The International Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM) 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. The 2015 edition of the conference will be held on May 20 – 22, 2015 in Krems an der Donau, Austria and is organised by the Centre for E-Governance at the Danube University Krems.
The CeDEM offers a PhD Colloquium in cooperation with the Danube University Krems’ Platform for Political Communication and netPOL. The PhD Colloquium provides PhD students the opportunity to present their work and gain feedback from experts as well as meet other PhD students. Students from any stage of their PhD are invited to submit their work and invited to apply for the “CeDEM PhD Colloquium Grant”.
The CeDEM also provides an Open Space, where participants can democratically choose and organise in a barcamp style their own presentations, workshops, birds of a feather, events, meetings etc.
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. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to the conference topics.
Shauneen Furlong: “International Challenges to Transformational eGovernment“
Shauneen Furlong is an ICT and eGovernment consultant and professor who lectures on eGovernment and project management with the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, and around the world. She was awarded an IBM Fellowship; has a Ph.D. in Computer Science; a MA in Business Administration Economics; a MBA in Project Management; a BA in Philosophy; and is a Project Manager Professional (PMP). Shauneen has executive level management experience in a number of Government of Canada central agencies and departments over a period of 20 years, lastly as Executive Director, Government On-Line, Government of Canada.
E-Democracy and E-Participation
The explosion of social media is fuelling new and unanticipated directions in e-democracy and e-participation – from increased pressure for direct democracy through to new drives to engage citizens in service and/or policy co-design, co-delivery and co-evaluation. This session will explore the latest trends and ongoing challenges facing this evolving field, trying to outline the emerging traits of a new model of inclusive e-governance for local/territorial and global/virtual communities. We welcome papers presenting case studies and papers with a more theoretical focus, but encourage in particular authors to combine them for challenges analyses and elaborations on further developments.
Exploring a holistic approach to eVoting. Specifically, we aim to explore eVoting issues, gather perspectives and present practical solutions. Discussion of emerging technologies and their application to eVoting (kiosk and remote), often following outside-of-the-box thinking are particularly welcome.
Bottom-up, grassroot and social movements are increasingly using ICT and the internet to mobilise and coordinate their activities. This track looks at how new media facilitates, contrains, affords and influences those movements, with particular view to collective action, peer production and new forms of activism in a networked society.
Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration
Social Media integrate Web 2.0 technologies, content creation, and social interaction in the domain of Public Administration. It fosters innovations within the Public Administration to gain organizational benefits (reducing transaction costs, efficient dissemination, cooperative and cross-organizational work etc.) as well as communication and interaction towards the citizens (crowd sourcing including citizens, participatory budgeting, new online services, information campaigning etc.).
Open Collaborative Government
- Innovative collaboration platforms and tools
- The use of social media, collaboration, or decision making tools
- The implementation of cross-organizational collaboration or decision making processes
- Informal or formal collaboration between government and civil society, PPPs (private-public-partnerships), shared funding, etc.
- Evaluation methods for collaboration initiatives
- Success or failure criteria, empirical observations of success
Democracy, Globalization and Migration
This track focuses on democracies and democratic processes in an increasingly globalized world, clearly characterized by international migration.
Connected Smart City
This track provides a platform for the various living labs, initiatives and projects that work on or with concepts of “Smart Cities”. It aims at sharing experiences as well as test results and to further investigate relations of innovative technologies and democratic societies.
Open Data, Transparency and Open Innovation
Open data can provide a platform for many forms of democratic engagement: from enabling citizen scrutiny of governments, to supporting co-production of public data and services, or the emergence of innovative solutions to shared problems. This track will explore the opportunities and challenges for open data production, quality assurance, supply and use across different levels of governance.
Self-governance in Complex Networks
Dirk Baeker and his model of media development as applied to the media and means of governance reach from the rule of law via social market economy to societal self-governance in the smart crowd. The prior medium is not outdated and disappears, but continues to exist and takes up the function of a support-pillar for the new medium to work.
Technology and Architecture
In the open government /democracy arena, the technology determines what is possible towards meeting the requirements and expectations of end-users. The technology provides capability for the end-user to find data, use data and publish data. It also provides capabilities for inter-user communication, discussion, decision-making and participation. The architecture ensures that the technology conforms to an overall plan so making it comfortable for the end-use to utilise across various purposes that users may have. The use cases and the evaluation of technology application provide justification for new technological developments as drivers of social change.
Rethinking Information Visualization for the People
- Optimization of representations to provide insights into complex subject matters;
- Non-expert audiences, casual infovis contexts and strategies for visual literacy development;
- Transparency of design choices for visual representations (cf. Doerk et al, 2013)
- Developments in the emerging field of data journalism or other public communication domains;
Freedom and Ethics in Digital Societies
- Technology and responsibility: rational technology assessment;
- Internet: the enlargement or the illusion of freedom;
- The power of the internet;
- The disappearance of reality in the cyberspace;
- Knowledge versus information;
- From homo sapiens to homo digitalis
Design and Co-Creation for E-Democracy
- Design theories, methods and frameworks for e-democracy and e-governance;
- Designing qualities, processes and criteria;
- Challenges of participatory and co-design;
- The necessity of new competences for designers;
- Citizens’ Participation in Democratic Governance Processes through ICT in Africa
- How simple, affordable, and cost effective ICT tools are used to activate and facilitate local citizens’ participation in governance issues;
- Electronic virtual platforms for citizens’ participation and e-participation;
- Model discussions of how local citizens’-led advocacy forums, Voluntary Social Accountability Committees (VSACs), human rights networks and other initiatives in the region are using these platforms;
- Initiatives that use the ICT tools convergence approach, that combine online social, broadcast media and mobile technology to mobilize local citizens for offline physical meetings, to democratically engage local and central government leaders;
- Improving accountability for essential service delivery at the grassroot level;
- Robust methodologies that are able to provide empirical evidence about the benefits of Open Access;
- Proposals concerning the use of open access repositories for innovative purposes, such as new forms of research assessment and evaluation;
- Open scientific data, i.e., scientific data whose usage is unrestricted, or placed under use terms that guarantee the free access and reuse of data, possibly with some constraints on legal and ethical grounds (combining the Open Access and Open Data paradigms).
The conference proceedings will be published in print with the Edition Donau-Universität Krems; additionally the complete proceedings will be made accessible online according to Open Access Guidelines.
All articles of the conference proceedings will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Austria License. By submitting a paper to CeDEM, you agree that your paper will be available in print and e-print under the licence given.
eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM)
A selection of best papers of CeDEM15 will be published at the Open Access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) after revisions and/or extensions.
CeDEM15 Best Paper Award
The CeDEM conference presents the author/s of the best paper with the “CeDEM Best Paper Award”. Papers are nominated for this award by the reviewers during the peer-review process, the best paper is then selected by the CeDEM’s track directors.
- Noella Edelmann (Danube University Krems, AT)
- Peter Parycek (Danube University Krems, AT)
- Gerlinde Ecker (Danube University Krems, AT)
- Arthur Lupia (University of Michigan, US)
- Jeremy Millard (Danish Technological Institute, DK)
- Peter Filzmaier (danube University Krems, AT)
- Stevan Harnad (American Scientist Open Access Forum; Universite du Quebec, CAN; University of Southampton, UK)
- Steve Clift (E-Democracy.org, US)