Centralisation of e-government websites

Just last week, the UK government has announced the launch of a pilot test website to replace its current e-government website.

The site http://www.gov.uk is a pilot effort to continue centralising the delivery of information and services to the citizens. It intends to replace http://www.directgov.uk and with it it will generate a new platform for both the design and maintenance of e-government services.  It will also support the closing of other government websites in a continuous effort to reduce costs and provide more centralised, standardised and high quality support to government departments.

The news also coincided with announcements that the g-cloud (government cloud) is to launch its first services soon.  These services will provide cost reductions for government departments.  They will be services on demand, which also means that departments will only pay for what they use.

In some other countries, g-cloud services are becoming very popular.  For instance, having e-mail systems in the cloud can ensure that those government departments of good size will pay more for their email systems than smaller departments.

As the popularity of cloud technologies is on the increase, a concern that still remains is that of security in the cloud.

 

José-Rodrigo Córdoba

 

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