Call for Papers

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Eleven years ago, large parts of Central and Eastern Europe joined the European Union thereby ending half a century of division of the European continent. For the past decade, the Austrian Computer Society has organized the Eastern European e|Gov Days providing a platform for knowledge transfer and exchange in both directions.

The organizers since 2014 are Andrássy University Budapest (AUB), Austrian Computer Society (OCG), Austrian Federal Chancellery/Institute for State Organization and Administrative Reform (IfSV), Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy (AIELP), National University of Public Service Budapest (NUPS), University of Public Administration and Finance Ludwigsburg (HVF). In 2015 we welcome the Goforesight Institute Ljubljana joining as an organizer. Also the EDEM conference series, organised by OCG since 2007 joins forces with the CEEeGov Days and will strengthen the fields of citizen participation and digital democracy (hence, the amended title of the conference).

This conference will be held in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the institutions, which are now NUPS and HVF both educating civil servants of Hungary and Baden-Württemberg, respectively.

Conference Topics

A new European extra-territorial data protection regulation forthcoming, Germany’s leading Internet Service Providers implementing national Internet routing, France and Germany calling for a “European Internet”, … These are just some of the responses to a seemingly endless flow of revelations of privacy violations and intrusive activities from outside (and at times inside) the European Union. But how can such a “Europeanized” Internet work, what are the political, technical, legal and organizational challenges? And if it is feasible – is it also desirable or rather a detriment to economy and innovation? What are the repercussions on government infrastructure and digital services already in place?

This discussion can be expected to gain momentum and needs proper consideration from technological, legal and economic perspectives, therefore it was chosen as the general topic for the 2015 conference.

Beyond this general theme, however, papers are solicited in all areas of applying IT to the Public Sector; the conference will particularly focus on, but not limit itself to, the following topics:

  • Identity management for individuals,
  • Privacy and data protection (including Cyber Security),
  • eDemocracy on all levels (e.g., new forms of citizen participation, internet in political campaigns, eVoting),
  • The role of the internet in revolutions and in transition processes,
  • Transparency and anti-corruption
  • eTools to help establish a European public space,
  • Open data,
  • Legal aspects of eGovernment and eDemocracy,
  • Economic and social impact of eGovernment and eDemocracy,
  • Smart cities.

The conference language will be English. Papers will be subjected to a double-blind review process and published by the Austrian Computer Society.

Timeline and organisation

A two-stage selection process is to apply:

  • Oct 15, 2014 Nov 16, 2014: Abstract submission (approx. 200 words), not reviewed formally but checked whether they are in scope
  • Oct 31, 2014 Nov 28, 2014: Notification of whether the abstract is in scope
  • Dec 31, 2014 Jan 31, 2015: Paper submission (max. 10 pages), double blind full paper review according to scientific standards
  • Jan 31, 2015: Reviews out / Feb. 15, 2015 for submissions within extended deadline
  • March 1, 2015: “Camera-ready” papers due (standard OCG format available)
  • April 27, 2015: Volume available
  • May 7-8, 2015: Conference