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)
  • Open data
  • 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
  • Smart cities