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In particular ICEGOV aims at disseminating results and engaging practitioners and policy makers at an international level.

The ICEGOV series of conference is organized by the United Nations University (IIST Centre for Electronic Governance, Macao, SAR) and it focuses on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses, civil society and other arms of government. The 2012 edition is organised by the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, USA under the patronage of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Main activities included the following:

a)        Panelist in the Plenary Session on 'Smart Innovation for Sustainable Urban Growth and Development' (24th October 2012, 09h00-10h30)

b)       Thematic session on ICT-enabled Governance and Policy Modelling: Bridging the North-South Gap, organised jointly by the FP7 support actions CROSSOVER and eGovPolicyNet, as organiser, co-chair and presenter. 24th October 2012 (14h00 – 16h00)

c)        Thematic Session on Smartcities - sustainable urban innovation: Organiser, Chair and keynote speaker, presenting: a) the final findings of the JRC-IPTS Exploratory Research on emerging ICT-enabled governance models in EU cities (EXPGOV) and b) a presentation on 'Cities as smart providers of eGovernment Services' (23rd October 2012, 14h00-16h00)

d)       Presenting the full research paper on 'Explaining the eGovernment Paradox: An analysis of two decades of evidence from scientific literature and practice on barriers to eGovernment (Savoldelli, Codagnone, Misuraca). (24th October 2012 11:00 – 13:00 Paper session – ICTs and governance transformation).

e)        Presenting the short research paper 'A New Roadmap for Next-Generation Policy-Making' (Mureddu, Osimo, Misuraca, Armenia). (22nd October 2012, 11:00 – 13:00 Paper session - Policies).

f)         Discussant at the Session on 'Smartcities, Smart Government, building a global research-practice consortium (25th October 2012, 11:00 – 13:00).

Key results:

1)  The conference was attended by about 350 participants from 62 different countries and speakers ranged from representatives of the USA Administration (e.g. Prof. Beth Noveck, former CTO and founder of the White House Open Government Initiative; Chris Vein, current Deputy CTO at the White House Open Government Initiatives, Jeanne Holme, Evangelist for data.gov at the White House and Chief Architect at NASA, just to mention a few); The World Bank (which organised a session on Smart Government), OECD, UNDESA, UNU, as well as leading researchers and practitioners (e.g. Nigel Shadbolt, Head of the UK Web and Internet Science Group and Co-director with Sir. Tim Berners Lee of the ODI – Open Data Institute), and policy makers from different countries, including the President of the Korean Information Society Institute or the Deputy Chair eGovernment Programme, Russia Federation, and many others from all regions of the world.

2)  The talk and discussion during the plenary session was very well received and the session was actually trending on twitter with many followers on my account and several requests of more information and networking, including cooperating in an International Research Project on 'Smart Benchmarking of Cities' (see later).

3)  The Thematic Session organised as part of the CROSSOVER Project featured a Panel of policy-makers and leading researchers covering all regions of the world (USA, Korea, Netherlands, Nepal, Ethiopia and Mexico. The discussion was very fruitful to validate the findings of the CROSSOVER Roadmap. Gianluca Misuraca, CROSSOVER partner, presented and further building the 'Policy-Making 2.0' Community. This session was attended by about 60 participants.

4)  The Thematic Session organised on Smartcities was very well attended, with about 70 participants and the debate following the panellists' presentations was of high quality. In addition to my two presentations (see point c above), which allowed also to further validate the findings of the EXPGOV Research project, Prof. Sehl Mellouli from the University of Laval, Canada, presented the findings of the International Smartcities project run in collaboration among Canada, China, Macao, Mexico and USA and currently analysing six cities (New York, Philadelphia, Shangai, Quebec City, Macao and Mexico City); and Prof Pierre Rossel from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on 'Developing key know-how and a robust compass in the smart city perspective'.

5)  Following the Smartcities session and the talk during the Plenary Session Gialuca Misuraca was invited to join as discussant the Session on 'Smartcities, Smart Government, building a global research-practice consortium, to provide insights from an EU perspective and discuss possible collaboration

6)  Gianluca's presentation of the paper on 'A New Roadmap for Next-Generation Policy-Making', presenting the preliminary results of the CROSSOVER project stimulated a high quality discussion and set the basis for the debate of the Thematic Session on ICT-enabled Governance and Policy Modelling: Bridging the North-South Gap.

7)  Gianluca's presentation of the paper 'Explaining the eGovernment Paradox: An analysis of two decades of evidence from scientific literature and practice on barriers to eGovernment' was very well received and an high quality debate followed it, giving room for collaboration with several scholars working in the domain at both European level (e.g representatives of London School of Economics and Brunel University) and International (OECD, UNDESA and The World Bank, as well as researchers from Korea, China, Italy, USA, and several other countries).

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