ETTW – a European choir

I write from Denmark. Let me introduce myself. I worked for many years as a simultaneous interpreter in the European communities. Went to Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxemburg and the rest of Europe to help Europeans understand each other. Now I have made it my business to work on projects that involve building bridges across personal, professional and cultural differences.

This is also what ETTW is all about. Making a positive difference for Europeans globally. Understanding the incredible potential in apprecitating and activating differences towards common goals.

ETTW is mobilising good people to work on a wide number of obvious points for collaboration. I hope it will be possible to create a movement where Europeans can do whatever they enjoy the most – and then include a European perspective in natural and engaging ways.

Think of ETTW as a choir. We need to find out which repertoire we want to sing. For what audience. How to sing to get a full house. And then also enjoy fantastic solos on the way.

Look forward to working with you.

best regards

Povl Henningsen

39, Sondrupvej 39, 8350 Hundslund, Denmark

www.empower.dk

+45 21757509

 

Electronic Voting – ECA and ETTW have launched their first shared working group

Europeans Throughout the World (ETTW) and European Citizens Abroad (ECA) have recently launched a shared and open research group on electronic voting. Electronic voting technologies have been used for many years in various countries around the globe and have facilitated the vote of many, in particular of those who live outside of their country of origin.

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A few words about electronic voting…

By electronic voting, we refer to the voting systems that use electronic technologies. Electronic voting technologies can be divided in two types: e-voting and I-voting.

E-voting is the system where voters cast their vote with the aid of a computer. In this case, voters generally must go to their polling station to make their choice on a big machine, which replaces the traditional envelope and ballot. This system is widely used in many countries, more often for local level elections.

I-voting is the system where voters cast their vote from any device using the Internet. I-voting allows citizens to vote directly from their home using their personal computer, for example. While this system is less common than e-voting, it has already been used in some countries even for national and European elections.

It comes at no surprise that I-voting is the technology that would serve the best the interests of expats, especially if they live afar from their Consulate or Embassy. In fact, only the combination of various voting technologies, either already existing or still in need to be implemented, such as voting by post, proxy, e-voting and I-voting can guarantee a fair and equal access to the vote for millions of European expats. Electronic voting, in addition to other facilities, would thus, make a real change for expats’ ability to vote.

Why a research group?

At ETTW and ECA, we believe that all the ways to ease democratic participation for expats should be considered, and electronic voting is definitely one of them. In the near future, it could become part of our list of proposals to facilitate the participation of European expats in the democratic process, along with our petition on equal voting rights, for example. We do our best on a daily basis to promote the changes that could be implemented to facilitate the democratic life of all European regardless of where they live. In addition to our educational material on our websites and awareness-raising campaigns, we advocate to see these changes in national and European agendas. This task is by far the hardest, considering that we have to convince our representatives of both the relevance and importance of our work. In order to gain credibility and visibility, we need to master the topic we are advocating for, we need to be experts about what we are promoting. This is why at ETTW and ECA, we decided to join our forces and launch an open research group about electronic voting.

How can I help?

We welcome any kind of help on this topic, either because you know about electronic voting technologies, or because you have used I-voting before and would like to give us your opinion.

We are particularly looking for experts, academics and MPs/MEPs working on this topic or those considering using or promoting these technologies. Using all the data collect we will then compile a dossier on the topic for future advocacy.

Those are the questions we are interested in:

– How many EU citizens are already using electronic voting technologies?
– Feedback on I-voting from abroad (testimonials)
– What are the limits to the implementation/generalisation of electronic voting technologies in the EU?

If you think you could bring your share to the group, please contact Maxime or Povl. Any help is welcome!

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: The new members of the Civil Liberties Committee

Today – July 3, 2014 – the European Parliament appointed its committees for the coming years.

ETTW is in particular interested in the Work of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Here is the list of its new members:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/libe/members.html?action=0&webCountry=&webTermId=&name=&politicalGroup=&bodyType=&bodyValue=&type=&filter=#menuzone

We already know and Work with a number of its members.