Towards a Better Society

An Analysis of the Value Basis of the European eGovernment and Data Economy
  • Minna M. RantanenEmail author
  • Jani Koskinen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 370)


Motivation behind electronic government (eGovernment) is generally creating of a better society. However, many eGovernment projects have failed due to the complex nature of these ecosystems. In the future eGovernment are starting to form larger data ecosystems due to initiatives such the European Single Market. The current trend of moving from national initiatives to international cooperation will make these projects even more complicated and thus, even more vulnerable to failures. Multiple large groups of stakeholders should be considered in the governance of these ecosystems, but there are little effective ways for that. It has been argued that values play an integral role in the success of eGovernment. Thus, in this paper we present a constructive analysis of values in eGovernment that aims to clarify the complexity around the matter. First, different levels and types of values affecting eGovernment are considered and then existing values guiding the governance of eGovernment are analysed. Based on these preliminary analyses it is noted, that there are some justified values, but more work is needed to create ethical governance model for eGovernment and data ecosystems that they are a part of to avoid failures and perhaps reach the goal of better society.


eGovernment Ecosystem Single market Values Value-sensitive design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Turku School of EconomicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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