2# E-Democracy

EPU-Workshop Technology Revolution, Public Administration and Participation: Guangzhou (China)

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…)

CeDEM Asia 2018, Yokahoma (Japan): Keynote Speakers

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.

Keynotes:

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

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Call for Papers: Special Issue JeDEM 10(1)

JeDEM 1/2018:
Collaborative Governance for Smart Sustainable Cities

 Guest Editors

  • 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

Background

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…)

Call for Papers: CeDEM Asia 2018, Yokohama (Japan) – extended until March 2, 2018

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

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Special Issue of JeDEM 9(1): Open Government Partnership

JeDEM 9(1) is published now!

This time, JeDEM focuses on “Open Government and the Open Government Partnership (OGP)”. It contributes to the ongoing dialogue regarding the impact of the OGP on the way that openness is unfolding worldwide. This issue comprises one invited article, three research articles, and one reflection.

Open Access: You can access JeDEM free of charge, and also comment on the articles. We hope you enjoy this special issue of JeDEM and wish you a nice reading time, maybe during the holidays or afterwards.

Access: JeDEM 9(1), 2017.

JeDEM also encourages ongoing submissions throughout the year, or submissions to one of our special issue calls.