February 8-9, 2013 [Magh 26-27, 2069] - Hotel: Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Democracy is widely understood as government of the people, by the people and for the people. The idea of democracy depends fundamentally on effective communication and decision-making about public issues among citizens, politicians, officers and other stakeholders.
We are in the age of modern Information and Communication Technology. Information and Communication tools have become a significant mean to enjoy the fruit of Democracy. The use of ICT in the enjoyment of democratic practice is well known as e-Democracy. The term electronic democracy, or “e-democracy”, is comparable to virtual democracy, tele-democracy, digital democracy and cyber democracy.
E-Democracy consists of all electronic means of communication that enable/empower citizen in their efforts to hold rulers/politicians accountable for their actions in the public realm. E-Democracy employ different techniques for increasing the transparency of the political process, for enhancing the direct involvement and participation of citizens; and improving the quality of opinion formation by opening new spaces of information and deliberation. It builds upon E-Government initiatives such as online service delivery and open access to information, incorporating civic engagement and civic education. It is concerned with distributing control and decision-making power through fostering horizontal and multi-directional connections between citizens, the third sector, and government. It is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration.
Main objective of the conference is to bring in all stakeholders to a single platform to discuss about philosophical as well as technical perspective of use of ICT to improve transparency, accountability and effectiveness of public institution and increasing effective participation of people in the decision making process with the aim of promoting democracy in Nepal.
Computer Association of Nepal and Internet Society Nepal Chapter are jointly organize the conference.
Computer Association Nepal [CAN]
Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) was formed in May 1992 but was formally registered in December 1992 with the involvement of professionals, specialists, manufacturers, institutions and relates organizations from the Information Communication Technology sector in Nepal. [www.can.org.np]
Internet Society Nepal Chapter [ISOC Nepal]
Internet Society [ISOC] Nepal is a non-profit, non-partisan organization registered under Organization Registration Act, 1976 on 11th November 2009 at District Administration Office, Kathmandu, Nepal. Previously, ISOC Nepal was loose network and received status of National Chapter by the Internet Society [ISOC] in April 2007. ISOC is US based INGO having around 90 Chapters and 55 thousands members around the world. [www.internetsociety.org]
Conference is divided into 4 [four] tracks. Each track will have 3 [Three] papers where first paper gives an overarching message on the theme of the track and remaining two papers focus on practical implementation of the theme of the track in Nepali perspective.
Track One: Infrastructure for E-Democracy and Emerging Technologies:
Track Two: Security of e-Democracy Channels
Track Three: E-Participation: Changing platform of Democratic Practice
Track Four: Freedom of Expression Online: Freedom in Digital Societies
· Citizen Journalism
At the conference, members of public institutions: Parliaments, Government, NGO’s; experts from national and international organizations and academics who work with information and communication technologies in the legislative process, democracy and freedom of expression, business community like ISPs, Telecom Operators and E-Democracy application developers have the opportunity to discuss about the use of ICT in public institutions, analyze good practices and learn from each other’s experiences.
Confirmed Abroad Speakers
Dr. Rohan Samarajiva, Chair, LIRNE Asia, Sri Lanka
Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across 12 emerging Asian economies. His most recent book, ICT infrastructure in emerging Asia: Policy and regulatory roadblocks (Sage and IDRC, 2008), is a compilation of LIRNEasia research.
Prof. Dr. DA Patel, University of Pune, India
Prof Patel is professor of technology law of Pune University, Department of Law. She is also visiting professor of Deusto University, Bilbo Spain. She has vst experience in techno-legal connection in development perspective.
Mr. Ahmed Swapan Mahamud, Executive Director, VOICE, Bangaladesh
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud is Executive Director and founder of VOICE, Bangaladesh. He is a recognized activist who combines knowledge of the grassroots movements with adeptness in the policy arena. As a researcher, he is focused especially on issues of corporate globalization, IFIs, the WTO and TNCs.
Mr. Ivan Lim, President, Asia Journalists Association.
ACCESS TO THE CONFERENCE
Conference Website:Conference shall be covered and updated extensively through its official website www.itconference.org.np. The conference will be broadcasted through IP radio webcasting.
Conference Social Media Networks:The conference shall be promoted through various social networking media as follows: