Ivar Tallo, manager of UN Training and Research (Switzerland), sort of wondered aloud this afternoon if e-Participation proves so difficult for European citizens, how much more difficult would it be for non-European ones? He admitted though that there might be exceptions – and shared his own personal experience in Kazakhstan. But, generally speaking, engagement has other and more complex obstacles to overcome outside EU.
Chuck Hirt, director of the Central and Eastern European Citizens Network (Slovakia), agreed and said Eastern Europe hurls its own particular stones at e-Participation. Citizens in Eastern Europe are not usually invited in the decision/making process, politicians do not always have the time or skills to engage electronically, economic agenda (advertising, buying/selling) all too frequently overrides social engagement, and so on.