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Workshop on Freedom of Information: From Theory to Practice Achieving a culture of openness and compliance with information rights within government. 21 May 2014 - Jerusalem Graham Smith Deputy Commissioner and Director of FOI. 3 “E”s. Education Encouragement Enforcement. Awareness.

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21 may 2014 jerusalem graham smith deputy commissioner and director of foi

Workshop on Freedom of Information: From Theory to PracticeAchieving a culture of openness and compliance with information rights within government

21 May 2014 - Jerusalem

Graham Smith

Deputy Commissioner and Director of FOI

3 e s
3 “E”s
  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Enforcement
awareness
Awareness
  • Rights and obligations
  • Content of FOI law
  • Background to FOI law
  • Policy objectives
  • Experience of other jurisdictions
benefits of transparency
Benefits of transparency
  • Citizen engagement
  • Empowerment
  • Accountability
  • Trust
approaches to transparency
Approaches to transparency
  • Proactive transparency
  • Open data
  • Publication schemes
  • Reactive transparency
  • Requests for information
learning from experience
Learning from experience
  • Reasoned explanations for decisions
  • Refusal notices
  • Disclosure logs
  • ICO decision notices
  • Tribunal and court decisions
sharing experience
Sharing experience
  • Networks
  • Conferences and events
  • On-line resources
  • Social media
leadership
Leadership
  • Political leadership
  • Executive leadership
  • Networked leadership
  • Transparency champions
  • Stressing positive outcomes
  • Managing expectations
opportunities
Opportunities
  • Communication strategies
  • A vehicle for effecting change
  • Records management
  • Business benefits
  • Link to service delivery
  • New approaches to old problems
things to avoid
Things to avoid
  • Over-legalistic approach
  • Bureaucratic mindset
  • Ownership issues – it’s public information
  • All or nothing
  • Risk aversion
  • Victim mentality
context and forward look
Context and forward look
  • Technology
  • Consumer and societal expectations
  • Social media
  • Take charge of the agenda
  • Global trends
  • International examples
enforcement
Enforcement
  • Consequences of non-compliance
  • Law and practicality
  • Proportionality
  • What’s achievable
  • Small steps or shock treatment
  • Articulate policy
link to education
Link to Education
  • Publish and publicise outcomes
  • Explaining decisions
  • Building jurisprudence
  • Demonstrate public interest
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Learn from others’ mistakes
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Education, encouragement and enforcement
  • Augmented by experience
  • Transparency is not an end in itself
  • Link to public service and citizenship
  • Culture change does not happen overnight
  • Approach to compliance drives culture change
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