NFOIC in NOLA: A reaction from Missouri Sunshine Coalition

This from Mike Sherry, board president of NFOIC member Missouri Sunshine Coalition:

As usual, the annual conference of the National Freedom of Information Coalition provide a lot of food for thought. Given that it took place in New Orleans, this year’s conference also provided some good victuals as well.

I attended the May 17-18 conference, as did President Emeritus Jim Robertson.

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#FOISummit brief: Keynote speaker Waldo Jaquith discussed The State Decoded

Waldo Jaquith delivered the keynote address from the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans. Jaquith is the award-winning “open government technologist” who developed the White House’s Ethics.gov tool and an ongoing project to put all 50 states’ laws, court decisions and legislative tracking information on a user-friendly Web platform.

Please find Waldo Jaquith's biography here.

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#FOISummit brief: Not a Picayune Problem

The panel discussion, Not a Picayune Problem, featured panelists Sherry Alexander, Steve Beatty, James O'Byrne, and Tod Smith. Peter Scheer moderated.

Please see speakers' biographies here.

How is the changing news media environment and the gradual reshaping of the newspaper business affecting the use and effectiveness of freedom of information requests and other journalistic efforts on behalf of open and accountable government?

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#FOISummit brief: Yes, You CAN … on a Shoestring

Megan Rhyne, Hyde Post, Anne-Marie Taylor and David Marcello spoke at the first panel of the 2013 FOI Summit at The Renaissance Arts Hotel, New Orleans. Three topics were discussed at the panel.

Please see speakers biographies here.

Megan Rhyne talked about direct lobbying and indirect lobbying.

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