Join us for a variety of panels, speakers and discussions on the most newsworthy topics of the day, including: government use of social media, legislative privilege, information in the age of Madison, proactive disclosure and more.
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What are the potential panels?
- Legislative privilege -- the Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled in a case that legislative privlege shields communication with third parties in certain circumstances. Find out more about the case and contrast it with FOIA's working papers exemption.
- Proactive disclosure -- Is government information moving from an ask-and-receive model to an on-demand one? How does government decide which data sets it will make available? Can government be simultaneously transparent and opaque?
- Government and social media -- Is social media a great way to engage citizens, a quagmire for records management purposes, or a potential legal minefield of deleted comments or blocked "friends," a combination of all three. Or something else entirely?
- The business of confidentiality -- Whether it's the chemicals used in fracking, who farms hemp or what type of development a utility is proposing, businesses often don't want government to release trade secret or proprietary information about them. How accommodating should government be?
- Information in the age of Madison -- James Madison is considered the patron saint of open government. But when he said the people must have access to information, just what did he mean?
Who are the potential panelists?
A list of invited and confirmed speakers. Read their bios here.
- Mark Barham, City of Williamsburg
- Kristin Davis, Southern Environmental Law Center
- Dr. Mike Dickens, Center for the Constitution at Montpelier
- The Hon. Wyatt Durrette, Richmond attorney and former member of the House of Delegates
- Prof. Michael Gilbert, University of Virginia School of Law
- Eric Gregory, Hefty, Wiley & Gore
- The Hon. Edd Houck, former member of the Virginia Senate
- Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council
- David Ogburn, Capital Results
- Chad Owen, Library of Virginia
- Dale Peskin, Loudoun Times-Mirror
- Emily Shaw, Sunlight Foundation
- Julie Tate, The Washington Post
- Dr. James Toscano, Tidewater Community College
- Josh Wheeler, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
What else is on the agenda?
VCOG will recognize its annual open government award winners, including Prof. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, Richmond Times-Dispatch reporters Sarah Kleiner and Katy Evans and Arlington County.
Also, VCOG will hold its annual meeting where members may vote to approve new board members and officers.
Is lunch being provided?
Yes, the cost of lunch is factored in to your registration fee.
Where can I direct questions?
Megan Rhyne, VCOG Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-353-VCOG.
How can I support the conference?
First and foremost, we hope you will attend. Tickets can be purchased above (Earlybird Special: $30 for members; $40 for non-members; $25 for students.
Regardless of whether you attend, VCOG has always relied on the support of individual and corporate sponsors. Our sponsors this year include:
- AARP Virginia
- Dorothy Abernathy
- Bonnie Alexander
- Paul Casalaspi
- Roger Christman
- Amy Carter Day
- Joan Fenton
- Mark Grunewald
- Dick Hammerstrom
- Debra Hernandez
- Joshua Heslinga
- Waldo Jaquith
- Spencer Kimball
- Eileen McAfee
- Andria McClellan
- Ted Mellnik
- Carol Noggle
- Sonya Peretti-Hull
- Rebecca Quinn
- Elisabeth Rhyne
- Megan Rhyne
- Rebecca Rhyne
- Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Louise Seals
- Glenn Smith
- Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C.
- Guy Tower
- Washington & Lee Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
- Wason Center for Public Policy
- Timothy Watson
- Brian Wheeler