Well, this is the first opening speech at e-Participation today. Matthias Groote (MEP) says we are faced with a contrast between political apathy on the one hand and increase in use of the Internet on the other. There is therefore an opportunity here for politicians to take the initiative and go to the citizens. The level of interactivity available with web 2.0 technology allows for both transparency and consultation. Mr. Groote says Obama's campaign is a positive example of successfuly engaging citizens using the Internet. It will be a very good exercise in fact to open up the legislation process to the ordinary public. He admited that some times MEPs themselves have difficulties with complicated legislative language. But ICT could bridge this very gap between technical language and basic understanding.

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Comment by Adrian Popa on March 6, 2009 at 8:15
I agree, David. Digital inclusion is certainly the pre-requisite for engaging in policy making. e-Participation however focused on a different market, represented primarily (though not exclusively) by highly conversant Internet users, especially active in social networking, but otherwise politically disenfranchised. Somehow, digital inclusion was overlooked (or assumed as a done thing) at the Brussels event.

Ian and I were actually wondering about the role of Telecentre Europe in all this. Perhaps Ian can come back on this, but I will venture a summary: e-Participation needs the Telecentre network if it really wants to touch marginal groups and enlarge its base of engagement.
Comment by David Banes on March 5, 2009 at 20:24
If we believe that for many the promise of greater involvemnet in democratic processes will motivate those still untouched by Digital Inclusion we may well be disappointed - what will motivate people to take first steps if promises of better education employment and a say in their own direction has not achieved it ?
Comment by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 4, 2009 at 10:54
WOW! Thanks Adi and Ian, it's like I am there with you!
Comment by Ian Clifford on March 4, 2009 at 10:51

Plenary session is underway!

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