E-Government and Open Source
Tuesday November 13th 2007, 16:23h
Filed under: FLOSS, Linux, Politics, Research

Last week I did a presentation at the eGovernment Symposium in Bern talking about opportunities and weaknesses of open source software within Swiss public administration. As I recorded the audio of the speech I tried a new tool called Slidecasting. With this you can now listen to the presentation by automatically following the slides:

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Couldn’t follow much of the slides as they seem to be in German, but an interesting topic nonetheless.

From what I know (and it may not be a apt assessment) in India e-governance initiatives will go for FOSS only due to cost constraints. On the face of it I am not able to visualize any other major differences other than cost and living in a MS dominated world.

From what I think at technology makes an impact but what will drive an e-governance scheme is people participation.

Now the scene in a European nation might be different, but in India, if one goes to the E-Payment systems set by government for filling up bills, people don’t understand much, and still require a helper to work with it. Although certain things like Linux based Simputers have touched a chord of an Indian villager, technology needs to simplify itself much more to be pervasive amongst the common man.

Comment by desh 12.07.07 @ 5:10h

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