Senator Online founder a finalist.
The World eDemocracy Forum this week named Canberra Senator
Kate Lundy and Department of Health director Craig Thomler as two of the
10 most influential e-government leaders in the world.
Fourteen activists, politicians and publishers were shortlisted for the "Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics" awards, which would be presented in Paris next month.
Both Lundy and Thomler were involved in Australia's Gov 2.0 Taskforce, whose recommendations were accepted by the Federal Government this year.
On 16 July, the Government declared itself
"committed to open government based on a culture of engagement, built
on better access to and use of government-held information, and
sustained by the innovative use of technology".
Lundy said being recognised in the global Top 10 list inspired her to
continue promoting "a more open, transparent, participatory and
engaging model of government".
She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary of Immigration and Citizenship and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in Gillard's new Ministry on Saturday.
"To have three Australians make the shortlist and two be selected for
the top 10 is a reflection of the commitment and innovation that
Australia has to offer the world, particularly in this space," Lundy
Israeli minister Michael Eitan, publisher Tim O'Reilly and Senator
Online founder Berge Der Sarkissian were among 14 shortlisted for the
award, which would be presented in Paris next month.
Senator Online claimed to be Australia's "first and online
internet-based political party", with no policies or official stance
besides the promise to act in accordance with online voters on major
The party attracted almost 16,000 votes in the 2010 Federal Election, for which it had a campaign budget of "tens of thousands of dollars".