E-Governance in Asia:
Governments increasingly rely on new information and communication technology to connect with citizens. An important aspect of this e-governance is to enhance openness to empower citizens. Nonetheless, it is debated whether the digitization of government has in fact led to increased transparency, or whether governments primarily use the online interfaces to enhance social control. From a critical perspective the symposium examines the state-of-the-art of e-governance in Asia. The aim is to synthesize knowledge about the challenges of creating transparency and accountability in a digital environment. The core discussion unfolds as a juxtaposition of analyses of e-governance in different policy areas in India and China. The national-level studies are set in a comparative perspective spanning all of East and South-East Asia. The symposium thus provides an overview of the regional development of e-governance with particular focus on the pertinent issues of transparency and accountability.