The Second Call for Papers for the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2017) is now available. Taking place in New Delhi, India from 7 to 9 March 2017, the conference is organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Previous ICEGOV conferences took place in Macau (2007), Cairo (2008), Bogotá (2009), Beijing (2010), Tallinn (2011), Albany (2012), Seoul (2013), Guimarães (2014), and Montevideo (2016).
Knowledge Societies empower citizens to use the facilities available through digital infrastructures to have the freedom to live their lives in the manner they want to live. Governments, civil society and private enterprises often see their role as enablers of the knowledge society by providing needed services, support and products.
Governments have overwhelmingly adopted digital means to ignite and sustain this empowerment. Responding to social, economic, political and other pressures, they use digital technology to innovate their policies, processes, structures and interactions with partners and citizens alike, and institutionalize such innovations over time. Four waves of Digital Government innovations emerged: 1) Digitization – improving internal government operations and delivering better public services, 2) Transformation – facilitating administrative and institutional reform in government, 3) Engagement – engaging citizens and non-state actors in policy- and decision-making processes and 4) Contextualization – supporting policy and development goals in specific sectors and localities. Focused on creating conditions for self-governance and self-development on the local, sectorial and national levels, the Contextualization stage of Digital Government is directly relevant to Knowledge Societies
Digital Government policymakers and researchers face the challenge of ensuring that the global digitalization trend leads to transformation and empowerment, and finally to positive, sustained development outcomes. The challenge entails a wide range of issues and this call-for-papers highlights many of them. The main purpose of ICEGOV2017 is to explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment, considering the development of locally-appropriated Knowledge Societies as the means and the end to such empowerment.
ICEGOV2017 invites submissions of original work including research, experience or both, not published or considered for publication elsewhere, that contribute to the conference theme “Building Knowledge Societies – From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment”. The submissions can be targeted at one of 12 defined tracks, the emerging topics track, the doctoral track and the poster track:
The submission deadline is 3 October 2016 and acceptance notifications will be issued by 21 November 2016.