Across Boundaries: Understanding Electronic Governance

Several years after the acceptance of Electronic Government by governments worldwide as part of their reform initiat ives, there is a growing recognition that over-reliance on technology, insufficient collaboration in government, lack of emph asis on building human capacity and inadequate public consultation all limit possible benefits of such initiatives. As a resu lt, the focus has been shifting from technology-enabled improvements in government operations (Electronic Government) to impr ovements in interactions between government, non-government and civil society stakeholders (Electronic Governance). Under the new focus, it is no longer acceptable to let technical or organizational issues drive Electronic Governance initiatives alon e. Instead, a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder and community-oriented approach is required.

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2007) will be in Macao, SAR, Chi na during 10-13 December 2007 -- papers need to be submitted by July 30. This is not your typical conference because this wil l bring together managers, developers and researchers from government, industry and nongovernment organizations, and academia to share the latest findings in the theory and practice of Electronic Governance-- an idea broader than Electronic Governmen t as understood to date. The major focus is work within and across sectors and disciplines -- the heart of the emerging manag ement issues of electronic (digital) government/governance.

The ICEGOV Call for Papers and details are here and it's site is here http://www.icegov.org

How can government, industry and researchers work collaboratively on Electronic Government initiatives to enhance th e public interest without providing any unfair competitive advantage to industry players?

What are the barriers and structural solutions to Electronic Government working across the pub lic, private and independent sectors and across disciplines?

How can hierarchies and networks work with each other as opposed to against each other in a digital world?

How might the next President structure the Executive Branch to enable electronic governance as reflected above?

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