Why Wikileaks is Good for Government (Privacy Part 2)

High atop the crow’s nest in which the policy practioner rests, the information privacy battle appears to making a surprising turn in favour of government. Though the most basic hyper-confidential intuitions of the bureaucrat would suggest otherwise, the trend toward Web 2.0, Gov 2.0, and Open Data will make our jobs much easier. Beyond the…

The ‘Anti-Incumbency Tsunami’

[Ed: The opinions expressed are those of the author.] An anti-incumbency tsunami has ravaged North America in recent weeks. Voters both in Canada and the United States are turning out in record numbers to turf traditional career politicians in favour of political neophytes who have successfully tapped into a volatile electorate. Stylizing themselves as populists,…

Volume 2 Issue 1

The Public Policy and Governance Review is pleased to announce the release of its Winter 2010 Issue. Click here for the new issue. Research papers in Vol. 2 No. 1 explore the marginalization of low-skilled foreign workers, promotion of diversity in the Canadian Forces, the recent ‘coalition crisis,’ and Toronto’s Jarvis Street revitalization project. In addition, a…

On Privacy and Why We Should Care… (Part I)

For the last couple of years print and digital media have been exploring the relationship between technology and privacy. The attention is not unwarranted. Privacy is the key concept behind a discussion that is taking place to redefine the 21st century nature of information. “Public” information – corporate info is protected by law – is…

Eating at a Different Table

Trick question, when was the last time you lived the life of someone else? Confused, well that’s why it’s a trick question. For the most part, people live one life, perhaps dabbling in permutations of the same existence. This past week I was granted the opportunity to live as someone completely different from myself.  I…