Appeared in the Toronto Star on October 16, 2011 as Is the Government’s Open Initiative Now Closed? The Canadian government unveiled its open government initiative amid considerable fanfare earlier this year. Just days before the spring election, then-Treasury Board President Stockwell Day announced specific commitments to open dialogue and open […]
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The Liberals have released their election platform and included within the section on the economy is the outline of a digital economy strategy. The platform focuses on three key areas for the global economy, identifying the digital environment as one of the three. While the digital economy platform still requires […]
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has invited the public to provide submissions on its open government study. I appeared before the committee last month.
Appearance before the Standing Committee on Ethics, Accountability & Privacy
December 9, 2010
- A commitment to make as many government datasets as possible available to the public online free of charge at opendata.gc.ca in an open and searchable format, starting with Statistics Canada data, including data from the long-form census;
- A commitment to post all Access to Information requests, responses, and response times online at accesstoinformation.gc.ca
- A commitment to make information on all government grants, contributions and contracts available through a searchable, online database at accountablespending.gc.ca
- A commitment to immediately restore the long-form census
The open government/open data commitment is particularly noteworthy since it will apparently include a direction to all federal departments and agencies to adopt an open government principle where the default position is to provide information to the public. The plans for access to information would also be enormously helpful, including restoring the CAIRS database and following the recent UK lead by making all documents released under ATI available online.