The 14th edition of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance – ICEGOV 2021 – focuses on Smart Digital Governance for Global Sustainability in a challenging social, political, economic, and environmental world. It is once again jointly organised by the University of the Aegean, the Harokopio University of Athens, and the United Nations University (UNU-EGOV), which partnered up last September to bring you a fully online, real-time event over 4 days. It is supported by the high patronage of the Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance.
For over half a century, digital governance, or the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in public administration and society, has allowed governments to change how they make decisions, engage with stakeholders, operate, produce, and provide public services. The opportunities of digital governance have been emphasised by past and current crisis, as a way to manage pandemic, economic and environmental emergencies and recovery, but also to address social and political challenges faced in a rapidly changing world.
This year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference is back to its usual format on 6 – 8 October 2021. Athens is once more set to be the host city, and it certainly has a lot to show for those who visit it. Following thirteen previous conferences, ICEGOV has become a source of significant research and policy insight, able to reach national and global policy, industry and research audiences, with a community of more than 1500 authors from more than 100 countries. On average, every conference attracts more than 150 paper submissions, is attended by representatives from government (40%), academia (35%), industry, civil society, and international organisations (25%), and offers an engaging 3-day programme, with an additional day for the Workshops and the Doctoral Colloquium (5 October).