Read Me In: Demystifying Security and Intelligence Series – Why We Keep Secrets (FON1-E15)

Product code: FON1-E15

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September 27, 2023


11:00 am to 11:45 am (ET)

English, with interpretation in French

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45 minutes



All public servants at all levels



Openness, transparency and accountability are the guiding principles of Open Government. The ability to hold government accountable for its actions and decisions is essential to democracy. Therefore, the public has to know what the government does, how it does it, and why.

This second event in the series examines the circumstances in which governments must keep secrets and the critical importance of preventing information leaks. It also explores some of Canada's security and intelligence practices and the topic of intelligence-to-evidence.

Participants will learn why, even in a time of increased transparency and accountability, it remains crucial to maintain secrecy and security on a number of national issues to support our democracy.

Note: In the security and intelligence world, to read someone in means to give them access to restricted information.

Learn more about the Read Me In: Demystifying Security and Intelligence Series.


  • Aiesha Zafar, Faculty Member, Canada School of Public Service
  • A representative from Public Safety Canada
Date modified: 2023-07-26