EyeCues: Bot armies in public consultations

Automated software applications (“bots”) have been weaponized to unduly sway public opinion and online government consultations. A good defence starts with knowing the mischief each type of bot can get up to. Not all bots are bad. Many Internet-enabled services rely on them. Some bots can fight the good fight by improving political transparency. Knowing...

How can government make the most of AI without threatening rights?

Governments everywhere are announcing new strategies for artificial intelligence. From France, which has pledged $1.85billion in funding for research in the field, to Canada, which plans to cultivate a batch of AI specialists in its universities, it’s clear political leaders see AI as an area they need to get good at fast. As well as being an economic...

Improve Your Risk Management with Trend Analysis

Risk management is top-of-mind for many organizations and executives. It seems there is constant pressure to identify and reduce risks, which can be especially difficult if you don’t know where to start. If that’s the case, consider beginning with trend analysis. Trend analysis benefits risk management by highlighting trouble areas, helping you to improve your...

The Future of Digital Government Is Here, with Jeff Smith, KPMG

Digital government transformation is a massive opportunity. Advanced technologies allow governments to create potential value across departments and agencies. Apps are becoming the common preference for many citizens. A change toward catering to citizen’s needs through online and mobile applications. On today’s show, J. Richard Jones interviews Jeff Smith. Jeff is COO, Global Advisory at...

Digital Privacy and Public Trust

As governments have sought to go digital, one of the most common barriers stymying progress in many jurisdictions is that of privacy – and the protection of personal and otherwise sensitive information. Despite the rhetoric of open government and information and data sharing within the public sector, the reality is a good deal more complex....

Smart Technology for Social Equity

In July 2017, a local company unveiled a “virtual statue” on the Halifax Waterfront of philanthropist Ruth Goldbloom, who was a driving force behind the creation of Pier 21 Canadian Immigration Museum. This initiative speaks to a dynamic spirit in Halifax, one that embraces creative change and growth. New residential developments downtown, along with lively...

Finland is building a robot that will help you get a job

Talk of robots in the labour market usually focuses on their job-destroying capabilities (or lack of them ). But in Finland, the government is building a bot that could not only help you get a new job, but also warn you if your current role is destined for oblivion. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, director general of Finland’s National Agency for...

Why government disaster recovery shouldn’t be daunting

I was hosting a meeting recently when I received an urgent call. “Mr. Kratz, this is ADT Security. An alarm has been triggered at your home and we are dispatching the fire department immediately.”  Luckily, I knew there were contractors working at the house and after quickly confirming that the house wasn’t ablaze, I thanked...

A.I. and Government

Cultivating more intelligent government has long been a hallmark of public sector reform, as more agile and learning-based forms of governance are essential to innovation. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is an extension of this logic – albeit with one important difference. In place of human ingenuity, the machines take charge. Well, perhaps not...

Three surefire ways to sink your IT project

Most articles you’ll read within the pages of Canadian Government Executive will provide you with best practices and tips on how to effectively identify and implement cutting-edge technologies. While there are many factors that go into the success of an implementation, there are some considerations that will definitely cause your project to fail; these are...