8# Video

Making digital government better: An interview with Mike Bracken

Simplify public access to government services and information

March 2014, McKinsey & Co.

Bracken

When it comes to the digital world, governments have traditionally placed political, policy, and system needs ahead of the people who require services. Mike Bracken, the executive director of the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service, is attempting to reverse that paradigm by empowering citizens—and, in the process, improve the delivery of services and save money. In this video interview, Bracken discusses the philosophy behind the digital transformation of public services in the United Kingdom, some early successes, and next steps. An edited transcript of his remarks follows.

Read the Interview transcript at McKinsey.com

Mike Bracken is the executive director of the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service, which has sought to simplify access to services and information through a central website, gov.uk.

Summary #CeDEM13

The CeDEM13 call promised “networking, great keynotes, good food” (see www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem). And we delivered: the CeDEM13 presented keynotes by Beth Noveck, Karine Nahon, John Carlo Bertot and Tiago Peixoto. Presenters and attendees came from 23 countries, allowing for interesting converstations and networking opportuniteis. And the food? Well, the social dinner was a delicious success, held at the Late Brasserie overlooking the Danube.

So this was CeDEM13. But we still have a little bit more on offer.

We blogged throughout the whole conference, and the digitalgovernment blog gives you a summary of all the CeDEM13 sessions (includes photos, presentations and further material). If you want to actually see what it was like, take a look here:

You need more? Yes, of course.

  • This is the overview to the 2,5 CeDEM13 days (CeDEM13 program_final.pdf).
  • If you want to know more about CeDEM13, and the relevant content use the tag cedem13.
  • But  if you just want to have a look about what our 4 Keynotes had to say, use our tag cedem13 keynotes;
  • If you want to read about the sessions on Day 1 (2013, May 22nd), use the tag cedem 13 day 1;
  • For the session on Day 2 (2013, May 23rd) use the tag cedem 13 day 2;
  • And for the session on Day 3 (2013, May 23rd) use the tag cedem 13 day 3;
  • If you want to look at the pictures, find them in our CeDEM13 flickr Album;

The CeDEM13 proceedings will soon be available online (OA) as a pdf, and in book format by the end of summer. We will let you know – so come back!

It was a pleasure meeting you all in Krems, and we hope you enjoyed the CeDEM13 conference! Are you interested in CeDEM14?

CeDEM14 will be held 21-23 May 2014 in Krems – more details to be found on our website www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem stay tuned  via Twitter  or sign up for our newsletter.

If you can’t make it then, join us for the CeDEM-Asia in autumn 2014 in Hong Kong (dates to be announced).

* JeDEM Open Access E-Journal: Call for Papers – submit a paper of your work until 17th June 2013. Focus of the next issue: Transformation of Citizenship and Governance –  special Asia focus. For more inforamtion please contact us here.

And last but not least – Peter Paryceks closing presentation:

Peter’s final question and remark: “What would Max Webe do? See you @CeDEM14 in Krems”

#CeDEM13 – Keynotes Day 1, Tiago Peixoto

The CEDEM13 Conference on eDemocracy and Open Government in Krems just started, this year with two keynotes from overseas:

Beth Noveck (@bethnoveck) and Tiago Peixoto (@participatory).
We will upload brief summaries of the keynotes and several sections on this blog, later on there will also be slides on slideshare available. Enjoy the conference and your time in Krems!
CeDEM13, day 1Tiago Peixoto (World Bank Washington)

“Pessimism of the Intellect and Open Government”

There is a logical fallancy called „argumentum ad novitatem“ meaning that new things are sold to be more appealing, alongside the notion of semantic plasticity: new terms are adapted conveniently without explanation of their real meaning, and narrowly used language can confuse supporters, prevent focus and be the enemy of long term success.

Coming up with new names is no problem per se, however, looking at the field of eParticipation, Peixoto criticised that this term is techo-deterministic, biased, under-theorized and methodologically immature. One task thus would be to connect with the participation field, but beyond the Habermasian. We should also be looking at matters of epistemic democracy instead of theories of crowdsourcing to find out under what circumstances crowds can produce knowledge etc., and at theories that are already there. (going with the pessimism of the intellect, but the optimism oft he will J). (more…)

CeDEM12: Extended Deadline – 16/01/2012

Due to authors’ requests, we extended the submission deadline for CeDEM12 until 16 January 2012. We kindly invite you to submit a paper to one of the tracks listed below. We hope that this extension gives authors enough time to use all their creativity for their papers (cf. video).

 

Call for Papers

In modern democracies, people are to be empowered by means of information and communication technologies. Transparency and access to data, new ways of interacting with government and democratic institutions cause profound changes in society. Social media and the new forms of societal behaviour, including content generation, collaboration and sharing as well as network organisation change our understanding of politics and business. Governmental and private internet services have increased the citizens’ independence and flexibility. However, enthusiastic ideas and projects often failed to produce the expected results as technology is only the basis for new forms of organisation and interaction. CeDEM12 seeks to critically analyse present and future developments in e-democracy and open government. CeDEM12 presents the following tracks:

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