The 9th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2016) took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 1 to 3 March 2016. The conference was organized under the high patronage of the Presidency of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay by the Agency for Electronic Government and Information Society (AGESIC) and the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), in collaboration with UNESCO.
Taking place under the theme “Transparent and Accountable Governance for 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda”, the conference hosted presentations of research and experience papers focused on enhancing the transparency and accountability of government institutions and their responsiveness to the needs of people and communities, meaningful participation in government decisions of those affected by them, and strong collaboration between the government and the governed to tackle inequalities and promote social inclusion.
ICEGOV2016 featured a rich three-day programme with three concurrent streams designed for knowledge sharing, networking and collaborative deliberation. The programme included six keynote lectures, four plenary discussions, fourteen thematic sessions, four invited sessions, a poster exhibition, and a doctoral colloquium, all organized by leading international experts, practitioners and influential institutional actors in the field.
The six keynote lectures were: 1) opening keynote by Juan Andrés Roballo, Prosecretario de Presidencia de la Republica; 2) “How can Digital Government support the development of Knowledge Societies?” by Getachew Endiga, Deputy Director General, UNESCO; 3) “IMT-2020 and mobile broadband: enabling a “5G” seamlessly connected society” by Mario Maniewicz, Deputy-Director of the ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau; 4) “Big data analysis – a challenge to justice” by Wojciech Cellary, Professor at the Poznań University of Economics; 5) “Evidence-based policy and Sustainable Development: the role of Open Data” by Theresa Pardo, Director of Center of Technology for Government, University at Albany; and 6) “Responsive City – Success Case in the Government of the City of Buenos Aires” by Cecilia Giordano and Álvaro Casalins, Deloitte.
The programme also relied on the submission of 150 research and experience papers from 49 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, US, Uruguay, Vietnam. The submissions were reviewed by 116 members of the international Programme Committee. Among them, 97 papers were accepted and presented at the conference as part of fourteen thematic sessions: Transparency and Accountability, Citizen Empowerment, National EGOV Studies, Digital Inclusion and EGOV, Public Service Innovation, Context-Specific EGOV, Social Innovation, Social Media and EGOV, Open Government Data, Smart Sustainable Cities, Intelligent Information Systems, Open Government, Government Transformation, and Government Information Management; as well as Poster Exhibition and Doctoral Colloquium.
ICEGOV2016 was attended by 313 participants from 47 countries, including government officials, professors, lecturers, researchers, industry representatives, doctoral students, and journalists.
Previous ICEGOV conferences took place in Macau (2007), Cairo (2008), Bogotá (2009), Beijing (2010), Tallinn (2011), Albany (2012), Seoul (2013), and Guimarães (2014). For more information about ICEGOV2016, please visit the official website.