E-Democracy

Digital Citizenship at the Crossroads

Conference postponed

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers have decided to postpone CeDEM Asia 2020 until May 2021. The location will remain Kuala Lumpur with the exact dates and venue to be confirmed at the later stage.  

We will assess the COVID-19 situation in February/March 2021 and we will get back to you with more detail. We do not intend to replace the full CeDEM Asia with a virtual conference.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you in Kuala Lumpur in May 2021! 

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

Important Dates

  • New Conference Date: May, 2021 (please revisit the page for furhter information)
  • New Submission Deadline: tba.
  • New Notification Deadline: tba.

Location

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Travel support grants will be provided to graduate student who present full papers at the conference. (We will try to secure funds for grants for the postponed conference in 2021 too, but we cannot guarantee these funds in the current situation.)

Registration rates

These rates are based on the planning for the original date in May 2020 an shall give you an indication on the expected rates.  

  • Early Bird (not valid for January 2021)
    • 120 Euros for academic faculty, professionals, and government officials
    • 60 Euros for students and civil society members
  • Regular (not valid for January 2021)
    • 200 Euros or academic faculty, professionals, and government officials
    • 100 Euros for students and civil society members

Conference Chairs

  • 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: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cedemasia2020

Submission Categories

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.

Templates Downloads

Peer Review

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.

Programme Committee

Ahmed, Saifuddin, Nanyang Technological University
Anthopoulos, Leonidas, University of Thessaly
Charalabidis, Yannis, University of the Aegean
Edelmann, Noella, Danube University Krems
Freeman, Bradley, Sunway University Malaysia
Kaigo, Muneo, University of Tsukuba
Kobayashi, Tetsuro, City University of Hong Kong
Lampoltshammer, Thomas, Danube University Krems
Leong, Pauline, Sunway University Malaysia
Nahon, Karine, University of Washington and the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya
Pang, Natalie, National University of Singapore
Park, Han Woo, YeungNam University
Paulin, Alois, Vienna University of Technology
Putnik, Konstantin, OneSpan GmbH
Sachs, Michael, Danube-University Krems
Schoßböck, Judith, City University of Hong Kong and Danube University Krems
Shen, Chris Fei, City University of Hong Kong
Skoric, Marko, City University of Hong Kong,
Soon, Carol, Institute of Policy Studies
Van Kranenburg, Rob, Council theinternetofthings.eu
Viale Pereira, Gabriela, Danube University Krems
Zhou, Baohua, Fudan University

Previous Conference Proceedings

Contact and Questions

Conference Website

Website: https://digitalgovernment.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/cedemasia20/

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

22-23 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, will be hosting 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 will be an opportunity to discuss amongst 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 -, as well as international organisations opportunities and challenges of eDemocracy. How can eDemocracy enhance participation, inclusion, transparency and accountability?

With good governance a top priority of the EU in the EaP region, eDemocracy is an important part of today’s and tomorrow’s governance, dealt within Platform 1 of the EaP on ‘Strengthening institutions and good governance”, and was identified at the EaP SOM of 12 March 2018 as a priority theme of the EaP.

Good Governance represents a government approach committed to system founded in justice and peace that protects and ensures human rights and civil liberties. The United Nations describes good governance as characterized by participation, consensus, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency, equitability, inclusion and following the rule of law. It is responsive to (present and future) needs of society. This conference focuses three dimensions of good governance: participation through political communication in the digital sphere, transparency and stakeholder inclusion. These topics will be discussed in depth, critically assessing the present status and addressing future challenges.

The conference includes 3 panels, each will be preceded by a keynote that will then join the panel. Each panel is followed by an Q&A session that will allow participants to ask panelists and keynotes further questions.

Programme

 

22 October 2018

19.30: Welcome reception

“Salzstadl”
Donaulände 32, 3500 Krems

 

23 October 2018

8.30: Registration

Audi Max, Danube University Krems

9.00: Official opening

Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of the Danube University Krems

Thomas Buchsbaum, Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership & Representative of the Austrian EU Presidency

Christian Rupp, Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Platform Digital Austria

Robert Krimmer, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

 

Moderator:

Noella Edelmann, Danube University Krems (Austria)

 

10.30: Break

 

11.00: Panel 1: Political Communication in the Digital Sphere

Media manipulation, influence on third countries, populism on platforms, campaigning
How is digital public communication overturning the traditional hierarchical model in favour of popular and participatory communication? Is it suitable for horizontal, unmediated exchanges between politicians and citizens, and does it promote and offer a flattened communication structure in contrast to the top–down structure of the traditional legacy media – the kind of interactive communication often praised in populist rhetoric. What are the profound changes? Has there really been a change away from a top–down approach to public communication? Does it really promote dialogue, reach out to the public, or does it represent yet another platform to shape news agenda and public conversation or to lash out at critics, and get media attention? What is the role played by mass media in political participation, how does it impact the relationship between public and established power? How does it disseminate opinion, how does it influence the formation, expression and consumption of public opinion, and do we now have a public sphere where citizens can debate issues in a democratic forum with those in power?

Keynote: Rasto Kuzel MEMO98 (Slovakia)

“How has the role of mass media in political communication changed in recent years and

what implications do these changes have on democratic institutions?”

Panellists:

Meri Davtyan, Mission Armenia NGO (Armenia)

Mikheil Mirziashvili, Centre for Democracy Development (Georgia)

Øystein Sæbø, University of Agder (Norway)

Lucia Aprodu, Institute for Strategic Initiatives Communications and Digital Transformation (Moldova)

Moderator:

Robert Krimmer, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

 

12.30: Lunch

 

14.00: Panel 2: Digital Transparency for Accountability

The accountability of elected governments and the public administration serves as a fundamental principle of democratic societies. The emergence and proliferation of digital tools and the digital transformation of organizations has led to several initiatives, reforms and new principles, such as open data and open governance (e.g. the Open Government Partnership). Does digital technology, digital culture and the possibilities they offer really transform societies and their governments, and lead to better services, increased transparency and accountability? What are the benefits of digital tools and digitalization (cloud services, social media, wikis, open data, big data, data analytics, open‐by‐default initiatives, digital platforms and portals, collaboration and co‐production, etc.), what are the dangers and the lessons learned so far?

Keynote: Alexander Trechsel University of Lucerne (Switzerland)

Panellists:

Aleksand Dudchenko, Kyiv City Council (Ukraine)

Levan Avalishvili, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (Georgia)

Maarja Toots, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Alexey Kozliu, Human Constanta (Belarus)

Moderator:

Jacopo Leone, ODIHR/OSCE (Poland)

 

15.30: Break

 

16.00: Panel 3: Inclusion: Stakeholder Involvement in the Political Sphere

Deliberative democracy aims to expand meaningful public participation in political decision-making. Involvement and engagement are complex. 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? How are political, administrative and judicial decision-making processes connected to parliament, government, civil society, and what role do digital tools play therein? How can digital tools, processes and services increase the involvement of stakeholders? Is reaching a high number of participants the most important aim, or are there are other important goals to be reached, too?

Keynote:  Elke Loeffler

Governance International, UK & Institute of Local Government, University of Birmingham (UK)

“Improving public value through citizen voice and action”

Panellists:

Anna Melenchuk, Institute of Innovative Governance (Ukraine)

Harutyun Azgaldyan, Ministry of Education and Science (Armenia)

Rashad Shirinov, OSCE/ODIHR expert (Azerbaijan) and Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

Andrei Rusu, Information Society Development Institute (Moldova)

Lejla Turcilo, University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Moderator:

Jelizaveta Krenjova, eGovernance Academy (Estonia)

 

17.30: Summary & Closing

Thomas Buchsbaum, Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership & Representative of the Austrian EU Presidency

Robert Krimmer, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Peter Parycek, Danube University Krems (Austria)

 

19.30: Farewell Dinner

“Restaurant Blauenstein im Haus der Regionen”
Donaulände 56, 3500 Krems

 

Conference languages

English and Russian, simultaneous translation will be provided.

Related Reports

eDemocracy and the Eastern Partnership Summit Declaration 2017

Draft Non-Paper on Supporting the Development of e-Democracy in the EU’s Eastern Partner Countries, by Dr Kristina Reinsalu and Dr Jelizaveta Krenjova-Cepilova, initiated and funded by the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, (Version September 2018)  eDem_non-paper_Sept_2018

E-Partnership Conference October 2017 Estonia, Summary Session Report on e-Democracy  Report_Rapporteur_eDemocracy

 

Conference Location

“Audi Max” of the Danube University Krems

Airport Taxi

If you need a taxi transfer from or to Vienna Airport, please contact airporttransfer2000@gmail.com and transmit your arrival/departure date, time & flight numbers. The basic rate for one route is EUR 78,- (4 pax)  and will be split up among persons/car.

Registration and further Information about the Conference

You can registere here for the event: https://www.eap-events.eu/edemocracy.

All further administrative information regarding registration, please contact olha.mostova@cecoforma.com

You can also find current information on the conference at the respective page of the website of the Austrian EU Presidency.

If you need further information, please contact 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:

In partnership with:

CeDEM Asia 2018, Yokahoma (Japan): Keynote Speakers

Following eleven successful conferences in Austria and three inspiring conferences in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, we are looking forward to continuing the forum in Asia for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration. We are very pleased to announce the following keynote speakers and would like to highlight their talks.

Keynotes:

Shanto Iyengar (Stanford University):

Intense Partisanship: Implications for Electoral Accountability

 

Francis Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong:

Creating Polarization as a Political Strategy in an Authoritarian Context

Mario Voigt, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin:

Winning at all Cost: The Future of Democratic Elections

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JeDEM 9(2) – The CeDEM issue – out now!

9(2) CeDEM Issue (Edited by Qinfeng Zhu and Noella Edelmann)
The second issue of JeDEM in 2017, co-edited with Qinfeng Zhu from City University of Hong Kong, is out now!

This yearly issue is known as the “CeDEM issue”. It traditionally presents some of the best papers from the Conference for eDemocracy and Open Government (CeDEM) held earlier on in the year, and also includes the best papers from the sister conference CeDEM Asia 2016 held in Daegu, Republic of Korea.

Access it free of charge here!
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Special Issue of JeDEM 9(1): Open Government Partnership

JeDEM 9(1) is published now!

This time, JeDEM focuses on “Open Government and the Open Government Partnership (OGP)”. It contributes to the ongoing dialogue regarding the impact of the OGP on the way that openness is unfolding worldwide. This issue comprises one invited article, three research articles, and one reflection.

Open Access: You can access JeDEM free of charge, and also comment on the articles. We hope you enjoy this special issue of JeDEM and wish you a nice reading time, maybe during the holidays or afterwards.

Access: JeDEM 9(1), 2017.

JeDEM also encourages ongoing submissions throughout the year, or submissions to one of our special issue calls.