Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)


Special Issue On: COVID-19, pandemics and its effect on digitalisation of organisations

Submission Due Date
7/7/2020

Guest Editors
Asst. Prof. Dr. Tugberk KAYA
Department of Management Information Systems, School of Applied Sciences,
Cyprus International Univesirty, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus

Introduction
COVID-19 is the recent pandemic which the world is facing with 566,269 cases in 176 regions by 27th March 2020. Although the disease has lower case-fatality rates than Sars, Mers or Ebola, it created great panic and lock-downs are happening in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The pandemic will, unfortunately, affect many of the businesses and economical impact will be worse. Governmental lock-downs cease life, and the current situation indicates that digitalization of the practices will be the key to the future. Both public and private organizations should innovate their daily processes in a way that they are reachable virtually.

Objective
One of the main aims of this special issue is to examine the effect of COVID-19 and other pandemics on the digitalization of public sector and not for profit organizations.

This special issue aims to highlight:

1) Digital technologies for national health systems to detect pandemics and monitor them.
2) Digital technologies for efficiently managing pandemics.
3) Digital technologies for helping economies to recover disruptive economic times, increasing efficiency, and ensuring safety after pandemics.

Recommended Topics
· Digital technologies to help to prevent the spread of pandemic
· Digital technologies to help crises management
· Digital technologies to help to find cases effectively
· Digital technologies to use government resources effectively
· Digital technologies to help economies to recover by ensuring efficiency and safety
· Digital technologies to help the sustainability of health systems
· Alternative digital processes for local and governmental organisations
· Alternative digital processes for non-governmental organisations
· Crowdsourcing to manage pandemics in an efficient way
· Reviewing data protection in case of a pandemic

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on [insert special issue topic] on or before [insert due date]. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Asst. Prof. Dr. Tugberk KAYA
Guest Editor
International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
E-mail: tkaya@ciu.edu.tr

Special Issue On: New Approaches of Civic Engagement in the Public Administrations and Citizens Relations

Submission Due Date
10/1/2020

Guest Editors
María Elicia Cortés-Cediel, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Antonio Opromolla, Link Campus University, Rome, Italy

Introduction
In the last decades the relation between Public Administrations and citizens have become more and more complex, since they do not only consist in a “one way relation” where the Public Institutions inform people on their decisions but new forms of this relations are emerging, where the citizens play a more and more central role. This is possible also through to the application of new digital technologies.

Objective
The increasing use and ubiquity of technologies in the context of citizen participation has had an impact on the opening of public administrations to citizens. After times of disaffection towards political institutions, citizens are not only considered as beneficiaries of e-services, but also as active actors in decision and policy making. As a result, citizen participation has created public value in terms of quality of life, social inclusion, and healthier democracy, and has promoted governments to increase transparency and accountability. New methods of engagement of the population are emerging, which focus not only on the consultation of citizens on specific issues decided by the Institutions, but on the requirement of a more extended collaboration which foresees an active intervention of citizens in all the decision-making processes or even real partnerships between Institutions and citizens. In this regards, the objective of this special issue is to identify new forms of civic engagement and public participation which characterize the relation between Public Administrations and citizens, by collecting both theoretical contributions and the discussion of specific case studies.

Moreover, in order to involve citizens, governments have activated participation and consultation mechanisms through the digitization of conventional channels, resulting in e-voting and e-participatory budgeting platforms. In addition, they have launched other specific initiatives supported by novel, engaging technologies, such as social media, achieving high levels of active participation and governance. In these new digital scenarios, specific citizen participation dynamics that appear spontaneously become particularly interesting. In this way, the use of emerging technologies has entailed changes on how citizen participation arises and evolves, resulting for example in social movements led by hashtags within social networks. Moreover, the use of artificial intelligence to automate or support the participation processes, analyze the content generated by citizens in digital platforms. Another central aspect consists in the increasing presence of digital technologies also in the spaces of the cities, by creating more “hybrid” solutions (digital and physical) which not only sustain citizens in their daily activities, but which represent possible touch points between citizens and Institutions, also with the aim of a higher civic engagement. In the above citizen participation scenarios, spaces arise in which citizens’ privacy and actions are unprotected and are object of attack. Hence, for instance, mechanisms of misinformation and fake news entail biases in the content generated and received by citizens, and cyber-attacks make the citizens’ privacy unprotected. At a general level, also a lack of information by citizens of their potential role in decision-making processes or on the contrary a lack of trust in Institutions can discourage processes of civic engagement an participation. This is true also on the side of institutions, which are not aware of the contributions citizens can give to them. In this regard this special issue intends to collect contributions which discuss the way disruptive technologies provide new forms of civic participation and engagement, by also emphasizing the related barriers, risks and dangers.

Recommended Topics
• Novel initiatives of civic engagement and offline citizen participation
• New forms of e-democracy and novel e-voting systems
• New approaches of citizen empowerment and partnerships between citizens and governments
• New forms and approaches of co-creation and co-production
• Youth civic engagement
• E-activism and social movements
• Citizens as transparency and accountability beneficiaries
• Citizen participation and engagement in social media
• Collective intelligence and collaborative tools
• Motivational technologies: persuasive and affective computing
• Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, and citizen sensing
• Immersive technologies: augmented reality, virtual reality, and extended reality
• Conversational systems
• Gamification
• Living labs
• Open, big and linked data
• Data analytics and visualization
• Blockchain (e.g., blockchain-based e-voting systems)
• Economic, social and technological barriers in citizen participation
• Digital literacy and its consequences for citizen participation
• Inclusion, integration and diversity in e-participation
• Ethical aspects of new approaches of civic engagement
• Misinformation and fake news and their impact on public opinion and civic engagement
• Privacy and data protection in e-participatory platforms

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on New Approaches of Civic Engagement in the Public Administrations and Citizens Relations on or before October 1, 2020. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
María Elicia Cortés-Cediel
E-mail: mcorte04@ucm.es

Antonio Opromolla
E-mail: a.opromolla@unilink.it
Guest Editors
International Journal of Public Aministration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)

Special Issue On: FOUNDATIONAL APPROACHES, METHODS AND CASES IN LEGAL INFORMATICS

Submission Due Date
10/15/2020

Guest Editors
Charalampos Alexopoulos, University of the Aegean, Greece
Monica Palmirani, University of Bologna, Italy
Yannis Charalabidis, University of the Aegean, Greece

Introduction
Legal informatics domain is dealing with the application of informatics within the context of the legal environment, relating law-related organisations, such as parliaments or national printing offices, lawyers and law firms, courts, deliberative institutions and public administration, as well as citizens and businesses. The big data available –the amount of data produced is growing exponentially – permits to the machines to turn data into information, and to use personal behaviors for extracting knowledge. Artificial intelligence, legal analytics, machine learning, natural language processing, text mining and blockchain in the last five years permits to apply the theoretical findings elaborated for decades to concrete domains, including the legal environment and the legal informatics discipline paves the way of a new services.

On the one hand, the law-making and courts-decision processes, in an informed society, is facing the requirement to be “evidence-based”, factual evidence being deemed the prerequisite to guarantee the quality of decision and legislation. On the other hand, transparency, explicability, efficiency and effectiveness are the basic prerequisites in the public sector including the legal domain. Thus, new approaches utilizing the above-mentioned technologies are emerging in order for the designed services to provide information about the potential and actual impact of decisions and policies, enhance trust and accountability among governments, citizens and businesses, prevent bias on proceedings with cross jurisdictional boundaries, facilitate the rules depend on a particular jurisdiction and assist dispute resolution process.

The combination of the basic characteristics of these technological trends would eventually lead to the total reform of the legal sector either in law-making or in the legal industry. But first we need to describe, annotate and semantically enrich the legal information. A second great challenge of the domain is the so called, “Responsible AI” and explicable AI, which has been raising awareness of the potential threats of AI to a “healthy development” of society, and there is an ongoing discussion to what extent normative regulations are required to control the use of AI. This new approach includes also a new ethics dimension creating a digital ethics analytic method by-design to introduce with the other disciplines.

Objective
This special issue aims at presenting foundational, approaches, tools, case studies and theoretical frameworks for the creation, processing and publishing of legal documents as open data towards citizens, practitioners and administrations. Specific emphasis may be given to legal text mining, legal XML standards and models, legal ontologies, as well as further legal argumentation and reasoning models and approaches towards more automated legal services and information systems. We solicit for papers covering both organizational and technical aspects and combining theory and practice. Papers taking interdisciplinary approaches and covering a multitude of aspects are strongly encouraged. Furthermore, we promote a diversity of research methods to study the challenges of this multifaceted discipline including best practices, case studies, design approaches, literature reviews and interviews.

Recommended Topics
• AI and NLP concepts, methods and applications in legal informatics
• Blockchain and smart contracts concepts, methods and applications in legal informatics
• Responsible and Explainable AI in the legal sector
• Creating Big Legal Open Data
• Legal Knowledge Graphs and ontological alignment
• Metadata and semantic approaches in the legal sector
• Automated decision-making using Data Mining, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence algorithms in legal domain
• Extracting value from big legal open data through text mining
• Legal data analytics
• Knowledge extraction from legal documents
• Policy analytics, processing and intelligence for legal domain
• Data-driven strategies and policies using legal big data
• AI for eGovernment using legal rules
• Data quality, authenticity and provenance of legal big data
• Data protection, security and trust of the legal big data
• Ownership and legal big data and documents
• Ethical considerations in the application of Artificial Intelligence in Government
• Methods and technologies leading to enhanced digital public services
• Data-driven public sector innovations and applications
• Architectural Legal standards, principles and frameworks
• Semantic ontologies, web services and modeling for legal governmental infrastructures
• Legal Data platforms, interoperability and information sharing

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Foundational Approaches, Methods and Cases in Legal Informatics on or before 15 October 2020. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Charalampos ALEXOPOULOS
Guest Editor
International Journal Of Public Administration In The Digital Age
E-mail: alexop@aegean.gr