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Citizen Calling, a pilot initiative for youngsters

The aim of the project is to find out if in sending in their experiences, ideas and views through mobile phone messages young people find taking part in the political process easier and more appealing.

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Citizen Calling taps into the idea that young people have something important to offer British politics. But taking part does not mean that you need to be an MP, a member of a party or have ever had anything to do with politics in the past. Politics isn’t all about parties and procedures – it can also … Continue Reading

iN2015, Singapore’s Masterplan

Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) is Singapore’s 10-year masterplan to help realise the potential of infocomm over this next decade. Led by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), iN2015 is a multi-agency effort which is the result of private, public and people sector co-creation.

iN2015 aspires to achieve ambitious goals, among them: 100% computer ownership in homes with school-going children; 90% of homes using broadband; creation of 80,000 additional jobs; and a three fold increase in infocomm export revenue.

iN2015 is set to help Singapore achieve its vision of becoming “An Intelligent Nation, a Global City, powered by infocomm”….. Continue Reading

Wonderful initiative to bridge digital divide in South Korea

Information Network Village is a wonderful example of fight against the digital divide between rural and urban zones and promotion of an information society fair and accessible for all.

Launched in 2001 by the MOGAHA, the Korean Home Office, Information Network Village Building Project is designed to reduce the digital divide between rural and urban regions by increasing availability of e-government services and to increase income level of local residents by boosting regional economy through e-commerce, which eventually leads to the improvement of … Continue Reading

mDubai, egovernment services through mobiles

mdubai egovernment dubai mgovernment logoAs part of its eGovernment strategy, Dubai eGovernment offers an innovative channel for communication between citizens and Government Departments via SMS. The initiative is called mDubai.

‘Pull’ services allow any interested user to initiate a communication inquiring on Government Services by sending a keyword along with the parameter to a Dubai eGovernment short code. A response is immediately sent. Users can inquire for example about trade license status, traffic fines, or flight information.

‘Push’ services on the other hand, … Continue Reading

e-Participation Forum 2007 in Seoul

Organized by the Guro District, home of the Seoul Digital Industrial Complex, the conference, with the theme of “Promoting Democracy & Regional Development”, will be held in Seoul on February 7-9, 2007.

According to the conference website, the forum will focus on finding a new paradigm for citizen centered administration and regional development through the application of ICT and the cooperation local government and private sector.

Mayors from different cities in Asia and Oceania, IT specialists, international organizations and experts from the academic sector will gather…. Continue Reading

A ‘consumer advocate’ for voters

FactCheck aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They do this by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

The initiative was the top vote-getter among nominees for the annual world-wide survey recognizing “The Top 10 Who are Changing the World of Internet and … Continue Reading

Politicians in Europe take advantage of Web 2.0

Kelly Capell, from BusinessWeek  recently profiled a group of European politicians who have taken to blogging and podcasting to get their messages out, while seeking new ways to engaging voters.

One example is David Cameron, Britain’s Conservative Party leader and eventually the country’s next Prime Minister. Borrowing ideas from photo- and video-sharing sites such as Flickr and YouTube and social-networking sites such as MySpace, Cameron launched his own video blog, a few weeks ago.

New media tools such as blogs, podcasts and … Continue Reading

Google’s boss: “Internet will affect elections”

The internet has largely filled a role of funding for politicians, but it has not yet affected elections. It clearly will”, Eric Schmitt CEO of Internet powerhouse Google predicts.

As part of an interview with the Financial Times, following his speech at the Conservative conference in the UK these are some of the statements he left:

“Many of the politicians don’t actually understand the phenomenon of the internet very well”.

“Politicians have yet to wake up to the impact of the -internet, which will expose … Continue Reading

Government 2.0, a book by William Eggers

From transportation to education to elections to law, the digital revolution is transforming government and politics, slashing bureaucracies; improving services; producing innovative solutions to some of our nation’s thorniest problems; and offering ordinary people access to a degree of information and individual influence until recently accessible only to the most powerful citizens.

Based on interviews with over 500 leading politicians, researchers, technology industry CEOs and leaders, futurists and front-line public employees, Government 2.0 journeys across … Continue Reading

Check if you are registered to vote, ¡online!

Checktheregister.ie� is a new website that allows Irish voters to check if they are registered to vote.

The initiative allows voters from the various city and county councils in Ireland to check if they are registered to vote through the online eReg service. Citizens only need to click on the relevant link to check the Electoral Register for their area.

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