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Mini Track Call for Papers on Data for Societal Challenges

dr-jolien-ubacht

Mini Track Chair: Drs. Jolien Ubacht, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Mini Track on Data for Societal Challenges

Many challenges are being presented that require an appropriate use of big and open data from businesses, governments, research institutes, sensors, and citizens alike. Some illustrative examples of societal challenges are sustainability in urban areas, the energy transition towards sustainable energy sources, environmental concerns, refugees and political instability, affordable healthcare, nature preservation, smart logistics, natural and man-made disasters, education for all, economic stability, cyber security, international and local trade, smart governance, and ICT4D. These challenges go beyond the design of data platforms for sharing data. Addressing them requires good data governance, which includes the formation of data ecosystems, the creation of data sharing collaboratives, smart use of data for social innovation and applications, data analytics skills and services that are aligned with current and future societal challenges. However, the use of data can also have drawbacks on privacy and may raise ethical issues and contains risks such as overreliance on data, data misinterpretation and technology bias. This Data for Societal Challenges Track will focus on the practices and the critical assessment of using data from various sources for innovative and smart solutions that address societal challenges.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Data sharing ecosystems with the underlying business models for public, private and societal stakeholders and their role in data sharing and use
  • Data platform design that support the combinations of data and visualization from several sources for data analytics and collective intelligence
  • Best practices and failures, case studies in developing domain specific solutions such as (but not limited to) open data applications for logistics, travelling, energy savings, smart housing, smart cities, public healthcare, safety & security, disaster management, e-governance, ICT4D and education
  • Potentials of social networks, peer to peer platforms, living labs and online communities for citizen co-creation, participation and organization, crowdsourcing
  • Critical assessment of the use of open data and the consequences for public values, legal and ethical issues such as privacy, individual control and freedom of speech and issues such as information quality, accessibility, data visualization & interpretation and data bias
  • Innovative educational material and approaches for advancing knowledge on the role of data for societal challenges

Mini Track Call for Papers on Global Strategy and Good Practices of Digital Governments

Danilo Piaggesi Mini Track Chair: Danilo Piaggesi

ECDG Mini Track on Global Strategy and Good Practices of Digital Governments

In the present knowledge economy and international relations, the ICTs are penetrating the new faces of globalization. Among other phenomena, they help generate novel approaches to trade, to investment decisions, and to corporate restructuring to create global enterprises. More importantly, they open doors for innovation, not only to create new products but also new business models and new production systems that reshape international trade and relations. These challenges and opportunities raise several problems: first and foremost, training human resources so they will have the skills to embrace the new economic world and the knowledge-based society. This can be accomplished through a deep overhaul of the entire education system, emphasizing research, science and technology. There is also a need for public and private institutions capable of efficiently serving the new economic and social forms. The state will play a key role in these tasks. Furthermore, governments have the responsibility of modernizing their apparatus, making full use of the new technologies to change how they govern and, most importantly, how to be accountable to society. Here again, the ICTs are providing valuable and successful contributions to improve the efficiency and accountability of governments. One of the most pressing needs is to redefine the relations between the state and the market. While we need efficient, regulated markets, we also need governments capable of reacting to the new challenges posed by the knowledge society and the knowledge economy. The new technologies are helping redefine these relations through deployment of digital governments. This mini track will showcase the good practices and strategies put in place worldwide, in order to attain a digital government, with an emphasis on the best actions adopted by governments. It will provide a valuable contribution to the on-going debate on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it examines the impact of ICTs on many sectors, focusing in particular on the new role of government, society and the global economy.  Knowledge about these experiences is the purpose of this mini track, and sharing them is its best contribution to the ongoing worldwide debate on this subject.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge society
  • Knowledge Economy
  • ICT4DEV
  • U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)
  • Governance
  • Digital Government

Mini Track Call for Papers on eGovernment in Developing Countries

Alfredo TerzoliDr Ahmed Imran Mini Track Chair: Alfredo Terzoli and Ahmed Imran

Mini Track on eGovernment in Developing Countries ECDG 2017

Addressing unique circumstances and complex socio –cultural contextual issues in implementing e-government in developing countries is a daunting task. Researchers in this area are still struggling to tackle complex issues and practitioners largely rely on tailoring best practices around the world for a quick fix. There are unique factors to developing countries that must be addressed in planning information technology applications. On the other hand, adoption of e-government has become crucial for many developing countries to face the challenges of the 21st century’s knowledge economy and to address many typical deep-rooted problems like a lack of transparency in administration, a lack of efficiency, and corruption. The productivity potential of ICT is recognized now by many leaders of developing countries, largely through the constant pressure from developed countries and donor agencies including World Bank, United Nations, etc.  This stream will present papers that demonstrate the latest theory-based approaches to implementing e-government in developing countries. The stream will also include papers presenting rich case studies of actual implementations, focusing on lessons learned for the target country specifically and extrapolating to broader generic lessons.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Issues surrounding eGovernment adoption and use in developing countries
  • eGovernment innovations and projects in developing countries
  • Research approaches / method in developing countries
  • eGovernment education, curriculum development and knowledge transfer in developing countries
  • Pervasive technologies and emerging opportunities, open data, cloud Services, Social Media and mobile technologies for application in developing countries
  • eGovernment strategies, policies and governance in developing countries