Paper Submission till February 10
June 19-21, 2019

4th International Conference
Digital Transformation & Global Society (DTGS 2019)
more than 450
authors from 20 countries have participated in DTGS 2016 - 2019
over 58 000
downloads of DTGS 2016 papers
per cent of acceptance rate at DTGS 2018
CFPs: General CFP / Internet Psychology / Computational Linguistics / Young Scholars Forum
DTGS is an emerging international academic forum for the interdisciplinary Internet Studies field. The mission of the conference is to provide a collaborative platform for researchers and experts to discuss the transformative impact of digital technologies on the way we communicate, work and live.

The event is hosted by the ITMO University and co-organized by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg Campus), both being the leading universities, globally known for their research in information technologies, communication and social sciences.

The forum is co-organized by the partners and operators of the Conference: PRIOR - NW and Infotechnica Co.

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Important Dates
10 January 2019 - 10 February 2019 Deadline for papers / panels submission

20 March 2019
- Notifications for acceptance

10 April 2019 - Camera-ready papers submissions / Authors early registration deadline

20 May 2019 - Deadline for authors registration

19-21 June 2019 - Conference
Conference Tracks
Social Informatics, Virtual Communities, Ethical and Security Issues

Politics in Cyberspace, Electronic & Smart Governance, E-Democracy & Participation, Open Government & Data

Digital Culture, Education and Communication Issues

Smart Cities, Urban Governance and Planning using ICTS

Digital Economy and ICT – driven Economic Institutions and Practices

Online Political Communication, the New Media and Social Relations

International Workshop "Internet Psychology" (Call for Papers)
Online Cognition, Digital Socialization, Identity & Self-Presentation Online, Psychology of Gaming & Cybersport, The Use of Immersive and Augmented Reality in Psychology

International Workshop "Computational Linguistics" (Call for Papers)
Computer Modeling of Language, Natural Language Processing, Speech Technologies, Digital Linguistic Resources, Linguistic Analysis of Social Networks
Academic Ethics Policy
DTGS aims at the highest levels of academic standards. We ask all potential participants to follow the DTGS Academic Ethics Policy. The violation of the rules leads to rejection at any stage.

By submitting a paper, the author confirms that:

(1) The paper has not been published anywhere before and is not a translation of an article published in another language. Exceptions can be made for preprints, but the decision is taken individually in each case. All facts that the paper is availiable online as a draft or preprint must be disclosed.

(2) The paper does not contain plagiarism (including extensive self-plagiarism), other incorrect borrowings and paraphrasing.

(3) The author has all proper rights for copyrighted materials used in the paper. Pictures, figures etc. must either have free license for commercial use or be created by the author.

(4) The author is aware that if any violations are found, the paper must be rejected, and the paper is excluded from the conference program without any refund.
Technical Requirements & Paper Submission System

The paper must strictly follow the Springer LNCS guidelines.
We recommend the authors to use a template and macros embodied into it to ensure the paper complies with the format.
Template for Microsoft Word
Template for LaTeX


Papers should not be fewer than 10 pages and more that 13 pages long.


All references should be done according to the format. DOI should be indicated whenever possible. It is more preferable to arrange the reference list in the alphabetical order.


The paper must be written in English without major grammatical or stylistic errors. It is recommended to proofread the article before the final submission.


To submit a paper, you should be registered in the EasyChair conference management system

(1) If you already have an account in the EasyChair, go to the DTGS 2019 page and enter as author;

(2) Click "New Submission" and fill in the required fields. Please choose one topic from the list of the conference topics.

(3) Upload the paper in PDF file. The papers must be anonymized, i.e. all names, affiliations of the authors should be removed!
Peer Review Criteria
Each paper is reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee to be accepted. The review criteria are the following:

The paper should have clear contribution to the research field. Purely descriptive papers without any clear findings are not accepted. The following elements of the paper are required:

Research Question / Problem Statement: the authors should give a clear research question (for research papers) or problem statement (for experience papers) they are to address in the text. Both the research question and problem statement need to be justified by either theoretical or social topicality.

Literature / Background Review: the paper must contain a solid literature review encompassing the up-to-date academic articles and books (for research papers) or give a sufficient background (for experience papers). The review needs to be relevant to the research question.

Theoretical Grounding and Methodology: The paper should give a theoretical argument or use a theoretical framework, as well as to provide a methodology relevant to address the research problem.

Empirical Analysis / Case Selection: The research papers must present either an empirical research based on gathered data. Qualitative or quantitative methods of empirical analysis should be used. Another option is to present a review, but in this case the literature selection method should be specified. In case of experience papers, the authors need to justify the case selection and prove its significance to the international audience.

Discussion: Both the complete research and experience papers need to critically examine the findings and address them in the discussion section. In case of the research paper, authors are welcome to elaborate on how their findings contribute to the global scientific research in the field. In the ongoing research paper there can be some elaboration on future research. Experience papers must analyze at least advantages and disadvantages of the proposed best practice.
Participation Fees
Please note that we do not charge fees for publication, but for the organization of the conference. Hence the fees are to be paid by authors who are going to present the papers in person.

To be published, a paper must be presented by at least one author. No showing up at the conference results in paper rejection without any refund.

The fees categories can be found here
Payment (Russian Citizens & Organizations)
Russian citizens and affiliates of the Russian universities and organizations can pay the fees via bank transfer and other options to the PRIOR - NW, the co-organizer, official partner and operator of the DTGS Conference.

All payments should be done in roubles. Please do not forget to specify the name of a participant.

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Payment (Foreign Citizens & Organizations)
Foreign participants can pay the fee by credit card. If you have problems with this means of payment, please write us to, and we will make an invoice for bank transfer.

All payments should be done in roubles. Please do not forget to specify the name of a participant.

The payment option is provided by Infotechnica, Ltd - official partner and operator of DTGS Conference.

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Authors of accepted papers and guests should register here
The Young Scholars Forum is held during the 4th International Conference "Digital Transformation and Global Society", prior to the main Conference, on June 19, 2019. The aim of the Forum is to bring together young scholars – BA, MA and PhD students – and to maintain open and friendly discussion of their research, supported by experienced researchers.

All accepted posters are presented and discussed, and the best ones are published in the Proceedings of the Conference as short papers.

Call for Papers
The program of the Forum includes:

- Keynote presentation by the invited speaker;

- Research & Academic Writing workshop;

- Poster Session.

All events are held on June 19, 2019
Terms of Participation
1. Eligibility: the Forum is open to students of all levels of study (BA, MA or PhD), as well as for young scholars without an academic degree under 35 years. The paper can be co-authored by other students and / or academic supervisor, provided that the paper and poster are presented by students only.

2. Paper submission: to participate, a student should submit short paper (minimum and maximum is 6 pages), according to the technical requirements by March 10, 2019. The paper is to be submitted to EasyChair, the only topic selected should be "Young Scholars Forum".

3. Reviewing: all submissions undergo double blind peer review. Notifications are sent by April 10, 2019.

4. Posters: authors of accepted papers should prepare a poster, according to the technical requirements (to be specified earlier), and send them in PDF format to The posters are to be sent by May 1, 2019.

5. Presentation: authors of accepted papers are expected to present them during the poster session on June 19, 2019. The special committee will be organized to evaluate poster presentations.
Based on the results of reviewing and evaluation of poster presentation, the special committee along with volume editors select the best posters (no more than 35 percent of accepted papers), to be published in the post-conference Proceedings.

Camera-ready papers should follow all technical requirements, be 6-8 pages long, and be submitted to the proceedings section of the EasyChair by July 1, 2019.
Participation Fees
For BA, MA and PhD students participation is free for the day of the Forum. This participation option includes a coffee-break and a reception during the poster session. No conference materials, lunches and social events are covered. Full package fee rates are available on the website.
ITMO University
Professor at the ITMO University, Director of School of Translational Information Technologies and Chief Research Associate of eScience Research Institute. His research interests are: high-performance computing, computer modeling of complex systems, intelligent computational technologies, statistical analysis and synthesis of spatial-temporal fields, parallel and distributed computing, distributed environments for multidisciplinary researches, decision support systems & technologies, statistical analysis and simulation in marine sciences.
Warsaw University of Technology
Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology and Head of the Center of Excellence of Complex Systems Research. His current research field includes models of emotions in cybercommunities, economic and social networks, collective bankruptcies, collective opinion formation, nonequilibrium statistical physics, cellular automata, self-organized criticality and phase transitions. He is one of the pioneers in applying physical methods to economic and social systems and is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Section Physics in Economy and Social Sciences of Polish Physical Society.
John Waterworth
Umea University, Sweden
Senior Professor John Waterworth coordinates the Q-Life research group, exploring ways in which ICT can be used to enhance quality of life and health, often by designing and developing working prototypes and testing them in use. His research takes a psychological perspective and focuses on the subjective reality of living with information technology. Some technical areas of focus: speech interaction, hypermedia, information exploration, experiential/embodied interaction, virtual and augmented environments. Some human aspects: sense of presence, emotion and embodiment, experience of time-in-passing, memory and attention, creativity, ageing.
Post-conference Proceedings are published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science series. All papers are indexed in Scopus.

According to the production cycle, we expect Proceedings to be published in 4-5 months after the conference, i.e. in November-December.

For authors: to get author copies of e-licences, please contact us at
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ITMO University
Conference Chair
Higher School of Economics
Conference Chair
ITMO University
Organization Committee Head
Higher School of Economics
eSociety Track Co-Chair
Higher School of Economics
eHumanities Track
Moscow State University

Internet Psychology Symposium Co-Chair
Umea University, Sweden

Internet Psychology Symposium Co-Chair
St. Petersburg State University
Computer Linguistics Workshop Co-Chair
Charles University in Prague
Computer Linguistics Workshop Co-Chair
St. Petersburg State University
ePolity Track Co-Chair
St. Petersburg State University
eCommunication Co-Chair
ITMO University
eCommunication Track Co-Chair
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Artur Afonso Sousa, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Portugal
Thomas Agnotes, University of Bergen, Norway
Svetlana Ahlborn, Goethe University, Germany
Fatemeh Ahmadi, University of Galway, Ireland
Martynov Aleksei, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Luis Amaral, University of Minho, Portugal
Dennis Anderson, St. Francis College, USA
Francisco Andrade, University of Minho, Portugal
Farah Arab, Université Paris 8, France
Irfanullah Arfeen, United Nations University, Portugal
Maxim Bakaev, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia
Alexander Balthasar, Bundeskanzleramt, Austria
Luís Barbosa, University of Minho, Portugal
Vladimír Benko, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Ľ. Štúr Institute of Linguistics, Slovakia
Sandra Birzer, Innsbruck University, Austria
Svetlana Bodrunova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Radomir Bolgov, St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Anastasiya Bonch-Osmolovskaya, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Nikolay Borisov, St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Dietmar Brodel, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Luis Camarinha-Matos, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Lorenzo Cantoni, University of Lugano, Italy
François Charoy, Lorraine Laboratory of Research in Computer Science and its Applications, France
Sunil Choenni, Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Ministry of Justice, Netherlands
Andrei Chugunov, ITMO University, Russia
Meghan Cook, SUNY Albany - Center for Technology in Government, USA
Vytautas Cyras, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Esther Del Moral, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Saravanan Devadoss, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Subrata Kumar Dey, Independent University, Bangladesh
Alexey Dobrov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Loukis Euripidis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Anthony Faiola, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Isabel Ferreira, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Spain
Olga Filatova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Simon Fong, University of Macau, Macau SAR
Enrico Francesconi, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Diego Fregolente Mendes de Oliveira, Indiana University, USA
Kaori Fujinami, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Valeri G.Labunets, Ural Federal University, Russia
Fernando Galindo, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Despina Garyfallidou, University of Patras, Greece
Carlos Gershenson, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
J Paul Gibson, Mines Telecom, France
Christoph Glauser, Institute for Applied Argumentation Research, Switzerland
Maria Paula Gonzalez, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Tatjana Gornostaja, Tilde, Latvia
Dimitris Gouscos, University of Athens, Greece
Stefanos Gritzalis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Karim Hamza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Alex Hanna, University of Toronto, Canada
Martijn Hartog, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Agnes Horvat, Northwestern University, USA
Dmitry Ilvovsky, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Yury Kabanov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Katerina Kabassi, TEI of Ionian Islands, Greece
Christos Kalloniatis, University of the Aegean, Greece
George Kampis, Eotvos University, Hungary
Egor Kashkin, V. V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of RAS, Russia
Sanjeev Katara, National Informatics Centre, Govt. of India, India
Philipp Kazin, ITMO University, Russia
Norbert Kersting, University of Muenster, Germany
Maria Khokhlova, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Lorraine Kisselburgh, Purdue University, USA
Mikko Kivela, Aalto University, Finland
Bozidar Klicek, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ralf Klischewski, German University in Cairo, Egypt
Eduard Klyshinskii, Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics, Russia
Andreas Koch, University of Salzburg, Austria
Olessia Koltsova, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Liliya Komalova, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia
Mikhail Kopotev, University of Helsinki, Finland
Ah-Lian Kor, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
Evgeny Kotelnikov, Vyatka State University, Russia
Artemy Kotov, National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute", Russia
Sergey Kovalchuk, ITMO University, Russia
Michal Kren, Charles University, Czech Republic
Valentina Kuskova, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Sarai Lastra, Universidad del Turabo, USA
Christine Leitner, Danube University Krems, Austria
Kristina Lerman, University of South California, USA
Sandro Leuchter, Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Janet Light, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Yuri Lipuntsov, Moscow State Universuty, Russia
Natalia Loukachevitch, Moscow State University, Russia
Mikhail Lugachev, Moscow State University, Russia
Olga Lyashevskaya, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Jose Machado, University of Minho, Portugal
Rosario Mantegna, Palermo University, Italy
Ignacio Marcovecchio, United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society, Macao SAR, China
João Martins, United Nations University, Portugal
Ricardo Matheus, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Tatiana Maximova, ITMO University., Russia
Athanasios Mazarakis, Kiel University / ZBW, Germany
Christoph Meinel, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Yelena Mejova, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
András Micsik, SZTAKI, Hungary
Bundin Mikhail, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia
Yuri Misnikov, ITMO University, Russia
Harekrishna Misra, Institute of Rural Management Anand, India
Olga Mitrofanova, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Zoran Mitrovic, Mitrovic Development & Research Institute, South Africa
Marija Mitrovic Dankulov, Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia
John Mohr, University of California, USA
José María Moreno-Jimenez, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Robert Mueller-Toeroek, University of Public Administration and Finance Ludwigsburg, Germany
Ilya Musabirov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Alexandra Nenko, ITMO University, Russia
Galina Nikiporets-Takigawa, University of Cambridge, UK; Russian State Social University , Russia
Diana Pacheco, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Prabir Panda, Independent Researcher, India
Ilias Pappas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Mário Peixoto, United Nations University, Portugal
Zeeshan Pervez, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom
Dessislava Petrova-Antonova, SU "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria
Anna Picco-Schwendener, University of Lugano, Italy
Alexander Piperski, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia
Edy Portmann, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Devendra Potnis, University at Tennessee at Knoxville, USA
Yuliya Proekt, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Russia
Dmitry Prokudin, St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Cornelius Puschmann, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany
Rui Quaresma, University of Evora, Portugal
Alexander Raikov, Institute of Control Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Barbara Re, University of Camerino, Italy
Paulo Resende Da Silva, University of Evora, Portugal
Aleksandr Riabushko, Office of the Affairs of the Ulyanovsk region, Russia
Reinhard Riedl, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
A Lvaro Rocha, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Manuel Pedro RodrÍguez BolÍvar, University of Granada, Spain
Alexandr Rosen, Charles University, Czech Republic
Gustavo Rossi, National University of La Plata, Argentina
Christian Rupp, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Austria
Liudmila Rychkova, Grodno State University, Belarus
Marianne Saam, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Luis Sabucedo, University of Vigo, Spain
Fosso Wamba Samuel, Toulouse Business School, France
Nurbek Saparkhojayev, Kazakh National Research Technical University named after K.I. Satpayev, Kazakhstan
Demetrios Sarantis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Carolin Schröder, Centre for Technology and Society, Germany
Olga Scrivner, Indiana University, USA
Patrick Shih, Indiana University, USA
Alexander Smirnov, SPIIRAS, Russia
Polina Smirnova, ITMO University, Russia
Artem Smolin, ITMO University, Russia
Stanislav Sobolevsky, New York University, USA
Thanakorn Sornkaew, Ramkhamheang University, Thailand
Fabro Steibel, Project Sirca2 (FGV/UFF), Singapore
Zhaohao Sun, University of Ballarat, Australia
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa, Canada
Florence Sèdes, University Toulouse 3, France
Irina Temnikova, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Dr. Neelam Tikkha, MMV, RTMNU, India
Alice Trindade, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Rakhi Tripathi, FORE School of Management, India
Aizhan Tursunbayeva, University of Molise, Italy
Elpida Tzafestas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Nils Urbach, University of Bayreuth, Germany
George Valkanas, Detectica, Inc., Greece
David Valle-Cruz, Mexico State Autonomous University, Mexico
Natalia Vasilyeva, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Cyril Velikanov, MEMORIAL NGO, Russia
Antonio Vetro, Nexa Center for Internet &Society, Italy
Gabriela Viale Pereira, Danube University Krems, Austria
Lyudmila Vidiasova, ITMO University, Russia
Alexander Voiskounsky, Moscow State University, Russia
Ruprecht von Waldenfels, University of Oslo, Norway
Catalin Vrabie, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
Wilfred Warioba, Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance, Tanzania
Ingmar Weber, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Mariëlle Wijermars, University of Helsinki, Finland
Vladimir Yakimets, Institute for Information transmission Problems of RAS, Russia
Nikolina Zajdela Hrustek, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Croatia
Victor Zakharov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Sherali Zeadally, University of Kentucky, USA
Sergej Zerr, L3S Research Center, Germany
Hans-Dieter Zimmermann, FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
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Andrei V. Chugunov, ITMO University - Head

Yury Kabanov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg

Sergei Koltsov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg

Yuri Misnikov, ITMO University, eGovernance Academy (Estonia) - Program Coordinator

Ilya Musabirov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg
"Digital Transformations & Global Society" (DTGS) is an academic forum for researchers and experts in the interdisciplinary field of the Internet Studies and Social Informatics. Each year the conference brings scholars from different countries and of various backgrounds to discuss how digital technologies transform our lives.

The conference became a successor of another significant international event – the international conference "Internet and Modern Society" (IMS), held annually in St. Petersburg since 1998. Building on this unique and long-lasting legacy, in 2016 IMS acquired a stronger international dimension under the DTGS umbrella – an Information Society Technology Week at ITMO University with the aim of attracting new international researchers and raising the quality of submitted papers.

The first international conference "Digital Transformation & Global Society" (DTGS 2016) was held on June 22-24, 2016, hosted by the ITMO University and co-organized by the University of Amsterdam, the European University at St. Petersburg, and the e-Development Partnership in the northwest of Russia (PRIOR North-West). Then we received 157 submissions, out of which 61 papers were accepted, with an acceptance rate of 39 per cent. The conference was organized in five tracks: eSociety, eKnowledge, eCity, eHealth and eScience and started from the poster session

Two keynote reports were presented as well. Professor Peter Sloot (University of Amsterdam) presented an insightful report on "Complexity Science and the Internet of Things," explaining how the latter may help to understand complex systems, "from a biological cell... to millions of computer systems... to our society." Latif Ladid (University of Luxembourg), Founder and President of IPv6 Forum, shared his view on the future of the Internet and perspectives on the use of IPv6 in innovations, such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and smart cities.

DTGS - 2016 Program
Keynote Reports Abstracts

Held for the second time in June 21-23, 2017, it brought together more than 80 scholars. From DTGS'17 the co-organizers of the conference are the ITMO University and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg campus), the leading research institutions in Russia. 38 papers were selected out of 134 submissions, making the acceptance rate of 28 per cent.

The conference started with the plenary session and three insightful keynote reports. Daniel Alexandrov, professor at the Higher School of Economics and DTGS'17 co-chair, gave a talk on the interrelationship between the Internet and the modern social sciences. Dr. Ginaluca Demartini from the University of Sheffield and the ACM distinguished scholar gave a presentation on the "Power of Big Data" and how data-driven applications transform our everyday life. The keynote lecture by Dr. Sergey Kovalchuk from the ITMO University was devoted to the innovations that help to enhance public health decision making with computational predictive models. Two more keynote speeches were presented during the conference. Dr. King-wa Fu from the University of Hong-Kong shared the results of his research on the Internet censorship in China and the ways to reveal its trends with automatic methods of data collection and analysis. Prof. Carlos Gershenson (National Autonomous University of Mexico) elaborated on the "Future of Urban Mobility" and digital transformations of urban life in the near future.

The conference proceeded with the Poster session and Panel session. The latter comprised the following DTGS'17 tracks: eSociety, ePolity, eCity, eFinance & eEconomy and eHealth.

The organizers of the conference are doing their best to make DTGS a new emerging collaborative platform for interdisciplinary research. The raise of papers quality and conference publicity is a good sign that this goal will be achieved.

DTGS'17 program
DTGS'17 keynote reports abstracts

The international conference "Digital Transformation & Global Society" (DTGS 2018) was held for the third time on May 30 – June 2, 2018 in St. Petersburg Russia. It is a rapidly developing academic event, addressing the interdisciplinary agenda of ICT-enabled transformations in various domains of the human life. DTGS 2018 was co-organized by the ITMO University and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg), both being the leading research institutions in Russia.

This year has been marked with a significant raise of interest in the conference within the academia. We have received 222 submissions, carefully reviewed by at least three Program Committee members. 76 papers were accepted, with an acceptance rate of 34 per cent. More than 120 participants attended the conference and contributed to its success. We would like to emphasize the increase in the number of young scholars taking part in the event, as well as the overall improvement in papers' quality.

DTGS – 2018 was organized as a series of research paper sessions, preceded by a poster session. The sessions corresponded to one of the following DTGS – 2018 tracks:

  • ESociety: Social Informatics and Virtual Communities;
  • EPolity: Politics and Governance in the Cyberspace;
  • EHumanities: Digital Culture & Education;
  • ECity: Smart Cities & Urban Governance;
  • EEconomy: Digital Economy and ICT-driven Economic Practices;
  • ECommunication: Online Communication and the New Media;
Two new international workshops were also held under the auspices of DTGS: the Internet Psychology workshop, chaired by Prof. Alexander Voiskounsky (Moscow State University) and Prof. Anthony Faiola (The University of Illinois at Chicago), as well as the Computational Linguistics workshop, led by Prof. Viktor Zakharov (St. Petersburg State University) and Prof.Anna Tilmans (Leibniz University of Hannover). The agenda of DTGS is thus becoming broader, exploring the new domains of digital transformation.

Furthermore, we need to mention several insightful keynote lectures organized at DTGS – 2018. Prof. Stephen Coleman from the University of Leeds gave a talk on the role of the Internet in restoring and promoting democracy. The lecture was partially based on his recent book Can the Internet Strengthen Democracy(Polity: 2017), which had been translated into Russian and published by the DTGS team before the conference. Dr. Dennis Anderson(St. Francis College, USA) shared with the participants his vision on the future of e-government and its role in society, while Dr. Christoph Glauser(Institute for Applied Argumentation Research, Switzerland) presented the tools to evaluate citizens' expectations from e-government and the ways e-services can be adjusted to serve people's needs. The keynote lecture by Prof. Anthony Faiolawas devoted to e-health technologies, especially to the potential of mobile technologies to facilitate healthcare.

Finally, two international panel discussions were arranged. The first one – "Cybersecurity, Security and Privacy" - was chaired by Prof. Latif Ladidfrom the University of Luxembourg. Panel participants: Dr. Antonio Skametra(University of Murcia), Dr. Sebastian Ziegler(Mandat International, IoT Forum, Switzerland) and Dr. Luca Bolognini(Italian Institute for Data Privacy and Valorization) shared their opinion on the future of privacy protection in relation to the changes of the EU personal data regulations. The second panel moderated by Dr. Yuri Misnikov(ITMO University) and Dr. Svetlana Bodrunova (St. Petersburg State University) was devoted to the online deliberative practices in the EU and Russia. Prof. Stephen Coleman, Prof. Leonid Smorgunov(St. Petersburg State University), Dr. Lyudmila Vidiasova(ITMO University), Dr. Olessia Koltsova and Yury Kabanov(National Research University Higher School of Economics) took part in the discussion, expressing their views on the role of virtual communities in maintaining democratic practices and better governance.

Such a plentiful scientific program would have been impossible without the support and commitment from many people worldwide. We thank all those who made this event successful. We are grateful to the members of the international Steering and Program Committees, reviewers and the conference staff, session and workshop chairs, as we are to the authors contributing their excellent research to the volume.

DTGS 2018 Program
E-mail: (Organization Committee)

The confernce is held in the ITMO Congress Center (9 Lomonosova street, St. Petersburg)
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