Discussing the Challenges Facing FOIA/ATIP Automation

Check it out…interviewed on Yahoo Associated Content Making the Transition to an Open Government Through FOIA — Open government is a major focus of the current administration. From the start, President Obama has encouraged implementing more transparent government practices and policies. In his January 21, 2009 “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies,”Continue reading “Discussing the Challenges Facing FOIA/ATIP Automation”

Striking a balance on Copyright protection

An open response to Michael Geist’s blog on copyright reform…Seven Copyright Questions for Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore I have been following Michael’s blog more intensely recently as the date of the new Canadian copyright bill approaches. While I tend to agree with most of his opinions I would offer some alternative views. To giveContinue reading “Striking a balance on Copyright protection”

23 Tweetable Startup Insights From Seth Godin

Reposted from OnStartups.com… Seth Godin’s blog here… These are all really good insights. I love #15 and #16, too many people I have talked to bail as soon as they discover there is competition instead of using this as inspiration for better product and validation of a market and product idea. Number 12 is veryContinue reading “23 Tweetable Startup Insights From Seth Godin”

This is why I love the Internet

ObsessiveMathsFreak writes on Slashdot… “Today’s xkcd comic introduced an unusual word — malamanteau — by giving its supposed definition on Wikipedia. The only trouble is that the word (as well as its supposed wiki page) did not in fact exist. Naturally, much ado ensued at the supposed wiki page, which was swiftly created in response to the comic.Continue reading “This is why I love the Internet”

The failure of government transparency

It was with great frustration that I read the Information Commissioner’s report  on the performance of the Canadian government in responding to citizen’s Access to Information Requests. (OIC Report – Out of Time) Given that Harper campaigned on the concept of open government and placed into law the Federal Accountability Act back in 2006, specifically to address theContinue reading “The failure of government transparency”

Cycle of Transparency

Found this awesome graphic on the Sunlight Foundations web site. link to original blog post here It highlights the feedback cycle that occurs when you implement policy and execute on that policy. We are seeing graphic evidence of this in the US right now. Freedom of Information requests are increasing because people now have informationContinue reading “Cycle of Transparency”

My Borderlands addiction has returned!!!

Downloaded and started playing the latest Borderlands add-on on xbox360… Now my addiction to this game has returned. I thought I had kicked he habit once I had completed the game, I am not one to do a second run through a game to just to push up my experience level, although I have startedContinue reading “My Borderlands addiction has returned!!!”