ICT and Opportunities for the Public Sector (0131)
Venue: London School of Economics
|Event Date/Time: Mar 10, 2002||End Date/Time: Mar 15, 2002|
|Registration Date: Mar 05, 2002|
The internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) are rapidly transforming knowledge management and learning. However, there has been relatively little sustained discussion as to how these technologies could be used to transform the ability of individuals and groups to participate in defining public service provision and delivery. There has been much talk by national governments about the benefits of ‘on-line’ government, but a lack of critical discussion of what this will mean in terms of enhanced user/citizen participation, the maintenance of standards and quality, the design and development of new systems applications, and new models for citizenship and the role of the state.
This seminar examines how and why ICTs might improve user participation in the definition of public services, including health, education, transport and public utilities. A key theme will be the potential of ICTs to redefine the content, scope and delivery of public services, and thus the role of the state and the citizen. The seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to study case material from around the world, and to discuss with leading experts from the academy, civil service, local governments and civil society organisations, as well as to share knowledge about how future policy could be shaped in this area. The overall aim of the seminar is to be future oriented.
The main topics for discussion will include:
Current use of ICTs to promote active user engagement in public service definition and delivery
Key problems encountered with the use of ICTs in specific areas of public service delivery
Critical factors in the successful delivery of public services on-line
New strategies for systems design in the civic domain
The changing role of the state and the citizen
The cost of on-line government and its justification
Case studies from around the world
In order to support participants’ professional work and future policy definition, emphasis throughout the seminar will be placed on identifying best practice, seeking cost effective solutions and managing organisational and systems change. Sessions will include presentations by specialist speakers, panel discussion and analysis of specific case studies. An invitation to offer and develop case studies based on participants’ own professional experience will be issued with the seminar joining instructions.
The seminar will be of particular interest to policy makers, professionals from civil society organisations and NGOs, civil servants and government officials, local authority policy makers, leaders and managers of public services, and researchers.