Events

Across the country, Sunshine Week is marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding the latest developments in freedom of information resources.

To have your Sunshine Week 2018 event included below, please send details and a link or email contact for more information to: sunshineweek@asne.org. If you’d like to see some of what went on in 2013-17, please visit The Vault.

 

 

DATE
EVENT
March 9, 2018 Sunshine Week 2018: Fighting for Transparency and Freedom of Information
Knight TV Studio, Newseum, Washington, D.C.
From 8:30 a.m. to noon, join several of the nation’s leading journalism and freedom of information advocates to preview Sunshine Week 2018. The event is free and open to the public but requires registration.
March 10 – June 7, 2018 Confirmed and Denied: Redacted Documents and the Freedom of Information Act
Main Library, San Francisco Public Library’s Government Information Center (5th floor)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of 1966 enshrined the right of access to federal government information from the executive branch. Through FOIA requests, journalists, watchdog groups and members of the public have received entire files pertaining to requested subjects, partial files with redacted documents and nothing. Confirmed and Denied explores redacted documents and unfilled requests through notable exemptions and exclusions set forth in the original and amendments to the act. What information does the government share with the public? What kind of information remains classified, obstructed from view by black ink or computer-generated boxes? An unsolved Alcatraz escape, Cold War espionage, surveillance on a Bay Area political group and other local and national cases are highlighted in the exhibit.
March 12, 2018 Sunshine Week 2018 at the National Archives
William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Museum, Washington, D.C.
This event will be free and open to the public, both in person and via a live web stream. For those who miss out, a video will be posted after the event (you can find video of the 2017 event here).
March 13, 2018 Freedom of Information Act 101
Learning Studio, San Francisco Public Library’s Government Information Center
What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and how can you, a member of the public, use it to get access to government information? From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Electronic Frontier Foundation will present on FOIA basics and how to file a request with federal agencies. 

A Day of Sunshine
Miller Free Enterprise Center, Sandy, Utah
The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is excited to announce “A Day of Sunshine.” Come and learn why transparency matters and how to work together for a better open government. Topics range from discussion on the importance of transparency to providing advice on how to adopt “Sunshine” standards and forming lasting partnerships and trust between the government and the public. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As a Matter of Open Government
Department of Commerce Research Library, Washington, D.C.
The Department of Commerce’s Office of Privacy and Open Government and the Census Bureau’s Open Government Office will host a National Sunshine Week Kick-off event from 9 a.m. to noon. Keynote speaker, Charles Lewis, is a professor and the executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University School of Communication. There will be guest speakers from federal agencies and nongovernmental agencies.

DC Open Government Summit
American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
The DC Open Government Coalition will be partnering with the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the American University School of Communication and other local organizations on its 7th annual Open Government Summit. The summit will be held at the American Bar Association (note that this is a new location for the event) on the evening of Tuesday, March 13th and promises a lively discussion about the state of transparency in the District of Columbia. The event is free, but registration is required.

March 15, 2018 The State of Open Government 
Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Join the Sunlight Foundation at our offices in Washington for frank and open discussion about where transparency and accountability stand in D.C. and around the country in 2018, followed by the annual Sunshine Happy Hour. Bring questions, ideas and comments on where we’ve been and where the nation needs to go next. We’ll collect and share them, as in past years. You can expect Sunlight’s team to share rays of hope from the state and local level, along with a reminder of how far the arc of openness has bent over the past decade. Following our discussion, we’ll be mixing and mingle over pizza, wine and beer during our annual Sunshine Happy Hour. If the weather cooperates, we might even be able to invite you out on the balcony for some White House “oversight.”
March 16, 2018 Sunshine in Your Pocket
Denver Consistory, Denver, Colorado
From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition will host sunshine laws workshops on the Colorado Open Records Act, Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, Colorado Open Meetings Law and court access. The workshops will be followed by a luncheon featuring Eli Stokols, MSNBC political analyst, as well as the winners of CFOIC’s Sue O’Brien Award for Public Service and the Ruth Anna Citizen Champion Award.
March 17, 2018 Letting the Sunshine IN: An Open Data and Open Government Workshop
University Tower Ballroom, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies at Indiana University Bloomington is hosting a free workshop in Indianapolis on access to information. Confirmed speakers at the conference include state, regional and national journalists and open government advocates, who will participate in informational sessions about state and national access laws. It’s open to anyone interested in open government and open data, including journalists, civic activists and neighborhood association members. Registration is required.