All items from E-Government Bulletin
- From E-Government Bulletin, 17/04/2013 - 11:09
Only 17% of UK local authorities are creating websites that can be viewed adequately on a mobile device, despite the fact that almost a third of people accessing online council information are now using such devices, according to the Society of IT Management (Socitm). The findings come as part of this year’s “Better Connected” review [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 17/04/2013 - 11:07
Major failures in two pieces of high-profile technology that were intended to make the recent Kenyan national elections run more smoothly are to be investigated by a special committee of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). The glitches in March meant the country had to rely on traditional methods of polling and vote-counting. Biometric voter [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 17/04/2013 - 11:06
A series of ‘digital health hubs’ are being set up across the UK to teach digital skills and train people to use the internet to improve their knowledge about health, nutrition, wellness and fitness issues. The project is the result of a partnership between the Online Centres Foundation, which manages digital inclusion network UK online [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 17/04/2013 - 11:02
One year ago, E-Government Bulletin published a special report on BeNeighbors.org, an initiative from the pioneering non-profit E-Democracy.org to connect communities in two neighbouring US cities – Minneapolis and St Paul, known as the Twin Cities – using online forums (see E-Gov Bulletin 346: http://bit.ly/XnE5T0
). Funded with a 625,000 US Dollar grant, the project had [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 11/02/2013 - 17:44
A project to create a standard way of formatting data on Parliamentary proceedings, from politicians’ speeches to committee papers, could open up major new areas of democratic research, the programme’s leader has said.
The LIPARM project (Linking Parliamentary Records through Metadata) was a one-year project to create an XML metadata schema – a standard way of [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 11/02/2013 - 17:39
The tracking of live data streams could be a key factor in creating responsive public sector policy-making and service delivery in all parts of the UK, not just cities, according to a new report from the Society of IT Management (Socitm).
‘Smart cities: how are they really different?’ ( http://bit.ly/13kY6uE
) says the use of live [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 11/02/2013 - 17:36
A grassroots digital inclusion project that toured the UK with an internet station in a portable cabin, helping residents increase their computer skills, is looking to start up again during 2013 and has put a call out for host destinations.
Our Digital Planet ( http://bit.ly/VICWRV
) was run by social investment body Nominet Trust during 2012. [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 11/02/2013 - 17:32
By Craig Thomler
Most governments use taxation to raise the majority of their revenue.
In its simplest form, tax involves taking a share of the income earned by eligible entities, whether individuals or corporations, and placing the money in a pool. The government then decides how to spend this pool of money – on providing public services [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 10/12/2012 - 19:12
People who want to launch effective online movements must focus on building for the long-term, not on short-term viral phenomena, a global pioneer of online campaigning told a London meeting recently.
Jeremy Heimans, co-founder of online petitions pioneer Avaaz (http://www.avaaz.org
) was in the UK in November to launch Purpose Europe, the European arm of his campaign [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 10/12/2012 - 19:11
A project to equip a town centre with free Wi-Fi is on track to meet its target fund after setting out to be “crowdfunded” online, E-Government Bulletin has learned.
The “Make Mansfield Your HotSpot” project was developed by Mansfield Business Improvement District, a partnership between the council and local business community. It is being run through [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 10/12/2012 - 19:10
A European Commission proposal for legislation to ensure public sector websites across Europe are accessible to disabled computer users by the end of 2015 is a “missed opportunity”, according to the European regional arm of the World Blind Union.
Shortly after the commission released its “Proposal for a Directive… on the accessibility of public sector bodies’ [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 10/12/2012 - 19:08
By Vineeta Dixit
The advent of the internet, social media and mobile devices have changed the way citizens can engage with each other and with their governments. Across the world, governments are facing challenges to their legitimacy as citizens express a rising disquiet with corruption and non-responsiveness.
In India, many innovative projects are underway using new technologies [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 05/10/2012 - 16:45
Mobile apps that are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities are more usable by everyone, the London meeting of a group for usability professionals has heard.
The insight will be valuable to many local authorities and other public bodies who are currently developing or thinking of developing smartphone apps. Henny Swan, senior accessibility specialist [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 05/10/2012 - 16:44
A project creating live photo montages of museum exhibits has won a competition inviting developers, coders and artists to reuse data released by a Sussex museum on its collections.
The New Cabinets for New Curiosities project (http://bit.ly/PAoJ8r
) is based around the digital collection data of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove, and aims to [...]
- From E-Government Bulletin, 05/10/2012 - 16:42
Electronic petitions to the UK government which receive more than 10,000 signatures will now receive a written government response, Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley has announced.
The relevant government department will write a response to each qualifying petition, which will then be posted alongside the petition on the government’s e-petition website (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/