As the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda is shaping up to guide the world community in the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development, broad agreement is emerging that effective and accountable public governance is a key enabler to such development and that digital technology, by empowering citizens with access to vast amounts of governance- and policy-related data and the means to track, analyse and interpret such data, is a key enabler to effective and accountable public governance.
Under the theme of “The Rise of Data Post-2015 – Empowered Citizens, Accountable Institutions”, the 8th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2014) will explore research and policy implications and discuss the way forward for technology-enabled and data-intensive public governance in the post-2015 world. The conference will take place in Guimarães, Portugal from 27 to 30 October 2014, organized under the Patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic by the University of Minho, the Agency for Administrative Modernization of the Portuguese Government and the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV).
In the tradition of previous ICEGOV conferences in Macao (2007), Cairo (2008), Bogota (2009), Beijing (2010), Tallinn (2011), Albany (2012) and Seoul (2013), ICEGOV2014 will feature a rich four-day programme with four concurrent streams designed for knowledge sharing, networking and collaborative deliberation. The programme will include keynote lectures, discussion panels, tutorials, workshops, paper sessions, thematic sessions, invited sessions, a poster exhibition, a sponsor exhibition and a doctoral colloquium, all organized by leading international experts, practitioners and influential institutional actors in the field.
The topics to be addressed will include: citizen empowerment, cloud computing, data for development, electronic participation, government technology leadership, information society ethics, intelligent government systems, internet inclusion, mobile governance, national information policies, open government data, policy innovation and digital science, public sector innovation, technology for ageing society, transparency and accountability, urban resilience and others; and the questions on the agenda will include: “Is Electronic Governance Strengthening or Undermining Public Governance?”, “Quo Vadis Electronic Governance: More Trust or More Confrontation?”, “Public Sector Cloud: Promoting Digital Innovation or Fighting Digital Divide?”, “Are CEO-CIO Alliances Necessary for Digital Innovation in States, Cities and Enterprises?” and “Role of Government in Technology-enabled Public Engagement: Regulating or Facilitating?”.
For more information, including an updated programme and registration information, please visit the conference page at www.icegov.org.