Book News: June 17th, 2004

By Dr Perri 6The report reveals the extent to which local authorities in the UK have much to learn from their US counterparts when using Information Communications Technology (ICT) in the local decision making processes. It gives examples to show how ICT can be used to help in making better policy decisions, but makes it clear that technology cannot substitute for difficult processes in policy making, not least the need for leadership and at the same time consensus. Dr Perri 6 also considers the human dimension and warns that before embarking on an ICT initiative members and officers need to consider their own view of information and the views of others. For example: who trusts whom with information? Who wants to keep information private, away from their peers in the authority? There also needs to be clarity about who regards information as relevant or irrelevant to a decision.

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