The 17th European Conference on Digital Government was held at the Military Academy in Lisbon, Portugal on 12-13 June 2017. Four papers by researchers from the United Nations University Institute in Macau were published in the proceedings of this conference. Mamello’s work presented some initial thoughts on investigating an architectural framework for small data platforms, for the Small Data and SDGs project. This work was part of the Data for Societal Challenges mini-track at the conference.
Hannah Thinyane presented her work on the role of ICTs in safeguarding migrant workers, also in the Data for Societal Challenges mini track. Her other two papers presented reflections on the citizen participation project, MobiSAM, that she co-directs from Rhodes University. These papers discussed the importance of building citizen education foundations in a citizen participation project before introducing technology; and the importance of understanding communicative ecologies to ground digital citizen engagement efforts in existing information and communication structures.