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FOIL: The Past and Future of Public Information in New York
Date(s) 04/13/2018 - 2:15 p.m (refreshments), 2:30 p.m. (talk)
Location Willard Conference Room, DePerno Hall
Presenter Brett Orzechowski, Assistant Professor of Management and Media
Description The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) allows any person to request and obtain--without explanation or justification--existing, identifiable, and unpublished governmental records, including documents, data, and video. Signed into law in New York in 1974, FOIL remains a powerful public panacea in unlocking information and maintaining vital transparency in our state government. Databases detailing public employee compensation, online viewing of highway department agreements and school district superintendents' contracts, and text message exchanges--all disclosed and made public through FOIL requests--are now common. Even though the last decade has ushered in an increased demand for public information, challenges from the government have grown just as quickly in an effort to conceal public records. This leaves the central question – what would happen if the government disclosed? If you're an advocate for government transparency, this is the talk for you.

Nexus is a seminar series presented by Utica College faculty in which they discuss their research interests and scholarly pursuits. It is an opportunity for participants to explore new findings and viewpoints and share ideas with faculty, students, and the local community. Refreshments are served at 2:15 p.m.; seminars begin at 2:30.
Cost Free
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