On Wednesday, 7 December, 2016, Prof. Michael Best, Director of the United Nations University Institute in Macau, delivered a keynote speech at the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM Asia 2016) which took place in Daegu, South Korea. The conference aims to analyze the current research, best practices, and emerging topics that are shaping the future of e-government, e-democracy and open government in Asia and around the world from an interdisciplinary perspective.
During his talk, Best highlighted the work UNU Institute in Macau has done during the Ghanaian national election which had occurred just the day before his keynote address. As part of this work, UNU Institute in Macau researchers traveled to Ghana to train a team of volunteers on how to use Aggie – a web application for aggregating information from social media and other resources to track incidents around real-time events such as elections or natural disasters – to monitor social media posts from selected Twitter handles and hashtags, Facebook pages and WhatsApp groups during the elections. Relevant events identified during the elections were reported to the concerned authorities who acted on it to ensure smooth functioning of the election process.