Day 1: ICEDEG 2017 in Quito, Ecuador

19-21 April in Quito, Ecuador

20170418_213832 Quito, looking down.

Quito, looking up.

After more than 1/2 day spent in the air, I arrived to Quito to attend the ICEDEG 2017 chaired by Andreas Meier (University of Fribourg, CH) and Luis Terán (University of Fribourg, CH & Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE), EC).

20170418_160106 Rain, forecast for the whole week.

Programme and details available here:

19 April 2017: Day 1

ICEDEG was opened by Prof. Romel Tintín from the Instituto de Altos Estudos Nacionales (IAEN)

The day saw 2 tutorials “Citizens, Politics, and Social Media – Trends, Impacts and Lessons Learnt” by Mariana Lameiras (UN University in Portugal) and “Digital Identification as a Core Element of e-Governance” by  Katrin Nyman-Metcalf (Chair of Law and Technology at Tallinn University of Technology & leading legal expert of the Estonian e-Governance Academy) & Bogdan Kelichavyi (Tallinn University of Technology)


Mariana Laimeras

Mariana Lameiras considers how in the last 5 years there have been about 2 new studies in e-participation per year and that these come from many different fields, providing several technical and social perspectives. With globalization and technological innovations, participatory processes are being challenged to an extent not seen before. The role of media in democratic societies is high on the researchers’ agenda, with focus on media as informer, watchdog and as facilitator for discussion and deliberation. Nevertheless, these roles are significantly influenced by many variables such as technological innovations and globalization.

Katrin Nyman-Metcalf and Bogdan Kelichavyi look at digital identification as an essential in the implementation process of most electronic services in the public sector. This is partiuclarly significant in the provision of advanced and modern services and where a personal approach to each citizen is required. Similarly to the real world, where each individual owns a personal passport with unique requisites to distinguish between individuals, in the digital world, it is likewise important to create and use a mechanism allowing a computer program to differentiate one person from another.


The PhD Colloquium was also held on the first day and was chaired by Andreas Meier and Luis Terán. The overall intention of this colloquium is to connect young researchers and PhD students with other senior researchers and practitioners on the ICEDEG topics. It is an ideal opportunity to provide the PhD students with positive feedback that helps both their doctoral research and career. I used the opportunity to present my current thesis work “Defining Online Lurkers and the Implications of the Definitions on E-Participation Research”.

phd coll PhD Colloquium (Foto Luis Terán)

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