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Media and Democratic Governance Conference - The Right to Know in the Digital Age: New Challenges and Prospects for Democracy

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Center for Urban and Public Service - 111 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Room 203

Daniel J. Metcalfe, a Washington attorney specializing in freedom of information law
For more info:
Michael Gershowitz
(973) 353-3703
Professor Robert Shick: (973) 353-5336 or

Access to government information around the world will be the focus of this year’s conference, which is jointly sponsored by the School of Public Affairs and Administration and by an international journalists’ organization, the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required.

Keynote speaker Daniel J. Metcalfe is a Washington attorney specializing in freedom of information law. He is also executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy and an adjunct faculty member of the American University Law School in Washington.

The morning session will focus on government secrecy in countries and regions of the world that lack democratic governance and free press, such as China, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. There will be a break at noon for a brown bag lunch, when Metcalfe will speak.

The afternoon session is a panel on U.S. freedom of information laws – fact or faction – which includes Ronald Miskoff, president of the Foundation for Open Government; John Paff, a Libertarian Party leader who is an outspoken advocate of open government, and others.

This conference is invaluable for American and international journalists, and practitioners, scholars and students of public affairs and administration, political science and journalism.

Parking is available.