Parliaments and Citizens
With open parliamentary data at their disposal, parliamentary monitoring organizations, data journalists and scholars can gain significant insight into how new legislation is shaped and how parliaments work as social groups. Apart from multidimensional scaling of voting patterns, an often used technique of reducing and visualizing complex parliamentary information is social network analysis. This post introduces it using an example of sponsoring bills in the lower chamber of the Czech Parliament.
Date:Wed, 11/12/2013 - Fri, 13/12/2013
Entering a second quarter century of supporting and enhancing cutting edge research in the interface between law and computer technology, the 2013 JURIX conference will take place at the University of Bologna from 11 to 13 December 2013.
The table, prepared by the University of Hull, lists the Facebook and Twitter institutional accounts for parliaments (accounts for committees, events or specific services are not listed here) across the world.
The Report of the World e-Parliamente Conference 2012 is now available. This report summarizes the presentations and practices showcased during the different sessions of the conference, and highlights the main points of discussion.
The Parliamentary Development Project for Ukraine has worked with the Division
of Computerized Systems of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Institute of Telecommunications and Global Information Space of the National
Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to provide the
Ukrainian translation of the original English language World
e-Parliament Report 2012.
The open parliament in the age of the internet: can the people now collaborate with legislatures in lawmaking?
The book, published by the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, is based on a study of two particular cases where parliamentary bodies designed and implemented participatory digital processes, namely, the e-Democracy Program developed by the Brazilian House of Representatives, and the Virtual Senator Program developed by the Chilean Senate.
The University of Hull published 3 guides aimed at practitioners on the use of websites and social media by parliaments, drawing from the research developed for the project Managing Parliament’s Image. The themes of the guides are: Organising and Managing Parliamentary Websites, Using Parliamentary Websites as an Engagement Tool, How Parliaments Use Social Media.
This guide is intended to be used by parliaments for the purposes of building effective social media operations. In analysing social media operations, we identified a number of instances of best practice, and problems, that might come up as part of such an operation. It stems from research conducted as part of the Managing Parliament’s Image project.
This Guide is intended to be used by parliaments for the purposes of effectively organising and managing their websites and the staff responsible for them. It stems from research conducted as part of the Managing Parliament’s Image project.
U.S. House of Representatives: House Floor Summary in real-time RSS feeds and new search tool in HouseLive.gov
The Clerk’s office of the House of Representatives of the United States implemented two projects:
to IPU’s 128th Assembly have adopted a resolution that calls on
parliaments to both use social media to better inform and engage with their
citizens but also to protect the right to freedom of expression on and
off-line. The resolution also underscored that a free, open and
accessible internet is both a fundamental human right and a tool for citizen
engagement. Parliamentarians also needed to take on the responsibility for
ensuring citizens’ access to free and secure online communications. The
resolution followed IPU’s release of its first ever social media guidelines for MPs and parliamentary
staff. Available freely online, it aims to encourage the more widespread and
effective use of social media by parliaments and politicians, as well as
provide guidance to those responsible for managing social media channels. The
guidelines help to define the scope and purpose of social media for parliaments
whilst also providing a benchmark for good practice in citizen engagement. The World e-Parliament Report identified that by the
end of 2012, a third of all parliaments were already using social media with
another third planning to.
Date:Wed, 27/11/2013 - Fri, 29/11/2013
The 2013 World Forum for Democracy "Rewiring democracy - reconnecting citizens and democratic institutions in the information age" will be held in Strasbourg (France) on 27-29 November 2013.
The New York State Senate has been working on FOSS open government
initiatives for constituent relationship management, open legislation,
geocoding, and more. That software can be downloaded from GitHub here:
Providing parliamentary information in open and structured formats
reduces the barriers to citizen use of legal information. How? Open and
structured documents have properties underlying the visible information,
such as metadata, that allow machines to recognize various
characteristics about the document – including its title, whether it’s a
bill or transcript, and even its contents in many instances.
For the first time in Serbia, citizens have the opportunity to
directly communicate with their MPs. Within its parliamentary monitoring
and advocacy initiative, Otvoreni Parlament (Open Parliament), CRTA
recently launched an online communication tool “Ask Your MP” that
allows direct public communication between citizens and MPs.