Digital technologies are instrumental in improving the openness, transparency, and accountability of institutions and the participation and engagement of citizens in societal activities. They offer governments the possibility to streamline and transform their communication processes and relationships with citizens, businesses, and other non-government actors through multiple digital channels. This more engaging governance model brings together the government and other stakeholders for discussion and policy-making decisions from the early stages of policy formulation until the monitoring of its implementation. It also provides open and linked data across all sectors of the economy, thus enhancing transparency, accountability, 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 boundaries of traditional bureaucracy and show the potential of e-Participation, e-Voting, collaborative and participatory online politics, and the future of digital democracy. This Track also invites papers on the application of crowdsourcing in the public sector to collect policy‑relevant information, knowledge, opinions, proposals, and ideas from citizens and public value co-creation with citizens and businesses. The role, adoption and use of social media to promote and transform civic participation and engagement is also a topic of interest of this Track.
#1 - Factors of engagement in e-Participation a Smart City | Andrea Duarte Ferreira (Prefeitura Municipal de Curitiba, Brazil); Taiane Ritta Coelho (Federal University of Parana, Brazil) [remote presentation]
#2 - Analysis of the interconnection between perceived safety and custodianship in urban green zones | Anastasiia Galaktionova, Aleksandr Antonov (ITMO University, Russia) [remote presentation]
#3 - Local governments on Facebook: what content encourages citizen participation and what type of municipalities post it the most? | Gonçalo Paiva Dias (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
#4 - Open government data for austainable sevelopment: trends, policies and assessment | Jonas Meuleman, Wai Min Kwok, Vincenzo Aquaro (UNDESA, USA)
#5 - e-Participation in lawmaking: background, promises & challenges | Ana Luisa de Moraes Azenha (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)