As governments seek to remodel and restyle their services, e-Government continues to arouse interest and attention. New dynamic issues such as e-democracy, e-citizenship, e-Identity and e-voting have become core elements in the development of public sector delivery. The multi-tier nature of e-Government, relevant at local government, central government but also at the supranational level such as the European Union, makes it of importance to academics and practitioners alike. Vital questions are posed which link technological development and a streamlining of government services to more social based values of inclusion, accessibility and power relationship ratios
e-Government encompasses more than just technology – it challenges the way in which public sector service providers and citizens interact. Democratic renewal, the transformation of service delivery, community leadership and citizenship integration are all key elements of this fascinating subject. e-Governemnt is tightly related to legal, economical and organisational fields and as such holds a strong interdisciplinary status.
The conference committee welcomes contributions on a wide range of topics using a range of scholarly approaches including theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative, quantitative and critical methods. Case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches. PhD Research, proposals for roundtable discussions, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited.
Submission details are given below. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:-
Applications of e-Government: New ideas for improving the Public Service efficiency and effectiveness; The case for e-Government; Post-modern campaigning; Comparison case studies in developing versus developed nations; e-Government for young people; G2G applications; Back-office implementation; EU e-Government policy.
§ Challenges to e-Government: Cyberterrorism; Technological limitations of citizenry; Interoperability; Language issues, Identity Management – including Authentication, Trust and Privacy; How to increase take-up of e-Government services; The transition to e-Government for local governments; Semantics of transactions in e-Government, definitions and implementations.
§ The e-Voting issue: How can e-Voting be made to work; Risks and advantages from e-Voting; prototype m-Voting systems; Validation and verification issues; Benefits and Inhibitors to e-Voting.
§ e-Democracy: How technology can improve the democratic process; ICT and the case of deliberative democracy; Using Blogs and Wikis to enhance participation; e-Government as an enabler of public sector reform; Setting an e-Democracy agenda at government level; Citizens' wider access to ICTs, and the skills and means to generate and distribute content; Citizen trust in online participation and dialogue; The design of audience-specific consultative processes; Conceptualising public value; Deciding the correct balance between online and offline citizen/government, citizen/citizen interactions; Exploiting the learning and communicative potential of emerging online tools and new media forms (games, blogs, wiki, G3 mobile communications).
§ Measuring e-Government/Economics of e-Government: The case for e-Government - Can benchmarking indicators be effective; What are the benefits and economics of e-Government?; e-Government success factors and inhibitors; Methodologies, tools and metrics for assessing the effectiveness of e-Government; Delivery channels for government services; Attaining social value from electronic government; Political accountability; Measuring e-Government – What benchmarks should be used?; Payback periods; Web-based information quality.
§ Legal, agency, trust and governance issues in e-Government: the equilibrium between actors in e-Government transactions, on issues of trust that may be expressed or understood between such actors, on legal issues promoting or inhibiting the adoption of e-Government models or measures, or on IP issues of Open Standards use in e-Government and their consequences on applications built upon e-ID or other e-Government models, such as in procurement; Trust Charters in e-Service delivery.
§ Additional topics: The issue of European citizenship; Interoperability Frameworks (National, Transnational); Entrepreneurial processes in the information society; Knowledge Management/Intellectual capital in local/national government; e-I: Intelligent use of systems in government; Leading change in Public Service organisations; Shared services in public service delivery- The way forward; Multi-Agency/partnership working; Information management strategies within the public sector; e-Government project failure; Scenario building; The role of e-Government in social and economic development; Decision support systems; Single European information space; Strategic leadership; Document management systems; Hierarchical government processes;Can e-Government learn from e-Business? Open Access and e-Government; Mobile Government; e-Procurement.
In addition to the main conference, submissions are welcomed to eight mini tracks: e-Justice, e-law and e-trust chaired by Bruno de Vuyst, Vrije Universiteit, Brusels, Belgium, E–Government Interoperability co-Chaired by Mila Gascó, Institute of Governance and Public Management of ESADE, Spain and Carlos E. Jiménez, Justice Department, Autonomous Government of Catalonia and Digital Citizenship and Youth Participation, Chaired by Mary Griffiths, University of Adelaide, Australia and . Assessing the Impact of e-Government Solutions - Planning and Theory versus Reality of Post Implementation chaired by Mehdi Asgarkhani, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand and Citizen Engagement with eGovernment chaired by Andrew Power, Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Ireland and e-Tax and e-Revenue Administration co-Chaired by Pat Molan, Irish Revenue Commissioners, Ireland and Tom Collins, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland and e-Government: Implementation Strategies for Developing Countries Chaired by Zaigam Mahmood, University of Derby, UK and Privacy enhancing e-Government Solutions Chaired by Christian Breitenstrom, Fokus Fraunhofer, Germany.
Academic Paper submissions
Papers should address one of the topics listed in this call for papers and can describe a wide range of research including empirical or theoretical studies. In addition, philosophical papers presenting an argument and papers presenting a process that has been developed and is now ready for wider use are welcome. In all cases concepts and underlying principles should be emphasised, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area. The work should not have been published elsewhere and should not be intended to be published elsewhere during the review period. See the submission details given below.
Work in Progress/Posters
Researchers are invited to submit current projects which are either at the proposal stage or are work in progress. In the first instance you should submit an abstract describing the work. If your abstract is selected you will be given the choice of producing a short paper with poster or abstract only with poster. If you opt for a paper, this should be a maximum of 2000 words including abstract, keywords and references. The paper will be double-blind peer reviewed and if accepted will be published in the conference proceedings. Presentation of the work at the conference will take the form of a Poster. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference and there will be a timetabled slot for contributors to stand by their posters so that participants can come and discuss the research. Participants will be asked to vote for the best poster and a prize will be given for the poster receiving the highest number of votes.
Doctoral Candidates are invited to submit papers describing their research. To be eligible, it is necessary for the paper to be produced to a publishable academic standard and papers will be subject to the same criteria and processes as research papers. However the final results of the research may not have been fully completed and interpreted. Wherever possible, PhD papers will be grouped together for presentation at the conference and there will be a discussant to provided constructive feedback on the work. A prize will be awarded to the best PhD paper presented at the conference.
Case Study Submissions
Case study submissions should be written to publishable standards. Case studies will be subject to the same criteria and the processes as research papers.
The conference committee welcomes contributions from individuals and organisations working in the field. These contributions can take the form of a presentation or a demonstration. In the first instance and abstract should be submitted describing the work to be presented. If the abstract is selected you will be asked whether you wish to produce a paper, a poster or just give a presentation. You will need to register for the conference to have a confirmed timetabled slot.
Round Table Proposals
The Programme Committee invites topical subjects to be proposed for discussion. In the first instance an abstract describing the proposed topic should be submitted. If selected the convener will be given a timetabled slot for the round table and will be expected to register to attend the conference.
Product Demonstrations and Exhibitor Opportunities
If you are contributing to the conference in any of the above categories you can also request the opportunity to give a product demonstration. If you would like to exhibit and/or demonstrate a product at the conference we suggest that you apply for one of our exhibitor packages.
§ The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the submission deadline to ensure that the proposed paper is relevant to the Conference.
§ The authors of abstracts that describe a relevant paper will receive a notification of abstract selection.
§ All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.
§ For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English.
§ Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author registers and presents the work at the Conference (see the registration section of the conference website for more information about registration). Author registration must be completed by 12 May 2011.
§ Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee only allows an author to present one paper. Therefore if multiple papers are accepted for presentation different co-authors need to present each paper.
Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. The proceedings have an ISBN and ECEG proceedings are listed and/or rated by multiple organisations worldwide.
Selected papers presented at the Conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Electronic Journal of e-Government. The latest issue is now available on the journal website.
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