Democrazy? – ICT as a catalyst on democratic processes

9 juni, 2011 - kl. 10:00 till 16:00

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The goal of this workshop is to create a forum for sharing knowledge and experiences on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and democracy.

The recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have underscored the pivotal role of social media as a catalyst in democratic processes. However, many people in developing countries still lack sufficient access to information and participation in political and civil processes.

The discussion will focus on areas where ICT can play a key role in enhancing citizens’ participation in democratic development. We distinguish between three general levels of ICT use to advance democratic processes:

  • ICT for empowerment – ICT for horizontal communication and networking among individuals and civil society, and to strengthen democratic participation.
  • e-Governance – ICT in the interface between the government and citizens, to improve interaction and feedback between government representatives and citizens.
  • e-Government – ICT within government, to increase efficiency in interactions and information flows between government departments and state organs. The workshop will start with a key note, followed by interactive discussions with experts and practitioners from civil society, academia, government, and private sector.

We are pleased to confirm Vasilis Koulolias (Gov2U, Greece) as keynote speaker, and Dorothy Okello (Founder and director of Wougnet, Uganda), Heli Haapkylä (ev title Nokia, Finland) and Kleptocracy Fighters among the panelists.

The workshop will take place on Thursday the 9th of June 2011 at the Kista Science Tower, Färögatan 33 Stockholm.

For information and registration, please contact Katja Sarajeva by 6 May, 2011 at katja@spidercenter.org 0r tel +46 8 16 49 02. Please register as soon as possible as the number of places is limited. This event is by invitation only. You are welcome to appoint another representative, but we ask you to please notify us in advance. The event will also be webcast live.

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