Website Woes: Electronic Government Directorate (EGD)

When we were listing prospective participants for our intensive interviews, we naturally identified representatives from the Electronic Government Directorate (EGD) as sources of some of the most valuable input towards our research. As easy as it was to pinpoint members of EGD, we soon realized that getting in contact with any of them would be a different ballgame altogether. After all, this highly important organization develops and maintains the electronic [&hellip

Website Woes: Human Rights’ Miseries!

The Ministry of Human Rights website deserves a special tribute for it commits to “creating a society free of human rights suffering and deprivation”, something very close to our heart. On the aesthetics side, the website designer seems to have attempted to enjoy some liberty with the consistent green/white theme typical for Pakistani Government websites and ended up with a pale, jaundiced green for not only the website but also [&hellip

Website Woes: PTA grabs the spotlight

After an eventful set of experiences researching and analyzing  Pakistani websites of various genres for their quality against international benchmarks, we headed towards the official nerve center of of Pakistani telecommunication – the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. After all, PTA is one of the more active organizations in Pakistan, often making headlines relating to cyberspace content monitoring, plus its website is an award winner under the ‘Government Websites’ category from Pakistan Web Awards [&hellip

Website Woes: The Executive Tier

The beauty of democracy is that it gives the civil society the voice to question and critique, and the ability to monitor whoever they choose to run the state. With this monitoring, the cyberspace remains no exception, hence Bytes for All- Pakistan, extended their assessment of state websites to the executive tier itself; the websites of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. Unfortunately, Google search on ‘Prime Minister of [&hellip

Website Woes: Leveraging Governance in Cyberspace

While in-depth interviews are being carried out in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore to determine the status of e-governance in Pakistan, Bytes for All researchers have also been monitoring and analyzing the Pakistani cyberspace for implementation of international e-governance benchmarks. Mentioning that Pakistan lags behind in implementation of effective e-governance standards at the public or even the private sector despite initiatives would be akin to stating the obvious. However, it is [&hellip

Karachi
You have got to love Karachi’ites!

Not only have most of our respondents been excited about the project, they’ve also brought their own thoughts to the table. And so, instead of being formal question-and-answer sessions, most of our interviews here have been rigorous discussion circles, which have resulted in a number of ideas that we hope to be able to incorporate in future phases of the project

Lahore
Response from Lahore

The Pakistani city of Lahore contributed data towards the development of Open e-Governance Index from a diverse mix of participants ranging from Academia and Media to NGOs, political parties and Businesses. As expected, majority of respondents were not aware of existing practices regarding open egovernance  and questioned the purpose and benefit of the survey. The interview exercise proved to be a significant disseminator of education in this regard. Respondents who [&hellip

OeGI
Open e-Governance Index

The Open e-Governance Index (OeGI) is an action-research project that aims to measure the state of ‘openness’ in the implementation of ‘e-governance’ around the world. Open e-governance can be measured in terms of the ability of the different actors of the political system, including governments, business and civil society, to participate in decision-making in society, through the use of information and communication technologies. While it will be implemented as a [&hellip