IOG Hosts the Digital Governance Forum

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Digital Governance: Defining Westminster Democracy for the Digital Era

A forum hosted by the

Digital Governance Partnership

“Digital governance is the central challenge facing governing institutions in the coming decades where no one owns information, power is dispersed and authority and accountability need to be reconceived.”

January 28-29, 2015


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 account is rendered?

The Digital Governance Partnership was established by five Canadian academic, public interest and private sector organizations with the support of a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Its founding members are: the Institute on Governance, the University of Victoria, OCAD University, Dalhousie University, and MIGHTY Purpose. The partnership will create a platform to generate concrete understanding of the challenges facing governing institutions in the digital era, identify opportunities, and monitor progress, so as to influence governance practice for the coming years.

Through this digital governance forum, we are seeking input from a range of stakeholders – citizens, elected officials, academics, public servants, and industry leaders – to shape the direction of our activities and expand our network. With the help of graphics facilitators and digital tools, participants in this unique event will help map newly emerging governance possibilities, identify digital disruptions already in the making, and anticipate possible futures.

The forum will yield practical recommendations in five applied domains: democratic governance, policy-making, service delivery, regulation, and risk and accountability. Participants will explore issues relating to information superabundance, personal data collection, hyper-accountability, the disintermediation of governing institutions, the appearance of new governance actors, the challenges of multi-level governance, and the proliferation of multi-sector delivery models.

The forum’s panels will generate follow-on questions, observations on the state of practice and future directions, and will identify further research themes to be tackled by working groups struck for each of the forum’s applied domains. Working groups will discuss new ways to: advise leaders; engage citizens and stakeholders; build new cultures in our institutions and polity; define collective interests; share, lever and protect data; and understand and monitor how Westminster governance is now working and could work in the digital era.

Learn more about the conference, view the agenda, and register today to take advantage of early bird pricing.

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Institute on Governance

Institute on Governance

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.

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