Virtual City Hall: The Governance of Local E-Government
There are three different phases to e-govemment. One is just the putting up of static information on the Web page. Almost every government is at that point. I think we are limited by bandwidth issues at this point, but I definitely think it weighs towards “we are all putting information out there, help yourself to it.” It tends towards the transparency of the government and it starts to move away from “OK, we only work from 8 to 5.” The second phase is putting up transaction and e-commerce sites. For example, we have on-line filing of business taxes, registration payment on-line, other taxes, and what not. I think that there is another stage to e-govemment, which is to fundamentally change the way we do business. Right now, I think that most of the use of the Web mirrors the hierarchical structure, and I think that the real power of the Internet is to break down those structures.… Instead of being tempted by putting a Web interface on an existing process, this should be an opportunity for the government to look at the ways of reengineering the process.
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