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2016-2017 Dialogue Series

Framing Innovation: Westminster 2.0 in the Digital Age In an increasingly digital world, the task ahead for Canada’s public institutions is to evolve the Westminster system, both its political and administrative institutions, in a context of increased public expectations for speed, responsiveness and representativeness, and a renewed demand for improved outcomes that preserve and advance the [...]

The 2nd Annual Digital Governance Forum

Two forces – digital and governance – are meeting like tectonic plates, shifting the landscape and giving rise to new peaks and valleys around key governance questions that all citizens need to be concerned about: Who has real power? How should decisions be made? How can all players make their voices heard and ensure that [...]

Agenda Setting for a Partnership Grant

The project team met for 2 days in Ottawa to discuss its application for a full partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); the team intends to submit a Letter of Intent in February.

Westminster Meets Digital: Transforming Governance Practice Presentation at GTEC

The Institute on Governance held a panel discussion at GTEC on October 20th, 2015. The session included remarks from: Davide Cargnello, Chief Research Officer, Institute on Governance Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance Gina Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Institute on Governance And explored the following theme: What are the core tensions governments ought to consider when pursuing effective digital […]

Open data – where is Canada going?

Since 2008, Canada’s federal government has done much to respond to calls for Open Data components in its ‘Digital Government’ framework. Canada’s federal digital governance regime is widely studied by journalists, data scientists, and government evaluators around the world; and has provoked debates on data standards, quality, and utilization. The 3rd International Open Data Conference […]

Time for Action on Drones?: Regulators may soon need to devote attention to unmanned flight

The rise of drones; small, unmanned air vehicles capable of being controlled remotely from great distances, is permeating the public consciousness, and the time may be coming for clarifying regulatory action to set out citizens’ rights and responsibilities, establish their legitimate uses, and regulate their airspace.   A recent petition, signed by over 1,000 artificial […]

The Transportation Network Company? New Regulatory Category for Uber in California

Uber doesn’t comfortably fit into existing regulations. As its global expansion opens new fronts in its battles with regulators and governments around the world, a full range of responses has been deployed to deal with its impact on local taxi industries. Cab drivers in Ontario have launched a $400 million class action lawsuit against the […]

Transforming Digital Governance, Presentation at IPAC National Annual Conference

The Digital Governance Partnership facilitated a panel discussion at the IPAC 2015 National Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 24th, 2015. Panellists for the session included: Evert Lindquist – Professor and Director of Public Administration at the University of Victoria Jeffrey Roy – Professor of Public Administration at Dalhousie University Sandra Toze – Assistant professor […]

Full of Hot Air? Municipal Governments Seek to Tax the Cloud

As bricks-and-mortar retailers close their doors, businesses rooted in e-commerce are booming. Companies like Amazon and Netflix evolved in the relatively unregulated space of the internet, and industrial-age tax codes aren’t yet equipped to properly harvest the revenue from them  to which they’re entitled. As a result, governments around the world are faced with dwindling […]

Reexamining the need for cultural content protection

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has exempted popular streaming video provider Netflix from its Canadian cultural content (CanCon) quotas, allowing consumers access to unregulated, market-driven content based entirely on consumer demand and acquisition purchase rights. Since its Canadian market entry, the company has courted controversy by refusing to respect broadcasting rules which apply […]


*This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.