CIPPIC Participates in the Open Government Consultation
- 2012-01-16 -
The federal government is presently seeking input from the public on their "Open Government" initative. This consultation covers open data, open information, and open dialogue. The comments from the public will help the government define a new strategy to improve these important facets of open and transparent governance. Today is the last day to submit comments; thus, if you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to participate in this consultation now. You can simply step through the government's question-by-question online form at open.gc.ca.
You can view CIPPIC's own suggestions for the government here. We encourage the government to:
- release all data on the data.gc.ca portal under a Creative Commons license, or place it into the public domain;
- mandate that each government department immediately releases at least several high-value datasets;
- create a searchable full-text database of all responses to access to information requests;
- move towards a practice of releasing all public sector data and information as the default policy (and holding back information only where there is a legitimate security of privacy risk); and
- place all released government documents, reports and other information in a centralized repository and under an open license.