Alexander B. Howard replied to the topic “Open government” – Public discussion of bills of the Government of Russian Federation in the forum Gov2.0 in Russia 8 years, 5 months ago
Alena: In the context of the recent history and actions of the Russian government, is calling this an “open government program” accurate?
As with other government, Russia is moving forward with “e-government.” E-government is a natural outgrowth of the historic moment.
Open government, as many advocates and students of history understand it, is associated with transparency and good government initiatives that expose fraud or corruption.
Are you saying that the prime minister and president will actually be bound by an expression of public opinion online? That the Russian government will tolerate dissent or criticism of its policies?
What has been the outcome for journalists who have exposed goverment waste? What about Mr. Khordokovsky’s case and imprisonment?
Does adoption of open government online mean that the government will respect freedom of the press offline?
Can you please present more evidence as to why observers should trust that dissent will not be squelched and that these government initiatives are not the equivalent of Potemkin villages for the Internet?
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