The future of open government
What will the state look like by 2030?
The Panel will comprise distinguished speakers giving short presentations with the following perspectives: political, technological, business and civil society.
Implementation of open government - Roundtable
Dec. 8 2016 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM
Palais d'Iéna - Ventejol
Simultaneous translation: Français-English-Español
The themes to be explored will depend in part of the speakers and what they bring. However, possible questions include:
- What should the open government movement be thinking about? What changes to government might occur that we need to take account of now?
- In a world of more opinion not less, how does open government meet the challenge of more people, with more opinions talking more often? How does it harness these new voices?
- Is a ‘digital government’ different from a government with digital services?
- How will data, access to it and how it is used shape how government functions and the expectations citizens have of it?
- How will the civic technology community evolve to support new forms of government?
The challenge of delivering a truly digital government rather than a government that ‘does’ digital is something that all countries will face and as models of government change and evolve globally. The open government movement will need to meet this challenge.
Citizens will be able to give their views on the issues of the day and have more frictionless ways of ensuring government hears them. Policy making will involve significantly more service design, and service design will be making policy. Ideas and implementation will be become a continuum – policy makers will think in terms of code – ideas will be quickly translated into beta reality and tested.
However, is this really a future that people will find attractive and desirable? Is this the future of open government? Is this likely to build trust between citizens and the State?
After short presentations by the panelists, there will be discussion and questions from the audience.
A vision for Government in 2030 might be that services will shape government, not the other way round. Using just their smartphone - or whatever the latest equivalent gadget in 10 or 15 years’ time - every citizen will be able to get what they want from, and communicate with, government simply, clearly, and quickly. The possibilities of digital government will transform the relationship between the citizen and the state.