Call for Papers: Engaging Governance at the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences


CFP | Engaging Governance | 55th HICSS 2022 conference | fastracks Internet Research (IF 3.8) and | AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction | Deadline June 15 2021

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=== Engaging Governance track

Part of the “Digital Government” – track 55th annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS January 4-7, 2022 | Hyatt Regency Resort, Maui



– June 15: Submission deadline

– August 17: Notifications of decisions sent to authors

– September 22: Deadline for authors to submit the final manuscript (camera ready)

– October 1: Registration deadline for at least one author per paper

– January 4-7: Conference

– February 15, 2022 (date subject to change) (Optional) Submission deadline for extended versions of selected papers for Internet Research or AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction


We highly welcome papers on the impact of COVID-19 on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: accessibility of spaces, health communication, promotion of vaccination campaigns, social behavior, and connected topics.


Authors of accepted papers have the option to fast-track extended versions of their HICSS papers either to Internet Research (Impact factor 3.838)


or AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction


Moreover, the Engaging Governance mini-track is part of the Gamification Publication Track aimed at the persistent development of gamification research:

Submission instructions:


=== Topics include (but are not limited to) the intersections between engagement and governance:


1) Engagement

Game-based approaches: games, gamification, gamefulness, urban gamification, simulations, policy games, serious games, games with a purpose, game-based learning

Motivational technology: persuasive technology, affective technology, quantified self, motivational theory

– Play: playfulness, toys, toyification

– Storytelling: narratives, stories, digital storytelling, interactive narrative, storification, roleplay

– Immersive technology: AR, VR, XR, digital twins

– User generated content: social media, social networks, memes, streaming


2) Governance

– Impact of COVID-19: accessibility of spaces, health communication, promotion of vaccination campaigns, social behavior, and connected topics

– Participation: e-participation, e-democracy, empowerment, co-creation, integration, diversity, accessibility

– Urban planning: smart cities, public spaces, resource management, commons, sustainability, IoTs

– Public data: open data, big data, data ownership, citizen sensing, crowdsensing visualization, information and misinformation

– Economy: national economy, sharing economy, information economy, taxation, market regulation

– Security and law enforcement: cybersecurity, surveillance, privacy, deception, organized crime, information warfare, digital forensics, e-justice

– Policy and politics: policymaking, law-making, voting, petitioning, post-truth politics, campaigning, elections, nudge politics, top-down vs bottom-up regulations

– Emergency response: disaster and resources management volunteer work

We encourage a wide range of submissions from any disciplinary backgrounds: empirical and conceptual research papers, case studies, and reviews. 



Lobna Hassan

Tampere University



Mattia Thibault

Tampere University



 J. T. Harviainen

Tampere University



Juho Hamari

Tampere University



See you in Hawaii! 


Public engagement in the governance of shared resources and commons is often inhibited by several factors, such as the growing complexity of modern life, constraints of time or space, and the lack of interest to engage from both individuals and governing bodies. On the other hand, the increased digitalization of society and exponential technological developments have made participation in governance more technologically feasible than ever. Research and practice have sprung to investigate how emerging technologies could impact engagement in governance under such umbrellas as e-democracy (16), e-participation (21, 25), e-voting (26), e-petitioning (3), and online, participatory campaigning (11, 31), amongst many other governance engagement strategies.

Engagement with governance is often facilitated through various technological means and strategies. Among others, games, game-based and playful approaches (10, 22, 23) have been utilized in governance and public engagement practices, for example through simulations and policy games (10). Emerging and connected technologies and strategies are similarly being utilized to foster engagement with governance  through social media (2, 8), gamification & gameful design (12, 13, 18, 19), serious games (7, 32), persuasive technology (24), virtual (28) and augmented reality (4, 27). For example: serious games are being utilized to foster civic learning (9), gamification to promote formal interaction between citizens and policy makers (10, 13, 15), and virtual reality as means of promoting empathy, integration and social connection (5). Many have, additionally, explored how public spaces, and especially smart cities, could be made more engaging to citizens, often in playful ways (14, 23). Smart cities can become playgrounds, where inhabitants, for better or for worse, shape the city’s landscape: its public areas, walkways, social interactions and makeups through technologies (8, 14, 20, 23, 30). Location-based games such as Pokémon Go (4) were able to attract millions of players, making cities friendlier as spaces where individuals felt safer and were more likely to create social connections with their neighbors. Concepts such as Hackable Cities (20, 34), Playable Cities (23), and Urban Gamification (33) highlight the large-scale change that emerging technologies are bringing about in the smart cities of the future. Moreover, social media and user generated content have become a key player in public life through, for example, political memes (2, 8, 11), and organization of political and city activities (20).

These emerging technologies and engagement strategies, amongst others, have shown and still hold a great potential for public engagement in governance. Nonetheless, engagement with governance and the public good can be seen to exist outside the common hurdles of the everyday life, where the effects of engagement are often invisible or take a long time to materialize (13, 18). While we could argue that the basic technological means for facilitating engagement in governance are available to remedy to the modern physical challenges that hinder exactly such engagement, public engagement with governance often swings between the extremes of being passive or active through logistically unsustainable online and offline movements engagement, such as has been seen with the Arab Spring (1, 17), occupy Wall Street movements (6), and some city alteration movements (20, 29, 34). Both, the lack of engagement in governance and unsustainable engagement with it are of detriment to governance and democratic practices.


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