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Open Government in Transition

Canada 2020’s Senior Associate Don Lenihan is holding a cross-country consultation to identify and examine innovative initiatives where federal, provincial, or territorial governments are successfully leveraging Open Data through Open Dialogue to achieve Open Government’s goals.

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Open Dialogue: A Q&A

Next week, Canada 2020 is co-hosting the Canadian Open Dialogue Forum in Ottawa – a conference that will see hundreds of policy, business and thought leaders come together to talk about how to make our policy process more open, accessible and transparent. Here, Don Lenihan answers some basic questions about open government, open dialogue and how it’s transforming the way policy gets made.

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Privacy Protection in the Federal Public Service

As is the case for all other institutions, privacy protection in the Federal Public Service in the digital age has become an unprecedented challenge, in its importance as well as in its nature. Even experienced managers find themselves unequipped to deal with the convergence of two towering phenomena: an information technology that is wreaking havoc with all traditional patterns of data protection, and a public security environment that calls for the collection and analysis of personal information at an unprecedented rate.

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Open Government in Transition

Open Government is a new movement whereby governments around the world are making their vast data holdings available to the public to use in the development of new knowledge products, to support more evidence-based decision-making, and to make government more transparent. Here, Don Lenihan reports back on round-table discussions with members of the geomatics community exploring new tools for openness and transparency in its cross-country engagement process.

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Rebuilding Public Trust: Open Government & Open Dialogue in the Government of Canada

Introduction: Trust in Government A long list of polls and studies tells us that people are turning away from politics and that public trust in politicians has plummeted, but do we know why or how to fix it? When people watch newscasts or check out political debate online, what do they actually see or hear […]

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Lenihan: Fixing our broken politics

Is politics broken? Yes, but we also know how to fix it. Through the ages, politics has been broken many times, yet people have risen to the challenge. The question now is whether we will do so again. There is a new principle that I believe can do this. It is called Open by Default and was formulated by the Open Government movement to guide governments around the world as they transform themselves for the digital age.

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Report of Client Discussions on Social Assistance Reform

Download the Full Report The 2013 Ontario Budget contained some initial steps for reforming social assistance. The budget also notes that the government is committed to starting “discussions with recipients, municipalities, delivery partners and others to set priorities and work through the choices required for transformation”. As part of this initiative, the Ministry of Community […]

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Employment-Focused Roundtables: Summary Report

Download the Full Report In October 2012, the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario published its final report, Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario. Between January and May 2013, the Ministry of Community and Social Services held six roundtable meetings in Toronto with a group of some 30 stakeholders and clients […]

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