Archive for the ‘e-democracy’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

International Analysis: Managing the Rise of the Digital Citizen

Tuesday, 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

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 .

People Power In The Digital Age

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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 […]

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 […]

Evolving the networked neighbourhood: one year on

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

One year ago, E-Government Bulletin published a special report on, an initiative from the pioneering non-profit to connect communities in two neighbouring US cities – Minneapolis and St Paul, known as the Twin Cities – using online forums (see E-Gov Bulletin 346: Funded with a 625,000 US Dollar grant, the project had […]

Crowdfunding for public services: Can governments crowd fund (some of the time) rather than tax?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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 […]

‘Movement Entrepreneurs’ Must Build For Long Term, Says Avaaz Founder

Monday, December 10th, 2012

People who want to launch effective online movements must focus on building for the long-term, not on short-term viral phenomena, a global pioneer of online campaigning told a London meeting recently. Jeremy Heimans, co-founder of online petitions pioneer Avaaz ( was in the UK in November to launch Purpose Europe, the European arm of his […]

Technology Is Least Of The Challenges For Online Engagement

Monday, December 10th, 2012

By Vineeta Dixit The advent of the internet, social media and mobile devices have changed the way citizens can engage with each other and with their governments. Across the world, governments are facing challenges to their legitimacy as citizens express a rising disquiet with corruption and non-responsiveness. In India, many innovative projects are underway using […]