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Is Internet becoming the most powerful force in the European Union?

11. November 2010 – 11:20 by Institute for Electronic Participation



invite you to join the global virtual community in an


with Members of the European Parliament Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD), participating from Kiberpipa, Slovenia and Christian Engström (Greens-EFA/Pirate Party) participating from Sweden.

Moderator: Simon Delakorda (Institute for Electronic Participation)

In order to participate simply go to the Online Citizens Forum Web Page

The web page will support online participation through a video stream of the discussion taking place in Kiberpipa, Ljubljana ( while your direct participation will be supported through a special chat room in which the moderator will be taking questions prior to and during the discussion.

The on-line event is going to start on Friday, November 12th 2010 at 17.30 (CET). Everyone that wishes to join us in the near virtual world is welcome to visit Kiberpipa Kersnikova 6, Ljubljana or in Kibla, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, Maribor.

(more at

    * Free flow of information and services in the European Union and the protection of copyright and patent laws.
    * The role of the European Union in ensuring the protection of all internet users.
    * The future of information technologies and new forms of political participation with respect to the functioning and the role of the European Parliament in political life.

The event is organized by European Parliament Information Office for Slovenia, European Parliament Information Office for Sweden, Pro et Contra – Institute for Culture in Dialouge ( in cooperation with Kiberpipa. Web streaming of the European Parliament Citizens Forum is provided by the Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA) – and Studio 12 –

The European Parliament Citizens Forum started in 2005 with the aim to bring together on the one hand European citizens, NGO representatives and on the other Members of the European Parliament, representatives of national and local authorities to discuss current European affairs.

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Virtual Course on (e)Participation, hosted by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

2. August 2010 – 23:16 by Asociacion Ciudades Kyosei / Pedro Prieto-Martin

[Once again, this post is specially aimed at people that are able to read in Spanish]

The logooui Asociación Ciudades Kyosei, in collaboration with the Inter-American Training Network on e-Government (which belongs to the prestigious Inter-American Organization for Higher Education), will soon host a virtual course titled “Citizen Participation and ICT: an experience of critical immersion in 21st Century’s Citizen Participation”.

The course materials are written in Spanish, which will be the main language of instruction too; however, student’s contributions in English and Portuguese will also be fully welcomed.

The course is aimed at public sector’s technical staff, politicians, elected representatives, academics and members of civil society organizations whose work is linked with the design, implementation or execution of eParticipation/Participation projects and programs, or which have a special interested in Civic Participation and the possibilities offered by new communication technologies to strengthen it.

course screen-shotBy combining students with different professional backgrounds and geographical extractions, we intend to create groups that provide a rich and varied environment for learning.

Participants will thus not only acquire a solid and irreverent understanding of (e)Participation, but will also have the opportunity to reflect and exchange perspectives and experiences with people from different countries and cultures.

As part of the course practical assignments, they will also contribute to the collaborative design of the Kyosei-Polis system, a municipal  (e)Participation environment that our Association is planning to build after the course.

The tutoring team is integrated by Pedro Prieto-Martín (Spain), Mariángela Petrizzo (Venezuela) and Antonio Alberto Teixeira (CE, Brazil).

screen-shot - Matrix of participationIf you need any further information, you can consult the Course fact sheet (pdf, 5 pgs.) or even the Student Guide (pdf, 15 pgs.), which contains all relevant infos including detailed information about the course’s syllabus.

You can also write us with your questions at

The course will take place between the 13. of September and the 31. of October, lasting 7 weeks. The enrollment -which costs 150 US$- can be performed at the following registration page.

PS: I’ve been informed that 10 partial scholarships will be granted, where it is required (participation would thus cost just 75 US$). The form to apply for the scholarship is available here.

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TODAY: Live Chat, Simon Delakorda, Director of InEPa

21. April 2010 – 09:02 by John Heaven (TuTech Innovation GmbH)
Photo of Simon Delakorda

Photo of Simon Delakorda

Simon Delakorda, founder and Managing Director of the Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will participate in a live chat on Wednesday 21st April from 10.30-11-30 CET.

This is the third in our series of Live Chats as part of the PEP-NET Online Discourse on eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Simon is a full-time eDemocracy/eParticipation practitioner and researcher. InEPa is a PEP-NET member and a regular contributor to the PEP-NET blog.

To take part in the chat, simply go to the news item on the website. Within that article you will see a window, which will allow you to participate in the chat when it starts. (If you go to the page before the chat starts, you will see a window where you can enter your email address for a reminder to be sent.)

You can continue to participate in the general discussion on eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe at all times until this Friday (23rd April) by registering on the site and posting comments in the forum. The results of the discourse will be presented to the European Commission as a situation paper.

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Strengthening Public Health Dialogue in Slovenia with NGO’s e-participation initiatives

6. April 2010 – 19:53 by Institute for Electronic Participation

Different on-line strategies have been employed by the non-governmental organisations in Slovenia in order to strengthen public participation on health issues. Health NGOs websites, e-petitions, e-forums and social networking tools are aiming at supporting various dimensions of public health dialogue like information provision, public discussion and generating grass roots support. For the purpose of assessing participatory impact of those on-line initiatives, several practical cases from health NGOs (on-line Citizen’s forum on Cancer issues, on-line petition for Tobacco Euro, Facebook Health NGOs site etc.) are presented and discussed in the context of current e-participation developments at the EU level.

Presentation slides are available at the Institute for Electronic Participation web site (pdf, 2.10 mb). Presentation delivered at “Building Public Health Dialogue and the Role of Health NGOs in the Republic of Slovenia and the EU” international conference, organized by the the Slovenian Coalition for Tobacco Control on 26th of March 2010 in Ljubljana.

More information:

“Building Public Health Dialogue and the Role of Health NGOs in the Republic of Slovenia and the EU” conference programme

The NGOs Protect our Health project

Simon Delakorda, M.Sc.
Institute for Electronic Participation

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Mapping eDemocracy in SEE: from UN eParticipation index to NGOs cases in Slovenia

24. March 2010 – 11:31 by Institute for Electronic Participation

Executive summary of presentation from the 11th Bled Forum on Europe Foresight Conference “The Future of Information Society and Challenges for Good Governance”, organized by the Centre for eGovernance development from 10th to 12th March 2010 in Bled, Slovenia:

According to the latest UN E-Participation Index measurement, the majority of South East Europe countries (Albania, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Romania), improved their global standing regarding the quality and usefulness of information and services for the purpose of engaging its citizens in public policy making through the use of e-government programs. Nevertheless, e-participation in SEE region is still falling behind their e-government developments. An overview of current e-participation situation in SEE within government domain is presented, highlighting key elements needed for strengthening e-democracy in the region. One of them is focusing on non-governmental organizations and civil society e-participation experience (e.g. on-line Citizen’s forum) needed for shaping inclusive and citizens oriented e-government policy.

Presentation slides are available at the Institute for Electronic Participation web site (pdf, 1.49 mb).

As has become customary over the years the conference concluded with a draft declaration, which had been adopted by the participants of the conference. The process of formulating the declaration is based upon the main issues presented by the lecturers and highlighted by the participants in the discussions which followed.

To achieve even wider participation in the formulation of the Final Declaration of the 11th Bled Forum on Europe, your are kindly invited to provide comments, inputs, questions, add issues important to the development of information society not only in South East Europe, but around the world.

Please send your comments or your video responses to until the 12th of April 2010 and make sure your voice is heard and your opinion is included in the final declaration. You can publish your comments directly to European Debates on-line forum facilitated by the Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA) by fulfilling discussion form (Please enter your Username – Uporabniško ime, message Confirmation code – Potrditvena koda and submit your comment – Pošlji. No prior forum registration is required. Forum is also available in English language). The forum is providing a deliberation space for facilitated public debates and consultations on relevant European issues.

Web links to relevant sites:

Draft declaration of the 11th Bled Forum (pdf, 71 kb)
European Debates on-line forum

Simon Delakorda, M.Sc.
Institute for Electronic Participation

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Climate-Pool: Your say in Copenhagen Climate Change Conference!

2. December 2009 – 21:27 by POLITECH

climate_poolWorld’s news agencies join in interactive hub for Copenhagen climate conference!

Eleven international news agencies have launched a joint Facebook page to interact with news consumers across the globe during the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen.

The Facebook fan page, called The Climate Pool, will bring the news agencies together in an unprecedented collaboration to spark a global conversation about climate issues. The purpose of the Facebook hub ( will be to engage readers in direct communication with the world-class journalists covering the U.N. conference Dec 7-18.

Participating are Agence France-Presse, ANP of the Netherlands, The Associated Press, APA of Austria, APcom of Italy, Canadian Press, dpa of Germany, Kyodo of Japan, Lusa of Portugal, Press Association of the United Kingdom and RIA of Russia.

The climate page on Facebook will feature a blog format, providing a behind-the-scenes view of the event and linking out to important coverage of the talks from the agencies and the media outlets they serve. Twitter also will be used to attract followers for the blog and related coverage.

The agencies have come together for the Copenhagen project under the auspices of MINDS International, a global news agency network.

“The climate summit in Copenhagen will affect the lives of billions of people, and it is likely to grip the attention of news consumers all over the world,” said Wolfgang Nedomansky, managing director of MINDS. “The Climate Pool will provide a unique outlet for Internet users to discuss climate change with some of the world’s most experienced journalists covering the conference.”

The Climate Pool page will be produced in English and will incorporate blogposts and multimedia content from the participating agencies, along with links to coverage from around the world.

The Portugese News Agency, Agencia de Noticias de Portugal (LUSA), partner of EMPOWER, an eParticipation Trial Project co-funded by the European Commission under the EU eParticipation Preparatory Action, is a leading force behind this interesting initiative.

The eMPOWER e-Petition platform will serve as an interface between decision-makers at National and European level on one hand and NGOs and citizens on the other hand, while using and testing new forms and methods of civil participation as well as enhancing the role of National News Agencies in promoting and supporting relevant initiatives and ensuring a wider outreach of the project’s results.

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E-Democracy.Org In The UK: The Start Of the Next Chapter?

27. April 2009 – 15:24 by Dan Jellinek

Last week, seven e-democracy enthusiasts and practitioners from the UK met in a bar/club/avant garde arts venue called the Shunt Lounge deep beneath London Bridge station (for which fascinating location, our thanks to Manar of UK Citizens Online Democracy).

We were gathered to discuss what shape the UK arm of ‘’ might take over the years to come. is a US-based non-profit founded by Steve Clift, the celebrated e-democracy pioneer and innovator and one of the true founding fathers of our field.

A few years ago, a UK government-funded project called the National Project for Local E-democracy (snappy name) brought in Steve and others at, notably Tim Erickson, to help a few UK communities develop email discussion forums to debate local issues and interact with councillors and other local decision-makers, as part of an experiment with local e-democracy. The group had already established many successful forums in the States.

Forums were duly established in Newham (a London borough), Bristol (a city in the West of England which has been a leader in local e-democracy for some years) and my own home town of Brighton. Others have since been established in Edinburgh and other locations. I and a colleague Mark Walker from the Sussex Community Internet Project were asked to lead the establishment of a small group of volunteers to run the Brighton forum, which has had its ups and downs but has certainly been an interesting trial and may still lead to further work.

Last week’s meeting however was convened in the light of all the UK government money drying up following the winding up of the national project and its successor body ICELE. The local UK issues forums are still pottering along, but there was the feeling that more could be done, and so we met to discuss what form this might take.

The following is a version of my report back to, which I thought may be of wider interest to PEP-NET members since it occurs to me that one model for the future of PEP-NET might be (at least partly) as an association of national networks such as the one we might pull together in the UK.

General points made included that:
- A lot of good work has been carried out in the UK issues forums, creating a good network of people with expertise in and knowledge of local e-democracy;

- As far as funding for future work is concerned, there will not be any more forthcoming from the government, and unlikely from councils: we must look to resource work through volunteers; raise money through grants or raise some form of corporate sponsorship;

- It would be great to involve young people in our work, adding an educational element;

- Some interesting things are set to happen in the UK with local e-petitions, and it may be we could tie in with this theme somehow as well.

Given all the above, we decided to try to meet again in a month or two’s time, and in the meantime, to collate as many ideas as possible for practical projects on how to take forward in the UK. One possible idea to start us off would be a project to write a book or create a website capturing the essence of what has been learned so far in UK issues forums. This would in essence be a collection of stories, some of success, others of failure, but all interesting and useful.

I will keep PEP-NET informed about how this project develops! It is also great news that Mary Reid, former Mayor of the London borough of Kingston, pioneer of local e-democracy including her own blogging as a councillor and mayor, and former chair of ICELE, has accepted an invitation to join Steve on the international board of (of which I am also currently a member, though struggling to find the time to do the role justice). Mary’s great energy and expertise will ensure these projects bear fruit, I feel certain.

Best wishes to all PEP-Netters,
Dan Jellinek
Headstar/E-Democracy.Org/SCIP, UK.

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“E-democracy 2.0. Institutions, citizen, new nets: a possibile lexicon”

11. March 2009 – 16:39 by Sabrina Franceschini

Wednesday the 8th of April 2009, the Emilia-Romagna Region, in partnership with Pep-Net (Pan European ePartecipation Network), will promote in Bologna the international seminar “E-democracy 2.0. Istituzioni, cittadini, nuove reti: un lessico possibile”. Italian and European academics, professionals and promoter of e-democracy’s projects will discuss together about the real role that new media and nets can play for the growth of the citizens’ participation to the public and institutional contexts.

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Looking for volunteers…

28. October 2008 – 19:06 by Francesco Molinari

Climate is changing, let’s change our views… On November 15th 2008, a pan-European Town Meeting on climate change will be held in three regions of Europe (Tuscany, Catalonia and Poitou-Charentes). Several discussion tables will be set up in the venues of Florence, Barcelona or Poitiers, particularly open to young people: the final goal is to provide the European Parliament with a structured list of priorities for future legislation and regulation in this delicate policy area. The Town Meeting is organised in the context of the European project IDEAL-EU – for further information please visit: Even if you are not living in those regions, you may still have the chance to take part in this event as a Virtual Participant. It’s a new way to participate to the discussion, which is being experimented for the first time in Europe and possibly all over the world. Remote discussion tables will be arranged to give people the opportunity of joining the discussions without moving from home. Virtual participants will interact with other European citizens and youngsters on line. They will be able to vote on the different proposals emerging from the discussion tables, and give their contributions to the final results of the day. If you speak English and are a regular chat user, please contact urgently Francesco Molinari or Chiara Cordone to join in! Their email addresses are: mail AT and chiaracordone AT Please feel free to distribute this communication among your friends or collegues.

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Open Access eJournal – call for participation!

15. October 2008 – 12:49 by Centre for E-Government

At the  Centre for E-Government, Danube University Krems (we hosted the EDem08, remember us?) we have a couple of ideas we would let to get started on- the first one is to establish an online open access journal alongside the yearly EDem conference. It will address theoretical and applied topics from e-democracy to e-government. If you are interested in  participating, read below and get in touch with me (!

Details ( please note that if you are interested, we are open to your ideas and suggestions as well as what role you would like to have):

The e-journal will address an international audience being at least bi-lingual, German and English. It will be published twice a year. All content will be available for free for readers on the Internet under a creative commons license. It is the journals intention to be a full open access journal. Thus also authors should have free access to publish their works. Of course the online open access journal will follow the highest standards of peer review. Thus the e-journal intends to be another attractor for young as well as experienced scholars to connect with the Centre for e-Government at the Danube University of Krems.

The e-journal is asking for your participation as a joint international partner organization or your personal board membership including peer reviewing responsibilities.

To receive at hoc the best visibility on the web the Centre will execute its e-journal with the well-established open source platform Open Journal System by the Public Knowledge Project, which was developed at Stanford University. This platform will distribute the contents with its sophisticated metadata possibilities at once in all relevant search engine databases including Google scholar and scientific content harvesters like the Open Archives Harvester. Furthermore the e-journal will be announced in all relevant open directories including the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Librarians’ Internet Index, and many more. It is the journals mission to promote the published articles of its authors at its best.

The Open Access Journal will be promoted via the EDem conference and other conferences addressing the topics, plus extensive community relations within the scientific communities interested in the topics as well as within diverse social software applications and mailing lists on the web. Furthermore the international relations with university libraries will ensure the availability of the e-journal to future students and researchers.

I look forward to hearing from you!