ERIC Number: ED096999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
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National Policies for Information Processing (With Special Attention to the Canadian Experience).
Gotlieb, Calvin C.
A study was made of the aims governments have with respect to computers and what methods they have at their disposal for achieving these aims. The Canadian experience provided an example. In general, throughout the world, governmental objectives with regard to computers come under three headings: (1) to use computers effectively in governmental operations, (2) to promote an indigenous computer industry, and (3) to direct and regulate computer growth. The methods available for promoting these objectives involve passing legislation and allocating money. In Canada, a redefinition of the powers and a desire to establish a distinctive "Canadian" approach has resulted in a conscious and intense study of information processing and related technologies. However, although it is not difficult to agree on general principles and goals, it is enormously difficult to translate these principles into programs which further national goals. In Canada, the federal government has adopted a decentralized approach of computer services, while at the provincial level, the trend is toward centralization. The general position in Canada is that computer services and software industries are to remain largely unregulated; the problem of whether to participate in a computer network remains unresolved. (WCM)
Descriptors: Computer Science, Government Role, Information Networks, Information Processing, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Revenue Sharing, State Action
Entire Proceedings of the EDUCOM Fall Conference, October 16-18, 1974
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada