In the last few years, the internet has become the most reliable medium in many fields. By using the internet, everyone mainly can socialize with each other, sending emails, buying or selling goods with limited governmental control. Satisfyingly, commoners utilize this tool to serve their needs, they explore different online communities and engage themselves in many online activities.
Lots of claims are made about the power of information technologies in making the societies more democratic. Many see the communication power of the Internet is democratic in nature. Information and communication technologies have been known as the cure for the most rigid online rules.
Electronic government is defined as the focus on the interface between citizens and government, and on how it changes due to technology. This flavor of electronic government promised to make it easier, faster, and cheaper for citizens (as customers) to transact with public agencies, responding to customer demand to build services or choices around citizens. The focus of electronic government has been on technology—on the technically possible—rather than on the flows of information; I believe it is very important to have a sort of regulation to organize and manage the usage of some technologies to prevent chaos and confusion. For example, integrating the online public services into an easily accessible web portal enables citizens to use a smart card to transact securely with their government. Also, facilitating interaction with government online lowers the cost of dealing with public authorities in terms of time and money—for citizens and the private sector. This benefits society at large by reducing overall transaction costs. Electronic government is contributing to overall economic competitiveness.
- We see how electronic government benefits us in many aspects, but how this entity has been established, how is it evolved?
- Some countries around the world don’t regulate online electronic government for different reasons, how could you help them establish one? What are the most crucial steps?
- Are the social factor and the cultural differences important in regulating and shaping the basic foundation of electronic government in a giving country? Explain why?