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Digital Policy Council Urges Heads of State to Lead and Follow -- with Good Governance on the Net
Date:3/13/2010

le democracies where open communication between governments and the governed is the norm. The democratization of content and opinion on the Internet will further accelerate this openness as is evident in the actions of enlightened leaders worldwide.

From Jordan’s Queen Rania to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd and American President Barack Obama, more and more political and public figures use Twitter to speak in a personal way to their citizens and bring discourse and debate directly to the global public. Yet while these leaders share many characteristics, perhaps the most startling fact revealed in Real Leaders Tweet is that it is the stability of their governments, more so than the form of government that appears to be of critical importance to an embrace of social media.

Stability, Not Democracy Is Key Factor
Research shows that leaders that are confident in their leadership role and assured of their political legitimacy are most comfortable with social media. They do not hesitate to use micro-blogging to engage their citizens and the global community directly, regardless of whether they serve in democracies, monarchies, or other autocratic forms of rule.

Surprisingly, less than a quarter (22%) of heads of democratic states use Twitter, while there is a growing trend towards micro-blogging in what many think of as more ‘restrictive’ forms of governments. This fact brings into question just how inclusive democratically elected officials may truly be.

It has also prompted the Digital Policy Council to take a proactive stance by urging government leaders and citizens in all countries to call for an increase in transparency and open communication to advance good governance and collaborative policy making.

15 Million People...and Counting
Why Twitter? The answer can be found in Twitter’s user numbers. The Digital Policy Council report observes that the popular micr
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