Time: 12pm - 1pm
Monday, September 28th is International Right to Know Day, raising awareness about our access to government information and promoting freedom of information as an essential party of democracy.
This year, CJFE is teaming with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) on Twitter to chat about the power of Open Data and Access to Information!
Join the conversation using #RTKDchat from 12pm–1 pm this Monday!
We’ll be discussing and sharing examples of the important work journalists and citizens do that relies on data made available by institutions. We want to hear from you:
Ask questions, discover data journalism and share your favourite projects! If you've made FOI requests in Canada, we would love to hear about your experiences.
Why Does This Matter?
- Canada's access to information is in the bottom half of worldwide rankings: 59th out of 102countries with ATI laws.
- A recent study of ATI requests showed 57% of data was censored, and 18% couldn't be found at all.
- Responses to ATI requests have taken over a thousand days—legally, they are required to respond within 30 days.
- Federal scientists are prevented from speaking about their research.
- Information Commissioners are facing a critical shortage of resources - instead of getting more funding, MPs wanted to discourage the public from requesting information.