Technology

Changing GoL’s ICT Environment: The Road Ahead

Last week’s article provided some much needed insight on the Chief Information Office, Republic of Liberia, the CIO Regime and the current Chief Information Officer-RL. Based on the number of calls and emails received after that article was published, I can safely say that there were a lot of folks who were totally oblivious to the existence of that office. This week, my intent is to identify and delineate some of the issues and challenges that have been strangulating efforts to achieve a robust Government of Liberia’s (GoL’s) ICT environment.

Fund Open Source Software Research to Enhance ICT for Development (ICT4D) and ICT for Dollars (ICT4$)

I owe part of my IT education to the Open Source community. I enhanced my programming skills using Open Source programming languages; I garnered a better understanding of operating systems through my study and research of the Linux kernel; I understood the inner workings of software by having access to their code; and in college, I used learning materials from computer science classes made available by MIT Open Courseware. But this article is not about how I benefited from open source software.


Dr. Darren Wilkins

“One-Stop (online) Government” “One-Stop Shop” Web Portal: A Crucial Component of E-Government”

In my last article on e-government, I defined and discussed e-government and the stages involved in achieving based on the studies by the United Nations, The World Bank, Gartner Group, et al. I also referenced Liberia’s ranking in the 2014 UN E-government Survey based on what is considered the country’s de facto national website: e-Mansion.Gov.Lr. I then went on to list the benefits of e-government as well as its advantages and disadvantages.


Darren Wilkins

One-Stop (online) Government” “One-Stop Shop” Web Portal: A Crucial Component of E-Government

The expansion of the internet and its accompanying technologies has brought both increased efficiency and new methods of communication in our way of life. Since its (internet) advent, governments around the world have worked assiduously using all forms of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to bring public administration online for the delivery of services and information to their “customers” (citizens, businesses, governments, government employees). This is also called Electronic Government or e-Government.

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