Opening the E-government File: Governing in the 21st Century


This paper considers what e-government is, how it may change government, what that may mean for Canadians, and what must be done to ensure that e-government is not only faster, smarter government but also more open, accountable, transparent, fair, and respectful of individual privacy. The paper was a primer for the Crossing Boundaries conference, held on March 28-30, 2001, which was the concluding stage in the Crossing Boundaries project. The project aims at creating a more informed discussion of e-government in Canada.They are probably right. But, for all the talk, there has been remarkably little clear discussion of how it will change government and, more specifically, how it will change governance.