Workshop Open Government Data at UNU Institute, Macau

The Centre for E-Governance participated in a workshop in Macau, which was hosted by the UNU (Institute for Computing and Society). The goal of the workshop was to exchange knowledge and ideas on Open Government Data (OGD), but also on aspects of the e-society and ICT for democratic or social development. The Centre for E-Governance presented current projetcs in the area of OGD and Smart Cities. City University Hong Kong gave insights into study results in the area of civic online engagement. UNU presented a study on the usage of OGD by several cases in different international contexts.



Call for Papers: Government Information Quarterly – Special Issue on Open Innovation in the Public Sector

Government Information Quarterly is an international journal that examines the intersection of policy, information technology, government, and the public. In particular, GIQ focuses on how policies affect government information flows and the availability of government information; the use of technology to create and provide innovative government services; the impact of information technology on the relationship between the governed and those governing; and the increasing significance of information policies and information technology in relation to democratic practices.

Summer School – Support Young Researchers

For one week in March 2014 the first Summer School for ICT4Democracy will take place in New Delhi. ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) are central for the development of democracies and civic participation. About 30 Master and PhD students have been selected on the basis of the quality of their research. They are coming from 15 different countries, among them are many developing countries, such as Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkmenistan or Egypt. The Centre for E-Governance at Danube University Krems is part of the Summer School with providing expertise (workshop) and the mentoring of students.


We need your help!

We want to provide free accommodation, food and ground transportation for our summer school students. To be able to do this, we need your help to raise 6500 US-Dollars. We have started a campaign here – every dollar counts! (more…)

Internet and Society Symposium Berlin #bsis11

I participated in the second day of the #bsis Symposium (known as “Google Symposium” for many :)) which slowly but surely started off with the keynote of

Rebecca MacKinnon “Consent of the Networked”

on internet governance, freedom of speech, surveillance and revolutions.

Short-term political vs. global interests? Examples of Surveillance and reactions

I particularly liked the visual examples of how websites particularly look in China and how censory is put into words (“this is international practice”, “this page is temporarily not available”). Examples like the Dog poop girl of 2005 in South Korea (a girl who was hunted down by internet vigilantes for refusing to clean up after her dog in a subway) can also be used as evidence of “crazy people on the net”. In Korea, all users of website are required to use a national ID. Other cases are frequently quoted as an example of countries becoming less free due to the internet, like bloggers being arrested due to posting critical content.

Disconnection denies our rights? Mess with one of us. Mess with all of us.


Rückblick Vortrag: Communication in Cyberspace

Vortrag “Communication in Cyberspace” gehalten am 29. Oktober 2010, an der Freien Universität Berlin – Oktobertagung der GPI (Gesellschaft für Pädagogik und Information e.V.) & GfK (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kybernetik, Informations- und System theorie e.V.).

Notizen zur Diskussion zum Vortrag:

Kommentar: Beteiligung und Zusammenarbeit in ausreichendem Umfang ist kaum möglich, weil es Mangel an der Ressource  Zeit gibt. Es besteht bereits ein Überfluss an Informationen. Man benötigt hohen  Zeitaufwand, um in der Arbeit den aktuellen Stand der Technik beibehalten zu können.