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Democracy in Development: Improving Governance Through Technology

by Isobel Coleman
June 20, 2012

Students use Aakash, a low-cost tablet computer, in New Delhi, India on October 5, 2011 (Parivartan Sharma/Courtesy Reuters). Students use Aakash, a low-cost tablet computer, in New Delhi, India on October 5, 2011 (Parivartan Sharma/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday, I posted a piece on my blog, Democracy in Development, about a meeting I hosted at CFR on the potential for technology to improve governance. The piece focuses on Information and Communication Technology for Governance (ICT4Gov), a program of the World Bank Institute. Here’s a brief excerpt:

The philosophy behind ICT4Gov is that increased civic participation leads to better governance. For instance, if citizens can provide feedback to government about service delivery, and even rate the quality of specific programs, then government will have more information to prioritize service delivery and should be more accountable to citizens.

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