Other scholars have embraced the technological component of the call-for-proposals, namely the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) which is underway. Characterized by the unique convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds, 4IR entails unique opportunities of economic redeployment, but can also trigger disruptions to citizens.

Jue Wang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Xiao Lu (Chinese Academy of Sciences) call for papers and panel presentations on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies, through which governments prepare, adjust to, and support technological developments. They include, i.e.: STI economics, management practices, and societal programs.

Eugenia Lokana and Dimitris Kyparissis (National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government, Greece) question the policies governments should adopt and implement to ensure citizens are equally able to seize technological opportunities of our digital era. Topics for discussions include: institutional frameworks for new technologies, educational and vocational training systems, demographics and governance.

Naomi Aoki (National University of Singapore) and her peers explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Asia. Most governments in the region have adopted ambitious strategies to seize the opportunities offered by AI for economic development and public service delivery. The Chairs expect contributions to emphasize contextual factors supporting or hindering to seize these opportunities.

Serene Ho (RMIT University, Australia) and Geert Bouckaert (KU Leuven, Belgium) emphasize the challenge of urbanization, captured by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11. Poor quality urban data is blamed as a source of most urban governance issues, and new technologies, while having potential to address this issue, do come with own risks and pitfalls. The Chairs call for contributions exploring the application of new technologies for addressing urban governance challenges in particular, and on the relation between technologies, trust and governance in more general terms.