Lower House of German Parliament

11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • Year: 2007
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Government & Citizen Engagement
  • Country: Germany
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Democracy demands transparency. The principal website of the German Bundestag is a world class show case on how to make it easy for citizens to follow parliamentary proceedings. More than 60.000 HTML-Pages, 80.000 PDF-files, 6.000 hours of video are augmented by interactive features such as online-petition procedures, discussion groups, online reservation for visits. In depth analysis of current topics and sophisticated search functionality add democratic value. About 100 editors keep background information about members, structure and organization, committees, lobby groups, same-day minutes and proceedings up-to-date. A history section offers a virtual tour through the famous Reichstag building. Sub-sites for youth address the future.