National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Digital Dodges and the Email Sleight of Hand


A panel of battle-tested experts discusses best practices and best outcomes when issues related to email and digital communications are legislated or litigated in your state. Are electronic records at least as accessible as paper records would be? Are retention policies adequate, without too much discretion given to records custodians themselves? Is anyone positing the silly notion that communications about government business become private if a sneaky underhanded public official uses his own personal computer or private email account?

Panelists include: Robert Becker, attorney, chair of SPJ's D.C. Pro Chapter First Amendment/FOI and Government Relations Committee Chair, and board member, D.C. Open Government Coalition; Lori Mince, partner, Litigation Section of Fishman, Haygood, Phelps, Walmsley, Willis & Swanson; and Joey Senat, associate professor, School of Media & Strategic Communications, Oklahoma State University.

Moderated by: Scott Sternberg, associate, Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC.

Speakers' biographies   |   Coverage

The FOI Summit, a national conference concentrating on open government convened anually in collaboration with the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), was held Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans.

Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana was the state-based co-host for this year’s Summit.

Please visit our 2013 FOI Summit homepage for more information and coverage.