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Prying Open Government - An Introduction to Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (Australia) and Official Information Act (New Zealand) are tools that allow members of the public and organisations extract documents and information - unless there is a good reason for it to stay secret. You'll learn what sorts of information you can and cannot request, how to do this, and the process requests go through. I'll also cover Alaveteli, an open-source software for making and managing FOI requests, and public implementations available in Australia and New Zealand.

Dan Hawke

By day, Dan is a Linux technical consultant working in Auckland, New Zealand where he works with server architecture and web applications. After twelve years IT experience, he is currently working for OSS[1], providing Linux and Unix managed services.

Outside of work, Dan advocates for improved public transport, with his most frequent Freedom of Information target being Auckland Transport (Auckland's state-owned public transportation provider). He also has a keen interest in board games, travel, and enjoying some time in the great outdoors to take a break from the computer screens.

[1]: http://www.oss.co.nz/


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