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Data Points Podcast Episode 27 - What's Up in Canada

Data use is exploding across governments not only in the US, but around the world as well. To dive deeper into the international waters, Data Points is hosting a series of discussions focusing on data use outside the US. We’ll be talking with practitioners and policy makers from around the world about how data use is changing in their locations and how they relate to changes in the US.

Despite our close proximity, the US and Canada are not always sharing our best practices when it comes to data. This week’s episode hopes to start reversing that trend through a conversation with Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director of Open North. Open North is Montreal-based Canadian nonprofit that helps governments become more transparent, accountable, and responsive in the digital age. Open North works with cities and other governments across Canada and partners with organizations around the world to improve data use and outcomes for communities.

In addition to his work in Canada, Jean-Noé also has extensive experience from over the world including work in Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Kenya, and more recently in Algeria, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Morocco. Through his work, Jean-Noé has consistently focused on openness in government, using policy to improve outcomes, and strategic use of data. Our conversation with him covered a variety of topics, including how partnerships between the US and Canada can help both countries improve data use in government.

To find out more on what’s happening in Canada and at Open North, check out

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