042/300 WIR im Department mit Lukas Zenk (Assistenzprofessor für Innovations- und Netzwerkforschung) #digi300

#WIR im Department zeigt euch Menschen, die mit und in unserem Team an unseren Projekten arbeiten.

Heute mit Lukas Zenk. Lukas Zenk ist Assistenzprofessor für Innovations- und Netzwerkforschung am Department für Wissens- und Kommunikationsmanagement der Donau-Universität Krems. Wir arbeiten mit ihm gemeinsam, wenn es darum geht, kollektive Ideen und Innovationen zu entwickeln, die nicht nur für sich selbst oder für Unternehmen sinnvoll sind, sondern im besten Fall für die Gesellschaft einen nachhaltigen Nutzen haben.

028/300 WIR Projects: TOOP mit Thomas Lampoltshammer #digi300

#WIR PROJECTS zeigt euch unsere aktuellen Projekte im Departement.

Thomas Lampoltshammer (Donau Universität Krems, Department für E-Governance in Wirtschaft und Verwaltung) im schnellen Wordrap über das Projekt DATA MARKET.

Mehr Infos zum Projekt findest Du hier: datamarket.at

021/300 WIR Projects: DATA MARKET AUSTRIA mit Thomas Lampoltshammer #digi300

#WIR PROJECTS zeigt euch unsere aktuellen Projekte im Departement.

Thomas Lampoltshammer (Donau Universität Krems, Department für E-Governance in Wirtschaft und Verwaltung) im schnellen Wordrap über das Projekt DATA MARKET.

Mehr Infos zum Projekt findest Du hier: datamarket.at

018/300 WIR Projects: ADEQUATe mit Thomas Lampoldshammer #digi300

#WIR PROJECTS informiert über unsere aktuellen Projekte im Departement.

Thomas Lampoldshammer (Donau Universität Krems, Department für E-Governance in Wirtschaft und Verwaltung) im schnellen Wordrap über das Projekt ADEQUATe – Qualität von Datenportalen.

Mehr Infos zum Projekt findest Du hier: adequate.at

CeDEM17: Review

This was CeDEM17.
Keynotes, Workshops, Panels. CeDEM is the international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government. It brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age. CeDEM17 was at the Danube University Krems from 17th to May 19th 2017 with our keynote-speaker Ines Mergel, Todd O’Boyle, Keren Flavell and Dave Karpf.

Have a look at our CeDEM17 summary with all keynotes, workshops and photos. Our big reccomm You can also watch our WINE&TALK videos with CeDEM17 guests and speaker to topics around Open Government and Innovation.


CeDEM17 Keynotes

  1. Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel — Digital Transformation: The case of government start-ups
  2. Todd O‘Boyle — Digital Tools and Digital Democracy: US Cities and Civil Society in 2017
  3. Keren Flavell — Reinvigorating the Role of Media to Educate and Engage Citizens
  4. Dave Karpf — The Promises and Pitfalls of Digital Listening: Analytic Activism in 2017 and Beyond

Download: Review CeDEM17 PDF
CeDEM17 Review PDF (Download)

   


CeDEM17 WINE&TALK


CeDEM17 Photos

The Digital Gamble: New Technology Transforms Fiscal Policy

By Vitor Gaspar and Geneviève Verdier

April 12, 2018

Traffic in Singapore: the city uses digital technology for road pricing to manage road congestion congestion 

In Rwanda, digitally-monitored drones deliver blood supplies to hospitals. In Estonia, it takes five minutes to file taxes and 99 percent of government services are available online. Singapore was the first city to implement electronic road pricing to manage congestion. The world is becoming digital, and reliable, timely, and accurate information is available at the push of a button. Governments are following suit, using digital tools for tax and expenditure policy, public financial management, and public service delivery. 

With better information, governments can build better systems, as well as design and implement better policies. Our new Fiscal Monitor shows both the opportunities and challenges at play as technology transforms fiscal policy.

Place a bet

The gamble? Going for the digital payoff despite the potential for fraud, breaches of privacy and cybersecurity, and the cost of adopting new technologies.

The innovators have been quick to take advantage of digital tools to facilitate the lives of citizens. Effortless tax season? Check. Kenyans pay taxes on their smart phones; Norwegians have their tax returns prepopulated by their government. Better public services? Done. Indians receive social benefits through electronic transfers to bank accounts linked to their biometric identification.

Countries can now tackle tax evasion with digital solutions. British customs are using big data to detect fraudulent behavior of importers at the border. We estimate that adopting such methods could increase annual indirect tax collection at the border by up to 1-2 percent of GDP.

The Panama and the Paradise papers have exposed the substantial wealth sheltered in low-tax jurisdictions—an average of 10 percent of world GDP. With digital cross-country information exchange about taxpayers comes the prospect of more effectively tracking down this wealth before it is hidden away.

Avoid the gamble?

Why would a government not bet on new technology?

Reasons vary. Citizens don’t trust their government to safeguard their personal information. In the United States, less than a third of people believe the government can keep their digital records secure.

Many poor households lack access to digital tools and could be left behind. Fewer than half of the population of Africa subscribes to a mobile phone.

New fraud opportunities abound: authorities in Korea recently raided the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges for alleged tax evasion. Cash-strapped governments with low capacity face greater challenges in managing these risks.

Digital firms are all around

Some challenges are policy related. Firms like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are in the public eye but digital firms are all around us. They generate sales with little physical presence. They benefit from value created by users—using apps on our smart phones produces free yet valuable information. Can and should governments tax such value where the consumer resides, even when the firm has its physical home elsewhere?

The sheer scale of digital activities has raised concerns about the fairness of the current allocation of international taxing rights. Some countries—Israel, Italy—have introduced specialized tax measures targeting digital firms but such uncoordinated solutions cannot provide the answer. As the whole economy becomes digital, global solutions are required.

The way forward

People are replacing taxis with Uber, hotels with Airbnb, and cash with PayPal. Can governments stay on the sidelines of such a transformation?

Probably not. Overcoming challenges will require:

  • A proactive and comprehensive reform agenda that addresses political and institutional weaknesses to manage digital risks and ensure inclusion. In India, this meant not only introducing biometric identification to deliver income support to the right beneficiaries, but also reforming the design of the program itself.
  • Adequate resources in the budget . Korea secured budget resources for multi-year plans early on in its digitalization process.
  • International cooperation . In some cases, confronting these challenges calls for international resolve. For example, reducing evasion to low-tax jurisdictions or forming a consensus on the taxation of the digital economy will require multilateral efforts.

Digitalization will not solve all the problems faced by policymakers—it may even create some new ones. But governments can’t lay odds against this trend. Resist at your peril, or embark on a journey to shape the way forward.

Why come to EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018?

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Join us at EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018
3-5 September 2018, Danube University Krems in Austria.
www.egov-conference.org

Join for these reasons

  • Keynote speeches by Wolfgang Drechsler (Technical University Tallinn, Estonia) and
  • Bill Dutton (University of Maryland, US)

As well as for the presentations, reflections’ session, poster session, PhD colloquium; Open Space, panel discussions; Outstanding Paper Awards; networking and project opportunities….

So submit your paper (completed research, ongoing research, posters, panel & workshop proposals, PhD papers) to the following tracks:

  • E-Government & Open Government
  • E-Democracy and eParticipation
  • Smart Governance
  • AI, data Analytics & Automated Decision-Making
  • Digital Collaboration and Social Media
  • Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics
  • Social Innovation
  • Open data, Linked Data & Semantic Web
  • Practioners

Please note

  • We offer 4 PhD Bursaries (€750 each)
  • the (hard) submission deadline is 17 March 2018!

Join us here on depts.washington.edu/egcdep18/

Look forward to seeing you there!

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