Finding the right way

“The e-government campaign has taken us all onto new ground and it was inevitable that some of the early steps would be in the wrong direction. Acknowledging this and acting on it is crucial towards finding the right way”. That’s an extract from January’s Government Computing (which I don’t think posts its stories online) commenting on the Booze Allen report that placed UK 2nd in the world for e-commerce, but much nearer the bottom in e-government (principally because usage of services is low). Couldn’t agree more … the stakes are high, they can only get higher; if that survey rating shows us in the same position in 2005 (with 100% or near enough online), we’re all going to look immensely stupid. And worse, someone will ask how many hospitals we could have built with all of that e-government funding.

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