The following projects are selected according to their relevance to e-Democracy, e-Government, citizen participation and legislative technologies.
The Cairns Project
by THE DEMOCRACY DESIGN WORKSHOP, NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL, NEW YORK Cairn builds civic software to promote problem solving and decision making through the application of participatory, and collaborative solutions.
The Local e-Democracy National Project
UK government e-democracy news and, coming soon, online space for people to discuss e-democracy.
OECD E-Government Project
Launched in 2001, the OECD e-Government Project explores how governments can best exploit information and communication technologies (ICTs) to embed good governance principles and achieve public policy goals.
Council of Europe – Democracy Project
The projects scope is to ensure that democratic institutions support and enter into dialogue with all Europeans, including groups that have been, for various reasons, excluded from equal participation in democratic processes.
UNESCO – Information Society Project
UNESCO encourages international debate about the impact of globalisation upon access to information and the process of communication.
EU eTen project
The programme aims to accelerate the take up of services to sustain the European social model of an inclusive, cohesive society.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
This is the official Web site of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), run by the IGF Secretariat. Its purpose is to support the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue - the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The site provides an interactive collaborative space where all stakeholders can air their views and exchange ideas.
The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID)
is an initiative approved by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006, was launched after comprehensive worldwide consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical and Internet communities and academia. It responds to the need and demand for an inclusive global forum and platform for cross-sectoral policy dialogue on the use of ICT for enhancing the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, notably reduction of poverty. The Global Alliance functions as a partnership and network supported by the United Nations, under the authority of the Secretary-General and the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
BBC Action Network
The BBC Action Network called iCan helped citizens connect with each other through public forums and a "democracy database" packed with information on tips for grassroots campaigning and the legislative process. The new Action Network makes it even easier for users to find and connect with other like-minded people in their community. New additions include alerts, syndication, and a revised user interface. BBC Action Network's aim is to enhance the overwhelming feeling of empowerment users report in using the site to take responsibility for issues they care about.
Digital Divide Network- A project of TakingITGlobal
DDN is the largest Internet resource providing information regarding the digital divide and strategies on how to close it. It features several different communities/topics, including Tsunami aid/how to use the Internet for disaster relief, E-government, and literacy. Virtual meeting rooms allow activists to communicate in real time and plan events. DDN promotes global discussion on this important issue and currently has over 7,000 members from 115 countries.
This website launched on 7th March 2007 by mySociety in collaboration with the Young Foundation, created a forum for people to request repairs to potholes, unlit lampposts and removal of abandoned beds and graffiti. The interface allows people to mark exactly where a problem is located on an interactive map and post pictures. People can also see what other problems have been reported and see statistics on how many of the reports have been fixed and how many haven’t. Citizens can track whether or not repairs have been completed and post comments adding details to the situation.
Citizen Notification Service
Arlington, Texas is one of many cities in the United States that has launched a Citizen Notification Service, which allows the public to receive timely information notices from the city via email or text message. The service will alert users when a public meeting about a zoning case is posted, a street is closed for repair, and inform them about events being held at the local library and important health and safety information. Arlington's program allows citizens to opt into specific categories of notifications to personalize what information they would like to receive.
Pambazuka News is produced by Fahamu - Networks For Social Justice, a pan-African community of some 300 citizens and organizations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organizations, civil society organizations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa. With a readership approaching half a million, Pambazuka News publishes podcasts, videocasts and books; supports African women and marginalized groups to develop blogs, radio programs, and podcasts to enable them to give voice to their experiences; supports women's organizations to use mobile phone technologies to act on violence against women and illegal seizures of land; and developed civil society blogs for monitoring the African Union. The growth of Pambazuka News reflects a commitment to fostering a community of African citizens who hold their governments to account.
is a global, online space for sharing ideas about the participation of people in development, citizenship, governance and rights. participation.net is committed to giving voice to innovative ideas and views that will help to strengthen the involvement of marginalised people in decision-making, and to improve the performance and accountability of key institutions. participation.net is a joint initiative of four partners: Citizenship DRC - the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, LogoLink - the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance, Participation Resource Centre at IDS, a leading collection of materials on participatory methodology, Eldis - the gateway to development information.
People and Participation.net
People & Participation is based on Involve organization’s successful book by the same name which was launched in 2005. The book provides a useful summary of participatory methods and practice but given the number of methods and speed of the development of new methods it is impossible for a printed publication to stay accurate for long. The reason for transferring People & Participation to the web is to maintain more, and more up to date information about participation. It also allows use as the site user to add his knowledge and experience making the site a truly collaborative experience, something that a book simply cannot do. The site aims to be a central portal for information and inspiration about participation to practitioners across the world.
is an online platform, where registered users can create, organize, plan, and rate their online and/or offline protest. “If people would take part in the political process for only ten minutes a week, they would already have political influence” is the website's slogan. Users have to register to create a “note of protest”, but everyone can read and rate them. Further options for registered users are a planning schedule for upcoming events, and a diary to report about the protest’s development.
ShoutOut 11 Million
There are 11 million of children in England - in 2007 the first Children´s Commissioner has been set up. The website is a space for kids to have their say and to discuss the Commissioner´s plans for the following year. Children can get involved through blogs, a discussion forum and polls. This is a project by the Ministry of Justice and Hansard Society. The provider is the Children´s Commissioner of England.
is an interactive communication and information platform to strengthen private engagements for development co-operations. The focus is the worldwide linking of people who are involved or want to get involved in humanitarian projects. Organizers have the opportunity to promote their projects to a wide audience as well as exchanging their experiences with other groups and to inform them about the support they need for their project. Individuals and donors who would like to help will find a unique overview on local organizations and projects as well as useful information and ideas for projects.
is a Belgium political online community open for all citizens. The tools include surveys, weblogs, ePetitions, open letters and debates. Although maPolitique should be a platform for whole Belgium, the website is only available in French.
is a website that tracks voting behaviour of political parties in the Dutch National Parliament. The website allows visitors to discuss and vote on the proposed laws and amendments. The website is updated every week, after the voting session in Parliament. The laws and amendments can be viewed per week, per subject or per party. There is also a possibility for visitors to submit their own proposal. The website was launched in May 2006 and now contains voting behaviour since January 2003. The target groups are Citizens and politicians.
Razprava - Slovenian Citizens´ Forum
Is a discussion forum which is moderated and enables a public debate on the future of the European Union. Registered users can take part in public discussion and online-consultations. Debates include the introduction of the Euro in Slovenia, the European Social Model, and EU energy policy. Slovenian citizens without direct internet access are able to participate in the debates through ePoints set up by the Centre for eDemocracy and the European Parliament Information Office for Slovenia. Several public presentations have also been held to publicise eDemocracy. The project is managed by the Centre for e-Democracy, together with the Ecology Institute of Slovenia, the European Parliament Information Office for Slovenia, and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana.