Best of Danish eDemocracy

Yesterday, the Danish minister of Information Technology and Reaseach, Ms Birte Weiss, handed over a number of prizes in Best on the Net.

The Jury’s Special Prize went to an innovative e-democracy project called NordPol (Nordjysk politik). NordPol’s aim is to create dialogue between citizens and politicians at a regional level, in Northern Jutland. The elections are coming up, and the voter turn-out may drop. The County Administration finances NordPol. More than 6000 people have visited the discussions since the start just less than a month ago, and there have been made hundreds of contributions from citizens as well as politicians.

Best on the Net 2001 (Bedst på Nettet) itself is also interesting. It is a large survey about e-government, and consists of these activities:
1. Quality screening of +1500 websites
2. Users’ evaluation of quality
3. Self evaluation
4. An annual prize-giving where the best websites are awarded the prize Best on the Net

Facts about Best on the Net
· The project is to be carried out over the next 3½ years.
· The project is initiated by The Ministry of Information Technology and Research.
· Statens Information (the State Information Service) has the overall responsibility for the project.
· PLS RAMBØLL Management carries out the tasks involved in the project.

General enquiries should be directed to Statens Information
John Gøtze, e-mail: jgz@si.dk, Tel. 45 3337 9272
Danish State Information Service, Kigkurren 10, 2300 Cogenhagen S, Denmark

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