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Evoice Speech 22 Mei 2008

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