The pandemic has been transformative for government. Not just because of the acceleration that comes with new technology adoption, but because of the cracks it revealed in existing infrastructure. While we didn’t have a specific focus on the consequences of COVID, its shadow loomed over nearly every session.
In partnership with the Canada School of Public Service’s Digital academy, we’re making a selection of our most popular sessions available to public servants on the Busrides.ca website as well as our YouTube channel in order to share some of these insights with a wider audience.
- In Lessons Learned from a Pandemic Response: Working with Digital Nations to Accelerate Canada’s Digital Transformation, Canada’s Minister of Digital Government, the Honourable Joyce Murray, lays out how Canada has been working with Digital Nations to accelerate tech adoption in a pandemic.
- Recorded prior to the 2020 conference because of his involvement in COVID response and the US transfer of administrative power, How do you use technology to mitigate the worst pandemic in recent history? Is a revealing and surprisingly candid conversation between FWD50 chair Alistair Croll and DJ Patil, the CTO of Devoted Health who took a multi-month hiatus to coordinate emergency responses at the national and state level.
- The Canadian Digital Service created COVID Alert, Canada’s exposure notification service, in record time. In COVID Alert: Building a COVID-19 exposure notification service Courtney Claessens, Julianna Rowsell, Eman El Fayomi and Stephen Yates look at how availability, accessibility, awareness, understanding, and trust to build the application.
- Kelly Jin—who was running analytics for the Mayor’s Office in NYC—and her colleague Ryan Zirngibl dove into data lakes and the need for realtime information flow between departments in Forget Data Lakes – the Need for Data Rivers in Covid-19 Government Response and Recovery.