U.S., India Partner On Open Government - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
News
11/8/2010
12:03 PM
50%
50%

U.S., India Partner On Open Government

On his trip to Mumbai, President Obama points to similarities in the open government goals of the U.S. and India, and pledges $1 million in support of public efforts to share best practices.

Best Government Websites
(click image for larger view)
Best Government Websites

The Obama administration yesterday said it will work with the government of India to advance open government initiatives in both countries and to support similar efforts in other parts of the world.

On his trip to Mumbai, President Obama spoke at the Expo on Democracy and Open Government, an event highlighting citizen efforts to promote government accountability. The venue marked the launch of the U.S.-India Open Government Dialogue, which is being led by Aneesh Chopra, CTO of the United States, and Sam Pitroda, innovation advisor to India's Prime Minister.

The Obama administration said it will contribute $1 million toward public efforts to share best practices in working toward improved services and democratic accountability.

Obama pointed to similarities between open government efforts in the United States and India. Both countries are using technology to reach citizens and provide increased transparency about the activities of government, he said.

India may even have an advantage in that it's not hindered by legacy technology and can potentially bring government services online more quickly. "In many ways India may be in a position to leapfrog some of the intermediate stages of government service delivery, avoiding some of the 20th century mechanisms for delivering services and going straight to the 21st," Obama said.

The president visited with the technologists behind some of India's open government efforts, and commended them for their early work in open government.

To promote election reform, for instance, the Association for Democratic Reform has developed an SMS service that lets Indians type in their zip code and obtain a text message providing background information on candidates for public office, according to a White House blog post by Samantha Power, senior director and special assistant for multilateral affairs and human rights.

This use of mobile phones is a more feasible way to spread useful election information in India than posting information on the Web, Power said. While many Indians can't afford PCs, most have mobile phones; the country has 700 million of them, she said.

Still, India also is using the Web to promote political transparency and accountability. Obama also met with a group of people behind a Web site trying to shed light on rampant bribery in the country and help stop it.

Ipaidabribe.com allows Indians to upload videos of their experiences in dealing with this common form of government corruption. The website has received 120,000 hits in 2-1/2 months, according to Power.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Annual IT Salary Report 
Base pay for IT professionals has remained flat this year with a median annual salary of $88,000 for staff and $112,000 for management. However, 58% of staff and 62% of managers who responded to our survey say they're satisfied with their compensation. Download this report to find out which positions earn the highest compensation.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll