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:


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



February 20th, 2017 Posted by No Comment yet

In 2017, Lear Conference together with the Global Procurement Conference are organizing an international event: “Public Procurement Days”. During the three days, the two conferences will encourage an intensive exchange of ideas and experiences on issues of public procurement & competition policy.

Lear Conference 2017 “PUBLIC PROCUREMENT & COMPETITION POLICY” will bring together experts from a wide range of fields including academia, international organizations, law firms, public authorities and the private sector, encouraging a comprehensive debate on the current challenges related to competition in public procurement.

Among the covered topics:

Are competition policy and contracting authorities friends or foes? Which is the relationship between corruption and collusion? How to solve the problem of conflicting policy choices when tackling corruption and collusion? What are the screening tools developed to detect collusion in public procurement? How the availability of a large set of information (big data) may be exploited to enhance the reliability of these tools? Which type of circumstantial evidence can be deemed sufficient to legally prove bid-rigging? What measures can be adopted to encourage contracting authorities to seek compensation through actions for damages for the harm suffered by citizens and taxpayers?


Centro Studi Americani
Via Michelangelo Caetani 32

Meet DIGIWHIST researchers Mihály Fazekas and István János Tóth at the third session of the conference on 03.07.2017 from 15.00pm – 16.30pm and discuss with them during the Q&A after the session:

Third session – Screening tools and big data
Cartels conviction requires the collection of evidence that meets a high standard of proof. According to the EU case law, to prove an infringement the existence of an anticompetitive agreement must be the only plausible explanation of the observed behavior. Therefore, competition authorities look for documentary evidence to prove their allegations. However, firms have become very smart in concealing evidence of their misbehavior, making cartel prosecution very hard. Economics can help mitigating the problem in two ways. First, economic analysis can be used to select markets or cases in which illegal collusion is a plausible explanation of the observed outcome and participants’ conduct. These screening tools may help focusing investigations in those cases in which the actual existence of a cartel is more likely. Second, it may help collecting circumstantial evidence to be used to prove the infringement. Although this type of evidence is rarely sufficient to meet the required standard of proof, it can corroborate other pieces of evidence and contribute to a successful cartel prosecution.

The third session deals with screening tools. What are the screening tools developed in the economic literature? Are they effective? What are the risks of false positive or false negative? What is their data requirement? How the availability of a large set of information (big data) may be exploited to enhance the reliability of these tools? Who should be in charge of their use?

Francesco Decarolis, Boston University
Mihály Fazekas, University of Cambridge
István János Tóth, Corruption Research Center Budapest (CRCB)

Data for Sustainable Growth

November 11th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

The conference Data for Sustainable Growth will focus on demonstrating the best practices and cases of using big data, open data and G2G shared data to enhance the evidence based decision making with the special focus on the public sector, NGOs and state governance. Participants will discuss how an access to open data and data analysis can be applied to improve policy making in the region.

The organizers expect around 250 attendees, stakeholders and experts from Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe and CIS, specifically from Poland, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

DIGIWHIST researcher Daniel Tanis will be leading a workshop on “Mining for Corruption” in the afternoon of November 19, 2016.

The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2016: NEW PRESSURES ON CITIES AND REGIONS

November 2nd, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

This conference provides an intellectual and policy-relevant platform for scholars around the world to address the new and emerging challenges facing cities and regions. The global economic slowdown poses major concerns to many territories – through shortfalls in employment, household incomes, corporate profitability and tax revenues. The steel industry has been one of the hardest hit, forcing massive plant closures and redundancies from China to the UK. Austerity in public finances threatens the infrastructure required to lay the foundation for future growth and development. Economic uncertainties and uneven development also contribute to growing social unrest and new waves of international migration. Heightened regulation of the banks and other financial institutions is bound to have an impact on the funding of house-building and other real estate development, with uncertain consequences. Meanwhile the accelerating pace of technological change in many industries and occupations means different skills and capabilities are required of the workforce, causing painful adjustments for many communities. And looming concerns about climate change and accelerating environmental degradation complicate the task of urban and regional revitalisation.

The 2016 Winter Conference of the Regional Studies Association presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to clarify the research imperatives, and to consider the challenges facing policymakers and practitioners. The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and sessions that address a broad research and policy agenda, including contributions from any discipline which can offer relevant insights into the urban-regional-global nexus.

G20 Seminar on Corruption and the Global Economy

November 2nd, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

A Seminar on Corruption & Global Economy is  organised by the Chinese Presidency of the G20 and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Monday, 17 October 2016 in the OECD Headquarters in Paris. This event will be followed by a two day G20 Anti Corruption Working Group (ACWG) meeting.

The purpose of the seminar is to discuss the relationship between corruption and economic growth by exploring the impact of anti-corruption policies on macro-economic performance and financial stability and its effect on sustainable and inclusive growth. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss practical experiences with implementing corruption mitigation measures and how to strengthen the evidence-base of integrity and anti-corruption policies.

The seminar hosts experts from OECD, IMF and World Bank as well as Economists & Researchers from leading Universities. Our DIGIWHIST researcher Mihaly Fazekas from the University of Cambridge will be speaking at a round table on “Strengthening the evidence-base of integrity and anticorruption policies”.


4th International Open Data Conference

September 19th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

IODC is the essential meeting point for the global community to debate and study the future of open data.

IODC aims to build stronger relationships between open data initiatives from the different governments and establish a dialogue between these voices:

  • Policy makers and Public Sector Information (PSI) holders
  • Private companies, startups and freelancers
  • Activists and NGO’s
  • Data journalism
  • Representatives of civil society from all over the world.

The differentiating nature of the event is that it gathers countries from the northern and southern hemispheres to define tendencies and establish global policies of collaboration, with the objective of stimulating the progress of open data globally.

Titled “Global goals, local impact” the fourth IODC will reconvene the expanding community to showcase successes, confront shared challenges, and help ensure that the IODC’s vision and diverse initiatives continue to coordinate effectively.

Prior to the official opening of the IODC 2016, October 6-7, a large number of preconference meetings will be held in Madrid on October 3, 4 and 5 by government and civil society open data groups.

The upcoming edition of IODC will be built on the successful experience of IODC 2015 and will also take into consideration the results of many other relevant Open Data events, leveraging the momentum of the existing collaborations of the growing Open Data community, to release and expand the potential of Open Data.

The agenda of the event will be focused on the 3 main objectives of the Conference:

  1. Bring together the most innovative and practical Open Data solutions that are driving social and economic impact on areas such as health, gender, cities, education, science, agriculture and many more.
  2. Identify and explore both new opportunities and new debates that are shaping the Open Data agenda.
  3. Consolidate an international partnership on Open Data able to drive the development of global common resources for the international Open Data community.

As a global event, the conference will provide significant learning and a space for networking and collaboration for all national and international participants in government, private sector and civil society, who will learn from the best international Open Data experts.

The Global Open Data community will be not only invited, but truly encouraged to send their contributions for the agenda of the three main tracks in which the event is organized:Impact, Sharing and Action.