Digital Transformation in the Legislative Process: A Case Study of Porto Alegre’s City Council
About the Porto Alegre’s City Council | Brazil. Written on January, 2022
The City Council of Porto Alegre, Brazil, has been on a journey to digitalise its processes and make its work more transparent and accessible to the public. The transcription under review presents a candid appraisal of the challenges, developments and aspirations in this digital transformation initiative.
A Gradual Transition to Digitalisation
For several years, Porto Alegre's City Council, a local parliament comprising 36 members, has been slowly implementing digital tools to facilitate the digitalisation of legislative processes. The intention has been to increase transparency and enhance citizen engagement by making legislative decisions and projects accessible.
However, this digitalisation process has been predominantly manual, involving the digitisation of physical paper documents and their subsequent uploading to a website. While this initiative has increased the visibility of the Chamber’s activities, it remains a rather rudimentary approach.