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Ralph Benko receiving Trophee de l'e-Democracie 2010- Paris, France- photo- Laura Kuhn

UPDATE: Benko takes home the top Trophee for “People’s Choice.” He is now, officially, the People’s Choice for his work in teaching regular citizens how to use the Web to transform the World.  (Free and complete copy of his cult classic book available at

The other three top spots included France, Europe, and International.

CONGRATULATIONS! and thanks for bringing the Trophee to the USA!

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was to present Ralph Benko, author of The Websters’ Dictionary: How to Use the Web to Transform the World, the “trophee de l’e-Democracie 2010” as one of “the 10 Who Are Changing the World of Politics & the Internet.”  Award was presented in a ceremony held October 14, 2010 for the 11th World eDemocracy Forum at the French Foreign Ministry, Quai d’Orsay, in Paris.

For the eleventh year in a row, visitors from around the helped select the top 10 individuals, organizations and companies having the greatest impact on the way the Internet is changing politics.

The winners are honored guests to the 11th World eDemocracy Forum October 13-15, 2010, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, (Paris, France, France’s “Cybercity”), where they’ll take part in an awards ceremony and other special programs.

This prestigious award seeks to recognize the innovators and pioneers – those who blaze new e-political trails everyday, the dreamers and doers who bring democracy online.

Trophee de l'e-Democracie 2010


  • Highly effective leaders who are making outstanding e-political and e-governmental achievements
  • Forward thinking organizations that have led the way in this revolution
  • Innovative ideas or strategies that have forever changed the political process

Ralph Benko’s work was described by the EGov Forum as follows:

A writer, teacher at Washington D.C. and online activist, Ralph Benko is the author of “The Websters’ Dictionary”, a reference book in the world of online politics, explaining “how to use the web to transform the world”. The “Dictionary”, lauded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and entrepreneur Steve Forbes, is the most recent handbook to provide readers with a primer on the political web. You can get a free and complete eBook version from

Benko states, “It is humbling to have been selected to win an award previously given to such world-transforming organizations as and, and to share the honor, this year, with such major figures as France’s Ombudsman of the Republic and Australia’s Senator Kate Lundy, the only outspoken voice there against the recently proposed mandatory internet filtering.

“My deep gratitude for the exposure provided my candidacy during the worldwide voting by, The Washington Examiner, Parcbench, Conservative HQ, Campaigns and Elections, Project Virginia, The Hawaii Reporter, and by the members of, among others.  And to the Searle Freedom Trust which made the writing, publication of, and teaching of the practices included in The Websters’ Dictionary possible and to Professor Lawrence Lessig who provided it with the first significant worldwide exposure at

“Presidential advisor David Axelrod recently said to Vanity Fair: ‘The world is so much smaller, and events reverberate much more quickly, and one person can create an event so quickly from one computer terminal.’  (September 2010, Washington, We Have a Problem, p. 291.)

“Thanks to the Internet, we are entering a new era of politics, one of citizen engagement and a new order of influence of citizens over officials.  As we craft a new narrative for this new order of the ages the Internet has given us the power to make real the 60’s slogan of “Power to the People” — from to the Tea Party Patriots. Populism, as visionary Jeff Bell foresaw, is prevailing over elitism.”


World Forum

13-15 October, Paris


Wednesday 13 October

9am – 10.30am


The time of the « hyper-citizen »

Is the Internet the most salutary invention for democracy since the invention of the printing press ? The wired man campaigns online, stands out online, share his struggles, his rebellions and his likes online. Has the voice of citizens become so powerful that they are now a necessary partner for the co-creation of public policy?

Nicolas VANBREMEERSCH, Founder and CEO of Spintank , author of De la démocratie numérique,
online engagement adviser, Internet and communication adviser at the Government’s spokesman office, Ministry of education
Emile JOSSELIN, Head of web content at the Socialist Party, manager of the Socialists’ social network, “La Coopol”

Location : BNF – Grand Auditorium, Entrée Est – Quai François-Mauriac, 75013 Paris

Register (subject to availability)

11am – 12.30am


Open Data: the Eldorado of public sector information

in partnership with

A strategic plan for the development of public sector information will be completed at the end of 2010 in France. Worldwide, governments and civil societies are already expecting a lot from the open data and public sector information reuse projects. The potential is great : economic activity, more democracy, transparency… This plenary will be will give a chance to draw the state of the art of this global issue in which IT will play an essential part.

Bernard BENHAMOU, Director of the Internet uses, Ministry of university education and research
Danielle BOURLANGE, deputy director of the Agency for Public Intangibles of France
Vincent FELTESSE, Mayor of Blanquefort, France (Socialist party), President of the urban community of Bordeaux, France
Mercé ROVIRA REGAS, Project coordinator of the Intelligent Citizens Attention Service- iSAC and of eGovernment -Virtual City at the Government of Girona, Spain
Marc RIBES, eGovernment Business Developer at Orange Business Services

Conference followed by a cocktail

Location : BNF – Grand Auditorium, Entrée Est – Quai François-Mauriac, 75013 Paris


2.30pm – 4pm


Agile governments

in partnership with

A world tour of the best agile government practices, fully in TelePresence. From North America to India through Europe: how IT have made some public services more efficient with less resources.

14.30      Session starts – First TP presentation – Agile Government in India (From TP New Delhi) by Mr Shankar AGARWAL, Joint Secretary, Department of IT, Government of India
14.45      Second TP presentation – Agile Government in Bahrain (From TP in Dubai) Feras Jaffar AHMED, Director of Service Delivery and Channel Enhancement eGovernment Authority Kingdom of Bahrain
15.00      Third TP presentation – Agile Government in Germany (TP room from Berlin) by Dominik BOELHOFF, Germany 115 Project Manager, German Federal Government Interior Ministry
15.15      Fourth TP presentation – Agile Government in Canada ( TP room from Ottawa) by Marj AKERLEY , Executive Director, Organizational Readiness Office , Chief Information Officer Branch , Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
15.30      Fifth TP presentation – Agile Government in the USA (TP room from Washington) by Ms. Martha Dorris, Deputy Associate Administrator, General Services Administration
15.45      Sixth TP presentation – Agile Government in the UK (TP room from Glasgow) by George CROOKS, Director, Chief Operating Officer NHS 24
16.00      Session ends

Conference followed by a cocktail

Location : CISCO Immeuble Atlantis – 11, rue Camille Desmoulins, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


4.45pm – 6.30pm


Best e-practices to win an election

(English/French language)
18 months before the French presidential election, what are the best practices to organize an efficient net-campaign and to win an election? Best practices from the past general elections in United Kingdom and the American mid-term elections.

Moderated by Phil NOBLE, founder of PoliticsOnline

Samuel COATES, Head, (UK),
Julia GLIDDEN, Labour Party (UK),
Bennett Richardson, Republicans (USA),
Chris LUNDBERG, DemocracyInAction (USA)




Social networks: new social ties, or desocialization?

Benoît RAPHAËL, Founder and former Editor-in-chief of, new media consultant
Serge SOUDOPLATOFF, Internet expert at Fondapol, author of Avec Internet, où allons-nous ?
Dominique CARDON, sociologist working in France Télécom R&D’s Usage Laboratory and associated researcher at the Center for Research on Social Movements of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, author of The electronic democracy Seuil/La République des idées, 2010.

Followed by a private screening of the movie:

The Social Network
« You don’t get to 500 Million friends without making a few ennemies. »

Private screening of the movie directed by David fincher on the story of Facebook’s founders.

Screening followed by a cocktail

Get an invitation (300 seats, subject to availability)

Thursday 14 October

9am – 10.30am


The privacy paradox

The massive and permanent access to the Internet and its communication tools have dramatically changed the traditional concept of privacy. A new form of intimacy rises : it is now consciously exposed on the Web. How will the problems of the protection, the sharing and the property of personal data evolve ? Do the concepts of anonymity and “right-to-be-forgotten” make sense on the Internet ? What control can an Internet user keep on his private data?

Isabelle FALQUE-PIERROTIN, Vice President of the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, President of the Forum of the Internet rights
Jean-Marc MANACH, Journalist, expert of IT and privacy issues.
Hervé MARITON, MP of Drôme, France (UMP).
Lionel TARDY, MP of Haute-Savoie (UMP)
Yves BOMATI, Head of communications of the Direction de l’information légale et administrative.

Location : BNF – Foyer de l’Auditorium, Entrée Est – Quai François-Mauriac, 75013 Paris

Register (subject to availability)

11am – 12.30am


Predictive analytics and public performance

« Anticipate and act »

in partnership with

Predictive analytics systems can provide strategic information out of the huge amount of data from the public sector and help operational decision making. The exploitation of this data can bring the costs down as well as fraud and waste, and result in a more efficient protection of citizens, a better risk management and more efficient processes. Another ROI has become more and more important : the Return On Information. This revolution illustrates perfectly the impact of IT on public management.

José GAYDU, Head of IT, City of Clermont Ferrand, France
Hervé ROLLAND, Vice President, Software, France NWA, IBM

Conference followed by a cocktail

Location : BNF – Auditorium, Entrée Est – Quai François-Mauriac, 75013 Paris


2pm – 5pm

Hearing of the candidates

E-democracy awards

The jury of the e-democracy awards 2010

Location : Hôtel de ville d’Issy-les-Moulineaux – 62 rue du Général Leclerc, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

5pm – 8pm

Awards ceremony

World forum awards

The e-administration awards

Presented by André SANTINI, former minister, founder of the World Forum, President of the Global Cities Dialogue, MP, mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Chairman of the Grand Paris society.

The e-democracy awards

Presented by Bernard KOUCHNER, Foreign Minister.

Ceremony followed by a cocktail

Location : Salon d’honneur du Ministère des affaires étrangères 37 quai d’Orsay 75700 Paris

Friday 15 October

10.30am – 112.30pm


Cloud computing

Evolution or revolution?

in partnership with

The debate goes on among analysts, but all agree on the renewal potential that cloud computing represents. Boost in innovation, savings, more agility and new services to citizens… It also poses in a new and accurate way the problems of security, sovereignty, reversibility and locking of the data. Opportunities, challenges to boost the State’s modernization: international and French overviews and feedbacks.

Thierry SOLERE, Vice President of the General council of the Hauts-de-Seine responsible for the economic development, first deputy mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt, executive adviser and Chairman of the UMP in charge of the digital federation
Nathalie WRIGHT, Director of the public sector department, Microsoft
Bernard OURGHANLIAN, Technical and Security Director, Microsoft

Conference followed by a cocktail

Location : Centre de conférences Microsoft 41, quai du Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



Closing ceremony

Closing ceremony

Closing of the 13-15 October 2010 session of the World forum in Paris, presented by André SANTINI, former minister, founder of the World Forum, President of the Global Cities Dialogue, MP, mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Chairman of the Grand Paris society.

Location : Centre de conférences Microsoft 41, quai du Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

The finalists for the e-Democracy Awards 2010

The auditions of the finalists for the e-Democracy Awards 2010 will take place on Thursday, October 14th, from 2 pm to 4:45 pm in the multimedia room of the City Hall of Issy-les-Moulineaux. Each candidate will have around fifteen minutes to present his/her motivations and achievements in front of an audience and an expert jury. After each audition, the jury members will cast their votes via an electronic voting system, based on three criteria ranked from 1 to 10: the originality of the system presented, its transferability and the estimated impact on the citizen engagement in the public life. The total score will then allow to determine the winners in all three categories: International, European and French. Check out the complete list of nominees by clicking on “Continue reading…”.

1. 2 pm – Prof. Luis Borges Gouveia, Executive Director of Libertrium, Portugal

Defined by its creators as a platform for Web 2.0 elections, Liberopinion combines collaborative tools and social networks embedded applications enabling interaction between voters and candidates. Inspired by the American on-line campaign, and more particularly, the six million messages sent in advance of the Obama/McCain debate, the Portuguese site was tested during the general and municipal elections of 2009.

2.  2:15 pm – Doru Frantescu,, Europe is a NGO that aims to strengthen the transparency of European decisions by rendering accessible the debates and decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. For instance, the activity of each European MP is monitored session after session, offering thus a bigger visibility of parliamentary work. The website managers are convinced that facilitating the access to this kind of information will make European citizens become more interested in these institutions than they are today.

3.  2:30 pm – Xavier CROUAN – Director of Information and Digital Innovation of Rennes Metropolis, France

Rennes Metropolis
Rennes Metropolis and the city of Rennes make their public data available for anybody interested to putting them to good use. The idea is simple at a first glance, but very difficult to put in place, especially for a major city like Rennes. But their gamble has paid off and the website offers information related to all the aspects of the city life: transportation, public road network, equipments, green spaces, bicycle lanes, etc. A real asset for the inhabitants of Rennes and its suburbs.

4.  2:45 pm – Sean ELLIS, European Account Manager – Citizenscape, UK

“Using the virtual world to make a difference in the real world”. The motto of Public-i illustrates clearly its ambition to convince the citizens to reinvest the public place thanks to the Internet. For ten years now, Public-i has been trying to share and promote its conviction that the democratic gap can be overcome with a new approach. The latest asset of the British company: CitizenScape, a platform that integrates and explores how Web 2.0 social networking tools can help citizens get more involved with local decision making.

5.  3 pm – Alain Di Stefano, Chief IT at the Senate, France
“A website to serve citizens”. This is the message of the new version of the Senate’s website. More playful and more participative than the previous one, this version offers a completely transparent image of the parliamentary work, allowing notably to consult the senators’ reports. Other new thing worth mentioning, the section “My Senate”, which offers a personalized space in which every citizen can enter his/her laws, senators, favorite committees, for a better followup. An original way to treat legislative work.

6.  3:15 pm – Senator Kate Lundy, Australia
Member of the Australian Labour Party since 1996, Kate Lundy has become known in the technology community as a fierce advocate of Government 2.0 and e-Participation, including institutional reforms which will ensure openness and transparency of public decisions. Lundy has also made a name for herself as the only outspoken voice against the recently proposed mandatory internet filtering.

7.  3:30 pm – Carol-Ann Braun, Director of Urban Concert Association, France

The Urban Concert Association
With partners such as the Paris Region and the City of Paris, the websites launched by the Association Urban Concert have gained a certain recognition…and it’s all for the better. Located in the 13th district of Paris, the association has launched two projects on the web that are worth seeing because of their recent development, which explains their presence in the list. The first project,, invites inhabitants of Paris to become community reporters and debate on various subjects via SMS and MMS. The second one,, has a double role: to invite the inhabitants to give their opinion on the everyday life of Olympiades district in Paris and to inform about the construction projects currently underway.

8.  3:45 pm – Jean-Paul Delevoye, Ombudsman of the Republic, France

The Ombudsman of the Republic
The Ombudsman is a mediator between citizens and public authorities. Thanks to the website “Le Mediateur et vous” (You and the Mediator), but also to the uptake of social networks like Twitter (800 followers) and Facebook (3000 friends), the Ombudsman benefits today of all the right tools to successfully accomplish his mission. An Internet user can create there his/her own web page where he/she gets regular updates on his/her favorite topics. The Internet user has thus the possibility to propose, debate, or even talk directly with the French Ombudsman, Mr Jean-Paul Delevoye.

9.  4 pm – Ralph Benko, Author of “The Websters’ Dictionary”, USA

The Websters’ Dictionary
A writer, teacher at Washington D.C. and online activist, Ralph Benko is the author of “The Websters’ Dictionary”, a reference book in the world of online politics, explaining “how to use the web to transform the world”. The “Dictionary”, lauded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and entrepreneur Steve Forbes, is the most recent handbook to provide readers with a primer on the political web. You can get a free and complete eBook version from

10.  4:15 pm – Craig Thomler, Australia
A long-time figure in Australia’s tech industry, Craig Thomler has spent recent years as an advocate for e-government in Australia. In addition to coordinating the online component of the Australian government’s health care reform efforts,, Thomler is also active in making submissions for the Federal government 2.0 Taskforce, an online hub for government agencies to consider issues related to e-government.

11. 4:30 pm – Colin Delany, USA
Colin Delany is the self-described “host” of, a website devoted to documenting best practices, tools, techniques, and learning experiences from his time working on the web since the mid-1990s. Delaney’s debrief on the Obama’s use of online organizing, “Learning from Obama” is a widely distributed account of the wildly successful strategy and methods used during Barack Obama’s 2008 bid for the presidency.

The auditions will be webcast on the World e-Gov Forum website on October 14. You can also attend the auditions by registering here (the places are subject to availability).