This Is Right to Know Week

Right to Know Week is an international event started in Bulgaria in 2002. Its purpose is “to raise awareness about people’s right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance.”

In Canada, events across the country are posted on the website http://www.righttoknow.ca/.

Last week I was fortunate to attend a run-up event to Right to Know Week called Open Data, Big Data, Yes…but NOT Personal Data, put together jointly by the Toronto Board of Trade and Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian. She encourages public institutions to join the Open Data movement , and she talked about her new concept of Access by Design–which now accompanies her Privacy by Design thinking–and had a number of panelists speaking to the concept of making government information accessible. I hope to get some of my notes posted (there was a lot of content!).

For more about the origins of Right to Know Week, see David Fraser’s 2009 Slaw post Right to Know Week Wrapup.

I’d love to hear from other events across the country–are you attending? What did you learn?

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