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The 10 best technology bloggers in Canada
ComputerWorld Canada editor Shane Schick compiles a list of the online voices that could change the way IT managers do their jobs for the better.


Let’s make this absolutely clear: this list is subjective. But isn’t that what an IT manager would want — someone who’s already browsed around a lot to tell them where they should be adding an RSS feed or a favourite to their browser?

One last thing: This list isn't hierarchical. The last person meantioned isn't the least of the best. These bloggers are all in a league of their own.

1. Mark Evans Tech
blogger: Mark Evans

? why him? It helps that Evans was a longtime technology journalist with The Globe and Mail and The Financial Post, which means he’s used to working on deadline and has no problems keeping interested in a vast range of subjects. But he’s also worked the other side of the fence, co-founding the startup BlanketWare Corp., and later working at B5 Media. He’s now director of community at PlanetEye, an online travel guide. He’s been doing this long enough that he knows the technology, especially on the telco side, and his entrepreneurial experience gives him credibility when he’s talking about cutting edge-applications. It also helps that he was one of the lead instigators of Mesh, Canada’s Web 2.0 conference now in its third year.

2. Rob Hyndman Law
blogger: Rob Hyndman
? why him? The Toronto-based lawyer works with both vendors and corporate enterprises to untangle the intricate contractual issues that come up in their relationships. His interest in IT is best expressed by a quote, attributed to Gregory Benford, that appears at the top of his home page: “Any technology distinguishable from magic is not sufficiently advanced.” Sometimes all he offers is a simple link and a dash of commentary, but his verdict is usually worth consideration, especially when he becomes the voice of the common user.

3. Social Media Group
blogger: Maggie Fox
? why her? In a short time, Fox has become the go-to girl for everything Web 2.0. As a consultant, she helps businesses understand how to use tools like RSS, wikis and other social media to their advantage. Her client list is impressive — SAP, Ford, Harlequin Publishing — but it’s her ability to understand how consumer trends influence enterprise behaviour that makes her ideas worth reading

4. Telecom Trends
blogger: Mark H. Goldberg
? why him? No one does a better job of exploring, interpreting or criticizing telecommunications policy in Canada. Period. Although he’s very well-connected — he’s involved in hosting the annual Canadian Telecom Summit — Goldberg is unafraid to voice strong opinions about the incumbents, the CLECs and the other businesses that are affected by emerging network technologies.

5. Canadian IT manager
blogger: Stephan Ibaraki
? why him? Known as the IT Manager Connection, this blog is run through Microsoft’s advisory program, but Ibaraki remains a key contributor, interviewing countless executives (such as General Motors of Canada’s CIO) and turning them into easy-to-download podcasts. He also serves as a sort of online liaison between the vendor community and associations like the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), giving him a good understanding of issues across the board.

6. Michael Geist Blog
blogger: Michael Geist

? why him? Regular readers of ComputerWorld Canada will recognize Geist’s name, because the University of Ottawa professor is our national conscience on all things related to digital copyright, net neutrality, Internet governance and user-generated content. His groundbreaking series of blog posts, “30 Days of DRM,” offered the most comprehensive look at digital rights management we’ve seen in this country, and he has extended the discussion through Facebook and YouTube.

7. SaundersLog
blogger: Alec Saunders

? why him? Saunders is the co-founder of Iotum, an Ottawa-startup focused on communication technologies, but his blog covers the gamut of VoIP, the Web and business/technology interconnections. He probably attracted the most attention when he published “Privacy Manifesto for a Web 2.0 Era” on GigaOm, one of the Internet’s most popular blogs

8. My Name Is Kate
blogger: Kate Trgovac
? why her? Because marketers are among the first business users to make use of cloud-based Web tools without the IT department knowing anything about it. Because this particular marketer once dabbled as a system admin in the Unix days, and knows from Perl scripting. Because reading her blog offers a good sense of how Internet-savvy employees will use IT to collaborate and manage information.

9. Startup North
blogger: Jevon McDonald
? why him? If Canada has a Tech Crunch — the blog that tracks the rise and fall (and occasional resurrection) of various software and hardware firms — it’s Startup North, which focuses on early-stage companies. Part newsgather, part industry social convenor, McDonald and his partners provide capsule reviews of many ones-to-watch that could eventually offer something of interest to IT managers or their users. And, if you’ve ever thought of branching out on your own, you’ll never find a better primer on angel financing.

10. IT World Canada Blogs
bloggers: Various
? why us? As self-serving as it will undoubtedly look, it wouldn’t make sense to compile a list like this without mentioning our own network, which includes updates on enterprise IT, the latest gadgets, networking trends and daily doses of humour. This year we’ve recruited open source advocate Russell McOrmond, former federal CIO Paul Rummell and Novell CTO Ross Chevalier, among others, to contribute to our pages. If you’re reading this magazine, you should be reading these bloggers, too.

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