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Laura Sommer August 17, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in People, Photos.
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Laura Sommer (on the left in the photo — click to enlarge) is a Senior Advisor with the E-government Strategy & Policy team of the State Services Commission in New Zealand.

Also in the photo: Carol Hayward, (center) who works in local e-democracy and online consultation for the Bristol City Council, UK. On the right, Kátai Szabolcs with the Central European Business Centre in Budapest.

Laura recently posted this introduction to Steve Clift’s DoWire group on Online Consultations, Dialogues, and E-Participation.

And she just attached a comment with some feedback to a blog post Dylan wrote while in Budapest.

A note of appreciation from a wintery New Zealand to Dylan and his team for the ICELE symposium at Budapest.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with e-participation specialists from the different countries. I have been working on the New Zealand e-government participation project for some time and have watched the UK Local e-Democracy project with interest. While I can continue to use the Internet as an excellent source of information on this huge topic area, it is enormously helpful to have conversations with other people who are also working on e-participation and e-democracy.

I didn’t regard it as a blogging conference but more an opportunity for us to work as an international community to exchange knowledge, lessons learned and consider and debate ideas.

The ICELE weblog with podcasts, photos and posts has also been a useful communication tool that I can refer for my work colleagues and other New Zealand contacts.

Thank you for enabling this exchange to happen and I look forward to continuing contact as our respective interests in this area progress.

regards, Laura

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