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Greece 2010: OpenGov at Times of Crisis

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As everyone knows, Greece is currently in the middle of a grave economic crisis. What is less well known is that a new effort is being made towards open government, an effort promoted by the government as being pivotal towards wider reforms. At the PEP-NET Summit, in Hamburg, on 23rd Sept. 2010, we will briefly present the projects under way and will attempt to stir a discussion on if, how and to what extent open government & e-participation can be valuable allies in engaging the healthy and productive sectors of society under such extraordinary conditions.

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Greece 2010: OpenGov at Times of Crisis

  1. 1. Greece OpenGov @ times of crisis PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris PEP-NET Summit | Vassilis Goulandris | 23.09.2010 | e-trikala e-trikala Photo
  2. 2. Some people say… “The Greek economic crisis - even if it didn’t exist - had to be invented ” well, not really, but… PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  3. 3. Photo Daniel Rose http://goo.gl/CmNx The Challenge How to fix decade-old wrongdoings in a short time The Big Question Can an opengov strategy be an ally in this? PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  4. 4. Open Data But surely the citizens of a democracy have a right to know. No! They have a right to be ignorant. Knowledge only means complicity in guilt; ignorance has a certain dignity. PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  5. 5. government.gov.gr Portal PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  6. 6. Opengov.gr eGov Office of the Prime Minister: 1. Public service appointments 2. Open Consultations 3. Labs.opengov PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  7. 7. 1. Individuals can apply for senior public sector appointments 56 calls for 1.235 positions to date PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  8. 8. 2. Open Consultations Minimum 10 days period prescribed Legal-ready docs Paragraph by paragraph commenting Comments subject to approval Rating by non-reg users (plus/minus) Name/email: Required - link: optional No threading of comments RSS for topics & comments Content subject to CC license 3.0 PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  9. 9. Consultation Stats 77 consultations 45.000 comments 4 mil visits 11 months PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  10. 10. 3. An OpenGov.gr initiative Open call to submit ideas on egov > rated by members > evaluated by scientific committee > shortlist presented in public event > proposed to relevant authority. PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  11. 11. Phase 1 Redesign of gov services & portals (361 proposals) Phase 2 Proposals on environment, tourism, health, agriculture (41 proposals) Phase 3 How to combat Bureaucracy (open) PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  12. 12. Q: What kind of data you wish to see open? ◄Budget & Balance sheet of my Local Authority All data of National Stat Office ► ◄Personal data that the state holds! PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  13. 13. A: What kind of data can YOU open up? PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  14. 14. Open & Free public Geospatial data PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  15. 15. Corruption Are you saying that winking at corruption is government policy? No, no, Minister! It could never be government policy. That is unthinkable! Only government practice. PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  16. 16. The “Transparency Law” makes online publication of Gov decisions, a legally binding requirement. PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  17. 17. Online tracking of campaign expenditures by local authority election candidates PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  18. 18. Compulsory online Census to record all public servants in the payroll. A full record produced for the first time! PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  19. 19. Free Info How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way? Sorry, I can't talk about that. PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  20. 20. Fire Service Stats on fires ► PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  21. 21. Police A start ► PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  22. 22. www.illegalsigns.gov.gr Citizens report on illegal outdoor advertising signs A Govt-led initiative! PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  23. 23. DigitalGreece2020 A Forum open to anyone who wishes to discuss & get involved in the digital national strategy PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  24. 24. Open government, Prime Minister. Freedom of Information. We should always tell the press freely and frankly anything that they could easily find out some other way PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  25. 25. Kallikratis: The Local Authorities’ reform plan ► Cuts municipalities & related entities by 2/3 roughly ► Local elections every 5 yrs to coincide with EU elections ► Obligatory publication of decisions on the internet ► Doubles local e-gov service shops (ΚΕΠ) ► Introduction of “smart citizen card” …two critical reforms ► PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  26. 26. “The Deliberation Committee” • Issues opinions about city affairs, proposes to the city on local development issues and proposes solutions • 2/3 of city councilors elect the members representatives from the local academic, professional, trade, CSOs & citizens • 25-50 members total, chaired by the Mayor • Parallel Online-Deliberation with all citizens “is not ruled out”, and its results are presented to the committee by the Chair • Committee meets once every year, or every 3 months upon invitation by the Chair. PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  27. 27. The “Citizens’ Supporter” • A person appointed to act somewhat like a local “Ombudsman” for the citizens • He receives complaints from citizens and enterprises on wrongdoings, he mediates for their solution • He is obliged to respond online within 30 days • He compiles an annual report which is discussed in a special city council session PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  28. 28. The Missing Link …and beyond Greece Photo DianeCline http://goo.gl/pZw6 PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  29. 29. Rethinking… OECD: Rethinking e-Government services | http://goo.gl/zTgd PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  30. 30. From Gov to Soc Beyond Govt Citizen-led collab & e-Democracy e-participation Facilitation, empowerment e-Governance Relinquish control Open Data, processes Open Gov outcomes, internal collab. Service delivery, rules e-Government outputs, accessibility PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  31. 31. From Gov to Soc Beyond Govt Citizen-led collab & e-Democracy e-participation Facilitation, empowerment e-Governance Relinquish control Open Data, processes Open Gov outcomes, internal collab. Service delivery, rules e-Government outputs, accessibility PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  32. 32. From Gov to Soc Beyond Gov Citizen-led collab & e-Democracy e-participation Facilitation, leverage e-Governance Relinquish control What makes this path feasible? Open Data & processes Open Gov seeds of collaboration Service delivery, rules e-Government outputs, accessibility PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  33. 33. From Gov to Soc e-Democracy Civil Society 2.0 civic hackers are welcome e-Government PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  34. 34. “…we need to admit that Gov2.0 isn’t happening until citizens are truly actively engaged in helping to demand and co-create it.” Ellen Miller Sunlight Foundation http://goo.gl/NJv8 PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  35. 35. Watch list ●●● • Re-engineering (a)sync • Data quality & reliability • Interdisciplinary Knowledge Hubs • Consultation vs e-deliberation • Mismanagement of expectations • Regulatory framework Photo http://goo.gl/4w4l PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  36. 36. Hints ●●● ● “Guerilla” tactics ● “Marketing” the OpenGov concept ● Leapfrog: Do not “discover the wheel” ● Energize an expert community beyond IT ● Transparent rules of the game ● An “e-Deliberation Charter” Photo http://goo.gl/MHan ● “A Citizens’ Initiative” for Greece (GCI) ? PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  37. 37. A new spirit … “For us, Greeks, the demand of these times for common effort and trust in each other will perhaps be the one good thing to come out of this - not exactly unforeseeable – adventure that we've entered upon. Crisis is a group journey.” Alexis Stamatis Writer http://goo.gl/tcuH PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris e-trikala
  38. 38. Disclaimer: The views expressed here are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of e-trikala or any other public body. PEP-NET Summit Vassilis Goulandris Vassilis Goulandris http://onlinepolitics.wordpress.com Thanks for listening! e-trikala

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