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eGovBlog.com gets visitors from all over the world

We are very happy to share with you the fact that during the two months since we launched, eGovBlog.com has received visitors from all across the globe.

To be more precise, and according to the reports, friends from countries like United States, Canada, Brazil Portugal, Greece, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Estonia, Argentina, United Kingdom or Russia among others, landed at least once on eGovBlog.com in this period.

We are very happy about this milestone, and we want to take the opportunity to thank … Continue Reading

The Shared Services Online Summit

headstar logoAn interesting gathering, The Shared Services Online Summit brings together leaders from across the public sector to debate the issues that determine the success  of shared services and the key challenges that need to be addressed at each stage of a shared services project.

The debate takes place on a web-based ‘bulletin-board’, where participants can read what others are saying and make their own contributions. A virtual think tank of over 80 people  has been assembled to create the core of the discussions, drawn from public … Continue Reading

An online ‘marketplace’ for democracy in Latin America

DemocraciaVivaDemocraciaViva aims to strengthen latin american democratic process by encouraging a frank and open dialogue both among citizens and between citizens and public authorities through Information and Communication Technologies.

The assumption behind the initiative is that Internet and other related technologies increasingly allow people to come together to discuss issues of common interest, and then organize themselves to drive government action and ultimately help shape the whole political process.

A community of those characteristics runs 24/7, turning out content and information about issues that are relevant to society. DemocraciaViva … Continue Reading

Debatepedia, a wiki encyclopedia for public debate

debatepediaWe have just learned about Debatepedia, a new “wiki” encyclopedia of arguments and debates.

Founded in the summer of 2006, the platform enables users to present all of the unique ‘pro’ and ‘con’ arguments that have been made by scholars, experts, leaders, etc. It also allows editors to present the overall positions of politicians, think-tanks,interest and activist groups, foreign leaders, etc.

The main question driving the idea of Debatepedia during its formative period was: how could “open-source” technology be applied to debate and analysis. Debatepedia now wants to answer … Continue Reading

Understanding the political influence of blogs

That is the title of this paper written by T.Neil Sroka. The work was based on a survey that the author conducted at every congressional office of the House of Representatives and Senate in the US, to gauge their online activity.

The author arrived to the idea that although more study is needed to know how blog readership and usage directly impact policy decisions, the high levels of blog readership and the widely held view that blogs function as the “watchdog” of the mainstream media clearly suggest that the blogosphere has a much … Continue Reading

A Parliament led by youngsters

UK Youth Parliament UKYPLaunched at the House of Commons in July 1999, the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) goal is to give a voice to the young people of the UK between the ages of 11 and 18. Up to present there are over 300 elected MYPs who represent both young men and women, including young people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and with physical and learning disabilities.

Once elected, MYPs work to establish the burning local, regional and national issues, and then tackle them … Continue Reading

eRepresentative, or more effective legislative services

eRepresentative logoeRepresentative is a research and development project that investigates the potential impact of a “virtual elected representative’s desktop” to support the work of elected officials by making legislative services more effective and more tailored to meet their individual requirements.

The eRepresentative project started in February 2006 and will end in January 2008. It involves representatives, civil servants and other stakeholders in five European Parliaments and Assemblies.

Among other innovations, the virtual desktop will allow representatives to work away from Parliament with more robust security; provide … Continue Reading

Estonian Information Society Strategy 2013

ria logoThe Government of Estonia recently unveiled the “Estonian Information Society Strategy 2013″, a sectoral development plan, setting out the general framework, objectives and respective action fields for the broad employment of ICT in the development of a knowledge-based economy and society in Estonia in 2007-2013.

The document begins with this sentence: ‘In the modern globalizing world, economic success and high quality of living are achieved only in countries attaching great importance to the efficient handling of knowledge and information and using them for the benefit of the … Continue Reading

Voters force politicians to jump into the web

The First Annual Voter Expectations Survey attracted more than 250,000 voters who interacted with rich media ad units.

Jointly developed by PointRoll -a leading developer of innovative rich media-, the E-Voter Institute and HCD Research, the research revealed that the interactive online environment is growing in its influence and usage among voters.

Initial key findings showed that an overwhelming majority of respondents expect candidates to use online technology as part of their campaign efforts (87 percent expect they will have a Web site; 70 percent expect the use of email). Also, while respondents continue to see TV ads as the most effective … Continue Reading

An e-Government Laboratory in Greece

e-government laboratory logoWe would like to introduce in this post the e-Government Laboratory of the University of Athens (UoA/eGovLab), a research unit within the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and a leading academic R&D group for e-Government in Greece.

Led by Prof. Panagiotis Georgiadis, Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens, and with a current staff of around 10 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, the UoA/eGovLab group also provides business planning and operations management … Continue Reading