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RE: Group Note -- content and sections outline [forwarding note to DL on request from Jose]

From: Novak, Kevin <KevinNovak@aia.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:07:03 -0400
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Tanya,

Thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful comments. Your thoughts and issues are well noted. I will review the front end of the document with your comments in mind and adjust accordingly and as appropriate and see what the group thinks. Jose will add to the tracker as well.

Great points.

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Subject: Re: Group Note -- content and sections outline [forwarding note to DL on request from Jose]


Thanks for the chance to make some comments on the W3C e-government document.

Abstract
The definition of e-government is a bit narrow I think.  It is more than " the use of the Web or other information technologies by governing bodies (local, state, federal, multi-national) to interact with their citizenry, between departments and divisions, and between governments themselves".  Sure, in short form it is the use of technology by governments.  However if we are attempting a formal definition of e-government it needs to be broader.  This view leaves out the transformative philosophy of e-government, which is to re-envision the role of the government from being a bureaucratic/autocratic black box to helping put the citizen at the center of government, not just for services, but also in terms of participation - helping in some cases bring about a more participative democracy.  I've thought a lot about this issue - as I find definitions are important as they actually end up driving the nature of the work we do.  Pages
26-27 of the document below may offer some ideas as well

Introduction
Regarding "The idea of government use of the Web and related technologies was born in the late 1990's and culminated in early 2000 as an extension of everything ?e?.
I don't know if I agree.  I am attaching a paper that Roberto and I worked on that describes some of the history of e-government (CLAD conference) and may be helpful (page 12) (See attached file: The Role of E-9-26-08.doc)

I don't think the governance/public sector angle has come through completely.
For instance transparency, participation and accountability, are, from the governance angle, key advantages to using technology in government.  You have covered transparency through the section on open government data.  The section on transparency could be explored more broadly, as the issue is broader than just open data.  Participation is covered in the section on participation and engagement.  This section is a lot richer than the transparency section which only covers open government data.  However here you could also talk about some "success" stories such as participatory budgeting in various countries..A section on accountability would also be relevant and useful.

E-government issues
This sections brings up a number of important issues that have not been highlighted before.  One important fact that has been hinted at but not explicitly discussed is the emergence or convergence of several new actors in the e-government arena as a result of globalization.  You have several supra-national, national and subnational entities from the public sector, private sector or some hybrid (such as associations, government agencies, transnational public-private partnerships, heads of state, businesses and business associations, NGOs, civil society, international agencies, and policy-based organizations) around a major issue or several very specific issues.  To a large extent, these bodies are working without any explicit governance framework and interact on an ad-hoc basis, thus limiting effectiveness and progress on policy issues. Web 2.0 and integrative technologies could help address this problem.  Other issues that come to mind include the importance of technology-informed legal and judicial reform (the Myspace suicide) ,  and the lack of a service culture or technology education in the public sector,

These are, but some of the issues that come to mind on a quick reading of the document, and am sending it now in response to your request to send comments before the Apr 26 deadline if possible.  Trust this is helpful.

Best
Tanya
Received on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 14:11:01 GMT

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