Citizen's participation

U.K. Parliament pushes open standards to increase public engagement

Source: 
ComputerWeekly

The U.K. Parliament has adopted a policy to use open technology standards to increase public participation in political debate. The Parliamentary Information Communication and Technology office (Pict) policy is part of proposed plan to distribute broadcasts of parliamentary debates in a form that people can embed in their own websites, in a similar manner to the way YouTube allows video content to be displayed on blogs and other sites.

Renforcer la confiance entre les parlements et les citoyens: le rôle des technologies de l'information et de la communication

Time slot: 
16:30 - 18:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Hammi Laroussi, 3rd Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Julio César Valentín, Chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Senate of the Dominican Republic
Sikhumbuzo Eric Kholwane, Member of the National Assembly of South Africa
Jorge Fernández Díaz, 3rd Vice President of the Congress of Deputies of Spain

Comme indiqué à la troisième Conférence mondiale des Présidents de parlements, soutenu par l'Union interparlementaire en 2010, les citoyens ont délégué des pouvoirs aux parlements pour les représenter, un mandat qui est basé sur la confiance du public. Les parlementaires ont donc la responsabilité de rendre compte à leurs électeurs sur la manière dont ce mandat est exercé. Pourtant, dans les démocraties anciennes et nouvelles, la confiance du public envers les parlements, les partis politiques et même l'ensemble du système politique, est souvent faible.

Standards de site web pour la transparence et la reddition de comptes

Time slot: 
14:30 - 16:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Abdel Aziz Moustafa, Deputy Speaker of the People’s Assembly of Egypt
Panelists: 
Christine Leston-Bandeira, Professor, Senior Lecturer in Legislative Studies, University of Hull
Maurizio Lupi, Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy
Ernest C. Mwansa, Second Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairperson of Committees of the Whole House of the National Assembly of Zambia

L’existence d’un registre des activités, ainsi que l’exhaustivité, la rapidité de mise à disposition et la clarté de la documentation qu’il contient, permettent de juger du niveau d’ouverture atteint par un parlement. La transparence et le devoir de rendre compte sont les piliers sur lesquels reposent l’ouverture, et les standards concernant ces deux objectifs se sont sensiblement développés au cours de la dernière décennie, car les citoyens demandent désormais davantage de leur gouvernement.

Les média sociaux peuvent-ils améliorer la participation politique?

Time slot: 
09:30 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Esau Chiviya, Secretary General, SADC Parliamentary Forum
Panelists: 
Ramon Farias, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile
Francisco Vergara, Secretary General of the National Assembly of Ecuador
Garreth Ferguson, Information System Manager of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago

En 2010, le nombre d'utilisateurs de Facebook a dépassé un demi-milliard. L’émergence d’un nouveau type de sphère publique – basée sur Internet et sur les nouvelles formes de connectivité sociale – conduit à un élargissement de l’arène démocratique et à un potentiel renouveau de la relation entre la politique et les citoyens. Les nouvelles technologies et l’utilisation des réseaux ont fourni des outils permettant une participation accrue du public dans la vie politique.

Allocutions d'ouverture

Time slot: 
10:00 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zwelethu L. Madasa, Clerk of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Radhakrishna Lutchmana Padayachie, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa
Jeffrey Griffith, Senior Advisor, Global Centre for ICT in Parliament
  1. Gouverner en temps de mutations technologiques
  2. Aperçu des conclusions du Rapport mondial 2010 sur l'e-Parlement

Strengthening trust between parliaments and the people: the role of information and communication technologies

Time slot: 
16:30 - 18:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Hammi Laroussi, 3rd Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Julio César Valentín, Chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Senate of the Dominican Republic
Sikhumbuzo Eric Kholwane, Member of the National Assembly of South Africa
Jorge Fernández Díaz, 3rd Vice President of the Congress of Deputies of Spain

As noted at the Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, sponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 2010, citizens have delegated power to parliaments to represent them, a mandate that is based on public confidence. Parliamentarians therefore have a responsibility to account to their electorate on the way that mandate is exercised. Yet in old and new democracies alike, public trust is often low in parliaments, political parties and indeed the entire political system.

Website standards for transparency and accountability

Time slot: 
14:30 - 16:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Abdel Aziz Moustafa, Deputy Speaker of the People’s Assembly of Egypt
Panelists: 
Christine Leston-Bandeira, Professor, Senior Lecturer in Legislative Studies, University of Hull
Maurizio Lupi, Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy
Ernest C. Mwansa, Second Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairperson of Committees of the Whole House of the National Assembly of Zambia

The availability of the record of a parliament’s activities, along with the completeness, timeliness, and clarity of its documentation, provides the means for judging the level of openness a parliament has achieved. Transparency and accountability are the pillars on which openness rests, and the standards for these two goals have evolved significantly over the last decade as citizens have come to demand more from their governing institutions.

Can social media improve political participation?

Time slot: 
09:30 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Esau Chiviya, Secretary General, SADC Parliamentary Forum
Panelists: 
Ramon Farias, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile
Francisco Vergara, Secretary General of the National Assembly of Ecuador
Garreth Ferguson, Information System Manager of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago

In 2010 the number of users of Facebook surpassed half a billion. The emergence of a new kind of public sphere - based on the Internet and new forms of social connectivity – is leading to an expansion of the democratic arena and a potential renewal of the relationship between politics and citizens. New technologies and the use of networks have provided tools for increased participation of the public in political life.

Keynote addresses

Time slot: 
10:00 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zwelethu L. Madasa, Clerk of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Radhakrishna Lutchmana Padayachie, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa
Jeffrey Griffith, Senior Advisor, Global Centre for ICT in Parliament
  1. Governing at a time of technological changes
  2. An overview of the findings of the World e-Parliament Report 2010

Southern Cone Regional Workshop on "Connected Parliaments." The Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch: From Awareness to Action

Date: 
Thu, 12/08/2010 - Fri, 13/08/2010

The Institutional Capacity of the State Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) jointly with the Legislative Branch Unit of the Department for Effective Public Management of the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Honorable General Assembly of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, are organizing the Southern Cone Regional Workshop on the Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch: From Awareness to Action, which will take place in the Legislative Palace, in Montevideo, Uruguay on August 12th and 13th, 2010.

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