The 16th European Conference on eGovernment – (ECEG 2016) will be held at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 16th-17th June 2016.
Abstract submission deadline: 26 November 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance: 3 December 2015
Final copy of full paper due for review: 14 January 2016
Notification of paper acceptance: 26 March 2015
Applications of e-Government: new ideas for improving public services
Challenges to e-Government: authentication trust and privacy; semantics of transactions, definitions and implementations
Interoperability: barriers to implementation and key success factors
e-Government 2.0: impacts of Web 2.0 and open data, success and failure stories and reasons
e-Democracy/e-Participation: how technology can improve the democratic process
Measuring e-Government/Economics of e-Government: benefits and economics of e-Government; role of e-Government in social and economic development
Legal, agency, trust and governance issues in e-Government: issues of trust; IP issues of open standards use in e-Government and their consequences on applications built upon e-ID or other e-Government models
Additional topics: Entrepreneurial processes in the information society; knowledge management/intellectual capital in local/national government; …
Today the CeDEM13 will be opened by Dr. Victoria Weber, Vice-Rector of t he Danube University Krems, and the first day includes our keynotes Beth Noveck (New York University and MIT, founder of the White House Open Government Initiatitve) and Tiago Peixoto (World Bank, Washington), 4 sessions (E-Democracy and E-Participation; Open data, Transparency and Open Innovation; E-Demopcracy and E-Politics, Open data and Open Collaborative Government) as well as 2 workshops (Evaluation of E-Participation Projects; E-Infrastructure for Open data).
Transparency and access to information, new ways of interacting with government and democratic institutions, and Internet-based, decentralized grassroots activism have caused profound changes to the way states are run and society expected to function. Social media and new dimensions of online social activity, including individual and collective content generation, collaboration and sharing as well as the emergence of spontaneous multilevel networks change our understanding of how to run countries and companies. Services provided by public and private organisations have increased citizens’ independence and flexibility, but at the same time allow for more control. Now we have reached the point where we need to look at what the ideas, promises and suggestions have brought and why some projects have failed to reach the aims. Have aims and expectations been set too high? Or is the question how we define success (and failure)? Has the role of technology been overemphasised?
These are some of the questions and topics we would like to discuss at the 2013 Conference. CeDEM13 critically analyses present and future developments in e-democracy and open government.
On the second day of this huge conference people seem to have navigated their way through the heavy conference programme and the different venues. After our yesterday’s presentation on media awareness in networked protest I found myself again in another Internet and Politics section, this time in the panel Digital Politics: Collective Action born in and from the internet. For yesterday’s sessions and everyone interested in the internet and politics section, I reccommend Axel Bruns‘ blog who is, as always, doing a great job of live-blogging. Also, the panel digital media and collective – or rather, as we know now – connective action after mass society has been a highlight.
The first presentation of Jarmo Rinne on online mobilisation based on political friendship was a take on political friendship from Aristotle in the context of political action online. The Aristotle concept is referring to utility, pleasure and virtue. These dynamics of political friendship can also be applied to participatory emancipation and mobilization. Activism depends on the believe and hope that actions are going to make a difference. Thus, participatory emancipation contradicts the clicktivism or easy promo activism.