The e-Governance Academy and the TID+ team invites you to the 2008 eDemocracy conference “Opportunities for Citizen Participation in an Information Society” on June 5th in the Press room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.
This year the conference touches upon the opportunities ICT and the Internet provide for citizens to take part in the policy making process and to have a say in political decisions. We introduce the new governmental participation portal OSALE (www.osale.ee) which opens a new way for Estonian people to express their opinion.
We are also proud to present a new participation tool, TID+, which, with support of the European Union, is at present being developed and which will be made available to everyone. TID+ is based on the experiences with the Direct Democracy Portal TOM that has been in use in Estonia since 2001. So, the Estonian experience in public participation is about to enter an international arena.
The conference further focuses on an analysis of Estonian e-voting experiences and gives an overview of future perspectives, plans and developments. We also look forward to hear expert opinions in a panel discussion on whether and to what extent online participation and the New Media influence politics and shape democracy.
The conference is organised by e-Governance Academy together with the State Chancellery and Electoral Committee and is part-financed by the European Commission. Attending is free of charge, but registering is necessary.
More information on the conference and how to register is available on the eGA website.