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The Danish Government and the OECD will organise the next meeting of the OECD Network on E-Government (E-Leaders 2014) in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss "Governance Reforms for Better Digital Governance".
The Recommendation supports the development and implementation of digital government strategies that bring governments closer to citizens and businesses.
Public Sector Innovation seeks to develop a better understanding of innovative approaches and tools, and their impact on government performance and public service delivery. e-Government explores how governments can best use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to embrace good governance principles and achieve policy goals.
Participants will have the opportunity to try out tools for innovation such as policy labs and prototyping during workshops; hear from top academics and experts; and learn how the creativity of citizens and civil society is helping the public sector to design and deliver better public services.
"I think we’re at a really interesting place around the role of ICT in government…I always like to look to see where the CIO sits in the org chart – it’s a very ‘old school’ thing to do, but it tells you a lot about how that government understands technology."
David Eaves, Public policy entrepreneur and open government activist, chats about his reflections inspired by the OECD E-Leaders meeting, and his perspectives on the value of these intergovernmental gatherings to people working in the trenches.
Central government ICT spending is the share of total central government budgets dedicated to ICTs (e.g. investments in hardware and software, running costs of IT infrastructures, salaries for ICT specialists and training).
Governments look to the use of technology, and especially the Internet, as a lever for more efficient internal operations, greater public service quality, and better and more open policy making.
The expectations to deliver policy-relevant results are also high because spending on ICTs is considerable. Some ICT spending volumes can represent over 2% of a central government's budget and examples of absolute amounts spent illustrate why it is important to understand underlying patterns and to optimise the use of ICTs.