We are hiring!

You are thinking that the public administration could do better?

You see the technological potential grossly neglected?

You have ideas how technology can contribute to deliver improved services for the benefit of all, to make countries more green, cities smarter, and people more happy?

We are interested …

You know about data modeling, have been working with XML, understand the concepts behind Big Data, the Semantic Web and public cryptography, and have written at least some tiny computer programs? Additionally you are a communicative team player and you would like to convince others about your ideas?

We should definitely talk!

The Department for E-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems / Austria (EU) is looking for an enthusiastic new colleague to improve public governance through the widespread application of technology.

We are the leading Austrian research institution for public governance with long-lasting collaborations  with the Ministry of Finance, the Austrian Chancellery, City of Vienna or the Federal Computing Centre.

You bring:

  • Graduate in Computer Science, business informatics or any other study with a clear and demonstrable focus on ICT
  • Master’s level or higher
  • You must bring deep interest to perform research on the intersection between public administration, political sciences, economy and the civil society.
  • You have a deep understanding of administrative processes, data-driven decision support, electronic government, e-Participation
  • You identify problems on your own and provide solutions to them
  • You enjoy working with collaborative technologies, also remote
  • Excellent English,  written and spoken

Would be nice:

  • At least limited understanding of German
  • You have been working in a scientific environment and you are accustomed with writing research proposals
  • You have been part of an international research project

You will get:

  • Regular, project-based employee contract, limited to 30.9.2019 but with the clear intention for extension.
  • Full coverage of social security and pension fund
  • Social amenities on the Campus Krems with a highly international and welcoming atmosphere
  • Excellent business contacts to high-ranked public sector officials as well as international research networks
  • A beautiful work place within the UNESCO world heritage region of the Wachau. See some of us hiking right behind your future workplace:part_team

 

Interested? Please file you application including motivational letter and CV no later than !!!!xx.yy.zzzz to !!!! <contact@here>

 

PhD Scholarships: Migration Studies

We are currently opening three PhD student scholarships to join our dynamic interdisciplinary research team at the Faculty of Business and Globalization at Danube University Krems. These positions provide young researchers with the unique opportunity to develop state-of-the art methodological competences.

An important goal of this PhD program is assisting in evidence-informed policy design with a holistic understanding of migration policy as a pillar of social peace and the stability of states. Europe is at the center of continuous migrant and refugee movements of unprecedented scale, requiring policy makers to gain an in-depth understanding of the factors driving migration (security, income inequality, demography), facilitating migration (information and communication technology, social media) and the related impact in various fields (labor market, society, security, economy etc.). The program aims to pursue new ways of evidence-based policy making by understanding migration from a variety of methodological backgrounds, such as social or natural sciences and may focus on areas such as demography, economics, anthropology, psychology, political science, history etc. and applying diverse research methods [experimental research (e. g. game theory, behavioral economics), semantic research, data analytics (e. g. big data analysis, multivariate modeling), systems analysis (e.g. system dynamics, agent-based modeling, network analysis) and others].

The PhD student will work with senior researchers in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environment, including various aspects of migration studies, informatics, economics and business studies, sustainability science, and public health. These are 3-year, 30h/week positions.

The program is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior and the European Union’s Asylum-, Migration- and Integrationfund (AMIF).

Todd O’Boyle in 10 sentences #CeDEM17

Todd O’Boyle is one of our keynote-speaker at the CeDEM17 at the Danube University Krems in May 2017.  We asked him to send us 10 sentences about his keynote, his expectations of CeDEM17 and his vision of the future.


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Todd O’Boyle (Next Century Cities, US) on “Digital Tools and Digital Democracy: US Cities and Civil Society in 2017”
Todd O’Boyle serves as Deputy Director of Next Century Cities, where he is overseeing the launch of the new Next Generation Engagement Awards to promote innovative citizen engagement and digital inclusion strategies in gigabit cities. He also works to shape strategy and organizational direction and policy priorities.
Prior to joining Next Century Cities, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps picked Todd to launch his Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause, a non-partisan good government organization. In that capacity, Todd directed public interest communications policy campaigns, including successful efforts to guarantee the Open Internet (network neutrality); protect and promote competition; and stop Comcast’s bid to acquire rival Time Warner Cable. Regularly quoted in the national, local, and specialized media, as Program Director, he also managed legislative and regulatory outreach, grassroots engagement, and development relations.
Todd has experience in the academic and political worlds, having taught communications policy and worked in grassroots campaigns for nearly a decade. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

Image: twitter.com/ttoboyle


What are the main assets of your keynote?
What are your expectations of CeDEM17?
What is your vision of the future?

  1. Even at a time of one-party rule in Washington, DC, the American federal government is sclerotic.
  2. On the one hand, the American citizenry is more engaged than ever witness record-setting protests, congressional town halls over capacity, etc.
  3. On the other, Americans feel an unprecedented level of isolation from and disapproval of their representatives in Washington, DC.
  4. Meanwhile, the United States has a long history of state and local government level policy innovation i.e.) the *laboratories of democracy.*
  5. So years of federal gridlock have bred innovation in open government, direct democracy, and citizen participation at the local level.
  6. Digital technologies offer unparalleled opportunities for engagement, entrenching systemic bias in decision-making towards the privileged.
  7. However, the disconnected may miss out on important governance decisions.
  8. The American voluntary and philanthropic sectors have a long history of local partnerships to remedy social problems with out-of-the-box solutions.
  9. Foundations and philanthropies can partner with non-profits to identify promising ideas, fund them, and broadcast them.
  10. The Benton Next Generation Engagement Awards offers an important model for rewarding innovative digital civic engagement that offer citizens a greater say in how their communities are organized and run.

Image: twitter.com/ttoboyle


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Keren Flavell: #CeDEM17 in 10 sentences

Keren Flavell is one of our keynote-speaker at the CeDEM17 at the Danube University Krems in May 2017.  We asked her to send us 10 sentences about her keynote, her expectations of CeDEM17 and her vision of the future.


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Keren Flavell (TownHall App Pty Ltd, US) on “Reinvigorating the Role of Media to Educate and Engage Citizens”
Keren is an award-winning web producer, author, speaker and strategist. She is internationally recognized as a global thought leader and digital innovator with more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry focusing on community, content and connection via advanced digital platforms. Her company Treet.tv pioneered connection between the virtual / in-world experience with live streaming and content distribution to hundreds of thousands of viewers — virtual and real-worlds alike. Keren has spoken on virtual worlds and social entrepreneurism at SXSW, AIMIA Conference, IAP2, Adelaide Futureproof and is a frequent blogger and talk show host Byte Into It — a technology talk show out of Melborne, Australia. Keren works between Ho Chi Minh City, San Francisco and Melbourne as a producer, consultant and serial entrepreneur and when in the right time zone, she really knows how to throw an amazing party.


What are the main assets of your keynote?
What are your expectations of CeDEM17?
What is your vision of the future?

  1. Most public engagement techniques are complex or obscure, resulting in low participation.
  2. The silent majority are too busy to commit the effort required, so they are drowned out by the loud minority.
  3. There’s widespread mistrust that government will act upon input from the community.
  4. The misuse of psychographics and algorithms for political influence makes it critical for traditional media to act as guardians of democracy.
  5. We are presenting a new model for mass participation by invigorating the role of local media.
  6. Political debate can learn from sports and gaming to be better at attracting and keeping attention.
  7. We want to explore how public opinion insights can guide actions by decision-makers.
  8. We want to understand how to support the cultural shift in making more transparent and collaborative decisions in government
  9. Exercising the muscle of citizen participation will lead to deeper levels of deliberation on issues.
  10. Creating a more open platform for discussion and debate will grow trust amongst citizens that their voices make a difference.


CeDEM17 – International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2017 (17.05-19.05.2017)
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#WIR am Department mit Richard Friedl vom Lehrgang “Certified ITIL® Foundation”

Reibungslos ablaufende Geschäftsprozesse sind die Voraussetzung für funktionierende Organisationen. Die Rolle der IT besteht darin, die notwendige Stabilität zu gewährleisten. Das ITIL-Modell (IT Infrastructure Library) hat sich dabei als die umfassendste dokumentierte Methode zum Management von IT-Prozessen herausgestellt und gilt als der international anerkannte De-facto-Standard. Dazu gibt es unser Seminar “Certified ITIL® Foundation”.

Was sagen unsere Vortragenden zu ihren Fachgebieten, welche Trends sehen sie für die Zukunft der AbsolventInnen?

Wir haben bei Richard Friedl und Martin Pscheidl nachgefragt, was es mit der Ausbildung “Certified ITIL® Foundation” denn auf sich hat.

Was sagt Richard Friedl, Vortragender im Bereich ITIL zu seinen Fachgebieten, welche Trends sieht er für die Zukunft der AbsolventInnen?

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#WIR am Department mit Martin Pscheidl vom Lehrgang “Certified ITIL® Foundation”

Reibungslos ablaufende Geschäftsprozesse sind die Voraussetzung für funktionierende Organisationen. Die Rolle der IT besteht darin, die notwendige Stabilität zu gewährleisten. Das ITIL-Modell (IT Infrastructure Library) hat sich dabei als die umfassendste dokumentierte Methode zum Management von IT-Prozessen herausgestellt und gilt als der international anerkannte De-facto-Standard. Dazu gibt es unser Seminar “Certified ITIL® Foundation”.

Wir haben bei Richard Friedl und Martin Pscheidl nachgefragt, was es mit der Ausbildung “Certified ITIL® Foundation” denn auf sich hat.

Was sagt Martin Pscheidl, Vortragender im IT-Prozessmanagement zu seinen Fachgebieten, welche Trends sieht er für die Zukunft der AbsolventInnen?

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20 JAHRE IRIS: Trends und Communities der Rechtsinformatik

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Wie der Ausschnitt aus der Titelseite des Konferenzprogramms zeigt, fand das Internationale Rechtsinformatik Symposion zum Generalthema “Trends und Communities der Rechtsinformatik” von 23. bis 25. Februar 2017 an der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Salzburg statt. Vorträge wurden insbesondere zu den Themen Datenschutz, E-Government, E-Democracy, Rechtstheorie, Rechtsvisualisierung, Rechtsinformation und Robolaw – Ethical, Legal, Social Issues to Advanced Robotics gehalten. Mit Fokus auf die Mitwirkung durch MitarbeiterInnen der Donau-Universität Krems und auf einige persönliche Eindrücke, werden nachfolgend ausgewählte Programmpunkte skizziert.

E-Partizipation und Entbürokratisierung

Am 23.2.2017 zeigte Michael Sachs (Department für E-Governance in Wirtschaft und Verwaltung, DUK) in der Session “E-Partizipation” in seinem Vortrag Optionen zur Gestaltung der Evaluierung von elektronischen Beteiligungsprojekten auf. Den Prozess der Definition der Erwartungshaltung, der darauffolgenden Erstellung der Evaluierungsmatrix bis hin zur Durchführung der Evaluierung veranschaulichte er anhand von Beispielen. Als besonders bedeutsam hob er die Bestimmung der Indikatoren und Arten der Messung vor Beginn der Durchführung der E-Partizipation hervor.

Darüber hinaus wurden auch laufende Forschungsprojekte präsentiert, wie etwa Scoop4C und TOOP, die die Zielsetzung der stärkeren Entbürokratisierung miteinander vereint.

Copyright, Blockchain, Datenschutz

Am 24.2.2017 gab Philipp Homar (Department für Rechtswissenschaften und Internationale Beziehungen, DUK) Einblicke in die Rechtsprechung in der Rechtssache Amazon vor nationalen Gerichten und vor dem EuGH. Clemens Appl (Department für Rechtswissenschaften und Internationale Beziehungen, DUK) behandelt kritische Eckpunkte des EU Copyright Package in seinem Vortrag.Im Zentrum seiner Kritik stehen systemische und dogmatische Schwächen des Richtlinien-Entwurfs der Europäischen Kommission für ein Urheberrecht im Digitalen Binnenmarkt.

Auch Überlegungen im Zusammenhang mit Blockchain-Technologie wurden diskutiert, wie etwa rechtliche Herausforderungen ihrer Verwendung in elektronischen Wahlsystemen in Deutschland.

Dem Thema Datenschutz waren mehrere Sessions gewidmet. Diskutiert wurden etwa auf Datenschutzbeauftragte nach der Datenschutz-Grundverordnung zukommende Rechte und Pflichten und ob es denkbar ist, dass ein Datenschutzbeauftragter selbst verpflichtet sein könnte, einen Datenschutzbeauftragten zu bestellen.

Elektronische Rechtsetzung, Recht und Sprache

Moderiert von Bettina Rinnerbauer (Department für E-Governance in Wirtschaft und Verwaltung, DUK) fand am 25.2.2017 eine Session über Elektronische Rechtsetzung statt, in der unter anderem diskutiert wurde, inwieweit Systeme derzeit in der Lage wären, Regelungen in der Form von Modellen abzubilden. Potentiale und Herausforderungen der Idee der Verwendung technischer Systeme als Unterstützung für Legisten wurden thematisiert. Auch wurde demonstriert, wie eine Bestimmung in Technik “übersetzt” wurde.

Benedikt Lutz (Zentrum für Kognition, Information und Management, DUK) setzte in seinem Vortrag den Schwerpunkt auf die Verständlichkeit von Gesetzen und referierte zu der Frage, was Legisten von Technischen Redakteuren lernen können. Das Ziel des erleichterten Verständnisses von Gesetzen verfolgte auch ein weiterer Vortragender, der Beispiele zur Umformulierung einzelner gesetzlicher Bestimmungen in Klarsprache anführte (weitere Informationen dazu siehe: http://www.klarsprache.at).

Weitere Informationen zum IRIS

IRIS auf Twitter: @ri_symposion

In Tweets zur diesjährigen Konferenz wurde #iris2017 verwendet. Dies zeigte sich auch in der Trendline für Österreich.

Department for E-Governance at ICEGOV 2017, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Shefali Virkar co-chaired Track 2: Transformation with Professor Marijn Janssen (Delft University of Technology) on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 at the recently held ICEGOV 2017 in New Delhi, India.  The Indian discussant for the track was Mr. Hariranjan Rao, Secretary to the Chief Minister & Public Service Management, Government of Madhya Pradesh (India).

The two-hour track session covered several key issues pertaining to the theory and practice of e-government at the transformation stage of Digital Governance, discussing in detail the various aspects involved in bringing about significant change at this evolutionary phase; these include technology, infrastructure, organizational behaviour, and human capability factors.

Topics presented on during this session ranged from recommendations for the appropriate deployment of Information and Communications Technologies within the Indian national context, to recent trends in public sector IT procurement in Switzerland, and also to the importance of developing comprehensive Enterprise Architecture for e-Government blueprints for national e-governance strategic initiatives.

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Peter Parycek was co-chair and moderator of the Track 4 – “Contextualization”.

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One of the papers of this track was presented by Dr. Gabriela Viale Pereira (Post-doc researcher at DUK) as a result of the “Obstacles in Government” project, co-authored by Bettina Rinnerbauer, Michael Ginner, and Peter Parycek.
The paper “Categorizing Obstacles in E-Government: Formal and Informal” aims at shedding light on obstacles hindering mainly e-government implementation from two perspectives: the supply- and the demand-side of e-government services. The contribution to research is seen in summarized insights into what obstacles in e-government were identified in prior research and the suggestion of a classification of obstacles into the two categories of formal and informal obstacles. Literature was reviewed following a conceptual model encompassing a merger and extension of existing approaches. A process of identifying obstacles and improving services in the form of a loop is discussed before possible future research lines will be pointed to.

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ICEGOV Day 2

Austrian Delegation

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ICEGOV Day 3 – Invited Session

Administration Digitalization – from Austria to India

Strategic Challenges of Digitalization Government and Society by Peter Parycek, Danube University Krems

  • Current strategic E-Governance challenges for digitization of governments and administration. Transferring the administration organizations into data-driven und people-driven organizations for using the innovative potential of technology.

New Paths of Innovations – GovLab Austria by Ursula Rosenbichler, Austrian Federal Chancellery

  • Three main topics of the talk: The internal and external perception of the public sector; secondly the different roles of politics and administration and thirdly our challenges and GovLab Austria very promising solution.

From E-Government to M-Government. Digitalization Austrian Ministry of Finance by Wolfgang Ebner, Austrian Ministry of Finance

  • Overview of the digitalization within the federal government, especially the financial administration. Highlighting some lighthouse initiatives of the Ministry of finance and give more detailed information on our mobility strategy.

Digital Innovation in Parliament: Security, Mobility, Digitization, Change Management – how does it fit together? by Peter Reichstädter, Austrian Parliament

  • The Austrian parliament is moving out of its premises for renovation reasons for three years, It is a challenge but is also a chance for innovative digitization and review also the necessary (ICT-)security mechanism – out of this challenge mobility and new forms of e-participation will arise.

 

Chairs
Peter Parycek is Professor of E-Governance and Head of the Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Danube University Krems. As a lawyer and graduate of the Master’s program Telematics, his work is at the intersection of legal policy, social and technological developments. His research and project priorities include eGovernance, eDemocracy and eGovernment.

Ursula Rosenbichler is Head of the Department III/9 (Federal Performance Management Office and Department for Public Sector Innovation) of the Austrian Federal Chancellery. Her work and teaching assignments focus on innovation and change management in the public sector, performance oriented management, data management as well as co-creation and collaboration. Ursula Rosenbichler holds a master’s degree in social economics from the University of Graz. Before joining the Austrian Federal Chancellery Ursula Rosenbichler worked as a management/public sector consultant, participated in EU-funded projects and conducted research in this field.

Wolfgang Ebner is Deputy Director of the IT Directorate of the Austrian Ministery of Finance, President of the Austrian Center for information security. Before 2012 Wolfgang Ebner had different functions within the Ausrian Ministery of the Interior. He was Adviser to the Minster of Interior for technical matters as well as international issues and Chief of staff to the Director for public security. Wolfgang Ebner studied the law and additiional studies and qualifications on information security.

Peter Reichstädter is the CIO of the Austrian Parliament; before he was working for the Federal Chancellery of the Austrian Republic in the Division for the Austrian ICT-Strategy / Department of ‘law, organisational and international issues’, which is responsible for the elaboration and coordination of the Austrian E-Government strategy within the initiatives of i2020 (ISA & ISA² program – there he was leading the focus working group on Austrias Interoperability Framework) and Digital Agenda.

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For more information access http://www.icegov.org/