Anthony Ming ICT to Deepen Democracy

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Anthony Ming ICT to Deepen Democracy

  1. 1. March 12 1 ICTs to Deepen Democracy Tony Ming Commonwealth Secretariat
  2. 2. Agenda • The Commonwealth • Disruptive Technologies – Web 2.0 – Mobile Devices – The Internet • Re-engineering Citizens / State Relationships • Virtual Networks • Democratization of Knowledge Creation • Implications for Governments 2
  3. 3. The Commonwealth • A unique family of 54 developing and developed nations and over 90 Commonwealth Agencies; • 2 billion people – 30% of the world’s population and over 50% are youths; • Every continent, many races, faiths, languages and cultures; • Shared values and principles: democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law, socio-economic development, gender equality, tolerance, respect, and peace and security; and • Shared history, language, legal and other structures Celebrating Diversity March 12 3
  4. 4. Commonwealth Connects Genesis: – The 2005 CHOGM in Malta, endorsed the recommendations of a report prepared by a Coordinating Committee which resulted in the creation of Commonwealth Connects. Purpose: – Sharing the ICT wealth of the Commonwealth – Through transfer of knowledge and expertise between the ICT advanced and ICT-disadvantaged member states – Through codifying and sharing good practice, software and experiences Areas of focus: – Building policy and regulatory capacity – Modernizing education and skills development – Entrepreneurship for poverty reduction and wealth creation – Promoting local access and connectivity – Regional networking, local content and knowledge Based on the principles – share, learn & improve March 12 4
  5. 5. I think there's confusion around what the point of social networks is ...... What we're trying to do is just make it really efficient for people to communicate, get information and share information. Mark Zuckerberg – Founder of Facebook 5March 12
  6. 6. What is Web 2.0 “... As a platform, spanning all connected devices, delivering software as a continually updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources” Bill O’Reilly 6March 12
  7. 7. Features of Web 2.0 • Social networking • Virtual meetings • Collaborative tool • Web Personalisation • Communities of interest 7March 12
  8. 8. Mobile Revolution • Exponential increase • Leapfrogging potential • Ubiquitous • Ease of Access • Low cost 8March 12
  9. 9. Internet • Networks within networks • New digital pathways • Virtual Highway • Unregulated and Open 9 1.8 b internet users 234 m websites March 12
  10. 10. Radical Redesign Web 2.0 + Mobile Technology + Internet = Re-engineering of citizens to state relationships 10March 12
  11. 11. Citizens State Relations • New forms of civil society groups • Point of entry is virtual • Ability to exert pressure • Interest based communities 11March 12
  12. 12. Virtual Networks • Creation new non-physical networks • Removal of social / class barriers • Educated youths are prominent in this space 12March 12
  13. 13. Democratization of Knowledge Creation • Power to creators of knowledge • Disintermediation of communication channels • Levelling the playing field 13March 12
  14. 14. Implications • eGovernment to Gov 2.0 to eDemocracy • Demand for increase in Governance and Transparency • Deepening of Democratic Values • More responsive state • Harness the power of people 14March 12
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  17. 17. Network Within Networks • Collective voice • Thematic Gateway • Personalisation • Secure online communities • Knowledge repository March 12 17
  18. 18. March 12 18 Building Capacity for Development • Trained over 500 Government officials (2009 – 2011) in the following areas: • National ICT Strategies • eGovernance • Business Process Re- engineering • Conducted over 30 technical missions
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