Generating Citizen Trust in E-Government Security: Challenging Perceptions

Rana Tassabehji (University of Bradford, UK), Tony Elliman (Brunel University, UK), and John Mellor (University of Bradford, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 17
EISBN13: 9781605665993|DOI: 10.4018/ijcec.2007070101
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This is an eGISE network article. It is motivated by a concern about the extent to which trust issues inhibit a citizen’s take-up of online public sector services or engagement with public decision and policy making. A citizen’s decision to use online systems is influenced by their willingness to trust the environment and agency involved. This project addresses one aspect of individual “trust” decisions by providing support for citizens trying to evaluate the implications of the security infrastructure provided by the agency. Based on studies of the way both groups (citizens and agencies) express their concerns and concepts in the security area, the project will develop a software tool—a trust verification agent (TVA)—that can take an agency’s security statements (or security audit) and infer how effectively this meets the security concerns of a particular citizen. This will enable citizens to state their concerns and obtain an evaluation of the agency’s provision in appropriate “citizen friendly” language. Furthermore, by employing rule-based expert systems techniques, the TVA will also be able to explain its evaluation.
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