The history of international Right to Know Day
On 28 September 2002 Freedom of Information organisations from countries around the world created a network of Freedom of Information Advocates (FOIA Network) and agreed to collaborate in promoting individuals’ right of access to information and open, transparent governance. The FOI Network proposed that 28 September be nominated as international "Right to Know Day" in order to symbolise the global movement for promoting the right to information.
Ten years on, Right to Know Day has become much bigger than a right of access. It now connects with the value of reusing government data in innovative and engaging ways. It is a day on which citizens and governments from around the world can support and promote open, democratic societies in which there is full citizen empowerment and participation in government.
Queensland marks this occasion as Right to Information Day, in acknowledgment of the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) and its contribution to facilitating greater and easier access to government held information.
The Solomon Lecture
The annual Solomon Lecture honours Dr David Solomon AM, Chairman of the 2007-08 Independent Freedom of Information Review Panel which led to Queensland’s right to information and information privacy reforms.