Citizen Beta #16: Comics, the Internet and Freedom of Information

location 133 Bethnal Green Rd | 7 PM-10 PM Tuesday 25 October 2016 (GMT)

Comics, the Internet and Freedom of Information

This month we'll be talking about comics and FOIs. If FOI sounds like a bit of a dry subject, prepare to be challenged. We’ll be looking at the stories and scandals FOI has kickstarted around the world.

Thanks to a fantastic crowdfunding campaign, we’ll also welcome Finnish artists Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula from Finland, who’ll be explaining how comics might just be the best medium for educating a new generation of FOI users, and how the internet could be the saviour of FOI–a fundamental human right that celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.

Our three talks on October 25th are…

Corruption, cronyism and harmful chemicals: what FOI has uncovered around the world

Gemma Humphrys from mySociety will be talking about what stories Alaveteli sites from around the world have uncovered. Alaveteli is an open-source platform for making public freedom of information requests.

Running - tales from the admin frontline

Richard Taylor will be speaking about why WhatDoTheyKnow is administered, what happens when public authorities don't redact sensitive information properly.

Last Words: how comics can bring a new generation to FOI

Myf Nixon will be interviewing Siiri and Lauri about FOI in Finland and about their excellent project Last Words–The Return of Anders Chydenius. A homage to Anders Chydenius (1729-1803), a politician from the Finnish town of Kokkola, the man behind the implementation of the world's first Freedom of the Press Act.

For the permanent adoration of your peers, and to sit along side Fentimans, sponsor a round of drinks on the night (starting at £50). Get in touch –

See you all there,

Mevan & Josh


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