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The United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union released the World e-Parliament Report 2010.
The Report, prepared by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament,
intends to help legislatures to harness the potential benefits of ICT
for their work and establish key goals and priorities for exploiting
this valuable resource. While providing evidence of the complexities of
e-parliament, the Report suggests ways to overcome some of the obstacles
to the effective use of technology in parliamentary settings.
The findings presented in the World e-Parliament Report 2010 are based on the results of the Global Survey of ICT in Parliaments conducted by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament between July and November 2009, to which 134 parliamentary assemblies responded.
The rapid growth of information and communication technologies (ICT) is changing not only the economic, social and political landscape around the world, but also the environment within which parliaments operate and it affects how they are perceived by the citizenry. In both developed and developing countries, parliaments are exploring ways to use technology to strengthen democracy and encourage political participation.
In 2008, the first edition of the World e-Parliament Report established a baseline of how parliaments were using ICT to help them fulfil their responsibilities and to connect to their constituencies. The World e-Parliament Report 2010 builds on that groundbreaking work and evaluates the progress accomplished by parliaments during the intervening two years in their efforts to use modern technologies to strengthen their institutional role. The 2010 Report further provides a methodology that can serve as a tool for parliaments to improve their performance in key areas of e-Parliament.