IGF 2017 WS #126 Evolving a Global Open eGovernance Index (OeGI) for Network Societies

Proposer's Name: Mr. Ariel Arturo Barbosa Urrego
Proposer's Organization: Colnodo
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. LISA GARCIA
Co-Proposer's Organization: Foundation for Media Alternatives
Ms. Lisa GARCIA, Civil Society, Foundation for Media Alternatives Mr. Al ALEGRE, Civil Society, Foundation for Media Alternatives Mr. Ariel BARBOSA, Civil Society, Colnodo

Session Format: Panel - 60 Min

Country: Colombia
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Country: Philippines
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Alan G. Alegre
Speaker: Lisa Garcia
Speaker: Lillian Nalwoga

Content of the Session:
The panel will show the concept of Open e-Governance Index (OeGI), its background and results in Hong Kong, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Colombia, Uganda and Indonesia.

The OeGI document and codify traditional and emergent notions of “open governance”, and further extend the notion of “openness” within public administrations; in so doing, there is value in providing governments (and civil societies) with basic standards in which to assess efforts. Information (and knowledge) has indeed been referred to as the currency of democracy. Promoting the open sharing of this information and knowledge has been framed as a public good, and ICTs and the internet have been proclaimed as positive social forces for democracy and development.


• Presentation of the concept of OeGI (20 minutes)
• Results in participants countries: 30 minutes
• Conclusions and questions: 10 minutes

Relevance of the Session:
This topic on eGovernance seeks to build on an earlier effort by the proponent with partners in several countries, to develop and popularize an “Open eGovernance Index”, which hopes to be a normative tool for assessing how countries are utilizing “openness” in network societies to enhance public service, citizen participation/engagement, and addressing communication rights.

Integral in understanding the concept of eGovernance is the term ‘openness’. Though not a new concept, ‘openness’ is now increasingly emerging as a political value by which states—as well as non-state actors--seek to extend traditional notions of democracy and visions of development. It signifies not only the respect of basic human rights (i.e., to access information and free expression), but also leverages the benefits of new social technologies and innovative ICT applications to deepen democracy. This includes strengthening the democratic environment—e.g., the education system, diverse and independent media, and socio-cultural freedoms—all comprising ‘communication rights’; and also the range of policy/regulatory alternatives that are available for governments .

We seek to continue this process to do additional research work, taking into consideration developments in the field over the past two years, and to do a new run of pilot testing with more countries involved.

Tag 1: Good Governance
Tag 2: Openness
Tag 3: Community Empowerment

The session on Open e-Governance Index project hopes to provide better understanding of democratic e-governance, particularly through developing the discourse of “Open E- Governance”; help develop policy on ICT and governance; and engage policy stakeholders directly, around the notions of “Open Governance”; and develop a concrete resource for citizens/individuals, groups/non-government organizations to engage the policymakers on “Open E-Governance”.

Alan G. Alegre, Consultant. He will explain the concept of OeGI and its five dimensions (Meshed e-Government, e-Participation by Design, Digital Inclusion, ICT-Enabled Civil Society, Open Legal & Policy Ecosystems

Lisa García, Project Leader, she will present the Data Gathering Strategy/methodology, the OeGI Assessment Tool and compare country results.

Ariel Barbosa, Shahzad Ahmad, Randy Tuano, Lillian Nalwoga and Unggul Sagena will present the result and research process in their respective countries (Colombia, Pakistan, Phillipines, Uganda and Indonesia)

The panel will consist of two women and two man, all of them come from civil society organizations in Latin America, Asia and Africa. For proponents of Latin America and Asia it is the first time that they present themselves as organizers of a session in the IGF.

Onsite Moderator: Alan Alegre
Online Moderator: Linda Patiño
Rapporteur: Angel David Santiago

Online Participation:
The headquarters of participant organisations (Colnodo in Bogota and Foundation form Media Alternatives in Manila) will become remote hubs and to their offices in these cities will be invited representatives and organizations interested in the subject, for example those that were part of the research. In Colnodo´s offices they will have spanish translation.

Discussion facilitation:
At the end of the presentation of the research results moderator will solve questions and comments. Likewise, a hashtag will be created for the topic, through which members of social networks may participate.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
Link to Report:

Contact Information

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Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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