Internet voting for open government: what, why, and how to introduce it in local communities
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A number of local communities in Europe have introduced elements of transparency, participation, and accountability in their municipalities. Still, given the abundance of available data and civic engagement forms, there is always a potential for further development. This is especially promising with the help of the open government framework that encourages the introduction of innovative and digital technologies. One notable tool is internet voting (i-voting) since it is able to empower people with a more direct and influential voice in local policy making. Thereby, this paper suggests some concepts and models of open government and i-voting, provides several examples, outlines preconditions, discusses risks, and offers recommendations for introducing i-voting and enhancing open government. This brief is designed as a source of ideas for advancing open government and i-voting in local communities.
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