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- Fundamental Policy Considerations for the Regulation of Internet Cross-Border Privacy Issues by Svantesson, Dan J.B.
- eHealth: What is Needed at the Policy Level? by Crutzen, Rik and Gao, Guodong (Gordon)
- What Are the Police Doing on Twitter? Social Media, the Police and the Public by Crump, Jeremy
- A Public-Private Partnership Model for National Cybersecurity by Shore, Malcolm/ Du, Yi and Zeadally, Sherali
- The Trouble with Transparency: A Critical Review of Openness in e-Government by Bannister, Frank and Connolly, Regina
Virtual Policy Networks in Forestry and Climate Change in the U.S. and Canada: Government Nodality, Internationalization and Actor Complexity
1Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
1Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Citation Information: Policy & Internet. Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 33–59, ISSN (Online) 1944-2866, DOI: 10.2202/1944-2866.1036, August 2010
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The Internet and the Web have changed policy formulation processes. The Web has increased the potential for governments to use information to manage the policy process and direct policy outcomes. It is argued that understanding the macro impacts of web-based information and measuring the performances of online public sector information activities is vital to improving governments’ web-based capacity. This paper examines government nodality, internationalization, and actor composition in nine virtual policy networks to explore similarities and differences in online policy activities across different regions. The nine networks analyzed are issue specific, focused on forestry and climate change in four western Canadian provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia) and in five western U.S. states (Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, and Colorado). Discussion is focused on how specific contexts around governing priorities, political responses and issue-specific policy problems shape the nature of virtual web-based information networks.