General E-Government and E-Governance Track

The track serves as an umbrella for all e-government (EGOV) and e-governance-related topics except the dedicated-topic tracks. E-government research, also increasingly referred to as Digital Government Research, has developed over the past decades into a mature domain of multidisciplinary study with its own identity and profile. In this track, EGOV foundations and theories are explored. Moreover, the track puts special emphasis on studying a multitude of topics and areas of practice related to EGOV. We solicit for a variety of research approaches. This track covers several special topics in e-government/digital government research.

Areas of focus and interest include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Foundations of e-government and e-governance research
  • E-government and/or e-governance (unified) theories, views, methods and frameworks
  • Interdisciplinary approaches (e.g. intersection with other disciplines such as information science, information systems research, computer science, public administration, and political science among others)
  • Digital government strategies
  • Strategies and policies for ICT-enabled public administration overhaul
  • Public administration back and front-office overhaul (cases, practices, and lessons learned)
  • Stakeholder and change management in government
  • Management of public-private partnerships
  • ICT project success and failure
  • Return on investment and sustainability of ICT investments
  • Public information governance (strategies, information sharing practices, privacy practices)
  • Public records management (challenges, opportunities, and cases)
  • Public sector information management (challenges and opportunities, and cases)
  • Detection of and protection against misinformation and disinformation (for example, rumour control)
  • Intergovernmental integration and interoperation
  • Crisis and emergency management in e-government, emergency operations and governmental coordination
  • Government-sponsored and/or operated public alert systems (pandemic and other alerts)
  • Pandemic-induced innovations in the public sector
  • Safe public online access, inclusion, privacy and online identity management
  • Interoperability and ICT integration in government
  • ICT portfolio management in the public sector
  • ICT sourcing, insourcing and outsourcing, procurement
  • Public sector CIOs and/or COOs (roles, impact, span of control, issues, and challenges)
  • Public sector ICT workforce (management, recruitment, retention, compensation, etc.)
  • E-Government architectures (vertical, horizontal, and networked)
  • Enterprise ICT management initiatives
  • Managing and upgrading public sector legacy systems
  • Integration of online and inline services (opportunities, challenges, and cases)
  • ICT-enabled transnational government collaboration
  • Geographical information systems in government
  • Design approaches for ICT solutions in the public sector
  • ICT usage, acceptance, measurement, benchmarking, and benefit management
  • Online performance metrics for public services

Track Chairs

  • Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Ida Lindgren, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Gabriela Viale Pereira, Danube University Krems, Austria


General e-Democracy & e-Participation track

The general e-democracy & e-participation track focuses on all developments in electronic participation and digital engagement covering all relevant technical, political, and social aspects.

E-democracy and e-participation are multidisciplinary fields of study and focus on a range of issues including participatory public engagement, open government data, social media interactions, co-creation engagement in the co-design, co-delivery and evaluation of services, top-down and bottom-up initiatives related to economic, societal, public and welfare issues.

The multi-disciplinary track aims to discuss topics related to e-participation and e-democracy, discuss new ideas, meet other researchers and practitioners, and to facilitate future collaborations. We welcome theoretical papers, qualitative and quantitative papers, case studies and critical analyses. We encourage authors to address challenges and critical issues that can lead to further developments in this area.

Areas of focus and interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Foundations of e-participation and e-democracy research; theories, (research) methods, models and approaches.
  • The impact of current societal trends and events on e-democracy and e-participation processes (such as the cost of living-crisis, political climate, post-pandemic issues)
  • advances in the field through new tools, methods, platforms, organizing etc.
  • The development, use and impact of novel technologies to enhance e-democracy and e-participation
  • Analysis and evaluation of digital interactions between democratic stakeholders.
  • Evaluation of best practice, success factors, motivational factors etc.
  • Citizen inclusion and the digital divide, transparency, digital literacy/competences and open access.
  • Critical perspectives on e-democracy and e-participation

Track Chairs

  • Marius Rohde Johannessen, University of South-Eastern Norway
  • Noella Edelmann, University for Continuing Education, Austria
  • David Duenas-Cid, Kozminski University, Poland


Digital Technologies and Sustainable Development Track

The transition toward a more sustainable society is a worldwide challenge in which governments, businesses, NGOs and citizens are called upon to cooperate and contribute. Information exchange between governmental organizations (G2G), between business and government (B2G) as well as between governments and citizens (G2C) can support the formulation and monitoring of policies to this end.

Digital technologies are seen as essential in this transition toward more sustainability as they can support the implementation of policies and processes that contribute to reaching sustainability goals in various ways.

Innovative applications that built upon artificial Intelligence, blockchain technologies, open data, edge computing, and data analytics play an important role in the formulation of policies targeted at enhancing sustainability, their monitoring, and evaluation. ICT-based applications such as digital identities, cryptocurrencies, open data or e-consultations, and e-voting can give citizens the means to actively play a role in addressing financial inclusion, inequality, poverty eradication, circularity, food security, access to education, and healthcare.

However, digital technologies also raise discussions on their use that can be at odds with sustainability targets. For instance, the energy consumption of digital applications versus energy reduction goals or having no access to digital information versus solving inequality and poverty or the use of privacy-intruding digital technologies versus health improvement and well-being. In addition, many digital applications are provided by BigTech companies which leads to discussions on their role in attaining sustainability goals or unwanted effects on public value creation as formulated by governments.

In this track, we invite authors to submit original research that explicitly addresses the contribution of digital technologies to sustainability goals. We especially encourage critical perspectives on the positive effects, as well as the negative externalities, of digital technologies in striving for sustainability.  We welcome diversity in research designs, approaches, and methodologies. We provide a non-exclusive list of themes and topics, such as:

  • An overview of the contribution of digital technologies for realizing sustainability goals as formulated by governments;
  • Ethical questions and dilemmas posed by digital technologies in light of sustainability;
  • Digital product passports for circular economy goals;
  • Digital twin technologies and sustainable urban development;
  • Effects of digital platforms on sustainability issues.
  • Green information systems (re)design to combat CO2 emissions from ICT usage;
  • Case studies that illustrate how digitization supports the implementation of public policies that address sustainability. For example how digital data sharing can assist in monitoring the effects of public policies;
  • Critical review of the way(s) in which digital technologies are at odds with or can hamper sustainability goals, e.g. their energy consumption;
  • Information policies for dealing with aspects of sustainability in governments on all levels;
  • Information-sharing between public and private stakeholders to monitor and support extended producer responsibility or policies aimed at circular business models;
  • The use of open data for sustainability goals;
  • Data sharing solutions for monitoring the circularity of goods and materials for compliance with national policies for a circular economy;
  • Teaching cases in the field of ICT for sustainability;
  • Technology tools to stimulate change in consumption patterns (lower energy use, eat local, waste management, etc.)
  • Public-private and cross-sector partnerships to leverage the power of data for sustainable development

Track chairs

  • Jolien Ubacht, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Iryna Susha, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Gianluca Misuraca, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain


Digital Society Track

Today, the convergence of technology, governance, and citizen engagement has ushered in a transformative era. The public sector plays a pivotal role in shaping this landscape, as it leverages digital tools and platforms to deliver services more efficiently and responsively to citizens. This evolution is characterized by citizen-centric governance, where government agencies and institutions prioritize the needs and preferences of their constituents. The digitalization of public services has led to increased accessibility, convenience, and transparency. Citizens can access a multitude of services, ranging from healthcare to education, through online platforms, reducing administrative burden and enhancing the overall user experience. Furthermore, the use of data-driven decision-making processes allows governments to tailor policies and services to the unique needs of specific demographics, thereby promoting inclusivity and social justice.

However, we also face challenges, including data privacy concerns, digital literacy disparities, and ethical considerations related to the collection and use of personal information. Ensuring that the benefits of digitalization are equitably distributed among citizens remains a key objective. In this rapidly evolving landscape, interdisciplinary collaboration and continuous engagement with citizens are essential. The digital society requires the public sector to remain adaptive, innovative, and committed to fostering a sense of digital belonging among its constituents. In doing so, the digital society holds the promise of enhancing democratic processes, promoting societal well-being, and ultimately, contributing to a more inclusive and responsive governance.

In this context, the “Digital Society Track” invites submissions to the following topics and beyond:

  • Digital Single Market: e.g., OOP, OOTS, eID, eIDAS, SDGR, EIF
  • Digital Skills and Education in the Public Sector: e.g., curricular development and training, transdisciplinarity, life-long learning
  • Digital Ecosystems: e.g., data spaces, digital twins, digital product passports
  • Digital Public Health: e.g., electronic health/medical records, mobile health apps, telehealth, telemedicine
  • Digital Sovereignty: e.g., data residency, data jurisdiction, data protection, data independence and mobility, data interoperability and portability
  • Digital Public Self-Service: e.g., administrative burden, citizen experience, life events, compliance, cognitive and psychological challenges
  • Digital Society, Culture, and Democracy: e.g., digital transformation and social justice, digital inclusion, digital commons, digital ethics

 Track Chairs

  • Thomas Lampoltshammer, University for Continuing Education Krems, Austria
  • Katarina L. Gidlund, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
  • Lieselot Danneels, Ghent University, Belgium


Emerging Issues and Innovations Track

This track focuses on new topics emerging in the field of ICT and public sector, including public-private ecosystems. Also, future studies are welcomes in which fresh views on the future of government are derived.

Innovation and application of emerging technologies is now more and more in the thinking of Governments at all levels. While it would be easy to consider the public sector as being less flexible or slow in adoption, presentations at recent EGOV conferences proved that one should not come to such a conclusion too easily. Upcoming technologies, innovative organizational solutions, or new avenues of involvement in public sector activities seem to be more commonplace – along with the potential issues and challenges that come with such endeavours. Policymakers and public sector officials are now expected to embrace change, consider digital transformation, or improve governance practices. At the same time, public sector researchers are also influenced by new views, methods, tools, and techniques.

The goal of this track is to provide a platform for the discussion of new ideas, issues, problems, and solutions, that keep entering the public sphere. Ideas that are emerging but might not fit other conference tracks are also welcome. Focus may include but are not limited to:

  • Looking ahead into social innovation
  • Future studies, the future of government, policy-making and democracy
  • New trends in public sector research such as Metaverse, Large Language Models (LLMs), generative AI and its implementations such as chatGPT, Claude, ChatSonic, Poe – benefits, risks, adoption and resistance to its adoption by the public sector and citizens;
  • Global challenges that go beyond nation states (such as migration, climate change etc.) and which require international collaboration of individual governments;
  • Digital transformation in public sector context;
  • The future of digital governance;
  • Public values in transforming the government;
  • The role of government in smart cities (incl. smart sustainable cities) and sustainable living;
  • The role of the public sector in Human-Centered Society known as Society 5.0;
  • Government in the metaverse;
  • Self-Service Structures for Inclusion;
  • Public-private sector collaboration and integration;
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), smart contracts and blockchain;
  • Preparing for the policy challenges of future technologies;
  • Regulating misinformation;
  • New technologies for automated decision-making;
  • The future public sector use and regulation of latest AI or genAI solutions;
  • Public use as well as regulations of industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT);
  • The relationships of governments and Fintech;
  • Upcoming issues of eVoting / internet voting including application of digital signatures in the public sector;
  • Online public community building;
  • Utilization of digital billboards;
  • Latest trends in co-creation and service delivery;
  • Discussion of new research methods that have not been applied in this context;
  • Application of role theory in the analysis of public sector functions and processes;
  • Forward looking insights from case studies – let it be successful or failed experiments.

Track Chairs

  • Anastasija Nikiforova, Tartu University, Estonia
  • Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Francesco Mureddu, The Lisbon Council, Belgium


AI, Data Analytics & Automated Decision Making Track

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution creates new tools for conducting economic activities in the private sector, it also provides the public sector with tools for creating public value and engaging in digital transformation. While ICT has been fundamental for digitalising public services, the public sector increasingly relies on Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), (Big) Data Analytics (BDA), Blockchain, 5G, Adaptive manufacturing / 3D technologies, wireless and related technologies to accelerate and increase the impact of digital transformation.

As citizens are spending more time on the Internet, their digital footprints are becoming easier to collect, forming massive interconnected networks of data. Innovative methods and tools to analyse such data and understand policy implications are in urgent demand. In particular, open data and open government initiatives can create bigger synergy and impact when integrated with new technologies.

However, the use of new technologies by government has some serious ethical and policy implications. Complementing or replacing human-made public service with AI, automating decisions of consequence to people’s lives, harvesting interconnected data about individuals, etc. raise the risk that exclusion, injustice and privacy violations can happen on a massive scale. Decision made through (Big) Data Analytics and policy modelling tool may generate optimal solutions from an economic perspective, but not from a social inclusion perspective, or give rise to transparency and fairness concerns. Privacy and security issues with regards to citizens’ everyday digital footprints also have legal and policy implications.

This track invites papers that can advance theoretical, practical and policy questions on those issues. Papers are expected to address the topics including but not limited to:

  • Adoption of robotics-based public services
  • AI and labour displacement in the public sector
  • AI applications in the public sector
  • AI and policy monitoring and analytics
  • AI-enabled smart cities
  • AI in government and discriminatory bias
  • Big data analytics for policy modelling
  • Co-creation via AI and big data analytics
  • Computational analysis methods for open data
  • Consequential decisions and AI in government
  • Decision support system for policy makers
  • Digital transformation via AI
  • Disruptive services in public sector
  • Generative AI in public sector
  • Impact of AI on social cohesion
  • IoT applications in public services
  • Privacy issues in big data analytics
  • Qualitative policy modelling
  • Quality of AI-enabled public services

Track Chairs:

  • Habin Lee, Brunel University London, United Kingdom
  • Euripidis Loukis, University of Aegean, Greece
  • Evangelos Kalampokis, University of Macedonia, Greece


Artificial Intelligence Governance and its Societal Challenges Track

The global growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in use and attention has not been without controversy. As AI-based systems become more pervasive, having a profound and potentially harmful effect on businesses and citizens as well as on the broader societal fabric and the democratic system, understanding and influencing the impact on both the public and private sector as well as the regulation and global governance of AI itself becomes an important challenge.

The role of governments in controlling (or not controlling) this phenomenon and the values that emerge in its wake are still widely debated. While governments and the public sector have gone through significant digital transformation in most countries and various new digital technology related laws and regulations are emerging and being implemented some particularly addressing AI, a concrete or effective governance scheme for AI and related technologies (broadly including algorithmic systems, Machine Learning and AI-based tools and functions) is often still lacking. Indeed, how to operationalize existing as well as emerging laws and institutions to form an effective AI governance framework is a steep challenge which will require ongoing scholarly efforts. While there are initiatives around the globe regarding policies, the institutional implementation of those proposals is still unclear. Governments will play different roles in this operationalization depending, for example, on existing governance regimes, legal systems, socio-economic structures, market strengths, and cultural histories. Furthermore, the reliance on currently dominating AI systems by global players and computational infrastructures means many governance questions are inherently border-crossing and cross-continental.

The goal of this track is to provide a platform to raise awareness of local, regional and global challenges in the governance of AI and associated digital infrastructures.

Research reports related (but not limited) to the following topics are invited:

  • Global governance issues of AI and with AI
  • Market forces behind AI and related governance challenges
  • Ethics of AI (as it relates to governance questions)
  • Political philosophy of AI and its implications for AI governance in the public sector
  • Critical studies of AI governance solutions including science of technology studies, history of science and technology and critical philosophy.
  • Governance of the digital and computational infrastructure behind AI
  • Views on the role of the public sector regarding powerful AI tools and their practices
  • Public policies related to the use and development of ethical and legal AI systems
  • The translation and operationalization of AI-related laws to governance of AI
  • Institutional settings to support the implementation of AI governance
  • Concepts, views, and empirical understanding of trustworthy AI
  • Differences in political approaches to the challenge of AI
  • Changes to the world of work including resistances and changing labour market skillsets
  • The impact of AI on public education
  • Learning about AI and preparing citizens to live in the AI era
  • Translation between legal norms and (socio)technical design choices in AI
  • Socio-technical complexity and governance of AI
  • Case studies of successful or failed AI governance approaches and practices
  • Trends in related research and practice.

Track Chairs

  • Csaba Csáki, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Roel Dobbe, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
  • Gregor Eibl, University for Continuing Education Krems, Austria


Smart Cities (Government, Districts, Communities & Regions) Track

Urban growth, ageing populations, and global crises are driving profound changes in urban contexts, pushing cities, districts and urbanized regions towards the mandatory adoption of smart environments. The digital transformation of urban areas has become a top priority for city governments and local communities, offering great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity. Emergent and disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, digital twins, open data, Internet of Things, or clean technologies are being integrated into city administration, public service provision, urban logistics and community management with a view to improving information provision, data quality, privacy and security, institutional arrangements, and citizen participation in governance processes. Despite documented successes, however, significant challenges have arisen for governments, citizens and other stakeholders at the intersection of technology and society.

The term “smart city” can be defined and interpreted in different ways, resulting in significant variation in the development and implementation of policies designed to make cities, districts, and communities smarter. It has become important, therefore, for stakeholders involved in such initiatives to understand the factors that enable or inhibit successful smart city implementation, together with the local political, economic, and socio-cultural contexts that underpin them. To effectively tackle urban problems, smart urban areas should also be more responsive to the needs of their inhabitants. Here, it is crucial to determine what drives public trust in smart environments, and how interactions with technology result in the modification of citizen behavior and attitudes towards increasing urban “smartness”. More research is required on the interrelationship between digital maturity and resilient service management systems/supply chains, and the resulting emergence of cities that are agile and adaptable. How to make these changes sustainable, and the link between urban “smartness” and the Sustainable Development Goals, also warrant further investigation. And finally, although the literature is rich in references to smart cities and communities, it is less developed on the topic of why smart districts and regions need to become smart. This imbalance needs to be addressed.

This track invites papers that critically explore issues related to the challenges faced by smart cities, smart districts, and smart communities, as well as the opportunities afforded by these initiatives to sustainable living and urban governance. Topics of focus and interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Smart governance as the foundation to both creating smart urban and regional spaces (elements, prerequisites, and principles of smart governance) and coordinating smart public policies at different levels of public administrations
  • Smart government (focal areas, current practices, cases, and potential pitfalls)
  • Smart partnerships and smart communities (triple/quadruple helix, public-private partnerships, and citizen participation)
  • Smart cities, smart districts, smart communities and regions (cases, indicators, assessment, rankings, comparisons, and critical success factors)
  • Collective intelligence for smart cities and communities (smart ideas and solutions for smart cities)
  • Emerging and disruptive technologies in smart communities (big data, open data, data analytics, social media, and networks, Blockchain technologies, etc.)
  • AI, IoT and Digital Twins as enablers for Smart Communities/Smart Cities (infrastructure, transportation, citizen participation, education, governance, environment, health care, safety, security, and energy)
  • AI in smart city design, urban planning, and intelligent infrastructure operation
  • Integrative research that addresses the technological and social dimensions of smart and connected communities
  • Smart homes, intelligent home automation systems, domotics pros and cons
  • User-centric Smart Cities; citizen needs identification/prioritization, public trust in smart services, behaviour changes led by smart services usage, barriers and drivers of smart city services deployment.
  • Smart grids, smart energy distribution systems, intelligent energy monitoring, implications for climate change
  • Smart environment, traffic management, and transportation (carbonless and clean individual and public mobility)
  • Smart law enforcement theory and practice
  • Smart devices and their novel use in public management and public service delivery
  • Smart (technology-facilitated) practices such as payment systems, identification systems, etc.
  • New cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in smart technologies
  • SMART as a public-sector planning and management principle (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Results-based, and Time-bound)
  • Smart university, smart classrooms, and smart delivery of education-related services
  • Quality of life issues in smart cities and smart communities
  • Urban-rural gaps in smart communities, digital divides, and socio-economic disparities
  • Citizen participation in smart cities using emerging technologies as chatbots or blockchain.
  • Innovation and creativity in smart society development
  • Emerging technologies implementation in cities to face and manage natural disasters and health pandemics.
  • Sustainable policy developments for smart cities
  • Smart cities and Sustainable Development Goals

Track Chairs

  • Joep Crompvoets, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar, University of Granada, Spain
  • Shefali Virkar, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria


Open Data: Social and Technical Aspects Track

The public sector is increasingly opening its data for everyone to freely reuse. Open data provide unprecedented opportunities for improving governmental decision-making, enhancing transparency and participation, creating public value, and boosting the digital economy. This, however, requires an appropriate social context, innovations in technologies, and appropriate integration of the two.

The “Open Data: Social and Technical Aspects” Track aims to better understand and advance research on open data. Areas of focus and interest include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Open data foundations: open data definitions; processes; stakeholders and roles; artefacts; maturity levels and indexes; theories; relation to transparency, accountability, etc.
  • Open data policy and practice: open data policies; the role of open data in supporting digital transformation policies and principles; governance of open, big and linked data; opportunities, drivers, and barriers for/to the adoption of open, big and linked data.
  • Open data technologies: technical frameworks for data and metadata; ontologies, linked open data and knowledge graphs; machine learning and artificial intelligence technology using open data; mash-ups; data formats, standards, and APIs; data visualisation; data quality.
  • Open data innovation: the role of open data in public sector innovation; open data-enabled models of public service provision; government as a platform; making open data innovation sustainable; connecting open data and crowdsourcing; data and information literacy.
  • Open data evidence and impacts: impact on society and/or public administration; the value of real-life applications based on open government data; costs and benefits of providing or using open data; emerging good practices; public value generation using open data.

Track Chairs

  • J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
  • Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Anneke Zuiderwijk, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Digital and Social Media Track

Digital and social media have become significant spaces of interaction in government, public administration, democratic and political communications. They are an increasingly important interface between governments, the public sector, and their respective publics. Furthermore, they play an important role for innovation in the public sector, improving public service delivery and providing opportunities for public participation.

Social media applications and digital tools have also reshaped the nature of collaboration within the public sector, impacting political communication and campaigning. Whilst social media are extensively used in politics and by political figures, public sector organisations are still evolving the ways in which they can best integrate social media in communication channels and develop social media strategies.

We invite relevant studies on social media in government and public policy that draw on conceptual, case study, survey, mixed or other suitable methods.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • New theoretical perspectives and critical analyses of digital interactions
  • Strategies and policies for the planning and implementation of social media
  • Use of social media analytics in political communication and public organisations
  • Social media monitoring practices, challenges, tools and processes
  • Collection, analysis and interpretation of social media data
  • Organisational issues relevant to the implementation of social media in democratic contexts and the transformation of public sector organisations
  • Stakeholders and digital publics of government engagement on social media
  • Internal and informal digital networks in public sector organisations
  • The role of social media in digital transformation
  • The use of technology and social media for co-production, crowdsourcing, citizen-sourcing, co-creation and other crowd-based models
  • Mobilisation, social movements and other forms of digital engagement enabled by social media
  • Social media in crisis and emergency management
  • The impact of algorithms on citizen engagement, polarization and/or echo chambers
  • The impact of algorithms in the dissemination of mis-/disinformation (fake news)
  • Regulation of algorithms in social and digital media
  • Ethical, privacy, regulatory and policy issues related to social media
  • Evaluation of the impact of social media in various contexts
  • New methods, challenges, and opportunities of social media data

Track Chairs

  • Sara Hofmann, University of Agder, Norway (lead)
  • Panos Panagiotopoulos, Queen Mary University of London, UK


Governance, Digital Legislation, and Policy Track

Welcome to the Governance, Digital Legislation and Policy Track, where we delve into the dynamic and evolving landscape of digital governance, digital legislation, the wave of regulatory reforms, particularly at the European level, and the policies that shape our increasingly interconnected world. We’ll discuss digital sovereignty, data ownership, digitization projects within government administrations, and the legal challenges that emerge. This track is designed to attract scholars and experts in various fields who are researching the cutting-edge domains of digital governance and policy development. Join us as we explore a wide range of topics, including:

  • European and National Policies on AI & Data: Examine the comprehensive theme of data from multiple perspectives. We’ll analyze the legislation, regulations, and policies at both the European and national levels that deal with data in all its complexity.
  • Privacy and Digital Security: Explore the regulatory measures in place to safeguard personal data.
  • Dealing with Disinformation: Investigate the regulatory handling of misinformation and its profound impacts on democracy. Discuss the strategies being employed to combat disinformation and ensure the integrity of digital spaces and platforms.
  • Data Spaces & Governance: The emerging concept of data spaces are changing the way governments manage and share data. Discover the opportunities and challenges associated with these new approaches.
  • Public Sector Data Management: Explore the intricacies of data management within government institutions and the strategies and technologies that ensure data is effectively collected, stored, and utilized. In this context the Data Governance Act and its implications for data management within government agencies will be relevant.
  • Legal Informatics: Legal informatics allow for a plethora of useful and efficient solutions for the public sector. These applications offer support for administrative decision-making, management of legislation, support for the judiciary and support for governance.
  • Digital Ready Legislation: Explore the frontier of legislation that’s equipped to meet the demands of our digital society. We’ll discuss digital processes, digital judges, and digital agencies, examining the innovations and challenges they bring to the legal landscape.

Track Chairs

  • Peter Parycek, Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany
  • Anna-Sophie Novak, University for Continuing Education Krems, Austria
  • Edimara M. Luciano, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Practitioners – Researchers Collaboration Track

The digital government field brings together a global, multi-disciplinary network of researchers, but also of practitioners (public sector, industry, non-profit organizations, etc.). One key manner to allow this field to flourish is to develop and foster initiatives (e.g. joint projects) that integrate multiple disciplines with a creative mix of practitioners and researchers. In that context, EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2024 features a new track entirely devoted to presenting future or ongoing initiatives to foster collaboration between practitioners and researchers in Digital Government.

This track offers a good opportunity for presenters (practitioners and/or researchers) to discuss different joint initiatives, e.g. project ideas, to get feedback before submitting project proposals or to disseminate intermediate results of their projects and for participants to get an updated view of innovative initiatives while getting in touch with potential partners. The track welcomes different initiatives submitted from any application or aspects of Digital Government. Each submission (max 8 pages) should include:

  • Full name and acronym of the initiative
  • Names of presenter(s) and main contributors
  • The kind of initiative (joint project, arena, demonstration etc.)
  • Summary of project motivation, objectives and expected tangible outputs
  • If the initiative is ongoing, please add a summary of current results
  • Expected research and practice implications
  • Suggested funding
  • A short section about what the authors expect to get out of the presentation at the track (open questions, feedback about a specific topic, partnerships proposals, etc.)

Each submission will be peer reviewed by at least 2 members of the scientific committee on the relevance of the submitted project in the context of EGOV-CeDEM-ePart.  If the submission is accepted, at least one author will have to register to the conference to present their work as a presentation in an interactive “Practitioners – Researchers Collaboration” session at EGOV. A discussant system will be organized to ensure proper feedback and discussions about the projects. Furthermore, the accepted papers will be published in the CEUR-WS proceedings series.

Track chairs

  • Anthony Simonofski, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Ulf Melin, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Francesco Mureddu, Lisbon Council, Belgium