Transparency

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

(may be subject to change)

22 October 2018

19.30: Welcome reception

23 October 2018

8.30: Registration

9.00: Official opening

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: How has the role of mass media in political communication changed in recent years and what implications do these changes have on democratic institutions?

Rasto Kuzel MEMO98, Slovakia

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: tbc

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 Löffler – Governance International, UK & Institute of Local Government, University of Birmingham

17.30: Summary & Closing

19.30: Farewell Dinner

 

Conference languages

English and Russian, simultaneous translation will be provided.

Related Reports

eDemocracy and the Eastern Partnership Summit Declaration 2017

 

Registration

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

All further administrative information regarding registration is available here: EaP Information for participants

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, 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:

Call For Papers: Annual Privacy Forum 2016

Annual Privacy Forum 2016
bringing research & policy together
7-8 September 2016
Frankfurt

ENISA is organizing the 2016 edition of the annual privacy forum, in the light of the upcoming data protection regulation and the European digital agenda. Papers covering original work on the technological, economic, legal and societal aspects of the challenges that will come up with the implementation of the new framework are welcome. We particularly invite multidisciplinary papers that make it explicit how the presented work can contribute to bridging the gap between research and policy.

Moreover, in order to also encourage contributions from policy makers, representatives of competent authorities (such as Data Protection Authorities), industry experts, NGOs and civil society associations, we invite opinion papers from all stakeholders on the above mentioned topics. Opinion papers will reflect the opinion/position of the author(s) on the selected privacy-related topic. Both research and opinion papers should deal with at least one of the following aspects:

  • Implementation aspects of ‘by design’ and ‘by default’ paradigms
  • Implementation and adoption of PETs in today’s digital services
  • Modelling of data protection and privacy requirements, such as: machine readable representations and automatic evaluation of policies
  • Enabling transparency: technological and organizational challenges
  • Technical solutions for the enforcement and the implications of the subject’s right, e.g. right to erasure, access and correction
  • Aspects of privacy impact and risk assessment
  • Technical solutions for data portability
  • Sustainable business models for privacy friendly online services
  • Information and consent in online environments: practical solutions and implementations
  • Privacy awareness, reliability and usability of PETs
  • Trust services for the protection of personal data – privacy aware trust services (i.e. electronic certificates, signatures, etc.)
  • Security measures for the protection of personal data
  • Economics of privacy and personal data

Important dates

Submission of full papers: March 15, 2016
AoE Notification to author: May 10, 2016
Camera-ready copies: May 31, 2016

Full Call for Papers

JeDEM No. 7(2) 2015 out now!

jedem logoWe are pleased to announce a little pre x-mas present: The newest issue of our open access e-journal at JeDEM.org.

This issue comprises the best papers of the CeDEM 15 conference in May 2015 in Krems, Austria. 

Included are the keynotes by Shauneen Furlong and Alon Peled held at the CeDEM15 Conference at Danube University Krems, research papers from CeDEM and a paper submitted to the JeDEM open submission system. The keynotes’ articles describe the challenges to transformational government and the linking (or “wazing”) of the world’s government data resources. The authors investigate transparency in open governments, the critical factors in the use and publication of open data, the motivation to share knowledge in public administrations using new media technologies, as well as cities’ commitment to open data.

Read the latest issue here.

There will also be a new JeDEM CFP out at the beginning of 2016 – watch this space!

Until then: Merry Christmas!

CeDEM16

Call for Papers: CeDEM16 – International Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government 2016

CeDEM16

CeDEM16

CeDEM16 will be held 18-20 May 2016 at the Danube University Krems. The international conference CeDEM16 brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age.

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to following conference tracks:

      E-Democracy and E-Participation
      Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration
      Open Collaborative Government
      Open Data, Transparency and Open Innovation
      Citizens’ Participation in Democratic Governance Processes through ICT in Africa
      Open Access
      Bottom-Up Movements
      Information Visualization for the People
      Connected Smart City
      Emerging Issues in E-Democracy and Open Government
      Reflections
      Workshops
      PhD Colloquium

We invite individuals from academic and applied backgrounds as well as business, public authorities, NGOs, NPOs and education institutions to submit their papers, reflections as well as workshop proposals to the topics addressed in the tracks:

      Research/Full papers/Case studies/Project papers: 12 pages maximum (double-blind peer-reviewed)
      Reflections: 6 pages maximum (selected by the chairs)
      Workshops: 4 pages maximum (selected by the chairs)
      PhD Colloquium papers: 7 pages maximum (excluding literature list; selected by the track directors of the colloquium

Important Dates

      Deadline for the submission of all papers, workshop proposals, reflections: 7 December 2015
      Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2016
      Camera-ready paper submission: 7 March 2016
      Conference: 18-20 May 2016

Further Information:
Call for Papers – detailed information
CeDEM16 – celebrating 10 years of conference

Call for Chapter Proposals: Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency

Editors

Carlos E. Jiménez, (IEEE eGovernment, Department of Justice of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain)

Mila Gascó, (Institute of Public Governance and Management and Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management, ESADE Business School, Spain)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015

Full Chapters Due: June 30, 2015

Introduction

On January 2009, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government that declares the new Administration’s commitment to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government and establishing a system linking three principles: transparency, public participation and collaboration. Since then, public administrations around the world have embarked on open government initiatives and have worked to redefine their relationship with citizens and with each other. The benefits attributed to open government are many. They include the claims that open government leads to more effective decision making and services, safeguards against corruption, enables public scrutiny, and promotes citizens’ trust in government, included better achievements of effectiveness, efficiency or accountability.

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