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IT WORLD CANADA: DIIA – UKRAINE IMPLEMENTS WORLD LEADING DIGITAL GOVERNMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR. WHAT’S OUR EXCUSE?
Ukraine has managed to implement an astonishingly comprehensive set of digital government services, with 70 key public services available, half the adult population participating, and a goal of digitizing all government services by 2024 – despite the fact that the country is fighting for its very existence in a war with Russia. This remarkable achievement was presented to a special meeting of the CIO Strategy Council, a group of Canada’s leading CIOs and industry leaders.
(File) CASE STUDY REPORT—Diia Mobile Application
Diia is an ecosystem which unites most of the services provided by the Government of Ukraine in one place, made easily accessible online via the Diia Mobile Application (Diia App) and Web Portal. The Diia ecosystem also includes theme blocks on education (Diia Education), small and medium-sized business support (Diia Business), administrative services (Diia website and Diia application), as well as a unique project on the legal framework for the IT industry (Diia City).
Launched in December 2019, Diia App became the most downloaded app in Ukraine by June 2022, according to data from Similarweb's Digital Ranking. With 18 million total users (one in every 3 Ukrainians), the Diia App is also the most frequently used app, according to Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation.
One of the reasons for the Diia App's popularity is its focus on user experience. In September 2022, the Diia App simplified 25 public services and digitized 16 documents. The Ministry of Digital Transformation aims to make 100% of all public services available online by 2024.
The Globe & Mail : What the push for open banking could mean for your finances
In this piece by Kelsey Rolfe, Senator Deacon joins finance industry voices to discuss the benefits of Open Banking, which would allow individuals and businesses to have control over their own financial data. These benefits include increased competition among financial institutions, lower fees for consumers, and better services for underbanked and marginalized populations. Read the full article here.
Chamber Speech - Bill C-19 (Budget Implementation Act 2022), June 22nd, 2022
Budget 2022 promises to deliver "targeted and responsible investments to create jobs and prosperity today, and build a stronger economic future for all Canadians." Senator Deacon speaks at third reading to the Budget Implementation Act, stressing the importance of government's role as catalyst for private investment and innovation, the need for greater competition, and regulatory modernization for our collective prosperity. Click to see the full speech.
Chamber Speech - Bill S-6 (An Act respecting regulatory modernization, Third Reading), June 20th, 2022
In a rapidly evolving world, Canada's regulations need the agility to deal with disruptions and new developments head-on. The current status quo governing regulations impede catalytic market activity, creates unnecessary, cumbersome burdens for Canada's firms, and leaves little opportunity for innovation. In his second speech on the importance of regulatory modernization in Canada, Senator Deacon reiterates the importance of broader consultations from diverse stakeholders and advocates for industry-led standards to complement the regulatory modernization process. Click here to see his full remarks.
Op-Ed: "Success of Black entrepreneurship programs hinges on balancing community support with new approaches", The Hill Times
Pervasive systemic barriers have prevented Black entrepreneurs from accessing capital, building and scaling their businesses in Canada. In this opinion piece, Senators Gerba, Deacon and former Senator Oliver opine what it would take to reimagine support programs for Black entrepreneurs in order to accelerate their success in Canada. Click here to see more of the article.
Committee of the Whole - Nomination of Privacy Commissioner, June 14th, 2022
In June 2022, the federal government announced the nomination of Mr. Philippe Dufresne as the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada. At his nomination hearing in the Senate, Senator Deacon asked Mr. Dufresne how he intends to fulfill his mandate of balancing the need to protect consumer data rights and Privacy, while enabling globally competitive innovation in Canada. Click here to see his question and Mr. Dufresne's full answer.
Question Period - High Potential Technical Visa, June 14th, 2022
In this Ministerial Question Period, Senator Deacon asks the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship about the government's strategy in leveraging immigration for Canada's innovation sector. Senator Deacon asks about whether the government will simplify the Global Talent Stream and update the Startup Visa program in order to attract the best tech talent to Canada. Click here to see the question and Minister's response.
Chamber Speech - Bill S-233 (An Act to develop a national framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income), June 7th, 2022
Senator Deacon rises in the Chamber to speak on Bill S-233 (An Act to develop a national framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income). He argues the importance of the Bill being studied in Committee, so that we can understand the principles more clearly and uncover the evidence needed to discern if a GLBI in Canada is a good policy.
Question Period - Carbon Sequestration
In this Ministerial Question Period, Senator Deacon asks Minister Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) what it will take to see advance soil carbon sequestration in Canada, given its widespread support. Click to see the full question and response from the Minister.