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Summer in Delft:
Beyond Bureaucracy

 Co-Producing Governance & New Models of Governance 

The dg.o '18 BB-Track aims to outline and discuss challenges along the boundaries of society, technology, and governance, which reach beyond established e-governance research paths and priorities. The BB-Track invites contributions that discuss pending technological challenges, promotes the economic potentials of disruptive new technological ecosystems, and serves as a platform for pro/con deliberations on BB thought and knowledge.

After Vienna, Shanghai, New York, ..., BB is comming to the
dg.o 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands!

Track chairs:

  • Dr. Alois Paulin, Faculty of Organisation Studies, Slovenia
  • Dr. Leonidas Anthopoulos, TEI Thessaly, Greece
  • Dr. Adeyinka Adewale, Henley Business School, UK
  • Dr. Zach Bastick, Harvard University, USA

How do you mean »Beyond Bureaucracy« ???

It's about goying beyond what human kind had so far in terms of governing societies. About going beyond electing representatives every couple of years, who then stear the vast bureaucratic machinery which we perceive as "the state". It's about how ICTs enable humanity to fundamentally restructure the government of the public domain.

Think about it for a while: we're the first generation in human civilization, which has available a ripe set of ICTs. Never ever in human history before we could interact in a way we can do nowadays. Besides: ICTs have reached a level of maturity and penetration in the last ten years, which enables us to go truly beyond approaches we have seen so far.

In the last few decades we have seen radical transformation in telecommunications, in transport, logistics, credit transfer, navigation, etc., etc. But we haven't yet seen transformation in the government of public matters. Well, sure, we saw things like online tax returns, e-voting, open data. But, let's be frank - that's only using ICTs to imitate old principles of government, it's not beyond bureaucracy.

  IGI Global Newsroom on BB

» first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one «

e-Government Legacy

e-Government has been driven by myths [1], and was found to be unsustainable [2]. Activities in this field did not deliver an alternative to traditional concepts so far (maybe they never will?). Can these findings be explored further?

Non-Bureaucratic Government

Decision-Making beyond Voting

Can dislocated (potentially very large) groups of people make decisions about common assets or common matters, which do not need to be interpreted by institutions? Or is it unavoidable to delegate decision-making to institutions (like parliaments, government agencies, ...)?

Participatory Budgeting / Bottom-Up Excise

How can a society self-organize its common budget (taxes etc.)? Are institutions to collect, govern, and redistribute public assets absolutely necessary or can exaction be done self-organized?

Self-Government / Self-Organization through Technology

Can core public-domain institutions (e.g. police, etc.) be realized without central institutions? How can a society dynamically self-organize its public sector institutions / projects / programmes and bind them directly to collaborative decision making?

Computing & Informatization

Identification, Authorization, Signing

What are the challenges of the electronic identity? How can we overcome them to reach a system that will provide sustainable global identification for centuries to come?

Tools & Standards

Governance co-production needs standardized IT tools, methods, and standards to bring us a step further. Can *you* contribute to this?

Wanna contribute?

To be sure your contribution is in-scope for BB, please feel free to drop us a mail and tell us more about your resarch.

Please note: BB18 is part of the dg.o 2018 conference, hence T&Cs apply, such as registration fees, submission deadlines and proceedures, etc. Please check the dg.o conference website for details.

Please consult the BB-glossary:
Adams, C. (2001). For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization
Downs, A. (1967). Inside Bureaucracy.