Meeting on Information Rights
You are invited to the next meeting of the Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) which will take place on Friday 28th September 2018 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm in Dundee Women’s Aid, North Lindsay Street, Dundee DD1 1PW. A light lunch will be served from 1pm.
The Agenda includes a presentation by John Toner, NUJ National Organiser for Scotland, on Moral Rights Should Be Human Rights to mark ‘International Right to Know Day’ and UNESCO’s ‘International Day for Universal Access to Information’: There will be an update from Daren Fitzhenry, the Scottish Information Commissioner, and a ‘Report from Europe’ by Dr David Goldberg, from the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS). Registration is free at Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-public-information-forum-spif-tickets-48687549772
The Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) is an opportunity for rights holders and duty bearers to meet and discuss ‘access to information’ in Scotland and consider how laws which force disclosure of information are operating. Learning from each other is a key way to improve understanding and practice. If you work for the public sector, civil society or the private sector this meeting will be useful in your work, and members of the public are also invited to attend.
SPIF’s remit is to ‘enable the long-term effectiveness of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FoISA) and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004’ (EIR(S)s). Its role is incorporated in the Scottish Government’s Six FoI principles published in 2007:
“Maintains effective relationships with the Scottish Information Commissioner and other key stakeholders– We ensure the effective operation of the Act by fostering and maintaining good working relationships on Freedom of Information with stakeholders such as other public authorities and the Scottish Public Information Forum.” http://www.gov.scot/About/Information/FOI/6principles
The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) has taken the initiative to organise SPIF and is keen to assist colleagues from civil society to better understand their rights under freedom of information laws. Therefore, we are delighted that Dundee Women’s Aid has agreed to host SPIF, on a key date in the FoI calendar which is International Right to Know Day. For further information contact CFoIS at firstname.lastname@example.org