e-Government, e-Society and Jordan: Strategy, theory, practice, and assessment

The idea of e-Government and e-Society presents itself as the optimal utopia, where government and citizens coexist harmoniously; in theory this is possible (but so was communism, and we all know what happened there).  As I mentioned in my blog discussion “The Net and the Future of Politics”, the basic hardware and network necessities must be in place and people must be familiar with the technology, for there to be any benefits from e-Government for either group (government and citizen) involved.  If this proves to already be laborious and unstable to establish in a technologically advanced nation as the United States, what makes us believe its implementation would be any easier in a country, such as Jordan, divided by internal strife.  But now I find myself stereotyping, that what doesn’t really work in this country must, in turn, not work anywhere else.  Wrong!  I believe that the solution is in imposing e-Government that is designed and melded by the people of Jordan.

“A spaceless and inclusive society with friction of distance no longer being a problem

·;Remote rural areas being empowered by high-speed Internet access

·;Citizens being able to work from home (teleworking)

·;The disability barriers overcome

·;Gender barriers overcome

·;Increased sense of community well-being

·;Increased democratic involvement in the electoral process”

I begin seeing a problem not a solution.  This does not read like a Jordanian model of e-Government, but an American ideal of e-Democracy.  The idea is to give Jordan the tools and instructions to establish e-Government and e-Society, according to their culture and beliefs.  The goal of e-Government should be to bring government and citizens closer together.

Thomas Troisch

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