World E-Parliament Report 2012

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The World e-Parliament Report 2012 presents the latest data on the use and availability of systems, applications, hardware and tools in parliaments all over the world. The findings presented in the report are based on the results of the Global Survey of ICT in Parliaments 2012 conducted by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament between February and May 2012. Comparisons are offered in the 2008 and 2010 editions. The report provides readers with concrete examples of the adoption of ICT in the most significant areas of parliamentary business. The report is intended to be read in conjunction with the 2008 and 2010 reports.



Achieving openness, transparency, and accountability through websites

As the findings reported in Chapter 2 indicate, parliaments are using a variety of methods to reach out to citizens and engage them in the political process. To the extent that these efforts are successful, they will affect the perception of parliament as an open and transparent institution. Despite their projected growth, however, it will take several more years before these methods of communication are used by the majority of parliaments in an effective, converging and structured way. For the moment, parliamentary websites remain the primary means by which parliaments make their work and their documents known to civil society, to the media and to citizens.


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