'World Politics Internete' iDemocracy, iGovernance, iCitizenship

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'World Politics Internete' iDemocracy, iGovernance, iCitizenship

Lithuania
a
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

It aims to change human participation in politics worldwide through Internet. Big brothers (state) little brother (society).

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

To increase the low political participation, especially among the young people world wide. To educate people about the legislative process, and allow citizens a forum and information on how to contact and inform their representatives of existant grievances/problems. To allow more flexible, easier, interactive, varied access to politics, political representatives, and the democratic system. To provide a forum for people to submit questions to local representatives. Also other social media to highlight existing problems at local level and national. Videos, pictures taken by simple phones can be transmitted and shown to the whole world. This way local disputes of extreme nature could get large audience viewing, and attraction from politicians who would be following their constituency views, and comments. Graphic maps will allow citizens to observe digital maps, something like google maps, but with public information integrated in them. Information such as crime, health, and school data will allow people to see trouble spots, better inform peoples decisions. There is interesting work being done on reducing government expenditure by finding out high cost centres.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

By streaming Parliament/Legislative debates and other regulatory political decisions from local, national and international levels. To allow all humans an access through internet to a forum, to submit their grievances. This can be as small as pot-hole in the street, regional problem to national government, or expression of unhappiness by highlighting international issue. This will be portrayed to the right representative, by such social media platforms as email/facebook/twitter and others. There might be a need for individual forums for each country and international forums. Individual forum, will be divided into Local and National levels. eVoting capabilities especially for the migrant populations! This not a single solution, but a movement and an NGO to increase internet use that helps communities to solve existing problems. It allows each citizen to become a lobbyist for their own well-being by providing the information how to address their grievances straight to the representative. To create an all-seeing eye of the society, to make Governments of the world realize that they work for the people. By providing little brother, to the big brother. Its well know how states use surveillance for its people, but Politics Internete would provide peoples surveillance of the government. All the information is paid for by the tax payer, thus it should belong to the citizens. To be put in the most beneficial use for the society, if its crime level in your city, or educational achievement in the local schools. Interactive maps, through use of internet and cloud computing
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

An application that allows people to take a photo of something that they feel is a pressing issue, (litter, or a pot-hole for example) and send it to authorities to be fixed. This can be done on mobile-phones, those parts of the world that can't afford newer technologies. Could use sms, every country will have to receive tailor made eGovernance services, but the structure will be similar. Alternatively users will be able to contact their representative via Social Media in their country, or in regional organisations such European Union. This already exists, but there is requirement to build the service for citizens, for many different problems that could exist. To make citizens aware of ways to do this. To allow people have mock- referendums on issues that they would only have news from polling PR companies. eVoting will allow immigrant diaspora express their view in the elections, which will lead to change in politics. Because politicians will campaign and try to seize the new potential electorates views, and their problems. Also having legislation debates streamed on internet, will allow anybody with interest in that particular regulation to watch it. And then contact their representative before, or after to encourage him to speak out for his constituents. This will also hugely educate people about the political process, and the links that exist between different institutions. Will leave less room for politicians and other senior figures, to pass unwanted legislation, without the knowledge of the public. Graphic maps online of public data with live updates!
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The organisation stand to promote internet usage for governmental, political use by citizens. Thus there is little that somebody could compete away from us. But Governments, Facebook, Twitter, and other developers of governmental systems could be considered as competitors or peers. Other changermakers, IT entrepreneurs. Main challenge will be backwardness of some governments towards new technologies, and more direct contact with the electorate. Which can pose a challenge to 'Politics Internete' growth. Education of the elder generation of politicians and citizen representatives for wider use of internet. Also promoting bureaucracies in providing the public information, especially in developing countries. Politika Internete can provide models for how to allow people better access to politics, and deeper political participation. But there isint one single solution, or application, at least yet... The video examples that are provided for this entry are examples of internet applications that ca help, and involve citizens in governance of a state, or higher participation in the democracy.
About You
Organization:
Lietuvos Politika Internete
About You
First Name

Edvinas

Last Name

Pauza

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Lietuvos Politika Internete

Organization Country

, XX

Country where this project is creating social impact

, XX

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Social Impact
FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

Since my summers' experience with legislation advocacy firm I was wondering of the power of social media to connect decision makers and the general public. When I began adding Lithuanian politicians on facebook, and following other decision makers on twitter. This made me realise that it was not that hard to ask a question, and most importantly get a response from the representatives that few years the closest possible thing was to read about them in a newspaper or official website. Ofcourse there is email but most don't have a courage to write official correspondence.
When in January 2011 I created a Facebook page called 'Lietuvos Politika Internete', which shares news and other information regarding Lithuania's Politics on the internet, also encourages uptake of social media by governance. I realised that this could be duplicated for most countries and international politics. The authoritarian governance in Belarus made me realize of how important free flow of information on the internet is for the democracy. This encourage me to create 'Belarus Politics Internete' page on facebook, however I been the only follower due to sensitivity of the matter and sheer interest in Belarus

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

This is the first fund raising competition entry for Lietuvos Politika Internete, and the whole idea of World Politics Internete.

Have gained attention of some political figures from Lithuania, small following of mostly students, journalist, professionals.

Sharing the information about effects of social media upon democracy and transparency in governance.

There has been an increase in news report popularity. Increase in overall following, and the requirement of change through the use of new internet tools available for iDemocracy iGovernance iCitizenship.

Attending few conferences representing Lietuvos Politika Internete, to network, and learn more about iGovernance. Places like this provide forum to spread the ideas of 'World Politics Internete'

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

To spread in as many countries the uptake of right, eGovernace internet technologies, by governments around the World. By promoting the advantages of having eGovernance, eDemocracy. To set up Politics Internete in other countries, especially the smaller one's where transparency is developing, such as Moldova.

The impact will be measured in number of people interacting with the forums, governments opennes to recommended packet of eGovernance technologies. The uptake of eVoting. Number of technology applications uptaken in the cities. Number of political institutions streaming their legislation debates online for the society to monitor. Ease of access for people to their representatives. Development of graphic maps.

To raise the issue in the United Nations, and importance of internet.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

To gain governmental and public awereness of Politics Internete organisation. At least in Lithuania first, and spread worldwide

Six-Month Tasks
Task 1

Create an Official Web page

Task 2

Research NGOs' policy, write up an official statute.

Task 3

Finalise the final information, and spread the good aims of iPolitics Internete

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Promote the benefits of 'World Politics Internete' iGovernance, iDemocracy, iCitizenship within the UN

12-Month Tasks
Task 1

Chose the right applications and internet technologies, and information about eVoting

Task 2

contact the right officials, collect the public information and start development team on creation of software, and internet aps

Task 3

Get Internet access, and iGovernance, iDemocracy, iCitizenship recognised as important aspects for democratic development by UN

How many people have been impacted by your project?

Fewer than 100

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

Sustainability
Explain how your company, program, service or product is structured

Non-profit

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

Barriers that have hindered the success of this organisation has been resources. Which would allow time and funds to work on organisation and its potential aims. I will overcome this, is if I achieve recognition in this competition, I will use the resources and the stimuli to seek funds from other foundations, and democracy spreading institutions.

The backing and belief in the the NGO is vital. As at the moment many people just dismiss it as Facebook blog page. The right advice and support would provide the energy to make a leap into achieving the set aims. The aims itself are very ambitions and thus not a single simple app will solve the problems of lack of transparency, or democracy disillusionment being at all time low participation.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

Loads of informations, and work will be moved on to internet and cloud computing. There will be new gate keepers for information. This organisation aims at driving worlds governments, and their civil bureaucracies to adopt internet technologies, for the better access to them for the people. Citizens should get better informed about their community and the world through extra informations and interesting facts. Those in collection of the information, and responsible for public graphic maps. People important in local communities will have a big say!

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

Keeping this organisation as a spokes person for eGovernance, observation of development of internet for the benefit of democracy, and human rights. Writing books, documentaries, news article regarding the issue. Helping other states, and governments in adoptions of successful internet technologies, and applications for eGovernance.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

Would seek funds from all the possible, right sources. Such as other foundations, democracy spreading institutions, even states

Creation of business model for some of the tools that 'World Politics Internete' might be providing such as Graphic Maps, Forums, apps. - through advertising, or other services- if it doesn't infringe on Politics Internete aims.

Supercomputer algorithms have emerged to be able to better help to predict events in the international affairs. By highlighting trouble hotspots. 'World Politics Internete' will help to highlight hotspots through analysis and participation on the social media.

Provide consultancy services, donations, fund raising

In the very long term maybe integrate parts of 'World Politics Internete' aspects of United Nations organisation

Tell us about your partnerships

None yet

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

At the moment there is only me running the NGOs missionm as a Director. In short term this is the plan. Also try to network with other members with similar objectives

I will require programmers for creation of applications, internet forums, official website. Especially if platform and algorithms will be chosen to be designed to provide analysis and information of arising trouble spots.

In long term a fund-raiser might be required, and maybe few assistants/interns.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

Could share my research and information with other noble initiatives. Help with marketing and media through Lietuvos Politika Internete, an other franchises of Politika Internete. Would collaborate and network with potential partners, people with similar aims. Share some of the ideas and innovations, if anybody is interested. Would provide mentorship, on my past experiences. Would be also able to advice, and refer to right people for human resources and talent.

Summary
Define your company, program, service or product in 1-2 short sentences

Non-Governmental Organisation promoting iGovernance, iDemocracy through creation of internet based citizen participatory tools.

Comments

Hi Edvinas,

I really enjoyed learning about your citizen participation idea through your Changeshop, and it is great to see the ways in which you are taking advantage of the new platform here. I am really interested in the milestones you have laid our for the growth of your organization, and how you plan to get to these milestones. You have a few needs listed, and I would love to see more about what other specific needs you have to allow you to get your idea up and running. Do you have more needs for talent, or funding? And when you say that you want to collaborate with other iDemocracy organizations, it would be interesting to hear more about what specifically those collaborations could accomplish.

Best of luck!

epauza (not verified) /

Dear readers,

Please provide your synopsis, comments, and ratings for 'World Politics Internete' iDemocracy, iGovernance, iCitizenship, it will be hugely appreciated and taken into consideration.

Please note if there is any misunderstandings or errors.

I started 'World Politics Internete' Facebook page pls follow, and share your news, or views. - https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Politics-Internete/219607891385358?...

Thank you,

Hi Edvinas,

I found your entry really interesting: I form part of an Argentinean NGO called Eudemocracia (http://eudemocracia.org), similar to Lietuvos Politika Internete.

I invite you to the Metagovernment Project's mailing list (http://metagovernment.org) in order to keep contact between us and with many other organizations worldwide pursuing the same goal as us.

This is my entry at Changemakers: http://www.changemakers.com/citizenmedia/entries/delegate.

Warm regards,
Matías

epauza (not verified) /

Hello Matias,

Thank you very much for your support, and the info. I did have a look at your entry, and it does seem like we share similar ideas.

Will definitely sign up for Metagovernment Project's mailing list. And all the best in this competition, we might end up working for the same cause. We should look, and contact other people with similar objectives in this competition, because we wont achieve World Politics Internete working on our owns.

Please join a group I created on Changemaker and invite your fellow friends - https://www.changemakers.com/groups/internet-improve-democracy

Thank you, all the best!

J. Eduardo Rojas's picture

That good work!
Greetings from Bolivia, where we represent the Internet Society. We hope to maintain contact and coordinate actions; D
Greetings.