Real value of governance: Balancing innovation and accountability

Real value of governance: Balancing innovation and accountability By Rosie Lombardi

Technology that allows different government entities to share resources and information horizontally opens vast new possibilities to improve services – but also butts squarely against traditional vertical silos of accountability. Governance structures are now being stretched in new directions to foster but control innovation. Full story

Wi-Fi growth fuels video surveillance adoption By Rosie Lombardi

Installations of digital video are growing at eye-popping rates. In 2006, the world market for network video surveillance products increased by 41.9 per cent, according to IMS Research, with the public sector as an avid adopter. Amid privacy concerns, the TTC is among those looking to adopt video technology to enhance security across its fleet of trains, buses and streetcars. Full story

Federal privacy chief urges law revamp By Lisa Williams

As the present-day threat for identity theft gets stronger than ever, privacy advocates believe Canadian legislation enacted to protect the privacy of personal information is dated. In the recent tabling of her Annual Report, Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart urged Parliament to review and modernize the Privacy Act. Full story

Feds establish Web-based collaboration library By Mari-Len De Guzman

Turning social networking into public service collaboration, the Government of Canada will set up an online tool through which federal agencies can share knowledge and best practices. CIO Ken Cochrane says it’s but one of the many steps towards attaining Government 2.0 status. Full story

Industry engages health care By Alex Binkley

The Information Technology Association of Canada has launched an ongoing “structured dialogue” between the Ontario government and IT industry, to bridge the gap between health care professionals and IT suppliers to better understand each other’s needs and capabilities. Full story

Elected officials’ role in a citizen-centric world By Jeffrey Roy

Much of the discussion around IT governance and service transformation centres on the public sector’s internal architecture. The undertone of such conversations is technological organizational innovation. Interesting to note that despite this being government, politics has no role – elected officials apparently not required. Full story

Brampton gets $550M health care facelift By Mari-Len De Guzman

The new Brampton Civic Hospital will open its doors on October 28, with an integrated information and communications system at the core of the new facility. Hospital officials are emphasizing improvements to patient safety and service delivery as the rationale behind this massive technology upgrade. Full story

Currency of collaboration By Kim Devooght, IBM Canada

As the Canadian dollar hits record-highs and governments find themselves in a strong fiscal position, many public sector leaders are asking how Canada can take advantage of this opportunity. To compete on a global scale, governments need to create an open and collaborative environment to foster innovation in a booming economy. Full story

Q&A with Ken Cochrane, CIO, Government of Canada By Mari-Len De Guzman

Social networking tools, like wikis and blogs, will have a place in what the CIO of the Government of Canada is calling a paradigm shift towards a Government 2.0 workplace. Ken Cochrane recently sat down with editor Mari-Len De Guzman to share his thoughts on the changing face of public service, the aging workforce, and government’s green initiatives. Full story

Public utility’s bare insecurities By Richard Bray

SCADA controls used to run public utility infrastructures are being scrutinized for its security vulnerabilities. They are simple devices, typically transmitting and receiving data at slow speeds. They are, however, increasingly being attached to computer networks, making it a prime target for hackers out to wreak havoc. Full story

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