Rockefeller Foundation – Building a Network for Digital Transformation in Government
Summary + Problem Statement
Digital technologies have an increasing role in the lives of individual citizens and governments. The Beeck Center’s work over the past three years has focused on how to collect data, the ethics and use of data/tech and organizational structures to deliver on the promise of data and technology in government.
- How can the public sector develop the digital and technological capacity needed to more effectively engender equitable and inclusive benefits across society, addressing both emerging challenges and opportunities?
- What is the role of the public sector in enabling inclusive and empowering participation in digital society?
The Digital State Network (DSN) will be comprised of technologists, policymakers, government leaders, legal experts, and civil society leaders. The goal of the network is threefold: 1) support the next generation of leaders at the intersection of technology, government; 2) to support cutting edge research towards identifying and resolving key barriers to implementation and scale; and 3) build the capacity within government, policy makers, and civil society to understand, implement, and manage a digital government that can deliver for people.
- Our first challenge will be to identify and effectively coordinate the network globally.
- Along with that, we will need to identify key factors for scale and investing in action-oriented research that can be used towards driving digital transformation. This includes the challenge of political leadership and turnover when making changes to government technology.
- Lastly, we will aim to ensure that the research is implemented sustainably both domestically and globally.