Thursday, August 25, 2005


TOOLS: Minnesota E-Democracy unveils the E-Democracy Guide/Handbook; open-source tools for issues forums

Steven Clift, E-Democracy board chairman. The E-Democracy Guide/Handbook is now available as a PDF download.

Clift was to speak Sept. 14, 2005, in Amsterdam on the process of setting up a local issues forum, and also describe opensource "GroupServer" software used by E-Democracy at its sites:
Time: 09:30 - 11.30
Place: Instituut voor Publiek en Politiek (IPP), Prinsengracht
911-915, 1017KD Amsterdam ( )

GroupServer is a new open source online group tool that combines e-mail lists and web forums. By hosting the new UK-based local Issues Forums in Brighton & Hove and Newham, E-Democracy.Org is opening a new path toward open source collaboration among e-democracy initiatives around the world. Issues Forum evolved from the world's first election-oriented website in 1994, Minnesota E-Democracy. Today E-Democracy.Org hosts citizen- based local forums in Minnesota and England. They are effectively designed to have an agenda- setting impact on local communities.

Those attending this free session are asked to download and review the E-Democracy Guide/Handbook.

"Whether you want to create an Issues Forum in your local community or are interested in applying lessons related to online facilitation of political discussions to your own projects, this session will have value to you," writes Clift. "If you are mostly interested in the open source aspects, details on GroupServer should also be reviewed before the session by linking to:"

This two hour session will include an overview of Issues Forum, a tour of GroupServer, and a discussion of the potential for open source collaboration in e-democracy projects around the world. This presentation builds on a similar event in London from June (audio webcast available):

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