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International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2017

Danube University Krems
17.05.2017 - 19.05.2017
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Keynotes at CeDEM17


  • Ines Mergel (Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, DE) on "Digital Transformation in the Public Sector"

Professor Dr. Ines Mergel is full Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, she served as Associate Professor with tenure at the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, NY, USA. Before joining the faculty at the Maxwell School, Professor Mergel taught at Harvard's Extension School in the Management Master Program and stayed as a doctoral student and postdoctoral fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Professor Mergel's research focuses on public management topics, specifically the managerial and technological processes in the implementation and institutionalization of innovative public management practices. Current projects include digital transformation, open innovation, big data, and the use of inhouse social networking technologies in the public sector.

Professor Mergel is Associate Editor of the journal Government Information Quarterly, serves on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review, Information Polity, Public Performance & Management Review, and the board of directors of the Public Management Research Association. In 2016, Professor Mergel was appointed as a Senior Fellow at the German Research Institute for Public Administration.


  • Keren Flavell (TownHall App Pty Ltd, US) on "Reinvigorating the Role of Media to Educate and Engage Citizens"

Keren is an award-winning web producer, author, speaker and strategist. She is internationally recognized as a global thought leader and digital innovator with more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry focusing on community, content and connection via advanced digital platforms. Her company Treet.tv pioneered connection between the virtual / in-world experience with live streaming and content distribution to hundreds of thousands of viewers — virtual and real-worlds alike. Keren has spoken on virtual worlds and social entrepreneurism at SXSW, AIMIA Conference, IAP2, Adelaide Futureproof and is a frequent blogger and talk show host Byte Into It — a technology talk show out of Melborne, Australia. Keren works between Ho Chi Minh City, San Francisco and Melbourne as a producer, consultant and serial entrepreneur and when in the right time zone, she really knows how to throw an amazing party.


  • Todd O’Boyle (Next Century Cities, US) on "Digital Tools and Digital Democracy: US Cities and Civil Society in 2017"

Todd O’Boyle serves as Deputy Director of Next Century Cities, where he is overseeing the launch of the new Next Generation Engagement Awards to promote innovative citizen engagement and digital inclusion strategies in gigabit cities. He also works to shape strategy and organizational direction and policy priorities.

Prior to joining Next Century Cities, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps picked Todd to launch his Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause, a non-partisan good government organization. In that capacity, Todd directed public interest communications policy campaigns, including successful efforts to guarantee the Open Internet (network neutrality); protect and promote competition; and stop Comcast’s bid to acquire rival Time Warner Cable. Regularly quoted in the national, local, and specialized media, as Program Director, he also managed legislative and regulatory outreach, grassroots engagement, and development relations.

Todd has experience in the academic and political worlds, having taught communications policy and worked in grassroots campaigns for nearly a decade. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Delaware.


  • Dave Karpf (George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs, US) on "The Promises and Pitfalls of Digital Listening: Analytic Activism in 2017 and Beyond"

Dave Karpf is associate professor and director of graduate studies at the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs. His primary research focus is on how the internet is changing civil society organizations and large-scale movements for political change. He is the author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2016). He also writes about technology, politics, and strategy for a wide range of outlets.


Ines Mergel
Keren Flavell
Todd O’Boyle
Dave Karpf
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