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eGovernment Forschung | eGovernment Research 2001 - 2015
   
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eGovernment ist mehr
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    28
    2015
    PL: E-government still science fiction?

    A report by the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has found that local government in Poland is still heavily reliant on using paper to record information.

    Only two of the 24 councils surveyed use mostly electronic documents.

    “Almost all communes and city councils use a traditional [paper] system to manage documents. Only a few have implemented a system with mainly electronic documents […] Poland still has a lot to do to implement e-administration,” NIK concluded in its report.

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    27
    2015
    IN: Will link Aadhaar number to voter ID cards to ensure no duplicacy: CEC H S Brahma

    India will soon become the only country in the world to have biometric data with no duplicacy in the voters’ list, Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma said Saturday. He said this will be achieved by linking the unique ID Aadhaar number with the voter’s identity card. “We are hopeful that Aadhaar numbers will the generated for the remaining 25-30 crore people (across India) by August this year. By the end of the year, the Aadhaar numbers will be linked to the elector’s photo identity card. And then India will be the only country in the world where there will be complete biometric of voters. Also, there will be not a single fraud or duplicate voters,” Brahma said.

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    27
    2015
    GB: Scotland: Doctor video-link bid to reduce pressure on A&Es

    Scottish doctors are assessing child patients via video link in a move designed to cut down on the rising number of over-anxious parents clogging up A&E departments with children who do not require emergency treatment.

    Four NHS health boards have taken part in a pilot project that saw GPs and doctors in rural and community hospitals contacting an on-call paediatric consultant via video conferencing who then assessed a child.

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    27
    2015
    BD: Serving better through eGovernance

    Serving the citizens through electronic governance or “eGovernance”, is more essential for the developing countries than forthe developed and less populousones. The government in a densely populous country like Bangladesh can better serve the citizens through Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICTs). Branding the country as Digital Bangladesh might have drawn the attention of local and international communities, but the country's success in adopting eGovernance is not noticeable if compared to some provinces of theneighboring country, India.

    During the last parliamentary election of India, the successful project 'SWAGAT' in Gujarat often came to the limelight because it made the BJP leader, Narendra Modi,a hero of India,who was later voted as Prime Minister of one of the biggest countries of the world. Actually, SWAGAT is almost synonymous to the eGovernance services; people of the region arejust a click away from accessing the citizen services.

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    27
    2015
    US: Schuyler, Yates officials consider sharing services

    Schuyler and Yates counties have been exploring how the two might work together to increase efficiencies and services while lowering taxes.

    The Center for Governmental Research in Rochester was hired to review the possibilities, from simple shared services to a full merger of the counties.

    CRG will formally present its study results at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the county Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. A similar presentation will be made at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Yates County Legislative Chambers in Penn Yan.

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    26
    2015
    Shared service centres generating 8 per cent productivity gains

    The time it is taking to recoup the costs of transferring functions to a shared service centre (SSC) has fallen from 2.6 years in 2013 to 2.3 years in 2015, according to research.

    Deloitte’s Shared Services Survey for 2015 shows SSCs are generating productivity gains of 8 per cent a year and 71 per cent of respondents are looking to increase the number of functions within their SSCs in the future.

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    27
    2015
    IN: Moving on Aadhaar

    A privacy law will add to its legitimacy

    It is not often that the Supreme Court has to make the same observation twice - but it has had to do so in the case of Aadhaar, asking the government to immediately withdraw all notifications making it mandatory to have an Aadhaar card to claim social security benefits. In the process, the Bharatiya Janata Party has turned full circle. It began by opposing the Aadhaar legislation when it was introduced by the previous government; but, on coming to power, appears to have removed all stops in using the identification tool after it was firmly endorsed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is important to retain a balanced approach. Biometric tools, which are used by Aadhaar, are very useful in determining identity so as to eliminate the chances of impersonation and creation of fictitious identities in making social security payments. But it is necessary to proceed with a full understanding of what Aadhaar can and cannot do to ensure that adequate safeguards are in place to prevent misuse.

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    27
    2015
    NG: E-PPAN partners FSS 2020 to host e-Government summit

    The E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria ,EPPAN, has entered into partnership with the Financial System Strategy 2020 ,FSS 2020, to host Africa’s biggest e- Government Summit in July.

    The partnership was necessitated to foster collaboration amongst stakeholders and join efforts to further push the implementation of e-payment and e-services to the public sector.

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    27
    2015
    GCC: Qatar to host GCC e-Government ministerial meet

    Qatar is hosting the fourth GCC e-Government ministerial meeting tomorrow which will be chaired by Minister of Information and Communications Technology H E Dr Hessa Sultan Al Jaber.

    The third meeting was held in Kuwait last year to enhance technical cooperation and joint actions and exchange of expertise and knowledge in the field of e-Government.

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    26
    2015
    BD: It's not about IT, is it?

    The US Secretary of State in the 70s, Dr Henry Kissinger, after the birth of our nation, infamously dubbed Bangladesh as a 'bottomless basket' because it was considered to be a country with no hope. Some forty years later, it is still a poor nation with low literacy and an international image featuring all forms of disasters, natural and man-made.

    But then again, Bangladesh - the country of 'impossible attainments'–has become the world's fifth fastest growing economy with a consistent GDP growth rate of around 6% for the last few years in a world which has seen near-zero or negative growth. Not known to many people, it has also become the world's 45th largest economy with a GDP size of USD 286 billion.With the capital Dhaka ranking third in freelance IT and IT-enabled services outsourcing globally, with over 120 million mobile phone users, 43 million internet users, 8 million Facebook users (one new Facebook user being added every twenty seconds), 99% geographical coverage in voice and data connectivity (mostly through wireless networks), and over 5,000 service access points where the citizens receive over sixty government and private services electronically, the country is on the fast lane towards massive digitisation. The government service delivery mechanism is reinventing itself to become more citizen-centric and responsive to citizens' needs. In spite of overwhelming odds, the government officials are showing a distinct change in 'mind-set' to become more digitally oriented and service focused.

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    26
    2015
    IN: Records of all government hospital patients to be available on database

    With all patient information to be centralised and made accessible over a large network of hospitals and laboratories, life will soon become much easier for the patients in government hospitals.

    The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is all set to bring in the National e-Health Authority (NeHA), for which the officials have already prepared a concept note.

    It will shortly be given the final contours.

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    26
    2015
    BD: Govt to create one lakh IT literate teachers

    The government plans to establish ICT training and resource centres in 125 upazilas and create one lakh IT literate teachers at secondary schools and madrasas within the next two years to spread e-learning across the country, said official sources.

    Education Secretary Md Nazrul Islam Khan told the news agency that in light of the government's Digital Bangladesh vision, the education ministry has launched a number of e-education projects, including the one for IT literate teachers.

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    26
    2015
    CA: Tax agency shouldn’t delete business-related instant messages, Tony Clement says

    Treasury Board President Tony Clement believes the Canada Revenue Agency should not have deleted any instant messages if they were related to government business, according to his spokeswoman.

    “If the (messages) were of business value and deleted, then the rules were broken. If the CRA can prove that they were transitory in nature — if it was, ‘meet you at the coffee shop in five minutes’ — then that is considered not of business value, but that is up to the CRA to prove,” Stephanie Rea, his director of communications, said this week.

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    26
    2015
    Indian government conducts ongoing analysis of biometric identity database

    India’s Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh provided Rajya Sabha (Council of States) with new data regarding India’s unique biometric identity number system (AADHAAR) for residents, according to a report by Business Standard.

    The information included usage of basic demographic and biometric data (ten fingerprints, two iris images) with a photograph to identify a resident after a process of biometric de-duplication, which helps to ensure an accuracy rate of more than 99%.

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    26
    2015
    US: Colorado's telehealth expansion signed into law

    Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill expanding telehealth services in the state on Friday — prompting Children’s Hospital Colorado to say it plans to put the new law to use immediately. House Bill 1029, sponsored by Reps. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, and Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, requires insurers to reimburse health-care providers for telehealth services in counties of all sizes. State law had required reimbursement only for counties with 150,000 residents or fewer, but health systems said that technology-enabled visitations can aid urban residents as well with everything from oncology consultations to chronic-disease management.

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    26
    2015
    BD: Digitised land registration

    At first look, the torching of a number of land or sub-registrars' offices across the country appears more likely to be linked to the countrywide arson and bomb attacks on roads and highways. But appearances can be deceptive. If the land documents can be destroyed, interested quarters, having their obnoxious interests crossing the apparent political divide, can lay claim on contentious lands and undisputed lands can be made contentious. Already, the country's courts are overburdened with land litigations which outnumber any other type of court cases. Now fresh claims and counter claims over lands will exacerbate the situation. Not a good prospect when the express intention of the administration is to resolve land disputes as early as possible and bring down the number to the minimum possible!

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    26
    2015
    European cities begin smart journey

    Much has been written and spoken about smart cities, but as yet there are few real-world deployments in action.

    This week at CeBIT, two European cities have taken the plunge to invest in smart city technologies, in an effort to provide better services, improving security and communication – all while saving money.

    The City of Tilburg in the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei for the development and deployment of a smart city.

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    25
    2015
    Australia May Expand Police Fingerprinting Powers

    Australia’s Attorney-General, John Rau, is seeking to expand police powers with respect to fingerprint scanning, according to a Herald Sun article by Nigel Hunt. His proposed new legislation will allow police to demand on-the-spot fingerprint scans from citizens, with penalties for refusal including a fine of up to $1250 or a maximum of three months in prison.

    It’s an expansion from current rules restricting fingerprint scanning to those who have already been arrested, and police would need to have “reasonable cause” to perform the scans. While the legislation has yet to be reviewed and officially implemented, police across the country are already equipping themselves with the needed hardware, with 150 portable fingerprint scanning devices being deployed across the country. That development follows on a trial run last year that satisfied police with the utility of the devices.

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    25
    2015
    US: Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth Showcases School-Based Telemedicine and Mobile Ambulance Clinic at Georgia General Assembly’s “Doctor of the Day” Program

    GPT presented telemedicine capabilities to state government officials through live demo

    Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT), a charitable nonprofit promoting the establishment of telemedicine programs in communities throughout Georgia, was honored to participate in the Georgia General Assembly’s “Doctor of the Day” program on February 24, 2015.

    GPT demonstrated the benefits of telemedicine programs by connecting the Georgia State Senate and the Georgia State House of Representatives to a school-based telemedicine clinic at Turner County Elementary School and a new mobile ambulance clinic in Hancock County, GA.

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    25
    2015
    US: Texas regulators threaten telemedicine

    All we read about is PPACA. But rest assured there are other threats to the benefits business.

    One such threat has emerged in the unlikeliest of places – Texas – where a quiet, but pitched, battle rages on over the future of telemedicine.

    After the American Medical Association last year released a formal telemedicine policy requiring that physicians meet with patients personally before engaging in any remote diagnosis and/or treatment, the Texas Medical Board decided to follow suit.

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    25
    2015
    US: California Critiques State's Open Data Health Portal

    Federal and state officials reviewed California's ground-breaking data portal for health care and discussed possible improvements at Open DataFest.

    Open data is ushering in a new era in health care that will result in an improved health-care system with greater efficiencies and new ways to treat people. “Better care, smarter spending, and healthier people are all going to be data-driven activities in all parts of the country,” said Damon Davis, national health data director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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    25
    2015
    GB: £154m farm-subsidy IT project abandoned in favour of paper

    A £154m government IT project intended to manage EU subsidy payments to farmers has been abandoned due to problems with the system's online mapping tool and its lack of reliable integration with a number of disparate back-end systems.

    Farmers are being asked to revert back to the old paper-based system, and have been given a one-month extension to apply for the European Union Basic Payment Scheme subsidy - pushing back the deadline from 15 May to 15 June.

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    25
    2015
    GB: Government teams with SME to offer ‘pay for what you use’ data centre service

    The government has teamed up with SME Ark Data Centres for a new joint-venture dubbed Crown Hosting Data Centres, which will provide public bodies with a physical space to host their servers and systems that aren't in the cloud.

    Ark Data Centres will own a 75 per cent share of the new company, while the government will retain a 25 per cent stake in the business.

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    25
    2015
    MY: Sabah leads in online public services

    Already surpassed e-government target for this year.

    Sabah state in Malaysia has the most number of online public services in the country, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin has claimed.

    91.39 per cent of the state’s services are now online, surpassing the 90 per cent target set for the country this year.

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    24
    2015
    US: Lack of Internet access weighing down NM's telemedicine industry

    New Mexico is considered one of the friendlier states when it comes to telemedicine — state statutes encourage the use of video cameras and other technology to diagnose or treat patients remotely, and Medicaid expansion means more people have access to the services and hospitals are able to see more patients. But one thing is throwing a wrench in the growth of telemedicine here: Internet connectivity.

    "There are a wide variety of setups for telemedicine. In New Mexico, you can have all the tech you want, but if you don't have enough Internet access, it doesn't mean anything. … In places like the Native American reservations and other rural areas, there isn't quite enough internet connectivity [to fully deliver telemedicine services]," Don Graf, director of telemedicine for United Healthcare, said. "It's one of the biggest obstacles [for the industry] in New Mexico."

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    24
    2015
    US: Telehealth Legislation Heats Up Nationwide

    A number of states are in the process of pushing new legislation that would increase the use of telehealth services.

    The political landscape is ripe with telehealth legislation. As the technology matures and the benefits become clearer, states need to adjust their oversight and reimbursement to ensure they are maximizing the potential of the technology. Here is a round-up of some of the most recent developments.

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    24
    2015
    US: California: 4 Tenets of a Successful Open Data Plan

    Los Angeles Chief Data Officer Abhi Nemani and San Francisco's Open Data Program Manager Jason Lally provide pointers for cities planning open data initiatives.

    It was open data’s version of a Giants vs. Dodgers game on Monday, March 16, but without the rivalry: Innovation leaders from San Francisco and Los Angeles came together to talk open data strategy at the annual Health and Human Services Open Datafest.

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    24
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    US: Farmers of the Future Will Utilize Drones, Robots and GPS

    Today’s agriculture has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th-century farmers might barely recognize.

    After all, it was only around 100 years ago that farming in the US transitioned from animal power to combustion engines. Over the past 20 years the global positioning system (GPS), electronic sensors and other new tools have moved farming even further into a technological wonderland.

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    24
    2015
    IN: Health ministry to set up National eHealth Authority to develop Integrated Health Information System

    The Union health ministry will soon establish the National eHealth Authority (NeHA) which will be the nodal authority that will be responsible for development of an Integrated Health Information System (including Telemedicine and mHealth) in India, while collaborating with all the stakeholders, viz., healthcare providers, consumers, healthcare technology industries, and policymakers.

    The Authority will act as a promotional, regulatory and standards setting organization to guide and support India’s journey in e-Health and consequent realization of benefits of ICT intervention in health sector in an orderly way. It will be responsible for enforcing the laws & regulations relating to the privacy and security of the patients health information & records.

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    24
    2015
    AU: Accelerating the digital transformation of government

    Australia may not be a “laggard” in the digital space, but the DTO could be the best opportunity we have had in a long time to reset and re-imagine the business model of the digital age. The key to unlocking productivity growth and increasing global competitiveness rests in how the DTO pulls off its “start-up” approach.

    The Australian Government recently announced the establishment of a Digital Transformation Office, to advance the national e-Government agenda. At the time, the Prime Minister and Communications Minister said the DTO would operate “more like a start-up”, bringing together developers, researchers and designers to put customer needs and user experience front and centre. The idea of public services being as well-designed and easy to use as AirBnB or goCatch sounds attractive, but just how feasible is it to create a digital start-up inside government?

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    24
    2015
    NG: E-PPAN Partners Financial System Strategy on e-Government Summit

    The E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) has entered into partnership with the Financial System Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020) to host Africa’s biggest e-Government Summit on the 7th -8th of July 2015 in Abuja.

    The partnership was necessitated to foster collaboration among stakeholders and join efforts to further push the implementation of e-payment and e-services to the public sector.

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    24
    2015
    Australia to collect more biometric data at airports

    Changes include power to collect children’s data without parental consent.

    Australia is pushing legislation to expand the types and amount of biometric data it can collect at immigration checkpoints.

    The new bill introduced this month would give the Department of Immigration and Border Protection power to collect more data, including from minors, when the need arises because the country faces higher terrorism-related risks.

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    2015
    IN: eGovWatch: Task Force to submit preliminary report on eGovernance initiatives in a month, says Gadkari

    The government has constituted a task force for eGovernance initiatives in the shipping and road transport sectors and will give initial report within a month, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

    The task force, which includes former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai would be headed by the minister himself.

    “We are working to convert eGovernance into good governance, for that we are looking for e-solutions, e-recommendations and we have assigned the job to Mohandas Pai,” Gadkari told reporters.

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    IN: Gadkari: Report soon on e-governance in transport sector

    The 10-member Mohandas Pai committee set up to recommend e-governance initiatives in the shipping and road transport sectors is expected to give its “preliminary” report in a month, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways has said.

    “We are looking to convert e-governance into good governance. For that we are looking for e-solutions, e-recommendations and we have assigned the job to Mohandas Pai”, Gadkari told reporters on the sidelines of an Assocham event in the capital on Wednesday.

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    23
    2015
    GB: Digital tax accounts are budget centrepiece

    Chancellor promises to abolish annual tax returns for millions - a major IT undertaking

    HMRC, Whitehall London by Paul ClarkeMillions of taxpayers will have their annual self-assessment tax returns replaced by automatic uploads of information about their income under a plan announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, today. In his final budget speech before the general election, Osborne said that 'millions of individuals will have the information the revenue needs automatically uploaded into new digital tax accounts.'

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    NZ: New ePrescription service to keep digital record of scripts and may benefit GPs

    Details of people's prescriptions are being fed into an online repository from pharmacies across the country.

    The Ministry of Health says information is encrypted and kept in a secure system only accessible by approved health professionals.

    But it admits that people who aren't satisfied with those measures cannot opt out.

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    IE: Digitally identifying the individual patient

    The benefits of implementing the long-awaited individual health identifier — facilitating care delivery to the right patient, in the right place and at the right time — should far outweigh the cost of implementing this key enabler, writes Lloyd Mudiwa. The Irish health service is about to get a lot more efficient and safer, and at not too high a cost too, if the experience of the Epilepsy Patient Record (EPR) is anything to go by.

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    23
    2015
    8 parallel workshops of Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015 kick-off

    The workshops included international speakers who touched upon topics and trends related to the field of ICT.

    Eight specialized workshops kicked-off today as part of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015 activities held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology.

    Parallel to the Bahrain IT Expo 2015, the workshops will continue till 19th March, 2015.

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    23
    2015
    Rwanda to Host Commonwealth E-Governance Forum

    At least 200 information and telecommunication policymakers, members of academia and private sector players from Commonwealth nations will, next week, meet in Kigali for an Electronic Governance forum organised by the Ministry of Youth and ICT and Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.

    The two-day conference, scheduled to open on March 24, comes at a time when Rwanda is entering the last five years of its Vision 2020, whose target is to transform the country from an agriculture-driven into a knowledge-based economy with convenient service provision through electronic governance.

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    GB: Next government to consider Government as a Platform development blueprint

    Whitehall digital officials are preparing and testing plans for the next stage of government as a platform (GaaP) for May's incoming government to consider.

    Speaking at the Public Sector ICT summit in London, HM Government deputy chief technology officer Magnus Falk said that work is underway on how the next government can build on the progress achieved since 2010.

    He said that prototypes, business cases and alpha testing are already underway for a range of options for new platforms and processes.

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    22
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    GB: Scotland: We must accelarate the move towards eHealth solutions

    A report from Holyrood's recent eHealth conference

    If there is a single message to be taken from Holyrood’s recent eHealth Scotland conference, it is that while good stuff is happening in terms of digital responses to some healthcare challenges, we must accelerate the rate of change.

    Speaking at the conference held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on 25 and 26 February, Professor Andrew Morris, Scotland’s Chief Scientist and Director of the Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, said: “There is a window of opportunity for Scotland to be world-class at this. But I do worry about pace.”

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    Australia joins up state and federal open government initiatives

    The Australian federal government is joining up with state governments to ensure that public datasets are available on the national portal.

    This month, it announced that South Australian open data will be available on the national portal, while the state portal will also provide access to national datasets.

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    22
    2015
    Delayed EU Data Protection proposals still playing catch up three years later

    A lot has changed in the world of information management since the yet-to-be-deployed EU data rules were initially announced

    In 2012, new EU rules were announced designed to make businesses more responsible for the management of an individual’s personal data, with stricter requirements for protection and penalties around data breaches, thereby offering individuals greater control. The rules were also designed to commit EU member states to a set of consistent, legally-enforced regulations and rigid definitions, which companies outside the EU would also have to abide by.

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    Uptake boost for African e-health startups

    African healthcare providers are gradually recognising the convenience and cost benefits of adopting patient portals integrating financial and clinical data, according to Frost & Sullivan, giving a boost to a number of startups operating in the e-health sector.

    In its Patient Portals in Africa analysis, Frost & Sullivan said healthcare providers were realising such services offered easy and secure access to patient data, while also reducing cost of care and eliminating penalties such as readmissions.

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    Project unveiled to unify e-services in Bahrain

    A project to unify services provided by Bahrain’s General Directorate of Traffic and the Electricity and Water Authority was announced yesterday (March 17) at the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015.

    The 'Unified Interface for Services' concept seeks to provide convenient ways to access the services through one outlet with added benefits through the 'eKey' service. It allows customers to complete transactions securely and easily, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication

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    IN: Delhi: Permanent Aadhaar help desks in city soon

    Permanent Aadhaar card registration centres will soon open in all the revenue districts of Delhi to accept fresh applications for the unique identification number and deal with problems related to corrections, sources said.

    These centres are also being seen as the future solution for one-stop facility for issuing permanent account number card, passport, domicile and residence certificate, said an official.

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    MY: Georgetown gets faster public Wi-Fi service

    Penang state in Malaysia increases public Wi-Fi bandwidth by five times.

    Residents of Georgetown city in Malaysia can now access free public Wi-Fi at twice the speeds.

    Penang state announced that the public Wi-Fi bandwidth has been increased from 75Mbps to 375 Mbps. This allows each user to enjoy speeds upto 1Mbps, up from 512Kbps in the past, in Georgetown city and across the state.

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    21
    2015
    US: Oregon: How Do the Technology Leaders at the Port of Portland Protect Sensitive Data?

    We are continuing a series of educational interviews with state and local government technology and security leaders around the nation. This week we visit an intriguing local government in the Pacific Northwest part of the country to learn more about its overall mission and how it keeps customer data safe.

    One look at the Port of Portland’s website and my first thought is: WOW!

    The stunning pictures, professional design and easy-to-navigate Web portal make this Internet destination seem more like a travel digest or sales brochure for that beautiful part of America.

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    21
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    US: Virginia: The Right Way to Do E-Procurement

    An integrated system like Virginia's is a must for states that want to procure goods and services efficiently, and it's good for suppliers as well.

    Virginia officials knew that their traditional, decentralized procurement system wasn't working -- for either buyers or sellers. Suppliers were frustrated: companies had to first identify all of the purchasing offices to market their goods, then travel to in-person meetings to identify and track opportunities. State officials lamented a lack of transparency, consistency and availability for small and diverse businesses to participate.

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    US: States Use Big Data to Nab Tax Fraudsters

    Technology has made it easier for people to commit tax fraud and for governments to catch it.

    It’s tax season again. For most of us, that means undergoing the laborious and thankless task of assembling financial records and calculating taxes for state and federal returns. But for a small group of us, tax season is profit season. It’s the time of year when fraudsters busy themselves with stealing identities and electronically submitting fraudulent tax returns for refunds.

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    US: Florida Lawmakers Debate Bill to Allow Virtual Medical Visits

    Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner is optimistic that her telemedicine measure will pass after deleting controversial payment rules.

    Will this be the year that doctors in Florida are able to practice medicine using video conferencing? We’ll soon find out.

    Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, has introduced SB 478, a bill that would authorize virtual medical visits in the state. Efforts by Joyner to pass similar measures have failed over the years, but Joyner is optimistic that 2015 will be different. She told Government Technology in an email that controversial items have been left out of this year’s legislation.

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    BH: Authority scores high in customer satisfaction

    The results of a study conducted by the eGA about the effectiveness of eServices were revealed yesterday.

    The authority was able to achieve 79.4 points on the Bahrain Customer Satisfaction Index (BHCSI), exceeding global benchmark of 70 points for business sector, according to the results of the study conducted in collaboration with Bahrain University.

    Dr Al Khaja announced eGA's adoption of the Key Performance Indicators related to BHCSI.

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    BH: eGA developing platform to measure interactions

    Bahrain's eGovernment Authority (eGA) is developing a platform to measure the interaction on different channels such as social media, a top official has said.

    eGA deputy chief executive Dr Zakareya Ahmed Al Khaja said it was observed that Bahrain's market is recognising the mobility aspect and based on such observation, the authority is focusing on providing services through its mobile channel.

    He said this while presenting Bahrain's National eGovernment Strategy 2016 on the second day of Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015 at the Isa Cultural Centre.

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    2015
    BH: eGovernment Authority Surpasses Global Satisfaction Index

    eGovernment Authority (eGA) Vice CEO Dr. Zakareya Ahmed Al-Khaja announced eGA’s adoption of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to Customer Satisfaction Index (BHCSI) which was carried-out in collaboration with the University of Bahrain. He also revealed the results of the indicator and the study that was conducted in 2014, based on professionalism and transparency.

    The announcement was made during a press conference that was held on the second day of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015, which included the faculty of Information Technology College at the University of Bahrain - Head of Information Systems Department Dr. Jafla Al-Ammari, along with Dr. Hayat Al-Ali and Dr. Amal Al-Rayes; together with Dr. Al-Khaja.

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    US: CBP Tests Passport Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot Program

    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun to conduct its “1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot” program to allow CBP officers (CBPOs) stationed at air ports of entry to use facial recognition technology as a tool to assist them in determining whether an individual presenting themselves with a valid US electronic passport is the same individual photographed in that passport, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Privacy Impact Statement (PIA) on the program.

    DHS’s Privacy Office is required by law to provide ongoing guidance on all privacy issues raised by significant or novel technologies in which personally identifiable information is required or obtained for purposes of training and testing, such as the Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot program.

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    BH: Foreign Ministry launches electronic security tag

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched an electronic ratification system with the use of high-quality security tags for the ratification of official documents as well as issuing the Apostille certificate accredited by 107 countries across the world instead of using the traditional monetary stamps.

    This is in line with the keenness of the ministry under the vision of the Kingdom of Bahrain and e-government to offer pioneering and outstanding services based on the best international electronic practices.

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    2015
    US: HHS trying to untangle itself from typical shared services shortcomings

    The Department of Health and Human Services is enjoying … err ... suffering from what many believe are the two major reasons why shared services continues to lag in government.

    Despite high level support, HHS in the last month had to pause a major multi- million dollar effort to move its human resources system to the Agriculture Department's National Finance Center.

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    2015
    US: Agencies interested in shared services, wary of risks

    Even though agency leaders are interested in moving to shared services they are worried about the high level of risk and a long, drawn out process, according to a new report and agency officials.

    While agency leaders recognize the opportunities and potential savings of moving to a shared services model many do not see it as a high priority, according to the Partnership for Public Service report on shared services released March 12.

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    2015
    How Digitizing Europe Will Create 850,000 New Jobs

    Europe is on the cusp of an unprecedented technological transformation. I call it the Internet of Everything: the penetration of the World Wide Web into the everyday aspects of our lives. Wearable technology will tell us how well we are sleeping and whether we need to exercise. Sensors in the street will help us avoid traffic jams and find parking. Telemedicine applications will allow physicians to treat patients who are hundreds of miles away.

    This massive transition will transform how citizens interact with their governments, revolutionize entire industries, and change the way we engage with one another. In Europe, the Internet of Everything is emerging as the single most promising way to revive a moribund economy and tackle the continent's stubborn unemployment problem, with companies, cities, and even countries positioning themselves as leaders in innovation, growth, and the creation of jobs.

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    2015
    Biometric Time Keeping - Replacing Traditional Time Card Machines

    Facing an increasing amount of wage and hour liability these days, employers are considering every feasible method to track employee time accurately. Believe it or not, that includes biometric systems. Indeed, as a replacement for traditional time card machines, biometric systems offer employers numerous benefits. Of course, they present accompanying risks and pitfalls, too.

    BiometricBiometric systems utilize automated methods to recognize an individual based upon a physiological or behavioral characteristic. Some examples of biometric recognition include fingerprints, facial recognition, voice analysis, and iris assessment. These methods of tracking employees increase the efficiency of employer payroll systems, since clerical errors associated with manual time entries are reduced or eliminated. Biometric clocking systems also give employers stronger documentation to defend against claims by employees of nonpayment for hours worked.

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    2015
    US: Coast Guard needs to better ensure the quality of biometric data it sends to DHS, IG says

    When Coast Guard cutters intercept the thousands of people trying to enter the United States illegally each year, ship personnel collect and transmit biometric data on those individuals to check them against a Homeland Security Department database.

    However, a recent audit by the DHS inspector general found that the Coast Guard does not consistently reconcile the data it collects through its Biometrics At Sea System, or BASS, with what it provides to DHS's Automated Biometric Identification System, or IDENT.

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    2015
    CM: ICT Training - Operation 1,000,000 Women, Youths On-Board

    A new curriculum under the patronage of Cameroonian's First Lady will be launched soon by IAI Cameroon.

    African Institute of Computer Science dubbed IAI Cameroun-"Centre d'Excellence Technologique Paul Biya" is intensifying its programme to train more Cameroonians in the use of Information and Communication technologies (ICTs). After an operation to train 100,000 women in the use of ICTs before 2012, the institution will on Friday, March 13, 2015 launch a new operation dubbed Operation MIJEF by 2035 with the First Lady of the country, Mrs Chantal Biya as the national matron. During the launching of operation MIJEF which hopes to train 1,000,000 children, youths and women in the use of ICTs by 2035, a Golden Book to commemorate the first Operation 100,000 women by 2012 will be dedicated.

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    20
    2015
    EU, Brazil cities set up Fiware-based smart city task force

    A total of 31 European and Brazilian cities have teamed up to create a new initiative, dubbed Open & Agile Smart Cities Task Force (OASC), designed to make it easier for city councils and startups to improve smart city services. The initiative will be presented at CeBit in Hannover and will be based on the EU-funded Fiware open source platform. Fiware offers cloud-based building blocks that can be used to develop and deploy advanced internet applications for transport, energy efficiency, environmental or e-health services.

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    20
    2015
    IN: Jammu & Kashmir: Farmers to get agri-info online at offices under NeGP

    Farmers along with officials from April onwards can access the info portal under the National e-Governance Plan(NeGP) of GoI at different agriculture offices regarding schemes, inputs, soil health management, fertilizer and micro-nutrient usage, seed certification and research and development in this sector.

    This was disclosed during a daylong training programme on NeGP held Sunday at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi to orient the field officers and officials about the scheme. The training programme was inaugurated by Director Agriculture Kashmir Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad Shah.

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    2015
    GB: Forty per cent of public-sector bodies 'have suffered data breach', lack of skills blamed

    Forty per cent of IT leaders in the public sector have admitted that their department has suffered a data breach because management is struggling to deal with the pace of change as more and more services shift towards digital.

    That's according to research released in a new report, The Public Sector - managing information through the challenge of change, published by security firm Iron Mountain.

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    19
    2015
    AU: Mind the gap

    Isn’t it time to join up central government systems with local government?

    Australia has been a dynamo of digital announcements over the past month, but what’s most radical is how it offering its services across central and local government.

    This move is a new approach for digital services - dubbed ‘Government as a Platform’ - and is set to become an important trend in e-government.

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    2015
    BH: Major eGovernment strides...

    Bahrain has made successive accomplishments in eGovernment within a very short time, Deputy Prime Minister and Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa said yesterday.

    Citing Bahrain's 18th position among 192 members according to the UN eGovernment Survey, the Deputy Premier said this year's edition of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum coincides with the initiation of government's policy directions towards conversion into electronic transactions and application of best practices in the eGovernment field.

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    Smart cities ‘set to change lifestyles’ in Bahrain

    Bahrain is moving towards the creation of 'smart cities' that will revolutionise the way people live their lives, according to a senior official.

    EGovernment Authority chief executive Mohammed Ali Al Qaed revealed thought was going into how technology can be used in transport, utilities, healthcare, retail and homes to improve life experience, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

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    2015
    NG: From South Korea, Nigeria Takes in E-Government

    The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has developed a Master Plan for Nigeria's e-Government in fulfillment of the South Korea government's core policy aimed at propelling e-Government in the country.

    The plan was developed in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology (FMCT).

    The Master Plan was delivered last Tuesday in Abuja during a Hand-over Ceremony at the FMCT secretariat in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Kyu Duk Noh, the Minister of FMCT, Mrs Omobola Johnson, and the KOICA Chief Resident Representative, Mr. Jung Sang Hoon.

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    2015
    Bahrain top’s Asia in e-government

    Bahrain’s e-government projects are rapidly catching up, especially in government data and on e-government, Bahrain is the top country in Asia, said Sweden’s Former Prime Minister John Fredrik Reinfeldt.

    On the sidelines of the inauguration of the eGovernment Forum in Bahrain, held at the Isa Cultural Centre, he said that Bahrain has emerged as a global leader.

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    19
    2015
    Bahrain accomplishes major e-government strides

    Bahrain has made successive accomplishments in eGovernment within a very short time, Deputy Prime Minister and Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa said.

    Citing Bahrain's 18th position among 192 members according to the UN eGovernment Survey, the Deputy Premier said this year's edition of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum coincides with the initiation of government's policy directions towards conversion into electronic transactions and application of best practices in the eGovernment field, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

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    18
    2015
    Pioneer Move by Kenya Makes e-Government a Reality for African States

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has demonstrated the government’s commitment to promoting e-Government in the country by launching an integrated registration system to consolidate population registration information into a single database for ease of verification by both Government and private bodies. With this tool, data on all people in Kenya can be found in one place.

    This makes good the promise made by the Jubilee Government to provide a central database that identifies all citizens and foreign nationals in the country. The system has been dubbed the Integrated Population Registration System (IPRS). During its launch at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, the President said credible data was critical for development and indispensable for the planning and delivery of public services.

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    18
    2015
    ZW: 'Companies in ICT to Share Infrastructure'

    Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira has said government would force infrastructure sharing among service providers as it seeks to improve telecommunication and data services in the country.

    Speaking at a consultative workshop for finalisation of the Zimbabwe's National ICT policy framework on Friday, Mandiwanzira said there was need to have a policy that restricted service providers to their core services and not infrastructure development.

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    18
    2015
    Broadband failure costs South Africa dearly

    The state’s incompetence is hindering connectivity as well as its own developmental goals, writes Dominic Cull

    Universal access and service is designed to ensure that every South African, no matter how remote their dwelling may be, is able to connect to the national information and communications technology (ICT) framework and to the developmental and social resources available through it.

    Universal service and access targets are set out in the South Africa Connect Broadband Policy, published in December 2013.

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    IN: Jammu & Kashmir: National E-Governance Plan-Agriculture (NeGP-A) held at Lalmandi

    A daylong training programme on Agriculture e-governance plan was held at Agriculture Complex here today Lalmandi to orient the field officers and officials about the scheme. The training programme was inaugurated by Director Agriculture Kashmir Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad Shah.

    The National E-Governance Plan-Agriculture has been launched by Govt. of India to improve the access of farmers to Information & Services throughout the crop cycle, for more effective management of various schemes implemented by Agriculture & allied sectors.

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    2015
    IN: The locker goes virtual

    E-locker services to stash your official documents will soon be available. Banks and web majors also offer them

    Want to back up all your electronic files and wondering how? Digital lockers are one option you can explore. As a part of its e-governance initiatives, the Government of India recently launched the beta version of a digital locker facility for citizens and Government departments that is based on the Aadhaar.

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    BH: HRH Premier receives e-Government Forum participants

    His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has affirmed that GCC countries have made major development and progress strides and ensured their citizens' welfare and rights.

    This fact, he said, confirms to the world that GCC leaders, particularly in Saudi Arabia, have achieved a lot for their peoples, guaranteed their rights and provided them with huge potentials and capabilities, which have made peoples from all the world look forward to living in GCC countries, given the security and stability they enjoy despite their troubled regional neighbourhood.

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    BH: International e-Government Forum inaugurated

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology, H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, has patronized the Bahrain International e-Government Forum2015 at the Isa Cultural Centre.

    Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah, Swedish former Prime Minister John Fredrik Reinfeldt, Ambassador-Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region Adam Kulach and around 700 delegates from different countries, attended.

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    18
    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: E-governance fillip gaining popularity

    People running from one office to another to obtain certificates and documents from the district administration might become a thing of past, thanks to the establishment of the Common Service Centres (CSCs) under the national e-governance programme in the district.

    The 225 centres run by the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited, located at the 10 taluk headquarters, Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies and other department offices in the district have enabled persons to get income, community, nativity, deserted women, and first generation graduation certificates as well as certificates to avail themselves of assistances under various State government schemes which include the Chief Minister’s Girl Child Protection Scheme, marriage assistance and inter-caste marriage assistance.

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    18
    2015
    eGovernment forum begins in Bahrain

    The eighth Bahrain International eGovernment Forum opens today at the Isa Cultural Centre and Bahrain International Circuit.

    Held under the patronage of Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the five-day event aims to bring together the brightest minds and latest solutions in eGovernment, with a particular focus on the private sector and the theme "Smart Cities - Beyond Innovation", reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.

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    2015
    IN: eGovWatch: Big boost for eGovernance projects in Kerala

    Launching of smart health card for weaker sections and introduction of e-services in government departments are some of the major highlights of the Kerala budget tabled by Finance Minister K M Mani in the Assembly on Friday.

    The major highlight of the budget is the rolling out of e-services in all departments whose services have been notified under the Right to Service Act 2012. This would bring government services and certificates to the doorstep of the public. About 50 per cent of the notified services would be brought under e-services programme. In this regard, the government is planning to leverage on the national optic fibre network, being implemented in the state.

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    2015
    Europe draws up Riga Declaration to drive e-skills and job creation

    Europe has drawn up the Riga Declaration, which sets out 10 principles to unlock the potential of e-skills to boost growth and job creation across the continent.

    Governments, industry and academia have joined forces with the European Commission to address the digital skills shortage and to build a single market for tech jobs in Europe.

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    2015
    American Telemedicine Association gets more than 200 applications for accreditation program

    Not quite three months after it rolled out an accreditation program for telehealth and providers, the American Telemedicine Association said it has received more than 200 applications to register, while awarding its first accreditation to Amwell.

    The ATA launched the effort late last year, with the goal of helping establish more clear standards in the booming telehealth field. The standards were developed by experts and are based on best practices and federal and state regulations The accreditation will last for three years.

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    IN: Central government to ‘connect’ all medical colleges

    To facilitate tele-education and tele-consultation for better healthcare, the Union government will connect all government medical colleges on the National Knowledge Network by next year. Under the National Medical College Network plan, all the 158 government medical colleges will be connected with six regional resource centres. According to deputy commissioner, e-health, Union health ministry, Dr Navneet Kumar Dhamija, initial work will be completed in the next six months. “The project will be completed by next one year.”

    Dr Dhamija said that the government has already set up a few tertiary care academic institutes in different regions of the country, known as Medical Knowledge Resource Centres. “Each of which will be connected to medical colleges (nodal centre) in that region,” he added.

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    IN: Govt. focuses on telemedicine

    Forty-one government medical institutions will be interlinked to create a national task force on telemedicine to address the problem of scarcity of doctors in rural India.

    As per instruction issued by the Central Government a “national medical college network” will be created and interlinked to enhance the technical education skills and provide outreach services or tertiary care services to peripheral health facilities.

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    17
    2015
    GE: Sweden allocates €1.5 million grant for Georgia

    The Government of Sweden has allocated a €1.5 million (3.3 million GEL) grant for Georgia’s Public Service Development Agency.

    Specifically, the money will be used by the Agency, a legal entity of public law operating under the management of the Ministry of Justice, to develop the services offered to those in Georgia’s central and rural areas.

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    IN: Bihar: How the Internet is empowering village-level women entrepreneurs

    A few years ago, Vaijanti Devi, 38, a resident of Bhusia village in Gaya district of Bihar, was an impoverished woman who couldn't even apply for a loan. Now, after some training on using a computer, she runs a Common Service Centre (CSC) which offers online banking services, government certificates and enrols villagers for the Aadhaar identity programme.

    Vaijanti is an example of how the Internet is transforming several village women into entrepreneurs and helping them make a living from providing online government services in rural and remote parts of India.

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    MY: Use social media to explain new government policies, says Information Department DG

    Government should be where the citizens are, says Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman.

    Malaysia has urged its civil servants to use social media to help people understand government policies, especially new ones.

    “It is important to use all available communication, especially Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to create better understanding of the government transformation agenda, especially the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in April,” said Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, Director General, Department of Information.

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    IN: Govt to start national network for tele-medicine

    Over 2.5 lakh villages will be benefietd through the tele-medicine network

    The union health ministry will soon establish National Medical College Network (NMCN) in which all government medical colleges will be interlinked to create a national task force on tele-medicine to address the problem of scarcity of doctors in rural India.

    In the first phase, 41 government medical institutions will be interlinked to enhance the technical education skills and provide outreach services or tertiary care services to peripheral health facilites.

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    2015
    Botswana Innovation Hub offers telemedicine via TV white spaces

    The Botswana Innovation Hub has launched a new TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project.

    Launched in collaboration with several partners - including Microsoft, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP), Global Broadband Solutions, Vista Life Sciences, BoFiNet, Adaptrum and USAID-NetHope - Project Kgolagano will provide internet connectivity and telemedicine services to local hospitals and clinics, which will enable access to specialised medicine in Gaborone and other locations around the world.

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    US: Telemedicine making sense for more doctors and patients

    On New Year's Eve, singer Kim Archer was scheduled to perform at a party. The problem was she had an asthma attack early in the day and didn't have any medicine.

    She searched the Internet for quick help and found Franciscan Urgent Virtual Care.

    "I dialed the number and got a person on the phone who was very helpful," Archer said. "They told me we could either connect by Skype or telephone in the next 30 to 40 minutes. About 20 minutes later I got a call, so the wait was hardly anything."

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    Zambia to receive ITU support for ICT projects

    A while back, we had shared information on Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA)’s collaborative partnerships with regional and international bodies. In this week’s column we look at the beneficial relationship Zambia enjoys with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

    We also reflect on the recent visit to Zambia, by the Deputy Secretary General of the ITU, Houlin Zhao.

    The ITU, which was actually the first United Nations (UN) agency to ever be established 149 years ago (it clocks 150 years next year), is responsible for information and communication technology (ICT) issues, and is the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.

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    IN: Health ministry to start national network for tele-medicine

    The Union Health Ministry will soon establish National Medical College Network (NMCN) in which all government medical colleges will be interlinked to create a national task force on tele-medicine to address the problem of scarcity of doctors in rural India.

    In the first phase, 41 government medical institutions will be interlinked to enhance the technical education skills and provide outreach services or tertiary care services to peripheral health facilites.

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    16
    2015
    US: Michigan: From Debt to Data: Detroit Launches Open Data Portal

    The city, which emerged from bankruptcy last year, has received a grant from the Socrata Foundation that will allow it to publish data on finance, crime, economic development and blight remediation.

    When the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, It was the largest municipality to do so in U.S. history. Debt was at more than $18 billion. The media described the catastrophe not as a breaking disaster but as an unavoidable fate.

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    EU one-stop-shop data protection plans watered down - 'something to disappoint everyone' says lawyer

    The "one-stop-shop" was to have been be a cornerstone of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is currently being negotiated by the member states and is expected to be ratified this year, or early 2016. However, reports have emerged that these plans are to be abandoned for all but a few serious data protection cases.

    The one-stop-shop idea would allow companies that processes EU residents' personal data to deal with one data protection authority, rather than up to 28. So, if a company had its main European base in the UK, it could be supervised by the UK data protection authority (DPA), and all necessary paperwork and administration could be filed with that authority to cover activities in all of the EU Member States in which it operates. The UK authority would adjudicate on any disputes around data protection within the whole EU.

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    2015
    US: Arkansas: Baxter: Pay your property taxes online

    Paying property taxes in Baxter County just got a lot easier thanks to a new online payment system offered by Baxter County Tax Collector Teresa Smith.

    Residents can visit ar.gov/baxterproptax and enter a taxpayer number to begin. The system will prompt residents through secure payment screen and quickly provide a payment confirmation and receipt for taxpayer records. The payments system also will work on a mobile phone.

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    15
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    ZW: New ICT Policy to Be Presented to Cabinet

    The new ICT policy, which has taken over four years to compile will soon be presented to Cabinet, Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira has said. Speaking to TechnoMag in a YouTube video interview, the minister said the ICT policy was high priority as the industry needs serious regulation to address a number of anomalies.

    "What we are working on right now is that by end of March, I should have taken the revised ICT policy to Cabinet for discussion and hopefully adoption," said Minister Mandiwanzira

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    US: Open Data Evolution: From Increasing Transparency to Engaging Citizens

    Small, medium and large cities share how open data efforts are evolving in their communities.

    Open the data and the citizen miners will come — and they just might develop an app, map or other innovative product not yet envisioned by busy local government officials.

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    Australia to set method for valuing open datasets

    Study partnership announced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

    The Australian Government will launch a “comprehensive” survey to assess which datasets are most valuable to businesses and researchers, Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Communications Minister has announced this week.

    In partnership with New York University’s GovLab, the federal government will look at organisations that use public datasets “to generate new business, develop new products and services or create social value,” he said.

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    Automatic for the people: EU plans browser settings law for consent to 'personal data processing'

    Website operators and online advertisers may be given carte blanche to process people's personal data with approval provided by just the tick in a box on a web browsers' settings, according to leaked European Union data protection proposals.

    The proposals form part of the negotiations over a new EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will apply across the European Union and which circumvents the conventional directive approach to pan-EU law-making. A regulation is required, argues the EU, because directives are interpreted too widely in different countries when they are translated into national laws.

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    IN: Tamil Nadu: e-service centres in taluk offices in Vellore go viral

    There is a need for streamlining crowding to avoid unnecessary wait

    The common e-service centres (CSCs) that were opened in the 11 taluk offices in Vellore district on February 24 are buzzing with activity, with members of the public thronging them for various services such as applying for and obtaining community certificates, income certificates and nativity certificates, and for applying for benefits under various schemes of the social welfare department.

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    IN: Chandigarh: UT soon to become e-district

    UT Administration on Thursday finalized the dates for phase-wise rollout of as many as 61 public services in electronic form under the e-District Mission Mode Project (MMP).

    The decision in this regard was taken during a high-level State Apex Committee - Digital India and National e-Governance Plan - meeting, which was chaired by UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev. A set of 16 services, would go live online in the fourth week of July and over 45 services would go online in the last week of December.

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    IN: Big boost for Digital Kerala e-Governance projects in Budget 2015-16

    The State Budget for the year 2015-16 presented by the Finance Minister, Shri K M Mani in the Niyamasabha today gives an impetus to the various e-Governance projects in Kerala. The Budget proposals were tabled amidst protests and acrimonious scenes in the Legislative Assembly by the opposition.

    Some highlights from the Budget speech related to Digital Kerala:

    Kerala has been a forerunner in the adoption of IT for providing services to citizens. We need to take the next bold steps to make our State the first fully Digital State.

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    KH: ‘E-premier’ eyes digital future

    Prime Minister and self-proclaimed “e-premier” Hun Sen shamed technological troglodytes throughout the government yesterday for their laggardly embrace of new communication tools, which he maintained would quicken the government’s work if properly applied. Declaring a technologically fostered “e-government”, the premier chided digitally illiterate civil servants, urging them to at least master basic smartphone functions like SMS, email and Viber, noting that he himself had bestowed his blessing on the recent agreement on the Kingdom’s new election law by firing off a quick chat via messaging system WhatsApp.

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    2015
    IN: Kerala: Kozhikode: Corp begins work for inclusion in SmartCity project

    The engineering wing attached to Kozhikode corporation has commenced detailed study to collect data pertaining to various selection criteria set up by Union government to include the local self government bodies under its smart city project. The engineering wing will table the report in the council meeting to be held this month to take a decision to achieve the benchmark fixed for the smart city project selection.

    The engineering wing has started preparing project pertaining to existing status of solid waste management, sanitation, toilet facility, environment aspects, e-governance implementation, electricity and drinking water availability. Urban affairs department which made announcement about the possible inclusion of seven local bodies in the state,comprising Thrissur, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram and Kannur including the corporation here, had already held discussions with the local bodies to begin process relatded to it.

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    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu:Common service centres, one-stop solution for all certificate needs

    All 11 taluks in Tirunelveli district take to e-governance

    Without wasting their precious time and money, the public can now get all certificates being issued by tahsildars via the nearest common service centres as the district administration has successfully completed its ambitious project of ensuring e-governance in all 11 taluks.

    As per this programme, the public should submit application for the certificates in the common service centre (CSC) close to their village and the personnel in the CSCs, established in taluk offices, town panchayat offices, block development offices and primary agriculture cooperative banks, would forward the application to the village administrative officer concerned. After verifying the facts furnished in the application, the VAO would forward it to the Revenue Inspector who, in turn, would send it to the taluk office. If the application is accepted, the certificate will be issued and sent to the CSC concerned from where the applicant can get it.

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    IN: Kerala: Kochi May Get its Second Smart City

    If all goes well, another Smart City is likely to come up in the city. It may come up at Cochin Port Trust land in five years. In February, Union Ministry of Shipping announced an ambitious plan to build one Smart City each at the country’s 12 major ports at an estimated total investment of Rs 50,000 crore.

    Each of these Green Smart Cities will be built at an expenditure of about Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 crore. Also more modernisation proposals are on the anvil to change the face of ports in the country including making them into companies from existing format of trusts.

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    2015
    US: Hawaii Improves Vital Records Online Ordering System

    The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) launched an improved vital records ordering and tracking system for birth, and marriage/civil union certificates. This improved service (https://vitrec.ehawaii.gov) offers online ordering with credit card payments, tracking of orders in real time, and the option to receive your order by mail or pick-up.

    “The Hawaii Department of Health issues nearly 300,000 certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records each year, and now, all requests will be processed in a single system to better manage orders and to identify ways to continuously improve service,” said Alvin T. Onaka, Ph.D., State Registrar and Chief of the Office of Health Status Monitoring.

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    2015
    BH: TRA backs forum on eGovernment

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain has announced its support for the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015 as the event's 'Platinum Sponsor'.

    Being held under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the annual forum will provide an integrated technical programme, featuring a number of internationally renowned keynote speakers.

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    14
    2015
    QA: Land registry services to be digitised

    Minister of Justice Dr Hassan Lahdan Saqr al-Mohannadi yesterday signed a contract with Ebla Computer Consultancy to digitise land registry services.

    The project is part of Qatar e-Government 2020 strategy. The project aims to connect electronically all state components related to the land registry process.

    The minister said the project will result in a qualitative leap at the ministry and the services it provides to the public.

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    2015
    First city-wide dashboard launched in Chennai, India

    Chennai plans to open up the dashboard to residents soon.

    Chennai in India has just launched the country’s first city-wide digital dashboard, and plans to open it to residents in two to three months.

    The dashboard gives the city's officials easy access to data that earlier took months to collect and format, said Satyarupa Sekar, Project Director of the Chennai Data Portal and Dashboard project, according to local media.

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    13
    2015
    DK: Quarter of a million people ignoring their digital post

    Too many not opening public sector mails

    Although most Danes have been using their digital mailbox to receive mail from their municipality, the hospitals, Skat and other public entities, about 246,000 people are yet to open their digital mailboxes. Mostly young, non-Danish speaking and disadvantaged people have not responded to mail they have received.

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    13
    2015
    US: Tennessee General Assembly Reveals New Mobile-Friendly Website

    New features and functionality help citizens stay in touch with legislature in real time

    Tennessee’s 109th General Assembly was greeted this year with a sleek new capitol.tn.gov website, packed with more features and functionality to enhance transparency and interactivity with citizens.

    Republican Senate Speaker Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, said the redesign is meant to make state government “more open, more transparent and customer-friendly.”

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    13
    2015
    Indian state of Telangana to launch village-level online service centres

    One-stop shops to provide rural communities with access to online services.

    Telangana state in India will set up one-stop shops to deliver online services to villages, announced K.T. Rama Rao (pictured), Minister for Panchayat Raj and IT.

    The e-panchayat initiative will see village government units connected with internet, allowing them to offer payments of tax, pensions and employment benefits, and provide information on crop prices and employment opportunities.

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    13
    2015
    Australia’s whole-of-government web platform available to all agencies

    GovCMS hosting plans range from US$8097 to US$108,003, with larger packages available on request.

    Australia has made a web site hosting platform, govCMS, available to all agencies, John Sheridan, Government Chief Technology Officer announced.

    “The release of the govCMS website today marks the availability of govCMS to all government entities to create and manage cost effective websites, based on best practice, that are compliant with Australian Government standards,” Sheridan wrote in a blog post.

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    13
    2015
    GB: Government has failed to provide guidelines on use of biometric data, warn MPs

    The government has failed to properly legislate for the increasing use of biometric data, leading to oversights and gaps in how it is managed, MPs have warned.

    The Science and Technology Committee has voiced concerns about how information is collected, stored and used in its 'Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies' report.

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    13
    2015
    US: Philadelphia: Behind Philly311: Six Steps to Innovative Customer Services

    Philadelphia has created a blueprint for developing 311 services that are both innovative and supportive for the people who use the hotline app.

    Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter was in celebratory spirits Feb. 18 as he strode to a podium to talk about civic technology and the city’s ambitions for the future. It was the city’s first Innovation Summit, a public showcase of a new innovation blueprint and the municipality’s revamped citizen service app Philly311. The pageantry extended to hanging banners, red convention center carpets, Jumbotron speeches, exhibits and even a plush assortment of shiny silver beanbags — homage to the tech culture’s love of lounging.

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    13
    2015
    IN: Kerala: Availing Government Services Now Easy

    Complicated guidelines and difficulty in toggling with websites are perhaps the main reasons that keep a common man away from using various government services available at the click of a button. A group of Economics students from St Teresa’s College in Ernakulam have been working to make that easy. They have come up with e-jaalakam, a comprehensive compilation of the step-by-step process one needs to know to avail various government services online.

    The students who are now in their third-year BA Economics began their work on the project in 2012. A group of 20 students, led by KV Anjana, Gayathri S Kumar, Sherin George, G Uttara and Raveena Roy, took training from the State e-governance Mission Team, Kerala, during the first phase, after which the students trained the public in the second phase – college to community. The students have also come up with a handbook called vivaranidhi, an info booklet carrying the details of all the government services available online related to employment, transportation, agriculture, health, education, household utility, social justice, documentation, and law and order. By the third phase of the project, the team had imparted training to around 12,000 students in Ernakulam district alone joining hands with IT@school, a project department of general education in Kerala. The group is set to release an audio-video format of the guidelines on YouTube by April.

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    12
    2015
    Full Growth for MENA Internet in 2015

    These are exciting times for MENA’s online industry. Traditional sectoral investors are starting to worry about the impact of low oil prices, a potential slowdown in construction and real-estate, and eroding margins in telecom and banking. On the other hand, online businesses continue to thrive thanks to high demand and adoption of transactional services, as well as the transformation of the “always on” generation into household decision makers and holders.

    MENA Internet providers have experienced 15 years of nonstop growth, bringing faster and cheaper services to users who are steadily migrating from desktop computers to smartphones to access the web. This has created a fertile environment for the creation of disruptive business models, driven by 175 million Internet users who are willing to pay for the increased comfort and convenience the Internet brings to their lives.

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    12
    2015
    US: Washington: Civic Agenda: Whatcom County plans new community website

    Whatcom County government plans to launch its new website (www.whatcomcounty.us) Wednesday, March 11. The old site will function as usual until that date. Once our new site is “live,” anyone with a link to our old site will be forwarded automatically to the new one. On the main website screen of the new site, you will see several ways to locate information. There will be a row of “mega menus” at the top that are organized by county service or department as well as a “How do I?” tab and one that is just for “Safety & Justice.” There is also a search engine you can simply enter text into and it will bring up items across the entire site that relate to your topic.

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    12
    2015
    2,000 tax returns filed through new Tax Administration Jamaica

    Since the implementation of the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) on February 9, 2015, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says 2,000 consumption tax returns being filed through its new web service since its implementation on February 9.

    And it says this represents 27 per cent of returns filed on time for the January period.

    Phase one of Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) was successfully rolled out by TAJ to expand its e-services.

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    12
    2015
    mHealth: Health checks by smartphone raise privacy concerns

    Authorities and tech developers must stop sensitive health data entered into applications on mobile phones ending up in the wrong hands, experts warn.

    As wireless telecom companies gathered in Barcelona this week at the Mobile World Congress, the sector's biggest trade fair, specialists in "e-health" said health care is fast shifting into the connected sphere.

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    12
    2015
    SA: Government agencies asked to expand online services

    Under the guidance of Prince Mohammed bin Naif, second deputy premier and interior minister, government departments have been advised to transfer services to an electronic platform in order to facilitate and ease procedures for citizens and residents to handle various transactions.

    The government plans to expand these e-government services to complement its broader initiatives and projects aimed at achieving sustainable growth and development.

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    12
    2015
    JO: King signals government to deliver quality services to public

    His Majesty King Abdullah II stressed the need, on Sunday, to continue to improve the performance of government programs and institutions to provide better services to citizens to meet their needs and hopes.

    The King's remarks came during a visit Sunday to the Prime Ministry, during which he presided over part of the cabinet meeting and was briefed on the government's programs and ventures. The King remarked, "The most important is how to deliver these programs to the citizens, to make them feel their dividends as soon as possible".

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    12
    2015
    Nazarbayev University Academics Win Grant to Lead Public Policy Workshops in Kazakhstan

    Academics from the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy were involved in leading a three-day workshop in Astana in February in partnership with the Universities of Exeter and Edinburgh from the United Kingdom. Funding for The Learning in Governance and Innovations in Public Services workshop was secured through a grant from the Newton–Al-Farabi Partnership Programme, a new bilateral U.K.-Kazakhstan programme coordinated by Kazakhstan’s Science Fund and the British Council.

    The forum was aimed at early-career researchers in political science, public policy, management and international relations both from the U.K. and Kazakhstan. It was led by a team of international public policy scholars: Dr. Claire Dunlop and Prof. Claudio Radaelli from the University of Exeter, Dr. Tony Kinder from the University of Edinburgh and Prof. Neil Collins and Dr. Saltanat Janenova from Nazarbayev University. More than 56 researchers and practitioners, including 15 from the U.K. and 46 from Kazakhstan, participated in the symposium.

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    12
    2015
    EU States gets cyber security guidance

    The CSA releases a new report giving EU states guidance on cyber security.

    The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), ENISA and TU Darmstadt have provided a step-by-step guide for the procurement and secure use of cloud services. This report comes after the European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) closely analysed the state of governmental cloud deployment in 2013.

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    11
    2015
    US: Tennessee: Gig connections: Internet 2.0 comes to Chattanooga as GENI rack links UTC, city with top research universities around the country

    Chattanooga led the nation in bringing the fastest Internet speeds to an entire city when EPB pioneered gigabit-per-second Internet service along its fiber optic network in 2010.

    So far, more than 5,200 Chattanooga residents and businesses have signed up for the blazing-fast Internet service, which is about 200 times faster than most other broadband service.

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    11
    2015
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: e-Shakti Abhiyan: 5L women to turn tech savvy

    The Science and Technology Department has launched a special campaign to impart training to 5 lakh women in Madhya Pradesh to create awareness about internet and computer among women. The campaign has been christened as e-Shakti Abhiyan. Under it, women are being apprised of benefits of using digital and computer in daily life.

    Due to it, women are becoming used-to computers. The campaign is being conducted by MAP-IT with the cooperation of ‘Google India’. Basic computer training has been imparted to over 1.

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    11
    2015
    OM: Bank Muscat launches biometric ID system

    Oman’s Bank Muscat launched bio-metric identification system with the help of Royal Oman Police (ROP).

    The biometric system compatible with the Sultanate’s national identification card (NID) is the first of its kind in the banking sector in Oman.

    The unique biometric identification system available across the bank’s network of 139 branches provides the latest solution in national identity for banking services. Aimed at improving efficiency and speed of transaction processing, the NID enables accurate data capture during banking transactions, especially when opening new accounts.

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    11
    2015
    IN: Central Universities asked to Address Grievances Online by HRD Ministry

    For proper tracking and addressing issues more subtly the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked all the Central Universities to forward complaints in their public grievances portal online. It has also asked the universities to address and settle the grievances within 15 days from the receipt of the same. The process has been asked to become online in order to eliminate paper in between.

    The ministry has made it clear that the registrars would be designated as the directors of grievances, who would be responsible for the monitoring of complaints on a regular basis. The portal would be one stop address where keeping track of the grievances and monitoring of files would become effective and easier. The Ministry has also asked the universities to change their websites from ‘ac.in’ to ‘gov.in’, so that it could help forwarding files and proposals faster through e-governance.

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    11
    2015
    IN: Express Tech Sabha puts focus on e-governance for smart cities

    Smart cities have already moved beyond plans to real life demos in India. This was the message that came through loud and clear at the 17th Express Technology Sabha at Hyderabad.

    Speaking at the glittering awards function which capped the event, Parakala Prabhakar, advisor (communications) who holds the status of a cabinet minister in the government of Andhra Pradesh explained the process through which the state was putting this into practice. The event is scheduled to be telecast on CNBC TV18 on Sunday, March 8, 5 pm (with a repeat telecast on Sunday, March 15).

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    11
    2015
    OM: ITA workshop focuses on planning ‘Smart City’

    The Information Te-chnology Authority (ITA) represented by the government eTransformation plan team organised a one-day workshop on its premises in Knowledge Oasis Muscat.

    The workshop on ‘Smart Cities,’ in line with the eTransformation Plan, was held in cooperation with information technology research and advisory company Gartner.

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    11
    2015
    Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015 to be held on March 15

    Bahrain Polytechnic has announced its diamond sponsorship of Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015 which will be held from March 15 to 19 under the aegis of Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the Chairman of the High Committee for Information Technology and Telecommunications.

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    11
    2015
    Qatar strides in harnessing power of ICT

    The recent milestone achievement by Qatar’s telecom major Ooredoo by clocking a global customer base of 100mn mirrors the country’s strides in harnessing the power of information and communication technology (ICT) for people.

    It comes after Ooredoo crosses a milestone of more than 3mn customers in Qatar – the highest number ever recorded by the company.

    Ooredoo and the other service provider, Vodafone, have brought about significant changes to Qatar’s telecom landscape under the leadership of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

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    10
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    US: Virtual doctors treat real patients at remote digital clinics

    Telemedicine is improving the quality of health care coverage at remote medical clinics throughout the U.S., like the one at Jones Wheat Elementary in Bainbridge, Ga.

    These kinds of clinics are regularly staffed by one, overworked, overstressed, nurse, who is charged with the care of hundreds, or sometimes, thousands, of school children. But advances in Bluetooth wireless technology, including a ”virtual stethoscope,” and video teleconferencing, are allowing physicians from all over to provide online consultations with these patients.

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    10
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    US: Colorado Telehealth Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk

    After passing the Colorado House of Representatives and Senate, an important piece of telehealth legislation now awaits the signature of the state's governor to become law.

    In late January, the telehealth bill (HB 15-1029) for statewide expansion of telemedicine garnered overwhelming support from state representatives in two separate roll call votes — 63-2 and 58-6 — in favor of the yeas. Although the bill faced some opposition in the Colorado Senate, its margin of victory in late February was still more than two to one in favor of enacting the legislation as law: 24-10 and 25-9.

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    US: Massachusetts: Demand For Online Doctor Visits Is Growing

    Ever had a sick child in the middle of the night or want some quick medical advice but can’t get your doctor on the phone? As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, more and more patients are choosing to consult a doctor, face-to-face, and online.

    Going to the doctor when you’re sick may soon be a thing of the past. That’s because a face-to-face interaction is now just a click away.

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    10
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    GB: £1.9bn available to health authorities with electronic patient records

    The government has set aside £1.9bn to fund development of better care in the NHS, but health authorities' access to it will depend on them making better use of technology, says health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

    The fund has been topped up by local health authorities to reach a total of £5bn, but the government’s central fund of £1.9bn cannot be accessed by authorities unless they have met certain standards, such as implementing electronic health records.

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    10
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    GB: Political Accord: Mobile Technology Is The Future Of Healthcare

    It's not often that members of opposing political parties agree with one another, but former Labour and Conservative health ministers are united on one point: technology is the future for healthcare in the UK.

    Alan Milburn, Secretary of State for Health between 1999 and 2003, and Stephen Dorrell MP, Secretary of State for Health from 1995 to 1997, agree that smartphones, mobile applications and other new types of information technology are crucial to a better and more personalised NHS service in the future, Computing magazine reports.

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    IN: Kerala: Free Medical Tests, EMR in the Offing

    With the cost of health care heading north, the state government has proposed ‘Karunya Keralam’, a scheme that offers diagnostic tests free-of-cost to patients at all government hospitals.

    The government has also plans to develop a huge electronic platform - Kerala e-Health Programme - for effective utilisation of resources, Governor P Sathasivam said on Friday while delivering his policy address in the Assembly. The e-health programme will help in developing Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

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    09
    2015
    US: For Local Governments, Digital Communications are Essential Services

    A survey found municipal and county governments rely heavily on websites, social media and mobile services to connect with citizens, but struggled to make them effective.

    How well do local governments connect with their residents using cutting-edge digital technologies?

    That was the question at the heart of a suvey of local governments by Vision Internet, a technology firm specializing in government website development. The survey found that 77 percent of respondents rated their agency website as "essential" to their overall communications and public service strategy, while another 82 percent felt social media was "already having a signfiicant impact" on operations. Meanwhile, nearly half (49 percent) said their agency provides citizen-facing services using mobile devices.

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    US: West Virginia Portal Re-Design is User-Centric, User-Friendly

    West Virginia's third portal refresh in seven years bears all the marks of today's generation of websites.

    On Feb. 13, West Virginia launched its refreshed website, the state's third redesign since 2008.

    As an NIC member, the state worked with NIC subsidiary West Virginia interactive to launch the site through NIC’s enterprise portal program. Officials said the redesign took about six months, and the result was a new design that’s easier to use and more user-centric.

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    US: Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?

    Another signature achievement of the Obama Administration – the First Responder Network Authority – appears headed down a path similar to the original Healthcare.gov. Can officials fix it?

    On Oct. 1, 2013, the Healthcare.gov website opened for business. This website was the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” commonly known as “Obamacare”). ACA is one of the signature achievements of President Barack Obama. Certainly the core of Obamacare would have the latest in innovative technology, interactivity and customer experience, right?

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    09
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    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Now, info just a click away

    Chennai Corporation becomes the first in India to adopt a dashboard to manage civic issues. Nidhi Adlakha finds out more

    Wish to highlight civic issues or track the progress of maintenance work in your neighbourhood? In a few months’ time, all you will need to do is go online or use a mobile app. The city is going to get a digital dashboard, which uses technology similar to what’s used in the U.K., the U.S. and Europe with portals that are proactive in disclosure of public data.

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    09
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    Disconnect in the Digital India initiative

    Official websites of some states haven't been updated for years

    Does Bihar have only 10 cities with populations of more than 100,000? Is Uttar Pradesh so urbanised that 42.59 per cent of its people live in towns and cities? Does 27 per cent of West Bengal's population still live below the poverty line, way more than the national average?

    These figures have been picked from the official websites of these states. Some of these sites haven't been updated for years, it seems.

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    09
    2015
    Pakistan’s Punjab focuses on tech to create a culture of entrepreneurship

    Punjab has traditionally been Pakistan’s most prosperous province. Known as the land of five rivers, the province is blessed with an abundance of fertile flatland, thereby giving it the overwhelming majority of Pakistan’s agricultural and industrial output. According to the latest Pakistan Economic Review, Punjab accounts for 62 percent of Pakistan’s agricultural yield and 46 percent of its industrial output, reflecting the huge impact that it has on the nation’s economy.

    Not content with just sitting back and consolidating on its traditional avenues of commerce and trade, the Punjab government is forging ahead with a highly-ambitious plan to diversify the region’s economy by facilitating the spread and reach of technology, introduce e-government initiatives, and inculcate a strong element of technological entrepreneurship.

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    BW: E-Gov Progress Visible

    Significant strides have been made in the provision of service through the use of e-Government, according to head of advocacy, Mr Gaogaufi Mako.

    In an interview, Mr Mako said the enrolment of electronic government (E-gov) was still at an infancy stage but progress had been made.

    "In a scale of out of seven, we are probably at number four, where government now as we speak has some downloadable forms that are not re-engineered. We need to re-engineer our processes for us to be more efficient," he said.

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    Biometric link to help Royal Oman Police fight crime

    In a move that will help expedite the process of solving crime cases, investigation departments of the Royal Oman Police (ROP) in all wilayats will soon be linked through a system of biometrics.

    The new project, called 'Yaqeen', aims to reunite all the biometrics in one framework, an ROP official told the Times of Oman. The new system will help in resolving crimes faster as well as in tracking and nabbing culprits, said the official.

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    US: Proposed VA Budget to Boost Telehealth, mHealth Capabilities

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to increase its telehealth and mobile health capabilities in the coming years, according to the VA's budget submission for fiscal year 2016.

    In 2014, the federal agency spends $986 million on telehealth in support of veteran medical care and that figure is estimated to increase between 2015 and 2017. The VA's budget in brief estimates that the federal will outlay $1.098 billion in 2015, $1.224 billion in 2016, and $1.372 billion in 2017.

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    US: Why a learning health system is important for patient care

    A report published this past December by JASON--an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology--states that the ultimate goal in healthcare is to achieve an "agile, national-scale 'Learning Health System' for identifying and sharing effective practices of care."

    The organization's previous reports called for building a robust infrastructure, saying that Meaningful Use Stage 3 should embrace interoperability at its core as a basis for that learning system.

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