posted on November 07, 2012 17:14
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 was organised by the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, USA under the patronage of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. In particular ICEGOV aims at disseminating results and engaging practitioners and policy makers at an international level.
This year edition of 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.
CROSSOVER was represented at ICEGOV by Dr Gianluca Misuraca, Senior Scientist at the Information Society Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS).
Gianluca presented on behalf of CROSSOVER the paper 'A New Roadmap for Next-Generation Policy-Making' (Mureddu, Osimo, Misuraca, Armenia). Moreover, he co-organised and co-chaired with Prof. Maria Wimmer the Thematic session on ICT-enabled Governance and Policy Modelling: Bridging the North-South Gap.
This session, organised jointly by the FP7 support actions CROSSOVER and eGovPoliNet featured a Panel of policy-makers and researchers covering all regions of the world including: Prof. Yushim Kim - Policy informatics Network, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University (North America); Prof. Luis Luna - Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico (Central and Latin America), Mr Moses Kamya - US, State Governor's Office, CIO & Director of Statewide Learning Management System (North America); Mr Ganesh Adhikari - Government NID, Nepal (Asia); Mr Mesfin Belachew - Director of EGOV department of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Ethiopia (Africa) and Marijn Janssen - Delft University, Netherlands (Europe).
After a brief introduction by Prof Wimmer and Dr Misuraca on the projects and community building activities as well as the CROSSOVER Roadmap on Policy Making 2.0, the panel discussion addressed the following issues:
What are the most pressing issues and needs such a community should address?
What ICT tools for governance and policy making are used and
What specific actions should be recommended to particularly bridge the North-South and other existing gaps in this domain?
The session, attended by about 60 participants, stimulated an animated discussion and it was very fruitful to validate the findings of the CROSSOVER Roadmap on Policy-Making 2.0.
In addition to this, Gianluca contributed to the conference with the following activities:
- Panelist in the Plenary Session on 'Smart Innovation for Sustainable Urban Growth and Development'
- Organiser, Chair and keynote speaker of the Thematic Session on Smartcities - sustainable urban innovation, 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'
- Presenter of 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).
- Discussant at the Session on 'Smartcities, Smart Government, building a global research-practice consortium