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This issue's Trends and Controversies department includes five essays on e-government and politics 2.0 from distinguished experts. Each essay presents a unique, innovative research framework, computational methods, and selected results and examples. As the government and political process become more transparent, participatory, online, and multimedia rich, there is a great opportunity for adopting advanced AI and intelligent systems research in e-government and politics 2.0 applications. Selected techniques in data, text, Web, and opinion mining, social network analysis, visual analytics, multimedia analysis, ontological representations, and social media analysis can support online political participation, e-democracy, political blogs and forums, e-government service delivery, and transparency and accountability.