David Eaves was special guest keynote at the OECD High Level Meeting on e-Government held in Mexico City on 26-27 March 2012.  This National e-Leaders gathering focused on ‘New ICT Solutions for Public Sector Agility’ and explored opportunities to develop digital governance mechanisms for better public services, agile public sectors, more efficient spending and inclusive democracies.

John Wells chats to David about his reflections inspired by the meeting, and his perspectives on the value of these intergovernmental gatherings to people working in the trenches. This opens up a wider discussion about the ways that governments create and leverage roles such as CIO and CTO, and what this communicates about a Government’s attitude towards technology.

I think we’re at a really interesting place around the role of ICT in government…I always like to look to see where the CIO sits in the org chart – it’s a very ‘old school’ thing to do, but it tells you a lot about how that government understands technology.

About David Eaves

David is a public policy entrepreneur, open government activist and negotiation expert and frequent speaker on these topics. He is retained by several governments to advise on open government and open data, works with two spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project, and advises businesses on open source strategies and community management. Three years ago David advised the Mayor of Vancouver on Open Government and Open Data and helped draft the Open Motion. He has also launched a number of open data projects including Recollect.net and emitter.ca.

David blogs regularly at eaves.ca where you can read more about his projects and upcoming speaking engagements.

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About the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate (GOV)

OECDThe Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate (GOV) assists countries in adapting their public sector governance arrangements to the changing needs of society.

Through the sharing of country experiences, the OECD work on Public Sector Innovation seeks to develop a better understanding of innovative approaches and tools, and their impact on government performance and public service delivery.

OECD work on e-Government explores how governments can best exploit information and communication technologies (ICTs) to embed good governance principles and achieve public policy goals.

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