IRRESISTIBLE? A symposium on the phenomenon of CORRUPTION

May 3rd, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

The international symposium IRRESISTIBLE? on 16 – 18 June 2017 in Berlin, intends to take a multi-perspective view of corruption, focusing not only on political and economic aspects, but also on social, cultural, historical, religious, artistic, philosophical, civic and journalism-related dimensions.The symposium introduces the topic and offers the opportunity to engage with experts from corruption research and the fight against corruption. The symposium is also an educational platform and means of exchange for young target groups and multipliers from Eastern partnership countries and Europe.

At the Pre-Conference Event on Friday June 16, 2017 from 13:30-16:00h our DIGIWHIST researcher Aram Khaghaghordyan will be facilitating a workshop based on DIGIWHIST research data.

Workshop 8: DIGIWHIST (EU Horizon 2020 Project): Making public tenders more transparent: how big data can be used in the fight against corruption
Some governments have led the way committing to increase transparency in public contracting and have actively taken steps to increase the amount and quality of information in the public domain. The potential to use this information to improve the efficiency of public spending, but also to hold government to account is immense. Only with widespread public engagement can this new wave of openness and big data reach its full potential. DIGIWHIST created national procurement portals for 34 countries. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the large amounts of public procurement data unlocked by DIGIWHIST and jointly explore ways through which it can be put to use in the fight against corruption.
If you would like to attend, please register via this link. There is no conference fee. Registration closes on May 7, 2017.

Data for Policy

March 21st, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

Governments are being transformed under the impact of the digital revolution, although the speed of change is behind that of the commercial sector. Policy-makers in all domains are facing increasing pressures to interact with citizens more efficiently, and make better decisions in the light of data flooding in all forms, sophisticated computing technologies, and analytics methods.  The hierarchical structures of governments are also being challenged as these technologies equip individuals and informal networks with the necessary tools to better participate in public decision making processes, and have a societal impact at a much faster pace than ever before.  The concepts and tools from artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and now blockchain technologies are also likely to automate many services in the public sector, greatly increasing its efficiency but at the cost of potentially millions of jobs. ‘Smartification’ of people, devices, institutions, cities, and governments also brings constant, ubiquitous surveillance which, together with inference and recognition technologies, creates the potential to regulate human behaviour and may even threaten democracy.

The third of the Data for Policy conference series highlights ‘Government by Algorithm?’ as its main theme, while also welcoming contributions from the broader Data Science and Policy discussions.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 8 May 2017
Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Presenters’ registration deadline: Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Discussion Paper submission deadline: Friday, 18 August 2017
Public registration deadline: Friday, 25 August 2017
Conference: Wednesday-Thursday, 6-7 September 2017

Personal Democracy Forum CEE 2017

February 21st, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

The 5th edition of Personal Democracy Forum will serve as a platform of idea and experience exchange for people working for civic participation and transparency in public life with the help of new technologies in Central and Eastern Europe.

The jubilee edition of Personal Democracy Forum will take place on April 6-7, 2017 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. It is planned for two days of both experts’ presentations and several interactive workshops. Keynote speeches will be interpreted and recorded in order to be published online for further use. The conference will be streamed on the conference related websites.

At this year’s PDF, the concentration is on diagnosing the democratic system – what went wrong? Did the system fail us or did we fail? What are the next steps? Find more background for this year’s main theme. PDF organizers see the need to focus around the following areas:

Democracy as a Buzzword

It seems that we define democracy in contradictory ways. Although we keep using similar words to describe it. Perhaps they do not mean anything anymore?

Revolution | Evolution | Stagnation

From enthusiasm through grassroot work to powerlessness. How can we learn from experiences of introducing the change?

Creation | Manipulation | Responsibility

When states are ineffective, citizens take matters into their own hands. What sort of challenges do we have to face in contemporary politics?

Maintenance | Sustainability | Innovation

Hopelessness and insecurity are becoming the most popular companions of CSOs. What environment should be created to expel those words from our vocabulary?

For more detailed information access the event website.

IFIP EGOV-EPART 2017 Conference

February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

The 2017 edition of the IFIP EGOV-EPART conference, the annual conference of IFIP Working Group 8.5, continues to host five topical tracks. Two general tracks will maintain the tradition of EGOV and EPART. Three special-topics tracks expand the reach and scope of the IFIP WG 8.5 annual conference:

  • The General E-Government Track serves as an umbrella for all e-government-related topics except the special-topics tracks. In particular, it also covers emerging and special topics in e-government research.
  • The General eParticipation Track serves as an umbrella for all eParticipation-related topics except the special-topic tracks. It focuses on research topics regarding citizen engagement in public affairs, and, in particular, on research that studies participation facilitated by information and communication technologies.
  • The Open Government & Open and Big Data Track focuses on practices and methods of transparency, accountability, public big data sharing, data for improving public value, and data analytics.
  • The Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics Track focuses on supporting public policy-making with innovative ICT involving relevant stakeholders. The scope ranges from policy analysis and conceptual modeling to programming and visualization of simulation models.
  • The Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions Track focuses on the orchestrated interplay and balance of smart governance practices, smart public administration, smart resource and talent leverage in urban and regional spaces facilitated by novel uses of ICTs and other technologies.

Despite some intentional overlap, the five tracks cover and emphasize distinct areas of research and appeal to specific and important sub-communities within the overall IFIP WG 8.5 scholarly community. Therefore the tracks have their separate and detailed call for papers.

The Multi-Track IFIP EGOV-EPART conference will tack place at The St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University),

9 Lomonosova St,
St Petersburg, Russia, 191002

ITMO University is one of the leading higher education institutions in Russia, providing training and research in advanced science, humanities, engineering and technology. Founded in 1900, ITMO University has grown to an organization with over 13,000 students and earned its name “National Research University,” blending the culture of innovation and discovery with world-class education.

The E-Governance Center (eGov Centre) was launched in May 2009 as a department at the ITMO University. Its purpose is to concentrate intellectual and organizational resources in order to support the development and dissemination of eGovernment / Open Government solutions in Russia and Eurasia.

8th Global Forum on Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets

February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

Anti-corruption enforcement is an elusive concept nowadays. The biggest questions revolve around how it differs from one country, jurisdiction or regulatory body to the next, and from one industry to another. For example, Brazil has different laws than China and Russia. Yet it also enforces these in distinct ways, a fact that has global players scrambling for an answer to a single question: How to run a profitable business without falling afoul of local legislation in high risk markets?

 

And that is what makes this conference unique: A razor-sharp focus on the most pertinent, country-specific anti-corruption topics of the times.

 

The usual suspects in the high risk realm are known. But something important has come about: Countries previously left out of the count of “high risk” markets are now often mentioned precisely in this context. To name just a few:

 

  • In South Korea, graft and bribery have triggered massive economic and political scandals
  • The French government, for its part, recently released the Sapin II law, a new anticorruption rule whose effects both nationally and internationally are as of yet unclear
  • The British government’s preoccupation with Brexit could dampen its commitment to global anti-corruption enforcement and the role of the SFO, reckons the OECD

 

Given this increased count of countries that might nowadays be considered “high risk,” ACI’s 2017 event will feature expert panels on the most pertinent anti-corruption topics of the times in these very same markets.

2nd Global Procurement Conference

February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

University of Rome Tor Vergata, with the School of Economics, is launching the “2nd Global Procurement Conference” that will take place in Rome, at the “Center for American Studies”.

This year the conference will be paired with the 2017 Lear Conference within the “Public Procurement Days”, an international event that is intended to create an intense and challenging debate on issues related to public procurement & competition policy in a globalized world.

The goal of the Global Procurement Conference is to raise awareness for the planetary implications of joint decisions regarding what is purchased, how and for whom in the public domain.

Thanks to a partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the University of Rome Tor Vergata has the pleasure of pr esenting the conference speakers, experts from International Financial Institutions and regulatory bodies, policy-makers, economists, lawyers, public procurers that will engage in a much-needed debate concerning issues related to innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and regulation in procurement worldwide.

5th Global Conference on Transparency Research

February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

The 5th Global Conference on Transparency Research will take place from June 19 to June 21, 2017 and will be held at the University of Limerick in Ireland. On this occasion, the conference is being jointly organized by the University of Limerick and the University of Baltimore in the USA, in association with the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Makarere University in Uganda.

Contributions are invited with a theoretical, normative or empirical focus, discussing issues such as (deadline for call for papers: February 17, 2017):

  • Transparency in developing countries
  • Transparency and governance
  • Transparency and the Internet of Things
  • Open government and e-government
  • Ethical Leadership and Organizational Transparency
  • Transparency and corruption
  • Transparency and NGOs
  • Transparency in the EU
  • Fiscal transparency
  • Corruption, open government, and good governance
  • Transparency, open data, and accountability
  • Transparency, open data, and privacy
  • Transparency, open government, and social equity

 

For the final agenda please consult the event website.

Procurement Leaders 11th World Procurement Congress 2017

February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

What trends are shaping the future of procurement? And how can you as a leading professional best equip yourself to meet the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities they present?

These are the questions at the heart of the Procurement Leaders World Procurement Congress 2017.

This global event, in its 11th annual edition, is designed not only as the premier knowledge sharing and networking forum, but it is also structured to provide you with a strategic and practical toolkit to help drive transformation within your business.

So if you want to be part of the future, the launchpad is WPC 2017 in London next May.

Please view the event preview to get an idea of what’s in store for World Procurement Congress 2017.

TICTec2017 – The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2017

February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

Returning for a third year, the conference will focus on the impact that civic technology and digital democracy are having upon citizens, decision makers and governments around the world. The participants will discuss themes of engagement, participation, institution, social behaviour, politics, community, digital capability, communication and ethics relating to the use and study of civic technology.

TICTeC2017 will bring together individuals from academic and applied backgrounds as well as businesses, public authorities, NGOs and education institutions to discuss ideas, present research and build a network of individuals interested in the civic technology landscape.

This 2 day conference provides the opportunity for researchers to present theoretical or empirical work related to the conference theme. The organizers also welcome proposals for individuals to lead workshops or give presentations relating to the conference theme and they encourage submissions to focus on the specific impacts of technologies, rather than showcase new tools that are as yet untested.

Further details on speakers and sessions will be added to the TICTeC website regularly.

2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum

February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

The OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum has become one of the leading public fora on integrity and anti-corruption worldwide, bringing together relevant policy communities as well as the private sector, civil society organisations and academia. This year’s motto is:

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST:  TAKING INTEGRITY TO HIGHER STANDARDS

30 -31 March 2017, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

    • Stimulate fair competition and economic growth
    • Reduce the inequality gap
    • Shape a level playing field for business
    • Safeguard the public interest in policy making
    • Promote trust in government and politics