Authors: Minyi Huang
Addresses: School of Business, University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong, China
Abstract: This paper studies the efforts of developing rural e-government in China to help local farmers, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to grow and flourish. Three real-life case studies are used to describe the status quo of rural e-government development in China. The merits and limits of each case are assessed in terms of accessibility, usefulness and sustainability. On the basis of the analysis, we suggest the need to improve IT infrastructure in rural areas by having more stakeholder involvements and the need to encourage data and resource sharing among the service providers.
Keywords: rural e-government; China; case study; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; electronic government; electronic democracy; local government; rural areas; accessibility; usefulness; sustainability; information technology; IT infrastructure; data sharing; resource sharing.
International Journal of Electronic Democracy, 2009 Vol.1 No.2, pp.124 - 135
Published online: 18 Sep 2009 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article