Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Gov 2.0 conference-information access for a purpose
Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information Brendan O'Connor gave the opening address at the Frocomm Gov 2.0 Conference in Sydney yesterday providing an overview of freedom of information and open government initiatives that won't come as news to readers here. The Minister said anecdotal evidence is that FOI applications are up. Good to see Open Australia get another deserved wrap. And the reiteration of the government commitment to more open government is always a good thing with the strong emphasis in this speech on the link between information access and enhanced public participation in government affairs.This and the Street Corner report of day one that suggests quite a buzz at the conference are other slithers of evidence of the interest in more participative democracy mentioned here yesterday.