Poll database outfit Empowering India gets digital content gong at 2011 World Summit Award

New Delhi/Hong Kong/Salzburg, June 22: Empowering India, a database of elections at the state and national level, has received the international digital content award at this year's World Summit Award (WSA).

Multi-channel and multi-device content for savvy citizens and creative use of biometric, wireless and conventional services are the hallmarks of the stellar products, which are announced as this year's winners of the UN-based World Summit Award (WSA).

Empowering India has sought to make democracy meaningful" by informing citizens, encouraging participation in the electoral process, and promoting transparency and accountability in the political process.

It won the award for its innovative contribution in the category e-governance and institution.

As part of the UN activities following the World Summit on the information society, the WSA recognizes the outstanding achievements of content designers and application producers in eight categories.

It started in 2003 and will continue until the UN review in 2015.

Welcoming the news of the award, Dr. Y S. Quraishi, Chief Election Commissioner of India, said: "I am happy to see this initiative. Voter awareness is key to a successful democracy."

Barun Mitra, the director of Liberty Institute, said: "The World Summit Award is a recognition of the fact that e-governance is not just about how governments use ICT to inform and interact with citizens, but also how citizens could contribute by harnessing ICT to make democratic governance more effective."

The Liberty Institute, an independent, non-profit, public policy think tank, is the producer of Empowering India.

The World Summit Award (WSA), was started as an initiative by the Republic of Austria as a contribution to the United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and is organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM) in Salzburg.

It partners with UN organisations and agencies in the implementation of the Geneva Agenda and the Tunis Action Plan and selects and promotes the world's best e-Content and innovative ICT applications; to date more than 160 countries are actively involved.

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