Conference Tracks

ICEGOV2020 invites submissions of original papers, not published or considered for publication elsewhere, that contribute to the conference theme: Digital Governance in the Era of Disruptive Technologies and Globalisation. Papers can be submitted to one of the following 14 Conference Tracks.

Track 1: Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things in Governance

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and associated methods and tools support the vision of a data-driven, intelligent, personalised, ubiquitous government that can provide services of unparalleled quality to citizens and businesses. Bots, automation agents, self-learning systems, sensors, wearable devices, beacons and associated applications, individually or combined, can be the drivers of dramatic changes in the public sector, affecting all sectors and levels of administration, both at the back- and front-office. Within this context, this track aims at discussing opportunities and challenges, emerging practices, innovative approaches, case studies and more theoretical contributions that may shape future governments and societies.

Track 2: Distributed Ledgers and Blockchain Technologies in Governance

The implementation of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies (DLT and BC) in public administration promises “disruptive improvements” on the availability, efficiency, security, interoperability and openness of digital public services in several areas. This track aims at exploring challenges and opportunities that distributed ledgers and blockchain technologies bring to governance in areas such as smart contracts management, protection of intellectual property, identity management, land registry, taxation, legal enforcement and legislation records, procurement, invoicing and payments, cyber-protection, security and safety, health and education. Possible applications and repercussions of crypto-currencies in governance are also included within the scope of the track.

Track 3: Security, Privacy and Ethics in Digital Governance

As information technology penetrates every area and domain of the public sector, societies are investigating the extent of regulation that is needed to ensure that this new phenomenon is an advantage and not a threat. This track aims to discuss aspects associated with the proper use of emerging and disruptive technologies (such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, blockchain, big data processing and more) within the public and private sector. Emphasis may be both to traditional regulatory frameworks, such as GDPR or ISO 27000 and the sort, or self-regulating approaches by employing new ways that IT can enhance the ability of governments to ensure privacy, safety and security of its citizens.

Track 4: Bridging Research and Practice in Governance and Policy-Making

This track examines emerging visions for digital government in research and practice, the technologies required to implement them, the regulatory frameworks and approaches that can be taken to accelerate innovation, improvements in productivity and the transition from pilots to fully operational solutions in policy-making and governance. Considering recent developments in policy modelling and informatics, this track also welcomes innovative ideas, case studies or reflections on decision-making in the public sector with a great interest in evidence-based policy-making, policy informatics and new forms of governance.

Track 5: Digital Governance in South-East Europe and the Mediterranean

The adoption and proliferation of digital government policies and initiatives in South East Europe and the Mediterranean region are rapidly reshaping national administrations, regions and municipalities in this multi-cultural but connected part of the world. This track explores the unique opportunities and challenges associated with governments and organisations in this region and seeks for good practices, case studies, innovative approaches, research or reflection papers that have a regional cover and contribute to the multicultural discussion and progress within the theme of the conference.

Track 6: Digital Governance Assessment Methods

The existence and application of assessment instruments increase the likelihood of success of digital transformation initiatives at different levels (i.e. municipal, regional, national, international) and in different domains of the public sector (i.e. healthcare, education, justice, security, environmental planning, etc.). This track examines the methods, frameworks and tools for measuring various aspects of Digital Governance development and progress, such as service provision efficiency, organisational-semantic-technological-legal interoperability, data quality, digital skills maturity, citizen engagement, infrastructure readiness and more. The track invites papers presenting methods and instruments that can be used to monitor and assess the progress of Digital Governance transformation and to analyse the relationship between public policy and society, especially on how public services delivery is transferred to citizens, not excluding reflections or enhancements on existing assessment methods, currently in use by nations or international organisations.

Track 7: Digital Transformation of Public Services and Administration

Digital transformation has become an essential part of the strategic agendas, both in the public and the private sector. The track focuses on new and reusable ways to use digital technologies in revolutionising the way digital public services are provided through the proper transformation of organisational, semantic and technological aspects of administration. Such ways may include re-engineering the processes, applying “once-only” principles to data and systems, establishing paperless and “beyond bureaucracy” practices, automating internal operations of government organisations, improving productivity and skills of the public servants or improving access to government information and public services by citizens and businesses.

Track 8: Open and Collaborative Governance

Open and collaborative governance refers to new forms of governance through the effective use of digital technologies to engage with and empower citizens and businesses. By replacing the traditional models of formulating and implementing public policies, collaborative governance can bring together government and other stakeholders for discussion and policy-making decisions from early stages of policy design, while also providing open, big and linked data across all sectors of the economy, enhancing transparency and springing entrepreneurship. This track seeks innovative contributions in the form of new approaches, case studies or more theoretical and visionary papers that cross the traditional boundaries of traditional bureaucracy and show the potential of “Government 2.0”.

Track 9: Smart Cities and Regions

The world is in the midst of a massive wave of urban growth. At the same time, it has been noted that residents of cities and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through intelligent or smart technologies. All of these changes offer a higher likelihood of improved wellbeing and prosperity, while challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society are emerging. This track aims at exploring how society is managing and dealing with urban challenges, in search for innovative solutions leading to a better quality of life and sustainability in cities. It explores the opportunities, challenges and implications of smart initiatives in areas such as transportation, health and education, urban and environment-friendly planning, energy efficiency, digital infrastructures, entrepreneurship, as well as democratic processes, governance and transparency at a municipal or regional level.

Track 10: Legal Informatics

The objective of the legal informatics track is to discuss the application of informatics within the context of the legal environment, relating law-related organisations, such as parliaments or national printing offices, lawyers and law firms, as well as citizens and businesses. This track aims at presenting new approaches, tools, case studies and theoretical frameworks for the creation, processing and publishing of legislation as open data towards citizens, practitioners and administrations. Specific emphasis may be given to legal text mining, legal XML standards and models, legal ontologies, as well as further argumentation and reasoning models and approaches towards more automated legal services and information systems.

Track 11: Doctoral Colloquium

Presentation of students’ work at the Doctoral Colloquium aims at providing feedback from academic experts and building the students’ peer-to-peer and professional networks. Submissions to the Doctoral Colloquium are welcome from doctoral students who would like to present their research work on any topic related to the conference theme and tracks. Submissions should explain the research problem, the motivation, the research questions as well as the research methodology. It should also include the scientific and technical challenges and the respective research results. Doctoral Colloquium submissions will have the form of ongoing research papers (max. 6 pages). Although supervisors can co-author the paper, the doctoral student must be the main author and presenter. All accepted and presented Doctoral Colloquium papers will be part of the conference proceedings.

Track 12: Industry Track

ICEGOV2020 welcomes the participation of representatives from the industry and SMEs by allowing them to present recent developments, public sector projects and applications, innovative products or services, practical experiences, or research and development efforts related to the conference theme and tracks, that have high reusability potential in the public sector. Contributions to the industry track will have the form of short papers (max. 4 pages), will have to be presented at the conference and will be part of the proceedings. One of the authors of an Industry Track paper has to be an industry or SME representative.

Track 13: Public Sector Track

This track invites policy papers that are synthetic documents designed to enable outreach and impact, stemming from case studies, research projects, or other successful digital governance attempts in the public sector, written to include non-specialized audiences. Submitted papers should be a form of a report designed to facilitate policy-making, enclosing relevant findings and recommendations for the theory and practice in digital governance. Papers should provide enough background for the reader to understand the problem and convince them about the importance of the topic. Contributions to the public sector track will have the form of short papers, will have to be presented at the conference and will be part of the proceedings. One of the authors of a Public Sector Track paper has to be a representative of the public sector.

Track 14: Poster Exhibition

The conference welcomes submissions of short papers to describe ongoing work, including new project ideas, initial results, open questions, development plans, etc. with the potential to contribute to Digital Government research and practice. Accepted papers for this Track will be presented during the Poster Exhibition to stimulate discussion, create research-practice and research-policy connections, provide feedback to the authors, and nourish opportunities for international, multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration. The papers will be included in the conference proceedings.