Earlier on this week, the Archival Accountability Gap conference was held at Northumbria University, supported by the British Records Association. Elizabeth Denham, the new UK Information Commissioner, gave the keynote speech, discussing how archivists and information managers play a critical role in government accountability. I had not heard about the conference until I saw some live Tweets from some of the archives and records community – #arcgap – but the potential democratic deficit in archives is something that I have been reading about for some of my recent postgraduate course prep, and I think it is well worth sharing Elizabeth’s speech.
Elizabeth Denham, the new Information Commissioner, delivered our keynote speech this morning. It was delivered to an attentive audience and provoked some interesting questions. A review by a delegate will follow soon. The text was put online (at ico.org.uk ) almost immediately after she delivered the speech.