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  • Do
    Sep
    29
    2016
    KE: Tech growth could push us up knowledge ladder — CS

    The rapid growth in technology presents Kenya with an opportunity to become a middle-income knowledge economy, CS Joe Mucheru has said.

    He said more than one billion electronic devices will be bought by Kenyans in the next few years. Mucheru urged young people to take advantage of this market.

    “The digital market in Africa will have half-a-billion people in the next five years. We must take advantage of this,” he said.

  • Do
    Sep
    29
    2016
    Digital India: Optical fibre connecting islands to cost Rs 1100 crore

    A direct link is to be built through a dedicated submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) to strengthen communication between Mainland (Chennai) and Port Blair and five other islands - Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Havelock, Kamorta and Great Nicobar.

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the estimated cost of the project is Rs 1102.38 crore including operational expenses for five years. The project is likely to be completed by December 2018.

  • Do
    Sep
    29
    2016
    PK: Use of IT in courts

    Doubtlessly, we live in the age of information technology and the developed nations are in the race to take maximum benefit out of it.

    But it is a painful reality that the current use of information technology in our judicial system is minimal.

    Our justice system massively relies upon paper filing and other outdated procedures.

  • Do
    Sep
    29
    2016
    IN: Government Releases Third List Of Smart Cities; To Provide $30 Mn Funding For Urban Reforms

    The Central Government in India has recently released the third list of smart cities that will receive funding from the Government in order to facilitate urban reforms. Currently, 60 Indian cities are selected under this initiative.

    PM Narendra Modi had announced his vision to set up 100 smart cities across the country in 2014. The mission intends to promote adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure. From providing a decent quality of life, a clean and sustainable environment, to robust IT connectivity, or egovernance, a smart city will be equipped with these amenities provided through smart solutions.

  • Do
    Sep
    29
    2016
    Why Smart City Development Relies on Relationships

    Each government’s political and socioeconomic status is the key differentiator in how smart cities develop.

    No matter what corner of the globe you travel, Internet of Things (IoT) technology is rapidly transforming every facet of city life. For instance, Singapore is building a smart nation by harnessing technology with the aim of improving the lives of its residents, creating more opportunities and building stronger communities, while Dubai launched its smart city strategy, which aims to engage various constituents and stakeholders to shape the city’s efforts.

  • Mi
    Sep
    28
    2016
    AZ: Use of e-signatures simplified

    The initiative of the Communications and High Technologies Ministry of Azerbaijan on application of certified USB-keys for access to e-services is an important step in addressing the problems of popularization of e-signatures’ use.

    Osman Gunduz, a coordinator of the Public Council for e-Government Services Promotion at the ASAN-service under the President of Azerbaijan, announced about this while talking to Trend on September 21.

  • Mi
    Sep
    28
    2016
    IN: Idea rolls out e-KYC ‘Aadhaar’ based SIM activation across its service centres

    Idea has announced the roll out of ‘electronic – Know Your Customer (e-KYC)’ based activations for both Prepaid and Postpaid customers across its service centres in 22 circles. The pan-India roll-out of e-KYC has been enabled after the successful pilot by Idea in Delhi circle, in association with UIDAI, and as per the DoT guidelines.

    The e-KYC solution allows users to avail instant verification using their ‘Aadhaar’ Number, enabling quicker SIM activation.

  • Mi
    Sep
    28
    2016
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: ‘Go Live’ e-governance project launched in IMC

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today launched the 'Go Live' e-governance project of Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) making the urban local body digitalized and to offer its services online.

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today launched the ‘Go Live’ e-governance project of Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) making the urban local body digitalized and to offer its services online. Sanctioned in the year 2012 under the erstwhile Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), ‘Go Live’ is an e-governance project for IMC being implemented by the department of Urban Development and executed by Hyderabad based IT company M/s Navayuga Infotech Ltd in consortium with Telearc Technologies Pvt Ltd. It is a dream come true for me, Khandu said after launch of the project.

  • Mi
    Sep
    28
    2016
    IN: UGC plans to bring Central Universities under single e-Governance Platform

    University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon start an integrated University Management System to bring all central varsities under the same platform. This move aims at a transparent and efficient functioning of the government.

    Central Universities will now be under a single and centralised e-governance platform. Apart from governance, the plan will also ease the administrative procedures of varsities like admission process and handling student grievances.

  • Mi
    Sep
    28
    2016
    IN: Khandu Launches ‘Go-Live’ project in Arunachal Pradesh

    Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday launched ‘Go Live’ e-governance project of Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) making the urban local body digitalized. Sanctioned in the year 2012 under the erstwhile Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) this project is being implemented by the department of Urban Development and executed by Hyderabad based IT company M/s Navayuga Infotech Ltd in consortium with Telearc Technologies Pvt Ltd. The project was initiated by Pema Khandu during his stint as the then Minister of Urban Development in Nabam Tuki’s cabinet.

    “It is a dream come true for me,” said Khandu after launching the project.

  • Di
    Sep
    27
    2016
    EU will offer free Wi-Fi in villages and towns

    Up to 8,000 communities stand to benefit from new free wireless internet to be installed in public spaces

    If you’re in the Wi-Fi network installation business in Europe, you might be about to get extremely busy. The head of the politico-economic union said its member states will be investing dramatically in Wi-Fi connectivity. The reason: to “empower” its subjects.

    “Every European village and every city” will be equipped with a total of an equivalent of 134 million dollars-worth of non-payment, free wireless Internet by 2020.” The installs will occur around the “main centers of public life,” Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Union’s executive body, said in a state of the union address a few days ago.

  • Di
    Sep
    27
    2016
    RS: "Introducing e-government is priority" - minister

    Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Ana Brnabic has said that her ministry's priorities would be to introduce e-government services.

    Tenders are already under way, she added, Tanjug is reporting.

    "The obstacle that existed throughout all these years was that there was no clear distinction as to what electronic services were, but that is known now," Brnabic said at a presentation of the results of an AmCham survey.

  • Di
    Sep
    27
    2016
    Guyana abandons Brazil fibre in favour of satellite links

    The Guyanese government is looking to salvage its disastrous ‘E-Government’ network rollout by abandoning the infrastructure in the country’s hinterland and expanding the fibre footprint in the coastal regions. Demerara Waves writes that the state is expected to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese vendor Huawei in the next two weeks with a view to rolling out fibre to areas such as Linden, Bartica and Mabaruma. The agreement would also see Huawei provide additional support and training for Guyanese engineers. Meanwhile, the state has decided to abandon the non-functioning overland fibre-optic cable connecting the coastal system to Brazil in favour of satellite links. To that end, the government has invited expressions of interest (EoI) from satellite providers to determine the cost of using the technology to provide services to the country’s sparsely populated interior. Commenting on the move, Floyd Levi, the head of the Ministry of Public Telecommunications’ E-Government division, explained that bandwidth requirements in rural areas are not that high but went on to say that: ‘We also recognise that the numbers we will be looking at could be quite huge so we expect to have an economy of scale brought to bear when pricing is considered.’

  • Mo
    Sep
    26
    2016
    US: How Digital is Your State?

    Results of the 2016 Digital States Survey indicate that the effort states are putting into innovation, collaboration and aligning their investments with citizens' priorities has never been higher.

    Just as a school teacher roots for his students, the Center for Digital Government is hopeful every two years that each respondent to its Digital States Survey will astound with reports of their technological feats. Though a competition of sorts, the Digital States Survey is more a showcase of state government's collective technology portfolio. And the outlook suggested by the 2016 survey is as strong as one would expect given the financial growth of the gov tech sector and the public's increasing interest in civic participation.

  • Mo
    Sep
    26
    2016
    US: Missouri : Kansas City Kiosks Avoid LinkNYC's Porn Troubles, Rollout Going Smoothly

    As New York City's Internet-connected kiosk program stumbles, Kansas City's is rolling along smoothly.

    Last week, New York City officials decided to remove Web browsing capabilities from their public Wi-Fi-spreading kiosks because some people were reportedly using them to watch pornography.

    Kansas City is not having those problems.

  • So
    Sep
    25
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra government to provide all citizen service on digital platforms from Oct 2

    The digital empowerment measure will result in a radical transformation in the way the citizens interface with the government. It will eliminate human intervention ensuring transparency, accuracy, efficiency and inclusion.

    The state of Maharashtra is all set to log on to a future of digitally empowered governance system. From October 2, the government of Maharashtra will provide all citizen- centric services through digital platforms, marking a major step towards delivering on the Prime Minister's promise of "maximum governance, minimum government."

  • So
    Sep
    25
    2016
    IN: Puducherry: Government creates virtual IT cadre

    Directorate identifying prospective employees with IT skills in all departments and agencies

    As part of the e-governance initiative, the Puducherry government has created a Virtual Information Technology cadre by bringing all government departments and agencies under a single umbrella to handle IT-related work in the Union Territory.

    As a preliminary step towards the implementation of the project, the Directorate of Information Technology has started the process of identifying prospective employees with IT skills in all departments and government agencies.

  • So
    Sep
    25
    2016
    US: Indiana: Doctor is in ... via video: Telehealth clinic allows Elwood students to see physician without leaving school

    A sick child used to mean a parent taking off work and a child missing school, but kids can now see the doctor without leaving Elwood Intermediate School.

    When a child is sick at school, he or she will go to the school nurse’s office. If the nurse deems it necessary, the student can be seen by Dr. Robert Zentz of St. Vincent Medical Group with technology similar to Skype video chatting.

  • Sa
    Sep
    24
    2016
    Kiosks And Speed Cameras In A Smart City

    Researchers Find Multiple Smart Components Of The Modern City Vulnerable To Cyber-Attacks

    Kaspersky Lab researchers examined a number of digital kiosks and interactive terminals used in modern cities for different purposes – from paying for different services through to entertainment – and discovered that a lot of them contain vulnerabilities that can expose private user data and be used to spy or spread malicious code. Along with kiosks, specialists researched speed cameras used in cities and their supporting infrastructure. As a result, they discovered that malicious users could easily access these cameras and manipulate the data collected.

  • Sa
    Sep
    24
    2016
    US: Everybody wants digital government, but doubts remain about ROI

    Government employees think that making their agency more digital is important, but many say they haven't seen measurable benefits from the IT investment they'd already made, according to a new survey of government IT professionals.

    James Warrick of Beacon Technology Partners, which conducted the survey, presented the results at a Sept. 15 conference on digital government sponsored by 1105 Media, GCN's parent company. He said he doesn't interpret the findings as saying ROI is impossible.

  • Sa
    Sep
    24
    2016
    Mobile internet driving digital rural India

    Since its inception four decades ago, Internet has become indispensable to the way of urban human life. From being a tool of communication it has now fully permeated into the human lifestyle and it is almost unimaginable to think of life without it.

    In the recent years, mobile data has emerged a key growth driver for Indian Telcos with data revenue growing at 30-40% annually, while overall revenue growth remained at high-single digits. Internet users have also grown at a phenomenal rate with 3G/4G users growing by nearly 70% in the previous year.

  • Fr
    Sep
    23
    2016
    US: Shaping IT Transformation in Massachusetts Government

    Former Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates talks technological transformation in government and the importance of executive leadership in this process.

    Former Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates caught up with Government Technology during the 2016 Massachusetts Digital Government Summit, sharing his perspectives on life after the public sector and where he sees the commonwealth heading from a technology perspective.

  • Fr
    Sep
    23
    2016
    Dot-gov-dot-ph

    If Filipinos are active online—and we are indeed among the most active on this globally—then the Philippine government ought to be, too. Thankfully (and perhaps surprisingly for some), it is. One online site that has become quite active lately is the Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) Facebook page, one of the government’s online tools for disseminating information, messages, and official announcements. The government’s official online presence is mainly via www.gov.ph, the Official Gazette and the web portal of the Philippines’ e-government. This is operated, maintained, and administered by the iGovPhil (i.gov.ph) Project under the former Information and Communication Technology Office, now the Department of ICT.

  • Fr
    Sep
    23
    2016
    NG: Okowa Receives E-Government Certification

    Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of Delta State make history recently as perhaps the first and only state governor in the federal republic of Nigeria to acquire the e-Government certification.

    In line with Global standards, 21st-century leadership and governance is incomplete, inadequate and indeed unproductive without digital proficiency in e--Government process certification.

  • Fr
    Sep
    23
    2016
    VN: U.S. advances Global Procurement Initiative partnership in Vietnam

    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on Thursday expanded its partnership with Vietnam under the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative (GPI).

    USTDA and the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) signed a grant agreement to cooperate on a feasibility study that will develop a database to track the past performance of contractors operating in Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release the same day.

  • Fr
    Sep
    23
    2016
    BH: Government Forum 2016 website launched

    The official website of the Government Forum 2016 was launched yesterday. The forum will be held on September 18 in Shaikh Isa Cultural Hall under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.

    Chief Executive of the Informatics and eGovernment Authority Mohammed Ali Al Qaed described the authority's participation in creating the website as an honour given the importance of the forum which brings together ministers, assistant undersecretaries and directors from all ministries and government institutions. He pointed out that the authority had created the website and developed it in a comprehensive way, adding that work is still on to update it and post daily information about the forum.

  • Do
    Sep
    22
    2016
    US: As Mobile-Only Becomes Mainstream, Government Must Adapt its Services (Industry Perspective)

    If government wants to meet its citizens where they are, it should deliver services via mobile.

    A decade ago, renewing a driver’s license meant taking hours off work and standing in an interminable line. Registering a new business required calls or visits to several government agencies, filling out lengthy forms and making multiple payments to cover various agencies’ registration fees.

    Today, a citizen might complete those tasks while waiting for an elevator or standing in line at the grocery store.

  • Do
    Sep
    22
    2016
    US: California: Welcome to the Age of the Government Business Portal

    Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. are both launching Web portals aimed at helping businesses navigate complex systems of regulations. They are only the latest in a trend of business portal launches.

    A restaurateur in Southern California might need as many as 26 licenses and permits before they can start serving food. That means filling out the same information on multiple forms. It means dealing with myriad agencies and government representatives. It means days and days, or even weeks of time spent on regulation.

  • Do
    Sep
    22
    2016
    US: Northern Virginia: The Gramercy District: Building a Smart City from the Ground Up

    The vision begins with something tangible: a fiber network that will span the entirety of the development, providing connectivity for business tenants, residents and the public.

    A real-estate developer with a half-billion dollar project on tap in Northern Virginia is taking steps to ensure smart city fundamentals are baked into the mixed-use project.

    The Gramercy District is a planned 2.5 million-square-foot, $500 million development just outside Washington, D.C.; it will be located at the site of a future Metro stop and just down the street from Washington Dulles International Airport.

  • Do
    Sep
    22
    2016
    China to put more government administrative services online

    China has decided to put more administrative services online to improve transparency and efficiency in the government's work, the State Council announced Wednesday.

    The government will continue pushing its "Internet Plus" initiative to improve administrative services, cut red tape and reduce costs, according a statement by the State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

  • Mi
    Sep
    21
    2016
    US: Peachtree Corners, Ga., Budgets for Smart-City Initiative From the Start

    The city, incorporated in 2012, set money aside for a big smart-city initiative before competing needs could scarf up every line item in the budget.

    Being the new kid on the block can have its advantages. While many municipalities struggle to fund innovative smart-city technologies out of already-established budgets, Peachtree Corners, Ga., found it had an edge.

    “Cities that are older can have a lot of budget constraints," said Finance Director Brandon Branham. "For us, a lot of those structural expenses are not in place yet, the money is not yet pre-dedicated.”

  • Mi
    Sep
    21
    2016
    US: Caifornia: The Disruptive Nature of Data: One Agency’s Perspective

    Los Angeles County CIO Benny Chacko talks about the unique data challenges of the Probation Department.

    At the Los Angeles Digital Government Summit last month, Los Angeles County Probation Department CIO Benny Chacko was among the panelists offering advice for attendees who have their eye on landing a CIO job someday. His suggestion was to spend time honing skills outside of pure technology, like negotiation and presentation skills, for example.

  • Mi
    Sep
    21
    2016
    NG: Delta Gov. Okowa gets e-government certification

    Delta state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, made history recently as perhaps the first and only state governor in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to acquire the e-Government certification.

    In line with Global standards, 21st century leadership and governance is incomplete, inadequate and indeed unproductive without digital proficiency in e—Government government process certification.

  • Di
    Sep
    20
    2016
    US: There’s No Turning Back on Digital Gov, U.S. CTO Says

    White House CTO Megan Smith says that even though the Obama administration will soon come to an end, the work on digital government is only beginning.

    With the Obama administration coming to a close this January, the question circulating in the tech community isn’t so much about next IT projects, but whether his innovation initiatives — and the government tech movement as a whole — will live on.

  • Di
    Sep
    20
    2016
    US: The Role of Data Analytics in Predictive Policing

    The exponential escalation of mobile computing and analytics has given officers intelligence on the go and greatly improved their chances of being in the right place at the right time. From the right vantage point, it is almost possible to watch the steady tide of technology seeping into the briefing rooms and patrol cars of American law enforcement agencies.

  • Di
    Sep
    20
    2016
    US: Council of Global City CIOs Launches to Share IT Frameworks, Principles, Policies, Code

    The goal of the group is to share such things so city leaders can use them to make things happen.

    Those who are great at what they do get there by copying those who came before them, sharing ideas with contemporaries, or — even better — just stealing them. The Council of Global City CIOs, announced by its member cities on Sept. 12, is the latest embodiment of that principle.

    The tech leaders of Chicago; New York City; the Hague, Netherlands; Dubai; Boston; Seattle; and Washington, D.C., are the founding participants of the group, which was created to build a body of resources and share it with city leaders of the world.

  • Di
    Sep
    20
    2016
    VN: HCM City approves draft for smart city project

    HCM City’s steering committee for the smart city project hosted a meeting on September 9 to approve a draft plan of the project, which aims to develop the southern metropolis into a smart city.

    Speaking at the meeting, Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the People’s Committee and head of the project’s steering committee, said the city would collect the opinions of city authorities, experts, and its residents to issue a completed plan by the end of this year.

  • Mo
    Sep
    19
    2016
    Kenya bets on digital infrastructure upgrades to triple IT

    Kenya says the ongoing digital infrastructure upgrade will triple the number of IT professionals in Kenya and boost the adoption of e-government across all ministries, reports Business Daily. ICT secretary Joe Mucheru said more online jobs will be created once all government departments embrace e-platform. The platform will also make information on health, agriculture and investment readily available for quick decision, the minister said last week.

    Muchero spoke when he ushered in 400 management trainees currently enrolled in the twelve-month Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) that is jointly managed by private sector players. Mucheru said that ICT staff in government would also spearhead adoption of ICT in the counties where county governments are currently involved in laying infrastructure for both Wi-Fi and broadband services. He welcomed the public and the private sector partnership saying it would inculcate a working culture among ICT and engineering graduates from local universities.

  • Mo
    Sep
    19
    2016
    CY: Central data ‘warehouse’ will be used to fight tax evasion

    The government’s Data Warehouse is a powerful tool for combating tax evasion, fraud and corruption, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Monday.

    Speaking at a press conference at the state information technology services to present the newly established data system, the minister said that this was an “important, strategic project of crucial importance to the government but mainly to the public”.

  • Mo
    Sep
    19
    2016
    IN: The DigiLocker was supposed to cut down paperwork but less than 0.1% of Indians are using it

    The government has been working hard to make all of India go digital – but its initiatives don't seem to be having the desired effect. Not yet anyway.

    DigiLocker was launched in July last year as a secure platform for Indian citizens to store and access their documents on an electronic repository provided by the government of India. This is one of the major planks of the Digital India programme – which aims to take government services online and make the entire country digitally literate – but it does not seem to have enthused too many so far.

  • Mo
    Sep
    19
    2016
    IN: UP to create IT cadre for e-gov schemes

    Uttar Pradesh governmnet will constitute a special Information Technology cadre for the efficient and quick delivery of government services through e-governance schemes.

    Two officers, experts in IT use, and of the rank of special secretary and joint secretary in all government departments will be designated for the purpose. They will be drawn from the existing cadres. The government has also decided that officers selected in the IT cadre will be given an incentive of 10% of their basic pay and grade pay.

  • Mo
    Sep
    19
    2016
    IN: Next up for DigiLocker integration: PAN card and private service providers

    In a bid to expand the scope of the DigiLocker project, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will shortly integrate Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards with the system to ensure all commercial transactions and financial services are carried out with minimum hassle.

    The government has also readied a framework that will allow private entities to offer DigiLocker services—India’s first-ever secure cloud platform for digital issuance, verification and storage of all essential documents and certificates.

  • So
    Sep
    18
    2016
    ZA: Public private partnerships required to realise true potential of digitisation

    The evolving demands of the ever-discerning consumer continue to give impetus to the private and public sector to offer customised digitisation solutions that meet their needs, David Mphelo, general manager for public sector at MTN Business, told delegates at the Public Sector ICT Forum in Johannesburg.

    Mphelo said that as the industry is battling with the full implementation of the IT buzzwords that were conceptualised decades ago such as Big Data and Cloud as the back-end system that supports the complete adoption of these solutions often lags behind.

  • So
    Sep
    18
    2016
    US: Indiana: Dubois County municipalities announce email, text alert feature

    Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner, Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz and Ferdinand Town Manager Chris James joined Ken Barlow, eGov Strategies co-founder and vice president of solutions Friday to announce a comprehensive website and text message alert feature available on each of the municipalities’ websites.

    The community messaging portal provides users the ability to register to receive e-mail and text message alerts from any of the three municipalities’ websites. While each community will use the notification system independently, a consolidated messaging portal will be available on each website to ensure users can sign up through a simplified process.

  • So
    Sep
    18
    2016
    IN: Govt pushes for mobile phones with vernacular language access

    Earlier this year, the govt said it was working on regulations to make it mandatory for mobile phones to support Hindi and at least one regional language

    As the government steps its push to provide governance through mobile phones, the Electronics and IT Ministry has mandated smartphone manufacturers to ensure that all devices support Hindi and at least one local language.

    There have already been two rounds of discussions on the matter between the Ministry and handset makers and one more round of discussion is planned soon as the manufacturers have raised some issues and difficulties.

  • So
    Sep
    18
    2016
    PK: Court automation – the indigenous solution

    Last month the Lahore High Court convened an IT Fair in the halls of the Punjab Judicial Academy.

    The first impression the fair gave out to visitors was that of a computer market with a broad display of desktops, keypads, wide screen monitors, mobile phones etc.

    An overwhelming sentiment of optimism arose from the participants as they shared and expressed the view that information technology will play a pivotal role in the judicial reform under way.

  • Sa
    Sep
    17
    2016
    Indonesia eyes path to e-government

    Two ministries have called for the better use of information technology in the Indonesian bureaucracy as many countries with well-managed e-governments have improved their quality of public services.

    “(E-government) should stop being just an idea. No more theories, no more comparative studies. We should start practising it,” Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Asman Abnur said this week.

  • Sa
    Sep
    17
    2016
    IN: Govt to provide free Wi-Fi in all colleges: Puducherry Minister

    Puducherry Revenue minister M O H F Shajahan today said that all colleges in Puducherry will be provided with free Wi-Fy facilities shortly.Replying to discussion on demand for grants for various departments including revenue and transport, Mr.Shajahan told the legislative assembly today that the government proposed to start 150 public service centres here and added that an IT park would be set up at Mettuppalayam Industrial Estate area. He said the administration would take steps to set up an animation technology centre at the Kalapet Engineering college through PIPDIC.

  • Sa
    Sep
    17
    2016
    IN: Jharkhand: State’s 1266 panchayats get Net, Wi-Fi upcoming in 404 panchayats: CS

    Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma said that efforts should be accelerated to equip all panchayats with Internet connectivity.

    In the review meeting of IT and e-Governance held today, the CS directed that pending surveys of Bharat Net should be completed to connect all panchayats with internet connectivity.

  • Sa
    Sep
    17
    2016
    IN: In a first, Uttar Pradesh to create a separate IT cadre

    In a pioneering initiative, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to constitute an Information Technology (IT) cadre of its own, officials said on Saturday.

    This is for the first time that any state government has initiated such a process, an official told IANS.

  • Fr
    Sep
    16
    2016
    Azerbaijan creates government-civil society dialogue platform

    In accordance with the Open Government Initiative National Action Plan for 2016-2018, the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Friday held a constituent assembly of the Government-Civil Society Dialogue Platform on Open Government Initiative.

    The assembly was attended by representatives of state agencies and non-governmental organizations.

  • Fr
    Sep
    16
    2016
    Smart Cities Are More Pragmatism than Pure Invention, Singapore CIO Says

    Singapore CIO Chan Cheow Hoe reveals the aspirations and strategies within the city-state's aggressive smart city initiatives.

    If there was a quintessential centerpiece of smart city ingenuity, Singapore might be it. The city-state, with its diverse population of about 5.6 million residents, has been active since the beginning of the smart city movement a few decades ago. Singapore started with big data and analytics to extend smart city advancements into its core infrastructure. The city has plugged into energy and sustainable buildings, and analytics programs that can forecast traffic jams; it closely monitors waste and looks for new ways to adapt the latest technology into civic services. Fueling the use of technology is the nation’s need to maximize use of its roughly 427 square miles and its sizable population.

  • Fr
    Sep
    16
    2016
    BZ: Taiwan donates USD $109,000.00 for ICT project

    The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that H.E. Ambassador Benjamin Ho has presented a cheque of USD 109,000.00 to the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) of the Government of Belize for the bilateral ICT Project on September 2nd, 2016. This 5-year project is budgeted at USD 1.82 million, with USD 1.5 million funded by the Government of the ROC (Taiwan), and the rest covered by the Government of Belize. The aim of this project is to pave the way to achieve e-government in Belize to benefit the government and the general public.

  • Do
    Sep
    15
    2016
    US: New Jersey Unveils Text-to-911 Capabilities

    New Jersey officials unveiled new text messaging capabilities to their 911 system in hopes of boosting response times, safety and the on-scene intelligence available to first responders.

    Citizens in the state of New Jersey have a new tool at their disposal should they need help in an emergency situation. On Sept. 7, officials unveiled a new text-to-911 capability that will allow residents living anywhere in the state to interact with emergency dispatchers via text message.

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    Sep
    15
    2016
    E-governance urged for Myanmar

    Myanmar's Lower House will soon debate a motion that urges the administration to provide public services through electronic means, said Speaker Win Myint.

    The e-government motion was submitted by National League for Democracy MP Nay Phu Ba Swe. The lawmaker said that more electronic services would ensure people have easy access to government services and information via websites and mobile applications.

  • Do
    Sep
    15
    2016
    Singapore government tightens online security for businesses

    The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore has developed CorpPass, a new log in portal for businesses.

    The rollout by IDA aims to enhance security and privacy among organisations, as well as individuals who make use of the alternative SingPass account.

    CorpPass allows business executives to apply for grants, or declare import, export goods. Businesses are leveraging SingPass accounts for corporate transactions at the moment, however, IDA plans to segregate the accounts to avoid mix up and protect individual data.

  • Do
    Sep
    15
    2016
    Bangladesh to issue new eIDs in October

    Smart national identity cards are to be issued in Bangladesh on 2 October, according to senior officials.

    Revealing the launch date, Brigadier General Sultanuzzaman Md Saleh Uddin, director general of the NID registration wing, said detailed information of a voter with photograph would be included in the new cards.

    The cards feature 2D barcodes and 25 sustainable security features that will prevent any possible forgery, he said.

  • Do
    Sep
    15
    2016
    US: Maryland Tops the List of Best State Government Websites

    For the first time in state history, Maryland’s state government website was named the best in the country by the Center for Digital Government’s Best of Web competition.

    The Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government, recognizes city, county, and state governments for their work engaging citizens online and providing cutting-edge Web services with The Best of the Web awards.

  • Mi
    Sep
    14
    2016
    US: Where digital services fails, lawmakers devoted to the DATA Act

    While Congress has remained basically unaccommodating in funding digital services, lawmakers came out strongly in favor of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). No surprise since Congress actually passed this bill versus digital services being an administration request.

    But what’s ironic is how the two initiatives work closely together. Data runs so much of the design and understanding of what citizens want and how agencies can improve services.

  • Mi
    Sep
    14
    2016
    PH: NTC cites gov't neglect for poor internet connectivity

    Telecom companies may not necessarily be solely at fault for the poor cellular and internet services in the country.

    Some of the reasons why the quality of telecom services still leave much to be desired are the difficulty in putting up cellular sites and lack of government investment in information and communications technology (ICT), the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said on Wednesday.

  • Mi
    Sep
    14
    2016
    ID: Two Ministries Pushing for Integrated E-Goverment

    The Indonesian bureaucracy still has not made full use of information technology, despite an avalanche of tried and tested examples in many countries of well-managed e-governments immeasurably improving the quality of public services.

    "[E-government] should stop being just an idea. No more theories, no more comparative studies. We should start practising it," Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Asman Abnur said on Tuesday (06/09).

  • Di
    Sep
    13
    2016
    Philippines marks gains in internet metrics

    The Philippines has shown improvements in terms of download and upload speeds amid investments being made by telcos to provide better services to customers, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said.

    Citing data from internet metrics provider Ookla’s speedtest.net, NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios said in a telephone interview yesterday the Philippines has made gains in terms of internet speed as it ranked 11th in terms of average download speed and upload speed globally this year.

  • Di
    Sep
    13
    2016
    KE: Businesses to benefit from e-govt project, says Mucheru

    More than 41,000 people working in business processing and outsourcing firms are set to benefit from the ongoing digital infrastructure project by the national government, Information Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said.

    Speaking at Kenya School of Government in Kiambu County on Monday, CS Mucheru said more online jobs will be created once all government departments embrace e-government, making information readily available for better decision making on health, agriculture and investment.

  • Di
    Sep
    13
    2016
    NG: E-Procurement and the Anti-Corruption War

    Last week, I was privileged to attend a three-day Workshop on e-Procurement organized by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP). The workshop was held at the State House Auditorium from the 29th - 31st August, 2016. Stakeholders represented at the function included Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Contractors, Consultants, Service Providers, Professional Bodies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the media and the General public.

    The resource persons were drawn from multilateral organisations such as the World Bank and African Development Bank as well as other international experts. To most of the participants that gathered in the hall the workshop provided a platform to review the World Bank report of e-Government Procurement Readiness Assessment. It also availed them of more knowledge and better understanding of e-Procurement through the rigorous interactive sessions.

  • Di
    Sep
    13
    2016
    Five schemes to make governments more business-friendly

    Examples from the best in the world, and key trends from the region.

    Competition is rife among governments in South East Asia.

    From “startup districts” to slashing permits, governments are setting out ambitious plans to make their countries more attractive to businesses.

    GovInsider has mapped the five most business-friendly countries in the world, discussed what they have done, and looked at the key trends in the region.

  • Mo
    Sep
    12
    2016
    NG: Ericsson, Galaxy Backbone Set to Transform Public Services

    Ericsson and Galaxy Backbone, the Government ICT shared services provider in Nigeria, has announced a partnership to design and deploy Information and Communications Technology (ICT) based solutions and services supporting the delivery of efficient public services in the country.

    The partnership is in keeping with the Nigerian Government’s commitment to leverage ICT for job creation, improved security, economic diversification and social inclusion. It also supports the Minister of Communication’s vision to deploy e-Government as a tool to improve governance and efficiency in the delivery of quality public services.

  • Mo
    Sep
    12
    2016
    ZA: Top firms fund Johannesburg digital hub Tshimologong

    Tshimologong, the recently launched digital innovation hub in Johannesburg's inner city, has received millions in contributions from reputed multinationals and South African ICT companies, reports ITWeb. Ten strategic founding partners have ploughed upwards of ZAR 5 million each into the newly built precinct, which plans to incubate high-tech startups, commercialise research and develop high-level skills among students, working professionals and unemployed young people.

    Cathy Smith, MD at Cisco Systems Southern Africa explained why the global IT company is championing the establishment of Tshimologong, along with the likes of Microsoft, IBM, Telkom, MMI Group and Teraco/KMJ Services. Smith said that the need for skills is particularly important to Cisco and that this influenced the decision to back the project.

  • Mo
    Sep
    12
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: WRD chooses e-governance to increase transparency

    Following the footsteps of some agencies, water resources department (WRD) has also decided to implement e-governance to improvement its working.

    The department has asked its offices to use the EstiCoM (Estimate + Contract Management) software for preparing estimates, taking their technical sanction, preparing the draft tenders and getting them approved and for contract management. It is to be used in commercial off the shelf (COTS) mode.

  • Mo
    Sep
    12
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: Smart Cities get more fund, Opposition labels it an eyewash

    Despite funds of Rs 436 crore lying unspent for over three months, the Centre has sent Rs 16 crore more each for Pune and Solapur, the cities chosen for the Smart Cities Mission. The opposition parties have slammed the project, terming it just an ‘eyewash’, as no guidelines and deadline is set for it.

    The Maharashtra government has failed to spend funds allocated for Smart Cities, Pune (Rs 150 crore) and Solapur (Rs 286 crore) for over three months. On September 2, another instalment of Rs 16 crore was sanctioned by the state for the cities, as per the order by the Urban Development Department, the nodal department to implement the project.

  • So
    Sep
    11
    2016
    BH: Tawasul online service system developed

    Launched by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister in the presence of Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the National Suggestion & Complaint System "Tawasul" is among numerous service projects developed by the Informatics and E-Government Authority (iEGA) which have become operational since May.

    Tawasul on the link (www.bahrain.bh/wps/portal) enables citizens and residents to easily submit their applications, suggestions or complaints to any government department in the Kingdom of Bahrain at any time and from anywhere.

  • So
    Sep
    11
    2016
    IN: Apps for Manipur govt employees now available on smart phones

    Manipur Chief Secretary O Nabakishore on Saturday said that various applications (Apps) such as Jamabandis, Dag chithas, Loucha pathap are now available on smart phones.

    Apart from it, government employees can download their GPF (General Provident Fund) accounts and balance sheets from any android phone, tablet, apple, ipad etc. Similarly, employees can assess their details in CPIS Apps, Chief Secretary Nabakishore said while addressing a press conference held at Conference Hall of Old Secretariat here.

    Pensioners and vehicle registration related can also be availed under SMS services. Under Information Technology (IT), Government of Manipur has taken up programmes like e-district, e-governance, digital India, he said.

  • So
    Sep
    11
    2016
    NG: FG set to ratify memorandum on e-govt —Minister

    Federal Government, on Saturday, through the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, in Lagos State, declared that ICT sector remains essentially an easy avenue to shore up the country’s revenues, buoy the economy and create job opportunities for the country’s youth.

    He also disclosed that in a matter of days, the government would approve a memorandum before it that would transform the way business was being done in Nigeria.

    He said this at the inauguration of a company, Avidor Services Limited, which is into production of EMV bank cards, GSM cards, ID cards, among others.

  • Sa
    Sep
    10
    2016
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Training programme on e-governance concludes

    The two weeks long training programme on e-Governance project management concluded at Naharlagun on Friday.

    The training for mid-level officers was attended by 28 officers from various department of the state government. The training had started on Aug 22 and was conducted by National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG), Hyderabad. The training aims to equip participants with the necessary background and understanding on structured approach for conceptualization of e-Governance initiatives, various phase of e-Governance life cycle, key consideration during each phase of development, examples of how e-Government and e-business services can be undertaken by Government organization to strategically plan and transform their organization to improve the citizen service.

  • Sa
    Sep
    10
    2016
    SA: Ministry earns e-service excellence award

    The Ministry of Labor and Social Development won e-Government Achievement Award (Enjaz) in the category of cooperation among government entities for offering better services, which is given by e-Government Program (Yesser).

    The 4th edition of the Enjaz Award took place at the Headquarters of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in Riyadh.

  • Sa
    Sep
    10
    2016
    Nepal Selects Safran to Build its National Identification System

    Safran Identity & Security, the world leader in identity and security solutions, today announced that it has been selected by Nepal National Identity Management Center to build the National Identification System.

    This is a first e-Governance initiative towards establishing an electronic National Identity System for the country.

    The National Identity System is one of the key programs identified in the e-Government Masterplan of Nepal. It is a first step in creating an ecosystem of trusted identities which promises to transform the lives of citizens, from the busy streets in Kathmandu to villages in the Himalayas. Each Nepalese will be empowered with a unique proof of identity, one that is backed up by the highest level of reliability, security and confidentiality.

  • Sa
    Sep
    10
    2016
    IN: Assam CM calls for digital highway in the state

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday reiterated that the development of the state on a war footing is the Goverment’s utmost priority and building the Digital Highway to this affect is of paramount importance.

    Speaking at the Northeast Information and Communication Technology (NICT) conference 2016 at a city hotel, the Assam CM said that every village of the state will be digitally connected in the next five years and called on all IT players of the country to be part of this revolution.

  • Fr
    Sep
    09
    2016
    AE: Sharjah e-government department holds Gitex workshop

    Sharjah's Department of eGovernment (DeG) organised a workshop for various departments on Thursday to discuss their participation in Gitex Technology Week 2016, taking place from October 16 to 20 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

    "The workshop featured a presentation about DeG's participation at Gitex and provided details of our latest apps for Sharjah, which will be launched during the exhibition," said Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, director-general of DeG. "These [apps] include digital links between government departments to increase connectivity and improve the flow of information, and high level cyber-security systems to effectively protect and secure data during storage, retrieval and transmission."

  • Fr
    Sep
    09
    2016
    US: The Big Redesign: What's Next for Government Websites?

    States and localities have their work cut out for them when it comes to modernizing their portals.

    When he was a project manager working on website design in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation last year, Dave Seliger did an inventory of all the city’s websites. He found 343 distinct sites, some of them abandoned and dating back to 2003. “We were finding crazy things that we had no idea existed,” he said, “but if you were a citizen you might stumble across them and think they were relevant.”

  • Fr
    Sep
    09
    2016
    VN: Citizens on focus of smart city: experts

    Smart city project which Ho Chi Minh City has been building with major norms of e-government, smart planning and economic development aims to best serve citizens after all, said experts.

    According to some experts in urban infrastructure fields, implementation of the smart city project should comprise two phases to make it feasible. The first phase is in the next five years, when HCMC will implement smart programs on traffic, health and environmental supervision to solve problems such as traffic jam and flooding.

  • Fr
    Sep
    09
    2016
    Businesses to access e-govt services via CorpPass

    Businesses and other entities such as non-profit organisations and associations will be able to use CorpPass to access Government e-services.

    Businesses and other entities such as non-profit organisations and associations will be able to use a single corporate digital identity instead of multiple login IDs to perform e-Government transactions when the Singapore Corporate Access (CorpPass) is launched on September 15.

  • Fr
    Sep
    09
    2016
    Promoting local languages will get more Africans connected online

    Promoting local languages and providing relevant, homegrown content could increase internet adoption across the African continent, a new report finds. The report (pdf), published by the Internet Society, a non-profit dedicated to internet policy, finds that despite the increased access to mobile and telecom infrastructure in Africa, internet adoption was still lagging behind.

    The continent’s full connectivity is being hampered by the lack of pertinent programs targeting its mobile users, and the availability of those programs in their own languages, says the report. In Africa, mobile is still the primary way of getting online, given the low availability of fixed lines. However, the continent is the least connected region in the world, with only 303 million out of 565 million mobile users accessing the internet via mobile. This showcases that the “barrier to further adoption today is less of an infrastructural problem and more of a relevance one,” the report notes.

  • Fr
    Sep
    09
    2016
    ZA: New Jo'burg digital hub off to good start

    Tshimologong, the recently launched Digital Innovation Hub in Johannesburg's inner city, has received millions in contributions from reputed multinationals and South African ICT companies.

    Ten strategic founding partners have ploughed upwards of five million rands each into the newly built precinct which plans to incubate high-tech startups, commercialise research and develop high-level skills among students, working professionals and unemployed youth.

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    Sep
    08
    2016
    IN: Karnataka: Get learner’s licence at the click of a mouse

    The new system, now being tried on a pilot basis, will become operational in two months

    Getting a learner’s licence (LL) will become easy across the State with an online written test replacing the current system of evaluation by a motor vehicle inspector.

    The new system, which is being tried on a pilot basis, will be fully operational in two months at 10 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in Bengaluru, said C. Mallikarjun, Joint Commissioner for Transport (Environment and e-Governance).

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    Sep
    08
    2016
    ZW: Govt launches website for inter-ministerial taskforce

    The Government yesterday launched a website for the inter-ministerial taskforce on the alignment of legislation (IMT) which will enable stakeholders involved in the process to access information easily.

    Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who oversees the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, launched the website in Harare.

    The inter-ministerial taskforce was established by Cabinet as an institutional platform to facilitate the legislative alignment process.

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    Sep
    08
    2016
    US: Digitization Saves Maine State Library's Historical Assets

    The state of Maine is getting a much-needed infusion of grant dollars to digitize and ultimately save the institution's historic newspaper collections — which will available through the institution’s cloud-based repository.

    There is a certain peace to be found in the whirring fans and components of an old microfilm reader — the frosted glass screen and sturdy feel of the controls take you back to when research meant hours of careful study, not a few minutes in front of a glowing computer. And while using time-tested medium today is a nostalgic nod to the past, microfilm has largely given way to instant searchability and a seemingly endless stream of information online.

  • Do
    Sep
    08
    2016
    IN: Next phase of e-governance in Punjab soon

    The Punjab government will soon roll out second phase of e-governance in the state under which hundreds of citizen utility services will be made online.

    Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal today made this announcement after finalising the second phase of the state governments e-governance initiative.

  • Do
    Sep
    08
    2016
    IN: Karnataka: Government establishes e-marketplace for public procurement

    MAIT partners DGS&D to provide Government e-Marketplace orientation training to industry executives - 26 categories of products available for online purchase - New era of public procurement begins with GeM

    MAIT, the apex body representing IT manufacturers has partnered with Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals (DGS&D) to facilitate training of its member companies on Government e-Marketplace (GeM) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

  • Mi
    Sep
    07
    2016
    IN: Kerala makes headway towards total e-literacy

    After having achieved almost total literacy in formal abstract language symbols, Kerala is heading towards total e-literacy now. In this regard, the Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari launched the 2nd phase of the total e-Literacy and commencement of the Digital Libraries programme in the State on August 30.

    The Vice President said that Kerala has been a pioneer state in terms of ushering in programmes aimed at improving the human condition and empowering the citizens and the quest for 100% e-literacy is reflective of that drive and spirit.

  • Mi
    Sep
    07
    2016
    BW: Maun Businesses Welcome New System

    Maun business community has welcomed the E-services introduced by Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) which aimed to improve service delivery.

    They said the new system was a step in the right direction as it would fast track services and also reduce congestion at BURS offices.

  • Mi
    Sep
    07
    2016
    IN: Kerala: Ansari launches Kerala's Phase-II e-literacy drive

    Launching the second phase of Kerala’s ambitious total e-literacy campaign, Vice President Dr Hamid Ansari yesterday lauded the state for its efforts at empowering the citizens and improving human conditions.

    Kerala, India’s first fully literate state, aims at becoming the first e-literate state as well within 33 months.

    Last year, the state achieved a milestone issuing 10mn digital certificates to citizens, eliminating middlemen and bribery.

  • Mi
    Sep
    07
    2016
    NA: New government ICT office in Swakopmund

    Erongo Region now has at its feet a state-of-the-art information centre and recording studio that are available for use by the public in the new regional office building of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Swakopmund.

    “The ministry is on a journey to continuously improve the lives of Namibians in terms of their ICT needs and more of these … are in the pipeline for other regions,” the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, said last week Friday.

  • Di
    Sep
    06
    2016
    Making the Top Smart City in Europe

    How do you build a 'smart city?' What innovative factors lead to award-winning smarter technology examples to emulate? Which European city is the smartest? Let’s explore.

    The top smart cities in Europe include Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Barcelona.

    Or, depending upon who you talk to, what model you use and when you have the conversation, the list can also include Luxembourg and perhaps Vienna.

  • Di
    Sep
    06
    2016
    Iran launches first phase of national intranet

    The Iranian government has formally launched the first phase of its National Information Network (NIN), which it says allows improved high speed access to e-government services and domestic content, though the move has been criticised by some international organisations for its potential to tighten the state’s control of internet use in the country.

  • Di
    Sep
    06
    2016
    IN: Vice President inaugurates 2nd phase of e-Literacy programme in Kerala

    The Vice President of India, Shri M Hamid Ansari has said that Kerala has been a pioneer State in terms of ushering in programmes aimed at improving the human condition and empowering the citizens and the quest for 100% e-literacy is reflective of that drive and spirit.

    He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating in Thiruvananthapuram today the second phase of the total e-Literacy and commencement of the Digital Libraries programmes in Kerala.

  • Di
    Sep
    06
    2016
    Azerbaijan boosts public sector ties with South Korea

    Azerbaijan and Korea are bolstering joint efforts to offer better services in public administration on the occasion of Interior Minister Hong Yun-sik's latest visit to Azerbaijan. The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Seoul said last week that Hong attended a forum in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku from Aug. 18 to 20 to discuss ways of using information and communications technology (ICT) to improve the public administration system with relevant officials there. Hong signed a memorandum of understanding concerning mutual cooperation in e-governance with Inam Karimov, chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations. Hong also met Prime Minister Artur Rasizade and Communications and High Technologies Minister Ramin Guluzade.

  • Di
    Sep
    06
    2016
    Iran is giving its citizens fast internet, but cutting them off from the rest of the online world

    Iranian officials aren’t explicitly banning internet access, but they are doing everything they can to wean residents off the world wide web and steer them toward a local, walled alternative.

    Eleven years after announcing plans for the “National Network of Data,” Iran finally completed the first phase of the project on Aug. 28, with the next two phases slated to be finished in February and March 2017 respectively. The government claims it has installed high-speed fiber optic cables and building local data centers, which work 60 times faster than current offerings, according to Tasnim News Agency.

  • Mo
    Sep
    05
    2016
    PK: Providing affordable broadband

    The inauguration of the National Data Centre of National Telecom Corporation (NTC) on August 24 was a landmark event.

    Thus far, the e-office initiative of the Ministry of Information Technology was using borrowed storage capacity of the PTCL data centre. Ironically, NTC was carved out of PTCL (then T&T) in 1996 to save government’s sensitive information from a privatised PTCL.

  • Mo
    Sep
    05
    2016
    JM: U.S. allocates funds to strengthen ICT service provider

    The United States has allocated US $1.4 million towards strengthening the governments Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service provider – eGov Jamaica Limited.

    The money has been drawn from the US$37.6-million Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, which seeks to strengthen public resource management and support selected public-sector institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth.

  • So
    Sep
    04
    2016
    US: 3 Ways Governments Are Working to Make Broadband Universally Accessible

    Broadband is commonly described as a critical piece of modern infrastructure. Here’s how a city, a state and a school district are working to make sure everyone has access.

    We’ve become a land of digital haves and have-nots. “Buying cheaper goods directly from wholesalers, immediately accessing government services and finding employment opportunities are increasingly only available to those who have an online connection,” say Brookings Institution researchers.

  • So
    Sep
    04
    2016
    Free software emphasis can lift Africa

    Information and Communication Technology experts want African government to increase their support for computer students to develop cheap software if the region is to access cheaper software.

    Nnenna Nwakanma the African Regional Coordinator at World Wide Web Foundation said most African countries have not developed the human capacity to engage in developing local content software.

  • Sa
    Sep
    03
    2016
    Private sector development to play key role in transformation of GCC economies

    2016 is looking to be a watershed year in the region as policymakers launch and adopt significant policy initiatives to reduce dependence on oil.

    From diversifying sources of funding through exploring taxation, to reducing expenditures by trimming energy subsidies, and tapping bond markets to fund deficits. Yet as these measures address the fiscal side of the economy, policymakers are now looking at the underlying fundamental challenge to the structure of regional economies. That of a gradual divergence from public sector-led economies to private sector-led economies. Development of the region’s private sector will play an important role in the transformation of economies in the wider MENA and the GCC.

  • Sa
    Sep
    03
    2016
    US: Revitalizing Appalachian towns with broadband

    Several communities in Appalachia will get expert help leveraging their broadband services to boost local economic development, improve the environment and public health and expand connectivity in downtown areas.

    The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission chose 10 communities in six states to participate in the Cool & Connected planning assistance program.

  • Sa
    Sep
    03
    2016
    VN: Da Nang lauded for administrative reforms

    Most departments, agencies and grassroots organisations in the central city of Da Nang have applied the ‘one-stop shop’ software system to manage procedures, with 97 per cent of daily in and out documents using the software.

    Deputy Director of the city’s Home Affairs Department, Che Viet Son made the claims at a conference on August 26 on administrative reform and information technology.

    Son said 900 digital documents are sent through the software system each day to reduce printing and management costs, as well as speeding up the process.

  • Fr
    Sep
    02
    2016
    Estonia: pioneering E-Government

    E-government measures increase ease of access to state services and increase transparency. Countries like Estonia have successfully implemented over 150 online services and are updating them constantly. Helping other states develop e-government, however, has not been a simple task for Estonia.

    An Estonian citizen decides to create a startup business on a whim. Said person takes their government-issued ID card, inserts it in their computer’s card reader, and jacks into the government’s e-business portal. Using secure technology like e-signatures, this citizen can establish a business in minutes and operate it completely remotely. This is just one example of how Estonian e-services expedite tasks for citizens. To read a comprehensive outline of major e-services, click here.

  • Fr
    Sep
    02
    2016
    UK government begins to push digital as global opportunity

    The Minister of State for Digital and Culture highlighted this week that digital exports are worth over £30bn a year. GDS, meanwhile, is formalising its international relationships.

    Global network connection © hywards - Fotolia.comFollowing the EU referendum result, it’s fair to say that the UK needs to figure out it’s long-term position in global markets. And it seems that those in Whitehall foresee digital playing a key role in this.

  • Do
    Sep
    01
    2016
    NG: Of Nitda and Technology Devt

    Several developing countries, including Nigeria have come to realise the importance of information technology (IT) in building economies, creating wealth and enhancing the potential of individuals.

    The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, while on official visit to Omatek Ventures in Lagos last month, reiterated government's plan to reposition Nigeria through economic diversification in the area of IT. Several government agencies, including NITDA that has the mandate to formulate and implement IT policies for the country, have also stressed the need for IT development across all sectors of the Nigerian economy, if Nigeria must overcome its present economic recession.

  • Do
    Sep
    01
    2016
    Government of Jamaica to receive US$35 million for Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project

    The Government of Jamaica will this week sign an agreement for thirty-five Million ($35,000,000.00) United States Dollars from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and is also expected to benefit from a grant of Two Million Six Hundred and Forty thousand ($2,640,000.00) United States Dollars from the Department for International Development (DFID), the IBRD/DFID financial support will go towards the cost of the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project.

    The funds are expected to strengthen public resource management and provide support to selected public sector institutions geared towards facilitating a more enabling business environment for private sector growth.

  • Do
    Sep
    01
    2016
    Pakistan’s first ever National Data Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

    National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) has inaugurated Pakistan’s first ever National Data Centre in Islamabad. The inauguration ceremony held in the capital was attended by Minister of IT Ms Anusha Rahman Khan, Chairman PTA Dr. Ismail Shah and various professionals from the IT industry of Pakistan.

    Pakistan is the first ever SAARC country to implement the e-governance model. After successfully converting over 6,000 files to e-government by the Ministry of Information Technology, the government last year decided to replicate this model in all ministries/divisions and attached departments.

  • Do
    Sep
    01
    2016
    US: Appalachia Partner Communities: Broadband may be key to revitalizing rural Main Streets

    The Obama administration is hoping to use broadband service to help revitalize main streets in 10 small towns in six Appalachian states.

    The plan is part of the administration's “Cool & Connected” program, in which teams of experts help communities develop action plans for using existing or expanded broadband service to create “walkable, connected, economically vibrant main streets and small town neighborhoods.”

  • Do
    Sep
    01
    2016
    GB: Socitm points to ‘delusions’ over digital

    Head of research Andy Hopkirk highlights need for alignment between digital investment and broad policies and instruments

    Many public authorities have been caught up in three “delusions” over where technology sits within the wider picture, public sector IT association Socitm has warned.

    It has issued a briefing paper highlighting some of the failings in transformation efforts, and saying there should be more focus on aligning digitisation with meeting policy goals.

  • Mi
    Aug
    31
    2016
    US: 3 Advantages of Beta Testing City Websites

    Cities are embracing the concept of beta testing, saying that the best thing to do before going live with a new website is to, in fact, launch a website.

    For years there has been the belief that cities have to unveil new websites in the same fashion they present their plazas or parks: in one swift reveal. From the start, every amenity has to be ready, each piece of content added and the design — with the exception of minor garnishments — should be set and final.

  • Mi
    Aug
    31
    2016
    UG: New Software Policy to Boost Innovation in Offing

    A Science, Technology and Innovations driven economy may soon be a reality in Uganda if Cabinet approves a free and open software being developed.

    Speaking at the 7th Africa Conference on Open Source Software at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo on Monday, Mr James Saaka, the executive director of National Information and Technology Authority Uganda, said there is a lot of registered software being used but is very costly.

  • Mi
    Aug
    31
    2016
    Come back Project NOAH: Smart city award for Philippines initiative

    Project NOAH, the Philippines’ key disaster risk reduction and management system which was launched in 2012, has won an IDC award for the top smart city initiative in public safety at the analyst firm’s Smart City Asia Pacific awards (SCAPA).

    For the awards, IDC Government Insights conducted a six-phase benchmarking exercise that involved identifying and cataloguing the key projects, online voting for public opinion, and assessment of an international advisory council.

  • Mi
    Aug
    31
    2016
    CN: Most gov't websites releasing info on time

    Information sharing needs to be promoted to respond to public queries

    China aims to make necessary information public on government websites and respond to public concerns in a timely manner. A recent review by the State Council, China's Cabinet, showed about 85 percent of government websites disclosed critical information in a timely fashion and the number of "zombie" government websites had dropped sharply.

  • Di
    Aug
    30
    2016
    US: Pennsylvania Launches Open Data Portal

    The portal will make government more accountable, modernize their systems by creating a central repository of data where other agencies’ federated data can be posted

    Following an executive order in April, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Aug. 22 the launch of the state's first statewide open data portal, called OpenDataPA. The data portal includes the release of 12 new data sets, centered around the governor’s platform of education, economy and improved government operations.

  • Di
    Aug
    30
    2016
    US: 5 Common Problems Found on Government Websites

    Going online for public information isn't as easy as it should be.

    Just 20 years ago, we wrote an article that called the fact that “at least ten states have begun to post legislative or consumer information on the Internet” a “dramatic development.” Today, even the tiniest communities -- like Union, Ct., which boasts a population of less than 1,000 -- are expected to have their own websites.

  • Mo
    Aug
    29
    2016
    UN e-Govt survey 2016 ranks Mauritius 1st in Africa

    The United Nations e-Government Survey 2016 has ranked Mauritius first in Africa followed by Tunisia and 58th worldwide, with an e-Government Development Index of 0.6231. In 2014 Mauritius was ranked 76th and Tunisia 75th, said a statement from the government. Issued at the moment when countries are launching the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the survey offers a snapshot of trends in the development of e-government in countries across the globe.

    It provides new evidence that more governments are embracing information and communication technologies to deliver services and to engage people in decision-making processes in all regions of the world. The survey shows that digital technologies - the internet, mobile phones, and all the other tools to collect, store, analyze, and share information digitally - are being increasingly utilised. E-government has the potential to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals.

  • Mo
    Aug
    29
    2016
    ZA: Jo’burg promises free Wi-Fi for all

    Plans are afoot to have all 4m citizens of Johannesburg connected to free Wi-Fi within five years.

    Plans are afoot to have all 4m citizens of Johannesburg connected to free Wi-Fi within five years.

    Zolani Matabese, head of broadband for the City of Johannesburg, said a thousand hotspots for access to the Internet would be installed around the municipality by year-end.

  • Mo
    Aug
    29
    2016
    Australia to adopt European standard to make government IT more accessible

    The federal government is aiming to provide a greater level of inclusion and accessibility for staff and citizens, adopting an internationally aligned standard for IT services.

    The Australian government has announced it will be adopting an internationally aligned standard for IT accessibility in government, requiring vendors at procurement stage to offer accessible website, software, and digital device services.

  • Mo
    Aug
    29
    2016
    PK: Effective digital services

    Hundreds of thousands of people were unable to collect their pensions and suffered as a result when the National Bank of Pakistan’s online computer system broke down right before Eid.

    The exact reason for this technical glitch is unknown; it is realistic, however, to think that our government’s digital services are not developed using modern practices. The elderly had to wait in long queues while they were fasting, and it must have been very painful for people not to be able to collect their pensions before Eid.

  • So
    Aug
    28
    2016
    KW: E-Gov offers services to commercial, citizens and residents sectors – ‘The Google of Kuwait’

    Kuwait continues progressing in its endeavor to improve efficiency and effectiveness of management performance and reducing errors arising from conventional methods in the work of government departments. In this regard, Kuwait established the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) in 2006 by an Amiri decree, and in 2014, the agency was founded under the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

    In global e-government rankings, Kuwait is among the Asian nations in the conceptual framework of the E-Government Development Index (EGDI). The state was ranked 49 in 2014, up from 63 two years earlier, a difference of 14 points in this short period. CAIT created a common network to securely unify public agencies and non-governmental organizations called the Kuwait Information Network (KIN). It is an infrastructure of servers that seeks to better the speed and privacy of messaging between authorities.

  • So
    Aug
    28
    2016
    IN: NHRC seminar suggests governance required to be more transparent, simplified, using easy digital technologies

    The two day national seminar on 'Good Governance, Development and Human Rights', organized by the National Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the National Law University concluded in New Delhi on Saturday with several important suggestions.

    While hailing the RTI Act, the lack of awareness about the laws, rules and policies at the grass roots level and people's inaccessibility to governments were some of the major worries, which were thought to be affecting governance.

  • So
    Aug
    28
    2016
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Smart city initiatives for wards in four constituencies

    T Nagar, Thousand Lights, Saidapet and Mylapore chosen.

    Cheer up residents of T Nagar, Thousand Lights, Saidapet and Mylapore constituencies. Wards coming under these areas are to get smart initiatives under the smart city project, Chennai Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy informed the corporation council on Saturday.

    Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has identified these areas and they would get the initial benefits, which will be later extended to other parts. Under the smart city project, T. Nagar will see decongestion and traffic will improve and overall solid waste management and e-governance will improve further. Corporation wards 135, 136, 141 and parts of 134 of T. Nagar constituency, wards 113, 117 and 118 of Thousand Lights constituency, wards 140 and 171 of Saidapet constituency and ward 122 of Mylapore will get roads re-surfaced and widened, he said.

  • So
    Aug
    28
    2016
    IN: Meghalaya: Roshan focuses on e-Governance at MCS officers’ meet

    Home Minister Roshan Warjri drew attention to e-Governance and urged the Meghalaya Civil Service officers to ensure speedy delivery of services to the public. She was speaking at the annual conference of the Meghalaya Civil Service Officers’ Association held at the historic Tara Ghar here on Saturday.

    Additional Chief Secretary Y. Tsering, meanwhile, stressed on the need to adopt innovative methods of addressing public delivery system at all levels.

  • Sa
    Aug
    27
    2016
    NG: Kano govt donates 3,500 computers to schools

    Kano state government has purchased and distributed over 3,500 computers to tertiary institutions in the state, as part of efforts to build IT capacity among youth, the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has announced.

    The governor according to a statement by Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Director General, Media and Communication at the Kano Government House made this known during the opening of this year’s Nigeria Digital Innovation Conference taking place at Bayero University, Kano, organized by Center for Cyber Awareness and Development, CECAD in conjunction with the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

  • Sa
    Aug
    27
    2016
    Omantel reveals dedicated division for integrated ICT solutions

    Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s premier telecoms provider, on Saturday announced the formation of a dedicated division focused on delivering Information Communication Technology (ICT) services to public and private sector clients across the Sultanate.

    The division offers clients unprecedented opportunity for comprehensive technology solutions, made possible by Omantel’s leading global partnerships and expansive network infrastructure. The formation of the new division aligns with Omantel’s vision to bridge the digital divide, roll-out smart technology and launch innovative business and e-Government services, accelerating Oman’s ascension towards better ICT preparedness and global standings.

  • Sa
    Aug
    27
    2016
    BH: Works ministry launches internal tenders eservice

    Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, in coordination with the Information & eGovernment Authority, has launched its new internal tenders eService.

    The eService is to be added to the other eServices available on the ministry’s portal www.works.gov.bh and the national portal Bahrain.bh.

  • Sa
    Aug
    27
    2016
    NG: Digital economy, our priority, says NCC chief

    The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that digital economy was its top most priority, emphasising that an effort towards achieving this was in top gear.

    Disclosing this yesterday at the Nigeria Digital Innovation Conference 2016, that took place at Bayero University, Kano, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, assured that NCC was up and doing engaging infrastructural development through the use of information and communication technology (ICT).

  • Sa
    Aug
    27
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: Kolhapur: Lack of online RTI facility leaves citizens in the lurch

    For the last two months, Ketan Sawant, a software engineer from Pune, has been struggling to file an online RTI application for his Rajopadhyenagar-based parents. The reason for this being that the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) lacks the very facility.

    Sawant has been trying to file a Right to Information (RTI) application questioning the absence of streetlights in the Rajopadhyenagar area where his parents reside.

  • Fr
    Aug
    26
    2016
    AZ: ASAN Service, Korea Interior Ministry sign memorandum

    State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation on providing e-government and state services.

    The memorandum of understanding was signed by Inam Karimov, Chairman of the State Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Hong Yun-sik, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Korea, APA reported.

  • Fr
    Aug
    26
    2016
    Singapore shines at IDC 2016 Smart City Awards

    Singapore scored gold in IDC Asia/Pacific’s 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (Scapa). The island-state came up as the biggest winner in South-East Asia with three awards.

    The winning Singaporean projects were the Smart Yuhua Residential Estate under the Smart Buildings category; the Initiative to Develop Singapore as a Global Hydrohub in the Smart Water category; and The Next Generation National Trade Platform under the Economic Development Category.

  • Fr
    Aug
    26
    2016
    IN: GST will rise competition among e-players

    The passing of the historic GST Bill by both Houses of Parliament has paved the way for a single tax that would not only subsume all indirect levies but also enable a unified and seamless market. The Goods and Services Tax Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill when its legislative process gets completed is expected to provide a boost to the Digital India initiative, and eventually to e-governance services which will emerge as a tool to bring a revolution in the digital economy of our country.

    The Bill has enlightened the Central Government’s vision of providing convenient and reliable services through the Digital India campaign. It will allow a robust digital platform for the Indian population to enjoy e-governance facilities with great satisfaction.

  • Do
    Aug
    25
    2016
    US: 5 Attributes of a Good Government Website (Industry Perspective)

    Many government agencies are getting their Web design right. Here are the five attributes these websites likely have in common.

    It’s no secret that in-person processes are increasingly moving to online environments, from financial transactions to planning and booking travel. And government services are following suit. Instead of visiting a city hall or county or state agency, constituents can now apply for health insurance, view legislative sessions and pay parking tickets all from their personal devices.

  • Do
    Aug
    25
    2016
    ICT Ministry creates landscape for the development of digital Thailand

    Strategy expected to lead to a transformed country that maximises use of digital tech in all socio-economic activities

    The Information and Communications Technology Ministry has come up with a four-phase digital landscape covering the next 20 years with a view to developing the country into a fully digital Thailand, in line with the government's overall Thailand 4.0 goal.

  • Do
    Aug
    25
    2016
    Oman employment: Manpower Ministry’s job portal updated

    The portal provided by the Ministry of Manpower, where nationals can apply for private sectors jobs has been updated.

    The portal, now allows job seekers to find vacancies available in the private sector.

    A job seeker can now benefit from the new update as it allows the user to create a personal folder and add the job vacancies that suit him to his folder. The user can also read the descriptions of all the vacant jobs and follow up with the results of the job interviews.

  • Do
    Aug
    25
    2016
    NG: Bandwidth Restrictions - How Govt's Own Policy Is Undermining Digital Inclusion

    Nigeria's march towards digital inclusion may have started, but experts believe that it will take longer than expected to attain the goal, if some retrogressive policies of government are not urgently reversed.

    A case in point is the subsisting federal government's policy and directive that bandwidth should no longer be a recognized item in Ministries, Departments and Agencies' (MDA) budgets.

  • Mi
    Aug
    24
    2016
    KH: Plans for Sihanoukville to Become ‘Smart City’ of the Future

    South Korea is set to help Cambodia develop its metropolitan areas into so-called smart cities.

    Chea Sophara, minister of land management, urban planning and construction, said on Monday that he was due to sign an agreement with his South Korean counterpart this week during a diplomatic visit to the country.

  • Mi
    Aug
    24
    2016
    Jordan to offer 350 e-services by end of 2019

    Jordan’s ICT Minister Majd Shweikeh says a total of 350 fully integrated and automated e-government services will be operational by the end of 2019, reports Jordan Times. The minister said 50 services will be launched in 2016, including the online renewal of driving licences, bringing the total number of e-services to 150.

    Shweikeh said 70 new services will be launched in 2017, and 130 new services are planned for 2018-2019. She said the launch of these smart services will greatly help in improving the business climate in Jordan, adding that automation of services will put an end to bureaucracy, will enhance government agencies' performance and improve services to the public. The number of e-service users is on the rise, but more needs to be done to raise awareness of the benefits of online services, according to the minister.

  • Mi
    Aug
    24
    2016
    VN: Administrative procedure reform - a breakthrough

    The simplification of administrative procedures has been considered a breakthrough in administrative reform over the past five years, since a resolution in the field was issued by the Government for the 2011-2020 period.

    Under the document, administrative procedure streamlining is one of six major pillars of administrative reform, along with the renovation of institutions, the State administrative personnel system and public finances, the improvement of public servant quality and the modernisation of the administrative system.

  • Di
    Aug
    23
    2016
    SG: Bills passed for establishment of IMDA, GovTech

    Two bills were passed on Tuesday (Aug 16), which will pave the way for the establishment of the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Government Technology Agency, or GovTech.

    With the two new Government agencies, the existing Infocomm Development of Authority of Singapore and the Media Development Authority will see some of its functions merged. The new IMDA will help develop the infocomm sector, while also regulating it. GovTech, meanwhile, will help drive digital transformation efforts in the public sector.

  • Di
    Aug
    23
    2016
    IN: Karnataka: Gadag gets its first ‘Gadag One’ centre

    Three more to be set up shortly

    ‘Gadag One’ centre, which helps the residents to pay the bills of different public utilities under a single roof, was dedicated to the public by Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H.K. Patil on Tuesday.

    Set up on the premises of the office complex of Assistant Commissioner of Gadag on the model of ‘Karnataka One’, the ‘Gadag One’ centre will help the residents not only pay their bills but also to book bus tickets, submit applications for passport and ration cards and also register for Aadhar card. It functions from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Di
    Aug
    23
    2016
    IN: Goa: Avertano: VPs will be brought under e-governance within next 2 months

    Minister for Fisheries Avertano Furtado, on Monday, said that the panchayats in the state will be brought under e-governance so as to facilitate the people in getting various certificates and forms online within the next two months.

    Furtado was speaking as the chief guest at the Independence Day programme in Margao after unfurling the National Flag in the presence of the MP Shantaram Naik, and Salcete MLAs including Digambar Kamat and Vijai Sardesai.

  • Mo
    Aug
    22
    2016
    US: Pushing for rural broadband access

    History provides some lessons when it comes to the current push for rural broadband access.

    First, there was the Homestead Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, long before broadband was even a twinkle in any inventor’s eye. The purpose of that act, the president said, was “to elevate the condition of men – to lift artificial weights from all shoulders – to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all – to afford all, an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life.” President Lincoln had land for homesteaders in mind, but his idea of providing all with a fair chance formed the basis for developments to come in the 20th century: rural electrification and rural telecommunications. In the 21st century, that fair chance extends to availability of high-speed internet, or rural broadband.

  • Mo
    Aug
    22
    2016
    Taiwan in 10th place in e-government survey by Waseda University

    Taiwan and the United Kingdom tied for 10th place in the 2016 Waseda University International e-Government Rankings, up seven places from last year, according to a statement issued Monday by the National Development Council (NDC).

    The survey results, released Aug. 3, show that the government's continuing efforts to upgrade e-services has won recognition from the world, the NDC said.

  • Mo
    Aug
    22
    2016
    CA: Ontario: Burlington takes aim at removing 'nuisance' signs

    Burlington residents can now report distracting signs advertisements around the city that they feel should be removed for pedestrian and driver safety.

    The new customer service feature for ‘nuisance signs’ is available using the city’s online service request application at www.burlington.ca/servicerequests.

    Residents already use the website, as well as the iPhone or Android app, to report potholes, broken traffic signs, graffiti and coyote sightings.

  • So
    Aug
    21
    2016
    NP: Going digital

    Nepal should perhaps take a leaf out of Thailand’s book and establish a ministry for digital economy

    As the saying goes, ‘A digital economy is born when digital computing technologies enable economic activities.’ Some with the mindset of a bygone era might find it hard to fathom the dictum, but the digital economy has undeniably emerged as an unstoppable force that is growing at a rate of 10 percent per annum—triple the rate of overall global economic growth.

  • So
    Aug
    21
    2016
    DO: Dominican VP underlines challenges to boost digital economy

    Vice President Margarita Cedeno called the digital divide as a source of unacceptable inequality, and said this and six other social obstacles are challenges that lead to achieve better opportunities for all Dominicans.

    Cedeño said that among these commitments are forming a digital citizenship, building an efficient e-government, moving towards an open 'big data' government, boosting the digital economy as the engine of progress, and taking advantage of technology to generate social change and boost digital entrepreneurship and business innovation.

  • So
    Aug
    21
    2016
    CN: Hong Kong: Government to review e-Cert service, which still struggles 16 years after launch

    IT experts say more user-friendly alternatives available, and service should focus on B2B applications instead of B2C

    The government is planning to review development and usage of digital certificates – also known as e-Cert – to find ways of boosting demand after results have been lacklustre since introducing the service in 2000.

    An e-Cert is a digital certificate issued by a certification authority which verifies a user’s identity during authentication of electronic transactions.

  • So
    Aug
    21
    2016
    Malta lagging behind on making government data available online

    In the Digital Economy and Society Index 2016 (DESI 2016) published by the European Commission, Malta has been placed 11th out of the 28 EU Member States.

    Malta's score is above the EU average and its performance is equivalent to that of countries which have developed faster than the EU during last year. Nonetheless, Malta is still lagging behind when it comes to making government data available online and the take up of mobile broadband.

  • Sa
    Aug
    20
    2016
    IN: Policy sales through CSCs still low

    Insurers say mere collection and remittance of premium itself costs more money than allowed by the regulator

    Insurance sales through Common Service Centres (CSCs) is yet to see big growth. Lack of trained sales personnel as well as low awareness among customers has led to a weak growth in new policies being issued by this distribution channel.

    Companies had earlier expressed apprehensions about cost pressures because the regulatory norms don’t support the expenses associated with the CSC channel. Further, with expenses of management tightened, insurers are not in a position to make heavy investments.

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