Today, many of the most crucial policy questions are also digital questions, and how we choose to address them has the potential to transform policy-making at the highest levels. Agencies like the Canadian Digital Service are working to innovate within the bureaucracy, but governments are slow to change. Meanwhile, opposition to Sidewalk Toronto‘s planned smart neighbourhood shows that concerns about digital democracy aren’t going anywhere.

Alistair Croll and Amanda Clarke join the podcast to explore the best practices and greatest challenges of digital government. Alistair Croll is an author, tech entrepreneur and co-founder of the FWD50 conference on digital government. Amanda Clarke is the Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Her book, Opening the Government of Canada, was just published by UBC Press.

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Amanda Clarke
Amanda Clarke is associate professor and Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. She is the author of the upcoming book Opening the Government of Canada: The Federal Bureaucracy in the Digital Age.
Alistair Croll
Alistair Croll is an author and serial entrepreneur. He has written four books, including the best-selling Lean Analytics; chairs several leading technology conferences; and speaks globally about innovation and disruption.
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