Liz Quaglia and Tim Unwin from the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D attended the launch discussion for the Institute for Government’s new report on Improving the Management of Digital Government at a breakfast meeting on 21st June, which focused on the question “Who is responsible for effective, efficient and secure digital government?”.
Speakers at the event included:
- Ciaran Martin CEO National Cyber Security Centre
- Janet Hughes, Doteveryone
- Bryan Glick, Editor Computer Weekly
and it was moderated by Daniel Thornton from the Institute of Government, one of the co-authors of the report (the other being Lucy Campbell).
Concluding thoughts from the speakers included:
- It is very difficult to deliver effective digital government, but we should not despair and must keep moving forward to make things better;
- It is essential to have a joined up approach across governments, with leadership at the highest level; and
- How governments are organised is a secondary issue; what matters is beginning with a clear strategy, and then finding ways to deliver it.
The report itself makes interesting reading, and has wider relevance beyond the UK context.