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Gender and E-Government Katherine Reilly. Two Visions of the Internet Dominant Connectivity Digital divide Individuals Social/Alternative Use & appropriation.

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1 Gender and E-Government Katherine Reilly

2 Two Visions of the Internet Dominant Connectivity Digital divide Individuals Social/Alternative Use & appropriation Social divide Organized groups

3 State – CSO Relations E-government – the use of ICTs by government to modernize the government E-governance – the use of ICTs by government to manage the state (vertical relationship) E-democracy – the use of ICTs by government to facilitate the participation of civil society in the management of the state (horizontal relationship)

4 National Digitalization Focus of e-government on updating existing administrative systems to facilitate e-services Focus of e-governance on meeting business demands in the area of e- commerce Universal access and education as facilitating factors E-democracy is not a main focus

5 Public Information Clarity – providing information that helps citizens to understand and manoeuvre the bureaucracy. E-services and public image websites. Transparency – providing information that allows citizens to judge the performance of the state. Accountability and sanctions.

6 ICTs and Policy ICT Policy Focus on ICTs Virtual world Regulating ICTs ICTs in Policy Focus on political processes / actors Real world ICTs impacts on policy processes

7 Gender and ICT Policy Women’s Action Plan as part of National Digitalization Strategy (esp. legal reforms) E-services (ensuring women’s access) Infrastructure and Connectivity Clear information for individual women Clustering (privacy / data matching) Financial System Reform (gender accounting) National ID Cards

8 Gender and ICTs in Policy Use and appropriation of public information and ICTs in gender agendas ICTs for a gender enabling policy environment Accountability and Transparency Citizen information systems versus managerial information systems Better State-CSO relations and e-democracy

9 Conclusion Recognizing that existing social divides need to be closed in order to close the gender digital divide, work on gender and e-government needs to focus on the roll of ICTs and public information in political and public policy agendas.

10 Thank you! Fundación Acceso: Juliana Martínez: “Public Information for Public Policy Advocacy” with support of IDRC INSTRAW-GAINS Katherine Reilly:


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