Open data & digital state capacity

18-20 June 2020 | Executive Seminar

The expansion of digitalization is creating unparalleled pressures on governments to rebuild their capacities for policymaking. In many aspects, these changes can no longer be labelled as innovations but rather as necessary adaptations needed to fulfill core state functions against the backdrop of newly emerged social problems.

This course will delve into how states build capacity in the Digital Age, how this reconfigures policymaking processes and what are the implications of the most important emerging technologies in the public sector. In particular, the course will explore capacity aspects related to: a) the standardization and personalization of public services; b) law enforcement and digital identities; c) data-driven regulation and risk profiling; d) people analytics and information management in the civil service and e) Open Government Data (OGD), collaboration and co-production technologies. Of these, the latter will take the center stage, as we dissect the determinants, uses, and impacts of OGD, and learn from a number of valuable experiences in the field (in terms of both failures and successes).

Discussions and debate points will be drawn from both academics and practitioners and will involve an active role of the participants in investigating state-of the art issues, which will feed into an overall framework to address the course’s core questions.