The eRepresentative package is a virtual desktop for elected representatives. It enables them to continue their legislative and policy work anytime and from anywhere with secure access to relevant and appropriate information.
Prior to the project, few European parliaments or assemblies had
integrated strategies to support mobile representatives. eRepresentative aimed
to supply a pan-European solution, based on open source tools, that could be
adapted to the context of individual assemblies.
The project surveyed representatives in 20 EU assemblies and
found a need for elected members to work from a variety of locations and still
have the ability to securely access and share relevant information and working
knowledge with other committee members. Legislative work is specific and
complex. The eRepresentative team included 5 elected assemblies and these helped
to model processes and identify guidelines for secure mobile services.
The eRepresentative portal includes an events calendar,
committee workspace, notifications, discussion space, polling, searchable documents
repository and e-voting. One of the most innovative aspects of the project was
the introduction of application level cryptography to grant end-to-end protection
to the information. An electronic voting solution is integrated, enabling
members to vote, even if they are unable to be physically present during the
session. The e-vote is guaranteed to be as secure as the traditional one, based
on electric systems or in a show of hands.
During the pilot, eRepresentative was
successfully deployed within the participating parliaments and legislative
assemblies in the Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania, Hungary and Ireland.
The depth of research into the elected members’ requirements and the legislative processes, combined with the emphasis on providing transferable solutions, mean that EU parliaments and assemblies, whatever their current ICT set-up, can base their systems on eRepresentative. This has potential to significantly reduce the level of consultancy and integration needed for each to develop a custom solution and reduce implementation problems.
Karamagioli, E., Koulolias, V., Smith, C., Cruickshank, P. (2008). Bringing social and technological innovation to the work of national, regional and local elected representatives: The eRepresentative Project. In: Parycek, P., Prosser, A. (Eds.) EDem08 E-Democracy Conference, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). Vienna, Austria: . Austrian Computer Society.See all publications