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Online Campaigning Struggling for Focus, New Book Finds

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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 […]

Electronic Petitions In New Book Analysing UK Democracy In Modern Age

Monday, 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.

Monday, 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

Monday, 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 […]

Few Council Websites Ready For Mobile Revolution

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Only 17% of UK local authorities are creating websites that can be viewed adequately on a mobile device, despite the fact that almost a third of people accessing online council information are now using such devices, according to the Society of IT Management (Socitm). The findings come as part of this year’s “Better Connected” review […]

Kenya Law Committee To Probe Election Technology Failures

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Major failures in two pieces of high-profile technology that were intended to make the recent Kenyan national elections run more smoothly are to be investigated by a special committee of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). The glitches in March meant the country had to rely on traditional methods of polling and vote-counting. Biometric voter […]

‘Health Hubs’ To Use Digital Inclusion As Fitness And Wellness Tool

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

A series of ‘digital health hubs’ are being set up across the UK to teach digital skills and train people to use the internet to improve their knowledge about health, nutrition, wellness and fitness issues. The project is the result of a partnership between the Online Centres Foundation, which manages digital inclusion network UK online […]