Harvard Policy Group Outlines Steps toward Digital Democracy and Healthy Communities

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: August 08, 2002

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Information Age may usher in an era of better government and stronger communities, according to two new papers released this week by the Harvard Policy Group on Network-Enabled Services and Government (HPG).

The papers are the final two in a series, “Eight Imperatives for Leaders in a Networked World: A Series of Guidelines for the 2000 Election and Beyond.” They are designed to provide a framework for public leaders seeking to develop successful Information Age leadership strategies.

Imperative #7, “Use IT to Promote Equal Opportunity and Healthy Communities,” suggests a series of steps to help leaders explore how networking can be used to support both physical and virtual communities. Imperative #8, “Prepare for Digital Democracy,” explores the challenges that that the growth of computer networking brings to democratic governance and how governments can respond by increasing both the breadth and depth of citizen participation in democratic processes.

HPG, comprised of legislative and executive leaders, private-sector and public-sector leaders, technology managers and general managers, and government officials, is based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The Group works in conjunction with the newly formed E-Government Executive Education (3E) Project, co-directed by Jerry Mechling, lecturer in public policy, Kennedy School, and Lynda Applegate, professor of business administration, Harvard Business School.

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