Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, David Lazer
MIT Press, 2007 - Computers - 314 pages
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Developments in information and communication technology and networked computing over the past two decades have given rise to the notion of electronic government, most commonly used to refer to the delivery of public services over the Internet. This volume argues for a shift from the narrow focus of "electronic government" on technology and transactions to the broader perspective of information government—the information flows within the public sector, between the public sector and citizens, and among citizens—as a way to understand the changing nature of governing and governance in an information society.

Contributors discuss the interplay between recent technological developments and evolving information flows, and the implications of different information flows for efficiency, political mobilization, and democratic accountability. The chapters are accompanied by short case studies from around the world, which cover such topics as electronic government efforts in Singapore and Switzerland, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's effort to solicit input on planned regulations over the Internet, and online activism "cyberprotesting" globalization.

Robert D. Behn, Maria Christina Binz-Scharf, Herbert Burkert, Lorenzo Cantoni, Cary Coglianese, Martin J. Eppler, Jane E. Fountain, Monique Girard, Ake Gronlund, Matthew Hindman, Edwin Lau, David Lazer, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Ines Mergel, Gopal Raman, David Stark, Sandor Vegh, and Darrell M. West

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1 From Electronic Government to Information Government
I Technological Change and Information Flows in Government
2 Global Perspectives on EGovernment
3 Electronic Government and the Drive for Growth and Equity
MultiLevel Integrated Information Structures MIIS
II The Blurring of the Informational Boundary between State and Society
The Role of Information Technology in the Rulemaking Process
6 Freedom of Information and Electronic Government
Emerging Patterns in Online Political Participation
III Evaluating the Impact of Reengineering Information Flows
What Should Be Compared with What?
Toward the Systematic Management of HighQuality Information in Electronic GovernmenttoCitizen Relationships
11 It Takes a Network to Build a Network
12 The Governing of Government Information

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VIKTOR MAYER-SCHONBERGER is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. The co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We, Live, Work, and Think, he has published over a hundred articles and eight other books, including "Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age". He is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft and the World Economic Forum.

David Lazer is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Director and founder of the Program on Networked Governance at Harvard University. He is the editor of "DNA and the Criminal Justice System: The Technology of Justice" (MIT Press, 2004).

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