The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO organised a three-day International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance 10th ICEGOV 2017 from 7-9 march 2017 at New Delhi. The broad theme was 'Building Knowledge Societies: From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment'. The event was inaugurated by Hon'ble Minister for E & IT and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, in the presence of Ms. Maria Manuel Leitao Marques, Minister of Presidency and Administrative Modernization, Portugal, Shri P. P. Chaudhary, Hon’ble MoS, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Mr. P. K. Sinha, Cabinet Secretary, and Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Mr. Tomasz Janowski, ICEGOV Series Coordinator and Programme Chair, Mr. Frank La Rue, UNESCO, David M. Malone, United Nations University, Rahul De, ICEGOV Series Coordinator and Programme Chair.
The key objective of ICEGOV 2017 was to explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment by local knowledge. ICEGOV 2017 received an overwhelming response, with a record-breaking 560 papers from all over the world. About 1000 delegates including more than 200 international guests attended the conference. This was the 10th edition of ICEGOV which focused on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses, civil society. This edition brought together academia, governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector to share the insights and experiences in theory and practice of digital government.
In addition to research papers, poster papers and doctoral research papers, the programme also included keynote lecturers like Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor from United States, Geoff Walsham, Professor from United Kingdom , Frank La Rue, Assistant Director General for Communication and information, UNESCO; plenary discussions and invited sessions by major institutional actors in the area. The programme also included Digital Exhibition and special events highlighting the Indian experience and achievements in digital governance.