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E-Government

Rethink needed on how we handle big projects

Look no further than the ventilation shaft planned by the Highways Department for the front of Two IFC to get an idea of what is wrong with the workings of our government.

Tuesday, 31 August, 2010, 12:00am

Cyberspace, the final frontier for our officials

Stealthily, the administration made some modest progress towards more transparent government by standardising the e-mail addresses of government leaders. The chief secretary can now be contacted at cso@cso.gov.hk, the secretary for civil service at scsoffice@csb.gov.hk, and so on.

4 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

We need to know where our money is going

No government could tackle all the social welfare challenges created by a city as diverse and complex as Hong Kong. Authorities here have wisely left this task to a plethora of non-governmental organisations, assisting them through yearly grants. Government funding is only one of a number of revenue sources for a typical social welfare group.

28 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

A good choice, but more transparency in order

The building envisaged by the government for its new headquarters is appealing and iconic; when constructed, it will be a worthy addition to Hong Kong's skyline. Of the four designs unveiled for public consultation, 'The Door' as it has become known, with its arch-like structure and open space, is the one favoured by the experts. The selection committee has made a good choice.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Collaboration key to success of e-services

Closer co-operation between government departments will give citizens what they want - a single website that can answer all their queries

E-GOVERNMENT is a fast-growing global phenomenon that will eventually transform the relationship between citizens and governments, while greatly improving the efficiency of service delivery and better satisfying the needs of the public.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

$170m for revamped Web portal

Legislators yesterday approved $170.8 million to revamp the government's underused electronic services delivery system to turn it into a user-oriented 'one-stop gateway'.

The new portal will be run by the government and will replace the joint-venture ESDLife system, in operation since 2001.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Hi-tech know-how is a turn-on for the opposite sex

Knowing your way around electronic products will make you more attractive to the opposite sex, a survey has found.

Nearly 70 per cent of respondents in an internet survey run on the e-government portal, www.esdlife.com, said they would be more attracted to a member of the opposite sex who had expertise in computers and digital products.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Integrated approach is best

To get the most out of e-government initiatives, authorities should stop trying to move every function online without any real co-ordination, according to an industry expert.

Todd Ramsey, IBM's general manager for global government industry, said this advice ran counter to many e-government strategies, which aimed to offer as many public sector services online as possible.

7 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Integrated approach is best

To get the most out of e-government initiatives, authorities should stop trying to move every function online without any real co-ordination, according to an industry expert.

Todd Ramsey, IBM's general manager for global government industry, said this advice ran counter to many e-government strategies, which aimed to offer as many public sector services online as possible.

6 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Draft guidelines aim to lift government secrecy

China is studying rules to improve disclosure that would hold government bodies responsible for concealing information considered public, an official newspaper said yesterday.

25 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

The case for change

The South China Morning Post started a series of articles this week to look at the issue of bureaucracy in Hong Kong. Has the problem got so serious that it hinders the development of our creative industry?

(SCMP; September 16, 2002)

19 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Automation challenge to SAR's online vision

WITH THE ONLINE age well and truly upon us, governments worldwide have increasingly embraced the concept of e-governance, with mixed results.

From multi-purpose information portals to buying a TV licence, governments have recognised the need to offer their citizens online services.

The SAR Government's attempts to go online have been fairly successful so far.

17 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Arranging the happy day with a click

IT IS ONE of Hong Kong's most familiar sights - dozens of young couples camping outside the government offices in Queensway to ensure a good enough place in the queue to book a fortuitous day to marry. But it could become a thing of the past within a few months as people will be able to perform this and other government-related tasks through a few clicks of their computer mouse.

11 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Government goes hi-tech in transparency bid

In a move for greater transparency, Government agencies have gone on-line, offering a range of information such as policy documents, consultation papers, weather reports and daily cause lists at courts.

6 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

A lesson in openness

It's a fair bet that most people have never heard of GIS. But this Cinderella of government departments touches most of our lives every day. It's the silent arm of the administration that is unseen and unsung, but which - hopefully - carries the Government's message to the masses. In more unkind moments, it could be called the propaganda department.

12 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

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