The Finnish government has approved the technology behind a new 'Open Ministry' platform, which will act as a hub for citizens who want new laws voted on in the country's parliament. But could that work elsewhere?
With support from more than 90 civil society parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) from over 60 countries, the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness was launched at the World e-Parliament Conference 2012 in Rome in the presence of more than 400 parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.
The conference was co-organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and hosted by Italy’s Chamber of Deputies.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
TheBallot.org project wants citizens to be more prepared to vote when it comes to their state and local candidates and propositions, and it's making the most of Facebook's social graph to increase the likelihood of that happening.
The recent political conventions underscored a few disconcerting trends. Our political leadership is not only out of touch with reality but also tends to distort the truth. How can social-media-based innovations address these challenges?
This paper [PDF] draws on a new survey of British citizens to test the hypothesis that there are two quite distinctive types of attitude prevalent among those who are ‘disaffected’ with politics, the ‘dissatisfied democratic’ and ‘stealth democratic’ orientations, the former being more widespread in the UK.
While neither manifests a high level of trust for the political elite, the dissatisfied democratic citizen is politically interested, efficacious and desires greater political participation, while the contrary is generally true of the stealth democrat. However, although stealth democrats are unwilling to engage in most forms of participation or deliberation, they are ambiguous about direct democracy, which can be attributed to the populist nature of stealth democratic attitudes...
Online via the internet is cost-effective and saves time over traditional paper-based consultation. However, it is not without its pitfalls. This post highlights where you might go wrong and how to avoid these mistakes.
On the 2011's activities of the Petition committee of the European Parliament, with additional info on achievements for citizen participation in the EU and loads of funny statistical insights, i.a. with Germans continuing to be the main petitioners, whereas Spain leads as the country most addressed by petitions...
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The notion of how we collaborate has been one that whilst often discussed has never really been nailed down. Game theory offers up the basic tit-for-tat principle whereby we collaborate until the other party proves themselves untrustworthy, at which point collaboration breaks down.
Addressing the different conceptions about effective lobbying between campaigners and politicians.
Just as true in the US as it is in the EU.
Effective advocacy is rooted in how policy is made.
Policymaking happens according to a set of rules and within a specific process. MPs can only act on policy in certain ways at certain points in the process. Effective advocacy makes the right asks of the right Members at the right points in the process. Doing so demands a deep understanding of how the Parliament works, and missteps can be costly.
Last winter, networked citizens, organizations and internet platform providers used the power of the web to engage their members and organize their users around their concerns over the proposed Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP Acts.
Now all kinds of groups are working to use the power of the Internet to help Americans register and turn out to vote this November.
The World e-Parliament Conference 2012 was held at the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, in Rome, on 13, 14 and 15 September. The Conference concluded on the International Day of Democracy, established in 2008 by the UN General Assembly.
Europe today is suffering an erosion of representative democracy, citizenship and solidarity, making emerging from the crisis that much harder. If the Union cannot encourage an upswing in citizen participation it will not survive in its current form, warns a Polish columnist...
"[...] If we take this as an example of how the Internet can hold politicians more accountable, and highlight when they clearly lie to the public, we also have to recognize that the Internet and open data alone are not a panacea.
There are cultural issues in place. Clearly the Internet changes the field of play here. Don't for a minute imagine that politicians haven't for years been making similar false boasts.
The Internet just records these in a way not previously available, so we become aware of them, and are able to hold politicians accountable.
But to whom or to what standard we hold them accountable is really a social issue, not a technical one."
The last couple of years has seen the emergence of a number of websites used to monitor state and federal legislative activity. In a recent count by TechPresident over 75 such parliamentary monitoring sites were found...
An interview with Chris Bui on his pioneering work in Collective Intelligence...
...in only ten minutes Bui talks about the fundamentals of collective decision making, its advantages, limits, steps; distinguishes it from other (sub-)forms of co-operation, raises questions and gives (some) answers.