EVENT: 4/3/2013 Freedom of Information in the Drone Age

What: Freedom of Information Day 2013: “Freedom of Information in the Drone Age”

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of The New York Public Library, 188 Madison Avenue

For Whom: This should be of interest to fans of open government, history buffs, and researchers

From the NYPL website:

The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of The New York Public Library is pleased to announce its annual presentation in honor of Freedom of Information Day, to be held 188 Madison Ave. (at 34th Street) on Wednesday, April 3rd, with a presentation and discussion from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. in the Electronic Information Center (Classrooms 3 & 4) on the lower level of the library. This year’s guest speaker is Malcolm Byrne, Deputy Director and Director of Research at the National Security Archive based at George Washington University’s Gelman Library. The title of his talk will be “Freedom of Information in the Drone Age.”

Recognized by a Congressional Joint Resolution in 1989, Freedom of Information Day at SIBL has traditionally been held annually close to March 16, the birthday of James Madison, fourth President of the United States and primary architect of the Bill of Rights. Our observance underscores the importance of freedom of the press, speech, information, and the public’s right to know.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, visit: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/65/node/201265

Malcolm Byrne has worked at the National Security Archive since 1986, and since 1990 has supervised the research process of identifying and obtaining documentation for the Archive’s collections. He currently directs the Openness in Russia and Eastern Europe Project, and the U.S.-Iran Relations Project, both of which promote multinational and multi-archival approaches to the study of recent, controversial historical events.

His co-authored/edited books include The Chronology (Warner Books, 1987), The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History (The New Press, 1993), The 1956 Hungarian Revolution: A History in Documents (CEU Press, 2002), the award-winning Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran (Syracuse, 2004), A Cardboard Castle? An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991 (CEU Press, 2005), and most recently, Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). He is editor of the award-winning “National Security Archive Cold War Reader” series through CEU Press and co-editor of the Archive’s microfiche publication series through ProQuest. His articles and book reviews have been published in the Harvard Journal of Cold War Studies, Iranian Studies, Middle East Report, Dissent, Beirut Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Moscow Times, and elsewhere. He has appeared frequently on national television and radio broadcasts. He is a graduate of Tufts University and earned his M.A. in Soviet studies and economics at Johns Hopkins/SAIS.

The National Security Archive was founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy. The Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents (“the world’s largest nongovernmental collection” according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.


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