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Budapest: questions from the audience July 31, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium, People, Photos.
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Presenters at many sessions took questions. Here’s a random sampling of photos of audience members who spoke up. (Click photos to enlarge.)

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Day 2 Audio: Engaging Young People July 31, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Audio, Budapest symposium.
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Thursday’s Day 2 session titled “Engaging Young People” included these panelists (click photos to enlarge):

Darryl Sheppard, International Officer, Kate Parish, Founder, UK Youth Parliament

17 minutes, 10 seconds

Shane McCracken, Gallomanor, and I’m a Councillor get me out of here!

18 minutes, 3 seconds

Laura McVeigh, Senior Fellow, Young UK and Ireland Programme

9 minutes, 31 seconds

Tom Gaskin, Youth Worker for Norfolk Blurb Website Project

7 minutes, 31 seconds

Day 2 audio: Social Inclusion in the 21st Century July 31, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Audio, Budapest symposium.
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Panelists for the Day 2 session, Social Inclusion in the 21st Century, included (click photos to enlarge):

Cllr Mary Reid, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Empowering Young People

16 minutes, 36 seconds

Stephen Dodson, Innovation & Challenge Programme Director, DCLG, UK Digital Challenge: Connecting Communities

10 minutes, 4 seconds

Csaba Madarasz, eGovernment Advisor, Hungary

8 minutes, 17 seconds

Catherine Howe, Operations Director, Public-i

12 minutes, 27 seconds

Day 3 Panel: From e-Voting to e-Participation: Connecting Governments, Parliaments and Civil Society in Europe July 31, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium.
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Friday’s Day 3 panel at 10 am titled: “From e-Voting to e-Participation: Connecting Governments, Parliaments and Civil Society in Europe” featured (click photos to enlarge):

Christoforos Korakas, Access2Democracy, Greece

Margaret Moran MP, Member of UK Parliament

Matthias Trenel, Zebralog.org, City of Berlin and Senate of Berlin eParticipation project, Germany

Richard Kerby, UNDESA, Senior Inter-Regional Advisor on e-Government

Mayor Tapani Hellsten, Hämeenlinna City, Finland (not my photo):

Eric Legale, Managing Director of Issy-Media and Coordinator of the Global Cities Dialogue, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Dr. Irina Zalisova
, DEMONET, European Commission IST-FP6 Network of Excellence, Czech Republic

Finn Stubtoft, Secretary General, Danish Social Democratic Party, Denmark

Hugo Kerschot, K-U Leuven – INDIGOV, Belgium

Witold Sartorius, Head of the Polish Competence Centre for e-Government and e-Education (PCC), Poland (not my photo)
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Day 3 Panel: Policing the Net: Authentication July 31, 2006

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Friday’s panel on Policing the Net: Authentication featured (L to R, click to enlarge):

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Dr Philip Seltsikas, Director Information Society Technologies Group, University of Surrey Global Initiatives in Identity Management

Brian Woodford, Director Public Sector UK and Ireland, Tata Consultancy

Julia Glidden, Managing Director, 21c Consultancy Ltd

Ravi Singh, CEO of ElectionMall Technologies, USA The Seal of Authenticity for Official Government Websites

Stephen Chandler, Vice President, EDS

Sylvia Archmann, Seconded National Expert, European Institute of Public Administration, Austria

Day 3 Panel: eGovernment Connections and Challenges July 31, 2006

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Friday’s 10 am panel featured these presenters:

Dr Peter Blair, Local e-Government Adviser and Head of Take Up Campaign, UK


Gary Heane, Project Manager, Sheffield City Council, UK
EU Projects: Regional, National and International Cooperation

Jože Gričar, Professor & Director, Department of Informatics, University
of Maribor, Slovenia

Cllr. Chris Newby, Chair of EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (not my photo)

Plenary Session Day 3 audio: Looking to the Future July 31, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Audio, Budapest symposium.
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Friday’s Day 3 Plenary session featured these presenters:

Herman Waumans, Oracle Director of Public Sector Europe and Africa

17 minutes, 38 seconds

Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council

11 minutes, 41 seconds

Cllr. Paul Bettison, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and UK Local Government Association lead on e-Government

14 minutes, 13 seconds

Tom Steinberg, My Society

7 minutes, 38 seconds

Audio of Christoforos Korakas, Access2Democracy, Greece July 30, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Audio, Budapest symposium.
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Christoforos Korakas is a Project Manager at Access2Democracy and an expert on eVote/eDemocracy for the Research & Academic Computer Technology Institute of Greece.

Left photo (click to enlarge): Christoforos was one of the panelists for Friday’s Day 3 session: From e-Voting to e-Participation: Connecting Governments, Parliaments and Civil Society in Europe. Alas, his was the only audio I was able to capture from that panel, but I do have photos of the other panelists that’ll post here later.

Right photo (click to enlarge): Christoforos is in the center. On the left: Lasse Berntzen, Vestfold University College, Norway (Lasse has both a research page and a blog on e-Government and e-Democracy where he posted about the Budapest symposium); and on the right, Daniel van Leberghe, Politech Institute, Belgium.

9 minutes, 51 seconds

Reflecting back and projecting forward July 30, 2006

Posted by Mary Reid in Commentary, Reflections.
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mary_reid.jpgBack home in the UK and doing mayoral things, although I nearly didn’t get away from Budapest last night because of intense thunder storms over central Europe.

Some reflections after a stimulating week…

I was very struck with the general understanding of e-participation and the wide knowledge of its tools. This was in marked contrast to two or three years ago when we were having to start from the beginning to explain it at conferences.

Councillor Paul Bettison, the Leader of Bracknell Forest Council in England, ran through all the tools currently available, from online panels, through e-petitions to councillors websites. Paul leads on e-government for the Local Government Association, and is a strong advocate of smart cards, but he has not been directly involved in the Local e-Democracy National Project. So it was a huge pleasure to realise that the National Project has done its job in raising awareness of e-participation and getting councils to think about how to increase democratic interaction with citizens.

The discussions elsewhere on e-voting turned on the need to build the trust of citizens and also of administrators. We heard of many technological solutions – validation and verification, third party testing and evaluation – but I wonder if it is really such a problem. Citizens already trust the National Lottery in the UK, not to mention reality show voting.

For me the key test is whether the candidates trust it. After all, in traditional paper voting they can check the counting of the votes in a very open and straightforward fashion, and can ask for a recount if necessary. If the results are simply posted by the software, no amount of reassurance about independent auditing of the systems will convince them unless they can check with their own eyes.

I’m not against e-voting at all, but it must pass the candidate satisfaction test for me before I would be happy to accept it. Having made these comments in the hall some e-voting suppliers caught me and were keen to explain that once international standards had been adopted it would be possible for political parties to commission their own third party systems which could then interrogate the voting system and verify the results. I’d be very interested in seeing this, though I’m not sure how accessible this would be to independent candidates in small local elections.

Finally, the symposium was enlivened by the presence of several young people, most of them members of the UK Youth Parliament. They contributed to all the sessions but particularly to the one on ‘Engaging Young People’, where we heard from Shane McCracken from Gallomanor about ‘I’m a councillor, get me out of here’.

Jože Gričar: eGovernment Connections and Challenges July 29, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium.
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Jože Gričar is Professor & eCenter Director, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. He’s also Chair of the Annual Bled eConference. His presentation was part of the Friday eGovernment Connections and Challenges panel. Click the photos to enlarge.

14 minutes, 53 seconds

When he attended my blogging session, we chatted afterwards and discovered our Minnesota-Slovenia connection. I include a subsequent email from him below in which he provides background on it.

Budapest high-resolution photos available July 28, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium, Photos.
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All the Budapest photos posted here in the ICELE blog or stored in the Flickr Budapest photo set are 800 pixels wide or less… suitable for the web, but not great for printing or cropping.

If you’d like the original (2,272 pixels wide) of any of the photos, contact me and I’ll be happy to email it to you.

For example, here’s a thumbnail linked to the large original.


Budapest closing photo July 28, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium, People, Photos.
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During his closing remarks, Dylan put up a slideshow of the 100+ photos I took during the socializing parts of this week’s Budapest Symposium. He chose to end with this one (click to enlarge) so likewise, I’m putting it up here.

I plan to add more audio clips and photos of various symposium presenters over the next few days. But I plan to do a little more sightseeing here in Budapest before I depart for Minnesota tomorrow morning.

Next: The Baltimore Symposium next week.

Budapest closing session audio, Day 3 July 28, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Audio, Budapest symposium, ICELE, Photos.
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This morning’s closing plenary session panel featured remarks from (right) Samantha Stubbs, UK Member of Youth Parliament, with collegial support from Samantha Coggins (far left in panelist photo). I goofed on getting Ms. Stubbs’ remarks recorded (aaarrrggghhh!) but I did manage to capture the audio from these panelists:

Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)

9 minutes, 18 seconds

Cllr. Matthew Ellis, Chair of ICELE

11 minutes, 54 seconds

Dylan Jeffrey, DCLG, Symposium Director

5 minutes, 7 seconds

Team ICELE July 28, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in ICELE, People, Photos.
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These ICELE people have been seen occasionally at the Budapest symposium this week… and you’re likely to keep hearing and seeing them in the weeks and months to come. Click photos to enlarge.

L to R: Fraser Henderson, Operations Director; Rita Wilson, Interim CEO; Dylan Jeffrey, Board Member and Bellringer; Mathew Ellis, Board Chair; Julia Glidden, Board Member; Andrew Pinder, Board President; Mary Reid, Board Member, Lawrence Pratchett, Board Member.

Product development: The next generation of e-citizens July 27, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Moblogging, Photos.
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Tonight’s reception was an inclusive family affair. Click the photos to enlarge.
Left: DCLG‘s Peter Blair and family
Center, L to R: University of Maribor professor Jože Gričar, Julia Glidden (21c) and Alexander, and (I’ll find out the other two)
Right: DCLG‘s Julian Bowrey, IDeA‘s Jane Ratford and their new little one named (I’ll find out)