Right To Know Day Awards: Golden Key, Padlock and Tied Key

28 September is international Right To Know Day. So what?

The idea of Right to Know Day was proposed during a meeting of information access advocates in Bulgaria in September 2002.

Since then it’s grown into a global event that recognises citizens’ right to access government-held information, and reinforces the importance of transparency in building trust in government.

I work in this space, and I’m kinda crazy about the value of information and access to it.

But this isn’t about me — it’s about you.

It’s about how exercising your right information will change your life…

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Most organisations have experienced significant changes to their business and workplace this year, and there’s likely more to come.

There’s been a lot of discussion about rapid transformation, the future of work and the “modern workplace”.

Information governance has an important role in making this shift successful.

Some of the words and ideas that come to mind when you to think about a modern workplace might include:

  • A digital workplace
  • Maybe automated or online
  • Perhaps it’s data-driven and intelligent
  • And it’s definitely human centred, flexible and mobile
    — working from anywhere, anytime.

Move quickly but keep one eye on the future

During a crisis, rapid access to trusted information, no matter where you’re working, is vital for business as usual. As you swiftly transition to a digital workforce, can you maintain control over your organisation’s distributed information ecosystem?

The coronavirus pandemic could be considered the most compelling motivation for digital government the world has ever seen. I think of it as the COVID Catalyst, driving transformation in the public sector like nothing before it. It has dramatically changed the ways agencies and councils work, almost overnight.

To enable remote working and maintain…

FOI in WA and the role of information governance.


Over 300 professionals attended the FOI in WA Conference in Perth on 21 November, 2019. The theme of was explored across the program in two ways. Firstly, considering how Freedom of Information (FOI) can build public trust in government; and secondly, advice and inspiration to help practitioners trust themselves and the FOI process to meet the objects of the FOI Act (WA):

May is Information Awareness Month. IAM is a collaborative event across the records, archives, library, knowledge, information and data management communities. The goal is to increase public awareness of information and its place in all aspects of daily life.

This year’s theme is . Highly topical as we all adapt to significant changes in our work and home lives, new rules and recommendations — timely, trusted information has never been more critical.

Due to COVID-19 it’s been impossible to hold…

Transformational leadership is uniquely suited to driving change.

Inspiring people to want change; mobilising them to innovate.

It inspires people to want change, mobilising them to innovate. Rather than controlling or micromanaging every aspect, these leaders provide a vision that people identify with — and act as a role model for the behaviours they want to promote.

Some of a transformational leader’s most important traits include imagination, empathy and passion. An appealing vision is one that people identify with, so that they can see themselves being part of it. …


Value of Open Government

The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer notes that trust in Australia continues to decline across all four key institutions: media, business, government and NGOs. Australia now sits “just four percentage points above the world’s least…

Digital Gov, Open Gov, Info Gov — what’s the connection?

As digital government begins to take shape, the public sector is entering a new era of citizen expectations. Emerging technologies offer opportunities for collaboration, information sharing and data analysis, all of which can support better policy and services.

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But there are growing public concerns about privacy and security; questions about ownership and appropriate use of personal information. Is open government still relevant?

Governments worldwide are striving to maintain public trust at a time of significant disruption. Agencies are under pressure to be more transparent about their actions and decision-making processes.

On 28 January we celebrate — also known as . It marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Treaty 108 .

It’s incredible to think that this international treaty has been in place for more than 30 years. But as life and work become ever more digital and data-driven, we’re only just beginning to realise the value and importance of privacy. Consumers are more alert than ever, after a wave of scandals. So are organisations, in the face…

Sonya Sherman

Information champion, filer and finder of stuff.

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