In a nutshell:
Modern public administrations aim at providing efficient, open and citizen-centric public services, while reducing users’ administrative burden and minimising costs. In this view, public sector innovation and modernisation are recognised as key elements for Europe's economic strength and competitiveness. At the same time the availability of mobile Internet continuously changes daily life, in the sense that mobile phones are becoming the most rapidly adopted technology in history.
According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), active mobile-broadband subscriptions in Europe exploded from 176 million to 422 million between 2010 and 2013. Member State's Governments and the European Commission alike aspire to exploit the advancement of mobile communication technologies. Thus, the focus shifts towards what came to be known as mobile government (mGovernment). mGovernment can be defined as the strategic adoption of mobile technologies and platforms for delivering eGovernment services.
It’s been realised that mGovernment can also help to pave the way for public sector innovation by using interoperable mobile applications, which support quick access to integrated data and location-based services.
The European Commission (DG CONNECT) and ePractice.eu organise the workshop under the title ‘Leveraging Mobile Technology to Extend eGovernment’s Reach and Scope’ on 21 May 2014, to discuss how mGovernment can further be promoted and how European public administrations can reap its benefits with the view to minimise cost and deliver better and more efficient services to their citizens.
Event Topics & Questions:
- Is there a fundamental difference between making a service work on a PC and on a mobile device that justifies special attention for mGovernment?
- In what ways have mobile services changed the online interaction models?
- How can public administrations promote a better user experience through mGovernment? How can we meet device diversity? How do end users benefit?
- What are the lessons learned from various countries (e.g. Scandinavia, the Netherlands, France, Estonia, Australia, England, New Zealand) concerning the application of mGovernment services?
- What are the spheres of activity for public, private or public-private and how vital are cooperations for producing better mGovernment services (overlaps, synergies, obstacles)?
- What are the prerequisites for mGovernment in terms of technical infrastructure – broadband, WiFi-coverage, etc.?
More topics can be found in the Background document of the event.
This event anticipates robust participation by eGovernment experts, practitioners and stakeholders, across the public and private sectors, such as CIOs and other C-suite executives, civil servants, representatives of governmental authorities, academics and IT professionals. The event’s agenda will include presentations from high-level speakers from the EU and Member States administrations, international bodies and the private sector.
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- Submission of summaries/ presentations: 14 May 2014
- Speaker confirmation: 16 May 2014
- Submission of final presentations: 20 May 2014
- Event date: 21 May 2014
- Publication of workshop proceedings: Beginning of June 2014