Fostering eGovernment as State Social Responsibility (SSR): Case Study of an Australian City Council
JeDEM - eJournal of eDemocracy & Open Government
Democracies around the world now face Citizen-apathy. This is a concern now more than ever faced by countries around the globe. eGovernment is undoubtedly a platform to deliberate and enable citizens regain confidence and faith in democratic processes. Citizens now seek Verifiable, Open, Transparent, Empathetic, Responsive and Sensitive Electronic Democracy and Government (VOTERS EDG, Karna, 2012). Similar to corporate world, there are voices stressing on govenments for the need to understand
... eed to understand the stakeholders, their involvement, relationships and responsibilities of a state in eGovernance. Citizens everywhere now demand Verifiable, Open, Transparent, Empathetic, Responsive and Sensitive Electronically Democratic Government as a State Social Responsibity (SSR). Peoples movements and outbursts against authorities with the help of Word of Mouse (Karna, 2012) have established that transparent and open governance is the need of the hour. This paper presents findings of the study conducted in an Australian City Council for preparing the city council for 'City e-readiness' to initiate e-Government activities. We propose the idea of 'Centrality of Citizens' in context of eGovernment. We further build upon the original concept of deeming eGovernment as 'State Social Responsibility' (SSR) (Karna, 2010), by governments at all levels.