The School of Applied Sciences, Cyprus International University (CIU) hosted the “19th European Digital State Conference” on October 24th-25th.
Prof. Dr. Halil Nadiri, Rector of CIU expressed his pleasure for organizing a conference on such an important issue during his opening speech and highlighted that the digital platform, systems, and organizations are one of the biggest components of the transformation of e-government technology.
Prof. Dr. Nadiri said that CIU uses an electronic document management system which reduces storage space and costs, increases document security through automated processes and minimizes error rates. He also underlined that CIU is one of the first universities in Northern Cyprus to use this system.
Prof. Dr. Mete Yıldız, who played a major role in the e-government activities in Turkey and has studies in this field, was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony held at the CIU Çevik Uraz Centre, Conference Hall. He stated that the major problems in the field of e-government were discussed and the primary problem in this area is the integration of the field of public administration into e-government research.
Prof. Dr. Yıldız said the second problem can be explained as to how e-government research can be more multi-disciplined and multi-methodical. The third problem was about how to assess and evaluate e-government.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Tuğberk Kaya, the Chair of the Conference and Faculty member of the CIU School of Applied Sciences talked about the effects of digitalization on today’s world and pointed out that concepts such as big data, artificial intelligence, the internet of objects, and smart cities will shape our future.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Kaya said the use of these current methods within the scope of the digital state has strategic importance in the management of countries. It was announced that the papers presented at the conference will be indexed in Web of Science and expressed the gratification they felt on the participation of academics, doctoral students, professional advisors and bureaucrats working in the field such as current e-government concepts, dangers against digital states, digital democracy, and e-participation.
After the opening ceremony, concurrent sessions were held by national and international academics on citizen interaction, smart and green cities, issues and problems in the digital state, social media and new technologies.