Open government, smart cities and active citizenship
The EU Open Government in Europe project (2013-2015) resulted in more than 60 compelling examples on open government and active citizenship and four e-guides on methodologies and tools. The best practices of the 13 participants are exceptional in design and elaboration, and we believe that all of Europe should be able to take note of these examples. This knowledge can be found, as in any other EU project, in a public database, in this case the EST database (European Shared Treasures). This way, these new valuable insights will at least not be lost. But of course, preservation alone is not enough, especially when it comes to ‘active citizenship’. It also needs to be worked with. The Estonian School has been set up for this purpose.
The Estonian School is working with open government and active citizenship and building on various European examples. Open government should not be a top-down exercise for the elite, but a collective attitude and approach by administrators, civil servants and citizens. Transparency, accountability, activation, inclusion, privacy and encryption are the key concepts for the new relationship between governments and society. The Estonian School wants to contribute to this, with courses, trainings, summer schools, conferences and boot camps. As a result, institutions and organizations become much more alert and accessible. And that there will be much more involvement and initiatives, in the Netherlands and in Europe.
Guiding country Estonia
For 15 years Estonia has been working on a digital society in which every Estonian participates. Ownership of personal digital information is placed with each individual citizen, not with governments or companies. This also requires strict privacy and encryption of one’s own online information. The course and applications of Estonia, such as e-Residency and e-Estonia, are a source of inspiration for the Estonian School.
Need to know more?
Take a look at the website of Estonian School B.V. or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +31 652 653 005.