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We are hiring!

You are thinking that the public administration could do better?

You see the technological potential grossly neglected?

You have ideas how technology can contribute to deliver improved services for the benefit of all, to make countries more green, cities smarter, and people more happy?

We are interested …

You know about data modeling, have been working with XML, understand the concepts behind Big Data, the Semantic Web and public cryptography, and have written at least some tiny computer programs? Additionally you are a communicative team player and you would like to convince others about your ideas?

We should definitely talk!

The Department for E-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems / Austria (EU) is looking for an enthusiastic new colleague to improve public governance through the widespread application of technology.

We are the leading Austrian research institution for public governance with long-lasting collaborations  with the Ministry of Finance, the Austrian Chancellery, City of Vienna or the Federal Computing Centre.

You bring:

  • Graduate in Computer Science, business informatics or any other study with a clear and demonstrable focus on ICT
  • Master’s level or higher
  • You must bring deep interest to perform research on the intersection between public administration, political sciences, economy and the civil society.
  • You have a deep understanding of administrative processes, data-driven decision support, electronic government, e-Participation
  • You identify problems on your own and provide solutions to them
  • You enjoy working with collaborative technologies, also remote
  • Excellent English,  written and spoken

Would be nice:

  • At least limited understanding of German
  • You have been working in a scientific environment and you are accustomed with writing research proposals
  • You have been part of an international research project

You will get:

  • Regular, project-based employee contract, limited to 30.9.2019 but with the clear intention for extension.
  • Full coverage of social security and pension fund
  • Social amenities on the Campus Krems with a highly international and welcoming atmosphere
  • Excellent business contacts to high-ranked public sector officials as well as international research networks
  • A beautiful work place within the UNESCO world heritage region of the Wachau. See some of us hiking right behind your future workplace:part_team

 

Interested? Please file you application including motivational letter and CV to irene.lehr@donau-uni.ac.at. Please note that there is a yet to be defined deadline for application we will publish here shortly.

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).

Voices from the CeDEM Asia 2016

Following ten successful conferences in Austria and two inspiring conferences in Singapore and Hong Kong, we opened a new forum in Asia for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration in the field of E-Democracy and Open Government.

» Find here all our blogposts and reviews from the CeDEM Asia 2016 in Daegue.

CeDEM Asia 2016 was hosted in Daegu (South Korea) from 7-9th December 2016. A lot of people joined our conference. Find here a statements from Rajit Hewagama, Ben Huffman, Astik Sinha, Pheaktra Neth, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Manuela Hartwig, Jeanette Orminski, Rich Ling, Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, Ivo Babaja, Heike Hermans, Sayasat Nurbek, Robert Krimmer, Marko Skoric and Peter Parycek.

CeDEM Asia 2016

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CeDEM Asia 2016, Discussion: Enthusiasm for Political Topics

How to fill people with enthusiasm for political topics via social media (discussion hosted by KAS, Singapore)

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The discussion was led by Sayasat Nurbek (Institute of Public Policy, Kazakhstan).
Astik Sinha (Bharita Janata Party,  India) told us about the masses of Indian youth voters who are engaged on Facebook.
Ben Guerin (New Zealand National Party, New Zealand) was active in political campaigning and started a consulting company. He looks at how politicians engage on social media and the value of these activities.
Rajit Hewagama (United National Party, Sri Lanka) runs a consulting compagny for digital communications and strategic communications. In Sri Lanka some journalists disappeared and have been murdered, so they are scared of publishing anti government data. Social media allowed to bypass the mainstream media without relying on forms of media that could be censored. Now some ministers complain that media freedom came to far (sometimes those who have been in the oppostition before).
Pheaktra Neth (Spokesman of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Cambodia). The special body is set up between the UN and Cambodia to investigate the war crimes in the region. There is a young cohort of Facebook users in Cambodia. Sometimes there are postings about plans to kill someone, f.i. an officer, in a ceremony. The government has, however, no plans to control the social media or the internet. Campaigns are now focusing on social media and see it as a chance for the next 2017 and 2018 elections.

Truth vs. visibility?

We are now entering the second phase of social media, with a general phobia in many governments in Asia towards counter-revolutions. F.i. in the Hong Kong Umbrella revolution case, many protesteres used now Firechat as police switched off the mobile networks. In the West there was the worry that the liberal are dominating the social media. However, with view to dominating views, social media rather promotes echo chambers and oxygen might be provided to political movements that thrive on anger etc. These network effects are only going to be a better problem in the future. There is the fake news phenomenon plus people taking on extreme or simplified views: the information that gets the most views is not necessarily the most truthful. However, social media literacy is also changing, and people might do more fact-checking.

The discussion also revolved around the rise of Facebook and its power regarding the definition of truth and manipulation. Trust filters are now established within our friends (reputation networks). Also it was discusses how much censorship was done in social media by the government. India, for instance, has one of the highest rates of requesting Facebook for user data. Regarding the prediction of elections via social media data, so far many cases might have been luck, also due to problems of representativeness.

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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.

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

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