Archive for April, 2009


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

ASAEL (Aragonese Association of Local Authorities), is developing the “eCLAU” Project in the framework of “Youth in Action” European Programme, which principal aim is to promote youth participation within the utilization of New Technologies in the UE environmental policy, specifically in the fight against climatic change. The Project is being promoted ...

Where are the eParticipants?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

The rise of social media and social networking as part of it brought both advantages and problems to eParticipation projects. On the one hand online time is limited for each potential participant of an eParticipation effort, which means the more time a person spends on Facebook, Twitter etc. the less ...

Technology use in the 2009 South African elections

Monday, April 20th, 2009

by Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, Danish Technological Institute Much has been reported about the successful campaigning, fund raising and support canvassing by the 2008 Obama election campaign. Still the use of ICT to increase electoral participation, campaigning, consultation and voting is not a uniquely US phenomena. A multitude of eParticipation and eDemocracy ...

CfP: EDem 2009 7-8 September, Vienna

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS EDEM09 2009 Conference on Electronic Democracy 7.-8.9.2009 University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna, Austria Submissions deadline: 17 May 2009

Open Source Software and Public Trust in eVoting

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Democratic societies of today face the challenge of upgrading public dialogue and reinforcing citizens' participation in decision making, thus passing from an e-government to an e-governance model. eVoting is an important aspect of this effort, while at the same time is one of the most controversial issues at a technological, ...

Unsocial Networks

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

We all know about the benefits of social networking but what about the pitfalls? The obvious one is distraction – it is estimated that social networks cost UK businesses £6.5 billion a year in lost productivity. That doesn’t mean I’m in favour of blacklisting such sites; instead I would encourage ...

Let the sun shine in the EU as well - results from the Government2.0Camp

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The USA is having a hot period of reforming the government through web2.0 and participatory models - it has become quite obvious during the last times. It does also mean, that NGO's are helping to find the best policy through various means. The leader of IT and transparency mashups, the Sunlight ...

eGovernment Workshop, Danube University Krems Austria

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Workshop „ePolicy-Making“: legal requirements, preconditions, solutions. Join us for 2-day workshop (please note: in German!) with Austrian eGovernment experts at the Danube University Krems, 7 and 8 May 2009. Special rate for PEP-NET Members and Associates (75EUR) More information:

In Passing: The German Federal Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

For the video-feature “In Passing”, the Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble reveals that he is filing his tax return online, explains the role of the state in the world of digital communication and hopes that more citizens will participate in democracy. How do you use the ...

State of Internet Freedom – Report

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Citizen freedoms are at the very heart of functioning democratic and civil societies and the amount of freedom citizens have while being online is certainly important in this regard. In the last years and months governments have passed laws and regulations which have restricted internet freedom: A recent example would ...