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Brown Bag: Information Technology, Mobile and Data for Governance

ICT expert Dr. Nagy Hanna will speak to the OpenGov Hub community over a brown bag lunch discussion and will provide a strategic overview of an emerging field of development: information technology and data for governance. The presentation will show the enormous potential of leveraging ICTs for governance. It suggests a better understanding of the socio-political context where technology can be applied and for a more strategic selection of entry points for assistance in using ICT tools and data to strengthen governance and public service delivery. It identifies the policies and institutions that might sustain and scale up ICT for governance interventions. It points to the opportunities ICT offers to transform government institutions to become open, transparent, responsive and accountable. It also points to the challenges and constraints to pursuing such opportunities. It suggests that digital technologies are helping to share information and expand knowledge, but so have not democratize knowledge or overcome the educational, economic, or social divides, or the highly unequal complementary assets and capabilities to turn information into useful knowledge and power. The presentation would conclude with specific recommendations to development practitioners to engage with client countries and organizations to leverage ICT tools and create enabling environments for transparency, accountability and good governance. 

About the speaker:

Dr. Nagy K. Hanna is author, educator, public speaker, and global expert on digital transformation and innovation strategies. He has over 40 years experience advising countries and aid agencies on digital economy, e-transformation policies and strategies, e-government, e-leadership institutions, knowledge services industry, connectivity, public sector reform and governance, and innovation-driven development strategies. Visiting professor, Wits University, South Africa. Advisor to governments, World Bank, ICT multinationals, and major consulting firms on cutting-edge ICT policies and strategies. He is a Senior Fellow and Board Member of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies; founding member of People-Centered Internet at Stanford university; and member of editorial boards of several journals including Springer’s book series on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Knowledge Economy. Taught at University of Maryland, George Washington, and Duke. Led or participated in development policy dialogue in over 50 countries. Published over 100 articles, papers and book chapters, and authored/co-authored 24 books. Over 30 years, he held many positions at the World Bank, including senior advisor on national ICT strategies, lead evaluator of development effectiveness, lead corporate strategist, lead economist, and senior operations officer. He holds PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Completed Executive Development Program at Harvard.