NEW YORK, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chilean government is a powerful catalyst in promoting e-government and Web-based transparency, with 98 percent of citizens filing taxes online and the launch of a government procurement portal used by 85,000 would-be contractors, according to Internet Evolution's newest Web Wide World video travelogue documenting Chile's use of Web technologies.
"Politicians around the world are fond of pointing to their 'e-government' activities, which usually amount to little more than 'ego government'," says Stephen Saunders, narrator of the Web Wide World segment and founder of Internet Evolution. "Chile has made fantastic headway with its use of the Internet and bridging the gap in the digital and social divide."
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Chilean government officials point to the success of ChileCompra, its online procurement system used by more than 900 local and central government agencies, including hospitals, schools, and other government-funded institutions. More than 85,000 private firms bid and participate in this open, transparent marketplace, according to ChileCompra director Felipe Goya, and it has already saved government and taxpayers more than $140 million. "We believe in transparency as the most effective way to fight corruption," Goya notes.
In addition to government officials, the video travelogue also profiles a woman plumber who's tapped the Internet as a source of referrals, a recovering drug addict using Web-based training to land his next job, and "free" content purveyor and founder of online community BetaZeta.com, Leo Prieto, the "anti Rupert Murdoch" of Chile.
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