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e-Government in the Information Age

Introductory session from conference:
"Putting the 'e-' in e-government"
Birmingham, February 2001

The "scene-setting" for the occasion was provided by Bob Crichton of HOP and Stuart Owen of Toshiba. 

Realising the potential of the Information Age

Bob provided an outline of the issues involved for local authorities - or indeed all large organisations - in working in the "Information Age"

Focusing on practical and productivity issues, Bob produced a checklist of to help those involved in setting up and running local e-government projects. Key elements were how to spread awareness, how to get the most from technology investments and how to deliver the benefits rapidly. (Click here to see a paper produced by Bob to accompany the presentation.)

 

Future technologies

Stuart Owen provided a picture of the technology platform on which local e-government can develop, and painted a picture of the future. Key characteristics of this future include:

  • wireless working

  • new battery and fuel cell technologies

  • much greater memory and storage for portable devices

  • a new generation of lightweight products enabling anywhere, anytime working

  • instant networking

  • automatic synchronisation between your in-office and out-of-the-office devices.

The challenge for local government is in developing working practices and processes to maximise the benefits from investing in these technologies.

Identifying the people and tasks who can benefit the most from new methods of work and service delivery is key - but decision-makers, and not only in the IT department, have to understand the capabilities of the new technologies.

Notebook powered by new generation of slimline lithium batteries

 

A variety of novel and more user-friendly interfaces are being developed 

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