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The Internet and Governance: The Global Context

Date & Time:
00:00:00, Thursday 8 January -
00:00:00, Saturday 10 January, 2004


The Internet is a global phenomenon, but the response to the Internet varies with the social, economic, cultural and political context. However, most that is written about the Internet concentrates on a few advanced industrial societies, and especially the United States. Yet with the number of Internet users in America now so high, the growth points in the next few years will occur in radically different contexts, ranging from Russia and South Africa to China, with radical implications for the relationship of the Internet to governance.

Governance has multiple meanings: it can refer to bureaucratic activities of government; to the processes, opaque or open, by which government does or does not deliver services to citizens; to the responsiveness of government to citizen demands for entitlements; and to public accountability through elections, the media, NGOs or transnational pressures. Context differs not only between well off and developing countries, but also between countries that are high or low on democratization or/and corruption indicators.

This conference will bring together experts with diverse approaches to governance and the Internet in different continents. Concepts will encourage generalization across national and continental boundaries; contextual knowledge will encourage qualifications about the circumstances and the extent to which generalizations are globally applicable or institutions and practices of governments impose limitations on the use of new technology.

Agenda for Thursday 8 January




Registration at the Department of Politics and International Relations


Opening by Professor William Dutton


Richard Rose: Thoughts on Governance and the Internet in a Space-Time Context

Jerzy Szeremeta: The DotGov Bubble: How to Restructure the E-Government Sector?




Ernest Wilson III: A Bottom Up View of Internet Governance


Reception at the Department of Politics (Common Room)

Agenda for Friday 9 January




Richard Heeks: eGovernment as a Carrier of Context

Ivar Tallo: Openness as a Precondition of Interactive Governance: the Nordic Example




Randolph Kluver: Using the Internet to Promote Control within Government: the Internet’s Challenge to the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party


Lunch at Balliol College Dining Hall


Donatella DellaPorta and Lorenzo Mosca: Global-Net for Global Movements? A network of networks for a movement of movements

Ignace Snellen: Top Down and Street Level Bureaucracy: From Weber to the Internet




Herbert Kubicek and Hilmar Westholm: The Back Office Dimension of E-Governance

Helen Margetts: Obstacles and Achievements in e-Government in Britain


Conference Dinner at Balliol College (ask at the Porter’s Lodge for the OII Dinner in the Old Common Room)

Agenda for Saturday 10 January




Alexandre Trechsel and Marcus Maenz: Obstacles to Electronic Integration of Social Security Data

Arre Zuurmond: The Internet for Interorganizational Information Infrastructures




Concluding session

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  • Professor William H. Dutton,Professor Helen Margetts,Professor Ignace Snellen
  • Name: Professor William H. Dutton|Professor Helen Margetts|Professor Ignace Snellen|Christian Ahlert|Professor Donatella DellaPorta|Professor Peter Ferdinand|Professor Richard Heeks|Dr Randolph Kluver|Professor Herbert Kubicek|Edwin Lau|Marcus Maenz|Lorenzo Mosca|Professor Richard Rose|Jerzy Szeremeta|Ivar Tallo|Professor Alexandre Trechsel|Hilmar Westholm|Ernest Wilson III|Professor Arre Zuurmond
  • Affiliation: Oxford Internet Institute|School of Public Policy, University College, London|Public Administration, Erasmus University of Rotterdam|Oxford Internet Institute|European University Institute|University of Warwick|Institute for Development Policy & Management, University of
    Manchester|National Technical University, Singapore|University of Bremen|OECD, Paris|Institute for eDemocracy University of Geneva|GRACE (Group for Research on Collective Action in Europe), University of
    Florence|Oxford Internet Institute|Knowledge Management Branch, Dept of Public Administration and Development
    Management, United Nations DESA, New York|e-Governance Academy, Tallinn, Estonia|Institute for eDemocracy University of Geneva|University of Bremen|Centre for International Development, University of Maryland|Leiden University
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