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 Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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 Cuenca, respectively.

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)

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