EPU-Workshop Technology Revolution, Public Administration and Participation: Guangzhou (China)

From 21-23 July 2018 the workshop Technology Revolution and Public Administration took place in Guagzhou, China. This workshop was sponsored by a grant from the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU). Researchers from the Centre for E-Governance at Danube University Krems and the Department of Media and Communication at City University Hong Kong took part. It was hosted by the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou.

Participants of the EPU Meeting in the afternoon

The first session addressed aspects of governmental innovation, e-governance and digital and mobile governance. A particular emphasis was on governmental hotlines and artificial intelligence as well as accessibility of hotlines, f.i. through the usage of languages (50 different languages can be selected in New York, for instance). Examples from New York also included open data contests (Big Apps 3.0) and open data principles. It is interesting that Big Data was called a “tiger flying” – hinting at the different techno-positive metaphors of datafication that seem to be found for this phenomenon around the world. The governmental hotline in Guangzhou is called 12345 and a few presentations were held around this topic.

The second session of the workshop addressed aspects of political participation, civic engagement and social media in a global and Asian context. The following presentations were held: (more…)

Call for Participation – PerPart 2015: ‘2nd International Workshop on Pervasive Participation’

PerPart Logo ©Matthias Baldauf

PerPart Logo ©Matthias Baldauf

September 8th, 2015, Osaka, Japan

in conjunction with UbiComp 2015


Workshop candidates are invited to submit position papers until June 10th, 2015
Please find more information here

Summary and Theme

Topics of Interest

We invite contributions on topics including but not limited to

  • Novel pervasive and mobile e-participation concepts and prototypes
  • Innovative user interfaces and interaction techniques facilitating Pervasive Participation
  • Exploitation of social media platforms on pervasive devices for citizen e-participation
  • Approaches to attract and encourage different citizen groups to take part in decision-making processes using pervasive technology
  • Privacy and security issues in Pervasive Participation and approaches to overcome them
  • Integration of Pervasive Participation in traditional decision-making processes
  • Methodologies for evaluating novel pervasive forms of citizen e-participation or assessing their impact
  • Experiences from planning, conducting, and evaluating field trials and living labs in the fields of mobile and pervasive citizen e-participation
  • Important Dates

    • Deadline for workshop papers: June 10th, 2015
    • Workshop paper notification: June 19th, 2015
    • Camera Ready: July 3rd, 2015
    • Workshop: September 8th, 2015

    Governments around the world are trying to improve methods how to integrate citizens in the public decision making processes. They aim to introduce new methods to broaden the scope of involved citizens as well as to encourage those previously less eager to participate, such as younger generations. In governing urban development, participation has been long encouraged and organized especially related to urban planning. Especially in that field, the penetration of mobile and wearable devices with their manifold features to interact with real-world surroundings provides new opportunities to collect citizen input directly from particular sites and on the go.

    The 2nd International Workshop on Pervasive Participation (PerPart 2015) seeks to discuss the various requirements, opportunities, challenges and impact of novel concepts for advanced citizen e-participation based on the pervasive computing paradigm utilizing latest mobile technology such as feature-rich smartphones and wearables and appliances embedded in today’s technically enriched urban surroundings. PerPart aims to provide an extensive outlook on relevant concepts, innovations and research issues in the field of advanced technology-mediated citizen participation. Thus, we plan to examine Pervasive Participation from various angles and to uncover the interdisciplinary challenges of creating feasible, efficient, and user-accepted Pervasive Participation methods.

Workshop on Open Gov Data Standardisation @Informatik2013

Promoting (meta)-data standards: the European Commission ISA Programme perspective

Vassilios Peristeras, European Commission, Programme Manager

The European Commission promotes interoperability with the Interoperability Solution for European Public Administration (ISA) programme. Within the context of this programme there are activities dedicated to semantic interoperability and metadata standardization. This includes work in the area of the Asset Description Metadata Schema, the Core Vocabularies and the DCAT Application Profile. Work currently done in this area will be presented as well as cases of practical implementation of semantic technologies by the public sector in Europe.


Can e-voting increase electoral participation?

STOA Workshop at the European Parliament, Brussels, 17 March 2011, 9-13 hrs, room A1G – 3.

In view of the low participation rates at elections of the European Parliament, voting over the Internet(e-voting) is suggested as one possibility to involve more Europeans in the political and electoral process.E-voting is seen as an especially promising way to motivate younger voters to participate in the elections,because they are already familiar with using the Internet daily for many reasons. Voting could be done inbetweenwatching YouTube videos and blogging on Facebook, so the argument goes.However, voting is at the heart of the democratic process and elections not only have to fulfill specialrequirements like transparency, q p y, security, and anonymity, but also have a special symbolic meaning. E-votingis not the same as e-business. Some critics even dismiss the idea of e-voting altogether, for technicalreasons and also on principle. In the workshop the chances and risks of e-voting will be discussed.


E-Democracy Conference 2010

LogoEDem10klein“A revolution doesn’t happen when a society adopts new tools. It happens when society adopts new behaviours.“ (Clay Shirky)

4th International Conference on eDemocracy
6. and 7. May 2010
Danube-University Krems

Conference Programme


  • Distribution and Empowerment: Embedding Citizens at the Heart of Democracy
    Andy Williamson
  • Goverati: E-Aristocrats or the Delusion of E-Democracy
    Ismael Peña-López
  • The Promise and Contradictions of E-Democracy, Obama Style
    Micah L. Sifry
  • Open Access to Research: Changing Researcher Behavior through University and Funder Mandates
    Stevan Harnad

Find the full programme here.


Please register at the Conference Website.