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FOIA: E-Communications and Social Media

Municipal Training Farmington Town Hall

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FOIA: E-Communications and Social Media

Farmington Town Hall
1 Monteith Dr.
Farmington, CT 06032

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.



Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) details requirements for notice and access to public meetings, recordkeeping, and requests for information. It applies to all local government agencies, departments, institutions, boards, commissions, and authorities and their committees, but a Freedom of Information Commission report concluded that the FOIA is widely misunderstood.

In this session, Tom Hennick from the FOIA Commission and Henry Zaccardi from Shipman & Goodwin will address the changing landscape of municipal communication and documentation from paper to electronic and discuss how these requirements relate to electronic communication and social media. They will also touch on problems and concerns with FOIA as it relates to social media, and electronic communications as well as what electronic communications must be disclosed under FOIA and what is exempt & excluded.


  • Learn the detailed FOIA requirements regarding e-communications and your municipality.
  • Navigate the changing landscape for municipal communication.
  • Develop strategies for changing processes to an electronic database.
  • Find out what the legalities are for sharing information on social media.


  • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers
  • Council Members
  • Town/City Attorneys
  • Ethics Commission Members
  • Finance Directors
  • Personnel Directors
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Town Clerks
  • Department Supervisors

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Tom Hennick, Public Education Officer
FOIA Commission 

Henry Zaccardi, Counsel  
Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

COST back to top

  • Non-Members - $120 per attendee (see registration info below)
  • FREE to CCM-Members (see registration info below)

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