Sept. 14, 2017 | Transparency = Real News

The FOI Foundation of Texas state conference “Transparency = Real News” is set for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at the Hilton Austin, 500 E. Fourth St., in downtown Austin.

Texas Sen. Kirk Watson, a champion of open government in the Legislature, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. Panel discussions will focus on use of public records to report in-depth on what’s really happening to counter “fake news;” online public access to court records in Texas; and recent legislative activity pertaining to open government. See the agenda here.

Confirmed panelists include state Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi; Rep. Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake; David Foy, director of state government affairs for RELX, a provider of information and analytics; Eric Dexheimer, investigative reporter at the Austin American-Statesman; David Slayton, administrative director of Texas’ Office of Court Administration; and Art Markman, University of Texas professor of psychology and marketing who has written about the impact of “fake news” and who has a radio show and podcast called Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT.

The conference luncheon includes presentation of the James Madison Award to an open government and First Amendment advocate and the State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards to outstanding journalists. Winners of the Spirit of FOI Awards will be honored at the start of the conference.

The daylong conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Registration is open. Early bird single ticket registration is $110 until Sept. 1, then the price increases to $125. Lunch is included. Luncheon table and half-table sponsorships that cover registration and lunch for multiple attendees are available.

Register for the conference by clicking here, or the button below.

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Those wishing to pay by check can mail payments to:
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
3001 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 302
Austin, Texas 78705

Hotel rooms at a rate of $239 each are  available at the Hilton for the night of Sept. 13. This rate is available until Aug. 14 or until the block fills up, whichever comes first. Reserve your room by going to this direct link https://aws.passkey.com/go/FOIFoundation

Guests can also call the Hilton central reservations line directly 1-800-236-1592. Reference the group, Freedom of Information Foundation of TX State Conference, or the group code, FIT913, in order to receive the group rate.

Self-parking for the conference in the Hilton garage is $10 per vehicle.