Government: Technology and use cases

What type of technology do governments use
March 28, 2023

Governments around the world are somewhat responsible for the development of important technology in their country, so as not to fall behind other countries that might have already put a certain technology to use.

This necessity happened both nationwide and at smaller scales in the public sector and in smaller individual towns.

This article will try to understand what governmental institutions are, why they rely on technology, and how they implement it.


A Government is an institution entrusted with making and enforcing the rules of a society as well as with regulating relations with other societies. To be considered a government, a ruling body must be recognized as such by the people it purports to govern.

With this in mind, an objective that governments have is to keep up with other countries in several fields, including innovation. Governments, therefore, have to implement new promising technology in their systems to better them and in their country to allow their population to benefit from it.

As technology is the catalyst for change and economic success, governments benefit largely from implementing technology ? Making both their economy stronger and providing better service to their population.

As governments grow in size and as their population grows, technology helps them deal with problems of scale, making their systems handle more traffic and a lot more requests.

Let’s now look at the reasons why governments would want to implement technology.


Technology provides a lot of benefits that can provide a lot of advantages to governments.

  • Keeping track with rival countries

The most basic element is that countries all around the world are in constant competition, trying to discover innovations and technology that could make their problems disappear. As every country innovates and develops its technology, countries around the world have to keep up with their neighbors and develop that technology too.

This encourages countries to keep up with one another and gives them a reason to introduce new technology.

  • Providing the technology to their population and testing

The introduction of technology is also extremely beneficial. Developing technology and giving the option of using it to your population makes your country that much more efficient and capable.

Sure it’s important for a country to keep up with its neighbors but the fact is their population probably uses a certain technology already. By making it public and implementing it at a countries’ scale, governments underline the fact that this technology has been implemented.

As countries represent millions of people, implementing technology at the scale of a country also serves as a test and shows that certain technology can perform for millions of users. Countries can try and test their development at their nation’s scale.

  • Economic booms

Every economic boom has started from technological innovation. The steam engine, the internet, nuclear reaction. Good or bad, every single technological innovation leads to some further development, each one provides an incremental increase in performance, lower costs, faster processes, etc.

Governments, first and foremost, benefit from technology because it provides innovation that can facilitate their goals.

  • Security

As technological innovations are often built quickly, people tend to overlook certain aspects of their implementation. As governments implement a certain technology, they tend to spend more time on the details, one of which is security.

When developing and providing a certain technology to the public, governments tend to produce much more robust and secure alternatives to the public. On a larger scale, say of a country, these details represent a lot. This is particularly the case in cyber security where companies often rely on government agencies when trying to respond to cyber-attacks.

  • Attracting the best innovators

As governments spend resources on technological innovation, they receive all of the previous improvements. However, as talent attracts other talents, governments that regularly innovate and offer new technologies naturally attract innovators that want to benefit from the community and the available resources.

This strengthens the dominance of a given government by increasing its capacity to innovate and develop new technology.


As we’ve seen, governments can largely benefit from technology, here are a few innovations that help governments achieve it.

  1. More efficient means of energy production

One of the most important research fields that governments invest in is energy. Whether it’s plant-based fuels or a more efficient means of production. Governments benefit largely from such innovations.

This could well be the development of a new fuel that can provide more energy or an alternator that is more efficient at converting rotational energy into electricity. Either way, governments implement the tech to both test how it works and then scale it to gather its benefits.

  1. Military technologies

For governments, military technologies promise a peaceful future ahead. Innovation in this sector revolves around more lethal and powerful weapons. Technology serves the sector, both to analyze the created data and to create new weapon systems.

An example of that is the creation of drones that harness both complex camera systems, communication devices that can reach the whole world, and devastating weaponry. All of which use a variety of sensors, motors, electronic boards, and circuitry.

        As innovation today happens incredibly fast, organizations around the globe all need to keep pace with the upcoming trends and technologies. Governments have the same requirements as their population relies on them to benefit from the latest technologies. Not only do governments innovate and introduce technology for their population, it directly benefits them by increasing their power to innovate, making their processes more efficient, and providing them with an overall edge against neighboring countries.

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