The Global Centre for Information and Communication Technologies in Parliament acts as a hub for information, research and technical assistance to parliaments in the area of ICT and offers a platform for exchanging information and expertise among parliaments, centres of excellence, international organizations, the civil society, the private sector and the donor community.
México - Semana de Transparencia y Parlamento abierto
“Del acceso a la información a la apertura gubernamental”
De 10 a 14 de marzo el Senado de la República de México
hospedará la Semana de Transparencia y Parlamento abierto “Del
acceso a la información a la apertura gubernamental”, actividad
organizada por Fundar, Transparencia Mexicana,y el National Democratic
Intitute México, en colaboración con el Comité de Garantía de Acceso y
Transparencia de la Información (COGATI) y la Comisión de Relaciones
Exteriores Organismos Internacionales del Senado de la República. El
objetivo de este encuentro es generar interés sobre los avances y retos
en materia de transparencia y parlamento abierto, así como fomentar el
diálogo entre diversos actores sobre temas pendientes en la agenda de
transparencia y parlamento abierto. El evento cuenta con la
participación de especialistas de México y de diversos países (Estados
Unidos, Brasil, Argentina) y será transmitido en vivo por Internet. Para
The Library of Congress announced the winners of the Legislative Data
February 2014, the Library of Congress announced the winners of two
legislative data challenges conducted using the Challenge.gov platform.
Jim Mangiafico is the winner of the "Markup of U.S. Legislation in Akoma
Ntoso" challenge. Mangiafico and Garrett Schure won first and second
place, respectively, in the "Legislative XML Data Mapping" challenge.
For more information:
Library of Congress press release:
Law Library of Congress blog post:
Legislative XML Data Challenge website:
World e-Parliament Conference 2014
The World e-Parliament Conference 2014 will be held in Seoul on 8, 9 and 10 May 2014 at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. The World e-Parliament Conference is the biennial forum of the community of
parliaments on their use of information and communication technologies
(ICT). It addresses, from both the policy and technical perspectives,
how ICT can help improve representation, law-making and oversight and
increase parliament’s openness, accessibility, accountability and
overarching theme of the Word e-Parliament Conference 2014 is “Lessons
learned and future horizons”. By focusing on this theme, the sixth World
e-Parliament Conference intends to take stock of the progress made by
the parliamentary community in responding to citizens’ calls for greater
institutional openness and dialogue. At the same time, it will look at
the emerging and future challenges that parliaments will need to address
to keep pace with technological change in society.
preliminary agenda, a document outlining the goals, expectations and
structure of the World e-Parliament Conference 2014, a practical
information note and the registration form are available on the web site
Technological Options for Capturing and Reporting Parliamentary Proceedings
This practical handbook draws on the experiences and practices of several legislatures. It is intended to help parliaments to take informed decisions when developing their capacity to publish records of plenary and committee proceedings. It will be of particular interest to parliaments that do not yet publish their proceedings regularly or on a timely basis. It should also serve those that are looking to identify best practices and deliver better services.
UN General Assembly adopts consensus text backing right to Privacy in Digital Age
Deeply concerned that electronic surveillance, interception of digital communications and collection of personal data may negatively impact human rights, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a consensus resolution strongly backing the right to privacy, calling on all countries take measures to end activities that violate this fundamental “tenet of a democratic society.”
First Legislative Data Challenge Winner Announced
Report on "Communication of Parliamentary Democracy in a Digital World"
The landscape of print, broadcasting and social media is changing
rapidly and how it alters affects Parliament’s ability to communicate
and engage with the public it serves. A new report from the Hansard
Society – #futurenews The Communication of Parliamentary Democracy in a Digital World
– explores these strategic communication trends and how Parliament
needs to respond in order to keep pace and ensure it has a voice in the
political debate commensurate with its role at the apex of our
democracy. #futurenews examines
changing patterns of news consumption, the public’s attitude to news
about politics in general, and Parliament in particular, and how and
where they access such news.
Regional Workshop for Parliaments of Latin America “ICT strategic planning and use of social media in parliaments”
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Parliament of
Uruguay, organized a three-day Regional Workshop for Latin American parliaments
on “ICT Strategic Planning and Use of
Social Media in Parliaments”, hosted by the Parliament of Uruguay in Montevideo
on 23, 24 and 25 October 2013.
The workshop was organized within the framework of the Exchange Network of Parliaments of Latin America and the Caribbean (ENPLAC) and
built on previous activities carried out by UN/DESA in Latin America
through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and the project funded
through the United Nations Development Account Supporting the
Establishment of a Latin American Parliamentary Knowledge Network.
Commission on Digital Democracy announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom
The Speaker of the House of Commons will
explore further modernisation of the House of Commons and British
democracy to meet the demands of the digital era and modern citizens,
and announce a new Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy.
World Forum for Democracy
Social networks, blogs, and online media offer citizens access to
public life in an unprecedentedly direct way. Is the internet
revolutionising democratic practice? This topical question will
be raised this year during the World Forum for Democracy, organised by
the Council of Europe with the support of the French government, the
Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg.
WSIS+10 High- Level Event Open Consultation Process
The first physical meeting of the WSIS+10 High- Level Event Open Consultation Process took place in Geneva at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva. It was an open and inclusive consultation among WSIS Stakeholders (governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations and relevant regional organizations) focused on developing multistakeholder consensus on two draft Outcome Documents, to be developed by 1 March 2014 and submitted for consideration by the WSIS+10 High-Level Event: the Draft WSIS+10 Statement on the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes; and the Draft WSIS+10 Vision
Technical Assistance Mission to the Parliament of Montenegro
Between 02 and 20 September 2013, the Parliament of Montenegro received a technical assistance mission supported by the EU Delegation to Montenegro, with the aim to consider and develop terms of references for the implementation of a parliamentary legislative information system - supported by the EU/EC. With the system the Parliament envisages to become more open and transparent in providing access to information, documentation, and events as they occur in the legislative process.