Privacy Commissioner of Canada Launches Blog

Canada’s government has gone 2.0.

Ok, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration. Federal government websites – of which there are many – are still stuck firmly in 1.0-land (and even that is generous).

However, in what I see as a highly significant move, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada recently launched its own blog.

Why is this significant? Because, of all government departments, the Privacy Commissioner is perhaps the one that I would think to be the least likely to embrace technologies like this.

Thanks to the efforts of fellow Canadian blogger Colin Mckay and his team, the blog launched earlier this month, and so far the signs are good. The postings are interesting, well written, and surprisingly un-bureaucratic.

I particularly like that they’ve enabled comments from the get-go, and that Colin seems to be allowed to post relatively frank replies to comments. It’s refreshing to see a government communicator write about "boring news release announcements."

I’m curious as to whether the blog writers will be able to post on controversial issues as they arise. This may have a large impact on the blog’s long-term credibility.

In the meantime, I think this is a great first step as the federal government takes its first teetering steps into the big wide world of web 2.0.

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