Digital Government

The first question is: What will the state of the future look like? Digitalisation creates new possibilities for the organisation of the political-administrative system. The execution of tasks can be supported with intelligent digital tools or even completely automated. Processes can be organised and interconnected more efficiently, effectively and sometimes even completely differently than before. Administrative services can be better adapted to actual needs and personalised. The potential for innovation is huge and growing.

But the reality is often different. Many state institutions were unable to introduce a home office during the Covid-19 health crisis because the infrastructure requirements were lacking. When it comes to e-government buses, most people think of an information bus that travels from city to city. And they don’t want to hear anything about personalised portals for 10 years. That’s why the second question is: How do we get to the state of the future? How do we deal with the situation that growing complexity, acceleration of social change and a mix of technology and anti-institutional narratives are putting increasing pressure on the state? Or do we actually have to ask ourselves a third question: How can we reorganise the state’s guarantee tasks or even democratic processes with technology in an institution-free way?

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“Open source is a manifestation of digital sustainability”

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In the new Digital Sustainability Lab of the Institute Public…

Call for Paper: Critical contributions for the Swiss E-ID

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The electorate rejected the E-ID bill with private providers…

A communicative Experiment on Digital Democracy

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TA-SWISS , the Foundation for Technology Assessment, has entered…

How a 2020 parameter turned our world upside down

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A significant part of the COVID pandemic story is driven by one…

Power to the people: Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time

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Originally designed as a decentralised ecosystem, the Web has…

In Good Data We Trust – Liveblog from Transform 2020

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At TRANSFORM 2020, we will focus on the transformative power…

Covid19 Hackathon: Programming new applications from data

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Since the beginning of March, the Statistical Office of the Canton…

“The public sector needs more dialogue and less garden-variety thinking”

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In order for the public sector in Switzerland to really take…

“We don’t just need a technology debate, but above all a socio-political debate”

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The political structures in Switzerland can have a blocking effect…

Data, data, nothing but data. What do we do with it?

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According to an IDC study, the total amount of data generated…

How traffic measurements enable smart street lighting

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Only as much light as is really needed - intelligent lighting…

September issue: An ecosystem is essential for the establishment of smart cities

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A few years ago, the MIT scientist Otto Scharmer coined the expression…

Turning Big useless Data into useful Big Data

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The S3Model approach can help organizations transform large amounts…

How art institutions can manage their metadata

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Virtual assistants need descriptive metadata to work correctly.…

June-July: Special Issue focused on Missing Links

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Today, Open Data is an imperative. Government data, research…

Digitisation thanks to standards

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The degree of digitalisation of data and the flow of information…

Liveblog from eGov Focus 1/19: Open digital city culture

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Cities are becoming digital. It is foreseeable that this development…

The Digitisation Monitor 2019

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In the run-up to the federal elections on 20 October 2019, the…

Once Only in Europe – Can Switzerland be part of it?

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The principle of once-only (OOP) data collection from public…

April issue: e-government does its homework

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E-Government has set out to catch up on its homework. In this…

E-Government-Themen im BFH-Zentrum Digital Society

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The BFH Centre Digital Society is concerned with the question…

Data as an innovation driver of the smart city

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Data has already been called the "oil of the 21st century". But…