Declassification of Government Records: A Way Forward towards Improving Transparency

12:00 - 13:20
Room 212, Shaw Centre

Caroline Maynard, the Information Commissioner of Canada, will moderate a panel on the benefits of automatic declassification of government information in and beyond a national security context. This panel will bring together archivists, government security classification experts and academics from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom to explain how the declassification regimes function in their countries, and discuss how removing restrictions on historical government records can improve access to records, reduce the need to make access requests, and make processing of historical national security records less complex. This discussion will explore the benefits of de-classification of government information for citizens and civil society, and how this can help make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable.

Theme: Open track

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Panel


Malcolm Todd, Head of Policy, The National Archives, UK, David J. Mengel, Deputy Director, National Declassification Center, USA, Nate Jones, Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project, George Washington Unviersity, USA, Paulette Dozois, Senior Lead Archivist, Library and Archives Canada, Canada

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