Todd O’Boyle in 10 sentences #CeDEM17

Todd O’Boyle is one of our keynote-speaker at the CeDEM17 at the Danube University Krems in May 2017.  We asked him to send us 10 sentences about his keynote, his expectations of CeDEM17 and his vision of the future.

CeDEM17 – International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2017 (17.05-19.05.2017)
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Todd O’Boyle (Next Century Cities, US) on “Digital Tools and Digital Democracy: US Cities and Civil Society in 2017”
Todd O’Boyle serves as Deputy Director of Next Century Cities, where he is overseeing the launch of the new Next Generation Engagement Awards to promote innovative citizen engagement and digital inclusion strategies in gigabit cities. He also works to shape strategy and organizational direction and policy priorities.
Prior to joining Next Century Cities, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps picked Todd to launch his Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause, a non-partisan good government organization. In that capacity, Todd directed public interest communications policy campaigns, including successful efforts to guarantee the Open Internet (network neutrality); protect and promote competition; and stop Comcast’s bid to acquire rival Time Warner Cable. Regularly quoted in the national, local, and specialized media, as Program Director, he also managed legislative and regulatory outreach, grassroots engagement, and development relations.
Todd has experience in the academic and political worlds, having taught communications policy and worked in grassroots campaigns for nearly a decade. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Delaware.


What are the main assets of your keynote?
What are your expectations of CeDEM17?
What is your vision of the future?

  1. Even at a time of one-party rule in Washington, DC, the American federal government is sclerotic.
  2. On the one hand, the American citizenry is more engaged than ever witness record-setting protests, congressional town halls over capacity, etc.
  3. On the other, Americans feel an unprecedented level of isolation from and disapproval of their representatives in Washington, DC.
  4. Meanwhile, the United States has a long history of state and local government level policy innovation i.e.) the *laboratories of democracy.*
  5. So years of federal gridlock have bred innovation in open government, direct democracy, and citizen participation at the local level.
  6. Digital technologies offer unparalleled opportunities for engagement, entrenching systemic bias in decision-making towards the privileged.
  7. However, the disconnected may miss out on important governance decisions.
  8. The American voluntary and philanthropic sectors have a long history of local partnerships to remedy social problems with out-of-the-box solutions.
  9. Foundations and philanthropies can partner with non-profits to identify promising ideas, fund them, and broadcast them.
  10. The Benton Next Generation Engagement Awards offers an important model for rewarding innovative digital civic engagement that offer citizens a greater say in how their communities are organized and run.


CeDEM17 – International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2017 (17.05-19.05.2017)
Registration open

CeDem Asia 2016, Day 1, Afternoon Presentations

Ivo Babaja: Open Government and National Sovereignity

The International Open Data (OD) Charter developed by GGP (Open Government Partnerships) and international organizations declares that OD should be made available to the widest of users by anyone, anywhere. This is included in some national legislations. on the other hand this principle stands in clear opposition to the principle of national sovereignity. OD initiatives could be perceived as disruptive innovations. Assessing e-government initiatives from the point of disruptive businesses, they can be evaluated using two factors: impact (how much it changes the system) and rationality (how much the impact is reasonable). Rationality is actually not existent, and impact is presumed to be low. The global openness request stands in opposition to our “competitive edge”. It may also introduce uncertainty about the ultimate goals of the e-government process and ideas.


Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen: E-government and governance: The Danish-Japanese timelines and models compared


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…)

Extended Deadline: CeDEM Asia 2016

We have extended the submission deadline for CeDEM Asia 2016 until 15 August 2016. Join the global discourse on the impact of digitalisation on government, democracy and society.

We look forward to opening a new forum in Daegu, South Korea for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of citizen engagement, e-democracy, internet freedom, open government, cybersecurity, smart cities and other emerging topics. CeDEM Asia 2016 seeks to critically analyse present and future developments in the field, with a special focus on the following themes:

Track: Social media and citizen participation

  • Social movements and citizen networks
  • Online campaigning and elections
  • Digital divide and literacy
  • Social media, citizen mobilization & engagement; Sustainability of e-participation
  • Social media-enabled crisis and disaster management

Track: E-government and e-democracy

  • ICTs and their use for governmental transformation
  • Open data, transparency, participation and collaboration in government
  • Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government
  • Roles of policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists in facilitating open governance
  • Electronic identity, Internet freedom and censorship; Surveillance, privacy, and cyber-security
  • Cross-border interoperability of e-government artefacts – approaches and standards

Track: Smart cities and emerging topics

  • 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“
  • The social implications of technology, social cities, the best options for citizens, avoiding the negative impacts of technology
  • Smart cities, citizen science and urban informatics

Website CeDEM Asia 2016
Call for Papers as PDF

If you have any questions about the CeDEM conference, please contact the team via the website.

CeDEM16 PhD Colloquium

This years’ CeDEM16 again hosted a PhD colloquium. Chaired by Anneke Zuiderwijk and with Johann Höchtl, Muneo Kaigo, Jochen Scholl, and Mila Gascó on the expert panel, the following submissions were discussed:

Rido Panjaitan: The Use of Online Spaces by Government for Enhancing Citizen  Participation: Indonesia as a Case Study

Abdul Rohman: Making the World Small: A Closed FB Group and Peace Activists in Indonesia

Maria Haberer: The Crisis of Representative Democracy: Transformation of Institutional Politics through Net-Parties and Their Use of ICTs

Rachel Khan: Tracking Typhoon Haiyan: Open Government Data in Disaster Response and Recovery


Gerald Wolf: Political Participation in Times of Bologna and Social Web – A Grounded Theory from a Students’ Point of View

Ann O’Brien: Public Value in eParticipation: The Mediating Role of Sense of Community


Yvonne Bräutigam: Reporting Science in the Digital World – Are Codes of Conducts Missing Something?


Larissa Galdino de Magalhães: Government Initiatives of E-Participation of Governments: Scenario Analysis of the Bodies and Mechanisms for Social Participation in Virtual Environments.

See the commented video of her presentation

and the research statement.