Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Freedom of Information Day!

Today is National Freedom of Information Day, annually celebrated on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government. It's part of Sunshine Week, "a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information."

A list of past winner's of the American Library Association's James Madison Award is here.

American University Washington College of Law is holding its Third Annual Freedom of Information Day Celebration, with a keynote address by John D. Podesta. This full-day program is presented by the Collaboration on Government Secrecy project.

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