Toward the regulation of ubiquitous mobile government: A case study on location-based emergency services in Australia

Anas Aloudat, Katina Michael

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Abstract

Mobile alerts, notifications and location-based emergency warning systems are now an established part of mobile government strategies in an increasing number of countries worldwide. In Australia the national emergency warning system (NEWS) was instituted after the tragic Black Saturday Victorian Bushfires of February 2009. NEWS has enabled the provision of public information from the government to the citizen during emergencies anywhere and any time. Moving on from traditional short message service (SMS) notifications and cell broadcasting to more advanced location-based services, this paper explores the major issues faced by government, business and society at large, toward the realization of a fully fledged emergency system for personal mobile devices. This qualitative study contains two phases: phase 1 gathered issues from the general public via an open-ended survey question, and phase 2 gathered issues from key informant interviews. The data was analyzed using qualitative content analysis techniques. The results are presented in a narrative form granting detailed insight into the main challenges faced in the deployment of a mobile government application. The complex interplay between government agencies, telecommunications carriers and the Australian public is presented, ultimately leading down a path of regulation. By using a qualitative approach it is hoped that the intimate lessons learnt in the Australian landscape can be applied to other nations considering mobile government applications. The outcome of the paper is predominantly practical providing a series of recommendations toward the successful deployment of mobile government applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-74
Number of pages44
JournalElectronic Commerce Research
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emergency management
  • Location-based services
  • Mobile government
  • Regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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