This morning I had coffee with Colin MacDonald the GCIO and CEO of the Department of Internal Affairs. We met to discuss the role of the GCIO office in Government and ways to continue to improve the interaction between Government agencies and tech firms that help the Government acquire technology to deliver better public services. As Chair of the OECD Public Governance Working Party, Colin is a strong advocate for digital transformation across government alongside improved citizen experience. Check out a recent presentation he made to the OECD on the topic. Colin is currently working on new ways for Government to accelerate its digital transformation and I look forward to being able to debate them publicly soon.
Tomorrow I am in Melbourne at a Global Digital Leaders and Ministers forum to discuss the coming threat to jobs from automation. Governments and corporations globally are aware of the growing social risk as increasingly more roles are automated. Sharing ideas and policy will hopefully help reduce the potential negative impact.
Meanwhile, back home a group of Tech Leaders from across our country’s largest corporations, Government agencies and local bodies has been formed with the support of NZTech. Together they will work on developing good national policy and behaviours to minimise the impact of digital disruption on local kiwi jobs in the future.
By the end of the week I will be in Dunedin and Queenstown working with respective City Councils and tech firms to develop their activities for Techweek 2018.
Finally, if you are looking for tech staff the LookSee team are taking the Tech Talent Pool database on the road. This Thursday lunchtime there is a session in Christchurch.
Have an excellent week.