Why Citizen Participation May Be An Illusion There are great expectations about how governments will be able to leverage technology in the near future that will finally allow them to re-engage with citizens. We use different names for this: government 2.0, open government, e-democracy, e-participation. The basic assumption is that as citizen use technologies like social software to connect with each other and gather around issues and topics they care about, they’ll be able to make their voices heard more clearly and more timely by politicians and government officials. When we look at barriers for this to happen, we usually focus on governments as the culprits. “They don’t get it”, we say, “They are risk-averse”, “They are afraid of innovation”, and so it goes.
Shelter Cymru on rise in help calls from middle-class 11 May 2011Last updated at 09:08 More professionals fear having their homes repossessed, according to the Shelter Cymru A homelessness charity says it has seen an increase in queries in Wales from professional middle-class people. Shelter Cymru says its this is as a result of mortgage repossession cases which have "increased dramatically". A spokesman said they are dealing with many calls from employed professionals struggling to keep homes. Figures compiled by the charity show the percentage of queries regarding mortgage repossession has risen from 10% in 2006/07 to 23% in 2010/11. Pew Research Center's Internet & American Li The internet gives citizens new paths to government services and information As government agencies at all levels bring their services online, Americans are turning in large numbers to government websites to access information and services. Fully 82% of internet users (representing 61% of all American adults) looked for information or completed a transaction on a government website in the twelve months preceding this survey. Some of the specific government website activities in which Americans take part include:
OAP fury over pension reforms Pensioners, who will be exempt from pensions reform announced today, have attacked the planned changes as a "work shirker's charter." Internet message boards hummed with fury over the reforms, which will see a flat rate pension of £140 a week introduced. Currently, at 65 you're entitled to a basic pension of £96.65 a week.
How the secretary of state for health proposes to abolish the NHS in England Allyson M Pollock, professor , David Price, senior research fellow Author Affiliations Correspondence to: A M Pollock firstname.lastname@example.orgAccepted 9 March 2011 Allyson Pollock and David Price examine the proposed statutory changes to the NHS and raise concerns that the government’s role could be reduced to that of payer
Barack Obama The fight for comprehensive immigration reform isn't confined to Washington. Local communities are footing the bill for Congress's inaction, and community members are speaking out. In these letters to the editor, writers talk about the benefits of immigration reform and how Congress's inaction is costing their constituents. Bill Roberts on the Web of Data - Public sector open data: big p We’re in the very early days of the UK government’s new approach to open data. While it seems to be going in the right direction and progress has in many respects been remarkably quick (eg this recent announcement on public sector transparency), clearly we still have a lot to learn and many problems to overcome. Chris Taggart and Vicky Sargent’s recentarticle on lessons learned from the Open Election Data project was extremely informative on how far we still have to go.
Health and Social Care Bill Memorandum submitted by Julie Partridge (HS 124) I am writing to express my concerns over the White Paper - Liberating the NHS I am writing in a private capacity because I have a number of concerns regarding the white paper, Liberating the NHS. I am not an expert but I am a patient and a taxpayer and I believe the changes are going to do irreparable harm to the NHS. My summary is as below: 1) GPs should be allowed to concentrate on upping their game rather than being employed as financial advisors to the NHS