Digital Government fit for a Digital Global Age

Prof. Jack Pitney, a Claremont Mckenna Professor of American Politics participates in Risk Roundup with Jayshree Pandya to discuss “Digital Government Fit for a Digital Global Age”.



The rapidly evolving digital technological landscape is bringing both an opportunity as well as a challenge for each and every component of a nation—and government is no exception.

Like every other component of a nation: industries, organizations, academia and individuals, the promise and expectations of a digital global age are pushing the governments at all levels, across nations, to deliver public services, in a cost-effective, efficient and accessible manner.

Building a government, governance model and integrated governance framework that are data driven and fit for a digital global age requires each nation and its innovators to think beyond political ideology, divide, computer code, technology or internet.

To meet the need of the time and to keep up with the pace of change in ideas, innovation and technology, innovators across some nations have already begun to experiment with ideas and innovation for better and effective data-centric digital governance models. However, the inter-connectedness and inter-dependencies of a digital global age requires each government at every level (global /regional/ national/ local) to securely design their governance systems for inter-operability at all levels within, between and across nations boundaries in cyberspace-geospace and space (CGS).

Across nations, there is a strong need for common, collective and collaborative governance standards—to produce and promote a governance model that is based on real data and not ideological agendas and wishful thinking. While the digital government and data centric governance model is a need of the time, it faces its biggest obstacle—Politics.

About the Guest

John J. Pitney Jr. is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. He received his B.A. in political science from Union College, where he was co-valedictorian. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Yale, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. From 1978 to 1980, he worked in the New York State Senate. From 1983 to 1984, as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, he worked for Senator Alfonse D’Amato of New York and the House Republican Policy Committee, chaired by Representative Dick Cheney of Wyoming. From 1984 to 1986, he was senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Research Committee. He joined the Claremont McKenna College faculty in 1986. From 1989 to 1991, during a leave of absence, he worked at the Research Department of the Republican National Committee, first as deputy director, then as acting director. He has written articles for The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and Roll Call, among others. His scholarly works include The Art of Political Warfare, published in 2000 by the University of Oklahoma Press, and (with Joseph M. Bessette), American Government and Politics: Deliberation, Democracy, and Citizenship (Cengage).

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared risks” facing nations in a “Global Age”. She believes that cyberspace cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As cyber-security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched “cyber-security risk research center” that will merge the boundaries of “geo-security, cyber-security and space-security”.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

“Risk Roundup” is an “integrated strategic security risk dialogue” for nations: its government,  industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).Risk Roundup is released in both audio and video format and is available for subscription at (Risk Group WebsiteiTunesGoogle PlayStitcher RadioAndroid, and Risk Group Professional Social Media).

About Risk Group
Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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