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By White Paper and Carlos A. Osorio


Public Ends by Digital Means: some thoughts on e-government and the creation of public value This paper is about the importance of understanding and managing context in digital government. It presents a working definition for electronic government –public ends by digital means – that focuses the analysis in terms of the purpose of e-government projects, and their possibilities for creating public value. In the context of the five questions for the workshop, this paper highlights different subjects worth of consideration for better understanding and managing the evolution of digital government. “Public Ends by Digital Means”: a working definition for electronic government Should a public agency get involved in e-government projects? Why? What is electronic government? These questions seem to have no place in a world where every public project attached to an “e ” appears to be not only modern, but also necessary. Since the beginning of the information revolution, more companies and public agencies have adopted “e-business ” strategies in order to take advantage of the new opportunities brought by the new information and communication technologies (ICTs), as response to tendencies in the respective industries or markets and, every so often, as result of some decision maker’s wishful thinking

Year: 2002
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