Otto-Schott-Gymnasium Mainz-Gonsenheim (2018)

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eGoverning Germany: The Future of Public Administration (2018)

While digitalisation has been present for long and on the rise in all areas of life, the digitalisation of public administration in Germany is still in its infancy. Compared with other countries, Germany is only in the mid-range concerning eGovernment, at the most. The result of this is an inefficiently organised bureaucracy, the harmful effects of which can be felt by citizens by way of unnecessary official procedures, long processing times and mediocre quality.

The Team

Hello there!

We, Sergej Alexandrov, Throben SchlĂĽter, Nikolas von Stillfried, Aline Pannier, Jakob Sontheim, Arian Sizani, Thomas Roll and Colin Lange are the 2017-18 YES!-Team from the Otto-Schott- Gymnasium Mainz-Gonsenheim, hosted by the ZEW – Centre for European Economic Research, seated in Mannheim Germany.

We have in common that we aren´t really satisfied with the magnitude of our ideas and our opportunities of action that are presented to us in school and in daily life. Hence, when we heard of this programme there was no question that we would participate with great enthusiasm.

Our School takes great interest in digitalisation, offering various computer labs, Ipads during lessons (etc.) and also having a MINT-certification

A dashboard showing all the cancelled lessons and substitute teacher was a static screen in our main hall – now teachers and students developed an application for Android and Apple to check this dashboard mobile, saving large amounts of time and effort being able to plan your day depending on your cancelled lessons (perhaps also sleeping longer!).

These traits and actions of our school show that they are already going with the digital evolution and therefore, we as a team are very content with our school as a project partner, especially on this particular subject.

We are all around the age of 16 to 18. Thus we started to gain our first experiences in interaction with federal policy and bureaucracy (registering for our driver’s licence). As you might have thought, none of them was really pleased, due to the endless seeming queues followed by even longer latency. Therefore it was a no-brainer for us to decide on this particular subject.The interesting part of this subject is, we don’t have to invent any new technologies, because all of it is already available. To  underline this fact, you can take a look at Estonia´s wide variety of eGovernment

services which around 70% of the population there use-compared to Germany´s 15%. So our task has to be to find possible ways of making E-Government more attractive for everyone in Germany.

But why should we even do that? Why is E-Government even a good concept? Is it safe?

E-Government, like everything else you do on the internet, has the risk of people obtaining personal information and we don’t want to in any way exalt that. The fact is, however, the time and effort that is spared, by not only the citizens but also the federal institutions would be drastic. The argument of saving money through the wider usage of E-Government services is also one not to be looked away from. All in all, no matter how you twist it or turn it, E-Government would help the whole society, but this very society isn´t aware of this fact yet enough. Hence, on behave of this project it is our duty to raise the level of acceptance and awareness towards E-Government in order to save money, effort and time, time that a normal middle-class worker these days just can’t afford to lose, but at the moment however does.

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