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eParticipation in the Netherlands Presentation for the Third International Forum on eDemocracy d.d. 22 may 2008 By: Arnout Ponsioen ([email protected] )

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Speech tijdens de slotconferentie van het eVoice programma. Op verzoek van programmabureau eVoice.

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  • 1.eParticipation in the Netherlands Presentation for the Third International Forum on eDemocracy d.d. 22 may 2008 By: Arnout Ponsioen ( [email_address] )

2. eParticipation the the Netherlands

  • Looking back
  • Current approach and activities
  • Looking forward
  • Relevance of eVoice programme
  • Final Remarks

3.

  • Looking back (1/2)
    • eParticipation not a political priority
    • Van Boxtel / Van der Ploeg (1998-2002)
      • exploration of social, economic, cultural and political impact of internet
      • research, experiments
      • eSkills (Digitale Trapveldjes)

eParticipation the the Netherlands 4.

  • Looking back (2/2)
    • Balkenende (2002-2006)
      • 65% of government services online in 2007
      • efficiency, effectiveness
      • Generic digital infrastructure
    • Balkenende (2006-)
      • Open dialogues
      • Citizen participation
      • Citizens feedback on service delivery

eParticipation the the Netherlands 5.

  • Current approach and activities(1/3)
    • eParticipation as a strategic new challenge in eGovernment policy (2006)
    • Definition: involving citizens in finding solutions for social issues in all phases of the policy process
    • Three fields of involvement
    • Higher levels of participation
    • Internet as an additional channel for participation

eParticipation the the Netherlands 6.

  • Current approach and activities (2/3)
    • 2006
      • Setting up an informal network
      • Quickscans
      • brainstorm sessions: definition and longlist of ideas
    • 2007
      • Six experiments
      • eParticpation summit
      • Creative sessions: networking and finding new ideas
      • Community website eparticipatie.nl, outside government

eParticipation the the Netherlands 7.

  • Current approach and activities (3/3)
    • 2008
      • Further development and takeup of experiments
      • New experiments (digital pioniers)
      • Regional meetings for civil servants on the local level: how to make eParticipation a succes
      • eParticipation-Award

eParticipation the the Netherlands 8.

  • Looking forward (1/2)
    • Research: citizens want to be involved via the internet
    • Political support seems to be rising

eParticipation the the Netherlands 9.

  • Looking forward (2/2)
    • But strong resistance by government
      • politicians feel threathened
      • little trust in the quality of citizens involvement
      • lack of positive experiences
    • Citizenscritique:
      • limited trust in participatory processes organised by government
      • badly informed
      • nothing is done with their input
      • lack of decent feedback mechanisms

eParticipation the the Netherlands 10.

  • Relevance of eVoice
    • Difficult situation in NL: high potential + strong restance
    • Approach NL:
      • Stimulate small and concrete steps
      • Stimulate cooperation (governments + citizens)
      • Share experiences
      • Inspiration: meet!
    • eVoice helps in all of this

eParticipation the the Netherlands 11.

  • Final Remarks
    • Keep eParticipation on political agenda
    • Do it web2.0: rip it, find it, mix it, and share it!

eParticipation the the Netherlands 12.

  • Thank You!
  • Arnout Ponsioen
  • [email_address]

eParticipation the the Netherlands