Citizen's participation

Hansard Society

The Hansard Society is the UK’s leading independent, non-partisan political research and education charity. It aims to strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage greater public involvement in politics. Its work is based on the principle that civic society is most effective when its citizens are connected with the institutions and individuals who represent them in the democratic process. The Society informs decision makers and the public through debate and discussion, training, research, providing accessible resources and analysing the scope of new technology in engaging the public.


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Web 2.0 in the Process of eParticipation: the Case of Organizing for America and the Obama Administration

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The presidential campaign of Barack Obama during the 2008 elections sparked new discussion about the public engagement issue in the political processes. The campaign used Web 2.0 tools intensively to reach the general public, seek support and collect feedback from voters. In this paper, the major website of this project, "Organizing for America" (OFA), is analysed from the perspective of eParticipation, which is a concept that includes all the processes of public involvement via information and communication technologies.

Hansard Society publishes new report: "MPs Online: Connecting with Constituents"

Sample ImageA new Hansard Society report, sponsored by Microsoft, MPs Online: Connecting with Constituents, reveals that MPs are using the internet primarily to inform their constituents rather than engage with them.

Hon. Wellars Gasamagera, Member of the Senate of Rwanda

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Presentation on the achievements reached in Rwanda regarding ICT and modalities to engage citizens to enhance democratic dialogue. Plenary Session I: Strengthening democratic institutions in the information society: the politics of e-parliament.

Bangkok University - Critical Success Factors of e-Parliament Systems to Enhance User Engagement: A Case Study of the Thai Parliament

Penjira Kanthawongs
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Submission for World e-Parliament Conference 2008 25 – 26 November, 2008 // Brussels To one of the following themes:
1. Organizational Challenges, Staffing and Staff Development or
2. Websites for parliament, committees and members or
3. IT infrastructure in parliaments

By Penjira Kanthawongs, Ph.D. Business Computer Department, School of Business Administration Bangkok University, Rama IV Rd., Klong-Toey, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Email:,


mySociety has two missions. The first is to be a charitable project which builds websites that give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. The second is to teach the public and voluntary sectors, through demonstration, how to use the internet most efficiently to improve lives.

12 Duke’s Road
London WC1H 9AD
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 7811 082158

Senate of Argentina: Institutional Strengthening Programme

Roberto Reale, Senate of Argentina
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November 2007

The Senate of Argentina is carrying out activities to strengthen and modernize their parliamentary and administrative areas through the Institutional Strengthening Programme.

Petitioning Europe. Le petizioni online tra strategie di comunicazione istituzionale e pratiche di cittadinanza dell'Unione Europea

Daria Santucci
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La dimensione online di molte delle petizioni oggi inviate all’Unione europea e la crescente attenzione delle istituzioni europee per le Ict fanno emergere concreti segnali del tentativo di sviluppare una democrazia elettronica europea attraverso l’incentivo della partecipazione popolare. L’e-democracy consiste, infatti, nell’“uso delle Ict per supportare il processo di decision making democratico”, sia attraverso la dimensione dell’e-voting che attraverso quella della e-participation.

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