Our Member Code for Africa is ready for this month’s edition of HHNBO on the 27th of September.
September plays host to the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUA) and we will be talking about Your Right to Know: Accessing and innovating using public information.
The Access to Information Act of Kenya enacted in August 2016 gives citizens the right to access information held by the state and obligates all public entities and companies that receive taxpayer funds or provide public services such as telcos, banks, and those engaged in oil/ mineral extractions to make accessible information on request by citizens.
Do you know what information you have the right to access as a citizen? Can you file an access to information request to understand how public money is being spent? How do you file an access to information request? And can you use access-to-information requests to innovate?
The event will also feature a panel discussion where these and other issues of interest will be dissected. Come and learn how to file an access-to-information request and the steps you need to take in the event that a government agency declines to release the information you are seeking.
The event shall also discuss how access-to-information requests can be used to innovate and enhance transparency and service delivery.
The event will be led by a panel of guests and experts in the field.
Please RSVP here and don’t forget to share with a friend.
What is Hacks/Hackers?
Journalists sometimes call themselves “hacks,” a tongue-in-cheek term for someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code.
Hacks/Hackers tries to bridge those two worlds. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter, visualize and distribute information in a narrative way, and for hacks who use technology to find and tell stories. Hacks/Hackers is a digital community of people who seek to inspire each other, share information (and code) and collaborate to invent the future of media and journalism.
Hacks/Hackers Africa seeks to bring all these people together — so that we can all be more effective in making sense of our world.We aim to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.
Stay up to date with our community events here.