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By: Sandford BorinsThe participants at the 2007 Lac Carling Congress were asked how effective a variety of approaches were at engaging citizens for useful policy input. The participants, (mainly public servants), were most skeptical about scientific polling and broad...
By: Sandford BorinsIf journalism is the first draft of history, then commissions of inquiry and policy studies are the second. At this point, former Ontario Premier Mike Harris's evaluation is not looking good.The Walkerton Inquiry concluded that the Harris...
By: Sandford BorinsTuesday's New York Times contains a fascinating history of a cyberwar being fought for the past month in the digitally leading edge country of Estonia, renowned for conducting its cabinet meetings and elections online.The Estonian government's decision...
By: Sandford BorinsPoliticians at the digital leading edge are creating Facebook entries to reach out to younger voters. So why have the federal and Ontario governments decided to block access to Facebook for their public servants?The Ontario Public Service,...
By: Sandford BorinsIn his commentary on the Lac Carling conference "Plumbing the foundations of a new public service culture," Don Lenihan observes that silo walls are not being breached, and that rather than integrating services, agencies like Service Canada...
By: Sandford BorinsThe RCMP has arrested a public servant from Environment Canada who is accused of leaking a draft of the Conservative government's Green Plan to the media. Today's question: What are the legal and moral justifications for public...
By: Sandford BorinsI was at the Lac Carling Congress earlier this week for a stimulating discussion on service delivery and technology issues with leaders in both fields. The results of real-time polling of the group of approximately 100 are...
By: Sandford BorinsFacebook has been in the news a lot lately, particularly as the Web site that university students turned to regarding the Virginia Tech massacre. The stark difference between facebooks then and Facebook now is a clear illustration...
By: Sandford BorinsWhile politicians and public servants may be rivals for space on government portals, they also appear to have developed some rules of netiquette. Here are a few that I understand operate in the federal and Ontario governments.First,...
By: Sandford BorinsMy recent book, Digital State at the Leading Edge, followed the development of IT in Canadian government for the last five years. Looking back, I'm amazed at how many surprises new technologies provided.In this blog, I'll be...