MBRSG to host the 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Under the theme of “Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” the conference brings together scholars and experts from six continents joining from 62 cities located in 45 countries around the world

The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), the first research and teaching institution focused on governance and public policy in the Arab world is hosting 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research in Dubai on June 18-20, 2019.

The theme “Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”, this year’s edition marks the first time the global academic conference is being held in the Middle East region. Organized by Digital Government Society (DGS), the Conference is one of a series of annual forums that brings together the scholars to present, discuss and demonstrate interdisciplinary research on digital government, public participation, smart cities, civic engagement, technological innovation, applications and practice. 

The 2019 edition held at MBRSG’s Dubai headquarters embeds the advanced technology into government operations as well as economic and societal development plans. The UAE launched Artificial Intelligence Strategy in 2017 and was the first to appoint a Minister of State of Artificial Intelligence globally.

At the 2019 edition, papers of the Conference focus on Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence covers a vast range of cutting-edge research about the growing applications of AI, which are generating huge opportunities and challenges for governments around the world as traditional forms of service are being transformed by AI algorithms and techniques. There will also be a discussion about the growing digitization of government operations, the datafication of societal activities and behaviors, and the maturity and feasibility of Big Data, Blockchain, IoT, and smart cities applications.

“The rise of Artificial Intelligence uses by governments worldwide and the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution brings about opportunities for better governments of the future. However, it also triggers sweeping transformations that compel these governments to adjust to numerous complex social, political, economic, and ethical challenges,” said Fadi Salem, the Conference Co-Chair and MBRSG’s Director of Research and Advisory.

“The dg.o 2019 conference builds on MBRSG’s growing research and activities on the policy implications of Artificial Intelligence in government and society. As a public policy think tank, MBRSG holds a regional leadership role as a source of knowledge in digital government policy domains. For more than a decade, our regional research output and policy activities have been recognized globally in the fields of digital governance, technology policy, smart cities transformation, societal big data, social media impact, and the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” Salem added. “Hosting the dg.o 2019 further establishes MBRSG’s research leadership role and expands its scholarly and policy impact in areas related to the future of government. We look forward to further expanding the UAE’s scholarly output on these critical areas of governance.”

Over the course of the past two decades, the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research has been at the core of digital governance transformations that brings together the experts, decision makers to explore prospects and global developments in the digital government sector. In Dubai, the 20th edition of the Conference bought together the scholars, experts from six continents that will join the Conference from 62 cities located in 45 countries around the globe. 

Around 200 scholars in digital government fields have reviewed nearly 150 paper submissions through a double–blind peer review-process. The accepted papers in the areas of AI, digital governance and public policy will be showcased through 6 workshops, 3 panels, a PhD colloquium and 14 paper tracks with 21 parallel paper sessions over 3 days. 

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