Panel: Centralised vs de-centralised – which way for e-governance strategies?

Panel is moderated by Mr Ivar Tallo,  Founder and Research Director of e-Governance Academy

Summary
In the high level theory of e-governance, we all want similar things, a more humane society, more efficient governance and higher economic growth. We generally believe that these can be supported by skillful use of new technologies that have already shaped the landscape of how our societies are organized and how we live. However, in the broad picture of e-governance reforms, we immediately see a variety of approaches. The most substantive division perhaps is the one between centralized versus decentralized ways of introducing the changes.

While everybody seemingly agrees that top level political support is a necessary ingredient for the success of e-governance reforms, the way we organize the introduction of e-governance differs. The centralized way, most prominently known from Singaporean experience but also characteristic of Austria and the choice of promotion for most multinational corporations has brought success for them but not to many countries that have tried to emulate this. Estonian decentralized approach which is best known for the x-road interoperability system, offers an alternative for the imperfect world of competing political egos.

We will try to share experiences from a variety of countries in this panel and outline the lessons learned from them. All panelists have 10 minutes to make initial introduction to what they want to share and we’ll hopefully have a lively debate afterwards.

Who is the Conference for?

Government decision makers and strategists from countries implementing national e-Governance strategies,

Donor organisations supporting development of open, transparent and efficient governance practices via IT solutions

Companies developing e-Governance applications and assisting governments with their implementation

Contact organisers at conference@ega.ee
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