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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (19 March) . . Page.. 514..


The open data and the number of government datasets available to the community I think is a great way of giving information that is owned by the community and allowed to make new technology for the benefit of the community. We will also look at how much we can publish online. I think our open government website has been very well received. We will continue to look at ways to engage using social media which we know continues to grow as a way of citizens accessing their elected representatives and also their government services.

The Treasurer is very keen to look at ways in which we can drive efficiencies through the use of technology and our digital agenda. All of that is looking at ways to improve the customer experience and also drive efficiencies across government.

DR BOURKE: Supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, how will digital Canberra help in advancing your open government agenda?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Dr Bourke for the question. Open government is one of the five digital Canberra priorities. I think it will increase transparency and openness through greater use of online engagement; create innovative solutions to policy and service delivery problems; allow greater access by citizens to information; increase citizen engagement using the various media channels; and grow a dynamic open government developer community.

We will do a lot more work in this space. As I said, I think it has already shown, through the development of apps like mobile Canberra, that it can give people access to greater information in a way that is convenient to them. Also, there is data.act.gov.au, which gives data from over 230 freedom of information applications, cabinet summaries, reports and other government information; a whole-of-government policy on publishing data sets online; looking at extending creative commons licensing on dataACT to all government published information; continued support for the annual GovHack event, where developers create apps, mash-ups and data visualisations with government data; and partnering with industry to deliver social media workshops to boost usage by key sectors.

I think that overall it works very nicely with my open government agenda. I look forward to progressing it this year.

Civic—free wi-fi service

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development or, I presume, the Chief Minister. It is along the same lines of questioning as before on wi-fi. I am not quite sure which of you would like to take it.

MADAM SPEAKER: Perhaps you ask the question and then we can work it out.


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