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Brazilian Project will use Social Media and e-Voting for popular participation

The i3G institute, locating in the city of Florianópolis – Brazil, which conducts research in e-Government, Artificial Intelligence and Ontology areas, has just approved a public international project, called “The Citizen and the e-Gov in Americas”, organized by the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) and Inter-american Universitary Organization, both on Canada, with the collaboration of the Organization of American States (OEA) – Washington D.C, EUA.

The public call received 102 projects from 15 countries which compose the Latin America and Caribean countries, and just 4 projects have been selected for execution.

The i3G Institute project was one of the four selected. The project “mGOV2: Redes Sociais e eVoting para democratização do Orçamento Participativo Municipal” (mGOV2: Social Networks and e-Voting for democratization of Municipal Participatory Budget Proposals) has as main objective to bring the citizen to evidence as the center of the e-Government, defining strategies and a methodological architecture to embody the citizen knowledge to the local public management.

The Project proposes to use Web 2.0 services, and also the development of social web applications (SWApps) for the most popular social networks (Facebook©, Orkut©, Myspace© and Twitter©, among others), foreseeing a greater relationship between the citizens and their representatives. Besides, intends to empower people participation in deliberative and decision-making processes which interfere directly on lifetime, specially the discussion inherent to meetings for the construction of the Public Annual Budget Law(Lei Orçamentária Anual), as well as the Municipal Government Budget Planning and Budget Guidelines Laws for City Council (Lei de Diretrizes Orçamentárias do município).

Beyond the use of social networks, the project also foresees the development of models and prototypes for a mobile ballot box using mobile cell phone technologies, like iPhone©, Android©, Windows Mobile©, Symbian© and BlackBerry©, with applications and databases for voting collection available by web servers.

So, the Project is being made to involve the discussion relative to the elaboration of the participatory budget proposals, helping on formation of themes, schedules and overriding work for the citizen, for ulterior direct voting by cell phones and/or web systems integrated to social network.

Actually, the city of Porto Alegre is an international reference on the execution of the Participatory Budget, considering that 2% (two percent) of the population participates on its public decisions (Plenarias Públicas). This project has as one of its objectives to raise the participation of citizens up to 20% (twenty percent) from the voting people in the budget proposals.

The project will run for one year and an agreement between the institutions will be signed during a workshop that will be performing between 25 and 27 January 2011.

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