Ridge Global CEO Tom Ridge Speaks at GTEC 2009 on Government 2.0

October 7, 2009

Enhancing public sector leadership and outcomes through innovative use of technology was the focal point of Tom Ridge’s keynote remarks at the annual Government and Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC), held this year in Ottawa.

GTEC brings together international business and government leaders to share best practices and increase collaborative efforts to serve citizens better through the innovative use of cutting-edge technology.

This year’s conference theme, “Government 2.0 Service Mash-ups,” highlighted the many opportunities inherent in applying the private sector concept of mash-ups to public sector services.

In the private sector, web 2.0 mash-ups combine data from more than one source into a single application that is tailored to the needs of specific users.

Ridge, the first U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, spoke to approximately 800 conference participants about how to re-invent government service delivery through technology, public-private sector collaborations and a stronger leadership mindset.

Said Ridge: “Citizens want greater usability, transparency and efficiency from their governmental institutions. They want to see that governmental institutions are changing with the times. New technology is a bedrock tool for that needed transformation and a way to advance good governance in the 21st century.”

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