From 21-23 July 2018 the workshop Technology Revolution and Public Administration took place in Guagzhou, China. This workshop was sponsored by a grant from the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU). Researchers from the Centre for E-Governance at Danube University Krems and the Department of Media and Communication at City University Hong Kong took part. It was hosted by the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou.
Participants of the EPU Meeting in the afternoon
The first session addressed aspects of governmental innovation, e-governance and digital and mobile governance. A particular emphasis was on governmental hotlines and artificial intelligence as well as accessibility of hotlines, f.i. through the usage of languages (50 different languages can be selected in New York, for instance). Examples from New York also included open data contests (Big Apps 3.0) and open data principles. It is interesting that Big Data was called a “tiger flying” – hinting at the different techno-positive metaphors of datafication that seem to be found for this phenomenon around the world. The governmental hotline in Guangzhou is called 12345 and a few presentations were held around this topic.
The second session of the workshop addressed aspects of political participation, civic engagement and social media in a global and Asian context. The following presentations were held: (more…)
Following eleven successful conferences in Austria and three inspiring conferences in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, we are looking forward to continuing the forum in Asia for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration. We are very pleased to announce the following keynote speakers and would like to highlight their talks.
Shanto Iyengar (Stanford University):
Intense Partisanship: Implications for Electoral Accountability
Francis Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong:
Creating Polarization as a Political Strategy in an Authoritarian Context
Mario Voigt, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin:
Winning at all Cost: The Future of Democratic Elections
This article was first published in the Europe of Knowledge Blog and is based on a master thesis about Altmetrics at Danube University Krems and the University of Tampere. Are communties of attention a fruitful direction in open science? They are certainly discussed and seem to be on the rise in policy papers.
Altmetrics (alternative metrics)
Altmetrics are gaining momentum in higher education (Holmberg, 2016). This post is based on my master’s thesis (Fraumann, 2017) that explores the usage of altmetrics with a focus on research funding. Altmetrics track down and count the mentions of scholarly outputs in social media, news sites, policy papers, and social bookmarking sites. Then altmetrics data providers aggregate the number of mentions. This allows an observation of how many times research has been viewed, discussed, followed, shared, and downloaded.
Collaborative Governance for Smart Sustainable Cities
- Gabriela Viale Pereira, Department for E-Governance and Administration, Danube University Krems, Austria
- Tomasz Janowski, Department for E-Governance and Administration, Danube University Krems, Austria and Department for Applied Informatics in Management, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
- Elsa Estevez, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Sur and Institute of Computer Science and Engineering (UNS–CONICET), Bahía Blanca, Argentina
With cities around the world facing unprecedented sustainability challenges including “growing numbers of slum dwellers, increased air pollution, inadequate basic services and infrastructure, and unplanned urban sprawl” (United Nations, 2017), UN-Habitat (2016) recently called for a new generation of national urban policies that reach “beyond the traditional boundaries of the city and fosters stronger horizontal and vertical linkages, and creative partnerships in order to tackle complex urban problems in a coordinated way”. By May 2017, 149 countries responded to this call by developing their own national urban policies (United Nations, 2017). (more…)
July 12-13th, 2018, Yokohama (Japan)
Smart (or Dumb) Governance: Digital Innovation in the Era of Populism and Political Polarization
Call for Papers
CeDEM Asia 2018 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, campaigning, political polarization, populism, e-government, smart cities, and other emerging topics.
Main conference themes: political polarization, campaigning, populism, civic engagement, e-government, smart cities