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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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Executive Summary

The extraordinary advances and rapid social and economic diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) have had a profound impact on the lives of individual citizens and on the functioning of public institutions. As technology, citizen engagement, and the political process have come together, parliaments have been confronted with growing demands to be more open and more responsive to citizens. Currently, however, global economic conditions are forcing many legislatures to work with fewer resources. Technology alone cannot address all the challenges, but when planned and implemented strategically, it can generate gains in efficiency and effectiveness throughout the legislature’s operations, while fostering the parliamentary democratic values of transparency, accountability and accessibility.

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