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CeDEM Asia 2020 postponed agian

CeDEM Asia 2020 Website

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers have decided to postpone CeDEM Asia 2020 to May 2021. The location will remain Kuala Lumpur with the exact dates and venue to be confirmed at the later stage. We will assess the COVID-19 situation in February/March 2021 and we will get back to you with more detail.

For further information please visit the website in this blog.

Extended Submission Deadline: 10/02/2020

Main conference themes: digital participation, social media weaponization, campaigning, populism, civic engagement, e-government, smart cities.

  • Track 1: Social Media and Citizen Engagement
  • Track 2: Weaponizing Digital Media
  • Track 3: E-government, Smart Cities, and Emerging Topics

Call for Papers:

Important Dates

  • Conference Date: 15-16 May, 2020
  • Extended submission deadline: 10 Febraury 2020
  • Notifications: 10 March 2020


  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Digital Citizenship at the Crossroads

Conference postponed

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers have decided to postpone CeDEM Asia 2020 until May 2021. The location will remain Kuala Lumpur with the exact dates and venue to be confirmed at the later stage.  

We will assess the COVID-19 situation in February/March 2021 and we will get back to you with more detail. We do not intend to replace the full CeDEM Asia with a virtual conference.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you in Kuala Lumpur in May 2021! 

Call for Papers

CeDEM Asia 2020 aims to bring together academics, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social media, mobile technology, big data, and digital innovation in the future of citizenship and governance in Asia and worldwide. The conference aims to promote the exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of citizen engagement, political campaigning, misinformation, political polarization, populism, e-government, smart cities, and other emerging topics. 

Main conference themes: digital participation, social media weaponization, campaigning, populism, civic engagement, e-government, smart cities.

  • Track 1: Social Media and Citizen Engagement
  • Track 2: Weaponizing Digital Media
  • Track 3: E-government, Smart Cities, and Emerging Topics

Important Dates

  • New Conference Date: May, 2021 (please revisit the page for furhter information)
  • New Submission Deadline: tba.
  • New Notification Deadline: tba.


  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Travel support grants will be provided to graduate student who present full papers at the conference. (We will try to secure funds for grants for the postponed conference in 2021 too, but we cannot guarantee these funds in the current situation.)

Registration rates

These rates are based on the planning for the original date in May 2020 an shall give you an indication on the expected rates.  

  • Early Bird (not valid for January 2021)
    • 120 Euros for academic faculty, professionals, and government officials
    • 60 Euros for students and civil society members
  • Regular (not valid for January 2021)
    • 200 Euros or academic faculty, professionals, and government officials
    • 100 Euros for students and civil society members

Conference Chairs

  • Marko M. Skoric, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
  • Peter Parycek, Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Nojin Kwak, University of Michigan, USA
  • Christoph Grabitz, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Singapore
  • Local Chairs: Bradley Freeman & Pauline Leong, Sunway University

Track 1: Social Media and Citizen Engagement

Track Chairs: Saifuddin Ahmed, Pauline Leong, Muneo Kaigo, Baohua Zhou

This track will investigate how social media platforms are altering the nature of civic engagement. Social media platforms have molded and transformed many traditional forms of civic engagement, such as political participation, political discussion, protests and activism, and relevant debates remain as to what degree social media platforms are enhancing or limiting democratic processes. So, we invite submissions that investigate this topic from empirical and critical methodological approaches, and from diverse socio-political contexts. Possible sub-topics include:

  • Social movements and citizen networks
  • Social media and political polarization
  • Online campaigning and elections
  • Digital divide and literacy
  • Social media, citizen mobilization & engagement; Sustainability of e-participation
  • Social media-enabled crisis and disaster management
  • Limitations of free speech on social media

Track 2: Weaponizing Digital Media

Track Chairs: Natalie Pang, Crystal Abidin, Amelia Johns

It has only been 30 years since the World Wide Web was introduced in 1989, and the Web has never been further away from Tim Berners-Lee’s “utopian” vision of the Web being a space for the free exchange of information and democratic discourse. Both state and non-state actors alike have made use of the Web to amplify vulnerabilities and prejudices, manipulate individual and group behaviours and stir hostility towards their opponents. The past decade has seen the rise of how the Web is being weaponised: disinformation campaigns to subvert democracy and manipulate public opinions, the flow of information through firewalls and shutdown of targeted sites and applications, surveillance and profiling, and online nudges which has been linked to the radicalisation in certain contexts. Presentations in this track seek to address one or more of the following:

  • What are the threats to digital democracy? How can they be addressed?
  • Cases of platform weaponisation in Asia, including strategies employed by state and non-state actors
  • Critical analysis of dominant platforms and current policy approaches to govern them
  • Data-fication of Asian societies and the social, security and personal implications
  • Weaponisation of creative content, including pop-culture
  • Methodological approaches and innovations used to study weaponisation, including ethical implications

Track 3: E-government, Smart Cities, and Emerging Topics

Track Chairs: Robert Krimmer, Yueping Zheng, Gabriela Viale Pereira 

  • Open data, transparency, participation and collaboration in government
  • Big Data, data-driven decision making, automatization, governance and artificial intelligence
  • Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government
  • Electronic identity, Internet freedom and censorship; surveillance, privacy, and cyber-security
  • Cross-border interoperability of e-government artefacts – approaches and standards
  • Becoming a smart city: best practices, failures and practical challenges;
  • Successful technologies for integrating all dimensions of human, collective, and artificial intelligence within the city
  • The internet of things and co-production; interoperability
  • Relations of innovative technologies, democratic societies & concepts of “smartness“
  • Social implications of technology, social cities, the best options for citizens, avoiding the negative impacts of technology

General Submission Guidelines

The conference proceedings will be published and made available online under a Creative Commons License for open access. In addition, a selection of best papers and case studies from CeDEM Asia 2020 will be published with the OA eJournal of E-Democracy and Open Governement (


Submission Categories

Submission must be made in English. Authors can choose among the following categories:

  • Research papers, case studies and policy papers should be 12 pages maximum and will be peer-reviewed. If you submit in this category, please follow the instructions for peer-review as below.
  • Reflection papers, work-in-progress and ongoing research papers should 6 pages maximum and will be selected by the chairs.
  • Abstract only submissions shall not contain more than 500 words main text. Abstracts can present presentations or papers to be submitted.
  • Workshop proposals should be no more than 2 pages and will be selected by the chairs.

Templates Downloads

Peer Review

To ensure the integrity of the double-blind peer-review for submissions to this conference, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors being known to reviewers. The authors of the document shall replace their names in the text, references, footnotes and metadata with “Authors” only.

Programme Committee

Ahmed, Saifuddin, Nanyang Technological University
Anthopoulos, Leonidas, University of Thessaly
Charalabidis, Yannis, University of the Aegean
Edelmann, Noella, Danube University Krems
Freeman, Bradley, Sunway University Malaysia
Kaigo, Muneo, University of Tsukuba
Kobayashi, Tetsuro, City University of Hong Kong
Lampoltshammer, Thomas, Danube University Krems
Leong, Pauline, Sunway University Malaysia
Nahon, Karine, University of Washington and the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya
Pang, Natalie, National University of Singapore
Park, Han Woo, YeungNam University
Paulin, Alois, Vienna University of Technology
Putnik, Konstantin, OneSpan GmbH
Sachs, Michael, Danube-University Krems
Schoßböck, Judith, City University of Hong Kong and Danube University Krems
Shen, Chris Fei, City University of Hong Kong
Skoric, Marko, City University of Hong Kong,
Soon, Carol, Institute of Policy Studies
Van Kranenburg, Rob, Council
Viale Pereira, Gabriela, Danube University Krems
Zhou, Baohua, Fudan University

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Digitale Transformationen

Symposium und Buchpräsentation mit Abschlussdiskussion

Die Tagung am 29.11.2018 setzt sich mit der bereits angelaufenen technologischen Revolution auseinander, die unsere Art zu arbeiten und zu leben verändert und unsere gesamte Kultur massiv beeinflussen wird. Diese ist mit früheren technologischen Revolutionen nicht vergleichbar, weil Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Engineering und Robotik in ihrer ineinandergreifenden Dynamik rascher und tiefgreifender sind als jede technologische Umwälzung zuvor. Erstmals in der Geschichte der menschlichen Zivilisation ersetzen Maschinen nicht bloß menschliche Muskelkraft, sondern das menschliche Denken und Analysieren. Damit steht nicht weniger als die fundamentale Rolle des Menschen im Universum und sein bestimmender Einfluss auf den Gang der Zivilisation zur Disposition.

Während die gesellschaftlichen, politischen und wirtschaftlichen Realitäten von der Komplexität einer wachsenden Zahl von ihren Wechselwirkungen immer unübersichtlicher werdenden Faktoren bestimmt werden, versuchen Politik und Wirtschaft verzweifelt, die lineare Gestaltungslogik des Industriezeitalters aufrechtzuerhalten. Und auch das Bildungs- und Wissenschaftssystem funktioniert weiterhin nach den Prinzipien von Fragmentierung des Wissens und intellektueller Arbeitsteilung. Während in den Feuilletons seit Jahrzehnten in regelmäßigen Abständen die Krise der Wissenschaft und der WissenschafterInnen beklagt wird, entstehen wissenschaftliche Karrieren immer mehr entlang quantitativer Indikatoren, die Selbstreferenzialität und inhaltliche Verengung begünstigen.
In einer von Artificial Intelligence, Digitalisierung und Robotik geprägten Welt wird der Mensch nur noch durch vernetzende kreative Denkprozesse gesellschaftliche und wirtschaftliche Wirkungskraft erzielen können, also durch Prozesse, die auf bisher ungedachte oder als undenkbar gehaltene Weise Verbindungen zwischen bekannten und daher zunehmend automatisierten Handlungs- und Wissensfeldern herstellen. Die Veränderung von Arbeit, Bildung und Freizeit wird ebenso wie die Veränderung unserer Gesellschaften durch interne demografische Entwicklungen und durch Migrationsbewegungen neue soziale Herausforderungen im Zusammenleben der Menschen als Handlungsfelder eröffnen.

PhD Scholarships: Migration Studies

We are currently opening three PhD student scholarships to join our dynamic interdisciplinary research team at the Faculty of Business and Globalization at Danube University Krems. These positions provide young researchers with the unique opportunity to develop state-of-the art methodological competences.

An important goal of this PhD program is assisting in evidence-informed policy design with a holistic understanding of migration policy as a pillar of social peace and the stability of states. Europe is at the center of continuous migrant and refugee movements of unprecedented scale, requiring policy makers to gain an in-depth understanding of the factors driving migration (security, income inequality, demography), facilitating migration (information and communication technology, social media) and the related impact in various fields (labor market, society, security, economy etc.). The program aims to pursue new ways of evidence-based policy making by understanding migration from a variety of methodological backgrounds, such as social or natural sciences and may focus on areas such as demography, economics, anthropology, psychology, political science, history etc. and applying diverse research methods [experimental research (e. g. game theory, behavioral economics), semantic research, data analytics (e. g. big data analysis, multivariate modeling), systems analysis (e.g. system dynamics, agent-based modeling, network analysis) and others].

The PhD student will work with senior researchers in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environment, including various aspects of migration studies, informatics, economics and business studies, sustainability science, and public health. These are 3-year, 30h/week positions.

The program is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior and the European Union’s Asylum-, Migration- and Integrationfund (AMIF).