Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of Danube University Krems, opened the international Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Asia 2014 in Hong Kong. The rector stressed the interdisciplinary approach of the conference and the relevance of the themes discussed, as the scientists provide the results of research that will create impact in the future. This correlates with the educational agenda of Danube University Krems that seeks to prepare its students with the skills to address the challenges they meet in the next steps of their personal careers.
Marko Skoric and Peter Parycek, the conference chairs, provided information about the current conference. More than 80 participants from 19 countries and 4 continents currently meet in Hong Kong to discuss the latest developments in e-democracy and open government. Participants exchange their ideas in 17.5 hours of presentations and panel discussions within two days. The diversity of the conference is not only apparent in its audience, also the topics range from new strategies in e-government, via open data to create a more sustainable Hong Kong, to the analysis of political usage of social media.
The talk of Rector Faulhammer was followed by a welcoming speech of Jan Servaes, Head of the Centre for Media and Communication at the City University of Hong Kong. Also the Austrian Consulate General was represented by Deputy Consul General Roland Rudorfer. He emphasised the engagement and innovation capacities of Austria in e-government. As Austria has been present in Hong Kong for 160 years, the Consulate General is proud of the good relations of Austria with Hong Kong and Mr Rudorfer was glad to contribute to this conference on behalf of Consul General Claudia Reinprecht.