In looking at the middle east, its still an open question as to whether the countries engaged in overthrowing their decades old dictators can begin to move toward nascent emerging democracies. But if they do, we know the process of becoming a stable, democratic society is a long-term exercise. But is there a corallary between how many countries skipped the landline copper wire network to jump right to cell phones with how governmental institutions can be set up?
The average age of most middle eastern countries is well below 30 – perhaps the right democratic model for them starts off with citizens interacting with their government via cell phones. Perhaps they should bake in the basics that we discuss here about open government just because it would be so hard and timeconsuming to set up old institutional structures.
If this is even possible – that emerging democracies who have the chance for a fresh start can start with web and mobile based open data structures, what advice would we, as people who have thought about open government for a while say to them? What services which most impact stable civil societies would this make sense?
I ask this as an open question and have yet to form good ideas about this. Thoughts?