Saturday, November 26, 2005

The BlackBerry is the new poisoned fruit

Article by Al Roberts: Ottawa Citizen, November 26,
"Technology has often been a boon for advocates of open government. But the ubiquitous BlackBerry is, from the point of view of transparency, a new poisoned fruit....This may place a heavy burden on busy employees. In September, I filed a request for all PIN-to-PIN messages sent or received during the past six months by Alex Himmelfarb, clerk of the Privy Council and Canada's top public servant. The answer: the department had no record of any of Himmelfarb's PIN-to-PIN messages in that period. I got a similar reply when I asked for the PIN-to-PIN messages of Alan Nymark, deputy minister of HRSDC, over the same six months."

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