Digital Governance’ was organized at the 10th Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management (CPPM), IIM Bangalore, 3-5 August 2015.

Digital technologies have permeated into almost every sphere of social life in recent times. They are increasingly being invoked by national and regional governments around the world to bring about a positive change in governance outcomes. Under the rubric of digital governance (or, electronic governance), significant amount of public resources are being committed to procuring digital technologies, that include state-of-the-art computing and communication devices, and creating the requisite digital infrastructure, involving spectrum allocations and broadband highways, especially in the less affluent regions of the world.

The use of digital technologies for improving governance has seen a lot of interest in the academic and research community and has been discussed in forums and conferences devoted to electronic governance, information and communication technologies and development (ICTD), social implications for information technologies etc. The special track on digital governance at the 10th Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management seeks to take such discussions forward by looking specifically at the various aspects of designing and using digital technologies from a public policy perspective. We welcome both conceptual and empirical papers for this special track on topics that may include, but not limited to, the following:

• Policy imperatives for introducing digital technologies in governance initiatives

• Policies, regulations and institutional arrangements required for creating and maintaining various components of a public digital infrastructure

• Policy and regulation relating to security and privacy of information in Digital Governance programmes

• Experience with (and recommendations for) using digital technologies in various aspects of governance, including representation and participation, delivery of public services, accountability and transparency in operations etc

• The manner in which digital technologies are changing the nature of state-society relations, its implications for existing structures of governance and in design of public policies and frameworks

• Revisiting the notion of ‘digital divide’ and the prerequisites for marginal social groups to benefit from use of digital technologies in governance schemes

This special track was organized by Varadharajan Sridhar and Amit Prakash of the Centre for Information Technology and Public Policy, International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore.

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