Conference Proceedings: E-Governance in Asia: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability?
22 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016 Last revised: 4 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 1, 2016
Governments increasingly rely on new information and communication technology to connect with citizens. An important aspect of this e-governance is to enhance openness to empower citizens. Nonetheless, it is debated whether the digitization of government has in fact led to increased transparency, or whether governments primarily use the online interfaces to enhance social control. From a critical perspective the symposium examined the state-of-the-art of e-governance in Asia. The aim was to synthesize knowledge about the challenges of creating transparency and accountability in a digital environment. The core discussion juxtaposed analyses of e-governance in different policy areas in India and China. The national-level studies were set in a comparative perspective spanning all of East and South-East Asia. The symposium thus provided an overview of the regional development of e-governance with particular focus on the pertinent issues of transparency and accountability.
Note: The symposium unfolded as two days of lectures hosted by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University, 12-13 November 2015.
Keywords: e-governance, transparency, accountability, corruption, Asia
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