Monday, September 11, 2006

Civil Society

Comments from ITC Policy Poll
-By Heidi Jane Smith

Do you think that civil society is doing enough to strengthen global Information and Communications Technology policy formulation? Results from 94 CIVICS voters say “no” which suggest, with clear 86 percent majority, they should do more. It’s a chronic failure for civil society representatives to think they do not work together or hard enough; yet it is their biggest achievement when they do.

Consequently, on September 8, Federal Computer Week, (www.fcw.com) a US based Web publication for federal employees and business that works with the American government, published 'Army of bloggers' helps Senate pass bill , an article highlighting the grassroots efforts of programmers and computer gurus to keep the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 2590) alive. “The bill would create a Google-like search engine and database to track approximately $1 trillion in federal grants, contracts, earmarks and loans.” The article cites American senators and lawmakers, but forgets to reference a blogger’s opinion or potential users.

Civil society is composed of a myriad web of diverse interest, belief and ideas. They must act together and concert their efforts in a single cord to make change. What is the ultimate objective for civil society is to work together; a gargantuan triumph at best. So why do most believe they aren’t doing enough? Maybe it’s too difficult to identify civil society for a comment. Are civil society representatives expected to work harder than the rest?

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