SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
2016 BC Information Summit opens in Vancouver this Thursday
Federal and BC Commissioners headline major conference on the future of Freedom of Information and Privacy
Vancouver, September 19, 2016 — The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is excited to announce that the 2016 BC Information Summit will take place this Thursday, September 22nd at UBC Robson Square.
Two major parliamentary committee reports on the federal and provincial access to information systems have highlighted the need and the potential for substantive change in the near future. This event, entitled From Trickle to Tide: Preparing for a wave of transparency will showcase more than a dozen experts looking in depth at where we might be going in the near futures.
Canada’s Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault will get proceedings underway with a keynote address on possible major reforms to the antique federal Access to Information Act, including a legal duty to document for government officials and giving her office the power to order the government to obey the law.
After lunch, Drew McArthur, Acting BC Information and Privacy Commissioner, will be talking about his experiences on the FOI and privacy fronts since his appointment to the post earlier this year.
There will also be four exciting panels dealing with these hot topics:
- Extending FOI coverage – What records, which organizations?
- Legislating a duty to document – What will this look like in practice?
- Release in the public interest and proactive disclosure
- Surveillance by individuals (drones, cameras etc.) – Is legislative action needed?
Details on speakers and panelists can be found on our website at http://www.infosummit.ca
Secure registration is still available through the website, but seats are going fast.
FIPA would like to thank our Info Summit sponsors, including the School of Library, Archival and Information Science at UBC, CUPE BC, BCGEU, Vancity Community Credit Union, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, the Wilderness Committee, Newspapers Canada, and Disability Alliance BC, as well as Picatic for their generosity in sponsoring this important educational event.
Vincent Gogolek, Executive Director
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
Email: Vincent (at) fipa.bc.ca
FIPA is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established in 1991 to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Our goal is to empower citizens by increasing their access to information and their control over their own personal information. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through programs of public education, public assistance, research, and law reform.