Sunday, September 12, 2004

Long time.... Back on the Blog

It has been a long time since I updated my blog. The main reason was my new job. I have been quite busy and my ict infrastructure @ home still needs improvement. Please be sure that I will continue this blog. I will be back more frequently, as soon as I am online, outside working hours.

Being back on the blog, I would like to refer to the ideas of professor Stephen Coleman (e-democracy) that he presented on a visit to the Netherlands (presented on a site in Dutch).

E-democracy has seen four phases since 1997:
  1. minor relevance due to limited access to internet
  2. internet hype: new economy, everybody will be part of decision making process
  3. institutions start using the net, but do not change their message
  4. transformation of the message en communication tools

Four suggestions for further improvement:
  1. Politicians open up through the net (virtual visiting hours)
  2. Political respect networks outside the official institutions
  3. Online discussions
  4. Take on new cultural dimensions of the people (tv, weblogs)

He concluded:

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