At the close of the ICEGOV2017 Call for Papers yesterday, a record number of 560 papers had been received. Papers from all continents and close to 60 countries and economies were submitted between 20 July and 3 October 2016. All received papers will, in the upcoming months, go through a rigorous blind peer review process. Authors of selected papers will be informed of paper acceptance / rejection on 21 November 2016.
The conference also welcomes submissions that do not fit within the 12 tracks already outlined but generally address the issues that lie at the intersection of Technology, Governance and Development. In the order of priority: Contributions that fall at the intersection of all three domains – Technology, Governance and Development, i.e. how Digital Government can contribute to development, and of the highest priority to the conference..
A high rate of adoption of IT by organizations has led to immense benefits, but it has also resulted in unintended consequences being referred to as the `Dark side of IT.' For example, researchers are examining issues of Technostress, where employees are subject to relentless work-related pressure driven by ubiquitous IT tools and devices. Other `dark' issues include privacy loss, workplace distress and distraction, and abuse of power. Though dark issues have traditionally focused on security breaches, data theft, piracy, malware attacks and espionage, the focus here is on the effect of IT on the individual working in a dense digital environment.
Several governments around the world have done much to leverage IT to deploy e-government services, but much more still needs to be done about how best to adopt already-existing technologies and practices, and targeted research efforts for helping government and its suppliers address challenging new requirements. The Policy, Research and Innovation track examines the emerging visions for e-government in research and practice, the technologies required to implement them, and approaches that can be taken to accelerate innovation and the transition of innovative information technologies from the laboratory to operational government systems.
A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple ICT solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets namely but not limited to local departments information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services. ICT allows city officials to interact directly with the community and the city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city, how the city is evolving, and how to enable a better quality of life.
Governments around the world are engaged with providing healthcare and education facilities to citizens, at many levels. The use of digital technologies for providing and assisting with healthcare and education are growing. These facilities are a strong presence in many countries. Issues of research pertain to the access, quality, regulation, evaluation of these services, amongst many others. There are many challenges to providing these services and these constitute an active area of research.
According to the UN, the value of E-government will increasingly be defined by its contribution to the development for all using benchmarks such as citizen-centricity, inclusiveness, connected government, universal access, and use of new technologies. However, there are still many cases of social exclusion or digital-divides of different social groups around the world due to the way the e-government concept is operationalized, and or inadequacies in execution.
Digital citizenship refers to the norms of appropriate and responsible use of technology i.e. it defines what is considered appropriate technology usage. It is a concept which helps technology leaders, teachers and parents to understand what technology users, students and children should know to use technology appropriately. It provides a way to prepare different categories of technology users for a society full of technology.
Governments around the world have taken up the challenge of opening and making transparent the data pertaining to their functioning and that of the public sector at large. Research questions revolve around achieving transformation through open data that serves the needs of citizens. Considerations include having adequate design of data storage, data governance and data retrieval that assists policy analysis and research, while being relevant, current, adequately contextualized.
Use of information systems within organizations raises issues of ethics related to privacy, monitoring, workplace harassment, power, accountability and transparency. These issues arise from the concerns of shared norms and values rather than from legal or regulatory issues. With the widespread digitalization of government departments and organizations, these issues have assumed prominence, particularly with respect to accountability, corruption and transparency.