Friday, July 1, 2011

The Irony of a National ICT Month

You can still catch the celebration on the CICT website or at least the farce of it before it goes under the the banner of DOST.

"Let’s celebrate the National ICT Month this June! With the theme, “A Digitally Empowered Philippines”..."


Paraphrasing US President Obama's statement during the appointment of Vivek Kundra as first federal CIO, we can now read the CICT demotion as stating the Aquino presidency's direction as:

"[Forget about] using the spirit of [Filipino] innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and lower the cost of government operations. [With CICT under DOST, we are] making sure that our government  [will NOT be] running in the most secure, open and efficient way possible.

Plus considering the results of UN's E-Government Survey of 2010, it seems our current government believes otherwise.

While technology is no substitute for good policy, it may give citizens the power to question the actions of regulators and bring systemic issues to the fore.  Similarly, e-government can add to public service delivery to help governments respond to an expanded set of demands even as revenues fall short.

No offense to DOST but I thinkyup.  ICT deserves an office all of its own.  After all, unlike the fairly tame DOST, technology has a way of exposing things that should not be named thereby biting the very hand that created and sustains it.

Oh, well.  For wishful thinking, we can just read this document and pray that e-nlightenment comes.