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


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. 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.”

No reservations are required.

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.

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.