The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), South Korea, has won the top award conferred by the e-Challenges Conference and Exhibition to a helpful e-government systems held in Stockholm, Sweden, last week. This annual conference supported by the European Commission has sought for 18 years to bring together over 650 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organizations around the world to bridge the digital divide by sharing knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and good practice.
Among 26 systems presented by 10 countries including Germany, Britain and Austria, the commission's “People's Online Petition and Discussion Portal” won the Best Demonstration Stand Award.
ACRC, South Korea launched the system in June 2006 by merging scattered online channels which had collected civil complaints and petitions. Then the commission began to extend the online service to local governments, which allows citizens in provincial areas to suggest policies and join policy-making.