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Online Campaigning Struggling for Focus, New Book Finds

November 5th, 2013

Online democratic campaigning is still in its infancy, with governments and campaign movements struggling to direct the large but unfocused support generated behind causes on social media, according to a new book by E-Government Bulletin editor Dan Jellinek. The use of citizen participation technologies by governments and official bodies continues to lag behind social media […]

Digital Inclusion Charity Mounts Skills Boost for North East England

November 5th, 2013

An intensive programme to boost digital inclusion work in the North East region of England has been launched by UK digital inclusion charity Go ON UK with the aim of improving basic digital skills in the area by 25% in one year. It is hoped that individuals, small businesses and charities in the region will […]

Open Innovation Platform ‘GitHub’ Expands into Government

November 5th, 2013

The whole of the public sector can be seen as “one giant open source project” whose development can take place collaboratively between citizens and officials, a former US White House official told a recent seminar hosted by social innovation company FutureGov. Ben Balter, a former Presidential Innovation Fellow in the White House, is leading development […]

International Analysis: Managing the Rise of the Digital Citizen

November 5th, 2013

By Craig Thomler John Miri, former deputy to the chief technology officer of the US state of Texas, is markedly different from the stereotype of a government IT professional. Personable, approachable and one of the few tea drinkers remaining in the US, Miri was trained in physics but pursued a career in IT after it […]

Electronic Petitions In New Book Analysing UK Democracy In Modern Age

July 15th, 2013

Electronic petitions have ushered in a new age of popularity for citizen petitioning unseen since the early nineteenth century, according to a new book by E-Government Bulletin editor Dan Jellinek. The historical comparison is made in “People power: a user’s guide to democracy in the UK”, published this week by Transworld http://amzn.to/1aXdRMT .

Funding Boost for Global Corruption Accountability Tool.

July 15th, 2013

A mobile phone app allowing citizens in developing countries to fight corruption in development projects is one of four £500,000 winners of the Google Global Impact Challenge, which recognises technology innovations by non-profit organisations. The app is a mobile version of Development Check ( http://www.developmentcheck.org/ ), an online platform set up by international development charity […]

“Don’t Ask Me To Register” For Online Public Services, Expert Warns

July 15th, 2013

Public sector websites should not ask citizens to register with them or create accounts just to carry out simple transactions or tasks, a leading private sector web specialist has said. “My advice for anyone creating a website is please don’t ask me to register”, Rahul Chakkara, director of online at broadband company TalkTalk told the […]