I reckon that most of the money invested by local and regional government in providing e-services, ranging from bog-standard pages for rural councils to the more ambitious attempts seen here in Barcelona, was wasted. This is because most projects served either as a means to funnel money to new media businesses set up by the nephews of the politicians who signed the deals or because the web was seen as a fashion accessory, not a practical tool, and absolutely no thought was put into issues like updating and support.
VilaWeb tells us this morning that a group of investigators from the school of Political Sciences and Public Administration at Pompeu Fabra University has demonstrated in a study, Els ajuntaments de Catalunya a Internet. Un estudi comparat de les págines web (2000-2003), that 70% of municipalities in Catalonia don’t reply to email sent by the public (in this case requests for information re accommodation and tourism in the area). Apparently, while 62% of councils had sites in 2000, that figure has now risen to 78%. That is very bad news, because more sites mean more dashed expectations.
So what’s the solution? Take the management of projects of this nature out of the hands of local councils and comarcas (administrative districts), and buy more Microsoft solutions? Or reduce the role of local and regional government, slashing their large and wasteful involvement in the tourist industry?
- Quién soy, quién somos
Catalañol for qui sóc, qui som.
- Traditional and Mediterranian Root Entertainment Fair
Watching them grow? Or is there a sexual metaphor in the Government of Catalonia’s 9 billion euro March bond issue? The
- Traitors to the language
Everyone always knew that the previous, “moderate”, nationalist government was engaged in a campaign to remove, step-by-step, Spanish and its users
- Press freedom in Catalonia
How have Rafael Ramos, Josep Maria Casasús and other disgraces to journalism been able to survive so long at La Vanguardia?
- Having your glass of water and drinking it
Coverage of the Barcelona water crisis in yesterday’s Vanguardia was a standard victimist litany: Our consumption per capita is low compared to