A Group for “All levels of government in Canada.”
September 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm #80732
Has anyone heard if we are negotiating similar agreements?
They cannot reveal the text of the US agreements at the request of the providers.
September 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm #80760
I haven’t heard but know that this has been flagged by numerous people. This would be a major step for Canada and would certainly help those of us managing online communications. Many departments are currently grappling with, and expending much effort on addressing these issues. Sad that Chuck Henry is moving on as I think senior leadership will be needed to push this through.
September 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm #80758
I think we should work in collaboration with the US government if possible. Perhaps they will share the agreements between governments, or at least get approval from the porviders.
D o D and Revenue Canada are already there:
They must have agreements?
September 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm #80756
September 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm #80754
I don’t think legal had any issues with the TOS for those, although I wasn’t directly involved. We needed an internal policy to deal with implied endorsement, official languages, accessibility, personal information (of people commenting), etc. though. As the article says, Twitter should be no problem.
September 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm #80752
I don’t think the AfghanistanMatters site has any sort of official sanction from DND (Dept of National Defence in Canada, not DoD!)
September 16, 2009 at 5:38 pm #80750
My apologies DND is what I should have put down. They publicized it on their external site:
Thanks for the comments.
September 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm #80748
Great responses, Parks Canada as well…I will have to keep looking.
Who would be the department responsible overall?
I guess it would depend on what is required, a policy or an actual negotiated agreement.
September 16, 2009 at 5:50 pm #80746
September 17, 2009 at 4:10 am #80744
September 17, 2009 at 5:11 am #80742
Hi Fiona, I would be interested to hear how you resolved the personal information of people commenting issue. BC is looking at the social media and one-way, two-way communication models. We have tighter FOI legislation than most other Canadian jurisdictions.
September 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm #80740
I tried to borrow DVDs from them via our Departmental library, not possible. That is a great use of a free service like YouTube!
September 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm #80738
Our legal people told us that we’re okay as long as we don’t record and keep any information that could identify the person commenting. Their info is gathered by the site they comment on, but it’s transparent that they are not commenting on a gov’t of Canada site.
If we want to keep track of comments (for internal reporting for instance), we can do so as long as we never record the username or any other information that might identify an individual. That may mean redacting some words, e.g. “Hi. This video is great. My wife  and I visit there all the time because it’s close to our home in . Keep up the good work!”
September 20, 2009 at 1:24 am #80736
Chris L. LatendresseParticipant
I’m impressed by this NFB initiative, the channel as setup very well, there are currently approximately 17,000 subscribers, and some films, like the “Danish Poet” have been viewed over a half million times.
I am convinced that the future of government service delivery and communication will be open platforms like YouTube and web applications by Intermediaries. The US Government’s agreement with Facebook and YouTube, which led to changes to the platforms (e.g. YouTube Channels and Facebook Pages) allowing Gov much more control of their presence is the way of the future. As well, the Canadian Privacy Commissioners win with Facebook is another game changer.
September 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm #80734
I agree completely. Open source software and other open platforms are way cheaper and in many cases more reliable than the paid services.
Has any department or agency ever hired a coder to help develop Open Office and then use that as their word processor…Save the money we pay for the licence. We also look good because the government helps develop an Open Source software that everyone in Canada can use for free.
New blog post, thank you for you comments everyone;
Just a thought
`They did not care if it worked in practice, because they already knew it would not work in theory.`
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