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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.

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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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CeDEM Asia, Keynotes, Day 1 (Daegu)

The 3rd CeDEM Asia started on the 7th of December in Daegu (South Korea). CeDEM brings together researchers, practitioneers and activists from many contexts in the region. President Faulhammer welcomed the participants and mentioned Korea as one of the leading industries in information technologies as well as the dedicated open access policy of CeDEM. Since the beginning of the conference series, emphasis was on the paradigm shifts due to ICTs and the development of civic involvement in society, and the creation of a network of tolerance, innovative spirit and innovation. The Centre for E-Governance has come to stand to a leading research group with many international cooperations and projects, and CeDEM Asia is an important part for the engagement of Danube University in the Asien region. Prof. Parycek emphasised that CeDEM Asia has a focus on communication and networks. Prof. Skoric mentioned the national context of the conference series and invited people to suggest cities for the next one. So if you are in Asia and want to host CeDEM 2018, do get in touch!

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Rajiv Aricat and Rich Ling: Rag-picking and mobile telephony in Myanmar

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The Myanmar society has seen an ongoing process of liberalization and is moving towards a mixed economy after the country was under military rule. In the presented study mobile communication was studied since 2014 in six months of field work. Rag-picking  refers to picking up different types of waste. (more…)

Job Opportunities at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT)

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The Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance/Talllinn University of Technology is offering 2 positions:

Project Controller/ Full-time
The Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance (TUT) is looking for a Project Controller with experience in business accounting or financial project management. In detail, the role is to analyse, advise and control the budget of the H2020 funded once only principle project (TOOP) in correspondence with European Commission and 50 high-level organisations from 22 countries.

Project Manager
The Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance (TUT) is looking for a Project Manager with experience in project and/or programme management in an international environment. In detail, the role is to manage the H2020 funded once-only principle project (TOOP) in correspondence with European Commission and 50 high-level organisations from 22 countries.

 

Interested? Contact  Prof. Dr. Robert Krimmer (Robert.Krimmer@ttu.ee)