“With the birth of the Internet, our notions of ‘community’ were redefined.” Janet Caldow’s e-Communities, Portals and the Public Sector is today’s must-read. Janet is Director of the Center for e-communities at IBM’s Institute for Electronic Government.
Janet Caldow is a delightfully productive e-government writer. Her writings include: Cinderella Cities, The Quest for Electronic Government: A Defining Vision and of course
The Virtual Ballot Box: A Survey on Digital Democracy in Europe.
- Online Voter registration
- Online voting
- Wired legislative bodies
- Open legislative process
- Communication with elected representatitves
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
The IEG site is filled with other good stuff. See for example Eight Imperatives for Leaders in a Network World: Guidelines for the 2000 Election & Beyond by Mechling and Fletcher.
In a recent report, Creating and implementing an e-government portal solution, IBM writes:
“With the smooth passing of Y2K, an unprecedented burst of e-government activity is underway. Within this, government-wide Internet portals are a priority as the population becomes increasingly Internet savvy and resources are reallocated to new projects. This explores important e-government transformation considerations such as service delivery options, funding options and key portal design elements, including security and scalability considerations. It also explains how IBM has strategically integrated a set of competencies across its multiple e-business organizations to offer the public sector a truly balanced portal practice dedicated to government.”
See also IBMs Portals in a Storm: New Forms of Access.