Future-Proofing Freedom of Information

Dundee’s Centre for Freedom of Information held its annual Practitioners’ Conference on 8 May and a related workshop on 9 May.  The Conference brought together the Scottish Information Commissioner, representatives from a wide range of public authorities, journalists, and Dundee academics to discuss opportunities and challenges facing freedom of information (FoI) in Scotland today and for the future. Commissioner Daren Fitzhenry addressed various issues, including possible impacts of Brexit on Scotland’s FoI system. A panel discussion then debated the need and prospects for reforming...

9 May 2018 Workshop on Information and Privacy Rights at University of Dundee

The Centre is holding a workshop on “Information and Privacy Rights in a Time of Change” that brings together scholars and practitioners to look at information and privacy rights in light of recent developments, including: the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal; Google’s loss of the “right to be forgotten” case; the incoming General Data Protection Regulation; the reverberations from the European Court’s judgment in the Magyar case; the Scottish Information Commissioner’s investigation into Scottish government compliance with freedom of information requests; and ...

8 May 2018 FoI Practitioners’ Conference at University of Dundee

The Centre is hosting its annual FoI Practitioners’ Conference alongside the Scottish Information Commissioner. This year’s theme is “Future-Proofing FOI: Does FOI Go Far Enough?” In a rapidly changing environment for the public sector and requester in light of Brexit, GDPR, growth in open data, changes in technology and drives towards increased transparency does FOI go far enough? What are the challenges faced? What’s the likely impact for FOI practitioners? To register for the conference, please go to the “Seminar & Events” tab on this website....