How does ICT affect public administration

FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE FOR OPEN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Public IT is understood to mean information technologies that are in a public space due to their overall social relevance with special consideration of state responsibility.

The guiding principle of public IT is the smoothest possible form of social communication and networking of future areas of life (e.g. public administration and civil society) and infrastructures (e.g. energy, transport, health).

Why is the public IT discussion urgently needed?

Information technologies (IT) play an increasing role in public life. Not only the provision of public and private services, but also the living environment of the citizens are sustainably influenced by the increased use of information technologies.

The concept of public IT opens the urgently needed proactive discussion about an overarching public IT that drives innovation and communication in Germany, with particular attention to the responsibility of the state and data protection.

Public IT is much more than government hardware and software. Public IT illustrates the need to perceive IT as a critical infrastructure.

It is based on the idea of ​​public space without focusing on geographical spaces or the ownership structure of infrastructures. Rather, the focus is on public functions and state responsibility. A distinction is made between the social subsystems of the economy, the public sector and civil society.

Socially relevant communication in the interplay of these subsystems creates public space and the need for overarching concepts for a uniform infrastructure.