Day 3: ICEDEG 2017 in Quito, Ecuador

21 April 2017: Day 3

Keynote: “The Fourth Indutrial Revolution and the Democratization of Information” by Ernesto Kruger (Kruger Corporation, Ecuador)

This 4th revolution digitizes all, is disruptive and democratizes all: it is based on a collaborative economy, sharing, transparency and empowerment of people. This talk is about how we got to where we are today, the characteristics of this revolution, the future, and how to be invovled in government and society. Understanding the industrial revolution 4.0 starts by looking back to the previous industrial revolutions in 1784, 1870, 1969…

The 4th industrial evolution “is the convergence of physical, digital, and biological worlds”:

  • physical: from car to space flight
  • digital: from internt of things to economy on demand
  • biological: human genome to biotechnology

This raises several questions and makes it necessary to consider certain issues:

Can technology think? Can it teach? What is the impact of the 4IR on society, education, work, society and regulation? Processes will no longer need approval by government, post offices, banks etc.. , so what will happen to human work? Will digitalising everything mean or imply democraticising everything? Technologies are not just about making things & sevices available, but also about enabling access to such technologies. It is important to remember that the changes are and always will be irreversible (whether it concerns technology, business or research).

Session: eParticipation

In this session I presented the paper written with Peter Parycek and Robert Krimmer, that looks at the role of lurkers as contributors of  value in e-participation. But in this session, others addressed the role of value in e-participation and e-government too. Vittorio Scarano looks at how to increase public value through co-creation of open knowledge, whilst Patricia Acosta-Vargas addresses quality evaluation of government websites, in particular the issue of website accessibility.

Session eGovernance

Zanna Aniscenko lookes at the Andean countries’ strategies for improving public service through e-government concept. Harekrishna Misra looks at the Indian context, and argues that financial inclusion, as a strategy, would encourage citizens to enhance their activity portfolios and thus savings, empower women, facilitate remittance, boost production and consumption. Focusing on the detection of the main communities of collaboration between authors registered in the bibliographic database Scopus and the identification of more relevant research topics, Angel Fiallos uses Social Network Analysis to study the networks for researchers in comparison to the “The National Plan for Good Living” issued by the government of Ecuador.

Session: eHealth

Carmen Vaca proposes a method based on structural analysis to detect emerging leaders on Twitter after a catastrophe, focusing on the 4M tweets related to Ecuador’s earthquake in April 2016.

Jorge Granda Cantuña presents the design and development process of a Noise Pollution Measurement System which integrates a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) and a Body Access Network (BAN) capable of measuring noise pollution levels as well as monitoring its health effects on humans. In the paper presented by Johnny Torres investigate how tweets posted by people in Ecuador, through different mobile applications, reflect their fitness activities and lifestyle. By aggregating individual posts made on social media services act as sociometers of cities’ health and fitness  and also illustrates the potential of geolactivities.

Session: eSociety

Papers in this session focused on education in particular. Johnny Torres looked at how contribution in collaborative texts can be measured  using NMF modeling, Priscilla Valdivezo considered how learning can be analysed to improve education whilst Rosa Navarrete considered the use of emedded markup for semantic annotations in e-government and e-education websites.


All good things have to come to an end, but Luis Terán invited us to join him again at ICEDEG 2018!

Noella Edelmann with Luis Terán (left) and Andreas Meier (right).

Closing session.

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