ICTs, development and e-government 2.0: empowering the citizenry


Peña-López, I. & Guillén Solà, M. (2008). ICTs, development and e-government 2.0: empowering the citizenry. Seminar imparted in Barcelona, October 21st, 2008 at the Executive Master in e-Governance, école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Barcelona: ICTlogy. Retrieved October 21, 2008 from http://ictlogy.net/presentations/20081021_ismael_pena-lopez_merce_guillen-sola_-_ict_development_e-government2.0.pdf

Work data:

Type of work: Seminar


Digital Inclusion | Digital Literacy | e-Government & e-Administration | Participation


These are the materials I used on a seminar belonging to the Executive Master in e-Governance organized by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and partnered by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

ICTs, development and e-government 2.0: empowering the citizenry

Recommended Readings
Escher, T. & Margetts, H. (2007). Understanding Governments and Citizens On-line: Learning from E-commerce. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Chicago (30. August - 2. September 2007). Oxford: OII.
Fages, R. & Sangüesa, R. (2008). “Good practice exchange from a Web 2.0 point of view”. In European Journal of ePractice, (1). [online]: ePractice.eu.
Noveck, B. S. (2008). “Wiki-Government”. In Democracy, Winter 2008, (7), 31-43. Washington, DC: Democracy, a Journal of Ideas, Inc..

Find and choose an e-government, political or civil society project based in Web 2.0 applications (blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, social networking sites, etc.).

Briefly describe it, stating its purpose, who is running the project, what technology is using, etc. and what difference does it make (i.e. what innovation or added value does it bring) to the status quo.

Answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the following answers (based on Zuckerman’s Innovation Test) briefly stating the reasons for your answer:

  1. Does the innovation comes from constraint?
  2. Does it fight culture?
  3. Does it embrace market mechanisms?
  4. Does it innovate on existing platforms?
  5. Does it come from close observation of the target environment?
  6. Does it focus more on what you have more that what you lack?
  7. Is it based on a “infrastructure begets infrastructure” basis?
  8. Evaluation criteria:

    • Identification of main/critical aspects
    • Depth of analysis, conclusions backed with data/evidence…
    • Use (and citation) of appropriate and complementary references
    • Quality of exposition, structure, clarity of language…