The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2016

March 14th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2016 conference (TICTeC2016) will focus on the impact that civic technology and digital democracy are having upon citizens, decision makers and governments around the world. It 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.

TICTeC2016 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.

17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)

December 1st, 2015 Posted by No Comment yet

The 17th IACC will be hosted by the Panamanian Government represented by the Autoridad Nacional de Transparencia y Acceso a la Informacion (the Panamanian National Authority of Transparency and Access to Information) and organised by the IACC Council and Transparency International, with the participation of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Libertad Ciudadana (Transparency International Panama).

Two of our DIGIWHIST researchers, Mihaly Fazekas and Bence Toth (both University of Cambridge), will be presenting at the conference:

Thursday, December 1 • 17:30 – 19:30
Friday, December 2 • 09:00 – 11:00
In the evening there will also be a “U4 meet and mingle” networking event from 18:00 – 20:00:



ICEDEG 2016, Quito, Ecuador

November 11th, 2015 Posted by No Comment yet

Representatives of the governments, international organizations and universities of Latin America are called to develop a vision for eCollaboration, eDemocracy, and eGovernment. The main objective is to discuss the regions’s transition to an information and knowledge society that will accelerate and enhance regional economic, social, cultural and technological development and exchange.

Big Data Methods for Social Science and Policy

September 11th, 2015 Posted by No Comment yet

This interdisciplinary Workshop Big Data Methods for Social Science and Policy will bring together Cambridge research expertise in areas such as quantitative sociology, biostatistics, computing, astronomy, mathematics, psychology, law and history and philosophy of science in order to explore what methodological insight can be offered from research advances in these disciplines.

The meeting will feature a series of short talks, in-depth discussions and networking opportunities, allowing the opportunity to develop new connections and ideas for the application of big data to solve big questions in social science, as well as the societal, political and ethical implications of these new methods.

Mihály Fazekas from DIGIWHIST will present a paper: Exploring government administrative data to hold governments accountable in the Big Data Era

If you are interested in the outcomes of this workshop a report can be downloaded here.

MZES Big Data Conference

August 18th, 2015 Posted by No Comment yet

The continuously growing use of digital services has provided social scientists with an expanding reservoir of data, potentially holding valuable insights into human behavior and social systems. The potentials of the use of digital trace data in social science research has famously given rise to the terms “big data” and “computational social science”. Using such data, social scientists have argued, will enable us to better understand social, political and economic life through the generation of large datasets that are composed not of questions asked of citizens concerning their attitudes and behaviours, but of the digital traces of their actual behaviour as they navigate the online world.

While the potentials of the use of digital trace data have been a continuous focus in public debate, scientific contributions using such trace data in political science usually come in the form of research-manifestos or isolated proofs-of-concept, only marginally contributing to current debates in the social sciences. Examples abound of descriptive analyses, maps and visualizations of citizens’ or candidates’ social media use during electoral campaigns, or of activists during social movement mobilisations. Indeed, at present, most work using digital trace data in the analysis of political phenomena falls into two categories: (1) Using digital trace data to illustrate online-components of political events, such as protests, televised debates or election campaigns; or (2) Demonstrating that in specific cases, specific selections of digital-trace-data collected on specific services somewhat resembles routinely used metrics in political science such as opinion polls, election results and ideological placement of MPs based on roll-call-data.

Even though there are many interesting and valuable contributions among these studies, for moving into the main stream of political research the field has to mature. This includes: developing standards for data collection, preparation, analysis and reporting; establishing more systematic links between the established body of research in the social sciences; and a move away from proofs-of-concepts towards the systematic development and testing of hypotheses.

The aim of this conference is to contribute to this development. We aim to create a forum where leading practitioners, challengers and up-and-coming social scientists who work in the area of digital trace data meet and engage in debate. Any such endeavor needs to take interdisciplinary considerations into account.

16th International Anti-Corruption Conference

July 31st, 2015 Posted by No Comment yet

DIGIWHIST will be represented by Aram Khaghaghordyan at the 16th IACC which will take place in Malaysia from 2 – 4 September 2015.

The conference will be jointly hosted with the Government of Malaysia, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Malaysian Society for Transparency and Integrity (TI Malaysia). The theme of the conference is Ending Impunity: People. Integrity. Action. We will welcome 800 participants from around the world to join us for plenary debates and workshops to discuss what we can do to end impunity for corruption.

Virtuous Circles Conference

July 8th, 2015 Posted by No Comment yet

Some DIGIWHIST members were present at the ANTICORRP conference “Understanding Governance Virtuous Circles: Who Succeeds and Why” (July 8-12, 2015, organized by the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) and the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building, ERCAS) got off to an intriguing start here at the European Academy Berlin. The aim of the event – with the biggest names in the international anti-corruption discourse in attendance – is to identify patterns that have led to national success stories (“virtuous circles”) in fighting corruption.

Kick-Off Meeting Cambridge

April 8th, 2015 Posted by No Comment yet

Clare College in Cambridge welcomes DIGIWHIST Consortium Members 8-10 April for their kick-off meeting.