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The Role of New Technologies in Reshaping Governance Platforms

The Role of New Technologies in Reshaping Governance Platforms
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Author(s): Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko (University of Tampere, Finland)
Copyright: 2012
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Pages: 13
Source title: International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development (IJICTHD)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hakikur Rahman (Ansted University Sustainability Research Institute, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/jicthd.2012070101

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Abstract

Models of public governance are changing profoundly due to global and digital transformations and various context-specific societal pressures. One direction of development is the increased utilisation of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in facilitating governance practices. Such changes are intended to improve the performance of public organisations, the quality of democratic governance, and the cost-effectiveness of service delivery. This article outlines the potentials of technological trends in building governance platforms. The discussion is based on such influential trends as open source movement, Web 2.0, geoinformatics, and ubiquitous technologies. An approach that takes into account such e-enabled platform solutions is called platform orientation in public governance, which offers a framework for supporting policy and governance informatics. It’s supposed to provide new tools to create structured environments for governance and the capacity to increase the flexibility and responsiveness of public organisations as governance actors. Such e-enabled governance platforms are an answer to the needs of a highly complex and technologically meditated society with a special view to providing easy access to governance processes, encouraging creativity, sharing information in a cost-effective way, and integrating services and governance processes so that the processes are comprehensible, easy, and value-adding for citizens and other stakeholders.

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