Phillip Smith

Canada: 10 years of policy neglect reflected in digital rankings

The usual sharp analysis from Michael Geist in today's Star article:

Canada's sliding global ranking reflects 10 years of policy neglect. Other countries gave priority to digital issues while leaders from all parties here have been content to rest on the laurels of the late 1990s, only to wake up to a new, less-competitive reality in 2010.

Geist goes on to suggest an open data approach similar to those seen in the US and UK:

Beyond new legislation, government can use the next 100 days to lead by example. A new website, with open government data sets like those found in the U.S. and U.K. should be easy to achieve. The government also could follow the Australian approach to solve the crown copyright problem that restricts use of government documents by adopting open licences that grant permission to use documents without formal approval (or the need for a new law).

Thanks to Tracey P. Lauriault / Civic Access for the tip.
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