One thing that all Balkan countries have in common is corruption of oﬃcials on all levels of government. Lack of their accountability towards the civil society is crippling these countries on their path of overcoming, now so distant in time but ever-present
in mindset, heritage of collectivism, undisputed ideologies and demonising
individual initiatives and responsibilities. Trend of increasing divide between governments and their citizens is not solely problem of the Balkans. In other parts of the world this trend was/is also present but reasons behind it, in variety of cases, were diﬀerent. What ever the cause, the consequence is the same - citizens are not empowered to set political agendas. Technology is too often considered as deus ex machina capable to instantly involve citizens in the decision-making process. But.. Software is nothing without people. Hardware is nothing without people. Social matters!
By incorporating technology in political arena of our lives we are stepping in a new uncharted territory we call “Government 2.0”. This paradigm-shifting concept has nothing to do with the technology, in its essence, but with the new roles and responsibilities of both governments and citizens. Government 2.0 should work as Android platform. Going
deeper into this analogy, governments’ responsibility should be to provide usable SDK and citizens’ responsibility should be to use it to create apps that will assist them in their
everyday lives. Challenge is teaching citizens “how to code”.
*Bojana Šekeljič is a regional inovation director in Foundation for new communication Dukokino, Serbia.
from Portugal: Sociedade de Debates da Universidade do Porto, sdd.up.pt;
- Metamorphosis, Foundation for Internet and Society,
- Makedonski obrazovani forum - YEF - Youth Educational Forum, mof.org.mk.
from Romania: ARDOR Muntenia; facebook.com/pages/ARDOR-Muntenia/115159631842108.