The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) is celebrating 30 years of protecting your right to open government at its national FOI Summit April 12-13.

This year, the annual summit returns to Dallas where it began in 1989 when a handful of state open government organizations gathered to begin a national reform movement in state and local public institutions. The state organizations formed NFOIC in response to obstacles from state and local government entities and officials to access public records and meetings, a necessary right in our democracy.

The FOI Summit features presentations and conversations about the latest issues and trends around freedom of information laws, policies and practices at the state and local levels. Participants include transparency advocates and practitioners of transparency and open government. Included at the summit is the State Open Government Hall of Fame induction, which this year recognizes four individuals for their long-term contributions to open government in their state.

The first FOI research paper competition is a new feature this featuring FOI topics such as access to public records and meetings, court transparency, access to public employees and elected officials, open data and technology and other related matters.

This year’s summit sessions feature discussions on online public records request portals, litigation for government transparency, press freedom and open government challenges in ethnic minority-centric media, technology’s impact on public records and open data management, cybersecurity and a forum on the future of state open government, press freedom and FOI.

Sponsors include Bloomberg LP, the Charles Koch Institute, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Scripps Media, Quorum and the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida.

The National Freedom of Information Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes press freedom, litigation and legislative and administrative reforms that ensure open, transparent and accessible state and local governments. It was founded in 1989.

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