Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Showing now on E-gov TV

E-gov TV Reg.

“Freedom of Information – Time for Action” includes discussion panels,interviews and case studies involving leading Government and Public Service figures, local authority executives and FoI experts.

Panel Discussion: Freedom of Information – Here and Now

The panel discusses how the Freedom of Information Act will be used and how it will affect public bodies, their public reputation and internal operations. The panel considers the range of requests that might be received and how they can be managed from publication schemes to evaluating exemptions. What further support and guidance might be provided by the DCA and IC and what further procedures and systems can be applied to reduce the overhead of FoI management:

Panellists taking part are:
· Mirza Ahmad, Chief Legal Officer, Birmingham CC & Lead Officer, ACSeS
· Heather Brooke, Author “Your Right to Know”
· David Kinnaird, Head of Compliance Practice, BT
· Phil Boyd, Assistant Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office
· Gervase Hood, Head of Information Rights Delivery, Department of Constitutional Affairs
· Nigel Bates, Local Government Sales Manager, Microsoft
· Chair - Roy Lilley, Independent Writer and Broadcaster

Panel Discussion: Managing Freedom of Information

The panel offers expert advice to those public bodies still to implement robust information management strategies, procedures and systems to address FoI requests. The panel examines the information life-cycle from capturing, cataloging and storage to retrieval. How can authorities manage the wealth and diversity of information being generated on an ongoing basis and is information destruction still viable or should we aim to archive all records.

Panellists taking part are:
· Andrea Simmons, Principal Consultant, Socitm Consulting
· Alan Stead, Service Manager Info Management, Nottingham CC & Chair of the
National Association for Information Management
· Mark Garius, Managing Director, Toshiba Tec UK Ltd
· Steven Jones, Head of Archive Inspection Services, The National Archives
· Mark Godfrey, VP Global Sales, Meridio Ltd
· Chair - Roy Lilley, Independent Writer and Broadcaster

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