The deadline for paper submissions is February 1, 2018
May 30 - June 1, 2018

3rd International Conference
Digital Transformation & Global Society (DTGS 2018)
more than 250
authors from 16 countries have participated in DTGS 2016 and 2017
more than 95
over 46 000
downloads of DTGS 2016 papers
per cent of acceptance rate at DTGS 2017
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 jointly organized by the ITMO University and 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.

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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
Special Track on Internet Psychology
Online Cognition, Digital Socialization, Identity & Self-Presentation Online, Psychology of Gaming & Cybersport, The Use of Immersive and Augmented Reality in Psychology, Problematic & Pathologic Online Behavior, Psychology of Social Networking & Mobile Interactions, Big Data in Cyberpsychology, Psychological Aspects of Cybersecurity
Workshop on Computational Linguistics
Computer Modeling of Language, Natural Language Processing, Speech Technologies, Digital Linguistic Resources, Linguistic Analysis of Social Networks
Posters Session, 30 May 2017
The Young Scholars Forum is an important opportunity to present your research and get a valuable feedback from researchers and experts from all over the world.

We welcome quality research (both complete and ongoing) on various aspects related to the Internet Studies, Social Informatics, E-Goverance etc.

To participate in the Youth Forum:

1) Submit your paper (5-6 pages), using the following guidelines, to the EasyChair system, choosing "Poster Session" track;

2) Wait for the decision: each submission will undergo a peer-review by at least three PC members;

3) If your paper is accepted to the conference program, prepare the poster according to the template;

4) Pay the fee and register to the conference;

5) Present your poster on May 30, 2017.

6) Authors of the best posters will be invited to publish their short papers in the Conference Proceedings. Others will have a chance to publish the papers in other materials.
The Rise of the Health Information Society? Empowering People by Connecting Mobile Health to Healthy Lifestyle Management
Date & time: to be announced
By 2020, over 80% of the world population (primarily—Russia, Europe, China, USA, and India) will use smartphones—an estimated 1.5 billion users. At the same time, 63% (37M) of all deaths (worldwide, annually) are due to noncommunicable diseases (NCD). Of this cohort, 82% will die from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

To transform health delivery, the World Health Organization recommends a "strategic approach to the planning/development/evaluation of mobile health (mHealth) activities" that align and strengthen the broader health priorities of "health systems" around the world. While multiple studies suggest that excessive smartphone use contributes to the rise of mental health adversities, leveraging mHealth technology to improve the health of millions is today's challenge for physicians and researchers in the field of information studies and health informatics.

This keynote will discuss the potential of mHealth to facilitate patient care through self-monitoring devices and new protocols of care that focus on the delivery of health information to patients, families, and clinicians. Healthcare administrators recognize that people are healthcare consumers who can significantly benefit from controlling their own personal health information. As such, a broad effort has begun by physicians and researchers to: (1) identify/understand patient needs to access their personal health information, (2) aggregate/analyze patient health information, and (3) integrate these findings into mHealth tools that support team-centered healthcare decision-making.

The keynote will also address ways that mHealth is increasingly supporting a transition to healthy lifestyle management (HLM). Through the exponential growth of mHealth, HLM-seekers are empowered to control their personal health information and incentivized to maintain proactive behaviors that are intrinsically linked to a culture of health and social change. The aim of HLM is not only to reduce the effects of NCD, but to improve patient-provider interaction through participatory medicine. In each case, mHealth affords quicker accessibility to health information solutions that have the potential to lower the impact of NCD. Finally, the presenter will discuss three current projects in mHealth that his research team is working on.
Prof. Stephen Coleman
Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds, Honorary Professor in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

His main research interests are i) methods of political engagement; ii) uses of digital media in representative democracies; iii) intersections between popular culture and formal politics; iv) political efficacy; v) citizenship education; vi) political aesthetics, performance and rhetoric; viii) literary and dramatic representations of politics; and ix) forms of deliberation and decision-making.

Prof. Anthony Faiola
Dr. Anthony Faiola is Professor and Head of the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Faiola's research is positioned at the intersection of health informatics and human-computer interaction—where he focuses on advancing the information science of socio-technical systems that support clinical work and personal health and well-being.

Dr. Faiola has published over 90 refereed papers and book chapters and given over 100 presentations, posters, and invited lectures. His international experience includes a Fulbright Scholar to Russia in Communication. Since 1998, he has given scores of invited lectures and conference presentations throughout Russia, China, and Europe, Scandinavia, and Baltic States.


Please read the following information before paper submission
Academic Ethics Policy
We are the leading firm by delivering quality and value to our clients. All our professionals have more than 5 years of legal e DTGS aims at the highest level of academic standards. We expect submissions to contain results of the original research based on scientific methods that contribute to the global knowledge in the selected areas of inquiry. In this regard, we ask all potential participants to follow the DTGS Academic Ethics Policy and make sure the paper comply with the requirements mentioned below. The detection of the rules violation leads to the rejection at any stage.

Originality of Papers

The paper submitted to DTGS should contain original results and must not be published anywhere before. An exception can be made for papers published on the Internet as draft-versions or preprints, but the Program Committee in each case takes the final decision individually. The author should disclose if the paper has already been presented or is available on the Internet as a draft or preprint. This rule also applies to the papers published in languages, other than English.


A paper must contain no plagiarism (including extensive self-plagiarism) and other incorrect borrowings. Plagiarism includes copying and pasting passages from the Internet and other sources, word-for-word borrowings from other texts as well as paraphrasing them without proper references. All direct borrowings should be accompanied with references, quotation marks and other means of academic language. All submissions undergo pre-review for originality and plagiarism.


The author should have 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.
Technical Requirements
Each paper is reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee to be accepted. The review criteria are the following:


The paper should fit into the general scope of the conference and be attributed to one of the conference tracks (eSociety, ePolity, eHumanities, eCity, eEconomy). We welcome interdisciplinary papers that combine social sciences with information and computer sciences. Purely technical papers without implications to social sciences are not accepted.


The paper must be prepared according to the Springer's template for LNCS/CCIS series. The templates can be found here (LaTeX template, LaTeX sample, Word 2007 and newer ,Word 2003). We highly recommend the authors to use the macros embodied into the templates.

Full papers should contain 12-15 pages, ongoing or experience papers must be within 10-12-page limit. For short papers (posters) the limit is 6-8 pages.

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.
Peer Review Criteria
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.
Paper Submission till February 1, 2018
Please make sure your paper comply with the DTGS Academic Ethics Policy and technical requirements.

Please eliminate all signs of authorship (e.g. names, affiliations) from the text for a blind review.

Papers should be uploaded to the EasyChair system.
Peer Review till
March 20, 2018
Papers that comply with the formal requirements and the Academic Ethics Policy are distributed among the reviewers and PC members.

Each paper will have at least three reviews. Based on the expertize, two types of decisions that can be made:

: the paper is accepted as a full paper, with minor revisions (mainly connected with writing);
REJECT: the paper is not accepted to the DTGS program and Proceedings.
Final Paper Submission till May 1, 2018
The final version must be uploaded into the Proceedings section of the DTGS EasyChair page, along with the signed copyright form.

All papers undergo final revision by the Editorial Board, collected and sent to the Publisher. Proceedings are to be published in November-December, 2018.

till April 1, 2018
All accepted full papers (ongoing and completed research) should be presented at one of the conference session.

Papers will not be published unless at least one author of the paper attends the conference and presents the paper.

Make sure that you have registered and paid the conference fee before the conference start

Poster Session
The Poster Session for PhD Students and young scholars will be held on May 30, 2018.

Participants should upload a short paper (6 pages) to the EasyChair, indicating the topic "POSTER SESSION" before February 1, 2018, as well as to prepare a poster according to the template before May, 20.

Best papers will be published in Post-Conference Proceedings.
Summer is the best season to visit St. Petersburg and admire its historic and cultural heritage. DTGS is held in the historical part of the city with a walking distance from the famous places of interest like the Hermitage.

At the same time, we recommend our guests to plan their visit well in advance due to the high season, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


It is convenient and fast to get to St. Petersburg by plane. The Pulkovo Airport is not far from the city center. Most European countries have direct connection with St. Petersburg, flights from Europe usually involve a stopover.


Nationals of most countries require a visa to travel to Russia. Please contact the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out whether you need a visa.

DTGS Secretariat may provide you with an invitation letter that you are supposed to have to apply for visa. To get an invitation, please fill in this form and send it to, along with a scan of your travel document first page.

Please note that to have a visa invitation on time, we need to receive the above mentioned documents no later than April, 1.


Accommodation is at the expense of a participant, but DTGS Secretariat will be glad to find you a suitable accommodation upon your request.
Please note that we do not charge fees for publications. The fees cover the expenses on conference organization and arrangement, including materials, venues, coffee breaks, as well as editorial costs. The paper that has not been presented at DTGS in person will be withdrawn from the program and Proceedings.

The best option is to 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.

Use the button on the right to go to the payment page (provided by Infotechnica, Ltd - official partner and operator of DTGS Conference).

All fees should be paid in RUBLES. Please, don't forget to specify the name and the surname of a participant.

Alternatively, Russian citizens may pay via bank transfer and some other options to the PRIOR - NW, the official partner and operator of DTGS Conference (visit this page for details).

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.

We kindly ask authors to use the following instructions to prepare camera-ready versions of papers.

Additional files: Copyright Form LaTeX: template, sample
Microsoft Word: 2003, 2007 and newer

Click the images to access our Proceedings of DTGS 2016 and 2017

To cite:

Digital Transformation and Global Society. Second International Conference DTGS 2017. St. Petersburg, Russia, June 21–23, 2017. Revised Selected Papers / Eds. Daniel A. Alexandrov, Alexander V. Boukhanovsky, Andrei V. Chugunov, Yury Kabanov, Olessia Koltsova. Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS). Springer, 2017. Vol. 745. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-69784-0; Series Print ISSN 1865-0929; Series Online ISSN 1865-0937.

Digital Transformation and Global Society. First International Conference DTGS 2016. St. Petersburg, Russia, June 22–24, 2016. Revised Selected Papers / Eds. Andrei V. Chugunov, Radomir Bolgov, Yury Kabanov, George Kampis, Maria Wimmer. Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS). Springer, 2016. Vol. 674. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-49700-6; Series Print ISSN 1865-0929; Series Online ISSN 1865-0937.

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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
Moscow State University
Internet Psychology Symposium Co-Chair
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Internet Psychology Symposium Co-Chair
ITMO University

eCity Track Co-Chair
St. Petersburg State University
Computer Linguistics Workshop Co-Chair
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Artur Afonso Sousa, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Portugal
Luis Amaral, University of Minho, Portugal
Francisco Andrade, University of Minho, Portugal
Alexander Balthasar, Bundeskanzleramt, Germany
Mikhail Bundin, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia
Sunil Choenni, Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Ministry of Justice, Netherlands
Meghan Cook, SUNY Albany - Center for Technology in Government, USA
Esther Del Moral, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Saravanan Devadoss, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Subrata Kumar Dey, Independent university, Bangladesh
Isabel Ferreira, Escola Superior de Gestão, Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, Portugal
Simon Fong, University of Macau, Macau SAR, Macau
Enrico Francesconi, ITTIG-CNR, Italy
Fernando Galindo, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Despina Garyfallidou, University of Patras, Greece
J Paul Gibson, Mines Telecom, France
Maria Paula Gonzalez, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Dimitris Gouscos, Laboratory of New Technologies in Communication, Education and the Mass Media, Faculty of Communication and Mass Media Studies, University of Athens, Greece
Stefanos Gritzalis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Yury Kabanov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Christos Kalloniatis, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication-University of the Aegean, Greece
George Kampis, Eotvos University, Hungary
Sanjeev Katara, National Informatics Centre, Govt. of India, India
Christine Leitner, Centre for Economics and Public Administration, Austria
Sandro Leuchter, Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Ignacio Marcovecchio, UNU-CS, Macao SAR, China
Aleksei Martynov, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Russia
Harekrishna Misra, Institute of Rural Management Anand, India
Zoran Mitrovic, Mitrovic Development & Research Institute, Serbia
Robert Mueller-Toeroek, University of Public Administration and Finance Ludwigsburg, Germany
Zeeshan Pervez, University of the West of Scotland, UK
Dessislava Petrova-Antonova, SU "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria
Edy Portmann, Institute of Information Systems (IWI), University of Bern, Switzerland
Aleksandr Riabushko, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Gustavo Rossi, LIFIA-F. Informatica. UNLP, Italy
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
Fabro Steibel, Project Sirca2 (FGV/UFF), Brazil
Wilfred Warioba, Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance, Tanzania
Nikolina Zajdela Hrustek, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Croatia
Sherali Zeadally, University of Kentucky, USA
Hans-Dieter Zimmermann, FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Vytautas Čyras, Vilnius University, Lithuania

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Andrei V. Chugunov, ITMO University - Head

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

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 conference will be held at the Congress Center of the ITMO University
(9 Lomonosova str., St. Peterbsurg, Russia).
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