CTG UAlbany Director Theresa A. Pardo received the Digital Government Society (DGS) 2019 Distinguished Service Award at the 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research – dg.o 2019 - in Dubai this month.
According to DGS leadership, “the award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the DGS community.”
Pardo first engaged with the digital government research community at dg.o 2003 as a poster author. She was a conference program co-chair in 2005 and 2006, a conference co-chair in 2007 and 2016, and a Board Member from 2008-2017. She served as DGS President in 2014-2015. In addition to her service to the community, Pardo has been an active contributor to the dg.o conferences over the years with 16 accepted papers, including two best paper awards.
The theme of dg.o 2019 was “Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” and the three-day event was hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (formerly the Dubai School of Government).
Each year the conference brings together scholars recognized for the interdisciplinary and innovative nature of their work, their contributions to theory (rigor) and practice (relevance), their focus on important and timely topics and the quality of their writing.
The dg.o conferences are an established forum for presentation, discussion, and demonstration of interdisciplinary research on digital government, political participation, civic engagement, technology innovation, applications, and practice.
CTG scholars had five papers published in this year’s conference proceedings:
“Identifying mechanisms for achieving voluntary data sharing in cross‐sector partnerships for public good,” was written by Iryna Susha, Boriana D. Rukanova, CTG Research Director J. Ramon Gil‐Garcia, Yao Hua Tan and Associate Research Director Mila Gasco-Hernandez.
“Towards a Socio‐Technical Framework for Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response: Integrating User Adoption, Heterogeneous Wide‐Area Networks, and Advanced Data Science,” is from Gasco‐Hernandez, Mariya Zheleva, Petko Bogdanov and Gil‐Garcia.
“The Data Firehose and AI in Government: Why Data Management is a Key to Value and Ethics,” is by Faculty Fellows Teresa Harrison and Luis F. Luna-Reyes, Pardo, Graduate Assistants Nic De Paula and Mahdi Najafabadi and Program Assistant Jillian Palmer.
“Applying an Enterprise Data Model in Government: Transitioning to a Data-Centric Information System for Child Welfare in the United States,” is by Harrison, Government Fellow Donna Canestraro, Pardo, Martha Avila-Maravilla, Nicolas Soto, Program Associate Megan Sutherland, CTG Managing Director G. Brian Burke and Gasco-Hernandez.
“Public Value Creation Through Digital Service Delivery from a Citizens’ Perspective,” is by Dolores Edwiges Luna, Sergio Picazo‐Vela, Gil‐Garcia, Gabriel Puron‐Cid, Rodrigo Sandoval‐Almazan and Luis F. Luna‐Reyes.