Technology experts from around the world are gathered at a four-day conference being hosted by the University at Albany's Center for Technology in Government. The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) convened on Oct. 22 with more than 350 participants from 62 countries, the university announced. The purpose of the conference is to share the latest research and practice innovations as a means to advance transparency, participation and accountability in government.

"We're honored that our Center for Technology in Government is the host for this year's ICEGOV conference," said University at Albany President George M. Philip. "Bringing ICEGOV to Albany demonstrates our university's global leadership and commitment to partnering with the public sector to enhance good governance through applied research with academia, government and industry.”

This year's conference marks the first time that the U.S. was chosen as a host; previous host countries include Estonia, China, Columbia and Egypt. Over the four-day conference, there will be six sessions focused on the topics of open data, open government, information stewardship and management, smart cities and urban development, women in technology and development, and the future of government in the digital age. More than 80 research papers and more than 30 emerging research studies are scheduled to be presented during the conference by representatives of academia, government, industry and not-for-profit organizations.

"The expertise and talent of the speakers taking part in the conference puts a significant spotlight on the role openness plays in fostering transparency, participation and accountability in government," said Theresa Pardo, director of the Center for Technology in Government. "The diversity of global participants at ICEGOV creates a rich and unique opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and building of collaborative partnerships to further drive government innovation."

More information on ICEGOV can be found on the University at Albany website.