Mark your calendars: the 16th annual National Freedom of Information Day conference will be held Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The Newseum Institute’s annual conference brings together librarians, nonprofits, government officials, lawyers, journalists and educators to discuss freedom of information and open records. As part of the conference, the American Library Association will announce the James Madison Award recipient, an award presented to individuals or groups that have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.
Hosted annually to commemorate the March 16th birth date of James Madison, the conference is conducted in partnership with the American Library Association, the Project on Government Oversight, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.Last year, the American Library Association posthumously awarded activist Aaron Swartz the Madison Award for his dedication to promoting and protecting public access to research and government information.
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