Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 7, 2005
The world's first global conference on local democracy in the information age, the International Symposium on Local E-Democracy, is happening on July 26-27, 2005 in Minneapolis, Minn., USA.
Sponsored by the United Kingdom's Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the UK Local e-Democracy National Project, the symposium will explore leading e-democracy trends around the world the first day followed with field visits to area government and community e-democracy projects the next.
With over 25 speakers and attendees registered from around the world, the conference will cover a broad swatch of issues and perspectives relevant to all levels of governance with an emphasis on local communities, such as informed elections, e-government and democracy, and citizens online.
Steven Clift, with Democracies Online and Conference Co-Chair states, "This is a unique opportunity for e-democracy and e-government leaders and practitioners to meet in person and share advice. These leaders are helping define democracy and citizen engagement in the information age."
Field trip plans include visits to the "wired" chambers of the Minnesota State Legislature and community blogging efforts in the rural college town of Northfield, Minnesota. See e-democracy in action. Along the way, short presentations will bring E-Democracy.Org's Issues Forums to life as we travel through the "real" world.
The registration deadline is July 15. The fee for the conference is $125 US (~70 GBP, 102 Euros). The enrolled student rate is $75 US. Fees include symposium participation and optional field visits. A pre-conference event the evening on July 25 at a St. Paul Saints minor league baseball game is also in the works. A live conference audiocast with real-time listener chat and a post-conference video webcast is planned.
Details on the 4.3 million GPB UK Local e-Democracy National Project are available at: http://www.e-democracy.gov.uk
Global case studies on e-democracy are also available: http://dowire.org/wiki/UK_highlights