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The Golden Dot Awards 2007

eadmissions logoThe Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet will present the Golden Dot Awards 2007 for excellence in online campaigning. The gathering will take place March 15-16, 2007 at the annual Politics Online Conference at The George Washington University.

The Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the use of the Internet to try to influence the political process -for an electoral campaign, official ballot, political party, etc.- during the whole year 2006.

Nominations are free and open to … Continue Reading

Internet gains momentum as source of political news

pew logoA report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project about the 2006 US election shows that the number of Americans relying on the Internet for political news doubled from the 2002 mid-term election and grew fivefold in the past decade.

Among other interesting findings, the survey states that a new online political elite is emerging, as 23% of campaign internet users became online political activists.

Also, and according to the paper, while mainstream news sources still dominate … Continue Reading

Schools in the UK: eAdmissions Process

eadmissions logoThe eAdmissions National Project is one of 22 projects initiated by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in the UK, with the goal of helping local authorities (LAs) meet e-Government targets.

Jointly sponsored by DCLG and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), eAdmissions aims to help LAs put their school admissions process online and meet the Priority Service Outcome (PSO) for Schools.

Through its website, the eAdmissions National Project provides LAs with tools, information and guidance on implementing and promoting … Continue Reading

Interview with Andy Williamson, from New Zealand

Andy WilliamsonThis is an enriching conversation that we recently had with Andy Williamson, a leading community researcher from Waitakere, New Zealand about his work and vision. Andy is exploring the factors affecting the uptake of electronic democratic processes in a regional community and  the impact of using ICT to facilitate and influence those processes. Here it goes.

eGB: Information and Communication Technologies offer  the potential for greater participation in political and democratic processes. Do you think small communities are more likely to adopt this type of involvement in comparison to bigger … Continue Reading

eGovernment Master Programme at Örebro University

orebro university logoThis is an International Master Program offered by Örebro University, in Sweden.

The programme focuses on the key building blocks necessary to harness technology for development: Users, Organization, Technology, and Economy.The Master gives participants the skills by providing scientific knowledge and opportunities to apply these to real-life settings.

Next edition starts on September 3rd, 2007 and the application deadline is on February 1st, 2007.

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eGovAsia 2007, 6-8 February in Malaysia

e-asia 2007 egov Malaysia egovernmentWith a purpose of creating a world class Asian platform for consultative dialoguing, strategic planning, knowledge networking and business partnering in the field of e-Government, eGovAsia 2007 brings together some of the best minds from the highest echelons of government, industry and civil society.

The assumption behind the gathering is that, with asian nations emerging as most promising global economies, traditional governments and their ways of governance surely need to be redifined. Countries in the … Continue Reading

The International Teledemocracy Centre (ITC)

International Teledemocracy Centre logoIn 1999, Napier University established the International Teledemocracy Centre, dedicated to researching innovative e-democracy systems that will strengthen public understanding and participation in democratic decision-making. The Centre is the only one of its kind in the UK, combining relevant software engineering applications with political and sociological analysis.

ITC, with an already well established solid international reputation, has developed a complementary research agenda across three main areas of interest: technology-supported communication between government and civil society; managing public agency information … Continue Reading

A revolutionary system to solve absences in Fife, Scotland

Launched in January 2005 by the Fife Council, the supply teachers messaging system helps cover staff absences in an effective way.

Around 1500 teachers, auxiliaries and classroom assistants have joined the program. As part of the process they were asked to provide information about their location and availability together with e-mail and mobile contacts.

When a school has a specific staff need, they can do a search and be shown a list of teachers who match the requirements. The school then clicks the ones they have chosen and the system automatically triggers an e-mail … Continue Reading

Interview with Chip Smith, Managing Co-Founder of Hotsoup.com

Chip Smith Hotsoup e-government interviewWe have recently posted about Hotsoup.com. Today, we are very happy to have Mr.Chip Smith, managing co-founder of Hotsoup, who kindly accepted to share his insights with eGovBlog. We take this opportunity to thank him and the Hotsoup team for making this possible.

eGB: What did motivate you to launch Hotsoup? 

ChS: My partners and I believed that there was a growing number of Americans that wanted to participate in a civil dialogue about the news and issues that … Continue Reading

Book: ‘Global e-Government: Theory, Applications and Benchmarking’

global e-government book theory applications and benchmarkingThe book Global e-Government: Theory, Applications and Benchmarking, by Latif Al-Hakim, examines the practices of e-government in developing and developed countries presenting recent theoretical research in e-government and providing a platform to benchmark the best practices in implementing e-government programs.

The text covers various theoretical and applications aspects of e-government. Organised in three parts: e-government theory and state-of-art; e-government applications; and benchmarking, it provides insights and support for … Continue Reading