Wednesday 20 September 2017

8:45 Conference registration opens

Opening session

9:15 Welcome from the host nations

Keynote speech: Defending the open society

9:45 Alasdair Roberts, Director of the School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Four Crises of American Democracy, Oxford University Press 2017.

Questions and discussion chaired by Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner (UK)

10:40 Refreshment break

Morning session

The future of transparency and access to information

11:10 Introductory keynote presentation:

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman. An author and former journalist and broadcaster, Emily was Ireland’s first female Ombudsman and Information Commissioner from 2003 and from 2007 Commissioner for Environmental Information until her election as European Ombudsman in 2013. Her current work includes an inquiry into whether the Council of the European Union allows sufficient public scrutiny of evolving discussions on draft EU laws. You can read Ms O’Reilly’s speech from Wednesday 20 September on the European Ombudsman’s website.

Panel discussion:

Arne Semsrott, Frag den Staat

Nevena Ruzic, Head of Compliance and Co-operation, Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, Republic of Serbia

Questions and discussion

 What are progressive information rights?

12:05 Chaired by Timothy Pilgrim, the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner.

Panel discussion:

Helen Darbishire, Vice President and Executive Director, Access Info Europe. A human rights activist specialising in the public’s right of access to information and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. Her current work includes scrutiny of draft access to information laws and campaigns for greater openness in government.

Maurice Frankel, Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information.

Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Alberta, Canada

Questions and audience discussion

13:00 Lunch and networking

Afternoon session

Global models for access to information: how well do they work?

14:00 Chaired by Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada

Panel discussion:

Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy. Toby has published extensively on a range of freedom of expression, right to information, communication rights and refugee issues, including comparative legal and analytical studies on public service broadcasting, the right to information and broadcast policy.

Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner of Ireland

Questions and discussion

 Journalists, access to information and Open Data

15:00 Chaired by Ian Murray, Deputy Executive Director, Society of Editors

Presentation 1:

Marc Ellison, Data Journalist, BBC

Presentation 2:

Will Moy, Director, Full Fact. Full Fact is a non-governmental organisation providing an international fact checking service. It pushes for corrections where necessary and works with government departments and research institutions to improve the quality and communication of information at source. It also provides a factchecking toolkit to give people the tools they need to make up their own minds.

Panel discussion

16:00 Refreshment break

Showcase: access to information approaches

16:30 Showcase 1:

Melanie Ann Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy of the United States Department of Justice

Showcase 2:

Oscar Mauricio Guerra Ford, INAI Commissioner, Mexico

Showcase 3:

Esperanza Zambrano Gómez, Subdirectora General de Reclamaciones Consejo de Transparencia y Buen Gobierno, Spain

Closing session

17:45 Closing comments from the host Commissioners
18:00 Conference close