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Tuesday 28 June


Plenary session

08:00 – 09:00


09:30 – 10:00

Opening ceremony

10:00 – 11:00

Launch of the World e-Parliament Report 2016

The findings of the World e-Parliament Report 2016 show how digital and social technologies have led to and supported deep changes in the operational environment and cultural landscape of parliaments. The digital parliament is now a living entity that is linked to those it serves in ways that were hard to imagine when the first World e-Parliament Report was published in 2008.

Moderator: Mr. Ramón Farías, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Chile

11.00 - 11:30



Policy Track

Technical track


Discussion of findings of World e-Parliament Report

Moderator: Mr. Ramón Farías, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Chile

  • Mr. Mushahidullah Khan, Senator, Pakistan
  • Mr. Javier de Andrés Blasco, Director of ICT, Chamber of Deputies, Spain
  • Ms. María Baron, Executive Director, Fundación Directorio Legislativo, Argentina

ICT strategic planning

The challenges parliaments face are not simply ones of technology adoption; many are strategic and need to be addressed at a systemic level. To resolve this challenge, there needs to be a stronger focus on articulating, addressing and resolving the strategic barriers.

Moderator: Mr. Soufiane Ben Moussa, Chief Technology Officer, House of Commons, Canada

12.30 Innovation in parliaments #1

Each day, a 30-minute segment will be opened for parliaments that wish to present one recent innovation. Each parliament will have a maximum of 5 minutes to show to their peers what they have done, why and how they have done it, and what impact the innovation has had.

Also during this segment, there will be a daily update on progress in the Hackathon.


13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 16:00

The goals of an “e-parliament” today

It is increasingly accepted that governance institutions aren’t changing/adapting as quickly as society and technology. The challenge for parliaments in the coming decades will involve being more nimble in the face of rapid socio-economic and technological change. This session will focus on what parliaments are, or need to be, doing to prepare themselves.

Moderator: Mr. Najib El Khadi, Secretary General, Chamber of Representatives, Morocco

  • Mr. Cedric Frolick, Member of the National Assembly, South Africa
  • Mr. Patrice Martin-Lalande, Member of the National Assembly, France
  • Ms. Birgitta Jónsdottir, Member of Parliament, Iceland


Legislative document management

Digital technologies and their underlying processes now allow parliaments to create systems that underpin the legislative, representative and oversight work of parliaments. This session looks at recent innovations in the field of legislative document management, including developments on open standards, and both XML- and non-XML based systems.

Moderator: Mr. Carlo Marchetti, Head of Information Systems Development, Senate, Italy

16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 18:00

Digital parliamentarians: Tools, opportunities and challenges for elected representatives

This session will investigate the technologies being used by parliamentarians inside and outside the parliamentary chamber to connect with citizens, including young people. It will also touch on ways to build awareness and create incentives for all parliamentarians to use digital technologies.

Moderator: Mr. Javier de Andrés Blasco, Director of ICT, Chamber of Deputies, Spain

Workshop: Creating ICT infrastructure in a low-resource environment

A hands-on session that will put participants to work, giving them an opportunity to discuss how parliaments can develop appropriate ICT systems in a situation of low budgets and low commercial contracting capacity.

Moderator: Mr. Soufiane Ben Moussa, Chief Technology Officer, House of Commons, Canada


Wednesday 29 June


Policy Track

Technical track

09:00 – 10:30

Openness: building commitment to openness

It is perhaps too early to say that openness is ‘business as usual’ for parliaments, but it is certainly clear that making information accessible to people outside parliament is increasingly happening in digital, and specifically machine-readable, ways. The session will explore new and emerging forms of commitment to openness in legislation and parliamentary rules and practices.

Moderator: Mr. Duarte Pacheco, Member of Parliament, Portugal


Recent developments in parliamentary websites

The website has become one of the primary channels for parliaments to communicate, share information and engage with the public. Today, the proliferation of mobile devices, the social web and higher bandwidth capabilities mean that websites increasingly include audio, video, data, are more interactive and are designed to work cleanly on a wide range of devices. This increases the complexity of planning, managing and resourcing a parliament’s web-estate, as well as the costs of operating it.

Moderator: Mr James Rege, Member of Parliament, Kenya

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 13.00

Openness: making use of open data

At first, it was assumed that if parliaments made their data available, people would come and get it. More recently, it has become clear that there is still much to do to make open data “profitable” and usable in a constant and reliable way. The session will also question parliament’s ability to access and use data from the executive branch of government and elsewhere in its own research activities.

Moderator: Ms. Kirsten Gullickson, Senior Systems Analyst, House of Representatives, United States of America

Workshop: Citizen engagement strategies and social media

A hands-on session to help parliaments analyze their citizen engagement strategies. Social media is now more widely used amongst parliaments than third-party television or radio. Yet the use of social media tools within parliaments has to be appropriate, and finding the balance with traditional methods of engagement takes practice and fine-tuning.

Facilitator: Mr. Andy Williamson, author, World e-Parliament Report 2016

12.30: Innovation in parliaments #2; Hackathon update

13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 16:00

Trends in citizen input to the work of parliament

Numerous participatory processes are being developed in law-making. What are the most effective ways to connect parliaments and citizens? To what extent do these processes address the digital divide within countries, which leaves many men and women feeling angry and excluded from the political process?

Moderator: Ms. Emma Allen, Director of Digital Development, Parliament, United Kingdom

Cyber security

Cyber security is of increasing importance at the current time. This session will look at the steps parliaments are taking to guarantee the integrity of their proceedings and consultations.

Moderator: Ms. Antonieta Teixeira, Director of Informatics Centre, National Assembly, Portugal

  • Mr. Ian McKenzie, Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure and Services Branch, ICT Division, Parliament, Australia
  • Mr. Mahesh Perera, ICT Director Parliament, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. János Tóth, Head of IT Department, Parliament, Hungary


16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 18:00

Tour of Parliament buildings, and demonstration of the e-parliament technologies in Chile


Thursday 30 June


Policy Track

Technical track

09:00 – 10:30

Working together: national partnerships

There is a range of models for good collaboration between parliaments, civil society and other partners, including multi-party working groups, parliamentary inquiries, formal commissions and other mechanisms. This session will help to identify lessons learned in establishing successful partnerships. Moderator: Mr. Pierre Rodrigue, Principal Clerk House of Commons, Canada


The Unconference opens a space for small group discussions with a focus on problem-solving and practical solutions.

Plenary room

Committee room

Session #1: Complementary strategies between web and social media

+         Proposed by: Ms. Constanza Cozzani, Coordinator web content, & Ms. Patricia Vaca, Sub-director content, Senate, Argentina

Session #1: Making citizen participation count

 +      Proposed by: Ms. Maria Luisa Sotomayor, U-Report / UNICEF Global Innovation Center

10:30 – 11:00



11:00 – 13:00

Working together: global and regional collaboration

Globalization of politics requires parliaments all over the world to cooperate and exchange information. The session will learn about existing forms of inter-parliamentary collaboration, and discuss perspectives for developing common approaches, including open source software solutions, and open standards for legislative document management, including XML. Moderator: Mr Pierfranceso Sabbatucci, European Parliament

Session #2: Investing in cloud technology


 +      Proposed by: Moez Kloula, ICT Expert, UNDP Tunisia



Session #3: e-Petitions

 +       Proposed by: Mr. Bouchra Zouini, Press and Communications Division, Chamber of Councils, Morocco


Session #2: Designing reusable data for PMOs and others.


 +      Proposed by: Kirsten Gullickson, Systems Analyst, US House of Representatives, and Mr. Teddy Nyambe, Head of IT, National Assembly, Zambia



Session #3: Making use of Big Data


 +      Proposed by: Mahdi Faghihi, ICT manager, Islamic Parliament of Iran

12:30 Innovation in parliaments #3

13:00 – 14:30



Plenary session

14:30 – 15:30

Feedback from the conference; lessons learned and future perspectives; presentation of the results of the Hackathon

Moderator: Mr. Ramón Farías, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Chile

15:30 – 16:00

Conclusions and closing ceremony

  • Mr. Ramón Farías, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Chile
  • Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union