CeDEM goes to Asia

The Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government is proud to present its first spin-off conference in Asia – Singapore. The conference in Singapore focuses on social and mobile media and their use and impact on governance. CeDEM-Asia-2012 takes place in Orchard Parade Hotel on 14 and 15 of November.

Conference Programme

14 November 2012

Opening Speeches: Nojin Kwak, Peter Parycek and Marko Skoric, Conference Chairs

Keynote: New Media & Good Governance: What Goes, What Stays
Janadas Devan, Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Chief of Government Communications, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts, Government of Singapore

Workshop: Open Network, Closed Society: New Media Challenges to the Singapore Government

Convenor: Arun Mahizhnan, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
The Internet has allowed bloggers and civil society to press for more openness and accountability a Singapore government more used to a compliant media and society. How will – and can – the government manage this new demanding environment?

Research Papers

  • Tweeting Vertically? Elected Officials’ Interactions with Citizens on Twitter (Jahna Otterbacher, Libby Hemphill, & Matthew Shapiro)
  • Do social media affect public discourses? A sentiment analysis of political tweets during the French Presidential Election campaign (Steve Schwarzer, Leendert De Voogd, Pascal Chelala)
  • State Governors on Social Media: Reciprocity and Homophily in Twitter Networks (Jameson McFarlane, Siddharth Kaza)
  • Is there a business case for governments using social and mobile media? Exploratory evidence from the UK and USA (Jeremy Millard)
  • E-Government Engagement and the Digital Divide (Julie Freeman)
  • Nazis v Paedophiles: The power of the metaphor in Internet regulation (Sebastian John Chesney Dixon)

Workshop: Social Media and ICTs in Burma/Myanmar: From Facilitating Transnational Activist Networks to Underscoring Democratisation in the Country

Convenor: Kerstin Duell, Konrad Adenauer Foundation & National University of Singapore
This panel will bring together different Burmese media practitioners. Against the backdrop of the ongoing political transformation, the discussion will contrast the different roles that both journalism and social media have been playing for political mobilisation in exile and in the country.

15 November 2012

Keynote: New Communication Technologies and Civic Life: Socially Networked, but Politically Engaged?
Nojin Kwak, Direktor, Nam Center for Korean Studies, and Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Michigan

Workshop : Maintaining Face(book): How Blogs, Online Forums, and a Blocked Social Network Breathe Life into Vietnam’s Public Sphere

Convenor: Patrick Sharbaugh, Lecturer, RMIT International University in Saigon, Vietnam
Ben Chua, Marianne Brown, Tran Tuan Tai, Tran Nhat Minh

Reflections and Short Papers

  • Traditional Media, Social Media, and the Developing World: Insights from 28 Countries (Daniel J. Mabrey & Carlo J. Pecori)
  • E-Government for Government or for Citizens?: Insights from the Analysis of the Relationship between E-Government Index and Public Trust in Government of 24 Countries (Hyehyun Hong)
  • Youth engagement and ICTs in Asia: Reflections on emerging trends (eiyu Zhang & Clarissa David)
  • A Tool for Monitoring the National and Local Governments in Dominican Republic: SISMAP (Reyson Lizardo)
  • Singapore’s Regulation of Cybercrime (Hee Jhee Jiow)
  • Evaluation online citizen service projects offered by Chennai City Corporation (Nidhya Balasubramanian, P. Govindaraju Periasamy)
  • Use of IVRS to monitor Mid Day Meal Scheme: A study from Uttar Pradesh (Rubina Maiti)

Workshop: E-governance and Good Governance: Case Studies from Asia

Representation, Participation, and Democratization: The Effects of E-Governance in China
Samantha Chiu, D3 Systems, chiu.leeming@gmail.com
Social Media in the public sector: South Korea’s twitter use
Han Woo Park, Yeungnam University
Social Media Usage for Civil Society in Japanese Municipalities
Muneo Kaigo & Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki

Closing Session: Résumé and Outlook

Nojin Kwak, Peter Parycek and Marko Skoric


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