E-gov is not rocket science!

FCW: Worldwide Web – Has e-gov stalled in the Information Age? The argument that “e-government’s global development remains largely haphazard” is popping up more and more often, and now even in FCW. But, is a haphazardous approach really wrong?

In the article, Bruce McConnell is quoted for saying: “A plan is critical if we are going to move forward in an organized fashion. We are past the ‘let a thousand flowers bloom’ approach.” On the same line, Janet Caldow likens e-government plans to President Kennedy’s pledge to put a man on the moon in 10 years.

Well, my take on this is more pragmatic. I still believe in letting a thousand flowers bloom. And I’m skeptic to the big masterplans for e-government in 2005 or whenever. Do they work? I’m not convinced at all.

On the moon metaphor: E-government is not rocket science, and should not be treated as such.

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