The Connected Republic

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The Connected Republic—Changing the Way We Govern

Government today faces three primary challenges:

  • Delivering public services more quickly, efficiently, effectively, and flexibly
  • Transforming public services to offer what citizens want while keeping taxes down
  • Building trust and accountability with a skeptical and often cynical public

This book describes the next phase of e-government transformation, what Cisco calls the "Connected Republic." This vision puts people and communities at the center of new networks of knowledge, service, trust, and accountability. The approach helps define the role of government, explains how to modernize the public sector, and shows how to strengthen democracy. The Connected Republic is a far-reaching and difficult goal. It is achievable through understanding and making use of the transformation potential of interactive and networked information. This transformation affects the people who work with and for governments, as well as the people for whom governments exist.