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Friday, March 10, 2006

Champions of Open Government recognised

Given the low profile of FOI in Australia, it's always interesting to see what happens elsewhere. The US First Amendment Center, an NGO which promotes freedom of speech issues is organising a national FOI Day Conference of 16 March which will include the induction of "21 champions of open government" into the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame. Criteria for induction include, "long-term or significant instances of leadership, advocacy, accomplishments or scholarship on behalf of the Federal Freedom of Information Act in particular or open government in general".

There is an opening here for an enterprising Australian organisation to develop a local equivalent. Any takers?

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