About/Topic Areas

The International Conference on E-Governance and Digital Democracy is about the future of the public services, it’s about greater efficiency, community leadership, mobile working and continuous improvement through innovation. E-Governance is about using technology to facilitate and support better planning and decision making. It is about improving democratic processes and transforming the ways that public services are delivered. It includes e-government, the efficiency agenda and mobile working.

The objectives of the Network are to stimulate ideas, encourage and support experience sharing, and to challenge existing ways of working. It is a new network that is building on and expanding the remit of the e-champions’ Network that was formerly operated by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA). It is a largely virtual network with a slim administrative and operational structure. It will be running experience sharing events, providing regular updates on E-Governance issues, and encouraging innovation in public service delivery. It will also commission and share research.

The topics include but not limited to:

Telecommunications (e.g. regulatory models and structures, universal service, digital divide, network neutrality, access charges, competition, etc.), Information society (e.g. knowledge production and distribution, e-readiness, quality of life metrics, e-government, e-commerce, etc.) Regulation and governance (e.g. statutes and amendments, regulatory issues, structure of regulatory agencies, etc.), Informatization (e.g. integrated views of information technology from an overall perspective), The role of ICT in public administration at the local, state, and national level, Public policy/e-policies issues in relation to e-Government, Ongoing research into issues such as the digital divide; ICT standards; diffusion and adoption of ICT in government, Implications of e-Government for governance structures, transparency and accountability, Legal and policy implications of inter-organizational and public-private sector systems for government service delivery, Ethical issues in the use of ICT in public administration, E-policy and governance challenges in developing countries, National ID card and smart card debate and its implication and integration with other services, Analyses of impacts and adoption of e-Government, e-Democracy, and e-Participation systems, Access to government-held information, National broadband plans, Privacy, Security, Ethical issues of new technologies, Intellectual property, Gender and information technologies, Community, Electronic media industries, Internet applications and services, Unserved and underserved audiences, Standards, Mobile technologies, e-Voting, E-democracy, E-Participation