Governments are gradually waking up to the fact that we are actually on the same side, and that taking into account our views might be sensible move. This means that initiatives like this one – although not an official site – are well worth supporting:
Every two years, EU Ministers gather to agree on a Ministerial Declaration on e-government, which is the main European strategic document. This is usually accompanied by an Industry declaration.
We feel the urge to add an open declaration, collaboratively built and endorsed by EU citizens who share the view that the web is transforming our society and our governments. We feel e-government policies in Europe could learn from the open, meritocratic, transparent and user-driven culture of the web. We also feel that current web citizens should engage more positively with government to help designing a strategy which is genuinely difficult to adapt in the traditional culture of public administration.
In view of this background, this initiative aims at:
a) making the voice of the European citizen heard in the context of the EU ICT policy
b) ensuring the next European ICT strategy and in particular the parts that relate to public services grasp the opportunities offered by recent web 2.0 developments.
We trust that if we manage to deliver quality of insight and quantity of endorsement, we will present this declaration officially at the EU ministerial conference on e-government, in Malmo on November 2009.
In practice, we want to leverage collective intelligence through an open process that aims to answer this question: How should governments use the web to improve public services and deliver greater public value for citizens?
You can take part in this exercise by voting on some of the proposals here - or even adding your own. A few that I've voted for are “Release government data in free, open, standard, readily available, accessible formats", "Require open source licensing on all software contract work" and "Publish all proposed legislation in an accessible web format." YMMV, but do vote for something – it sends an important signal to governments that we want to be engaged.
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