So, for my non-canadian readers, there is a significant scandal brewing up here in Canadaland, regarding a senator, who claimed certain expenses he was not allowed to (to the tune of $90,000) and then had that debt paid for by the Prime Minister’s chief of staff (who has now resigned).
This short paragraph in an article by the star captures the…Continue
Added by David Eaves on May 21, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments
As those steeped in the policy wonk geekery of open data are likely already aware, last Thursday the President of the United States issued an Executive Order Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information.
This is, quite frankly, a big deal. Further down in the post I’ve got some links and some…Continue
Often when I meet people, they ask me what I do.
The challenge is, there is no easy answer to that question. I advise companies and non-profits on strategy, I do advocacy work and serve as an expert on open-innovation, open government and open data, I also work a negotiation consultatn and mediator, I do some work with open source communities around community management, and then there are about another dozen projects and boards that I sit on.
In reality, my work actually does…Continue
Added by David Eaves on May 2, 2013 at 12:44am — No Comments
Alexander Howard – who, in my mind, is the best guy covering the Gov 2.0 space – pinged me the other night to ask “What’s the best evidence of open data leading to economic outcomes that you’ve seen?”
I’d like to hack the question because – I suspect – for many people, they will be looking to measure “economic outcomes” in ways that I don’t think will be so narrow as to be helpful. For example, if you are wondering what the big companies are…Continue
Added by David Eaves on April 26, 2013 at 3:38am — No Comments
If you haven’t read Tzeporah Berman’s Daily Kos piece – My Government Doesn’t Believe in Climate Change – go check it out. It’s amazing to see how out of sync, and behind the ball, the government has gotten on this issue.
Indeed, the current government really is becoming the best weapon opponents to the pipelines have against their construction and the further development of…Continue
Added by David Eaves on April 22, 2013 at 9:05am — No Comments
For those who missed it, which I suspect is most people, there is a fantastic Op-Ed in the New York Times by Peter Ludlow of Northwestern University.
Titled Hacktivists as Gadflies it is a scary look at how much legal power the US government has over people who use the web (e.g. pretty much anyone) since almost all of us are, via one way or another probably violating law as interpreted by US…Continue
Added by David Eaves on April 18, 2013 at 9:32am — No Comments
I’ve a piece in today’s Toronto Star ”Rules are no substitute for cultivating a culture of open government“ about the Information Commissioners decision to investigate the muzzling of Canadian scientists.
Some choice paragraphs:
The actions of the information commissioner are to be applauded; what is less encouraging are the…
Added by David Eaves on April 5, 2013 at 11:13am — No Comments
So let me start by saying, in theory, I LOVE Car2Go. The service has helped prevent me from buying a car and has been indispensable in opening up more of Vancouver to me.
For those not familiar with Car2Go, it is a car sharing service where the cars can be parked virtually anywhere in the city, so when you need one, you just use a special card and pin number to access it, drive it to where you want to go and then log out of the car…Continue
This is cross-posted from a site my friend Misha Gouberman’s created to explore an idea. We’ve been doing some very light scheming thinking about the following event. What follows is a piece he wrote that I’d love to get thoughts or reactions about from friends in the GTA…
A one-day event for people who work in negotiation, ADR, mediation, conflict resolution
Added by David Eaves on March 20, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments
This piece is cross-posted on TechPresident where I post articles on the intersection of politics, technology and transparency and serve as an editor.Continue
Added by David Eaves on March 14, 2013 at 7:53pm — No Comments
I have a piece on TechPresident I really enjoyed writing about how certain technologies – as they become weaponized – can in turn become highly destabilizing to global stability. The current rash of Cyber-Warfare, or Cyber-Spying or Cyber-crime (depending on the seriousness and intent with which you rate it) could be one such destabilizing technology.
Here’s a long…Continue
Added by David Eaves on March 13, 2013 at 3:21pm — No Comments
Better let than never, I’m going to do a few posts this week recapping a number of ideas and thoughts from Open Data Day 2013. As is most appropriate, I’m going to start the week with a recap of Vancouver – the Open Data Day event I attended and helped organize along with my friend Luke Closs and the very helpful and supportive staff at the City of Vancouver – in particular Linda Low and Kevin Bowers. I’ve…Continue
Added by David Eaves on March 11, 2013 at 4:19am — No Comments
With well over 90 cities now scheduled to partake in Open Data Day and with several events expecting 50+ and even 100+ participants I wanted to outline some thoughts to help people who are thinking about participating but not sure what to expect or if they have anything helpful to offer.
First things first.
You can help. You have something to offer.
Second. You are not alone. Many people are not sure what to…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 20, 2013 at 8:36pm — No Comments
Okay. We are 10 days away from International Open Data Day this February 23rd, 2013. There is now so much going on, I’ve been excited to see the different projects people are working on. Indeed there is so much happening, I thought I’d share just a tiny fraction of it in a little blog post to highlight the variety.
Again if you haven’t yet – please do see if there is an event near…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 13, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments
The other day Zac Townsend published a piece, “Introducing the idea of an open-source suite for municipal governments,” laying out the case for why cities should collaboratively create open source software that can be shared among them.
I think it is a great idea.…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 11, 2013 at 9:26am — No Comments
So International Open Data is rapidly approaching! All around the world people are organizing local events to bring together developers, designers, policy wonks, non-profits, government officials, journalists, everyday citizens and others to play, chart, analyze, educate and/or build apps with open data.
For those of us who started International Open Data Day, it was never designed to be just a hackathon. Rather we’ve always wanted it to be an…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 6, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments
Almost three years ago (although I only worked up the nerve to post it two years ago, so sensitive is the topic) I wrote a blog post about First Nations youth, and how I suspected they were going to radically alter Canada’s relationship with First Nations, and likely change the very notion of how people understand and think about First Nations…Continue
Added by David Eaves on January 31, 2013 at 9:41am — No Comments
I spent much of last week in Alberta which, as anyone who has traveled across Canada knows, is a very different place from BC. While there, it became increasingly clear that talking about the oil sands in general, and the northern gateway pipeline in particular, was verboten. I spent my week in a Fawlty Towers episode: whatever I did… I couldn’t mention the
It was interesting contrast since, in British Columbia, it is virtually accepted that the Northern…Continue
We are Canadians who have been actively involved with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) process, including by participating in the OGP meeting in Brasilia in April 2012. The OGP is a joint government – civil society initiative to promote greater openness, participation and accountability in countries which have already attained a minimum standard of openness. Canada joined the OGP in September…Continue
Added by David Eaves on January 11, 2013 at 4:19pm — No Comments
I’m traveling for business and that means several things. Most predictably it means come the evening, I’m getting on a tread mill to exercise.
I’m in Edmonton. It’s cold. Like -24C (-11F) cold.
For whatever reason, while running the TV in front of me brings up Til Death Do Us Part a sort of reality TV show about a pleasant but tough financial advisor Gail Vaz-Oxlade who descends upon impoverished couples and…Continue
Added by David Eaves on January 11, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments