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Electronic government and knowledge management
Author:Mark Davis

Introduction

Traditionally, governments are least likely, or are the last to acknowledge and use innovative business design and techniques, especially Knowledge Management. Globally, governments have transferred their responsibilities to the private sector. The Australian Federal Governments' Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Bill 2000, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are good examples. Existing Federal Government privacy legislation will transfer National Privacy Principles to the private sector in 2001, while legislation suggests that the ACCC should provide a Compliance Education Unit, the Commission transfers this responsibility to the non-compliant party. Over time, governments are beginning to collaborate with the private sector, therefore the demand and accountability are greater from both environments.

Generally, government bureaucracy will determine the pace at which it accepts business innovation. While internet facilitation and e-Commerce have developed to a functional stage in the private sector most governments are imagining how good it could or should be.

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