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


Join us at the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2016 in Asia or Submit for 2017 in Austria

In 2007 the Centre for E-Governance began organising conferences on e-democracy and public administration and since  2014, CeDEM is also held biennially in Asia.

We invite individuals from academic and applied backgrounds as well as business, public authorities, NGOs, NPOs and education institutions to join us and submit their work to the topics addressed in the tracks. We welcome interdisciplinary and critical approaches to the conference topics. (more…)

JeDEM Vol 7, No 1 (2015) out now! – Social Media and Socio-Political Change

jedem logoThe 1st number of JeDEM 2015 presents our Special Issue on Social Media and Socio-Political Change from an Asian perspective. We are happy to present this issue in cooperation with guest editors Natalie Pang (Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore Internet Research Centre) and Marko Skoric (City University, Hong Kong).

With the widespread adoption of social media in many Asian societies, these platforms are increasingly used in a variety of ways to promote civic and political aims but such uses are shaped by various stakeholders and contexts of use. In this special issue, four papers on Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and China-Australia present highly contextualized assessments of the role of social media in civic and political life in Asia.

Additionally, the issue presents ongoing research paper submissions to JeDEM that made it through the double-blind peer review process.

Read the whole issue here!

PS: As authors, you can submit to one of the thematic calls, but also as “ongoing” submissions, that is, not in response to a specific call. We are looking forward to your submissions! If you are intersted in becoming a reviewer for our journal, please do not hesitate to contact the managing editor.

CeDEM goes to Asia

The Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government is proud to present its first spin-off conference in Asia – Singapore. The conference in Singapore focuses on social and mobile media and their use and impact on governance. CeDEM-Asia-2012 takes place in Orchard Parade Hotel on 14 and 15 of November.

Conference Programme

14 November 2012

Opening Speeches: Nojin Kwak, Peter Parycek and Marko Skoric, Conference Chairs

Keynote: New Media & Good Governance: What Goes, What Stays
Janadas Devan, Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Chief of Government Communications, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts, Government of Singapore

Workshop: Open Network, Closed Society: New Media Challenges to the Singapore Government

Convenor: Arun Mahizhnan, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
The Internet has allowed bloggers and civil society to press for more openness and accountability a Singapore government more used to a compliant media and society. How will – and can – the government manage this new demanding environment?

Research Papers

  • Tweeting Vertically? Elected Officials’ Interactions with Citizens on Twitter (Jahna Otterbacher, Libby Hemphill, & Matthew Shapiro)
  • Do social media affect public discourses? A sentiment analysis of political tweets during the French Presidential Election campaign (Steve Schwarzer, Leendert De Voogd, Pascal Chelala)
  • State Governors on Social Media: Reciprocity and Homophily in Twitter Networks (Jameson McFarlane, Siddharth Kaza)
  • Is there a business case for governments using social and mobile media? Exploratory evidence from the UK and USA (Jeremy Millard)
  • E-Government Engagement and the Digital Divide (Julie Freeman)
  • Nazis v Paedophiles: The power of the metaphor in Internet regulation (Sebastian John Chesney Dixon)


Extended CFP: CeDEM-Asia-2012

We have extended the Call for Papers of CeDEM-Asia-2012 until 10 August 2012. The international “Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Asia 2012” focuses on “Social and Mobile Media for Governance”. Related topics will also be presented and accepted for the conference.

The International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government-Asia 2012 (CeDEM-Asia-2012) is a forum that aims to bring together academics, researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social and mobile media in the future of governance in Asia and elsewhere.

The conference takes place in Singapore on 14 & 15 of November 2012. The conference proceedings will be available at the conference.

Call for Papers

New means of interacting with government and political institutions are causing significant shifts in political and social life. The emerging social and mobile media practices, including content generation, collaboration, and network organization, are changing our understanding of governance and politics. While the changes are already widely debated in mature, developed democracies, there is an even greater need to address them in the context of rapidly developing Asian societies. Following five successful conferences at the Danube University of Krems, CeDEM is looking to open a new forum in Asia for the exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of e-democracy and open government. This year, CeDEM is pleased to be working with the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) as its conference organizer and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as its main partner. CeDEM-Asia-2012 seeks to critically analyze present and future developments in field, with a special focus on the following themes:

  • Social media to engage citizens, smart & mobile democracy, sustainability of e-participation
  • Mobilization via social media, networks vs. traditional party-structure, online campaigning
  • Communication technologies and their use for governmental transformation
  • Open data initiatives, transparency, participation and collaboration in government
  • Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government
  • Information provision, mobile devices, service delivery via new communication channels
  • Online communities, innovation, bottom-up vs. top-down
  • Network effects, power laws, long tail, social web

Important Dates

  • Extended submission deadline for full papers and workshop proposals: 10 August 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 24 September 2012
  • Camera-ready paper submission: 15 October 2012
  • Conference dates & location: 14-15 November 2012, Singapore