July 17, 2008 By Wayne Hanson
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told government officials to learn computers or else. Russia's new Internet-savvy president is promoting IT as a driver of economic development and in a visit to a technology park today said that that a more advanced kind of electronic government will be developed in the Karelia region soon, according to the ITAR-TASS news agency. According to reports, Medvedev sees e-government as a way to increase transparency and help stop government corruption.
Medvedev was also quoted as saying that the country's government leaders must learn to use computers or they will be dismissed.
The Internet is not controlled by the government in Russia, and users hope that Medvedev will stop recent government initiatives to require registration of Web site owners.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.