CeDem Asia 2016, Day 1, Afternoon Presentations

Ivo Babaja: Open Government and National Sovereignity

The International Open Data (OD) Charter developed by GGP (Open Government Partnerships) and international organizations declares that OD should be made available to the widest of users by anyone, anywhere. This is included in some national legislations. on the other hand this principle stands in clear opposition to the principle of national sovereignity. OD initiatives could be perceived as disruptive innovations. Assessing e-government initiatives from the point of disruptive businesses, they can be evaluated using two factors: impact (how much it changes the system) and rationality (how much the impact is reasonable). Rationality is actually not existent, and impact is presumed to be low. The global openness request stands in opposition to our “competitive edge”. It may also introduce uncertainty about the ultimate goals of the e-government process and ideas.


Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen: E-government and governance: The Danish-Japanese timelines and models compared

In 2012, Japan had by far better infrastructure than Denmark. Comparing e-government efforts and governance models of the two countries, Japan had the same % of citizens, and could, despite better infrastructure, learn from the Danish approach to share components and contents, e.g. digital signatures. Looking at governance and institutional framework apart from the IT component, both have centralised models (Japan has more complexity in having more types of municipalities). Both countries have a degree of local autonomy, and there is a rapid internet growth. With view to use of services, Japan catched up on online banking, even though there are less users than in Denmark in 2015. (16 vs. 85%).


The Danish governance model continued to prove its worth, Japan has introduced a CIO layer. Increased focus is on f.i. e-IDs.

Muneo Kaigo and Sae Okura: An analysis of Japanese local government Facebook profiles: Fans and engagement by policy areas

What are sustainable numbers for groups or communities? 2000? 🙂


The research of this session analysed the policy areas that are focused on by a local government Facebook page to accumulate more fans. ChaSen was used as a morphological analysis tool (developed by the Nara Institute of Science and Technology). Community development is followed by tourism and entertainment. Looking at how fans, engagement and policy areas interplay, it was found that Japanese local governments use Facebook commonly for community development and community promotion. Most policy areas have low engagement, whereas public relations and community areas have higher engagement.

Manuela G. Hartwig: Parise climate conference politics on the Internet.

The research project focuses on the social media strategies of political institutions on the environment in Germany and Japan. For collecting twitter profiles’ tweets the software Ncapture (Nvivo) was used. The German institutions tweeted more in reaction to current international political events. While the environmental ministry in Germany is very interactive, however, the interaction happens with mass media. In Germany there is higher activity, but popularity is low, whereas in Japan it is the opposite.


Marice Verger: Twitter analytics as an indicator of news engagement

The medium you grow up with is the medium you will use for your life? With the changing media dynamics and overlapping of private and working time, will more tweets appear at night? Will weekdays show more content about news than weekend days? If you have attention for your family, the idea is that it conflicts with attention for other things. Looking at the daily pattern, there are more tweets in the evening on the working day. Sentiment analysis during these events would be a fruitful further direction of research.




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