A place where we are forging the future of inclusive governance – not just in theory but also in practice

We have a clear focus on the innovation of digital solutions and integrated processes. At eGovlab, we foster multiple levels of the public sector to initiate, implement and participate in innovation projects together with citizens, suppliers and academia. Developments in ICTs are happening at increasing speed and eGovlab focuses on identifying which of these will be the future disruptive technologies. This work is accomplished through the co-creation process and the living lab.
eGovlab promotes interdisciplinarity as a key element of eGovernance. eGovernance is a complex notion that involves different disciplines (i.e. computer sciences, information systems, public administration, political science, sociology, etc.), all of which are essential to reach an extensive and integrated understanding of the cultural, political, social and technical angles of eGovernance.of the cultural, political, social and technical angles of eGovernance.
Creative thinking and innovative methodologies are paramount for facilitating the shift to a new paradigm of representative democracy. The eGovlab seeks to challenge traditional processes by offering pioneering and high-quality knowledge and ICT tools that promote and facilitate meaningful engagement between citizens, Civil Society and Governments. This is why we promote the use of “disruptive” technologies and methodologies in our everyday decision making practices – be it in the way we conduct workshops with diverse stakeholders, using unconventional thinking tools, or in the way we promote bottom up, citizen led initiatives transforming governance.
We shall seek to promote participation in online deliberation and to ensure user protection by respecting the right to security and privacy of personal data. Within this broad area, we are particularly passionate about freedom of the internet, encryption, protection of individual privacy (personal data) and this is reflected in the legal, social and technological choices we make when we gather, store and process data.we are particularly passionate about freedom of the internet, encryption, protection of individual privacy (personal data) and this is reflected in the legal, social and technological choices we make when we gather, store and process data.
We consider knowledge a vital condition for meaningful and well-informed deliberation. We pledge to provide smart technologies that present and mine complete and up-to-date information. Furthermore, we value actions that introduce and educate citizens on the effective use of ICT tools to empower civic engagement. This will be accomplished by offering education and development activities for, initially, government employees.
We recognize the immense value of global diversity and believe that collective advancement can only be achieved through the respect and inclusion of diverse opinions, cultures and ideas on an equal basis and within the principle of freedom of speech. Participation and civic engagement through innovative methodologies and online frameworks presupposes wide and equitable access. We value the right for citizens and groups to participate in and have access to the decision-making process through consultation, active deliberation, and participation.
We pledge to maintain autonomy to protect civic liberties and the integrity of our lab within an honest framework for citizens, Industry, Civil Society and Governments. We shall remain accountable to our partners and above all with respect to the outcome of our projects. We pledge to maintain autonomy to protect civic liberties and the integrity of our lab within an honest framework for citizens, Industry, Civil Society and Governments. We shall remain accountable to our partners and above all with respect to the outcome of our projects. integrity of our lab within an honest framework for citizens, Industry, Civil Society and Governments.
Anticipation is increasingly central to urgent contemporary debates, from climate change to the global economic crisis. Anticipatory practices are coming to the forefront of political, organizational, and citizens’ society. According to Fuerth (2009, p. 29):

‘‘A system of institutions, rules and norms that provide a way to use foresight for the purpose of reducing risk, and to increase capacity to respond to events at early rather than later stages of their development.”  We at eGovlab build on this principle of being prepared based on acute risk mapping strategies and tools that we have developed.

Throughout our work in research and education, we demonstrate a commitment to sharing our knowledge resources openly in accessible formats (e.g. open access journals, open source software, mentoring programmes for change agents, etc).spect to the outcome of our projects.