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The digital citizen: the information spring

The digital citizen: the information spring
The digital citizen: the information spring
The great sociologist Max Weber conceived government as a sort of giant information processor. Yet despite great strides and many successes in e-government and the application of IT to government, semantically enabled public administration has still not established itself. This column argues that there is still room for optimism, because open data and semantic technologies could revolutionize not just governments' information processing practices, but the purpose and scope of government itself. We have to come to terms with not only the machinery of administration, but also the wider question of the relationship between citizens and Leviathan. This is obviously not merely a technical question. Liberation is a theme in modern politics, from the Prague Spring to the Arab Spring. We are seeing the emergence of an Information Spring, which could set data and information free to serve the people -- if we understand its implications in the right way.
montesquieu, open data, e-government, semantic government, linked data, freedom of information, pragmatics, digital era governance, general will, rousseau, separation of powers
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O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron (2014) The digital citizen: the information spring. IEEE Internet Computing, 18 (2), 79-83.

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Abstract

The great sociologist Max Weber conceived government as a sort of giant information processor. Yet despite great strides and many successes in e-government and the application of IT to government, semantically enabled public administration has still not established itself. This column argues that there is still room for optimism, because open data and semantic technologies could revolutionize not just governments' information processing practices, but the purpose and scope of government itself. We have to come to terms with not only the machinery of administration, but also the wider question of the relationship between citizens and Leviathan. This is obviously not merely a technical question. Liberation is a theme in modern politics, from the Prague Spring to the Arab Spring. We are seeing the emergence of an Information Spring, which could set data and information free to serve the people -- if we understand its implications in the right way.

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Published date: 24 March 2014
Keywords: montesquieu, open data, e-government, semantic government, linked data, freedom of information, pragmatics, digital era governance, general will, rousseau, separation of powers
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 364348
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/364348
PURE UUID: 79e48f70-040f-4d41-89ad-7657d2e83b80
ORCID for Kieron O'Hara: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9051-4456

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Date deposited: 24 Apr 2014 12:14
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:50

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