Save the date! You are cordially invited to attend an event on President James Madison’s birthday this Sunshine Week, the nation-wide celebration of access to public information that takes place every year.
Madison, who famously wrote that “a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” is commonly recognized as one of the founding fathers of open government in the United States, the notion that in a democracy, the public has the right to access the laws, regulations, documents, data, and proceedings of state, local, and federal agencies, legislatures, and courts as a fundamental pillar of public oversight.
Please join us in a virtual conference on March 16 at 12 PM for a spirited discussion between experts, advocates, and lawmakers about a host of topics focused on arming Americans with the information necessary for self-governance, from the Freedom of Information Act to open government data to whistleblowers, press freedom, and the future of democracy in our union in 2022. More details to come.