Government as a Platform

Best practices for applying the Platform Business Model to the public sector.

digitalgov · July 30, 2021

At the headline level GaaP refers to the public sector Harnessing the Platform Business Model.

This means government agencies emulating the likes of Airbnb or Uber Taxis, or Amazon and Google, encompassing the embrace of the latest technologies and also dynamic new digital business models.

In the Harvard white paper on Digital Government Transformation Richard Pope provides a working definition of ‘GaaP’ – Government as a Platform.

“GaaP should reorganize the work of government around a network of shared APIs and components, open-standards and canonical datasets, so that civil servants, businesses, and others can deliver radically better services to the public more safely, efficiently, and accountably.”

He explores the topic through a summary round up of how this approach has been pioneered and adopted in countries like India, Estonia and the UK.

We explore the potential for these innovative new models and also document the details of active implementations across different nations, like Estonia, Canada and the UK, providing detailed blueprint analysis of GaaP implementations across the world.

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