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NationBuilder.com is a SaaS platform for non-profits and political campaigns with a fundraising capabilities and a lot of other features.

At my last trip to USA, I’ve been meeting with Adriel Hampton — the author of the nationbuilder project.

Watch the Adriel’s interview below:

 

At the beginning of the year our team has launched an online incubator for e-government startups in Russia – Gov2Project.ru. As always there were a lot of opinions that such initiatives are hopeless in Russia, etc. Everyone tells me that gov2project is too naïve to be on the market and particularly on Russian market. I would agree with their opinions and arguments only after they could suggest something that works. We need to apply a lot of effort and hard work to start things up. But that niche is quite logical for the market especially in terms of regional development.

Why do we need startups in the e-government sector?

First of all, there is no perfect eGov model anywhere in the world.

Civil projects solves 2 problems: involving people into development and qualitative evaluation of public services and reducing costs. And we should realize that citizen’s projects are something that could be in demand by society but is not their priority. That is not public service development, but might be a “crowd” monitoring of these services.

So we decided to find all projects that could become commercially successful and are socially important and place them on one platform. Russia has great possibilities – a large number of developers that could work on different gov 2.0 projects. Our IT could greatly improve situation in the eGov sector.

So is there a light in the end of the tunnel?

Of course there is a light at the end, if we will be able to build the model properly. There are great technological projects and then investor buys the technology not the content component. Russian strength is the best developers in the world. It is assumed that amount of functional projects will be much bigger than media-PR projects. continue reading

The trend of public online panel discussions is continuing its development. The relevant President’s decree has been released in February. Now media reports that on 1st of June the discussion system of legislative initiatives is going to be launched on the government.ru website – the program name is “Open Government”. Every citizen can be involved in legislative system via electronic voting.

The first bill under discussion will be “The bill on the basics of healthcare of Russian citizens”. The discussions are going to be coordinated by the Public Opinion Foundation. The biggest problem with national discussions is when they are not moderated the main thread will be buried under unnecessary noise.

All of the bills that could have social response are going to be submitted on online discussion.

Earlier, the Presidental Police Act was discussed at the similar special platform.
The “Open government program” could be useful in the elections season, so the opposition could not use unpopular initiatives for counter-agitation.

Our Gov2Project team presents you the digest on latest news in Government2.0 (Citizen 2.0) area. The digest’s mission is to inform the society on how civil projects develops in Russia and inform you on the situation of Russian Government2.0 development.

So, what’s happening now in Russia on Gov2.0 projects?

IST-Budget projects leaders (government public and private tenders’ aggregator) told us that they started an expert network of public procurements trainings. The mission of it lies in the fact that from now on any procurements expert can conduct training webinars on IST-Budget platform.

There are more than 6000000 documents now available on Pravo.ru platform. We can now say that it’s full-fledged tool for lawyers and an excellent companion for regular citizen. Besides that Pravo.ru is an online-service with optimized versions for iPhone and iPad – users now always have all the Russian legislative data at hand.

The Surdoserver.ru project enlisted the support of Bortnik’s Fund. The Fund managers expect that the computer sign language interpreter program is going to be developed in three years.

The Rusturn team expands their project functionality and features and introduces them to the Roman consulate. The system now checks if the visitor was recorded before. This small and simple thing is quite important – the “just in case” records could easily score a schedule without giving an appointment possibility for other citizens. continue reading

Worldwide Gov 2.0 Digest

22/04/2011

As you might know as part of my initiative on e-government development I’m running the Gov2Project — the government projects and social government initiatives incubator in Russia.

And from now on we start the brand new series of  Worldwide Gov 2.0 Digest on the blog pages.

I advice all of you interested in the e-government development to follow the @gov2project on twitter and visit our Facebook page — Gov2Project

Within the recent Government21 conference in Moscow we are publishing an interview with Alan Silberberg — founder and CEO of Silberberg Innovations. Speaker at the panel discussion on the Government21 Conference. We were discussing the Gov2.0 future and Open government Experience in USA.

Watch the video below:

E-government digest #5

15/04/2011

March, 2011 – April 14, 2011

Network of Justice. Rules of online filing claims has been approved. The Supreme Arbitration Court has developed a temporary regulation lawsuits filing claims over the Internet. The new system is called “My referee”. This service allows you to initiate the process, further documents must be submitted in paper form. The court will process the application in about two days, and either accept it or send a refusal.

New multifunctional center of government services has been opened in Jurga, Kemerov region.

Municipal authorities and the regional department of information technologies examined similar structures  in other regions (There are more than 166 similar centers in Russia) and tried to adopt the best practices in their center. You can keep track of the stage and verify the date of execution of a document online.

Regions of the Volga Federal District are creating the unified database of electronic projects — document management, electronic charts and receptions — to freely use the inventions of each other. To date, each region solves three problems by itself: the creation of electronic documents, e-government services portal and e-cards citizens. Region government leaders decided that regions are wasting moneys in no vain by creating own versions of e-government and now starts to create the unified database. continue reading

Panic buttonImagine you are a pro-democracy protester on the streets of a repressive government. You’ve got your cellphone and you are messaging your friends. In the crowd near you, the police start making arrests. Fearing the government will confiscate your phone and investigate your contacts, you push a “panic button” on your phone. It deletes the contacts in your address book and sends out an alert. Such an app wasn’t readily available so the U.S. State Department, acting as a venture capitalist, decided to build one.

The State Department government funded work is underway to build an Android version of this “panic button” app. No release date has been set. Another version designed to work on low-cost Nokia phones, more common in the developing world, is being considered. No iPhone app is planned for now.

The special app, first reported by Reuters, is part of an initiative to promote new technologies for social activists. So far, the State Department has funded $22 million in “Internet freedom programming.” The money goes to innovators in the form of small grants ranging from a few to tens of thousands of dollars.

An open, competitive bid process was used to award the grants. While the government isn’t looking for more help building these apps, they may have future projects designed to advance “Internet Freedom” in other ways. Keep an eye on www.grants.gov for any additional info. Some of the past program objectives have included developing technology “to enable users in closed societies to get around firewalls and filters in acutely hostile Internet environments” and training bloggers and activists to safely and anonymously participate in online forums. continue reading

IT-dashboardThe United States government has made its IT Dashboard, a cost-cutting tool for federal transparency, freely available for anyone, especially other governments, to use and customize.

The IT Dashboard gives citizens important information on how the government uses tax money for technology initiatives across various agencies. Citizens can see how government investments are paying off, and they can compare types of IT spending over time by accessing easy-to-reach charts and graphs.

But this clarity of and access to vital information isn’t just good for citizens; it’s also used by the Federal Government, including Congress, to make important decisions about IT budgets and spending. Open-sourcing this cost-saving tool is part of the government’s larger plan to save on IT by eliminating redundant efforts. In other words, the IT Dashboard already exists and has been paid for, and the government isn’t going to hide that light under a bushel.

Here’s a video demonstrating some of the features of the federal IT Dashboard:

The government is working with Code for America for this release. In the announcement, CfA said, “The IT Dashboard was a major component of the process the Federal Government employed to save over $3 billion in just its first two years of deployment.”

In addition to the Dashboard, the government is also open-sourcing the complementary TechStat Toolkit, a set of tools and processes for reviewing any yellow or red flags that might pop up while using the Dashboard.

In this video, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra talks about the results the government has seen by using the IT Dashboard and how those results were achieved:

But open-sourcing something like this isn’t a cakewalk. The government worked with FOSS and government experts, Code for America and CfA’s Civic Commons project to get the job done.

Project lead Karl Fogel wrote on the Civic Commons blog, “We knew from the beginning that a high-profile project can’t be open sourced casually. It’s not enough to just put an open license on the code, move development out to a publicly visible repository, and call it done.”

He continued to note that for the Dashboard, Civic Commons had to ensure that all the code and documentation was safe for public use (i.e., not classified or a government secret) and audit the code; reduce dependencies on proprietary libraries; write documentation; ceate non-sensitive, non-classified sample data; work with the Drupal community; and much more.

Interested parties can download the Dashboard code now at SourceForge. While the Dashboard is intended to help governments cut costs and manage IT budgets, we can see such tools coming in handy at just about any large company, tech or otherwise.

via Mashable

I have been representing Russia on Communication On Top International forum in   Political communications section  with the «Why in Russia and the BRIC countries the e-government could stimulate the economic development» report. Here is my presentation for you.

Today I would like to announce one of the best (in my opinion) presentation, it was presented by Sultan Al Baziу Saudi Arabia.

I’ve managed to ask him some questions about e-government and e-officials in his country.

1. Does e-officials guide exist in Saudi Arabia? I mean: what to post, where to post and how?

Sultan Al Bazie: No, the cases I mentioned in my presentation were of personal initiative of the said ministers, and not –yet- a government policy. continue reading