Canadian American Business Council calls for ‘hackathon’ to solve US/Canada border delays

Yes yes I know Maclean’s is Maclean’s but this really just seems to be a standard newswire piece from The Canadian Press, and the Maclean’s site is prettier than most Canadian news sites at the moment.

That aside, it seems… intriguing that “the business community is urging governments to seek solutions from private-sector whiz kids”, as the article puts it.

And while that might be the most condescending description of hackathon goers ever made, the idea could produce some helpful ways of reducing the delay at the border.

But what I think might hamper the project the most, if it does happen, is that I doubt they will accept any ideas that alter current laws and standards of security.

What would decrease border delays more than anything would be a demilitarization of the border altogether. I doubt that such change will come anytime soon though, and certainly not from a hackathon of “private-sector whiz kids”.


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