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Councillor Antonia Blance blogs on Leadership Blogging August 5, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium, People.
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Antonia Bance is a blogger and a Labour councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley ward in Oxford, UK. She was an attendee in Budapest last week (far right in left photo; far left in right photo – click to enlarge).

When she returned home, she posted a note to her weblog detailing her reactions to my session on Leadership Blogging.
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Budapest attendee Ben Rogers, DMYP, starts a blog August 4, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium, People.
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I got notified via WordPress pingback that someone had linked to this ICELE blog. I checked and saw a blog post by Budapest attendee Ben Rogers titled I have Started to blog because… in which he wrote:

I have started blogging because i was sent to budapest by the British Government in order to learn all about e-Participation, Social Inclusion, Democratic Engagement. After a talk about the power of blogging and how to do it… i am now joining the ranks as it were!!!

Ben plans to use his weblog to chronicle his year as a Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP) in the UK. (See more about Ben on this 2006 MYP Profile page about him.)

I noticed that I didn’t have a good photo of Ben from the conference, other than one of him taking a photo which I cropped from the group shot on the left. (Click photos to enlarge). So I emailed him and asked for another photo and he sent me the one on the right, along with an email reply that included this:

I have set up the weblog and will build on it very shortly — but have been busy and i’m off on Holiday tomorrow (only in the UK) so will really get it going when i get back!

Thanks once again for e-mailing- it is so nice to keep in contact with different people from all over the world- so many times i have come back from places and everyone goes quiet! And this is what the Internet is all about keeping in contact and making a difference.

Ben Rogers DMYP
Lichfield & Chase constituency
UK Youth Parliament

Welcome to the civic blogosphere, Ben.

Budapest Continued August 1, 2006

Posted by Shane McCracken in Budapest symposium, Commentary.
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shane_mccracken.jpgI’ve now caught up on my sleep from Budapest, but not my thoughts.

I have two over-riding themes left over from the event. Firstly was listening to Etienne Chouard speak about his experience as a blogger gathering support for his view of the European Constitutional Treaty against the combined power and reach of the government and mass-media. It was a very clear demonstration of how e-democracy can work in the real world.

One of the main points I took from his presentation was that it is not acceptable under constitutional law for those in power to write the constitution because inevitably it will result in the entrenchment of those structures of power in an undemocratic way.

The second theme that remains with me from the conference is the lack of inspiration, challenge and direction. We had too many civil servants, NGO’s, insitutions and suppliers speaking and not enough people actually practicing eDemocracy like Etienne and Tom Steinberg. There wasn’t enough passion to drive us forward, to encourage local politicians and officers to take risks. We needed to be reminded of the upsides of eParticipation, and of the downsides of not doing anything. Local authorities find stepping into the unpredictable world of eDemocracy risky. We need to remind them why it is a risk worth taking.

In order to do this we need to reach out beyond those in power to help write the direction for eDemocracy. We need to make sure that the conversations that occured at the reception, at 2am in the bar, are not lost, they should be continued in public and we should try to draw more people into the conversation. Already a start is being made. Cllr Antonia Bance posted some remarks on her blog and a conversation has ensued. I’m sure these conversations are occurring elsewhere. If so please let everyone know by leaving a comment on this blog so we can all contribute.

Shane McCracken

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
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17 minutes, 10 seconds

Shane McCracken, Gallomanor, and I’m a Councillor get me out of here!
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18 minutes, 3 seconds

Laura McVeigh, Senior Fellow, Young UK and Ireland Programme
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9 minutes, 31 seconds

Tom Gaskin, Youth Worker for Norfolk Blurb Website Project
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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
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16 minutes, 36 seconds

Stephen Dodson, Innovation & Challenge Programme Director, DCLG, UK Digital Challenge: Connecting Communities
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10 minutes, 4 seconds

Csaba Madarasz, eGovernment Advisor, Hungary
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8 minutes, 17 seconds

Catherine Howe, Operations Director, Public-i
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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
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Margaret Moran MP, Member of UK Parliament
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Matthias Trenel, Zebralog.org, City of Berlin and Senate of Berlin eParticipation project, Germany
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Richard Kerby, UNDESA, Senior Inter-Regional Advisor on e-Government
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Mayor Tapani Hellsten, Hämeenlinna City, Finland (not my photo):
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Eric Legale, Managing Director of Issy-Media and Coordinator of the Global Cities Dialogue, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
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Dr. Irina Zalisova
, DEMONET, European Commission IST-FP6 Network of Excellence, Czech Republic
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Finn Stubtoft, Secretary General, Danish Social Democratic Party, Denmark
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Hugo Kerschot, K-U Leuven – INDIGOV, Belgium
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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

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium.
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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

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium.
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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

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Gary Heane, Project Manager, Sheffield City Council, UK
EU Projects: Regional, National and International Cooperation
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Jože Gričar, Professor & Director, Department of Informatics, University
of Maribor, Slovenia
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Cllr. Chris Newby, Chair of EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (not my photo)
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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
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17 minutes, 38 seconds

Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council
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11 minutes, 41 seconds

Cllr. Paul Bettison, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and UK Local Government Association lead on e-Government
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14 minutes, 13 seconds

Tom Steinberg, My Society
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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

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.
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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.

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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)
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9 minutes, 18 seconds

Cllr. Matthew Ellis, Chair of ICELE
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11 minutes, 54 seconds

Dylan Jeffrey, DCLG, Symposium Director
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5 minutes, 7 seconds