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Today I Decide (TOM) Nele Leosk e-Governance Academy (eGA) Skopje, November 30, 2007
TOM  -  Government Initiative <ul><li>Main idea – to enhance public participation in political decision-making providing o...
 
TOM - Two modes of operation  <ul><li>Policy documents  presented for discussion by ministries  (functioned just 2 months,...
Processing ideas <ul><li>Idea is presented </li></ul><ul><li>1 0  days for  commenting,  discussion </li></ul><ul><li>3 da...
TOM statistics <ul><li>1 140  ideas presented  (64% voted in, 34 % voted out) </li></ul><ul><li>654  proposals sent to the...
Visits to TOM
New users of TOM (registered)
New ideas
Positive sides of TOM <ul><li>Possibility to rise political issues  </li></ul><ul><li>Obligation of state administration t...
Problems of TOM <ul><li>Many non-constructive proposals  </li></ul><ul><li>Passive  discussions   </li></ul><ul><li>Low le...
Mobilising citizens <ul><li>Has to be advertised permanently in the Internet and other media </li></ul><ul><li>a system of...
Increasing legislative impact <ul><li>ideas should also be circulated to a wider network of interested parties, including ...
<ul><li>THANK YOU!  </li></ul><ul><li>nele @ega.ee </li></ul><ul><li>+372 55 61 71 53 </li></ul>
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e-participation case study: Direct democracy portal "Today I Decide" by Ms. Nele Leosk, e-Governance Academy, Estonia

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Presentation by Ms. Nele Leosk, e-Governance Academy, Estonia at the third International Conference e-Society.Mk: e-participation case study: Direct democracy portal "Today I Decide", December 1, 2007, Skopje Macedonia

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  1. 1. Today I Decide (TOM) Nele Leosk e-Governance Academy (eGA) Skopje, November 30, 2007
  2. 2. TOM - Government Initiative <ul><li>Main idea – to enhance public participation in political decision-making providing opportunity to propose and discuss new legislative initiatives via Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Also- to enhance dialogue between citizens, public officials, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Started in June, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Administrated by State Chancellery </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted as Direct Democracy Portal </li></ul>
  3. 4. TOM - Two modes of operation <ul><li>Policy documents presented for discussion by ministries (functioned just 2 months, from 2008 under e-participation portal again) </li></ul><ul><li>Proposals submitted by people </li></ul><ul><li>Only regist ered users can submit proposals and participate in discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody can follow discussions </li></ul>
  4. 5. Processing ideas <ul><li>Idea is presented </li></ul><ul><li>1 0 days for commenting, discussion </li></ul><ul><li>3 days for editing </li></ul><ul><li>3 days for secret voting </li></ul><ul><li>Only ideas getting more than half of votes in favour are considered further </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry has 1 month for analysis and answer </li></ul><ul><li>Answer is posted on TOM </li></ul>
  5. 6. TOM statistics <ul><li>1 140 ideas presented (64% voted in, 34 % voted out) </li></ul><ul><li>654 proposals sent to the ministries (89% answered: 6% possible implementation, 48% negative, 7% supportive) </li></ul><ul><li>6 910 regist ered users </li></ul><ul><li>100-150 visits per day (up to 300 when mentioned elsewere, eg in blogs, forums, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>7 proposals applied </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction of summer time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless internet signs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Estonian anthem downloadable from the Internet </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Visits to TOM
  7. 8. New users of TOM (registered)
  8. 9. New ideas
  9. 10. Positive sides of TOM <ul><li>Possibility to rise political issues </li></ul><ul><li>Obligation of state administration to respond </li></ul><ul><li>Communication between users (possibility to form an idea together) </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with state administration </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody can follow proposals and discussions </li></ul>
  10. 11. Problems of TOM <ul><li>Many non-constructive proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Passive discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Low level of the idea author’s ivolvement (35% participate in later phases) </li></ul><ul><li>Few votes </li></ul><ul><li>Small number of active users </li></ul><ul><li>No publicity, buzz </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection of proposals by state administration on formal grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Little dialogue between citizen s and political decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>Few ideas implemented </li></ul>
  11. 12. Mobilising citizens <ul><li>Has to be advertised permanently in the Internet and other media </li></ul><ul><li>a system of email or RSS notification linking authors and discussants is necessary to improve the quality and quantity of discussion of generated ideas </li></ul><ul><li>database of ideas to signal previous attempts to address a problem and make it easier to mobilize users </li></ul><ul><li>tracing the progress of the ideas once they have been delivered to the government </li></ul>
  12. 13. Increasing legislative impact <ul><li>ideas should also be circulated to a wider network of interested parties, including parliamentary committees, political parties and NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>connect users to outside sources of information to help the drafting and commenting of ideas (legislation, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Indicat ion of the policy priorities of government ministries </li></ul><ul><li>revise and resubmit ideas that have received a negative answer from the relevant government ministry </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>nele @ega.ee </li></ul><ul><li>+372 55 61 71 53 </li></ul>
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