Major panel: e-Government
People have the right to expect easily-available, fast and safe public services as these are funded by the taxes they pay. The purpose of an e-government is to make the life of citizens easier, unify public systems and ensure the automatic provision of services to prevent the repeated requests for document filing. The digitalization must lead to the reduction of the administrative burdens for citizens and entrepreneurs, more efficient execution of state administration, savings in both public and private resources and, last but not least, greater time efficiency. We can take both nearby and distant foreign countries in fields such as the open data, registration of contracts and e-Voting as examples. One of the basic instruments that has also been implemented in our country recently is the electronic ID card.
Are all citizens prepared for an e-government? How could the public and private sector be interconnected in the field of the electronic identification? Is digitalization applicable to all public services?
Panel A: Frictionless and Cashless Society
Acheiving a frictionless society is the first step towards the completion of modern e-government services on the part of the private sphere. It opens a door towards frictionless services for entrepreneurs and customers, for example the replacement of impractical cash with mobile and online payments, which are easier and more comfortable. Moreover, it offers a solution to the grey economy problems, tax evasion and financing of criminal activities including terrorism. Even revolutionary ideas, such as entirely digital currencies, can emerge, which are supposed to completely transform the financial system.
Will the government be able to eliminate all risks of misuse? Will it be able to protect our data? What impact will the cashless society have on the monetary policy?
Panel B: eHealth
The Health service is an area where digital technologies have the potential to ameliorate the quality of human life through the provision of more efficient health care, which can be achieved thanks to fewer administrative burdens for doctors. This domain is particularly sensitive, since timely exchanges of information can save lives. Furthermore, in an underfunded and insufficiently controlled sector such as Health, it is also necessary to think about the savings which will arise from the implementation of electronic services. The government can folow the example of the private sector, which is at the forefront of telemedicine in the Czech Republic.
Is the current regulatory framework for eHealth services sufficient in terms of confidentiality and privacy protection? What are the limits of the digitalization of the Health sector?
Panel C: Education in the 21st Century
A change of the elementary, secondary and higher education system is the key to digital transformation. The state has to ensure the quality of education for children. Hence, it has to face the increasing requirements for digitally-literate employees. This results in a need to transform the system into a lifelong learning process, where universities act as partners for employers and employees. At the same time, it is necessary to introduce the Information and Communication Technologies to the education process and, thus, make the work of teachers and students easier and more efficient.
In which ways will we teach the elderly population and villagers how to work with ICT? Is the government able to ensure the digital literacy of all teachers? Are schools sufficiently equipped with digital technology?
Panel D: Internet for Everyone
The creation of the real digital economy firstly entails the presence of a high-speed internet connection in all households and in all public spaces. This is not only an indispensable condition for e-government creation, but also an opportunity to attract investors to settle in underperforming regions. Access to digital services will increase the competitivness of companies which can potentionally stimulate economic growth. To grant access to low-priced and fast internet for everyone, we need a new optical network infrastructure and to remove the real burdens.
Will the government ensure a price level for telecommunication services that everyone can afford? Will the government be able to motivate private investors to develop the infrastracture in remote regions? Will the government of the Czech Republic accomplish the objectives set for 2020?