eParticipation in The Netherlands

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Speech tijdens de slotconferentie van het eVoice programma. Op verzoek van programmabureau eVoice.

Speech tijdens de slotconferentie van het eVoice programma. Op verzoek van programmabureau eVoice.

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  • 1. eParticipation in the Netherlands Presentation for the Third International Forum on eDemocracy d.d. 22 may 2008 By: Arnout Ponsioen ( [email_address] )
  • 2. eParticipation the the Netherlands
    • Looking back
    • Current approach and activities
    • Looking forward
    • Relevance of eVoice programme
    • Final Remarks
  • 3.
    • Looking back (1/2)
      • eParticipation not a political priority
      • Van Boxtel / Van der Ploeg (1998-2002)
        • exploration of social, economic, cultural and political impact of internet
        • research, experiments
        • eSkills (‘Digitale Trapveldjes’)
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 4.
    • Looking back (2/2)
      • Balkenende (2002-2006)
        • 65% of government services online in 2007
        • efficiency, effectiveness
        • Generic digital infrastructure
      • Balkenende (2006-…)
        • Open dialogues
        • Citizen participation
        • Citizens’ feedback on service delivery
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 5.
    • Current approach and activities (1/3)
      • eParticipation as a strategic new challenge in eGovernment policy (2006)
      • Definition: involving citizens in finding solutions for social issues in all phases of the policy process
      • Three fields of involvement
      • Higher levels of participation
      • Internet as an additional channel for participation
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 6.
    • Current approach and activities (2/3)
      • 2006
        • Setting up an informal network
        • Quickscans
        • brainstorm sessions: definition and longlist of ideas
      • 2007
        • Six experiments
        • eParticpation summit
        • Creative sessions: networking and finding new ideas
        • Community website eparticipatie.nl, outside government
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 7.
    • Current approach and activities (3/3)
      • 2008
        • Further development and takeup of experiments
        • New experiments (digital pioniers)
        • Regional meetings for civil servants on the local level: how to make eParticipation a succes
        • eParticipation-Award
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 8.
    • Looking forward (1/2)
      • Research: citizens want to be involved via the internet
      • Political support seems to be rising
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 9.
    • Looking forward (2/2)
      • But… strong resistance by government
        • politicians feel threathened
        • little trust in the quality of citizens involvement
        • lack of positive experiences
      • Citizens’critique:
        • limited trust in participatory processes organised by government
        • badly informed
        • nothing is done with their input
        • lack of decent feedback mechanisms
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 10.
    • Relevance of eVoice
      • Difficult situation in NL: high potential + strong restance
      • Approach NL:
        • Stimulate small and concrete steps
        • Stimulate cooperation (governments + citizens)
        • Share experiences
        • Inspiration: meet!
      • eVoice helps in all of this
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 11.
    • Final Remarks
      • Keep eParticipation on political agenda
      • Do it web2.0: rip it, find it, mix it, and share it!
    eParticipation the the Netherlands
  • 12.
    • Thank You!
    • Arnout Ponsioen
    • [email_address]
    eParticipation the the Netherlands