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 […]
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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 […]
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 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 .
By Dan Jellinek The right for a group of citizens to petition the people in charge directly (at first the monarch, and then Parliament), to ask them to put right something they feel is wrong, dates back to the Middle Ages. Its use grew until in the early nineteenth century tens of thousands of petitions […]
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 […]
By Craig Thomler Most governments use taxation to raise the majority of their revenue. In its simplest form, tax involves taking a share of the income earned by eligible entities, whether individuals or corporations, and placing the money in a pool. The government then decides how to spend this pool of money – on providing […]