Public sector has unprecedented number of computer platform choices

This industry has more than its share of myth-makers and FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) rakers. During the early 1980s with DEC, Honeywell and Data General as key minicomputer makers, there was at

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Dan Perley

U of T researcher uses particles of light to share secret encryption keys

Canada is among several countries researching an encryption technology based on quantum physics that creates decoys to distract hackers from accessing companies’ confidential data. A new quantum cryptography method, designed at the University

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

Smart cards still stuck in first gear in government due to privacy concerns

Smart cards have been with us for more than a decade, but they haven’t exactly taken the public sector by storm. Yet there are some pockets of activity.On university campuses, smart cards are

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Grant Buckler

Rwanda aiming to become information technology hub for sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda won an international award this year for the dubious distinction of turning the human waste of 1,500 prisoners into useable gas — a necessary evil in a country plagued by water shortages

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Fawzia Sheikh

Singapore uses radio frequency ID tags in world’s most advanced library system

New technologies, like biometrics and RFID, hold promise for governments, but privacy issues have some citizens worried. Other countries are already embracing these technologies in schools and libraries. We’re not quite that far

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Vawn Himmelsbach

B.C. holds onto the old, paper-based way of conducting elections

Local governments in B.C. are preparing to hold general elections on Nov.19, and by now many are dusting off the “old” election technology in anticipation of the event. The emphasis on the “old”

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

Navigating the IT planning highway

Public sector IT managers need to have a vision — and a road map — of where they want their organizations to be in five to 10 years. But they also need to

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Fawzia Sheikh

New Brunswick test-driving international IT licence

The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) began in Europe a decade ago and has been available in Canada for about five years. The certification follows a seven-module course: an introductory knowledge module on

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Neil Sutton

B.C. Auditor General withholds report for fear of tipping off hackers

Among the vulnerable databases were those containing user names, passwords and bank account information.“Some of the findings would have exposed the government to problems,” Strelioff said. In his audit, Strelioff found a firewall

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Russ Francis

North Americans still not entirely sold on biometrics: Study

The recently released survey was conducted by TNS and online privacy provider TRUSTe earlier this year. It found that citizens in both countries ranked the passport as the most appropriate document for the

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

Take two commercial software solutions and call me in about five years

Commercial distributions of open source may be ready for prime time, but experts agree it may be a few years yet before it can be fully adopted into IT health-care systems.Khaled El Emam,

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

Project management should be core competency of OPS

The Ontario government needs to pay more attention to the fact that major information technology projects are about business transformation, according to the report from a task force charged with examining the province's

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Grant Buckler

Feds apparently not aware of impending IT skills shortage in government

Among the recommendations that task force has come up with (see story p.6) is that the Ontario Public Service review the pay of IT people to increase recruiting and retention of said people.

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Kathleen Sibley

Volume and Variety

It’s a challenge faced by any large organization public or private: How do you get the benefits of volume purchasing while at the same time giving your end-users total flexibility when it come

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Shane Schick