2018-2019 DGS Board Election Candidates

DIGITAL GOVERNMENT SOCIETY

2018-2019 BOARD ELECTION

LIST OF CANDIDATES

 

President-Elect Candidates

Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes  
(Served board secretary 2010-11)

Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Information Science at the University at Albany. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and he is currently Faculty Fellow at the Center for Technology in Government. He is also a Research Fellow at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla and a member of the Mexican National Research System. His research is at the intersection of Public Administration, Information Systems and Systems Sciences. He uses multi-method approaches to contribute to a better understanding of collaboration and governance processes in the development of information technologies across functional and organizational boundaries in government. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles published in leading Journals and Academic Conferences, working with a network of more than 60 co-authors around the world. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the IBM Center for the Business of Government, the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología in México, the Fondo de Información y Documentación para la Industria (Infotec) in México, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Becoming President of the Digital Government Society is an opportunity to serve a growing community of scholars and practitioners interested in the use of technology in government. My vision for the growth of the society involves work on several areas. Generating value for our members is, from my personal point of view, the central focus of the society’s mission. To continue generating value, we need to consolidate dg.o –our annual conference—as one of the premier forums for digital government researchers and practitioners, increasing our international reach and quality of the presentations. Additionally, we need to continue our current work promoting visibility of our community and society members in the main academic and professional meetings and publications in Digital Government, as well as presence in conferences and publications in related disciplines such as Information Science, Information Systems, Public Administration, Public Policy and Operations Management.

 

TREASURER Candidates

Andrea Kavanaugh
(Served Board secretary 2012-13, Treasurer 14-15, 16-17)

  Andrea Kavanaugh is Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of the interdisciplinary research Center for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her research lies in the areas of digital government, social computing, and communication behavior and effects. A Fulbright Scholar and Cunningham Fellow, Kavanaugh leads research on the use and social impact of information and communication technology funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. She holds an MA from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning (with a focus on the telecommunications sector) from Virginia Tech.  She currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of DGS. She previously served on the Board of the International Telecommunications Society (2002-08). She can be reached at kavan AT vt  DOT edu; more details at http://www.cs.vt.edu/user/kavanaugh.

I am running for another term as Treasurer, because I would like to help DGS continue to grow as a society and to continue to increase benefits to members.  The primary duties and responsibilities of the Treasurer are to manage the financial matters of the society, but they also encompass serving as Chair of the Financial Committee of DGS and as Chair of the Site Selection Committee (to generate and evaluate bids to host dg.o conferences). What I am most interested in promoting in the next term, if elected, are opportunities for DGS to begin to invest seed money to grow the society and the benefits to members.  These opportunities and proposed activities and projects include: initiating local or regional chapters of DGS; offering discounted journal subscriptions for members, and increasing publications in special issues for members with accepted papers at dg.o conferences. I would also like to see DGS support closer relationships with similar academic/practitioner organizations holding regular conferences; for example, this support could take the form of a meta-Board, comprised of the Boards of these organizations. I would be happy and honored to serve as Treasurer for another term.

 

SECRETARY Candidates

 

Adegboyega Ojo  
(Served board secretary 2016-2017)

Adegboyega (PhD Computer Science, ‘98) is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the e-Government unit at Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). His expertise is in the areas of open data strategies and infrastructures, data-intensive public services, e-participation infrastructure and governance of smart cities. He is currently the principal investigator of a number of large international research projects and also serves as editorial board member for the Government Information Quarterly. Adegboyega is the current secretary of the Digital Government Society. He is also the co-editor of the new book entitled “Government 3.0 - Next Generation Government Technology Infrastructure and Services” published by Springer Int. Publishing.

 

I believe that serving on the board of the Digital Government Society provides a rare privilege and the opportunity to work with and learn from distinguished academics in the digital government field. As secretary of the DGS, I hope to directly contribute to shaping the workings and future of the DGS secretariat as it evolves into a global society of digital government scholars. Lastly, in my opinion, continued participation on the board will strengthen my position to facilitate the engagement and participation of digital government academics and researchers in sub-Saharan Africa in the DGS.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Yu-Che Chen

(New)

 Yu-Che Chen, Ph.D., is the Director of the Global Digital Governance Lab and Associate Professor of Digital Governance in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy as well as a Master’s of Public Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington. He recently published a book entitled Managing Digital Governance (2017) with Routledge and co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Information Technology in Government (2017). He has published three books and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters primarily in the field of digital government/governance as well as managed several research grants of over US $100,000. His current research interests are collaborative digital governance, cyberinfrastructure, and smart urban governance. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Section on Public Administration Research and the Co-Chair of the Section on Science and Technology in Government for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

My vision as a candidate for the DGS board is to support the society’s vision by advancing global and interdisciplinary digital government research. My motivation for running for the position is to provide service back to this solution-focused, interdisciplinary research community, which has benefited me professionally. My potential unique contributions to the society are: (a) connecting to public governance and management through my primary disciplinary training, (b) advancing interdisciplinary research as the focus of my intellectual approach and sponsored research (with the combination of an undergraduate engineering degree, MIS training, and doctorate in public policy), (c) growing a global and comparative focus by grounding research in the American context (university in the Midwest) while promoting mutual learning from the Asian context (native Chinese speaker with research partners in China, Taiwan, and South Korea), and (d) advancing rigor in research methods and data analytics (i.e. system dynamics and machine learning) as a faculty member offering research methods in both the Master’s and Ph.D. programs.  

 

Teresa M. Harrison
(New)

  I am a Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany, State University of New York, a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Technology in Government (CTG), and an affiliated faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Information Science at the University at Albany.  I was named a Collins Fellow in 2013 for sustained service to the University and chaired the Department of Communication for over 9 years.  I conduct research in information and communication  technologies, with a particular focus on democratic and government contexts and have published my work in journals such as  Big Data & Society, Government Information Quarterly, Information Polity, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), and New Media and Society.  Some of my papers have won awards, including one that won a John Wiley Best JASIST Paper Award.  I am now an associate editor/editorial board member for the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, New Media & Society, and others.

I have been a member of the Digital Government Society since its inception in 2007, and have participated in the planning of our conferences as a member of the program committee and as chair or co-chair of the panels track since 2009.  It’s been an honor and a privilege to contribute to the growth and development of the Society through these activities.  As a board member, I expect to become a more active contributor to discussions about and planning for the future of our organization. The Digital Government Society can best serve its members, and governments around the world, by constructing innovative programs and services that support the creation of new knowledge about how digital technologies can be used to enhance interaction between government and citizens, build more responsive and effective government organizations, and promote innovation and improved decision making through open data practices.  Beyond these foundational pursuits, I believe the Society can, and should, also exercise leadership by exploring and addressing the misuse of information and technology, inadvertent or intentional, through government action and in government contexts. 

 

Chris Hinnant
(Served board 2016-17)

 I am an Associate Professor in the School of Information at Florida State University. Prior to joining the iSchool faculty at Florida State, I was a Fellow and Assistant Director in the IT Team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.  My primary research interests include digital government, social and organizational informatics, information management and policy, technological innovation, public management, social science research methods, and applied statistics.  I am particularly interested in how public organizations employ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to alter organizational processes and structures and how the use of ICT ultimately impacts institutional governance mechanisms.  My research has appeared in journals such as Library and Information Science Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & TechnologyAdministration and Society, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.  I currently serve as an Associate Editor of the journal Government Information Quarterly.

I have been actively involved with The Digital Government Society (DGS) for several years. I co-chaired the Organizational Factors, Adoption Issues and Digital Government Impacts research track at the annual conference for several years prior to being elected to the DGS board in 2015.  Since joining the board, I have worked with other board members to examine the society’s potential relationship with research journals in the field in an effort to increase the value of membership for those who join the society.  I have also worked with other board members to better articulate the rules and procedures related to various awards given out by DGS. I was also co-program chair of dg.o 2017: 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research in New York. I worked with other members of the conference organizing committee to make sure that the research at the conference was rigorous and that the conference program and the ACM proceedings were produced in a professional manner.  I am also currently serving as a co-program chair for dg.o 2018 which will take place in Delft, The Netherlands. My interest in pursuing another term as a board member is to continue building and sustaining the society’s reach among a broader group of digital government scholars.  I wish to develop additional relationships between DGS and research journals and also increase the broader market for digital government scholarship.  Digital government scholarship is found across a wide array of research fields such as public administration, management, political science, information science, computer science, and technology management. The future growth and impact of the society is inherently linked to creating additional relationships with journals and professional associations from such research fields.

 

Marijn Janssen 
(New)

Prof.dr. Marijn Janssen is a full Professor in ICT & Governance and chair of the Information and Communication Technology section of the Technology, Policy and Management Faculty of Delft University of Technology. His research interests are in the field of digital government, orchestration, shared services arrangements, and open and big data and infrastructures. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Government Information Quarterly, conference chair of IFIP EGOV series and is chairing mini-tracks at the DG.o, ICEGOV, HICCS and AMCIS conferences. He is elected chair of the IFIP WG8.5 on ICT and public administration and he was ranked as one of the leading e-government researchers in surveys in 2009, 2014 and 2016, and has published over 400 refereed publications. He was programme co-chair of the dg.o conference in 2007 and 2008 and is conference co-chair of the dg.o2018 conference which will be held in Delft. More information:  www.tbm.tudelft.nl/marijnj.

 

I have been actively involved in the DGS community for many years in various ways including program chair, programme committee member and track chair. Furthermore, I’m also involved and  in the IFIP WG 8.5 on Information Systems in Public Administration, AIS SIGeGOV group and in the ICEGOV community for years. Digital government, e-government or ICT for public administration is a field that is continue under development and new areas emerge. Furthermore, in various regions similar research is conducted under different umbrella names like e-government, e-participation, e-democracy, open government, smart government, government 4.0 etc.. All these communities are referring to the broader area of digital government. These communities can strengthen each other and, if elected as a board member, my aim is to overcome the fragmentation and to stimulate collaboration, collaborating between these communities. This should foster learning from each other and ultimately accelerate knowledge creation.

 

Hun-Yeong Kwon 

(New)

Professor Hun-Yeong Kwon (Ph.D in Law) is currently a Professor at the Graduate School of Information Security of Korea University and has served in various Presidential and government committees of the Korean government on e-Government, ICT laws, privacy protection and cyber security. He has also worked and is currently engaged as a consultant for the World Bank to provide institutional support for building the core e-Government system for civil registration and more to Laos, Uzbekistan, Myanmar and so on. With emphasis on law and policy, Professor Kwon has been helping to build the e-Government policies of Korea since the early 2000s. Currently, Prof. Kwon is responsible for running the Special Committee on Legal System of Open Data Strategy Council under the Prime Minister as Chairman, the Cybercommunication Academic Society as Vice President and the Korea Society of Internet Ethics as President. 

As a member of the DGS board, I hope to implement the vision of the DGS and its future by contributing my long years of experience in e-Government policy making in Korea and Asian governments.  The insights and lessons learned from the formulation and implementation of the policies are based on working closely with the government officials in Korea and many Asian countries, with intention to promote the government innovations in the public sector services as well as to enhance the engagement of the citizens in the government policy making process. Leveraging such experience and the network, I will promote the engagement of government practitioners to the DGS by disseminating the academic knowledge and expertise by the DGS members to the developing nations in Asia.  This will promote the expansion of the DGS network to include the further reaches of Asia, and reduce the digital gap that has been developing between different countries with differing levels of digital capabilities. The DGS will serve as one of the focal points for building a worldwide knowledge platform that will help the developing countries to catch up and truly enjoy the fruits of the digital world and the cyberspace.  I have served as the track chair for the cybersecurity session in 2017, the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research and a workshop organizer for the dg.o 2016.  As a board member, I would like to make tangible contributions to make the DGS a global network of digital government professionals, including academics and practitioners, and the leading knowledge exchange hub. 

 

Lukasz Porwol
(Served Board 2016-17)

Lukasz Porwol is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and E-Government Deputy Unit Leader at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). His research work focuses on leveraging digital technologies to support effective communication, collaboration and co-creation in particular in the context of e-Participation, e-Government and Media Innovation. Lukasz is an experienced leader, consultant, designer and data scientist and has been working with politicians, decision makers and business representatives on various e-Participation initiatives. Lukasz has 10 years’ experience in working and coordinating work in various European Commission and Enterprise funded projects (1 - €4 million) mainly in the domain of e-Participation, Open Data and e-Government. This includes late H2020 projects like Route-to-PA, ARCADIA and Your Data Stories. Recently co-written, in the role of coordinator, a successful proposal on Social Media and Media Convergence – COMPACT, H2020 CSA project dealing with media innovation across Europe.  Lukasz has been elected the to board of Digital Government Society and joined the Communication Committee. He is a registered ODI (Open Data Institute, London) trainer and official Medley (Elsevier) Advisor for Ireland. Lukasz has been recognized for his entrepreneurial efforts at Best Young Irish Entrepreneur Challenge in 2014. Lukasz is currently the IT Director for the Computer & Communications Museum of Ireland Limited. His background combines solid engineering and scientific knowledge (Eng. in Information Technologies, MSc in Data Management and Ph.D in Electronic Participation) with good management and PR skills.

 

Lukasz has been an active member of DGS board. His work focused on helping to develop DGS communications and marketing. In particular, during his term, Lukasz actively contributed to re-inventing DG.O conference registration system and supported the development and releases of the new DGS newsletter. Additionally, Lukasz strongly supported effective dissemination during DG.O conference. In the second half of his term on the board, Lukasz started an initiative to develop a new DGS website incorporating new features expected to support the evolving structures and processes in DGS. In particular, the new website which is now in the final stage of testing (expected to be released officially by Jan 2018) provides new, modern design rich with social and collaboration features.  Lukasz wishes to continue his efforts as DGS board member especially, the works related to the communications committee. In particular, Lukasz would like to further improve DGS brand by incorporating new communication channels and develop further the existing ones. He would like to continue to manage the work on the new DGS website and expand the update upon the DG.O conferences website, to create one uniform DGS platform. Also, he would like to re-design the newsletter to be of lightweight online form with more frequent releases. Moreover, Lukasz would like to put in practice his experience with Facebook live-streaming, while working on egov.news platform to introduce short DGS video news released with similar frequency to the new newsletter. That could also include involvement of young, DGS generation in the news delivery with interviews with important digital government figures and reports on major publications and events. Additionally, Lukasz would like to investigate a possibility of development of dedicated mobile app that would facilitate communication in DGS as well as provide new, modern experience to DG.O conferences. Lukasz would like to work on developing further the collaboration and liaison with other communities, in particular the Computer Science/IT and Media Community.

 

Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazán
(served board 2014-15, 2016-17)

Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazán is an Assistant Professor at the Political Sciences and Social Sciences Department in the Autonomous State University of Mexico, in Toluca City.  Dr. Sandoval-Almazán is the author or co-author of articles in Government Information Quarterly, Information Polity, Electronic Journal of Electronic Government; Journal of Information Technology for Development; Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce; International Journal of E-Politics IJEP. His research interests include electronic government, open government and social media in government. Professor Sandoval-Almazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration, a Masters in Management focused on Marketing, and a Ph.D. in Management with Information Systems.

As a member of the DGS board I started working on two committees: The Journal Relations committee and the Distinguished Service Award committee. In both we reach important milestones such as: process and regulation for the distinguished service award, a panel with two journal editors and the build of a database of editors related to the Digital Government field. I want to continue this work on the DGS board and propose more interaction with journal editors and foster the consolidation of the Distinguish Service Award committee.

 

Christine B. Williams 

(served Board 2010-2011)

 A Professor of Political Science in the Global Studies Department at Bentley University, received her M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. Dr. Williams is just concluding a nine year term as North American Editor of the Journal of Political Marketing and continues serving on several other editorial boards.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Information Technology & Politics section of the American Political Science Association.  Her research areas are digital government and political communication, with emphasis on new and emerging technologies.  She has received grants from the National Science Foundation to study design issues for public safety networks and for research on the use of social media by police departments.  Her work has appeared in academic journals, trade and professional association publications, as well as news media outlets worldwide.

I think of DGS as an incubator for scholars and scholarship in the digital government space.  We develop and present our research through the annual conference and disseminate it to wider audiences through journal special issues.  We support graduate students in their conference attendance through the Valerie Gregg scholarship.  As we consider the value proposition for attracting and maintaining members, we might invest additional time and resources on the next generation.  We already have a Doctoral Colloquium but also might consider offering small research grants for graduate students and creating a mentoring program for young scholars that is ongoing rather than a single event.  This might take the form of reviewing papers prior to journal submission or helping new PhDs to prepare for job searches.  To strengthen our growing international ties, we might support regional chapters in activities such as local workshops.  Co-sponsorship with co-located organizations might increase participation and visibility.  We held a workshop like this with the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C. a number of years ago.  As a board member I would look forward to conversations and planning around these sorts of ideas and others to advance the goals and agenda of DGS.

 

Jing Zhang 
(served board 2016-17)

 I am a Professor of Management at Clark University. My research focuses on the complex interactions between information systems and organizations. Using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods, I examine issues that managers, system developers, and policy makers face as they use information systems (IS) in achieving organizational goals such as efficiency and creation of public value. In addition, I study the roles of IS and information disclosure policies in streamlining sustainable supply chains and regulating market conditions to enable sustainable consumption, as well as the development of smart government initiatives empowered by advanced information technology. My research is published in European Journal of Information Systems, Government Information Quarterly, Public Performance and Management Review, Information Technology and Management, among others; and I have edited special issues for Government Information Systems, Information Polity, and Information Technology and Management. My work has been supported by US National Science Foundation, Mosakowski Institute of Public Enterprise, and Chongqing Bureau of Education in China.

My engagement with the Digital Government Society (DGS) can be traced back to 2009, when I started to be involved in the organization of the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o). I served as a tutorial and workshops co-chair from 2009-2012, and program co-chair from 2013-2015. In 2016, I was elected to the board of DGS, and started to serve as a co-chair of the membership committee. In that capacity, I have been working with others on the board to seek to advance various causes for members. We led the development of chapter protocols, and are in active pursuit of regional chapter development in an effort to expand DGS global reach, and help DGS connect with local groups of scholars and practitioners engaged in digital government research. In addition, we are currently in productive conversations with Elsevier in building an affiliation with GIQ. The connection will improve membership access to the journal, and help the community to strengthen the quality and impact of digital government research. If elected, I would like to continue to serve on the membership committee. We will advance the progresses we have made and continue to developing relationships with key journals, building regional chapters, and establishing more connecting and mentorship opportunities among members.