Major panel: e-Government
People have the right to expect easy-to-use, fast and secure public services as they are funded by the taxes they pay. The purpose of an e-government is to make life easier for citizens, unify public systems and ensure the automatic provision of services to prevent repeated requests for document filing. The digitization must lead to the reduction of 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 close and remote foreign countries in fields such as open data, registration of contracts and e-Voting as examples. One of the basic tools 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 electronic identification? Is digitalisation applicable to all public services?
Panel A: Frictionless and Cashless Society
Acheiving and frictionless society is the first step towards the completion of modern e-government services on the private sphere. It opens a door to 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 gray 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 monetary policy?
Panel B: eHealth
The health service is an area where digital technologies have the potential to improve 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 because 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 that will result from the implementation of electronic services. The government can use 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 digitalisation of the Health sector?
Panel C: Education in the 21 st 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. Therefore, it has to meet the increasing requirements for digital literate employees. This results in the 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 into the educational process and thus make the work of teachers and students easier and more efficient.
In which ways will we teach older people 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 involves 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 competitiveness of companies, which can potentially stimulate economic growth. To grant access to low-priced and fast internet for everyone, we need a new optic network infrastructure 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 infrastracture in remote regions? Will the government of the Czech Republic achieve the targets set for 2020?