International Political Forum on eDemocracy
January 11th and 12th, 2007, Bremen (FRG)
In co-operation with Hanse Passage, an Interreg IIIC project, and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, evoice held its second International Political Forum on eDemocracy on Thursday, January 11th, and Friday, January 12th, 2007, in the historical townhall of Bremen (world heritage site).
Click here for programme and flyer with background information.
116 participants from 16 regions and 6 municipalities from 8 countries attended the forum and discussed the future of democracy and eDemocracy in the framework of interregional co-operation.
The next day, the Weserkurier, the regional newspaper at Bremen, published an article on its European page under the title Elektronische Teilhabe für den Bürger der Zukunft.
Some participants wrote about the forum in their blogs:
- demos-monitor (German)
Wie Demokratie schwimmen lernte
- netzpolitik (German)
Die Zukunft der elektronischen Demokratie
- goldmundus (Spanish)
Conferencia de eParticipación en Bremen
- remcokouwenhoven (Dutch)
Live from Bremen
A more elaborated report on the contents and the results of the forum will be made available on the websites of evoice and Hanse Passage as soon as all the content material (sound and pictures) has been evaluated and assimilated.
The forum has been opened by Dr. Ulrich Nuszbaum, senator for finances of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.
Dr. Ulrich Nuszbaum (left) welcomes his Dutch col- league Mr Jacques Wallage, mayor of the City of Groningen and one of the keynote speakers at the International Political Forum on eDemocracy on January 11th and 12th, 2007, at Bremen (FRG)
- Mr Jacques Wallage
mayor of the City of Groningen, NL
- Prof. Dr. Ann Macintosh
Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
- Mr Tom Steinberg
director mySociety.org, London, UK
- youth participation
- councillors' dialogue with citizens
- freedom of information act
The participants visited three prominent locations of innovative participation projects at Bremen:
- Bremen Mitte/Östliche Vorstadt
- Stadtteil Tenever
Stadtteil Tenever, Bremen (FRG)
A summarizing article on the contents of the forum was published by Gesa Wessolowski (Bremen) in the newsletter of the Innovative Actions Network for the Information Society IANIS (February 2007).
For information as regards contents, (keynote) speakers and a visual impression of the first International Political Forum on eDemocracy, held at Groningen (NL) in September 2005, please click political forum.