Monday, December 31, 2001

E-Government and E-Governance

SOME OTHER peoples BLURBS ON defining the terms

E-Government and E-Governance

"E-governance is beyond the scope of e-government..."

“E-governance is beyond the scope of e-government. While e-government is defined as a mere delivery of government services and information to the public using electronic means, e-governance allows direct participation of constituents in government activities. Blake Harris summarizes the e-governance as the following; E-governance is not just about government web site and e-mail. It is not just about service delivery over the Internet. It is not just about digital access to government information or electronic payments. It will change how citizens relate to governments as much as it changes how citizens relate to each other. It will bring forth new concepts of citizenship, both in terms of needs and responsibilities. E-governance will allow citizens to communicate with government, participate in the governments' policy-making and citizens to communicate each other. The e-governance will truly allow citizens to participate in the government decision-making process, reflect their true needs and welfare by utilizing e-government as a tool.”


What is e-governance?

E-governance or electronic governance may be defined as delivery of government services and information to the public using electronic means. Such means of delivering information is often referred to as information technology or 'IT' in short form. Use of IT in government facilitates an efficient, speedy and transparent process for disseminating information to the public and other agencies, and for performing government administration activities.”

What is E-Government?

“E-government is the pragmatic use of the most innovative information and communication technologies, like the internet, to deliver efficient and cost effective services, information and knowledge. It is an unequivocal commitment by decision makers to strengthening the partnership between the private citizen and the public sector. E-gov is a practical and permanent realization of government's vast potential.”

“Pat O’Neil, deputy assistant secretary for program and data analysis at the VA and chair of the steering committee, stressed the distinction between e-governance and e-government. E-governance entails the processes used to provide services to the public, while e-government is the tool to accomplish e-governance”.

Center offers e-governance resources

BY Dibya Sarkar
Dec. 3, 2001

The National Academy of Public Administration and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University intend for the Center for eGovernance ( to serve as a focal point for the emerging topic of e-governance, said Mike Dunham, who co-directs the center.

Dunham defines e-governance as the "people, processes and policies associated with managing technology," in contrast with the more familiar concept of e-government, which he describes as the technical aspects of putting government services online.