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23/09/2019 @ 08:00

mySociety will be hosting the third AlaveteliCon, the Freedom of Information (FOI) technologies conference, on 23 and 24 September 2019 in Oslo, Norway.

A few days ahead of International Right to Know Day (28 September), AlaveteliCon will bring together activists, journalists, technologists and campaigners from across the world who use Freedom of Information laws, data and technologies to create public-interest investigations and campaigns.

This time we’ll be including a focus on catalysing collaborations on cross-border European public interest investigations and campaigns, in order to strengthen the use of FOI across the region. This focus is in part due to our latest Transparency project, funded by Adessium Foundation. This Transparency project seeks to enable journalists, campaigners and citizens in Europe to make greater and more effective use of their right to access information, in particular to generate public interest stories and campaigns that hold power to account.

Here are some of the other things AlaveteliCon attendees will get up to this time:

  • Exchanging insights and ideas on how to run and improve open-source Freedom of Information platforms such as WhatDoTheyKnow, MuckRock and FragDenStaat
  • Hearing how journalists and campaigners around the world have used FOI to power high-profile investigations and campaigns
  • Making connections with journalists and campaigners who would like to collaborate on cross-border investigations that hold governments to account
  • Learning about data sources available on FOI platforms around the world, waiting to be analysed and turned into public-interest stories
  • Hearing tips from FOI activists on getting governments to release information in their countries including going to court
  • Contributing to the further development of mySociety’s open-source FOI toolkit for journalists, Alaveteli Pro, which helps journalists and campaigners to manage their FOI investigations
  • Connecting to a global network of FOI experts and advocates
  • Working together to plan potential joint activities to celebrate International Right to Know Day on 28th September 2019

Please find more information here.