Monday, March 8, 2010

A program you shouldn't miss! Gubernatorial candidates all in one room!

I cannot attend because I will be in Arizona, but here's your chance to ask, learn and know:

Oklahoma Sunshine ’10: Privacy, Politicians & the Public's Need to Know will be held March 13 at The Oklahoman, 9000 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City.

If you want to see events such as this continue, please attend this conference and encourage others to do so as well.
Birth dates, identity theft, and public records. A data privacy expert (and former state legislator) will explain why public records aren’t a realistic source for identity thieves and why exempting public employee birth dates from personnel records will cause privacy problems.

As keynote speaker for the conference, Richard J.H. Varn also will explain how improved identity management technology and practices, along with public education on self-protection measures, would be more effective defenses against identity theft.

You'll be able to ask Varn questions.

In another session, Dallas Morning News attorney Paul C. Watler and computer-assisted reporting editor Ryan McNeill will explain the newspaper’s lawsuit over government employee birth dates in Texas and the legislative debate in that state over public access to the information.

This also is your chance to ask candidates for governor and attorney general where they stand on FOI issues.

Scheduled to participate are gubernatorial candidates Jari Askins, Randy Brogdon, Drew Edmondson, Mary Fallin and Robert Hubbard, and attorney general candidate Jim Priest.

The full program and registration form are attached and also at

March 10 is the deadline for early registration.

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