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  • When it comes to democratic societies, where voting is an affirmation of one’s freedom and equality, and is the cornerstone of democracy, the freedom to abstain from making a choice is often missing. Citizens are given the freedom to vote for any candidate standing for elections, but few democracies give voters the explicit right to reject all the candidates, if they find no one suitable. In effect, citizens are given the freedom to choose but not to withhold making a choice.
  • 24 October, New Delhi. Vikas Nath, Founder of DigitalGovernance.org will give the Special Guest Address on Sharing ICT Experiences Across the World. More details at: http://www.et-egovernance.com/
  • For too long, rural areas remained artificially closed under the exclusive purview of the government. Participation of other actors, apart from handful of government approved industries and agro-processing units, was not encouraged, indeed dismissed. This model clearly did not work; it failed to transform rural areas. And it did nothing to modernise farming or diversify the rural economy.   The complete piece has been published in Inc. Magazine and is accessible at: http://issuu.com/incindia/d...
  • Most people in developing countries are hesitant to engage with governments and avoid getting entangled in government affairs. They do not trust the public servants to act honestly and resolve their public grievances quickly. Many end up paying bribes, using unscrupulous middlemen, or currying favours for government officials to get their work done quickly.Those who do not, because of their ethics or financial situation, are deprived of redress. This corrupt and unaccountable Viagra government s...
  • To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise. Social media has a double edge. As with all tools and technologies, they can have a positive or a negative impact depending on how they are used. Social media is no different. Citizens can use social media and web 2.0 technologies to engage with governments, build pressures on them, mould public opinions, build up campaigns and movements, and more.
  • DigitalGov @ 22nd IFIP World Computer Congress, 24-26 September 2012. Amsterdam. The NetherlandsAs developing countries industrialise and incomes rise, the pressure on fresh water resources will increase further. Inevitably, as demand is increasing, tensions are manifesting at the national and international level. Where do we look for solutions to manage our water resources?   Information technology may have some answers. It can operationalise economic models such as adaptive pricing, targeted...
  • DigitalGov @ World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR), 16 - 18 April. Delhi. India Agriculture produces three key outputs for developing countries: food, employment, and trade (domestic and international). These outputs contribute directly to national development goals of ensuring food security, ending poverty and fueling economic growth. No developing country can pursue a strong and independent national development strategy without taking care of the agriculture sector and the people depend...
  • Brief: Connecting Agricultural Sector through Electronic Governance Models : 2 Lessonsa. Agriculture and e-governancee-governance, in simplest terms, refers to governance processes in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an active role in delivering governance-related products and services.When applied to the agricultural sector, e-governance refers to use of ICTs in delivering governance products and services which are of use to the agricultural community, including farm...
  • Being a rural dweller is not easy.   The state of roads and transport makes it difficult to reach rural areas. And once you are there, the unreliable state of electricity, water supply, communications and limited opportunities within and outside of farming does not give a feeling that you have arrived. And it does not get any better.   “Going rural” is viewed as a punishment posting in the public sector, a far from prized posting within the corporate, and barely registers as a career option ...
  • Digital Governance aims to study, design and propagate electronic governance (e-gov) models. The focus of the Initiative is on developing countries where ICT can play a significant role in building accountable and democratic governance institutions. What is required is strategic application of knowledge and innovative use of available technology to provide governance services to all sections of the society. And the focus of electronic governance has to be on those who have mostly been marginaliz...