Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Third Annual Information Conference for the Public Sector: FOI Live 2005

Thursday 16 June 2005
Victoria Park Plaza, London

Book by Thursday, March 25 and receive a £50 discount

The Constitution Unit, Department of Constitutional Affairs and Information Commissioner's Office invite you to attend the biggest FOI event of the calendar year: FOI Live 2005. Last year's conference attracted 220 delegates and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

This year's programme offers talks by top government officials and FOI experts, seminars on specific areas of interest to practitioners, and ample networking opportunities. Throughout the day you will learn answers to the following questions (and many more!): What are the lessons of the first six months? What can you learn from the experience of other public bodies? How can you streamline the handling of requests?

Speakers include:

· Lord Falconer, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor
· Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner
· Andrew McDonald, Constitution Director, Department for Constitutional Affairs
· Marie Shroff, Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand
· Maurice Frankel, Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information
· Antonia Romeo, Head of Information Rights Division, Department for Constitutional Affairs
· Graham Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office

Afternoon seminar sessions will provide delegates the opportunity to interact with experts on specific FOI-related topics:

· Dealing with contracts and commercial confidentiality issues
· Responding to requests for personal information
· Streamlining your FOI processes
· Handling EIRs in the new FOI environment
· Administering fees and answering vexatious requests
· Managing responses to media and political requests
· Working through the complaints and appeals process

Places for the conference are limited so please book soon. For more information about the conference and to reserve your place, please visit www.involve-me.com/foilive2005

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