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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.

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Human resources and technical infrastructure

The essential technical foundation for e-parliament is an adequate infrastructure. This includes sophisticated and flexible hardware, software, and communication services. Since the 2010 Report, there have been several advances in technology that have significant potential benefits for parliaments. These include new user-friendly mobile devices and applications, the deployment of faster wireless communication systems, and the evolution of cloud computing. These developments offer parliaments new and often more affordable options than have been available in the past. For example, through cloud technology, parliaments can now consider maintaining an e-mail system or provide extensive amounts of storage for digital documents at relatively low cost and without having to build and support the servers, operating systems, and application software themselves.

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