Most European states have opted for decentralization and independent authorities to rationalize their governments.
However, digital platforms are now struggling to offer increasingly personalized and automated services to their users.This is mostly achieved through data over-centralization. What’s more, digital transformation & open innovation avoid to develop the same software multiple times.
Will governments still be able to offer public services that are competitive with GAFAM, if their local administrations and public entities all have different data and software that are not inter-operable ?
I think providing public services is the next step for those platforms (if not already happening, but it is clearly not Sci-Fi). Look at Google which might enter schools (and ultimately replace them ? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/technology/silicon-valley-baltimore-schools.html) and is building its own smart city in Canada. You can also read this statement from Zuckerberg where he says that “the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us” (https://m.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/building-global-community/10154544292806634