Who’s Defending Your Right to Know?

In celebration of the 10th annual Right to Know Week, Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association and the Privacy and Access Council of Canada are presenting the Calgary Sunshine Summit to raise awareness and generate discussion about access rights and practices.

Experts from government, industry and academia will join together at the Calgary Sunshine Summit on September 25, 2013 to explore Who’s Defending Your Right to Know.

Recent media coverage questioning government spending and conduct — and the revelations that the US, Canadian and other governments engage in secret citizen surveillance—has made Canadians very sensitive to the importance of access-to-information. That heightened concern also points to the need for greater citizen engagement and awareness about their right to know.

Sunshine Summits are an opportunity to learn about the cumulative impact on our right to gain access to information that will come with recent provincial and federal initiatives. The Sunshine Summits provide a unique opportunity to hear experts discuss and share ideas about access rights and practices.

Right to Know Week is an extension of international Right to Know Day, celebrated on September 28 of each year. The right of access to information is an important human right and is essential for transparent and accountable governance. It also makes it possible for citizens to get more involved in the decision-making processes of government.

For further details and to register, visit http://www.pacc-ccap.ca/index.php/sunshine-summit

 

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