Factors Influencing Citizen Adoption of SMS-Based e-Government Services

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Sep 02, 2010
Factors Influencing Citizen Adoption of SMS-Based e-Government Services data sheet 2266 Views
Susanto, T, D and Goodwin, R.
Publication Date: 
Jan 2010
Publication Type: 
Journal article

This paper identifies the factors that determine citizens’ acceptance of SMS-based e-government services. It reports on a web-based survey, paper-based questionnaires, and phone-call interviews that collected 159 responses from 25 countries. The results indicate that there are fifteen perceptions toward using SMS-based e-government services that may influence citizens to use or to reject the services:

  • perceived ease of use
  • perceived efficiency in time and distance
  • perceived value for money; perceived usefulness
  • perceived responsiveness; perceived convenience
  • perceived relevance, quality and reliability of the information
  • trust in the SMS technology
  • perceived risk to user privacy
  • perceived reliability of the mobile network and the SMS-based system
  • trust in government and perceived quality of public services
  • perceived risk to money
  • perceived availability of device and infrastructure
  • perceived compatibility; and
  • perceived self-efficacy in using SMS.

Whether or not a citizen adopts an SMS-based e-government service is influenced by these perceptions. To increase the acceptance of SMS-based e-government services, the systems should address all of these belief factors. An intensive advertising campaign for the services in all mass media channels is critically important to make citizens aware of and to provide detailed knowledge about the services. The advertising campaign should involve people who influence individuals’ decision making. These people include friends, family, teachers, experts, public figures, and government officials. This study found that Notification services are the most frequently used followed by Pull SMS, Listen, and Transaction SMS services. Notification services could be an appropriate starting point for governments who want to establish SMS-based e-government services.

Mobile Diffusion and Development: Issues and Challenges of M-Government with India in Perspective

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Jul 30, 2010
Mobile Diffusion and Development: Issues and Challenges of M-Government with India in Perspective data sheet 2328 Views
Kavita Karan and Michele Cheng Hoon Khoo
Publication Date: 
Jan 2008
Publication Type: 
Journal article

Mobile telephony has emerged as the new frontier where governments around the world are making themselves more accessible through the remote delivery of government services and faster rate of data transfer. In developing countries, the lower cost of mobile technology as compared to Internet has allowed for the expansion of mobile government or m-government services to the poorer segments of the population. From a literature review on m-government, including the various strategies required and successive practices across the world, we build five parameters for a framework for evaluation of m-government services. These include Infrastructural Investment, Regulatory and Political environment, Awareness and Acceptance, Security and Privacy, and Equitable Acceptance.

Using these factors, we review the m-government initiatives in selected countries both in the West, Asia and India. This paper provides an updated review of the current mobile government initiatives, including: m-government’s facilitation of development; the issues and challenges in India; and, finally, proposes some strategies that can be adopted by India.

World Bank Conference on m-Government

Posted by CorinneRamey on Nov 21, 2007

The World Bank e-Development Thematic Group is hosting a global dialogue on the use of mobiles in government. The seminar, titled "m-Government: The Next Frontier in Public Service Delivery," will take place in Washington, D.C. and is part of the eGovWorld conference, from November 29-30 in New Delhi, India.