From Archive to Database: Reflections on the History of Laws Governing Access to Information

Video date: 
Thursday, 25 October, 2018
Video speaker(s): 
Professor Catherine O’Regan, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford
Jo Peddar, Head of Engagement, ICO
Dr David Goldberg, Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Computers and Communications Law, Queen Mary College
Dr Richard Danbury, Associate Research Fellow, ILPC


Laws governing the disclosure of information have a broad and global history. From Sweden’s Freedom of the Press Act of 1766 to the draft international Convention proposed following the United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information in 1948, and to the South African Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 which constituted the first access to information law to extend its provisions to the disclosure of information by private bodies. Providing access to (particularly government) information has been central to the making of modern democracies. 

Chair: James Michael, Senior Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

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