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This September we'll be hosting the next part of our popular FOI and Data Protection webinar series for practitioners across the public sector. This time, our expert panellists will be offering insights and practical, implementable advice on 'Requester Blind' and 'Manifestly Unfounded / Manifestly Excessive' along with a range of other subjects, all of which have been chosen by you.
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Transparency - the key to democracy
Monday 24th May 1-1.45pm
Join Bill Goodwin, Investigations Editor at Computer Weekly, as he gives a journalist's view of FOI and why it is such an important tool for holding Governments to account. In this webinar, Bill will share details of cases that have been involved in challenges to the FOI Act itself and those that reinforced the importance of FOI as a force for good.
He will also discuss the challenges faced by journalists when making an FOI request and why upholding the right to know is pivotal to our democracy.
A Recipe for Success in FOI
Tuesday 25th May, 1-1.45pm
What are the essential elements needed for success? What are the problems and what are the common stumbling blocks faced by FOI teams? These are just some of the questions that Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information Governance and DPO at Leicester City Council, asked in her extensive study of Local Government in England as part of her PhD thesis.
Through her work Lynn has identified not just the elements, but also the practises that set FOI teams up for success - findings that will resonate for FOI teams across the public sector.
Join Lynn, as she shares her findings and details what FOI teams need to put in place to ensure timely, efficient and successful request management.
Learnings and Successes - UKRI's IG Transformation Journey
Wednesday 26th May, 1-1.30pm
When UKRI were formed, bringing together seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England, they had the challenge of merging the practises and processes and sometimes the tools of nine different Information Governance teams into one cohesive way of working. Join David Hyett, Head of Information Governance at UKRI as he shares UKRI’s IG transformation experience and what the learnt along the way: from merging nine different organisations, to harnessing the right tools, identifying and delivering process improvements, dealing with the challenges he and his team faced and how they delivered a successful outcome.
Dealing with Complex SARs - Practical tips for better management
Thursday 27th May 11-11.45am
Complex SARs, by their very nature, are difficult and time consuming to deal with. The considerations that need to be made for this type of SAR are also, often, far reaching. This webinar looks at the common types of complex SARs, the issues encountered when dealing with them and the practical steps that you can take to mitigate these issues and improve processing and management.
Lynn Wyeth, Barry Moult and Estelle Dehon will lend their knowledge, experience and advice on how to handle these requests better.
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How has COVID-19 affected Information Rights in the Public Sector?
Discover the impact, lessons learned, and how the sector can move forward in our free research report.
Watch our previous webinars
Best Practice for Information Rights
Customer Success Manager and Best Practice expert Lucie Fabbro shares best practice tips for that can help your team improve efficiency and performance even if you aren't an eCase user.
Is FOI an endangered species?
With FOI response rates at their lowest levels since the Act came into force, the emergence of ‘the Clearing House’ and January's Tribunal concerning territorial limitations, concern for the Act and transparency has grown.
But what is the true state of FOI in 2021? Hear from FOI experts Estelle Dehon, Jon Baines, Maurice Frankel OBE and William Goodwin in our panel session, and decide for yourself.
The Evolution of Data Protection
The events of the last year have presented new challenges for all of us. Our relationship with data, our need for it and how we use it has changed. This has brought Data Protection further into the spotlight with new approaches requiring DPOs to answer new questions in ways they couldn’t have envisaged a year ago. But what have the key challenges been? What are the effects and what lies ahead?
Get the perspectives of Data Protection experts Jon Baines, Barry Moult and David Hyett in our webinar panel session discussing these issues and how to combat them..
Read our Guest Blogs on FOI
Learnings and Successes
David Hyett discusses UKRI's transformation of FOI and SAR processes, what they learned along the way and the benefits.
Transparency and Democracy
Bill Goodwin takes a look at some of the challenges the FOI Act is facing .Looking through the lens of the 'requester blind' principle, he discusses why these principles are so important to maintaining transparency, surfacing important truths and, in turn, democracy itself.
A Recipe for Success in FOI
Lynn Wyeth shares the results of her extensive research on FOI in Local Government and the key components required to ensure successful FOI management
Where is FOI Going?
Jon Baines explores the fall in FOI response rates, how the act is currently regulated, and what this could mean for the future.
Questioning the Fundamentals of FOIA
In her two part blog series, Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers discusses 'requester blindness', part of the bedrock of the FOIA, what the implications of the 'Territoriality' question could have meant for public authorities, the appeals and issues raised in the Tribunal and what the decision on 27th January 2021 means for FOI and its preservation.
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