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Budapest – it’s only the beginning August 1, 2006

Posted by dylanjeffrey in Commentary, Reflections.

dylan_jeffrey.jpgThe event in Budapest is now over – but in a way it is only just beginning.

Buda saw over 300 delegates from nearly 50 countries discussing the issues on e-participation and e-democracy. It joined together local, national and international bodies to present debate and dialogue on what needs to happen in terms of the evolving agenda as well as showcasing some good practice and research. Never before had there been such an international event looking at the complexities of blogging or the future of citizen engagement using ICT.

The hard part is now to keep going this momentum that has been established and to continue the dialogue for the future. Feedback so far received has been extremely positive and informative and I shall be writing to all participants to seek their opinion on how the event could have been made an even better experience for them.

Finally thank you to everyone who made the event what it was, particularly the sponsors and volunteers, without whose support, none of this would have been possible.

Thanks once again to all who have supported this project and hopefully this will be the catalyst for a healthy and democratically engaged society.

Dylan Jeffrey

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