4 outstanding keynotes: Stevan Harnad, founder of the “American Scientist” Open Access Forum, is teaching at British and Canadian universities. Ismael Peña-López, lecturer at the “Open University of Catalonia” in Barcelona, is specialized on ICTs for Development and Empowerment. Micah L. Sifry, co-founder of the “Personal Democracy Forum” and editor of the “ TechPresident” blog, is working as a consultor and university lecturer in New York. Andy Williamson, works as an eDemocracy researcher and governmental strategy advisor, in New Zealand as well as Great Britain. 6 workshops: The MOMENTUM Workshop “ European Union eParticipation Prepatory Action: Results & Future Directions” is coordinated by Daniel van Lerberghe of the “Politech-Institute” The PEP-NET Workshop “Best Methods for un democratic E-Participation”, by Dan Jellinek of “Headstar”, Hans Hagedorn of “Zebralog” and Guglielmo Celata of ( dEpp =) “ Electronic Democracy and Public Participation” “ Implementation of Internet-Voting at the Austrian Students' Election 2009”, with Carl-Markus Piswanger of the “Federal Computing Center” And a film by Joel Mardson “World Vote Now” “ Social Networking Tools supporting constructive Involvement throughout the Policy-Cycle”, with Ella Taylor Smith of the “Napier University” and Ralf Lindner of the “Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research” “ Unlocking government data with open licensing schemes”, coordinated by Roland Alton-Scheidl - a leading Austrian cc [Computer Supported Co-operative Work??] expert (who just published the book “ Ethify Yourself“) Thanks to all authors and workshop coordinators for your contributions! Without your participation we would be not possible to exchange our experience!
Thanks to our sponsors: The Austrian Federal Computing Centre - without their generous contribution this conference couldn’t take place. Also big thank to the Austrian Institute of technology, with which we will cooperate in the near future even tighter. Zebralog is sponsoring the conference dinner, so when you eat and drink remind Zebralog ;-) Thanks to the Austrian Computer society and the Cinema at the campus Krems, where you can watch the film about voting.
Obama campaign two years ago: Steven Clift’s thesis was, that if Obama becomes president, he has to continue his open approach. As he has gained so much trust and his supporters expect to be part of his presidency. Another very interesting aspect during the elections was the fact, that Obama’s campaigning budget mostly consisted of micro donations. So he was the first politician to use the “long tail” of supporters. (Back then,) I claimed during a podium discussion that this was America’s most important democratization, cause the president will not depend on big, wealthy interest groups. So I’m very happy that now we get an inside analysis from Micah L. Sifry. So To the central question: Did Obama change the way of doing administration and political business?” It may be too early for a final answer to that question. Still I was surprised how decidedly Obama pushes his administration to open up and cooperate with society. His very first official action was signing the Open Government Memorandum! This was and still is a clear sign. All the existing open movements - open data, open access, open society [to open x] and so on - got a boost and accelerated. Now the existing grass root movements can be linked with administration and politics. And all of us, who dreamed of a more open society, can do a great step forward.
Of all European states, The Untited Kingdom was the fastest: It announced data openness and in February presented a challenging eGovernment strategy. The mastermind behind the Open Data Initiative is Tim Berners-Lee, who advises Gordon Brown. Looks like the inventor of the WWW is going to change the game a second time. He might even named “the Gutenberg of the information society” by future history books ;) Gordon Brown: www.youtube.com/watch?v =UUShgzOc6Lk Tim Berners-Lee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YcZ3Zqk0a8 www.number10.gov.uk/Page22897
Like the United States, also Australia and New Zealand are on a good track. The “Open Government Memorandum” has also influenced the European Union. The eGovernment Declaration was rewritten in Malmö in September 2009 and now we find keywords like: “open, flexible, collaborative, empowered, transparency or involvement”. Remarkably these aims are only a part of the eGovernment strategy, whilst in the United States the “open government memorandum” is the central base for all other activities. But hopefully EU is on track and can predict that most member states will change their policies, at the latest if these aims become benchmarking indicators. Austria’s and Germany’s problem is our lack of openness culture. The most commercially interesting data sets are already sold; the average official or politician doesn’t really desire transparency in administration and politics, cause this would make their work harder and they might risk losing power. And at the moment – in the financial crisis – their strongest argument is to say, “we are interested in open government, but – sorry - we can’t afford it”. For all of us who are interested to evolve into a more open society, we have to collect - lessons learned from - projects and exchange our experiences, to find good arguments, which can convince politicians and administrative officials to open up finally. ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/egovernment/conferences/malmo_2009/press/ministerial-declaration-on-egovernment.pdf pic: www.se2009.eu/polopoly_fs/1.22303!image/3634454710.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_470/3634454710.jpg
“ Apps for Democracy”: This contest created 47 iPhone, Facebook and web applications! with an estimated value in excess of $2,600,000 to the city. with cost for Washington, DC of only $50,000 This adds up to a return on investment of 5000 percent! These are impressive figures and potentials which our leading politicians and our heads of administration should realize. http://www.scribd.com/doc/17536602/Open-Government-Innovation-Apps-for-Democracy http://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2009/08/24/apps-for-america-the-finalists/ http://www.appsfordemocracy.org/about /
Don Tapscott in 2007: – I was fascinated but it was not clear to me how we could reach that goals. Today we have reached the tipping point – ideas of an open society, of widespread eParticipation, extensive transparency and even of a more effective and efficient administration are merging. This tendency is also reflected in the Edem 2010 papers. The Australian contribution especially is strongly linked to eGovernment.
Thanks to the team of the Danube University: Michael, Nicole and Noella – who did an outstanding job. Without their efforts and passion the EDem would still be a small national convention. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jjjohn/2910624160/sizes/o/
30/05/10 Gordon Brown – „ Building Britain's Digital Future“
30/05/10 Malmö eGovernment Declaration … be more open, flexible and collaborative … .„Citizens and businesses are empowered by eGovernment … developed in collaboration with third parties, … strengthened transparency and effective means for involvement of stakeholders in the policy process .“