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It’s been nearly two decades since the Freedom of Information Act came into force. The landmark piece of legislation has allowed members of the public, journalists, campaigners and others to hold public authorities to account to great effect. But over the years the Act has been severely undermined, and with an election on the horizon, it’s time for a big discussion on what the future holds for information rights.    

Organised by openDemocracy, there will be four panel discussions, where speakers will discuss a whole range of topics. This will include what political parties are doing to ensure that the Act is here to stay; a review of the new Information Commissioner’s record since taking over in 2022; what journalists, campaigners and NGOs have recently revealed through FOI; and what we can learn from each other when campaigning for better information rights.

Join us to hear speakers from the Information Commissioner’s Office, legal and campaigning organisations, as well as journalists and academics.     

Download Programme (Pdf) here

This event is free but booking is required. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.