Keynote Addresses and Other Talks

2022. “The Future of State-Citizen Relations in an Era of Digitalization and Wicked Problems.” Ireland 2030. Royal Irish Academy. May 25.

2021. “The Human and the Digital: Building Cross-Boundary Capacity to Solve Wicked Problems.” Economic Affairs & National Development, Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies. Islamabad, Pakistan. (Independent think tank) Nov 17.

2021. “The Moon, the Ghetto & Artificial Intelligence: Enacting Digital Government.” Global Public Policy Series. JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India and UMass School of Public Policy.

2021. “The Human and the Digital: Building Cross-boundary Capacity to Solve Wicked Problems.” Opening Plenary Keynote. Korean Association for Public Administration annual international conference, June 23, 2021. (delivered online)

2021. Technology, Innovation and Digital Equity for the Future. Podcast. National Academy of Public Administration. November.

2020. “Cross-Boundary Collaboration amid Digitalization: Promise and Challenges.” Keynote Address. TROPICO Summit ’20. Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments. Inter-university project based at the Hertie School of Government, Berlin and supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

2020. Covid-19 and Digital Transformation. Podcast. Technology and Society with Aysu and Erdem. April 30.

2020. “The Moon, the Ghetto and Artificial Intelligence: Enacting Technology.” Keynote Address. Annual conference of the Digital Government Society, DG.O 2020. Seoul, South Korea, (Conference held online due to covid-19 pandemic.) The 21st Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research – dg.o 2020, hosted by Seoul National University, Seoul, S. Korea, June 17-19, 2020.

2020. “Public Administration & Smart Cities: making innovation real.” Milan Digital Week. Invitation from the U.S. Consulate in Milan. March 11-15, 2020. Face-to-face event postponed due to covid-19.

2020. “Algorithmic Injustice.” Algorithms and Robots in the Political Landscape. National Institute of Science and Technology for Digital Democracy annual conference. Belo Horizonte, Brazil. October 26-30.

2020. Panelist. On the Connection between Political Movements and Computer Science in the U.S. and Abroad. UMass College of Information and Computer Sciences. Diversity Interdisciplinary Conversation. January 29.

2020. Canada-US AI Symposium on Economic Innovation. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Consular General of the United States. Toronto, Canada. Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). January 15-16.

2017. “Political Priorities and Administrative Performance: Building Cross-Agency Capacity.” 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. ICEGOV2017. Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, India. March 7-9. Conference organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV).

2017. “Using Technology to Change the Administration of Public Policy.” Innovating Bureaucracy. Washington, D.C., World Bank. November 8-9.

2017. MIT Science, Technology and Society Colloquium, STS of the Global South. Invited discussant for “Prehistories of the Digital Database: Technoscience, Body Parts, and the Law.”

2016. “Cross-Agency Collaboration.” Invited presentation. Government Performance Coalition. Trachtenberg School, George Washington University. June 24, 2016.

2016. “Fighting for Democracy in the Digital Age.” Moderator. Social Science Matters. University of Massachusetts Amherst. March 8. Panelists: Candace Clement, Free Press; Brandi Collins, Color of Change; Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Center for Civic Media.

2016. Resolving Tensions between Individual Privacy and National Security. Video conversation, Reinvent American Foreign Policy, March 8.

2015. “The Future of Government.” American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) joint national committee on the future role of government and public employment. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago. September 2.

2015. “Cybersecurity and Global Public Policy.” Invited presentation and discussion leader. Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The London Conference (flagship annual conference). St. James’s Palace, London. June 1, 2015.

2015. “Technology, Citizen Engagement and Development.” Invited comments, symposium and book launch for Development as Freedom in the Digital Age: Experiences of the Rural Poor in Bolivia. World Bank. Washington, D.C., April 8, 2015.

2014.“Disjointed Innovation: The Political Economy of Digitally Mediated Institutional Reform.” Simpósio Internacional em Inovação e Governança Digital. Universidade de Brasilia. September 1-2, 2014

2014. “Big Data and Public Policy.” Invited panel presentation. Panel title: “The Economic Sociology of Big Data.” Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, annual meeting. Chicago, IL. July 10-12, 2014.

2014. “Citizen Engagement as Political Representation.” Invited panelist. World Bank book launch event for Closing the Feedback Loop – Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap? World Bank. Washington, D.C., June 19, 2014.

2014.“E-Governance: Tools and Challenges for Cross-Agency Collaboration.” International Seminar on E-governance in Asia: E-Government and Modern Governance in Asia. Beijing, China. May 29, 2014. Organized by the Eastern Regional Organization of Public Administration and the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

2014. “On the Effects of e-Government on Political Institutions,” Invited lecture. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. June 5, 2014.

2014. “On the Effects of e-Government on Political Institutions.” Invited lecture. Central University of Finance and Economics. Beijing, China. June 4, 2014.

2014. “Effects of e-Government on Political Institutions.” Invited lecture. Jilin University. Changchun, China. June 3, 2014.

2014. “Enacting Technology: Promise and Challenges of Cross-Agency Collaboration.” Invited lecture. Fudan University School of International Relations and Public Affairs. Shanghai, China. May 30, 2014.

With Prof Lei Zheng and others at Fudan University School of International Relations and Public Affairs, 2014

2014.“Government Innovation through Technology – Future Prospects and Challenges: What Really Matters?” Symposium on Technological Innovation in Government: Toward Open and Smart Government. American Society for Public Administration. University of Massachusetts Boston. April 5, 2014.

2014.“International Relations and the Internet: Challenges and Possibilities.” University of Massachusetts Model United Nations XIII. Amherst, MA, March 14, 2014.

2013. Invited lectures on public management and innovation. One-day workshop for Latin American faculty. University of Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia. November 25.

2013 “Disjointed Innovation: Prospects for Digital Governance.” Encuentro Internacional de Investigadores en Administración 2013 held in Santa Marta, Colombia on November 26 and 27.

2013. “Government Performance and Results Act: Challenges to and Tools for Cross-Agency Collaboration,” Administrative Conference of the United States annual plenary meeting. December 6.

2013. Invited white paper presentation and panelist. Panel on Connecting Technologies with Citizenship. Urban Forum. Chicago. December 5.

2013. Invited panel chair and lecture. Research Roundtable on Broadband Evaluation: Investing in Broadband Evaluation. MacArthur Foundation and University of Illinois Chicago. October 3.

2013. Invited chair and moderator. “Resilience and Cybered Conflict: Gaps in Thinking Systematically.” Gaps in Thinking about Cybered Conflict and Governance. Workshop held at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. Organized by CNWS Strategic Research Department, Brown University, and the U.S. Naval War College. May 3.

2013. Invited presentation, “Reflections on Digital Governance and Institutional Change,” Faculty Research Seminar, Computer Science Department, UMass Amherst. December 4.

2012. Invited lecture. “From e-Government to Gov 2.0 and Beyond.” eTurkey National Awards Ceremony. Turkish National Assembly. Ankara, Turkey. December 17.

2012. “Technological Change as a Variable in State Development.” Distinguished Faculty Lecture. University of Massachusetts Amherst.

2012 “From eGovernment to Gov 2.0 and Beyond,” National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey. TÜSİAD-TBV 10th eTurkey (eTR) National Awards Ceremony, December 17.

2011 “Mashing Up Governance: eGov, Social Media and Politics,” Singapore GovCamp2: Connecting People, Data and Ideas,” Singapore, November.

2011 “Social Movements: State and Society, Freedom and Order,” Informatics Association of Turkey (ULUSAL BİLİSİM KURULTAYI), 28th  anniversary annual meeting, Ankara, Turkey, 26-29 October.

2011 “eGovernment and National Development,” United Nations Project on Government, Conference on e-Government in Asia and the Pacific, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 11-13 May.

2011.  “Disjointed Innovation.” Invited lecture at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. June.

2011. New Media and Digital Government. Session co-organizer. World Economic Forum, annual meeting, Davos, Switzerland. January 28.

2010 “Government 2.0: Opportunities and Challenges,” eFörvaltning Dagarna 2010 (international eGovernment conference), Stockholm, Sweden, 18 November.

2010 Plenary Address, “The transformational effect of web technologies on multi-level governance,” Mobile Life Conference (mLife), Brighton, UK, 27 October.

2010. “The European Commission Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market: Development of a 21st Century Public Agency.” Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain. September 28.

2010. “The European Commission Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market: Development of a 21st Century Public Agency.” European Commission Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market, Alicante, Spain, September 29.

2010 “The transformational effect of web technologies on government,” Portugal Tecnológico, Conferencia GOV 2.0, 2010 (national e-government conference), Lisbon, 22 September.

2010. Government 2.0: Opportunities and Challenges. Escuela de Organizacion Industrial, University of Madrid. February 12.

2009 eGovShare, International Conference, Antalya, Turkey, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the eGovernment Centre (eDEM) of Public Administration Institute for Turkey and Middle East (TODAIE). 8-11 December.

2009. Internet and Governance: Limits and Potential. Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. November.

2009. eGovernment and Green Jobs.  2nd Korea-US Policy Forum, World Bank, Washington, D.C. November 5.

2009. Discussant. Suffolk University School of Law, conference on governance after the crisis. November 13.

2009. Creating Access to Knowledge: Ethics in Science & Engineering. Invited lecture, September 24, Fourth Annual Digital Quadrangle Series, UMass Amherst.

2009. Closing Comments. Studying Society in a Digital World Conference, Princeton University. April 24-25.

2008. The Organization of Nanotechnology Research and Development. Invited lecture, October 2, IGERT Program in Nanotechnology Innovation Seminar Series, UMass Amherst

2008 Invited video keynote. First United States-Korea IT Policy Forum. National Information Society Agency, Seoul, Korea.  December 10.

2007. Has Information Technology Led to Fundamental Changes in the State? Examining Cross- Agency Initiatives in the U.S. Federal Government. Invited lecture, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, November 14

2007. Challenges to Organizational Change: Multi-Level Integrated Information Structures. Invited presentation at the Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government Symposium, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, November 14

2007. Digital Democracy and Freedom of Speech. Panel presentation at the Digital Democracy and Freedom of Speech web conference, sponsored by Temple University and WHYY, Philadelphia, PA, October 9

2007 Women and Politics: Power and Influence. New England Women’s Global Leadership Conference, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, September 29.

2007 Keynote Plenum at the 4th Ministerial eGovernment Conference, Reaping the Benefits of eGovernment, European Commission and Government of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal, September 20.

2007 “The Semantic Web and Networked Governance: Promise and Challenges.” 5th International Semantic Web Conference, Athens, GA, November 9. (

2006 “Still under Construction: On the Path to the Virtual State.” 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Public Policy Studies Association of Japan, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, June 10.

2006 Tackling the Challenge: Information Technology and Institutional Change. Keynote address at the VKA Spring Symposium, conference for ministers and high-level government officials, the Hague, Netherlands, April 12.

2005 Key Challenges for e-Government. Invited keynote videospeech at the eGovernment Consultation Workshop for the 7th Framework Programme in the Information Society Technology Programme, European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General, Directorate ICT for Citizens and Businesses, Unit H2 (e- Government), Brussels, Belgium, October 18.

2005 “Institutional Transformation of Government in the Network Society.” Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific conference, Wellington, New Zealand, November 26.

2004 “Prospects for the Virtual State.” First Seminar on Digital Government and Governance, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, July 10.

2003 “Enacting Technology: IT Productivity in the Public Sector. Conference on Society and Information Technology,” First National Conference, ChileDigital 2010, Santiago, Chile, November 17-18.

2003 “After the Revolution: The Internet Meets the Bureaucratic State.” Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Toronto,, October 18.

2001 Women in the Information Age. Keynote address at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 18.