Governments worldwide are in the process of digitizing their operations so that the citizenry of the country has real-time access to information and so that the nation has the ability to provide services to both individual citizens and companies. UMIACS has been at the forefront of technological developments that have led to the capability to digitize government. The proposed Center for Digital Government will develop the core IT technologies and best practices needed for digitizing governments both in the developed world and in developing economies around the world. CDIG will:
- Develop computational models of electronic procurement activities in governments across the world.
- Develop computational models to enhance revenue collection by governments across the world and identify fraud.
- Develop computational models to enhance the delivery of information to citizens using innovative new delivery mechanisms such as WiMAX.
- Develop computational models to support matching candidate positions with those of citizens
- Develop computational models to ensure the privacy and controlled release of private data in government data banks
- Develop computational models to support environmental tracking in various parts of the world
- Develop computational models of economic phenomena in various parts of the world
- Study how open standards and open source software can co-exist with proprietary software in countries with limited resources
- Develop computational tools and policies to support effective investment in a country's e-government operations.
- Develop best practices for IT professionals and decisions worldwide.
- Provide training courses for top IT professionals and decision makers from around the world.
The Center for Digital International Government is open to cooperation with international development bodies such as the World Bank, IMF, UNDP, UNCTAD, USAID, as well as regional international bodies such as the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the African Development Bank. By specifically focusing on the needs of the above organizations, and by leveraging both UMIACS' world leadership in IT as well as our strategic location, we believe this can translate to several projects and avenues of cooperation. CDIG is also open to cooperation with IT companies that are supportive of the goals of the Center and may be interested in providing funds and advisory.