RESEARCH

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

Location

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Digital Citizenship at the Crossroads

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

  • Conference Date: 15-16 May, 2020
  • Final extended submission deadline: 24 February 2020
  • Notifications: 21 March 2020

Location

  • The conference will be held at
  • Travel support grants will be provided to graduate student who present full papers at the conference.

Registration rates

  • Early Bird (until April 30th)
    • 120 Euros for academic faculty, professionals, and government officials
    • 60 Euros for students and civil society members
  • Regular (after May 1st)
    • 200 Euros or academic faculty, professionals, and government officials
    • 100 Euros for students and civil society members
  • Registration will open in April.
  • Room rates at the conference location will start at 100 Euros/night.

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 (www.jedem.org).

Submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cedemasia2020

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.

Previous Conference Proceedings

Contact and Questions

  • Paper submissions: Michael Sachs, Danube University Krems (sachs@donau-uni.ac.at)
  • Conference secretariat: Glenn Chong, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Singapore (Chong@kas.de)

Conference Website

Website: https://digitalgovernment.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/cedemasia20/

Links

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Call for Visiting Fellowships at the Department for E-Governance and Administration

Visiting Fellows at the Department for E-Governance and Administration

 

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The Department of E-Governance and Administration includes the Center for E-Governance and the Center for Infrastructural Security, and focuses on the impact of digital and social change on strategy, security, organization, processes as well as the changes in public administration, business, politics and society.

The Center for E-Governance is based on an established research network in the areas of e-government and e-democracy, leads international conferences and all researchers are active members in several scientific communities. The Center for Infrastructural Security plays a pioneering role in research for sustainable security management and has positioned itself in the German-speaking world as a center of excellence in security. The Department cooperates with several stakeholders from the public sector, for example, the Federal Ministry for Public Service and Sports (BMÖDS), Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) or the Center for Secure Information Technology – Austria (A-SIT).

Team Department for E-Governance and Administration

The head of the Department, Professor Peter Parycek, is currently board member of NEGZ (National E-Government Center), head of the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT) at the Fraunhofer Fokus (Berlin) and Member of the Digitization Council of the German Federal Government. Research projects focus on the public and private sectors as well as industrial partners at national, European and international level.  The Department is characterized by its international and multidisciplinary team, the provision of state-of-the-art training and research, extensive networks and cooperations with other research institutes, universities, the public sector as well as private organisations.

The research projects located in the Department include the public and private sectors as well as industrial partners at national, European and international level. This internationality is highly relevant for the development of underlying concepts of public administration as well as cross-country comparisons of strategy development and implementation. Examples of current projects are the EU-funded projects Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities, Scientific foundations training and entrepreneurship activities in the domain of ICT-enabled Governance, or ManyLaws – EU-wide Legal Text Mining using Big Data Processing Infrastructures, as well as Austrian projects such as Digitalisation in Lower Austria or Das Digitale Amt.

Current Visiting Fellow

 

Prof. Edimara Mezzomo Luciano (September – October 2019)

Professor on Management Information Systems (MIS) in the Business Administration Graduation Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil, and Head of Governance and Digital Society Research Group.

Further details: http://www.pucrs.br/researchers/edimara-mezzomo-luciano/

Fellowship sponsored by PUCRS PRINT (http://www.pucrs.br/print/)

 

Call for Visiting Fellows

We invite Fellows at all levels (Master’s or PhD students, post-docs, assistant/ junior/ senior professors) from universities, or experts from the public or private sector to join the Department for shorter or longer fellowship stays. The visiting fellow will work with the permanent faculty and the work objectives and work programme will be defined on an individual basis, depending on the eligibility criteria, type and extent of their involvement and duration of the stay. Possible fellowships at the Department for E-Governance and Administration are:

  • Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Researcher
  • Visiting Research Assistant (Student Internship)

Visiting Professor (Minimum eligibility: Established Professor from an acknowledged institution):

  • Teaching, conducting research and writing/contributing publications for the department;
  • Contributing to the department’s teaching programme, presenting guest lectures, webinars or faculty seminars in the professor’s area of interest;
  • Contributing to ongoing research or providing guidance with new project proposals;
  • Mentoring faculty and students;
  • Consulting functions or providing expert commentary for the department and faculty;
  • Assessing students (supervising master thesis, exams, defenses);

Visiting Researcher Tasks (Minimum eligibility: Completed PhD or high-level work experience from industry, public administration or acknowledged research centers.

  • Conducting post-doctoral research as an independent investigator or under the supervision of a principal investigator;
  • Teaching for the Department;
  • Writing and publishing original research in peer-reviewed journals in their fields;

Visiting Research Assistant Tasks (Minimum eligibility: Must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s study programme)

  • Assists the department’s faculty in ongoing research projects and teaching programmes;
  • This can also be a student internship;

Application and Funding

In order to be invited to a standardized selection procedure scholars and experts are to submit their:

  • Letter of motivation (max. 3 pages);
  • Research or project proposal aligned with the Department’s activities and strategy (max. 5 pages);
  • Letter of recommendation;
  • CV;
  • List of publications;

Deadline for submissions: All the completed documents needed for the application procedure must be made by the 1 January/April/July/October of each year for the next possible fellowship period.

Duration: The duration will be agreed upon. Stays can be of shorter duration (e.g. 1-6 months) but longer collaborations are possible too. The duration of the fellowship will determine the type of work and the contract.

Employment Status: The legal basis for the fellow’s employment will be determined during the application process.

Funding

We provide different options for funding visiting Fellows at the Danube University Krems:

  1. Erasmus mobility/Erasmus agreement with the Danube University Krems;
  2. External funding by the Austrian Database for Scholarships (https://grants.at)
  3. Other types of funding secured by the applicant;

Details & Contact

Visiting Fellows at the Department for E-Governance and Administration

Dr. Noella Edelmann

noella.edelmann@donau-uni.ac.at

Tel. +43 (0)2732 893 2303

 

 

 

 

 

JeDEM Update: Scopus, Cross-Ref and DOIs – and what it all means

jedem logoJeDEM has been continuously keeping its course with publishing high quality papers while being free of charge for authors (no processing charges or APCs for submisson and publication are applied). But the Open Access journal also continues to strive for excellence in today’s highly competitive publishing landscape, where visibility of articles and indexing are big criteria for authors when they are choosing a journal.

Thus, we are pleased to inform you of some important updates for JeDEM!

What is new?

  1. JeDEM was accepted for inclusion in Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature
  2. We will also be available as Crossref citation data (on behalf of the Initiative for OpenCitations)
  3. Articles on JeDEM are now identifiable via DOIs (Digital Object Identifyer System)

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WE ARE HIRING – Full-time Researcher

Our team wants you!uncle_sam_28pointing_finger29

You think that public administration could do better? You see technological potential as being grossly grossly  neglected? You have big ideas of how technology can contribute to deliver improved services for the benefit of all, to make countries greener, cities smarter, and people happier?

We are interested!

You have a technical background, with experience in programming and databases? You are not afraid of UML, metadata and data modelling? You always wanted to get deep into linked (open) data and semantics? You find requirements engineering to be a piece of cake?

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 within the international research community, industry, as well as within public administration; including the Austrian Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the City of Vienna, or the Austrian Federal Computing Centre. The Department for E-Governance and Administration also hosts, together with the Federal Ministry for the Civil Service and Sport, the GovLabAustria, an innovation lab for the public sector.

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 degree (or equivalent qualification)
  • A deep interest to perform research on the intersection between public administration, science, industry, and society
  • A deep understanding of data driven-approaches, process design, and digital transformation
  • The ability to identify problems on your own and provide solutions to them
  • You enjoy working with collaborative technologies, also remotely
  • Teamwork and constant exchange come naturally to you
  • Excellent English, written and spoken

Would be nice:

  • You possess experience working in a scientific environment
  • You have been part of an international research project already
  • First-hand experience in scientific publishing and writing research grant proposals

You will get:

  • Regular, project-based employee contract, starting 15.04.2019, limited to 30.9.2020 but with the clear intention for extension.
  • 2.738,91 EUR gross per month with 38.5h/week (W3/1 according to the Work and Remuneration Regulations – DBO of Danube University Krems) – we are willing to pay a higher salary according to qualifications and training.
  • 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.

Scope of project “ManyLaws”, in which you will work:

The project aims to deliver a set of novel services for citizens, businesses, and administrations of the European Union, built upon text mining, advanced processing and semantic analysis of legal information. To achieve this, ManyLaws will access big legal data currently produced and published in multiple national or EU public data sources (e.g., EUR-Lex, NOMOS), link it and transform it to structured open datasets. By combining data coming from a multiplicity of sources, ManyLaws aims to achieve seamless and inclusive access to legal information across EU and improve the efficacy of decision-making in legislative procedures operated by public bodies. Furthermore, the activity will cater for making available the total of semantically annotated input data, intermediate data sets, and output results through the European Data Portal.

For further information, please contact Ass.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Lampoltshammer via mail: thomas.lampoltshammer@donau-uni.ac.at

The team of the Department for E-Governance and Administration is looking forward to meeting you!

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