Friday, March 10, 2006

"Are We Safer in the Dark?"

During Sunshine Week 2006, March 12-18, media organizations, civic groups, libraries, schools, non-profit organizations and others nationwide will participate in coverage of and discussions about the importance of protecting public access to government information. The intent of Sunshine Week is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to the public. In celebration of Sunshine Week, a national program will be held on Monday, March 13, called "Are We Safer in the Dark?"

"[A] panel of experts from around the country will discuss open government and secrecy - the problems confronted, the impacts on communities, and what the public can do. Locally-sponsored programs in communities around the country will continue the discussion of openness issues in their communities."

The national broadcast portion of the program will be from 1pm - 2:30 pm and will broadcast from the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The national broadcast can be viewed at selected sites all across the country.

The national broadcast can be viewed at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. A local panel discussion will occur at the College immediately following the broadcast. Local panelists are Doug Clifton, editor of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland; Raimund Goerler, University Archivist, The Ohio State University; and David Marburger partner, Baker & Hostetler, Cleveland. The panel will be moderated by Peter M. Shane, Joseph S. Platt/Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at the Moritz College of Law. This event is hosted by the Moritz Law Library and the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at the Moritz College of Law.

The event is free and open to the public.