Re-thinking E-Democracy

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Re-thinking E-Democracy

  1. 2. Re-thinking eDemocracy: Challenges of Existing Concepts and Future Approaches Blaž Golob Director EDEM 2009: Conference on Electronic Dem o cracy Vienna, September 8 2009
  2. 3. About CeGD - Stakeholders <ul><li>Regional Cooperation Council (former Stability Pact) </li></ul><ul><li>Government of Slovenia (EU Presidency 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>UNDP </li></ul><ul><li>INA Academy (Greece) </li></ul><ul><li>European Foundation (Spain) </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Siemens </li></ul><ul><li>SRC </li></ul><ul><li>Further enlargement envisioned </li></ul>
  3. 4. Vision of the CeGD <ul><li>CEGD ’ s vision is to achieve the successful development of Information Society in South East Europe (SEE), that will contribute to the future development of the European continent. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IS supporting the rapid development of SEE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IS as a v vehicle for integration with EU </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence building, regional cooperation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. CeGD 7 ePillars Model of Single Information Space and Inclusive Information Society
  5. 6. Challenges of Existing Concepts <ul><li>Two key theoretical challenges: </li></ul><ul><li>T he question of conceptualization of eDemocracy through prevailing conception of democracy </li></ul><ul><li>T he notion of inherently and exclusively positive effects of ICT on democratic processes </li></ul>
  6. 7. Challenges in real time and space <ul><li>Challenges at the level of citizens: </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges at the level of policy decision makers: </li></ul><ul><li>Global challenges: </li></ul>
  7. 8. Challenges for the region of South East Europe <ul><li>Global economic crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for ICT development </li></ul><ul><li>Question of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Question of marginalized groups </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidation </li></ul>
  8. 9. Future approaches <ul><li>Political will and comprehensive strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusiveness and eInclusion: </li></ul><ul><li>2. Political participation: </li></ul>
  9. 10. Questions for Foresight Source: Saritas, 2009 Science & Ecology Technology & Economics Socioeconomics Politics & Values What is possible? What is desirable? What is feasible? Foresi g ht
  10. 11. Foresigjht is “the application of ‘ systematic ’ , ‘ participatory ’ , ‘ future-intelligence-gathering and medium-to-long-term vision building process ’ to ‘ informing present-day decisions and mobilising joint actions ’ ’ ( Miles and Keenan (2002) Participation and communication in Foresight landscape Source: Saritas et al. (2007)
  11. 12. Future approaches – SEE region <ul><li>2. Regional (SEE region) </li></ul><ul><li>Political will </li></ul><ul><li>Crucial importance of regional cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying and understanding the needs of a region </li></ul><ul><li>Complementary actions </li></ul>
  12. 13. Re-thinking eDemocracy: Key Messages <ul><li>1. eInclusion shall be perceived as a prerequisite for eParticipation (the Belgrade Approach for eDemocracy development in SEE region ) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Political culture and active citizenship are the variables on which the success of eDemocracy services and its effects depends on. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Thank you for your attention! Contact: Blaž Golob Email: blaz.golob @cegd.eu Tel.: +386 41 734 734 http:// www.cegd.eu /

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