Senior government officials including Minister for Science, Technology and Environment Dr. Keshav Man Shrestha, Chief Secretary of Government of Nepal Lilamani Poudel and Secretary of Ministry of Science,
Technology and Environment Keshav Bhattarai expressed their commitment towards maximizing people’s participation in democratic process through ICT at 13th ICT Conference on “Promoting e-Democracy in Nepal”, jointly organized by Internet Society Nepal and Computer Association of Nepal in Kathmandu. Speaking at inugral session of the conference Minister Shakya said, “The conventional
democratic process is being replaced by new technology because people are using new technology and equipment everyday.” He also stressed on importance of data for the success of e-Democracy.
Similarly, speaking as session chair of the session “e-Participation” Chief Secretary of Government of Nepal, Mr. Lilamani Poudel said,” Technology has become inevitable in our all aspect of life and thus necessary in enjoying the democratic rights”. Mr. Keshav Bhattarai, Secretary at Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, speaking as chair of “e-Security of Democratic Channel” said, “We need to have a consolidated meetings for coordination among the government offices. He stressed the importance of private sector in innovation and said, “Private sector is innovative so it should tickle government to implement new things.”
The conference discussed on four tracks viz., Infrastructure for E-Democracy and Emerging Technologies, Security of e-Democracy Channels, E-Participation: Changing platform of Democratic Practice and Freedom of Expression Online: Freedom in Digital Societies and one panel discussion on “Citizen’s Involvement on Democratic Practice through ICT”. Dr. Rohan Samrajiva, Keynote speaker of the conference highlighted the importance of ICT in democratic practice with global experience. Dr. Durgambni Patel, Professior of Pune University, India, Ivan Lim from Asia Journalists, Ahmed Swapan Mahamud from Voice Bangladesh and Mr. Anupam Agrawal, Chair of ISOC India Kolkata Chapter were International Speakers. Mr. Richard Lamb from ICANN discussed on role of IPV6 and DNSSEC for e-democracy.