A very interesting project funded by The European Commission investigates the legal, organisational, technological and other barriers to expanding effective e-Government services using the Internet. The study identifies and explores key issues that can constrain e-Government growth, drawing on real-life case studies.
As part of the research, the Barriers to eGovernment project team has already identified seven key categories of barriers that can block or constrain progress on eGovernment: ‘leadership failures’; ‘financial inhibitors’; ‘digital divide’; ‘poor coordination’; ‘workplace and organizational inflexibility’; ‘lack of trust’; and ‘poor technical design’.
The project encourages eGovernment practitioners to contribute their comments on the existing barriers and barrier categories and add their own experiences or case studies, making the inventory a growing collaborative resource. The inventory is expected to facilitate a better cross-European understanding of barriers facing e-Government, and how to overcome them.
The initiative is led by the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University.