E-envoy Alex Allen has backed calls to give users a stronger voice in the development of e-business standards and best practice.
Allen, whose first major task since taking on the role last week was to address the Internet Service Providers Association parliamentary forum, agreed that a user voice was necessary to counter a supplier-driven agenda. It follows close on the heels of similar calls from the National Computing Centre, the BuyIT group, and the newly formed UK Partners for Electronic Business.
In an interview with Computer Weekly, Allen signalled that one of his major tasks would be to ensure that attempts to create electronic government are pushed through and are effectively "joined-up". He would like to see similar services in the UK as are available in Australia, where he was British High Commissioner, such as the facilities to renew driving licences and pay parking fines via the Web. Equally, he said, Australia could learn from the UK's adoption of digital TV services.
Allen said he was encouraged by recent UK large businesses' acknowledgement of the advantages offered by the Internet, and would continue to encourage small businesses to transform their methods of trading.
Allen also unveiled an Internet chat room in which UK citizens can give their views on the electronic world to the e-envoy's office. Click here for information on the forum.