Sunday, May 14, 2006

4th International Conference of Information Commissioners

Just a quick note to say that the above Conference is hosted by the UK IC this year and will be held in Manchester later this month 22and 23rd (unfortunately not an open conference), I've been asked to attend the 23rd and think it will be an interesting day with speakers from Comissioner's offices and NGOs from around the world and I plan to cover extensively on both the blog and the Open Government journal and have some ideas about a few clever blog type things I might try (will keep you posted)... hope readers don't think I'm joing the the liberal elite.....

Programme for the 23rd includes:

• Lord Falconer of Thoroton ( (UK) Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs/Lord Chancellor)

•Secrecy versus security – the jigsaw effect Andrew Vallance, Secretary, (UK) Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee

•Foi: the European perspective P Nikiforus Diamandouros, European Ombudsman

•FOI: a global overview Helen Darbishire, Chair FOIANet, Executive Director Access Info Europe

•FOI regimes and other statutes – interfaces, conflicts and contradictions Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor & Ben Hayes, Statewatch and European Civil Liberties Network

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