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Social media has the potential to revolutionize the way that governments relate to citizens. And this month, communicators in both Ottawa and Toronto will have a chance to hear from, meet, and talk to the man who is steering the introduction of social media and open government principles to the Government of Canada – Treasury Board President Tony Clement.
Mr. Clement is well-known as a politician who maintains an active Twitter presence, sharing what is on his mind and what he’s doing, and engaging in conversations with Canadians. Anyone who follows Tony Clement knows that his Twitter conversations are sometimes funny, sometimes serious, sometimes combative, but always genuine.
As a Minister, Clement has pushed forward with initiatives to enable Canada’s public servants to use social media in the workplace and a broader initiative to introduce open government standards to the government of Canada. In the last quarter of 2011, he
- unveiled the Guideline for External Use of Web 2.0, the reference document that will be used by Canadian Public Servants in determining whether and how they should use social media in the workplace.
- announced that completed access to information requests now will be posted online.
- announced the addition of 4,000 data sets to the Open Data Portal.
- initiated a public consultation on Open Government. (The consultation closed in mid-January and the Treasury Board site promises that a final report on the findings will be posted in March 2012.)
- participated in a Twitter Chat on Open Government to give people a chance to raise issues, ask questions and engage with him online.
That’s a lot of action in a short period of time. But, what’s been happening now? How are the Web 2.0 Guidelines being applied by Canadian public servants? What did Canadians tell the Minister during the consultation? What’s on the agenda for 2012?
Third Tuesday participants will get a chance in February to ask these questions and talk directly to the Minister when he appears as our featured guest Third Tuesday Ottawa and Third Tuesday Toronto. Follow these links to find the details and sign up to attend Third Tuesday Ottawa or to attend Third Tuesday Toronto.
If you’re interested in open government and the use of social media by government, this session will be of real interest to you.