In October 2013, the Digital Government Society of North America became the Digital Government Society (DGS), reflecting the global nature of digital government research, practice, and community. President of DGS John Carlo Bertot indicated that, “The name change marks an exciting achievement for DGS and digital government research. By opening the Society, we are expanding its reach and engaging scholars and practitioners from around the world.” Past President Hans Jochen Scholl said, “This will have a positive effect on digital government research and practice in North America.
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
Many of us have had the good fortune to find mentors, collaborators, and inspiration in the international digital government research community. Belonging to a welcoming intellectual community is especially important for students who choose this multi-disciplinary, non-traditional research area. Students in the doctoral colloquium at the annual dg.o conference often tell us how happy they are to find a vibrant group of like-minded scholars to engage in their work.
Digital Government has entered a transformational phase. Advances in technologies, the unprecedented availability of government data, the development of policy frameworks, and global economic crises have created opportunities to rethink how we govern; how citizens engage with governments; how governments and citizens develop policies and implement solutions that effect change in their communities, and how governments and businesses collaborate to create new economies. From Smart Cities to global issues regarding health, the environment, and education, to name a few, digital government has never been more exciting and vibrant than now.
Marking its 14th year, the 2013 International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2013) took place at Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 17-20, 2013. The conference program focused on research and practice related to the adoption of smart technologies by governments, citizens as well as private and non-profit organizations.