What does the East Coast of Canada look like a generation from now? Will all the dour predictions of fiscal and demographic cliffs come true? Or will we see an economy and a region transformed by the opportunities technology offers?
At TechImpact, we believe that in the future we will live in a region where our economy thrives and where meaningful and fulfilling jobs are plentiful.
So what does it take to get to that happy future? Action.
We need to take action to carve out the future we want for our children and ourselves. We need to put plans in place now, right now, to make tomorrow better than today. Instead of being timid or fearful of change, we need to boldly take advantage of the opportunities technology offers.
We need ask “what if”.
Here is a good “what if” challenge. What if New Brunswick established a secure, safe, reliable, trusted electronic identification (eID) for every citizen? An eID would give every citizen a unique identifier to manage their interactions with government – things like health records, car registration, voting, education and more.
It’s been done successfully in other parts of the world. What is stopping New Brunswick from setting up one here?
The benefits from an eID are clear:
Streamlining delivery and reducing the cost of government services
Cost effectively managing medical records and improving health outcomes
Improving citizen access and engagement with government
Introducing new ways to deliver education
Increasing voter participation
Creating new entrepreneurial opportunities