On 6 February 2017, the UNU Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) will host a seminar on “e-Governance and Citizens (e)Engagement: Lessons Learned from Estonia”. The seminar will feature Dr Kristina Reinsalu, Head of the e-Democracy domain at the e-Governance Academy.
Estonia is a good test lab to analyse how the simultaneousness of different societal processes — such as the development of democratic state institutions, political and civic culture, and technology— influences the development of state and democracy.
How does information and communication technology (ICT) influence the everyday practices of citizens and the society as a whole? Today, citizens have higher expectations and demands, but also better skills (including ICT skills) and readiness to act as partners. They prefer to co-create instead of playing the role of passive recipients of the decisions being made.
How can these challenges be dealt with? How can decision-making processes be made more transparent and participative, and what are the added values? The seminar describes some of the Estonian examples that employ a crowd-sourcing model combined with e-tools, and focuses on the lessons learned from them.
For more information, see the event announcement on the UNU-EGOV website.
Room 2.28, School of Economics and Management
Campus de Gualtar, University of Minho
4704-553 Braga, Portugal
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