Been a while since I've done one of these. A surprising amount of reading getting done in my life despite a hectic schedule. In addition to the articles below, I recently finished Shirky's Cognitive Surplus (solid read) and am almost done Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants , which, is blowing my mind. More on both soon, I…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 28, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments
Everybody keeps thinking that transparency and improved access to content is something that is only going to affect government, or, maybe some corporations.
Added by David Eaves on February 24, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments
Alternative title for this post: How our Government's fear of Open Source Software is costing us Billions.
So, I've been meaning to blog this for several months now.
Back in November I remember coming across this great, but very short, interview in the Globe and Mail with Ken Kizer. Who, you might ask, is Ken Kizer?…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 22, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments
Increasingly governments are looking for new and more impactful ways to communicate with citizens. There is a slow but growing awareness that traditional sources of outreach, such as TV stories and newspaper advertisements are either not reaching a significant portion of the population and/or have little impact on raising awareness of a given issue.
The exciting thing about this is that there is some real innovation taking place in governments as they grapple with this challenge. This…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
Open Data now an established fact in a growing list of Canadian cities. Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa have established portals, Montreal, Calgary, Hamilton and some other cities are looking into launching their own and a few…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 16, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments
My colleagues over at the Open Knowledge Foundation have been thinking about recruiting an Open Data Advocate, someone who can coordinate a number of the activities they are up to in the open data space. I offered to think about what the role should entail and how that person could be effective. Consequently, in the interests of transparency, fleshing out my thinking and seeing if there might be feed back (feel free to comment openly, or email me personally if…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 10, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments
Really, it is.
The back and forth for and against UBB has - for me - sadly so missed the mark on the real issue it is beyond frustrating. It's been nice to see a voice or two like Michael Geist begin to note the real issue - lack of competition - but by and large, we continue to have the…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 9, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments
This piece is cross-posted from the Opinion Page of the Toronto Star which was kind enough to publish it this morning.
Over the weekend something profound happened. The Egyptian government, confronted with growing public unrest, attempted to disconnect itself. It shut down its cellular and telephone networks and unplugged from the Internet.
It was a…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 1, 2011 at 2:40pm — No Comments