Because knowledge is power.
28 September is international Right To Know Day. So what?
The idea of Right to Know Day was proposed during a meeting of information access advocates in Bulgaria in September 2002.
Since then it’s grown into a global event that recognises citizens’ right to access government-held information, and reinforces the importance of transparency in building trust in government.
I work in this space, and I’m kinda crazy about the value of information and access to it.
But this isn’t about me — it’s about you.
It’s about how exercising your right information will change your life…
InfoSec and RM working together for safer sharing.
This article aims to generate discussion about strategies to improve information security and information sharing. It considers mechanisms to support people handling sensitive information (recognising the human factor as a key vulnerability in security programs); leveraging existing systems and frameworks to enhance interoperability; and encouraging knowledge sharing between IG professionals across different domains.
Now in its third iteration, the Email Protective Marking Standard (EPMS) is an Australian innovation to identify the sensitivity of content shared by email. It was through conversations with some of the co-authors of the original EPMS that the…
By design, by default and behind the scenes
Most organisations have experienced significant changes to their business and workplace this year, and there’s likely more to come.
There’s been a lot of discussion about rapid transformation, the future of work and the “modern workplace”.
Information governance has an important role in making this shift successful.
Some of the words and ideas that come to mind when you to think about a modern workplace might include:
Move quickly but keep one eye on the future
During a crisis, rapid access to trusted information, no matter where you’re working, is vital for business as usual. As you swiftly transition to a digital workforce, can you maintain control over your organisation’s distributed information ecosystem?
The coronavirus pandemic could be considered the most compelling motivation for digital government the world has ever seen. I think of it as the COVID Catalyst, driving transformation in the public sector like nothing before it. It has dramatically changed the ways agencies and councils work, almost overnight.
To enable remote working and maintain…
FOI in WA and the role of information governance.
Over 300 professionals attended the FOI in WA Conference in Perth on 21 November, 2019. The theme of Building Trust was explored across the program in two ways. Firstly, considering how Freedom of Information (FOI) can build public trust in government; and secondly, advice and inspiration to help practitioners trust themselves and the FOI process to meet the objects of the FOI Act (WA):
to enable the public to participate more effectively in governing the State’ and to make the persons and bodies that are responsible for State and local government…
Information Awareness Month offers a bounty of activities and opportunities to increase your Information Quotient (IQ)
May is Information Awareness Month. IAM is a collaborative event across the records, archives, library, knowledge, information and data management communities. The goal is to increase public awareness of information and its place in all aspects of daily life.
This year’s theme is Informed About Your Changing Environment. Highly topical as we all adapt to significant changes in our work and home lives, new rules and recommendations — timely, trusted information has never been more critical.
Due to COVID-19 it’s been impossible to hold…
Transformational leadership is uniquely suited to driving change.
It inspires people to want change, mobilising them to innovate. Rather than controlling or micromanaging every aspect, these leaders provide a vision that people identify with — and act as a role model for the behaviours they want to promote.
Some of a transformational leader’s most important traits include imagination, empathy and passion. An appealing vision is one that people identify with, so that they can see themselves being part of it. …
Here’s the submission I made on the draft NAP last year, because links to consultation seem to be broken with the new PM&C webpages. It was done in a bit of a rush, to meet the deadline. But I think there are a few good ideas that I’ll expand on in future articles. Timely as we approach Right To Know Day. #RTK2019
Value of Open Government
The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer notes that trust in Australia continues to decline across all four key institutions: media, business, government and NGOs. Australia now sits “just four percentage points above the world’s least…
Digital Gov, Open Gov, Info Gov — what’s the connection?
As digital government begins to take shape, the public sector is entering a new era of citizen expectations. Emerging technologies offer opportunities for collaboration, information sharing and data analysis, all of which can support better policy and services.
But there are growing public concerns about privacy and security; questions about ownership and appropriate use of personal information. Is open government still relevant?
Governments worldwide are striving to maintain public trust at a time of significant disruption. Agencies are under pressure to be more transparent about their actions and decision-making processes.
Everybody celebrating privacy
On 28 January we celebrate Data Protection Day — also known as Data Privacy Day. It marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Treaty 108 Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.
It’s incredible to think that this international treaty has been in place for more than 30 years. But as life and work become ever more digital and data-driven, we’re only just beginning to realise the value and importance of privacy. Consumers are more alert than ever, after a wave of scandals. So are organisations, in the face…