Free public lecture Mon 27 August - Freedom of Information and Open Government
Staff, students, alumni and friends are cordially invited to join us for a lively debate about Open Government and Freedom of Information.
Miriam Nisbet: "Open Government: are we there yet?"
With Dr Denis Muller, Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Journalism
2.00 to 3.30 pm, followed by afternoon tea
Monday 27 August 2012
Coles Theatre, Melbourne Business School (map)
This free public lecture will be of interest to archivists, records managers, public sector managers, researchers in government and public policy, and journalists with an interest in Freedom of Information.
About Miriam Nisbet
Guest speaker Miriam Nisbet is Director of the Office of Government Information Services, based in Washington DC.
Established in 2007, OGIS is the US Government's Freedom of Information ombudsman. OGIS is responsible for resolving FOI disputes between Federal agencies and requesters, answering questions, tracking suggestions and providing information to both the public and government. Congress has charged OGIS with reviewing FOI policies, procedures and compliance by Federal agencies.
Miriam Nisbet's current interests are the US experience with Open Government, how the Freedom of Information laws fit into that, the critical role of records management, and the challenges of measuring successes in moving towards Open Government.
- Miriam Nisbet's professional biography
- Home page of the Office of Government Information Services, USA
- Issues paper: Understanding the Value of Public Sector Information
- Australia's Declaration of Open Government
- Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
About Denis Muller
Dr Denis Muller is a leading expert on media ethics and worked as a journalist for 27 years including Assistant Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and Associate Editor at The Age. For several years he was the Freedom of Information Editor at The Age.
Since 1995 he has conducted independent social and policy research across education, health, environment and media fields. Dr Muller teaches media ethics and is the author of Media Ethics and Disasters.
Together with Michael Gawenda, Dr Muller has been conducting the research into how the media covered the Black Saturday Bushfires and the second stage of this project, consulting with bushfire-affected communities about their experiences with the media.
Denis is a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne.
Contact: Kylie Nickels
Phone: 8344 7617