So here we are, at the eGovernment Conference in Malmo, where high-level speakers and 1 000 delegates representing Member States, EFTA and candidate countries, the European Commission, international and regional organisations, leaders of the ICT industry and its main organisations, as well as academia and others have gathered to discuss the concept of a "digital Europe".
The goal is to reach a higher level of sophistication in the use of technology. This will enable a barrier-free digital market which will empower not only businesses, but also individual citizens. Through internet access, we can increase effectiveness in public administration, we can allow organizations to connect easier to one another, and little by little, we may begin to call our society a knowledge society.

A game is being played here in the conference room, one must turn to the person next to him or her, and share their ambitions. Then they must set a new ambition for the next few days. What will they want to learn here? And what goals do they want to meet regarding the eGovernment challenge?

It may seem like a game... but these questions are essential if we are to improve on a global scale. I think it's important to keep in mind that eGovernment is NOT just about Europe, it involves ALL countries around the world. It's making the point that financial, social and political improvement is SO achievable, that just about anyone can help make a difference.

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Comment by Gabi Barna on November 20, 2009 at 13:24
Great feedback. please tell us more! We sure want to be learning and constantly contributing to eGovernment. While some of us develop more, better and more inoovative eGovernment services, we at Telecentre-Europe will make sure that we are out there helping people to use these services!
Comment by carmen popa on November 20, 2009 at 0:37
well...from where i sat, everyone around me started turning to their neighbors, shaking hands, smiling, and jumping into casual conversations. They all seemed to enjoy the game very much, and they had much to say to one another, the whole room (and it was a big room) seemed to be talking. But this is all i've seen them do so far... talk...

All the ideas are great, but they make it sound so easy.
Comment by Adrian Popa on November 19, 2009 at 20:38
Good to hear from you all in Malmo! Interesting gameplay, even though it does not imply a higher level of sophistication. Look forward to seeing what specific goals, challenges and expectations eGovernment hopes to meet.

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