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
- Conference Date: 15-16 May, 2020
- Extended submission deadline: 10 February 2020
- Notifications: 10 March 2020
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Travel support grants will be provided to graduate student who present full papers at the conference.
- 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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Conference secretariat: Glenn Chong, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Singapore (Chong@kas.de)