Month: February 2015

Lecture at UofT: Disturbing developments in digital government

If you find yourself in Toronto on Friday, February 6th, be sure to register for and attend this event on digital information management in Canada.

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Disturbing Developments in Digital Government
Professor David Brown will speak about concerns in digital information management in Canada.

Digital technologies have dramatically increased government’s ability to collect, use, re-use, store and disseminate information. The federal government has made clear its intention to move towards digital information management, yet its efforts thus far have lacked coherence. Causes for concern are plenty: from the deterioration of the Access to Information and Privacy regime, to the shutdown of government depositories and libraries, to collection and surveillance activities in the name of national security, to the hyper-centralization of government communications, and the foundering of the Open Data initiative. Prof. Brown’s lecture will examine the state of digital information management in Canada, and what we can expect going forward.This event will be moderated by Professor Ian Clark.


David C.G. Brown is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies in the University of Ottawa. After studying at the University of Toronto (BA, MA in political science), he spent a career in the federal public service, working in the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the Department of External Affairs, Privy Council Office, the British Cabinet Office, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. Among his Treasury Board Secretariat responsibilities he was for four years Executive Director, Information, Communications and Security Policy. After working in the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank, he completed a PhD in political science at Carleton University in 2011. From 2012-14 he was a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. For several years he chaired the international committee of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and later was a member of the executive committee of its international counterpart, the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), including three years as IIAS President.