Open data and e-government – related or competing ecosystems: a paradox of open government and promise of civic engagement in Estonia

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Abstract

The article analyzes an open data movement in an unusual context of highly developed digital economy and widespread popularity of e-government services in a country that is universally well-known as one of the global leaders in promoting information society and electronic democracy, but paradoxically demonstrating modest results in propagating a presumably related concept of open government data. In this regard, paying special attention to the investigation of main drivers, stakeholders and challenges of the open data movement in Estonia, the author argues that a highly centralized administrative policy that has been widely used previously by authorities in advancing various technology-driven public reforms, which partly explains a truly impressive advance of this Nordic state in e-government, e-commerce, e-banking and evoting, does not necessarily lead to same effective results in the open data domain. On the contrary, the presence of established democratic institutions and developed civil society as well as an incredibly advanced and dynamic private ICTindustry that values competition and professional curiosity along with a very strong sense of patriotism and adherence to a particular neighborhood deeply rooted in Estonian society has played a much more important role in diffusing the concept rather than just traditional government directives and strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-578
Number of pages26
JournalInformation Technology for Development
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • civic engagement
  • e-democracy
  • e-government
  • Estonia
  • freedom of information
  • Open data
  • open government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Public Administration
  • Computer Science Applications

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