[AISWorld] CFP - Social Media in Public Sector: A Middle Eastern Perspective: A special issue of Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia (JCEA)

Nahed Azab nazab at aucegypt.edu
Sat Sep 21 20:12:00 EDT 2013

*Call for Papers*

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*Social Media in Public Sector: A Middle Eastern Perspective*

A special issue of *Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia (JCEA)*

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*Guest Editors*

Dr. Gohar Feroz Khan, Korea University of Technology & Education, email:
gohar.feroz at kut.ac.kr

Dr. Nahed A. Azab, The American University in Cairo, email:
nazab at aucegypt.edu

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Extended Abstract Submission: 30 October, 2013 (extended deadline)
Full Paper Submissions: 30 November, 2013
First Review Due: 30 January, 2014
Revised Version Due: 30 February, 2013
Acceptance: 30 March, 2014
Special Issue Published: Spring 2014

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Social media is becoming an integral part of life in contemporary society
and has changed the creation, sharing, and consumption of information.
There are countless stories related to the role of social media in the
contemporary society either in the entertainment industries where it
propelled Psy (a Korean rapper) to worldwide fame through the spread of his
“Gangnam Style” YouTube video or its role in political landscape commonly
called as the “Arab Spring” or “Facebook revolution.”

Social media consists of a variety of tools and technologies that
includes collaborative
projects (e.g., Wikipedia and wiki-spaces), Blogs (e.g., WordPress) and
micro-blogs (e.g., Twitter), content communities (e.g.,
social networks or social networking sites (e.g., Facebook and Cyworld),
folksonomies or tagging (e.g., delicious), virtual game worlds (e.g., World
of  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Warcraft>Warcraft<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Warcraft>),
virtual social worlds (e.g., Second
and  all other internet-based platforms that facilitate the creation &
exchange of UGC (Khan & Swar, 2013).

Due to its inherited characteristic (i.e., openness, participation, and
sharing) social media seems to be an emerging medium for interaction
between governments, government & citizens, and other governmental agencies
& businesses (Sandoval-Almazan and Gil-Garcia, 2012 <#_ENREF_45>).
Government that is driven by social media is called Government 2.0 (Eggers,
2005 <#_ENREF_14>), collaborative government (McGuire, 2006 <#_ENREF_38>; Chun
et al., 2012 <#_ENREF_9>), do-it-yourself government (Dunleavy and
Margetts, 2010 <#_ENREF_13>), government as a platform (O'Reilly,
), Open Government (Patrice, 2010 <#_ENREF_43>), Social Government (Khan et
al., <#_ENREF_29>2013, 2012), or we-Government (Linders, 2012 <#_ENREF_34>).

While the literature on social media in public sector is emerging, limited
attention has been paid to the social media dynamics in the Middle Eastern
region. Leveraging social media in public sphere in the Middle Eastern
countries requires a deep understanding of the unique economic, social,
political, and cultural values. The special issue of JCEA aims to
investigate and understand these unique aspects of social media in public
sector in the Middle Eastern region. All lenses of inquiry, including
strategic, organizational, behavioural, legal, economic, and technical are
encouraged. Areas to address include, but are not limited to, those listed

   - Social media in public sphere: government 2.0, e-democracy,
   e-participation, and e-politics
   - The role of social media in social change and collective action

   - Social media for public sector information dissemination and knowledge
   - Social media for mass collaboration and crowdsourcing
   - Social media for development
   - Social media adoption/diffusion and use behavior
   - Social media governance and policy
   - Legal considerations and risks of using social media
   - Social media as a disaster management tool
   - Social media for transparency, openness, and sharing
   - Risk and benefits associated with social media
   - Role of social media in development
   - Social media for community building

The above areas are just indicative and this special issue would welcome
papers discussing other topics relevant to social media in public sector in
the Middle Eastern region.

*Submission Guidelines*

Original manuscripts should be prepared according to the JCEA author
guidelines available at:

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*Send inquiries and manuscripts to *Dr. Nahed, email:
nazab at aucegypt.eduand Dr. Khan, email:
gohar.feroz at kut.ac.kr

About JCEA

JCEA is a refereed biannual e-publication devoted to the study of current
political, social and economic trends in East and Southeast Asia. JCEA also
accepts studies related to Internet research, Triple Helix, social network
analysis, and cyber communication. The editors welcome manuscripts based on
original research or significant re-examination of existing literature. For
more details please visit the Journal website: http://eastasia.yu.ac.kr/

*Indexing and Abstracting*

   - EBSCO Publishing
   - Scopus (under evaluation)
   - SSCI (in preparation)

*References *

Dunleavy, P., & Margetts, H. Z. (2010). The second wave of digital era
governance. *APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Papers*.

Chun SA, Luna-Reyes LF and Sandoval-Almazán R. (2012) Collaborative
e-government. *Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy* 6: 5 -

Eggers, W. D. (2005). *Government 2.0: Using Technology to Improve
Education, Cut Red Tape, Reduce Gridlock, and Enhance Democracy*. Lanhma,
MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Khan, G.F. and Swar, B., (2013), Government 2.0: Utilization Model,
Implementation Scenarios, and Relationships, accepted for presentation
*at Pre-ECIS
(21st European Conference on Information Systems) workshop: E-Government
2.0: Case studies and experience reports* June 4, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Khan, G. F., Yoon, H. Y., & Park, H. W. (2012). *Social Media Use in Public
Sector: A comparative study of the Korean & US Government *Paper presented
at the ATHS panel during the 8th International Conference on Webometrics,
Informatics and Scientometrics & 13th COLLNET Meeting, 23-26 October 2012,
Seoul, Korea.

Khan, G. F. Young, H., Kim, J., & Park, H. W. (2013). From E-government to
Social Government: Government Use of Social Media in Korea,Online
Information Review*, forthcoming*

Linders, D. (2012). From e-government to we-government: Defining a typology
for citizen coproduction in the age of social media. *Government
Information Quarterly, 29*(4), 446-454. doi: 10.1016/j.giq.2012.06.003

McGuire, M. (2006). Collaborative public management: Assessing what we know
and how we know it. *Public Administration Review, 66*, 33-43.

O'Reilly, T. (2010). Government as a Platform (Chap 2). In D. Lathrop & L.
Ruma (Eds.), *Open government: Collaboration, transparency, and
participation in practice*: O'Reilly Media.

Patrice, M. (2010). Building open government. *Government Information
Quarterly, 27*(4), 401-413. doi: 10.1016/j.giq.2010.07.002

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Nahed A. Azab, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems
Department of Management
School of Business
The American University in Cairo
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