Welcome to our newsletter for June. As ever, we have plenty of eParticipation news from all corners of Europe! Don’t forget to look at the blog — www.pep-net.eu — for regular updates.
The First PEP-NET Live Chat (German)
Due to the success of the “Live Chats” that we conducted during the recent online discourse on eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe, we will regularly conduct Live Chats on the PEP-NET blog. A Live Chat is a text chat that can be accessed through a web browser, allowing all participants to ask questions of the panel members at a specific time. The chats are pre-moderated to allow a structured conversation.
The first of our Live Chat series will be conducted in German, although there is an automated translation facility that you can use to view the discussion in your own language. We will post an English-language summary of the discussion afterwards. Alexander Koop of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Renate Mitterhuber from the City of Hamburg, two of the organisations that jointly published “Leitfaden Online-Konsultation” about conducting public consultations online, will take questions on the document and eParticipation in general. The City of Hamburg is a member of PEP-NET.
This Live Chat will take place on Monday 14th June from 16.00 – 17.00 CET. You can go straight to the chat by visiting https://www.pep-net.eu/live-chats/ . Please pass on this information to people who may be interested.
If you wish to suggest topics and panel members for future Live Chats, please get in touch.
- E-Voting.cc’s EVOTE2010 Conference will take place from 21st to 24th July. You can register for the conference online at https://www.e-voting.cc/
- POLITECH is taking nominations for the European eDemocracy Award, to be awarded at an event from 13th to 15th October 2010. See https://pep-net.eu/edemocracyaward2010
- Headstar is holding the “Building Perfect Council Websites” conference in partnership with SOCITM on 14th July 2010. For more details, go to https://www.headstar-events.com/council10/
- Following the PEP-NET meeting in Krems, a temporary steering committee has been set up to develop a strategy for PEP-NET’s transition to a permanent organisation. For details on how you can participate, see https://pep-net.eu/blog/2010/05 /18/a-survey-and-video-conference-on-the-future-of-pep-net/
- To celebrate the launch of the new PEP-NET at the end of September, we are organising an event in Hamburg to take place on either 23rd or 24th September 2010. Please reserve both dates in your diary. Further details to follow.
- “Germany: The resigned President and the power of social media,” by Rolf Luehrs of TuTech Innovation GmbH. Horst Köhler was President of Germany until he abruptly resigned recently. Rolf argues that social media played an important part in setting the agenda both leading to Köhler’s resignation and in the debate over his successor.
- “BürgerForum 2011: German Federal President Horst Köhler initiates a citizens´ online dialogue,” by Simone Gerdesmeier. Simone introduces the Bürgerforum project. 10,000 randomly selected participants from across Germany will take part in a discussion that will result in a citizens’ agenda.
- “e-participation tips from e-trikala,” by e-trikala. New PEP-NET Member e-trikala presents some lessons learned from their experience with eParticipation.
- “Democratic engagement can save money for local government,” by Anthony Zacharzewski of the Democratic Society. Anthony presents the Democratic Society’s paper detailing how democratic engagement helps local government do more with less.
- “The European Citizens Initiative – the Dawn of a Citizens’ Europe?”, by echo source. echo source discuss the role of ICT in delivering the European Citizens’ Initiative, a provision introduced in the EU’s Lisbon Treaty that commits the Commission to act if one million citizens sign a petition.
- “‘eVoting is the logical next step in the electronic revolution!’: Interview with Robert Krimmer, Director of E-Voting.cc.” John Heaven of TuTech Innovation GmbH interviews Robert Krimmer, the Director of e-voting.cc
- “Two sides of eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe: PEP-NET interview with Chuck Hirt.” John Heaven of TuTech Innovation GmbH interviews Chuck Hirt of the Central and Eastern European Citizens Network.
PEP-NET is constantly growing and here we welcome our most recent members:
- City & Bits
- Binary Objects
- Zeppelin University
- Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education, Helsinki
All the best,
|Bengt Feil||John Heaven|