Summary EaP eDemocracy Conference 23 October 2018 “Politics in the Digital Age”

Summary of the EaP eDemocracy Conference “Politics in the Digital Age”

23 October 2018, Danube University Krems, Austria

 

The Danube University Krems, Department for E-Governance, and the Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, hosted the EU’s Eastern Partnership eDemocracy Conference on ‘Politics in the Digital Age’ under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference provided an opportunity for experts from academia, governments and civil society from the EU’s member states and in particular the EU’s Eastern partner countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine – the opportunity to discuss the the topics of participation, inclusion, and transparency in eDemocracy. The conference was coordinated by Noella Edelmann, Department for Governance and Public Administration.

Conference participants were welcomed by Noella Edelmann, Scientific Coordinator of the Conference. The conference was openend by Gerald Steiner, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Globalization, Thomas Buchsbaum, Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership & Representative of the Austrian EU Presidency, Jacopo Leone, OSCE/ODIHR  and Robert Krimmer, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology.

Political Communication in the Digital Sphere, Digital Transparency for Accountability &

Stakeholder Involvement in the Political Sphere

The keynotes considered the ways digital technology, digital culture transform societies and their governments, and lead to better services, increased transparency and accountability. In his keynote Rasto Kuzel from MEMO98 (Slovakia) consideres the role of mass media in political communication, how it has  changed in recent years and what implications these changes have on democratic institutions. Here he spoke about the issue of media manipulation, populism on platforms, campaigning, fake news and Trumps use of social media. He points out the particular role of social media in political elections, by drawing on his extensive practical experiences gained from the observation of election observation and international organisations. Social media changes political communciation provides access to information and news and is important for the integrity of the election procees, by reporting and providing a platform. It allows candidates to communicate and reach the audience, monitor and report results. And whilst 2.2 billion people who Facebook, user behaviour and expectations varies, for example to according to age . He shows the advantages, points out the lessons learned so far as well as the dangers that have to be kept in mind.

What are the benefits of digital tools? Alexander Trechsel (University of Lucerne) considers how transparency impacts the accountability of elected governments and the public administration serves as a fundamental principle of democratic societies. He draws on the CoE principles of good governance, especially on its principle 4 transparency and accountability.  Citizens are to have access to all government infomration that is not classified as secret,and freedom of information is seen as paramount for transparency and to enable participation. But this has opened a Pandora’s box. Administrations are to be smoother, more efficient, more transparent or simply “better”, and citizens can access more public data than ever before. In his keynote, Alexander considers some of these issues and concerns such as data storage, GDPR which are not just about regulation, but about politics and power.

Involvement and engagement are complex and Elke Löffler, Unviersity of Birmingham, looks at co-production in communities as supporting meaningful public participation in political decision-making. What are the practical implications for the design of legitimate and effective involvement? Who are the different stakeholders, what roles do they have in the processes and how can they be encouraged to participate? She considers co-production a “fetish” term in engage, it is to help efficiently use resources, bring people in to civil society and public services and thus achieve  social inclusion. Co-producing with the conference participants and drawing several example to show that one the one hand there are several objectives to be achieved, but at the same time there are several barriers to co-production. Nonetheless her research reveals that there are several initiatives, that more is happening than is assumed, and, most critically, that a lack of evaluation leads to a misunderstanding as to what can be done and what can be achieved.

Keynotes

Rasto Kuzel, MEMO98 (Slovakia)

Video: Rasto Kuzel’s Keynote

Video: 5 Questions to Rasto Kuzel

Alexander Trechsel’s (University of Lucerne)

Video: Alexander Trechsel’s Keynote

Video: 5 Questions to Alexander Trechsel

Elke Löffler (University of Birmingham)

Vídeo: Elke Löffler’s Keynote

5 Questions to Elke Löffler


Fotos (All photos Copyright Wolfgang Simlinger)

(c) Dieter Zirnig


Further photos (copyright Wolfgang Simlinger) can be accessed here: http://img.gg/NZ89D0T

Related Reports and Information

Contact

If you need further information, please contact noella.edelmann@donau-uni.ac.at

Conference Organizers

  • Department for E-Governance, Danube University Krems
  • Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology

Conference Partners

  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
  • Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)

Conference Committee

  • Jaan Reinhold (Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, Tallinn)
  • Bernhard Knoll (CEU Democratisation, Budapest)
  • Marcin Walecki (ODIHR Warsaw)

This event is co-organised by:

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Digitale Transformationen

Symposium und Buchpräsentation mit Abschlussdiskussion

Die Tagung am 29.11.2018 setzt sich mit der bereits angelaufenen technologischen Revolution auseinander, die unsere Art zu arbeiten und zu leben verändert und unsere gesamte Kultur massiv beeinflussen wird. Diese ist mit früheren technologischen Revolutionen nicht vergleichbar, weil Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Engineering und Robotik in ihrer ineinandergreifenden Dynamik rascher und tiefgreifender sind als jede technologische Umwälzung zuvor. Erstmals in der Geschichte der menschlichen Zivilisation ersetzen Maschinen nicht bloß menschliche Muskelkraft, sondern das menschliche Denken und Analysieren. Damit steht nicht weniger als die fundamentale Rolle des Menschen im Universum und sein bestimmender Einfluss auf den Gang der Zivilisation zur Disposition.

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Während die gesellschaftlichen, politischen und wirtschaftlichen Realitäten von der Komplexität einer wachsenden Zahl von ihren Wechselwirkungen immer unübersichtlicher werdenden Faktoren bestimmt werden, versuchen Politik und Wirtschaft verzweifelt, die lineare Gestaltungslogik des Industriezeitalters aufrechtzuerhalten. Und auch das Bildungs- und Wissenschaftssystem funktioniert weiterhin nach den Prinzipien von Fragmentierung des Wissens und intellektueller Arbeitsteilung. Während in den Feuilletons seit Jahrzehnten in regelmäßigen Abständen die Krise der Wissenschaft und der WissenschafterInnen beklagt wird, entstehen wissenschaftliche Karrieren immer mehr entlang quantitativer Indikatoren, die Selbstreferenzialität und inhaltliche Verengung begünstigen.
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EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018: Keynote Tomasz Janowski

“From Digital Government to Cognitive Government” was the Keynote from Tomasz Janowski:

5 questions to Tomasz Janowski with Noella Edelmann


Tomasz Janowski
Head of Department of Applied Informatics in Management Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; Visiting Professor at Danube University Krems, Austria Switzerland

Tomasz Janowski is the Head of Department of Applied Informatics in Management at Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; Visiting Professor at Danube University Krems, Austria; and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Government Information Quarterly, Elsevier. Previously, he was Visiting Professor at University of Lugano, Switzerland and University of Minho, Portugal. During 2004-2016, he founded and directed a digital government program at the United Nations University. Operating from China and Portugal, the program conducted activities in 61, mostly developing countries. During 2007-2017, he founded and coordinated 10 editions of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. He also carried out multiple projects for Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission, IDRC, ITU, Macao Foundation, Microsoft, OSCE, UNDP, UNESCO and the World Bank, and for governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His research, policy and education work focus on Digital Government and Development Informatics.


EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Summary

EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 represented the merge of the IFIP WG 8.5 Electronic Government (EGOV), the IFIP WG 8.5 IFIP Electronic Participation (ePart) and the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference (CeDEM). The conference was held annually, and was hosted 3-5 September 2018 at the Danube University Krems in Austria.

Website and Tracks
Conference Program (PDF)

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EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018: Keynote Sabine Juninger – Inquiring, Inventing, and Integrating

“Inquiring, Inventing, and Integrating: Applying Human‐Centered Design to the Challenges of Future Government” was the Keynote Sabine Juninger:

5 questions to Sabine Juninger with Noella Edelmann


Sabine Juninger
Head of Competence Center for Research into Design & Management Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Design & Art Switzerland

Sabine Junginger is an internationally recognized expert on human-centered design in organizations and management. She studies how policy-makers and public managers employ design thinking, design processes, design practices and design methods when they develop and implement public policies and public services. She serves and has served on a number of advisory boards related to government and public sector innovation, including Mindlab (Denmark), and GovDesign (Australia), GovLAB (Austria), Dataport (Germany) and WITI (Germany). She is Research Fellow of the Hertie School of Governance (Germany); Academic Advisor to the European Forum Alpbach (Austria) and member of the Research Committee of the Free University Bozen (Italy). Previous academic positions include Lecturer and founding member of ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University (UK) and Associate Professor, the Kolding School of Design, Denmark. She is also a founding member and chair of the initiative Politics for Tomorrow, Berlin.


EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Summary

EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 represented the merge of the IFIP WG 8.5 Electronic Government (EGOV), the IFIP WG 8.5 IFIP Electronic Participation (ePart) and the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference (CeDEM). The conference was held annually, and was hosted 3-5 September 2018 at the Danube University Krems in Austria.

Website and Tracks
Conference Program (PDF)

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Download: EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Magazine!
View: EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Summary (issuu)

EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018: Keynote Wolfgang Drechsler

Look further than the western public administration.
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Number one is part of the malayian peninsula (Singapore)
Why does Estonia oversell? The push-pull factors, not only what you are saying, but what people want to hear.

5 questions to Wolfgang Drechsler with Noella Edelmann


Wolfgang Drechsler
Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation & Governance (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor of Governance at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He has been advisor to the President of Estonia, Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification, and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. His areas of interest include Public Administration, Technology, and Innovation; Non-Western Public Administration, especially Confucian and Buddhist, and Public Management Reform generally, as well as e-Governance, Municipal Autonomy, and Academic Administration.


EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Summary

EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 represented the merge of the IFIP WG 8.5 Electronic Government (EGOV), the IFIP WG 8.5 IFIP Electronic Participation (ePart) and the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference (CeDEM). The conference was held annually, and was hosted 3-5 September 2018 at the Danube University Krems in Austria.

Website and Tracks
Conference Program (PDF)

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Download: EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Magazine!
View: EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Summary (issuu)