Celebrating Sunshine Week 2012

March 15, 2012

In celebration of the 8th annual Sunshine Week, AALL is co-sponsoring an exciting webcast on government secrecy with OpenTheGovernment.org. The live webcast will take place on Friday, March 16 from 1:15 pm to 3:30 pm EDT. Questions for the panelists can be sent to questions@openthegovernment.org or called in to 202/292-6073. The webcast will also be archived on the Newseum’s website.

Thanks to all of you who have planned local events and webcast viewing parties. Your participation in Sunshine Week helps shine a light on government!

Secrecy, Disclosure and the Risks for Security and Accountability

1:15p.m. – Welcome: Patrice McDermott, Executive Director

1:20 pm – Whistleblowers & the Press: Roles and Risks in Divulging Information Needed for Accountable Government

  • Gary J. Aguirre, Aguirre Law, former investigator with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and whistleblower; currently represents other SEC whistleblowers
  • Tom Bowman, National Public Radio (NPR) National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon
  • Mark Cohen, Deputy Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, and former Executive Director of the Government Accountability Project (GAP)
  • Lucy Dalglish, Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press(RCFP)
  • Matthew Miller, Partner at Vianovo, and former Director of the Office Public Affairs for the Department of Justice
  • Moderator: Abbe Lowell, Partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLC

2:25 pm – Secret Government and Secret Laws: Do claims of national security trump open and accountable government?

  • Alex Abdo, ACLU National Security Project Staff Attorney
  • Liza Goitein, Co-Director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program
  • J. William Leonard, former Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)
  • Dana Priest, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post and author of Top Secret America
  • Jeffrey H. Smith, former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)and current Partner at Arnold & Porter
  • Moderator: Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight (POGO)

The event will be available via webcast from the Newseum’s homepage as part of the Freedom Forum FOI Day (http://www.newseum.org/)

Brought to you in celebration of Sunshine Week by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition, OMB Watch, OpenTheGovernment.org, Project On Government Oversight, Sunshine Week, Special Libraries Association, and the Sunlight Foundation. It is made possible by the generosity of Bauman Foundation, CS Fund, Open Society Institute, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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