Hosting a session on algorithms and automatisation in government at ÖFIT 2017

On 23 November 2017, I hosted a discussion round about algorithms and automatisation in government at the annual conference of the Kompetenzzentrum Öffentliche IT (ÖFIT). ÖFIT is a project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems that acts as a think tank on the uses of information technology in government and society, financed by the …    read more »

Work-in-progress presentation on e-government reforms in Berlin

On 24 May 2017, I gave a presentation at the FoJuS Annual Conference 2017 at the University of Potsdam presenting the current progress of a book chapter on e-government reforms in the state of Berlin. At that point, the project was rich in data but still undertheorized, so the critical questions and constructive comments from the audience provided …    read more »

Workshop on Data-Driven Government at EPPC 2017 in Prague

In April 2017, I held a workshop on “Visions of Data-Driven Government” at the European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) in Prague. The EPPC is organized by students of the Hertie School of Governance and held in a different European city every year. This year’s conference topic was “Democracy in a Digital Age” and thus matched …    read more »

Exploring Berlin’s challenges in e-government integration in Speyer

In November 2016, me and my Potsdam colleague Christian Schwab presented the preliminary results of an exploratory study on the challenges of e-government integration in the multi-level government of Berlin. Based on interviews with government officers and official evaluations, we concluded that the digital integration of governmental business processes is nowadays not a technical challenge, …    read more »

Utopian Thinking about Data-driven Government in Leuven

In October 2016, I was invited to the “Futures Seminar” of the European Perspectives for Public Administration project at the KU Leuven. On the occasion of the 500-year-anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s “Utopia”, the seminar strove to tackle some of the crucial topics for the future of Public Administration Research. The topics included “Future Cities and …    read more »

Speaking on Data-Driven Government at the IPSA World Congress in Poznań

In July 2016, I was invited to talk at the  24th World Congress of Political Science in Poznań, Poland. I presented a draft paper on how the emerging concept of “data-driven government” is constructed by management consultancies and technology providers in the panel “Public Administration and the Digital Turn”. To this end, I analysed about 50 reports and white …    read more »