iPAC Co-Director Bertot Delivers Keynote at ICEGOV Conference
iPAC Co-Director John Bertot delivered the keynote entitled eGovernment and Inclusion: Potential, Issues, & Strategies at the 2014 ICEGOV Conference held in Guimarães, Portugal. The keynote touched on issues surrounding the potential of open data to spur innovative and transformative government in a digital age, but also discussed the challenges of inclusive eGovernment in an era of uneven access to broadband, mobile technologies, digital literacy, data literacy, increased disparities in wealth and education access, and changing demographics.
Bertot also served as co-chair of the Ethics, Accountability and Transparency Track, which conducted tutorials, paper sessions, and co-created a "key issues" document with participants to further a research agenda for a post-2015 digital government context.
ICEGOV is a series of International Conferences on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance taking place annually around the world. The series focuses on the use of technology to transform the working of government and its relationships with citizens, businesses and other non-state actors in order to improve public governance and its contribution to public policy and development (EGOV).
The ICEGOV conference series is coordinated by the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), based in Guimarães, Portugal, in continuation of the work of the Center for Electronic Governance at UNU-IIST in Macao, China, which founded the ICEGOV series. The ICEGOV 2015 Conference will take place in Tunisia, and Bertot will serve as conference co-chair.