HICSS - 57 Digital Government Track
57th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 3-6, 2024 - Hawaiian Village, Waikiki, HI

Emerging Topics in Digital Government


The Digital Government Emerging Topics Mini-Track provides a home for incubating new topics and emergent technologies in Digital Government research. Digital Government as an academic field is evolving towards the Next Generation Digital Government; new directions of research and practice are emerging while others are becoming accepted as foundational. These developments take place at the crossroads of different academic disciplines and in close connection to the practices in governments around the globe. However, the foundations of the field could still be identified more explicitly and rigorously. This mini-track invites papers positioned in relation to the foundations of Digital Government contributing to the evolution of the field, to clarifications and conceptualisations, or to addressing novel issues, innovative trends, and emerging technologies.

Submissions must speak specifically to the emerging nature of a technology or a specific topic and how the research presented builds new understanding by relating the research to the central developments in the field of Digital Government. Topics and research areas include but are not limited to:

  • Emergent technologies and Digital Government
  • Digital transformation and agile government practices
  • Digital identity ecosystems in Digital Government
  • Digital Twins and other computational models in Government decision-making
  • Design Science in Digital Government
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) in Digital Government: applications, legislation, benefits and risks
  • Internet of Things (IoT) in the public sector: applications, regulation, social impact, security and data analytics
  • Cross-border Digital Government / Interoperable Digital Government
  • Business Process Management (BPM) and Rapid Process Automation (RPA) in Digital Government
  • Ethics of Digital Government from theoretical and practical views, privacy concerns, and the right to know
  • Participatory approaches in government such as co-production and crowdsourcing
  • Impact of social media platforms, “Fake news” and “alternate facts” in democracies
  • Potential threats from technology-enabled government and ways to be protected
  • Legal implications towards Next Generation Digital Government
  • Digital Government skills and competences
  • Data sharing within the Public Sector, and beyond, including Private Sector and Civil Society
  • The conceptual and practice-based boundaries and foundations of the field of Digital Government
  • Other topics as appropriate to the purposes of the mini-track

The papers submitted to this minitrack must be new and unpublished. We welcome papers from different settings and sectors in digital government and look more for innovative and creative analyses than best practices. We will also consider strong conceptual and empirical analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) rather than descriptive cases or opinion pieces.

Minitrack Leaders

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, PhD, is a Full Professor of Public Administration and Policy and the Director of the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Gil-Garcia is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and of the Mexican National System of Researchers. In 2009, he was considered the most prolific author in the field of digital government research worldwide and in 2013 he was selected for the Research Award, which is “the highest distinction given annually by the Mexican Academy of Sciences to outstanding young researchers.” More recently, Dr. Gil-Garcia was named “One of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government” in 2018 and 2019 by Apolitical, which is a nonprofit organization based in London, United Kingdom. Currently, he is also a professor of the Business School at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. Dr. Gil-Garcia is the author or co-author of articles in prestigious international journals in Public Administration, Information Systems, and Digital Government and some of his publications are among the most cited in the field of digital government research worldwide. His research interests include collaborative electronic government, inter-organizational information integration, smart cities and smart governments, adoption and

implementation of emergent technologies, information technologies and organizations, digital divide policies, new public management, and multi-method research approaches.

Maria A. Wimmer, Dr. rer. techn., is a Full Professor of Electronic Government at the University of Koblenz, Germany, Faculty of Computer Science. Maria chairs the research group E-Government with a team of currently thirteen doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the field. Her main research focus is on designing, implementing and evaluating socio-technical information systems for digital government, including the use of disruptive technologies. Key research encompasses stakeholder participation, holistic design of complex information systems, qualitative data analyses, interoperability, as well as analysis, modeling and simulation of public policy and decision-making. She is a member of IEEE, ACM and the German Computer Society. Since 2005, Maria is PI or lead partner in a number of R&D projects at European, national and regional level. Examples are PEPPOL, e-SENS, ESPDint, Interplat or Interproc on cross-border public e-procurement and interoperability; TOOP and SCOOP4C on the realization of the once-only principle across Europe; OCOPOMO, eGovPoliNet, AI and COVID on data-driven policy analysis and modelling; and BKS-Portal.rlp, Data2Health, Gov 3.0, KleBe.digital, Smart Region Linz am Rhein and Smart Vinery on leveraging disruptive technologies. In 2018, Dr. Wimmer was named “One of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government” by Apolitical (United Kingdom).

Andriana Prentza, PhD, is Full Professor of Software Engineering at the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus, Greece. Andriana is very actively involved in a number of European and National R&D programs focusing on Information Communication Technologies (ICT) projects and she serves as expert evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission and national R&D programmes. Andriana’s current research interests include Software Engineering techniques and methodologies for the development and evaluation of interoperable software systems and services in heterogenous environments across different countries, domains, and actors, based on open standards in the areas of eGovernment and eHealth. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Between 2010 and 2021, Andriana participated with workpackage leading role in Large Scale Pilot projects (LSPs) in the area of eProcurement and eGovernment (PEPPOL, e-SENS, TOOP) focusing on interoperable building blocks for public services. Since 2017, Andriana is a member of the Change Management Board (CMB) of OpenPEPPOL in the pre-award procurement community which is responsible for introducing new specifications and maintaining the existing ones. In December 2020, Andriana was appointed in the Board of Directors of OASIS Open Europe Foundation.


Andriana Prentza 
Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece
Email: aprentza@unipi.gr


Maria A. Wimmer 
Full Professor
Department of Computer Science University of Koblenz, Koblenz, Deutschland
Email: wimmer@uni-koblenz.de


J. Ramon Gil-Garcia 
Center for Technology in Government & Department of Public Administration and Policy University at Albany, SUNY, USA
Email: jgil-garcia@ctg.albany.edu