Freedom of Information Day


Freedom of Information (FOI) Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government. The observance underscores the importance of freedom of the press, speech, information, and the public’s right to know.

In New York: Freedom of Information Day will be observed at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of The New York Public Library (188 Madison Ave.) on Wednesday March 18, with a presentation and discussion from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 15 on the lower level of the library. This year’s guest speaker is Rashmi Vasisht, who manages program development for the New York State Attorney General’s Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Bureau. She will discuss the Attorney General’s initiatives promoting New York citizens’ right to know and to monitor governmental decision-making. The title of her presentation is: “Project Sunlight: Public Integrity and Information in New York State.”

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and
reservations may be made by e-mailing siblreservations@nypl or by calling SIBL at 212-592-7000 (option 3), Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting March 4. Walk-ins will also be welcome as space permits.


Freedom of Information Links:

First Amendment Center

Journalists for Open Government

Sunshine Week

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