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The World e-Parliament Conference is the leading international forum for exchanging good practices and building inter-parliamentary cooperation in the area of innovation and digital technology in parliaments.
This year’s Conference takes place against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since early 2020, parliaments have made extensive use of digital technologies to support remote working. It has been a period of accelerated innovation and the rapid adoption of new working practices and procedures.
In this fast-changing context, the Conference will present and discuss findings on “Lessons from the pandemic” from the upcoming World e-Parliament Report.
Over three days, participants will take part in interactive sessions featuring:
thought leadership discussions on digital parliaments
good practices on parliamentary innovation
collaborative creation of practical “how to” guides
The virtual format of the World e-Parliament Conference allows for a broad participation from parliamentarians and staff with an interest in digital transformation and innovation in parliament. Different sessions will be targeted at different audiences, and this will be clearly indicated in the conference programme.
We expect that the conference will be in particular very relevant to parliamentary staff working on digital technology, social media, parliamentary web sites, communications, library and research services, public engagement and other related fields.