FOI Summit: Making Better Use of the Web and Social Media at SlideShare.



Panel discussion — Telltale Lenses

A panel discusses the impact and issues surrounding instant digital photography as a source of public information.

Panelists include: Robert Drechsel, professor of journalism & mass communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mickey H. Osterreicher, counsel to Hiscock & Barclay, LLP and general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA); and Gina Barton, investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Moderated by: Lucy Dalglish, executive director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and president, NFOIC.

Click here or the image above to be directed to the panel video collected and provided by our friends at Madison City Channel. (Microsoft Silverlight plug-in required.)


Keynote and Hall of Fame Luncheon

Remarks and welcome from Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.

Keynote address by Gene Policinski, senior vice president/executive director of the First Amendment Center. (Transcript available here.)

State Open Government Hall of Fame Induction: This year’s inductee is Toby Nixon, president of Washington Coalition for Open Government.


Panel discussion — Transparency in a Post-Citizens United Super PAC World

A panel of experts and scholars looks at the impact and the likely long-range effect on campaign-finance transparency from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case.

Panelists include: Brendan Fischer, law fellow, Center for Media and Democracy; Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, assistant professor of law, Stetson University College of Law; and Mark Horvit, executive director, Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Moderated by: Mike McCabe, executive director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.


Panel discussion — The Governor’s Daily Schedule: His or her business? Or yours?

Has the governor split for Argentina? Is his or her daily schedule a closely guarded secret? A panel examines the varied policies and practices in statehouses around the country and weighs in on the best and worst of them. Is the schedule accessible in advance? Is the public record accessible after the fact?

Panelists include: Jeri Clausing, supervisory correspondent, The Associated Press, Albuquerque; Peter Scheer, executive director, First Amendment Coalition; Matt DeCample, communications director and spokesman for Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.

Moderated by: Andy Hall, executive director, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.