Internet neutrality, and its consequences for the potential diminishing of the Internet as a civic vehicle of public participation and citizen engagement, is a growing concern in the U.S. For the web site of the Save the Internet Coalition, click here. For an opinion piece by the director of media research and public education for Common Cause, click here.
To see an IBM Center for the Business of Government report, Public Deliberation: A Manager's Guide to Citizen Engagement, click here.
A call in Australia for a major governance dialogue process to address the challenges presented by the state of the country's health care system. For more, click here.
A new report on the state of English cities shows considerable improvement in the use of governance dialogue processes over the last seven years. The report cites "greater citizen engagement in decision-making" as one of the great value-added successes of urban policy. For discussion of the report, click here. To see the actual report, click here.
Helen Burstyn, the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, discusses her organization's experiences with governance dialogue. For the full Toronto Star article, click here.
A United Nations-backed forum adopts a declaration calling on world governments to implement measures to increase civic participation in their operations. For the full UN News Centre story, click here.