To democratize the processes of access to information
for citizens in the web portals of government agencies, the Ministry of
Telecommunication and Information Society, through the Office of Electronic
Government and Competitiveness, UNESCO and Research Center for Information
Society IMAGINAR organized the workshop on "Usability of Government Web
sites", on 17th, 18th and May 19th in Quito, Guayaquil and
The workshop's objective was to incorporate and
strengthen the criteria for usability of government websites to ensure citizens
access to current information and timely; also, for facilitating the
implementation process of public procedures in line with functionality and
quality, to optimize time and resources,
and benefit from the Information and Communication Technology.
Access to public information is a fundamental right of
citizenship that can generate a culture of transparency and strengthens
democracy. Therefore, the Government through
the Ministry of Telecommunications, supports the use of ICT and considers the Electronic
Government as a powerful tool to implement administrative reforms with numerous
benefits such as efficiency and effectiveness, the transparency and democratic participation.
It is important to note that at the moment most of the
public institutions have Web sites, through those they report its activities,
its services and allow the completion of documents on line.
(Source: Mintel - Ecuador)