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The Nordpol.dk Website
Institution: County of North Jutland
Theme: E-Participation
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2002
Summary: www.nordpol.dk is an e-democracy web site inviting the citizens to participate in the political decision making process in the County of North Jutland, Denmark.

The target groups of the project (i.e., citizens, especially young citizens and politicians) have been invited to take part in the project in all its phases (i.e., definition, test, appraisal and plans for future development).

This has ensured an appropriate focus of the content and design, and constitutes a significant reason for the overall success of the project.

The debating site allows both politicians and citizens to define the agenda and bring up the topics on which a dialogue is desired.

The goal is to create a more transparent decision-making process and to reach more qualified decisions, allowing larger groups of citizens to rise and speak than is the case with the conventional channels for their involvement and participation.

It facilitates access to debates on current political topics and connections to other electronic news media in order to create a coherent framework for civic involvement in the process of democracy. It offers: Online Debate – Chat - News search / update from TV station around the clock - Search from the Web Portal - Finding links to political and public Web sites - Subscriber services, e.g. emails covering the agendas of the County Council - Quiz with check tables.

Also, the Web Portal tests the role of the new media within the process of democracy, with a view to an increased use of the Internet, particularly in hearings and consultations, debates and referendums / elections.
Impact: So far, the acquired experience proves that all these goals have been reached: the distance between citizens and politicians has become considerably shorter; the opportunity for the citizens to gain influence on the decision-making process has increased; as has the well-informed civic participation in the process of democracy.
Source: http://www.nordpol.dk
Project Home URL: http://www.nordpol.dk (in Danish)
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