Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia
The 1st International Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia, EGOSE2014 took place in St Petersburg, Russia from 18-20 November 2014. It was the first international academic event in the field e-Governance ever held entirely in the English language in the vast Eurasian region comprising mainly the post-Soviet states. It was designed as an opportunity for researchers and practitioners from Eurasia to discuss the use of digital technologies in and for governance with their peers from other regions and thus help integrate closer into a global academic community. Specific issues that conference planned to address focused on the current and emerging challenges these countries are facing in developing sound and effective e-Governance solutions that promote public sector innovations both in terms of administrative efficiency and governance openness. The goal was to seek other regions' experiences to compare approaches, solutions, practices and thus to raise eventually the quality of research at the crossroads of technology, government and society in the region, which is lagging behind from other regions. The Conference was seen as new opportunity for researchers to publish the results of their studies in the global context.
In the article authors present new Open Government Evaluation Model for Russian federal authorities. The Model describes three stages of openness assessment: authority self- assessment, experts' and citizens' assessment. The core of the Framework is three stages evolutionary approach to ten universal open government mechanisms and tools. Their evolution is three dimensional: legal, managerial and technological. International government effectiveness assessment ratings are considered as well from the perspective of openness measurement. Authors describe examples of openness mechanisms and tools usage by Russian federal authorities and with this formulate future trends of open government development in Russia
The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between ICT development and literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills for adults in the OECD countries. This study involves secondary data analysis from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies 2011, International Telecommunication Union, and World Bank datasets. Countries participated in the large-scale survey were chosen and all participants were selected from the dataset for each country and survey. Hierarchical linear modeling was applied to examine both country- and individual-level variables: these variables were analyzed against the outcome variables of literacy, numeracy and problem solving. According to the findings of this study, national ICT development is not a significant predictor for individual literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills. An individual ICT use is a significant predictor even if it is controlled by the socioeconomic status, gender and age of individuals. Implications related to the relationship between ICT development and literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills and future research needs are discussed.