Skoch Summit 2009 Thinkers and Writers Forum January 22, 2009, New Delhi 2-50 p.m. to 3-00 p.m.
Barack Obama’s Agenda for  E-governance <ul><li>by </li></ul><ul><li>Dr D.C.Misra </li></ul><ul><li>E-governance Researche...
Barack Obama’s Agenda for  E-governance <ul><li>Are There Any lessons for India? </li></ul><ul><li>A Presentation  </li></...
I INTRODUCTION <ul><li>The US. President is a tech-savvy person. </li></ul><ul><li>He and his team made full use informati...
ICT in Election <ul><li>Organized more than 13,000 off-line events using the website,  </li></ul><ul><li>Over 15,000 polic...
ICT in Election <ul><li>Official Stuff Watched  (Free): </li></ul><ul><li>--14.5 million hours </li></ul><ul><li>--Cost on...
II Obama’s E-governance Agenda <ul><li>Obama has set an ambitious agenda for e-governance </li></ul><ul><li>Open governmen...
E-governance Agenda <ul><li>Transparent and Connected Democracy  </li></ul><ul><li>Open Government </li></ul><ul><li>Feder...
E-governance Agenda <ul><li>Public Media 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Next Generation Broadban...
III THREE NOTEWORTHY ITEMS <ul><li>(a) Open Government </li></ul><ul><li>A   challenging task </li></ul><ul><li>Open Gover...
(b)   Citizen Participation in Government Decision-Making <ul><li>A more challenging job than open government </li></ul><u...
(c)   National Chief Technology Officer (CTO) <ul><li>Co-ordination is no cakewalk   </li></ul><ul><li>CTO/CIO will protec...
IV LESSONS FOR INDIA <ul><li>(A)  Transparent and Connected Democracy   </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency  is one of the char...
V CONCLUSION:  LESSONS FOR INDIA <ul><li>(B) Open Government </li></ul><ul><li>An ideal difficult to achieve in practice <...
(B)   Citizen Participation in Government Decision-Making   <ul><li>A more challenging job than open government </li></ul>...
(C) Citizen Participation in Government Decision-Making   <ul><li>The  real divide  in governance is  citizen-state divide...
Citizen-State Divide <ul><li>Widening Divide under E-government </li></ul>Petition Gazette Website Group Blog Wiki (a) Sta...
Common Service Centres under NeGP <ul><li>1,00,000 common service centres (CSCs) under National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) to...
V CONCLUSION <ul><li>India is world's fourth largest &quot;Internet Nation,&quot; after the U.S., China and Japan.  </li><...
CONCLUSION <ul><li>Let us Focus on Three Areas for </li></ul><ul><li>E-governance </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent and Connec...
End of Presentation <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul>
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Misra,D.C.(2009) Obama's E Governance Agenda Skoch Summit 2009

  1. 1. Skoch Summit 2009 Thinkers and Writers Forum January 22, 2009, New Delhi 2-50 p.m. to 3-00 p.m.
  2. 2. Barack Obama’s Agenda for E-governance <ul><li>by </li></ul><ul><li>Dr D.C.Misra </li></ul><ul><li>E-governance Researcher and Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>C-183 Madhuvan </li></ul><ul><li>Madhuvan Marg </li></ul><ul><li>New Delhi-110 092 </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 22452431 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: dc_misra@hotmail.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. Barack Obama’s Agenda for E-governance <ul><li>Are There Any lessons for India? </li></ul><ul><li>A Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>by </li></ul><ul><li>Dr D.C.Misra </li></ul>
  4. 4. I INTRODUCTION <ul><li>The US. President is a tech-savvy person. </li></ul><ul><li>He and his team made full use information and communication technology (ICT) during the election campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, according to reports, on www.barackobama.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>More than 280,000 people created accounts, </li></ul><ul><li>Users created over 6,500 grassroots volunteer groups, </li></ul>
  5. 5. ICT in Election <ul><li>Organized more than 13,000 off-line events using the website, </li></ul><ul><li>Over 15,000 policy ideas were submitted through the website. </li></ul><ul><li>He made full use of social networking sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Obama has built a treasure trove of database of more than 10 million supporters. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet operation was looked after by 95 people. </li></ul>
  6. 6. ICT in Election <ul><li>Official Stuff Watched (Free): </li></ul><ul><li>--14.5 million hours </li></ul><ul><li>--Cost on TV: $47 million </li></ul><ul><li>Obama’s 37-minute Speech on Race : </li></ul><ul><li>--6.7 million people watched </li></ul><ul><li>Obama’s Twitter Account : Provided his daily whereabouts to his 160,000 followers </li></ul><ul><li>Change.gov launched </li></ul>
  7. 7. II Obama’s E-governance Agenda <ul><li>Obama has set an ambitious agenda for e-governance </li></ul><ul><li>Open government as its main plank. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many items in his agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Following ten are particularly noteworthy: </li></ul>
  8. 8. E-governance Agenda <ul><li>Transparent and Connected Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Open Government </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) </li></ul><ul><li>Openness of the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Protection of Children </li></ul>
  9. 9. E-governance Agenda <ul><li>Public Media 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Next Generation Broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Protection of Intellectual </li></ul><ul><li>Property Rights at Home and </li></ul><ul><li>Abroad, and </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care. </li></ul>
  10. 10. III THREE NOTEWORTHY ITEMS <ul><li>(a) Open Government </li></ul><ul><li>A challenging task </li></ul><ul><li>Open Government vs Security and Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Closing the revolving door between the executive branch and K-Street lobbying shops. </li></ul><ul><li>800,000 contractors have security clearances at 11,000 government facilities (Verkuil 2007) </li></ul>
  11. 11. (b) Citizen Participation in Government Decision-Making <ul><li>A more challenging job than open government </li></ul><ul><li>Legislators, once elected, forget about the citizens until the next election. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking Citizen views a mere formality? </li></ul><ul><li>Tier 2 legislator? </li></ul>
  12. 12. (c) National Chief Technology Officer (CTO) <ul><li>Co-ordination is no cakewalk </li></ul><ul><li>CTO/CIO will protect his turf and the method of working </li></ul><ul><li>Often immune to external advice </li></ul><ul><li>In case he is suitably legally empowered, he will be a Super-CTO or Super CIO, and </li></ul><ul><li>His authority is likely to be resented by agency CTO/CIO </li></ul>
  13. 13. IV LESSONS FOR INDIA <ul><li>(A) Transparent and Connected Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency is one of the characteristic features of e-governance </li></ul><ul><li>It induced individuals and institutions to embrace and promote e-governance. </li></ul><ul><li>It has so far eluded e-governance. </li></ul><ul><li>Connected democracy , in which state and citizens are connected, can redress the situation to a great extent </li></ul>
  14. 14. V CONCLUSION: LESSONS FOR INDIA <ul><li>(B) Open Government </li></ul><ul><li>An ideal difficult to achieve in practice </li></ul><ul><li>How much to give and how much to protect? </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Information Act </li></ul><ul><li>Need for Transparency (i) Recruitment, and (ii) Procurement </li></ul>
  15. 15. (B) Citizen Participation in Government Decision-Making <ul><li>A more challenging job than open government </li></ul><ul><li>E-tools available to facilitate it </li></ul><ul><li>Email, Discussion Forum, RSS, Blog, Twitter and Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Government commitment is an essential requirement </li></ul>
  16. 16. (C) Citizen Participation in Government Decision-Making <ul><li>The real divide in governance is citizen-state divide </li></ul><ul><li>E-governance has polarized the state and citizens </li></ul><ul><li>State happy with its website </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens happy with their discussion groups, blogs, twitter and social networking sites </li></ul><ul><li>And the two don’t meet </li></ul>
  17. 17. Citizen-State Divide <ul><li>Widening Divide under E-government </li></ul>Petition Gazette Website Group Blog Wiki (a) State (a) State (b) Citizen (b) Citizen Governance E-governance
  18. 18. Common Service Centres under NeGP <ul><li>1,00,000 common service centres (CSCs) under National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) to cover 6,00,000 villages </li></ul><ul><li>Can CSCs narrow the gap between the citizen and the state? </li></ul><ul><li>Can they be instruments of change from mai-baap government to government which serves the people and meets their needs ? </li></ul>
  19. 19. V CONCLUSION <ul><li>India is world's fourth largest &quot;Internet Nation,&quot; after the U.S., China and Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a critical mass in e-governance. </li></ul><ul><li>It deserves better e-governance in its own right. </li></ul><ul><li>Select items from Obama’s agenda in e-governance, which has universal appeal at least in democracies worldwide, may help us in making e-governance more meaningful and productive for citizens. </li></ul>
  20. 20. CONCLUSION <ul><li>Let us Focus on Three Areas for </li></ul><ul><li>E-governance </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent and Connected Democracy through CSCs </li></ul><ul><li>Open Government </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen Participation in Government Decision-Making </li></ul>
  21. 21. End of Presentation <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul>
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