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As social media becomes a more entrenched part of our public discourse what about the ethics of this emerging technology? Join our panel of social media experts from the public sector, private sector and media as we explore this important question.
Ayan Islam - Former Public Affairs Specialist for the DC Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of Communications, Ayan developed the Mayor's online presence and web strategy. She has extensive experience throughout her career in managing online strategy for public sector organizations and currently serves as the Media Spokesperson and Legislative Affairs Specialist for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Read more »
CALL TO ORDER
MINUTES OF Oct. meeting
Great little piece at Freedominfo.org about studies showing that people are more likely to use freedom of information laws if their governments have an active campaign to make people aware of the laws.
The next DC freelance lunch will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13. It will noon, at the National Press Club. Please let Stephenie know at [email protected] if you plan to attend.
(Washington, D.C.) -- The D.C. Open Government Coalition today filed a lawsuit to compel disclosure of email correspondence in which members of the Council of the District of Columbia transacted public business through personal, non-governmental email accounts.
The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court, challenges the Council’s denial of a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request for all such emails sent or received by Councilmembers during a 60-day period in early 2012. The issue came to the Coalition’s attention after press reports suggesting that D.C. government officials, including several Councilmembers, routinely conduct official business through personal email providers such as Gmail or Hotmail – a practice that could be used to evade the disclosure requirements of FOIA.
“The Council’s position, if unchallenged, would lead to a massive loophole in the District’s public-records laws,” said James McLaughlin, a member of the Coalition’s board and co-chairman of its legal committee. “Officials could nullify FOIA by simply doing their work over personal email accounts.” Read more »
CALL TO ORDER
MINUTES OF July meeting
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
NEW BUSINESS Read more »
Join Studio SPJ producer Holly Fisher July 18 at 11 a.m. as she talks with Deb Wenger of SPJ and Kevin Benz of RTNDA about what to expect at the 2012 Excellence in Journalism conference to be held Sept. 20-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The conference is a joint effort of the SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
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