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GMIS: Your Hidden International Membership Benefits

from By Julie Krakauer, GMIS

If you're in the habit of referring to GMIS as just that — GMIS — I would imagine it would be easy to forget that our organization's full name "GMIS International." Through our association with LOLA, a global nonprofit organization of ICT professional associations, members of GMIS have access to all kinds of cool benefits and connections with our global peers.

What's the value of exploring these opportunities? UNESCO's Courier recently published an interesting article on Estonia's tech-savvy government. What's so special about this former Soviet bloc country of 1.3 million citizens? In 1991, less than half the population had a phone and the only independent link to the outside world was a mobile phone hidden in the Foreign Minister's garden. Fast forward to 2007 when Estonia became the first country to allow online voting in a general election. Citizens pay for parking spaces with their mobile phones, and filing an annual tax return online takes about five minutes. Digital citizenship at its best!

As our citizens continue to demand "digital government" we should take every opportunity to learn from those who are already there. Our GMIS International membership gives us several opportunities to do just that. This month we'll list these benefits with a brief description, and provide more detailed information on each one in the future editions of the GEM ... more

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