We hear every day about the ways technology is changing the world around us. But if these conversations mention government, it’s usually to warn against foreign threats to our elections. Rarely do we discuss the digital transformation going on within the public service.

The FWD50 conference is trying to change that. For the past few years, it has gathered experts from around the world to speak to public practitioners about the possibilities and challenges of digital government. We headed to Ottawa to speak to some of those experts.

On this week’s episode, FWD50 speakers David Eaves (Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Jaimie Boyd (Chief Digital Officer, Government of British Columbia) and Kristo Vaher (Chief Technology Officer, Government of Estonia) give us an insider’s look at how governments around the world are tackling the digital transformation.

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David Eaves. Photo by Adam LeBlanc, FWD50
Jaimie Boyd. Photo by Adam LeBlanc, FWD50
Kristo Vaher. Photo by Adam LeBlanc, FWD50

Photo: Adam LeBlanc, FWD50


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David Eaves
David Eaves is a public-policy entrepreneur and expert in information technology and government. He has worked closely with municipal and federal leaders in Canada and the United States on the intersection of technology, open data and governance, and is the faculty director of digital HKS at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Jaimie Boyd
Jaimie Boyd is the chief digital officer of the Government of British Columbia. She has held several positions in the private sector and the Government of Canada, including the director of open government for the Treasury Board Secretariat.
Kristo Vaher
Kristo Vaher is Estonia’s chief technology officer and has had a long career as a senior engineer, tech team lead, consultant and technology architect in the fields of banking, government and internet media.