e-Participation, Social Inclusion, Democratic Engagement: The Next Big e-Agenda has Arrived


Citizen Centric e-Government: The UN is talking about it. The EU and Council of Europe are talking about it. Governments around the world are grappling with it.

But what is it – simply allowing citizens to conduct their business with government online? Or, using the power of IT to radically reengineer the relationship between citizens and government?

What’s really happening – merely hosting a few online consultations to talk to the usual suspects? Or, deploying technology in new and innovative ways to ensure that even the hardest to reach groups are included?

What’s really coming next – a few isolated initiatives? Or, a new global policy agenda that will radically redefine the way we have all come to think about ‘eGovernment.’

This summer, senior government officials from central and local government, NGO’s from around the world and leading eGovernment experts will come together to discuss the evolving relationship between eGovernment and eParticipation and to critically re-examine the way in which ‘readiness’ in these areas is defined and measured globally.

To ensure genuine international input from every level of government and all key sectors, participants will have the opportunity to attend the Symposium in either Budapest or Baltimore.

The Budapest Symposium will set the stage for discussion and debate around the critical challenges stakeholders face as they struggle to deliver the full potential of e-Government.

The Baltimore Symposium will be a 1 day event on the 3 August, which will take the findings of Budapest and explore them at greater depth in the country that has pioneered the art of online campaigning but now faces the challenge of translating e-advocacy tools into more inclusive governing.

Help shape the debate by participating in these highly timely and dynamic events. Topics will break outside the conventional conference agenda to critically re-examine the impact of technology on citizen-centric government as we know it. Plenary panels and small group sessions will highlight key democracy activities from all levels of government and society.

If you are interested in exploring new approaches to governance and citizen participation in the new information age then this conference is for you.

Provisional Agenda: Baltimore




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Opening of the Conference

Chair: Andrew Pinder, CBE, President of International Centre of Excellence in Local e-Democracy

Dylan Jeffrey, Department for Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom and Symposium Director

Opening Keynote Address and Welcome

Hon. Mary D. Kane, Secretary of State for Maryland, USA

Jonathan Ortmans, President of Public Forum Institute, USA

Richard Kerby, United Nations Department for Economic and Social
Affairs Senior Inter-Regional Advisor on e-Government

Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director of the National Association of Secretaries of State


Feedback from Budapest

Cllr. Matthew Ellis, Deputy leader of Lichfield Borough Council and member of Staffordshire County Council, United Kingdom

Cllr. Mary Reid, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

10:00am Coffee Break

Findings – The Results and Findings of a Comparative Study into Local
e-Democracy at Municipal Level in Europe and North America

Lawrence Pratchett, Professor of Local Democracy, De Montfort University, United Kingdom

Don Norris, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, United States


e-Participation Success Stories from Europe

This presentation will share best practices and innovative
e-Government strategies that have been put into practice around the

Chair: Daniel van Lehrberg, President of Politech Institute, Brussels


e-Government Strategy: The UK Approach

How the United Kingdom is taking forward the e-Government and the e-Participation strategy

Chair: Julian Bowrey, Department for Communities and Local Government and Head of Division for Sustainable Communities, UK

Tony Teehan, Team Leader for Local e-Government, UK

Julia Glidden, Managing Director of 21c Consultancy Ltd., UK


Aspiring to the Global Possibilities

A moderator will ask participants to identify what is possible for the e-Democracy field for the future. (Table Talk & Call out Vote)

Jonathan Ortmans, President of Public Forum Institute

12:30pm Lunch
Please choose one of the following two concurrent sessions to attend

Be a Blogger, Vlogger, Podcaster!

Communication is evolving; this workshop focuses on how to use new technology efficiently and effectively.

Griff Wigley, Chief Advisor to ICELE on blogging and CEO of Wigley and Associates.

Who Hacked the Government? : Protect yourself from intruders by using and recognizing authentication on government websites.

Many are concerned about the security of information on their
websites. This session will engage how to use authentication on
political websites to best protect users and creators of government

Ravi Singh, CEO of Electionmall Technologies

Please choose one of the following two concurrent sessions to attend

Deliberative Democracy Consortium:

e-Participation and e-Deliberation Best Practice, a snapshot from around the world.


Access to Accessibility:

This presentation engages the question on how e-Government can
create access to citizens that may not have be able to engage in
government discourse without the internet.

American Association of People with Disabilities


Election Modernization: Looking Ahead to 2008

What is in the future for elections? With online elections getting
quite a bit of buzz – and internet campaigning continually evolving,
this session will look at what will be modernized and what still needs
improvement in the world of e-Voting. (Informal Panel)

Alan Winchcombe, Head of Electoral Services at Swindon Borough Council

Linda Lamone, State Election Director for Maryland and past President of the National Association of State Election Directors

Roger Alan Stone, CEO of Advocacy Inc.


Bringing e-Government to Your Community

Everyone seems to be talking about e-Government, but how does one go
about bringing it to their community? This session will discuss how to
create a strategy to implement an e-Government agenda. (Presentation)

Jonathan Bruel, former senior advisor to the deputy of the Office of Management and Budget


Innovative Ideas to Stir the Silent Majority

This session will explore creative ideas – including those from
participants – to engage the large number of individuals who do not
fully participate in the democratic process. (Panel with Audience Feedback)

Moderator: Steven Clift, Board Chair, E-Democracy.Org

Carol Darr, Director, Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, George Washington University

Pallas Snider, Anne Arundel County Student Forum

Tom Dawkins, National Coordinator of Vibewire Youth Services


Closing Remarks

Andrew Pinder, CBE
Chair of International Centre of Excellence in Local eDemocracy

Dylan Jeffery, DCLG
Symposium Director