2019 FOI Summit

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NFOIC and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas announce the 2019 National FOI Summit will convene in Dallas, Texas on April 12-13, 2019. The 2019 summit also marks the 30th anniversary of NFOIC and the FOI summit. The summit hotel will be the Magnolia Dallas Downtown. Attendees can take advantage of a special hotel rate.

Click here to book your room at our special room rate.

Register for the summit here!

This year's summit will include new features including a call for papers that encompass any research methodological approach (legal, survey, experimental, content analysis, etc.) that provide insights of practical value in access to government information. Topics may include issues regarding access to public records and meetings, court transparency, access to public employees and elected officials, open data and technology, and other related matters. Special features are planned in recognition of NFOIC's 30th anniversary.

Check back for updates or send your email to nfoic@nfoic.org with "FOI Summit" in the subject line and we will notify you about updates.  

More information coming soon... See you in Dallas!

Call for Papers Announcement - (Closed)

 

2019 National FOI Summit Agenda (Proposed and Tentative)

 

Thursday - April 11, 2019 – NFOIC Board of Directors

Registration Open

NFOIC Board Meeting – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NFOIC Board Dinner 

 

Friday – April 12, 2019 – Day #1

Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am – Welcome  

9:30 am – 10:30 am - Session #1 - Online Public Records Portals and the future of FOI administration

It’s been said that if it isn’t measured, it’s not managed.  A key metric missing in many state and local public institutions is comprehensive reporting of public record requests and responses. Can the growing use of online public record portals improve responses and provide a meaningful measurement for FOI administration? Learn more about how these online solutions help and hinder a fundamental feature of open government in our states and communities.  

  • Adam Marshall, Knight Foundation Litigation Attorney, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (Moderator)
  • Alexa Capeloto, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY
  • William Repole, COO/CPO, WebQA
  • Kevin Gunn, CTO, City of Fort Worth, TX

10:45 am - 11:45 am - Session #2 - How cybersecurity laws and new data management policies are impacting access to public information

As states bolster their cybersecurity laws to protect sensitive or private data, some transparency measures are being challenged or overruled, making it more difficult to access public records. How can journalists, open government advocates and public records stewards better navigate these changes? And how does technology like cloud storage of public information come into play?

  • Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State CIOs

12:00 pm – 1:00pm – Lunch & Learn - Knight Foundation Report on State FOI

  • David Cuillier, Associate Professor, school of Journalism, University of Arizona

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Session #3 - Papers Presentation

Authors of selected papers will provide insights of practical value for those who work day-to-day in access to government information. Topics may include issues regarding access to public records and meetings, court transparency, access to public employees and elected officials, open data and technology, and other related matters. (Learn more here…)

TBA

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Session #4 - The growing role of litigation for government transparency

Journalists, open government advocates and residents sometimes need to sue their government to obtain public records. And nowadays, sometimes they’re the ones getting sued by the public institution. Reasons vary. But lawsuits aren’t cheap or quick. We’ll talk about the different reasons on both sides and options from journalism and FOI organizations that contribute to the rise in public records litigation, as well as strategies for open government and first amendment groups to work together to find solutions to this public access challenge.

  • James Chiun-Yue Ho, U.S.Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Moderator)
  • Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida
  • Terry Mutchler, Managing Partner, Mutchler Lyons
  • Laura Prather, Partner Haynes & Boone, LLP

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm – Session #5 - State lightning talks: Trends around the nation

Representatives from NFOIC state coalitions provide a three- to five-minute talk highlighting the biggest open government challenges and wins in their state in the last year. We’ll also present the results of our coalition-wide survey and discuss trends in the needs of coalitions in 2019.

TBA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Welcome Reception and Papers "Poster" Presentations

 

Saturday – April 13, 2019 – Day #2

Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:00 am - NFOIC Members Meeting (Open to All)

9:15 am – 10:15 am – Session #6 - Investing in First Amendment challenges today

Representatives from major philanthropies and foundations will discuss the current state of open government, press freedom and freedom of information and how their organizations are supporting initiatives to address challenges to democracy and first amendment rights. 

  • Deirdre Hughes, Director, Media Portfolio, Charles Koch Institute
  • Estizer Smith, Program Associate, Democracy Fund
  • Nick Swyter, Associate/Journalism, Knight Foundation

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Session #7 - How press freedom and open government challenges affect ethnic minorities and minority-centered news organizations

Open government and first amendment issues impact all of society. However, some issues have a greater impact on certain audiences. In this session, we’ll hear from ethnic minority-centered news organizations and journalists about their perspectives on today’s transparency challenges considering key historical, cultural and socio-economic challenges unique to different minority groups (e.g. immigration, Black Lives Matter and free press in Indian Country).

  • James Barragan, State Reporter Dallas Morning News, National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • Sterling Cosper, Director, Native American Journalism Association
  • Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, Executive Director, Asian American Journalism Association
  • TBA, National Association of Black Journalists

11:30 – 12:00 Room Transition (free time to catch up on email and calls)

12:00 – 1:45 - Heroes of the 50 States Open Government Hall of Fame Luncheon

                           Open Government Hall of Fame Induction

                           30-year NFOIC retrospect

  • Daniel Bevarly, Executive Director, National Freedom of Information Coalition
  • Sue Hale, Journalism Consultant for Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, NFOIC Founder
  • Mitchell Pearlman, former Executive Director of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, former director NFOIC

2:00 – 3:00 – Session #8 - Coalition strategies for leveraging reforms

Mission critical for state FOI coalitions is to advance open government legislative and policy reforms. We'll discuss three areas important to coalitions to help them succeed This session will look at strategies to more effectively monitor state legislative sessions, the effective use of litigation, and building and sustaining a diverse coalition of supporters.  

  • Kelsey Ryan, Outreach Manager, NFOIC - Legislative tracking (Moderator)
  • Kelley Shannon, Executive Director, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas - Diversifying state coalitions
  • Adam Marshall, Staff Attorney, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press - Litigation Strategies

3:15 – 4:15 – Session #9 - 30 years of NFOIC and State FOI: Pioneers and Trailblazers - the past, present and future of open government, press freedom and FOI

The federal Freedom of Information Act became a law in 1966 and led the way for similar state open government and transparency legislation across the U.S.  As NFOIC celebrates its 30th anniversary, we’ll hear from transparency pioneers and next generation trailblazers and consider the future of open government considering the radical changes in technology, governing, politics and journalism.

  • Sue Hale, Journalism Consultant for Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, NFOIC Founder
  • Ginger McCall, Oregon Public Records Advocate, State of Oregon
  • Mitchell Pearlman, former Executive Director of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, former director NFOIC
  • Tamara Manik-Perlman, Co-founder and CEO, NextRequest
  • Thomas Susman, Strategic Advisor, Governmental Affairs Office, American Bar Association

4:15 Wrap up & Adjourn