Under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, the government of Canada has become notoriously tight with information. Routine requests for information from journalists, academics and others are often mired in layers of vetting and approval processes. Yet the government is now working on a plan to allow public servants more flexibility when it comes to using Facebook, Twitter and other social medial to connect with the public. Recruiting web-oriented young talent into the public service is another goal. Hurdles to clear in the new strategy include departments clinging to their control of data, and the practical problem of inconsistent policy on managing information across the government.
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