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  • Mo
    Mai
    02
    2016
    BW: Molefhi Launches Adaptit

    The Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Mr Nonofo Molefhi says an increase in the use of ICT by companies and Batswana can help Botswana attain a knowledge economy.

    Mr Molefhi said this at the launch of AdaptIT Botswana, which was held at Lansmore Hotel recently.

    He said the government was receptive to investment in the information technology field from the private sector, such as AdaptIT.

  • Mo
    Mai
    02
    2016
    MW: New Internet Programme to Improve Communication - Kaliati

    Minister of Information, Communications, Technology and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati says the internet programme which government established through the Regional Communication Infrastructure Programme (RCIP) was aimed at assisting government offices ease communication.

    Kaliati made the remarks Friday when she visited Mchinji District Council offices on her familiarisation tour of the RCIP programme which is being implemented through the E-government department.

  • Mo
    Mai
    02
    2016
    PH: PLDT seeks to expand Cebu data center

    PLDT, INC. will complete its data centers in Makati City and Clark, Pampanga by mid 2016 and will expand the Cebu facility as it targets to digitize government operations in the next administration.

    “We’re doing the final touches for the completion of [the] Makati [data center]. It’s financial grade, good enough for banks. Clark is not very far behind,” PLDT Executive Vice-President Ernesto R. Alberto told reporters on the sidelines of Friday’s TechIsland 3.0 conference at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

  • So
    Mai
    01
    2016
    NP: Kathmandu Metropolitan City to introduce online service in July

    Service seekers can apply for and receive services from the Kathmandu Metropolitan City online beginning July 16, according to Chief and Executive Officer Rudra Singh Tamang.

    “As Kathmandu is the capital city, we plan to take all of its administrative and service delivery process into a paperless e-governance system,” Tamang said.

    According to KMC, piloting of Municipal Administration and Revenue System will be conducted in six wards of the metropolis by mid-June and expanded to all 35 wards by mid-July depending upon the results of the experiment.

  • So
    Mai
    01
    2016
    OM: Ooredoo Signs Agreement with ITA to Build and Operate the Government's Next Generation High Speed Network

    A Partner of Choice for Oman's e-Government Strategy

    Ooredoo signed an agreement with the Information Technology Authority ( ITA ) to build and operate the Omani government's Next Generation High Speed Network (NGN). Leveraging on Oman Broadband Company's fibre network, the new world-class NGN gigabit speed and high capacity bandwidth will deliver better public services by integrating and connecting over 60 Ministries under one fast, reliable and secure platform, allowing for greater efficiency and data-sharing.

  • So
    Mai
    01
    2016
    Kuwait Official Portal expands eServices with relaunch by Diyar United Co.

    The Kuwait Official Portal (KGO) now offers more than 280 eServices and 850 content services after a revamp from Diyar United Co.

    Noted as a Kuwait-headquartered ICT specialist, Diyar United created and has maintained the Kuwait Government Online Portal since 2008. The portal allows citizens, business leaders, visitors and government agencies to electronically access many government services.

  • So
    Mai
    01
    2016
    Bangladeshis can get health advice 24/7 calling 16263

    The government has launched a call centre to give health information to the people across Bangladesh.

    Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim on Sunday formally opened a number, 16263, calling which people can get advice round the clock.

    He said this was one more initiative of Prime minister Sheikh Hasina to reach health services to the doorsteps of the people.

  • Sa
    Apr
    30
    2016
    ZM: Registrar of Societies computerisation enhances service delivery

    Collins Simuka is from Southern Province. About three years ago, he hoped to have his group of farmers registered in Lusaka but could not manage. This was due to congestion at the registration centre. The process was also extremely slow.

    Fortunately, his second attempt was successful as he managed to register his group and obtain the certificate of registration the same day.

    “I arrived yesterday around 17:00 hours when the Department of Registrar of Societies offices were closing, so I was advised to come the following day,” Mr Simuka said.

  • Sa
    Apr
    30
    2016
    IN: Smart cities for a smart nation

    In this era of technical advancements, the concept of Smart Cities is fast gaining importance. Smart cities start with smart systems that work for the benefit of both the public and the environment. Throughout history, cities have served as centres of innovation, advancement, civilization, and as facilitators of the social interaction necessary for the progress of mankind. Information Technology is the basis for providing vital services to the public and to ensure the development of smart cities. In 2009, International Business Machines (IBM) came up with the idea of smart cities when the world was facing an economic crisis, so this idea didn’t get the boost at that time. To provide better access to our daily necessities and to ensure proper connectivity and services like monitoring of gas and water distribution systems, online grief redressed systems, intelligent traffic monitoring, and smart parking and optimized energy consumption, the solution is the development of smart cities. US based smart city council operates in 140 countries with the aid of number of experts and agencies. Indian Government has envisaged developing 100 cities as smart cities. In the first phase 20 cities have been have chosen under the project and in coming two years 40 cities each will be identified for development as smart cities. A combination of connected hardware, software, and metering facilitates integration and collaboration between systems and networks. The challenges involved in such a project are enormous that not only requires infrastructure development but also trained manpower to build, operate and maintain intelligent systems.

  • Sa
    Apr
    30
    2016
    IN: Karnataka: Smart City Project opens up investment opportunities in Belagavi

    Representative from British High Commission visited the city to explore potential investment avenues

    The ambitious Smart City Project (SCP) has opened wide ranging opportunities for private investors to make value additions in the cities selected under the project. This has prompted the British Government to explore opportunities in Belagavi city, one of the 22 cities in India selected for SCP that will be executed over a period of five years, commencing from 2016-17.

  • Fr
    Apr
    29
    2016
    IN: 20 citizen services to be available online in Himachal

    As many as 20 citizen centric services including land records along with "Tatima"(map) would now be available online in Himachal Pradesh through integrated database without any paper document.

    The state Information Technology (IT) department had already prepared the integrated data base for 53 citizen centric services and 20 services were launched by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here.

  • Fr
    Apr
    29
    2016
    IN: Broadband connectivity in gram panchayats delayed by 3 years

    The aim is to provide 2-20 Mbps bandwidth to individual houses

    Government’s ambitious plan to connect every gram panchayat (local self-government in villages) with high speed broadband has a new deadline—December 2018, which is three years past the initial dateline.

    As on September 2015, latest public data reveals around 6,703 gram panchayats have optic fibre cable connectivity. However, only 3,200 of them have the connectivity in full operational mode.

  • Fr
    Apr
    29
    2016
    IN: What makes a city smart?

    From energy management to waste disposal, here are a few ingredients of a model city

    The debate on what indeed is a ‘smart city’ continues to reverberate even almost a year after the mission on smart cities was launched in June 2015. Environmentalists keep insisting on clean and green dimensions as the key themes for smart cities, while sociologists talk of social equity, architects of signature structures, technologists of ICT as the main driver and town & country planners define smart city in terms of integrated and sustainable land use planning. These concerns are all very genuine and appropriate. However, the role of technology in making cities smart is, in many ways, overarching, in as much as technology can facilitate every aspect of the city, be it environmental, social, or managerial.

  • Do
    Apr
    28
    2016
    Move to improve trade processes - Barbados Electronic Single Window to be introduced

    By next year, the tedious task of going to multiple offices, filling out numerous forms and standing in long lines will be a thing of the past for exporters and importers in Barbados, who will soon be able to submit their information online in a new paperless environment.

    These processes will be streamlined through the implementation of the Barbados Electronic Single Window, an initiative of the Barbados Competitiveness Programme (BCP). The ESW began in June 2015 and is expected to be completed by January 2017.

  • Do
    Apr
    28
    2016
    US: Alabama Introduces State’s First Voter Information Request Portal

    The Office of the Secretary of State and Alabama Interactive partnered to provide the state of Alabama’s first online voter information request portal. This new portal will allow lists and voter history information to be easily accessed and purchased online.

    The online voter information portal will provide access to lists and voter history which includes, but is not limited to: County School Districts, County Commission Districts, State House Districts, State Senate Districts, State School Districts, Congressional Districts and statewide voter lists.

  • Do
    Apr
    28
    2016
    RW: Gasabo takes lead in online service delivery

    Gasabo residents can afford to smile after their district became the first to issue a directive that all digitized government services shall be offered online.

    The new development will see the valuable time spent acquiring documents such as land titles, birth and marriage certificates from the district offices, drastically reduced.

  • Mi
    Apr
    27
    2016
    NG: Local Govt And e-Government

    One instrument that can be used to achieve efficiency at the Local Government level is the electronic government otherwise known as e-government

    It refers to the use of an internet technology platform for information exchange, services provision and interaction among citizens, businesses, and government institutions, and for making government more accountable, transparent and effective.

    Objectives of e-Government

    The objectives of e-Government include; to replace traditional governance with electronic governance; to improve efficiency and effectiveness of Local Government Administration thereby improving government fiscal prudence and budget performance, to ease accessibility of government information and services for citizens, and other government organizations, and to maximize productivity and quality. Other include, to promote good governance, to develop ICT competence among government employees, to Manage ICT resources in sustainable manner, to reduce cost of service delivery, and to eliminate waste.

  • Mi
    Apr
    27
    2016
    ICT sector can employ 40 million Nigerians – FG

    Nigeria’s Information, Communications and Technology sector has the capacity to employ 40 million workers across the country, the Federal Government has said.

    According to the government, the ICT currently employs more Nigerians than the oil and gas sector, and contributes 10 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, the same as the oil industry.

  • Mi
    Apr
    27
    2016
    The evolution of 'e-government'

    Governments are historically slow to adopt next-generation technologies, but as the era of big data converges on the global population, countries are now turning to e-government as one of the next challenges of the digital era. A recent paper Smart City and Smart Government: Synonymous or Complementary addresses the questions around what the next steps are for urban development and leveraging data to improve government capabilities.

    Data governance is top-of-mind for many policy makers and leaders in the tech world as the notion of combining both public and private efforts to fix problems such as climate change or civil strife evolves. As Stefaan Verhulst pointed out at the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit last year, many of the world’s current worries have a new asset: data. And how to leverage data to improve quality of life is a crucial question. The paper’s authors look at how the new notion of using data to improve government performance can translate into "smart cities” and how the two converge. The abstract notes that "smart city" has been defined as innovation, mostly through information and communication technologies, and that "smart government" has not necessarily been defined yet although the use of technology and innovation by governments for better performance is generally thought of as the next step for e-government processes.

  • Mi
    Apr
    27
    2016
    ZA: Gauteng: Online registration is inevitable. You can’t fight technology and progress

    Evolving at what seems to be the speed of light, technology is becoming more and more a part of our lives. It is intertwined with our culture and has values embedded within it that help to shape our society.

    That is why we have launched an online registration for Grade 1 and 8 pupils until June 1 for the 2017 academic year.

    Of course the Gauteng department of education has come under heavy criticism and attack after the online registration system crashed after going live.

  • Di
    Apr
    26
    2016
    US: Illinois: Sizable Gap Exists in Chicagoans' Access to Broadband, Study Shows

    While the majority of people without broadband home access still connect to the Internet with their smartphones or public computers, their use is limited.

    Widespread use of smartphones has made it easier for Chicagoans to hop onto the Internet, but research shows there still exists a sizable gap in the number of people with access to broadband at home — particularly on the South and West sides.

    In 2013, broadband adoption on home computers and devices was lowest in neighborhoods such as West Garfield Park, Burnside and Brighton Park, as well as other African-American and Latino neighborhoods where poverty rates are high, according to a study released Friday by the MacArthur Foundation and Partnership for a Connected Illinois.

  • Di
    Apr
    26
    2016
    US: Pennsylvania Announces Open Data Portal

    An executive order will breathe new life into the commonwealth's civic tech push.

    Pennsylvania is renewing its commitment to transparency.

    On April 18, Gov. Tom Wolf, who assumed office in January, signed an executive order to create an open data portal. The new portal is mandated to contain downloadable, machine-readable data, a feature not offered by the state’s existing transparency site called PennWATCH. The state Office of Administration is also mandated to help agencies find their most valuable data sets.

  • Di
    Apr
    26
    2016
    US: For 911 Operators, Technology Helps, But Job Still Stressful

    'When I got everything caught up and taken care of, it's like, whew!'

    As they so often do, 911 calls came fast and furious on a recent weekday afternoon. A residential burglary. A business burglary. A person with a gun. They all happened at once, in different Evansville neighborhoods.

    Amy Worthington was on top of it. Seated in the City-County Dispatch Center, with four computer screens in front of her and her headset in place, Worthington navigated Evansville Police Department officers to each event.

  • Di
    Apr
    26
    2016
    Buhari to transform Nigeria with ICT – SGF

    President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to use Information and Communications Technology to drive the change agenda of his administration and diversify the nation’s economy, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Eng. Babachir Lawal, has said.

    According to him, the journey had started with the use of ICT and the digital platform to fight corruption and insecurity in the country.

  • Mo
    Apr
    25
    2016
    US: In government, accessibility is a team effort

    The federal government is aggressively promoting disability access, with the General Services Administration playing a lead role. GSA, along with the U.S. Access Board, GSA, the CIO Council’s Accessibility Community of Practice, the Justice Department of Justice, and the Office of E-Government & Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget work together to implement the standards laid out in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

    Section 508 was added to the Rehabilitation Act in 1986, and has been revised since then, most notably in 1998, when an amendment changed its prescriptions from non-binding guidelines to binding, enforceable standards.

  • Mo
    Apr
    25
    2016
    BH: MoW to launch two new online services soon

    The Director of Information Technology (IT) Directorate in the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning, Hisham Sater, said the number of users accessing the ministry’s 10 electronic services during the first quarter of 2016 reached 4977 users.

    The services can be accessed through both the Ministry’s portal www.works.gov.bh, and the eGovernment Portal www.bahrain.bh, and also through the Fix to Go Application.

  • Mo
    Apr
    25
    2016
    IN: Srei arm Sahaj e-Village Ltd in works to cast e-commerce net in rural areas

    Sahaj e-Village Ltd plans to bring e-commerce deliveries to rural homes

    Country's e-commerce boom has heightened the aspirations of millions of urban youth, but it is nowhere close to that crescendo among rural populace.

    Srei group-promoted Sahaj e-Village Ltd plans to bridge that gap by bringing e-commerce deliveries to rural homes. It plans to do that by making use of its existing and growing network of IT connected rural service centres across states which were set up to provide e-governance services.

  • Mo
    Apr
    25
    2016
    AE: Dubai introduces app to ease jobs of parking inspectors

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the introduction of a new smartphone app to facilitate the job of parking inspectors, and ease the processing of parking permits.

    The step is part of RTA’s efforts to equip inspectors with top-notch devices, and ensure the speedy processing of parking permits as well.

  • So
    Apr
    24
    2016
    IN: 706 AWS, 129 Agro-AWS installed to provide weather information to farmers

    Earth System Science Organisation-India Meteorological Deparment (ESSO-IMD) has so far installed 706 Automatic Weather Stations(AWS) and 129 Agro-AWS throughout the country to provide weather information to farmers.Farmers in the country are provided with weather information along with advisories through different modes of communication like AIR, TV, Print Media, private TV channels and SMS using mobile phones, an official from Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said.In addition to that, Indian Council of Agricultural Research has created a network of 71 AWS in the selected Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and State Agricultural Universities under National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture(NICRA) project.

  • So
    Apr
    24
    2016
    Govt committed to transform Pak into knowledge-based economy: finance secretary

    Pakistan is promoting increased global connectivity through a series of initiatives and the government is committed to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy, Finance Secretary Dr Waqar Maood Khan said on Saturday.

    Speaking at an event ‘Global Connect Initiative’ at the World Bank, Washington, the finance secretary reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to support the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), action lines and targets which were set under the agenda for sustainable developments goals (SDG).

  • So
    Apr
    24
    2016
    AU: Queensland: High-speed internet connection to have positive effect on business bottom line

    More than 400,000 Queensland homes and businesses have access to the network so far, with another 600,000 to be added this year.

    The National Broadband Network could add $400 million a year to Queensland’s economy, a new study reveals.

    Analysis of the impact high-speed internet connection will have on the bottom line of businesses forecasts a 1.8 per cent lift in GDP. But companies remain frustrated at the time the program is taking to reach them.

  • So
    Apr
    24
    2016
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Vijayawada: 20 biometric toilets for 25th division under clean city project

    As part of the litter free initiative under clean city project, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will construct 20 biometric toilets in the 25th division. For constructing the lavatories, Rs 22 lakh has been released from member of parliament Kesineni Srinivas's MPLADS fund. These biometric toilets will be installed at various points in Peddamma Gudi and Mallikarjuna Pet.

    In a statement, 25th division corporator Ummadi Venkateswara Rao pointed out that biometric toilets are hygienic and have a longer life span when compared to other toilets. Accordingly, all old toilets in the division would be dismantled, said Om Prakash, project executive engineer.

  • So
    Apr
    24
    2016
    NG: 'National ID Card Not Replacing Voters Card in 2019'

    Contrary to reports in some online media that the national identity card would replace voters register in 2019, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has clarified that the report was misconstrued and out of context.

    According to a statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communications Unit of NIMC, Mr. Loveday Chika Ogbonna, the report emanated from a visit to a royal father in Delta State where the commission's Delta State Coordinator explained the possibility of harmonising all identity related data on one card, an issue which was wrongly reported.

  • Sa
    Apr
    23
    2016
    NigComSat-1R becoming white elephant four years after – Investigation

    Four years after it was launched into the orbit, Nigeria’s communication satellite, NigComSat-1R, has yet to deepen broadband penetration as promised and can’t be seen as playing any critical role in the country’s development agenda despite the huge taxpayers’ money sunk into it, DAYO OKETOLA reports

    Nigeria’s first communications satellite, NigComSat-1, was put in the orbit in May 2007, but deorbited in November 2008 following a power fault. However, the country’s presence in the communications satellite industry was not jeopardised for too long as some insurance arrangements made it possible for a replacement satellite, known today as Nigcomsat-1R, to be built by the China Great Wall Industries Corporation. The replaced spacecraft was successfully launched into the orbit in December 2011 amid high expectations among Nigerians.

  • Sa
    Apr
    23
    2016
    US: Creating a Viable Path to Becoming a Digital Government (Industry Perspective)

    An analog-digital hybrid approach can benefit government workforces that require mobility to do their jobs.

    As today’s citizens demand just-in-time and seamless access to government services, the central question of, “Why can’t government services be accessed and processed from an app?” is no longer an aspiration. It’s happening now. The challenge for public-sector leaders has now evolved and centers on how to quickly apply digital approaches to government — with the end game of enhancing the citizen experience.

  • Sa
    Apr
    23
    2016
    BZ: Taiwan helps Belize vehicle/drivers license system go digital

    Belize will soon have an electronic system for driver and vehicle licenses, as well as vehicle registration with a web portal to access information thanks to the efforts of the Central Information Technology Office (C.I.T.O.) and Taiwan’s technical mission in Belize, led by Ming-Cheng (Diego) Tsai.

    Two information and communications technology experts: Professor Shian-Shyong Tseng of Asia University in Taichung, Taiwan and Project Management Consultant/Software Engineer, Hsu En-Che, have been in Belize since last Thursday, meeting with Transport Department Director Crispin Jeffries and other authorities to determine Belize’s ICT needs in this area, and to advise on a way forward.

  • Fr
    Apr
    22
    2016
    US: Congress wants to turn Obama's open data actions into law

    The OPEN Government data act would make a number of President Barack Obama's open data initiatives permanent

    A new bill introduced Thursday would give a legislative basis to a number of open data initiatives already underway in the federal government under executive order.

    The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, introduced by Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, would build upon a number open data policies from the Obama administration that push federal agencies to make as much data as possible free for the public to use.

  • Fr
    Apr
    22
    2016
    US: Data bill setting new default standard for open goverment

    A bill to make it easier to share government data among agencies and one that sets a new default standard for open data will usher in a “new era for government,” its writer said.

    Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) said he is almost ready to drop the “OPEN Government Data Act,” which according to the 33-page draft bill obtained by Federal News Radio, will maximize  “the usefulness of federal government data … [by] … making it readily available, discoverable, and usable — in a word: open.”

  • Fr
    Apr
    22
    2016
    US: Securing Your Customers: Personally Identifiable Information Has a Life Cycle

    You need to know what PII is, because you will be seeing this acronym more and more: Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

    PII can mean a whole host of things, such as the following: name, phone number, email address, home address, marital status, passport number, financial information, credit card numbers, bank data and medical information, and certainly, more kinds of data.

    As you can see, this is not the type of information that you will want out there. Though the PII on you that’s stored in the computer databases of your health plan carrier, bank, employer, etc., isn’t all necessarily super private, most of it is sensitive and would cause harm if released publicly.

  • Fr
    Apr
    22
    2016
    Get resident cards activated at Royal Oman Police civil service centres

    Citizens and residents can now activate their Resident or ID card at one of the Civil Status service centres of the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and benefit from electronic government services, said Colonel Ali bin Saif Al Marbu’i, director of Civil Status at ROP.

    The system, called ‘Tam,’ is an electronic certification service provided by the National Digital Certification Centre at the Information Technology Authority.

  • Do
    Apr
    21
    2016
    UA: Electronic Administration as a Component of Financial Efficiency of the State

    It is under this slogan that today, on 13 April 2016, the round table discussion was held at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. Yurydychna Gazeta, professional weekly, together with the ACC Ukraine have initiated the event.

    Krystyna Gutsalova, ProZorro coordinator, project manager of the state procurement reform under the National Council for Reforms, delivered a speech on "ProZorro System of Electronic Procurement: How to Gain an Additional 1 bln UAH per year for the State?". In her opinion, all initiatives related to electronization, which proved to be successful, started as citizen and business initiatives. ProZorro also commenced its activity as a volunteer initiative when no clear vision of the extent of its real importance for the state was realized. "However, we all clearly saw that the situation in the field of state procurement left a lot to be desired as it was inefficient and largely currupt. Therefore, we strived to change the situation and develop an electronic procurement system for the government", said Mrs. Gutsalova. Today, ProZorro is a hybrid procurement system comprising the Centralized Database (plus module of auctions) and electronic platforms.

  • Do
    Apr
    21
    2016
    NG: Stakeholders task govt. on e-Governance

    Frantic efforts have been made to properly position government at all levels to adopt the new trend of e-Government, however, daunting challenges still dots the quests for effective implementations.

    As inexcusable as the challenges appear to be, investigations have revealed that government is proactive in ensuring that e-Government becomes successful in the provision of basic services to the people, particularly in the emerging technology-driven governance.

  • Do
    Apr
    21
    2016
    ZM: Government is on course with e-commerce implementation

    Transport and Communications Minister, Kapembwa Simbao, says government is on course with the implementation of electronic commerce.

    Mr Simbao says government is doing this through the provision of appropriate workable strategies that focus on development of broadband infrastructure, digital content, human capacity and supporting innovation by both public and private sector organisations.

  • Mi
    Apr
    20
    2016
    US: Washington: How a Simple Data Query Made One D.C. Agency Smarter, More Efficient

    Washington, D.C.’s Urban Forestry Administration set an example for cities everywhere about how powerful a new set of data can be when creatively leveraged.

    One of the biggest benefits of data is its versatility. Washington, D.C.’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) turned to tech to answer a simple question, but ended up using the resulting information to reconfigure much of its mission and work. In the process, UFA set an example for cities everywhere about how powerful a new set of data can be when creatively leveraged.

  • Mi
    Apr
    20
    2016
    US: Procurement in Georgia: Lessons From Georgia, the No. 1 Procurement State

    The leaders of Georgia’s purchasing office on saving money, realizing the importance of data analysts and being underappreciated.

    In February, Governing released a report ranking 39 states based on their procurement policies. They were ranked in 10 categories, including their use of technology, how they engage with vendors and how effectively central procurement offices work with agencies.

  • Di
    Apr
    19
    2016
    How access to data can bridge the digital divide

    The advent of the information age in the mid-twentieth century promised to flatten the whole world in such manner that no physicality could claim ‘invisibility’ due to the limiting barriers of space and time.

    And true to that promise, the internet opened up the planet in more ways than one can name. Since its launch in the early nineties, the World Wide Web has significantly reduced ‘distances’ amidst people and places.

  • Di
    Apr
    19
    2016
    US: $3.1B IT modernization effort gets some legs to go with its buzz

    It had been years since the White House created the kind of buzz in the federal community over a technology initiative that we’ve seen over the last few months. But that’s what happened when the Obama administration announced it wanted $3.1 billion from Congress to modernize, and therefore better secure, federal IT.

    There have been many doubters about the initiative, saying “It’s dead on arrival.” Or, “Why did the administration wait until now to propose something that has been needed for so long?”

  • Di
    Apr
    19
    2016
    NG: Broadband plan without support

    Amid pomp and ceremony, the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration unveiled the National Broadband Plan (NBP), which set milestones for the country to achieve in the immediate, short and long terms. The plan may be mere wishful thinking considering the investment in infrastructure, reports Lucas Ajanaku.

    The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Dambatta, is not a politician. Coming from the ivory tower, he is not likely to play to the gallery. So he knew what he was saying when he said the government may not attain the 30 per cent broadband target set for 2018 in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2013-2018.

  • Di
    Apr
    19
    2016
    US: Time to retire ‘E-Government’

    The end of e-government is near. Well, at least the term “e-government.”

    Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) is expected to introduce a new bill as soon as this week that would change in law any mention of the Office of E-Government and IT at the Office of Management.

    In the 33-page draft bill obtained by Federal News Radio, Kilmer spends seven pages striking out references to the administrator of E-Government and IT and replacing it with Federal CIO.

  • Mo
    Apr
    18
    2016
    US: 3 Central Roles Played by a 'Smart State' (Industry Perspective)

    The "smart" concept doesn't just apply to cities; Illinois is proving that it can become the nation's first smart state.

    The smart city concept encompasses some broad common elements — elements that can be applied beyond the city — such as sustainable economic development, data-driven decision-making, innovative thinking, and use of emerging technologies and new partnerships. And Illinois is working to incorporate these elements, as well as common technology components such as connected devices, the Internet of Things, analytics, cloud and mobility, making it well on its way to becoming the first smart state.

  • Mo
    Apr
    18
    2016
    St. Kitts and Nevis Can Benefit From Taiwan’s E-government Policies

    There is a lot the people and government of St. Kitts and Nevis can adopt from Taiwan when it comes to e-government policies.

    Theodore Browne, Assistant Comptroller of Customs and Deswert Douglas Grade 4 Customs Officer, recently returned to the Federation from an e-government workshop in Taiwan.

  • Mo
    Apr
    18
    2016
    ZA: Will digital service delivery improve your life in 2019?

    A quarter of the way through 2016 and it’s clear that service delivery is set to be one of the main topics of conversation in political circles. In his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma was careful to highlight the importance of delivering municipal services.

    “ Our Back to Basics local government revitalisation plan was launched in September 2014, and 2015 has been the year of intensive implementation. In this second phase of implementation, national government will engage in more active monitoring and accountability measures.”

  • Mo
    Apr
    18
    2016
    NA: Govt goes big on E-governance

    An amount of N$100.5 million has been set aside for the rollout of the e-Government Strategic Action Plan (eGSAP), which is aimed at improving service delivery. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has already set up Internet points in the regions and will expand internet and intranet services through these points.

    It will also join government regional offices to these centres to enable government-wide communication. This was explained by deputy minister in the OPM Christine //Hoebes during a National Assembly consideration of the 2016 Appropriation Bill.

  • So
    Apr
    17
    2016
    JO: Gemalto Chosen to Introduce e-ID Program

    International digital security firm Gemalto said it’s been selected by the Ministry of ICT to implement a new citizen ID program across Jordan.

    Amsterdam-based Gemalto said in a statement it’s been tasked with delivering e-ID cards as well as automatic fingerprint identification systems to reinforce national security, strengthen immigration controls, and minimize the risk of electoral fraud.

  • So
    Apr
    17
    2016
    IN: Rajasthan presses on with Aadhaar after fingerprint readers fail: We’ll buy iris scanners

    The state is pushing the use of unique identification project despite lack of infrastructure and administrative preparedness, experimenting on the poorest.

    Irfan Ali bent over the small orange machine sitting on the table, contemplating the snag. Behind him a crowd waited impatiently.

    “Yesterday, we had to send about a hundred people back when the internet did not work for six hours,” said Ali. It was clear that many would have to be turned away again.

  • So
    Apr
    17
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra government releases contingency fund of Rs 55 crore for CCTNS

    To make the criminal tracking system Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) fool proof, the home department has released a contingency fund of Rs 55 crore for the system across Maharashtra.

    Sources in the department claimed that the center government had directed all state governments to release this "contingency" fund for any urgent upgradation of the software that helps connect all the police stations of Maharashtra.

  • Sa
    Apr
    16
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: PMC wants smart online payments now

    Under the smart city initiative, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) wants to bring the payment of various taxes within the online fold by putting in place payment aggregators. That way, various taxes can be paid through Netbanking, debit card, credit card, wallets from various e-commerce portals.

    Kunal Mandwale, deputy chief accounts and finance officer of the chief accounts and finance department, said, "An aggregator is a channel that provides online payment options to citizens. Right now, two departments have online facility. They can directly come under this service. But, other departments also have to build an online system."

  • Sa
    Apr
    16
    2016
    AE: Ministry of Health launches online booking service

    Ministry of Health launches online booking service ‘The Record’ on smart patient portal

    The online service, which is available in all the ministry’s health centres and hospitals, creates a medical record for each patient.

    The Ministry of Health and Prevention has launched an online booking service ‘The Record’ on the smart patient portal, an official announced on Saturday.

  • Sa
    Apr
    16
    2016
    BD: Dhaka: 2 health information mobile apps launched

    Aponjon, a mobile health messaging service for mothers and newborns, has launched two mobile phone apps for expectant mothers and adolescent girls to provide necessary health information services, ensuring healthy life.

    The two mobile phone apps -- Aponjon Shogorbha and Aponjon Koishor -- have been developed to meet health needs of expectant mothers and adolescent girls, said Chief Executive Officer of D.net Dr Ananya Raihan at the launching function at Spectra Convention Centre in the capital on Thursday.

  • Sa
    Apr
    16
    2016
    CA: Feds pump additional $34.5M into rural broadband program

    The Federal Government has announced plans to extend its rural broadband initiative Connecting Canadians to include an additional 65,000 households.

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development minister Navdeep Bains said Friday from Niagara-on-the-Lake that 23 Internet service providers across Canada are receiving approximately $34.5 million to increase broadband Internet access for more than 65,000 households in rural areas across Canada.

  • Fr
    Apr
    15
    2016
    Digital Transformation Market Growth in MENA

    Future Market Insights (FMI), with sharp focus on emerging regions, delivers key insights on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) digital transformation market in its recent report titled “Digital Transformation Market: MENA Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 - 2020”. The MENA IT market is anticipated to grow at a single-digit CAGR during the forecast period. In contrast, the MENA digital transformation market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2020. The contribution of the MENA digital transformation market to the overall MENA IT market is likely to increase from 10% to 16% by 2020, witnessing an increase of 600 BPS.

  • Fr
    Apr
    15
    2016
    US: Domestic LLCs in Alabama Can Now Pre-File Online

    Alabama Interactive, in collaboration with the Alabama Secretary of State, has recently developed a new application which allows pre-filing of required business information to be done online. This new service allows the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division to significantly cut down the processing time for forming a Domestic LLC, which will improve the efficiency of business filings as well as encourage the growth of business in Alabama.

    “Until counties begin their participation of online filing, the Secretary of State’s Office is pleased to provide pre-filing of domestic LLCs,” said Secretary John H. Merrill. “Once all documents have been submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office, the new pre-filing option will enable the filer to view the filing on our website much faster than the traditional paper method. Over the next three months our Office is working to provide the pre-filing option to all domestic entities.”

  • Fr
    Apr
    15
    2016
    IN: Nagaland: NeGPA sensitization prog for Fisheries Department held

    One day sensitization programme on implementation of National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) was conducted in the Directorate of Agriculture on April 7 for Fisheries Department, with C. Imtitongzuk, Joint Director of Fisheries as the chief guest.

    The chief guest during his speech spoke on seven encouraging words to participants present and stated that the department of Agriculture has always been a mentor to Fisheries department. He mentioned that some 40 years back Fisheries Department was under the department of Agriculture as Fisheries section. He mentioned that Fisheries Department bifurcated from the mother Department in 1978 and became full-fledged Department in 1979. The chief guest thank the mother department, the Department of Agriculture for been a mentor and a leader who have constantly been teaching, leading, assisting, helping the department of Fisheries. The chief guest calls upon the participant to take this programme seriously and take advantage of NeGPA scheme for service delivery to the farmers and asked the all to be sincere and to work hard for successful implementation of NeGPA programme.

  • Fr
    Apr
    15
    2016
    IN: Reforms crucial for smart cities: report

    Reforms are needed in the areas of land acquisition, dispute resolution, permitting processes, information availability and procurement processes to accelerate the development of smart cities, a new report has said.

    According to ‘Reforms to Accelerate the Development of India’s Smart Cities’, a joint report by World Economic Forum and PwC, there are challenges limiting private sector participation in urban development projects, and institutional, business-environment and sector-specific reforms are required to enhance private participation.

  • Fr
    Apr
    15
    2016
    IN: Delhi: Licensing process for Arms, other permits goes online

    As a measure towards strengthening e-governance in the city, Delhi Police today made the licensing process for business establishments and Arms online. One can now apply for fresh/renewal of licenses online of Arms, explosives, hotel motel/guest house, cinemas, eating points and restaurants on the website that can be accessed at www.delhipolicelicensing.gov.in. The website of Delhi Police's licensing unit was launched by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung here at Raj Niwas amid presence of top police officials including city Police Commissioner Alok Verma.

  • Fr
    Apr
    15
    2016
    IN: NIELIT begins ICT skill training for govt employees

    National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Kohima has commenced conducting “ICT skill training program for state government employees” under the theme “preparing northeast for digital India”, Thursday. Delivering a keynote address, director in-charge NIELIT Kohima, Er. Lanuwabang mentioned that the training program was part of the ongoing nationwide Digital India initiatives, with the objective to fill the ICT skill gaps and enhance capacity building in NE.

    As the training was to be imparted to government employees of state departments by NIELIT Kohima, he urged the trainees for sincere participation, given the present day-need for trained and dedicated employees on e-Governance for better citizen-centric services through good governance.

  • Do
    Apr
    14
    2016
    US: Nebraska online voter registration system nominated for award

    NEReg2Vote, the state’s online voter registration system has been nominated for a national award, says Secretary of State John Gale. The web application is vying for “Innovation of the Year,” one of six categories included in the 2016 StateScoop 50 Awards.

    NEReg2Vote, launched by the Secretary of State’s office in September 2015, was the first part of the state’s online voter registration system to go online. The second part, managed through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), started in January.

  • Mi
    Apr
    13
    2016
    Digital agenda for industry: vital perspective for Baltic States

    To keep up to the global competitiveness, the EU industrial sectors, e.g. transport, services, farming, manufacturing, etc. shall use more actively modern digital technologies and ICT achievements. While Commission designs a plan for building Digital Single Market for industry the Baltic States shall be prepared to implement the plan…

    Industry is regarded by the Commission’s political agenda as the main driving force of Europe's economy: industrial farming, manufacturing, health, engineering, etc. employs a lot of people and make EU exports larger.

  • Mi
    Apr
    13
    2016
    DM: Public Service CPO Endorses Use of ICT for Service Delivery

    Chief Personnel Officer, Gloria Joseph has emphasized that it is not business as usual for the public sector as the use of information technology continues to transform the way Government services are delivered.

    Just Thursday, March 31st, 2016 two new e services were introduced in the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security.

  • Di
    Apr
    12
    2016
    US: Formulating a Model for Small-City Innovation Offices

    Innovation offices in major cities like Los Angeles and New York are interesting and inspirational, but don’t necessarily serve as useful models for cities with a fraction of the population or resources.

    Sacramento, Calif., recently hopped on the innovation bandwagon, but it’s doing things a little differently.

    As the city’s first interim chief innovation officer, former Code For America co-executive director Abhi Nemani has spent the past six weeks studying the Sacramento technology scene and planning a new communications and funding framework among government, community and local business. Meanwhile, the city hunts for a permanent full-time replacement for when Nemani moves on, because he has bigger plans. Sacramento gets to be Nemani’s guinea pig as he outlines what cities across the nation will soon have access to through a new venture called EthosLabs.

  • Di
    Apr
    12
    2016
    US: Developing Government Cyber-Leaders

    As the government pay gap grows larger with the private sector, where will the next generation of government cybersecurity leadership come from? What's the best background to enable success? Who should consider government cybersecurity roles? The public and private sectors are battling a growing list of global cyberthreats. With more data breaches, cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure and new Internet of Things vulnerabilities, the competition for competent cybersecurity increases.

    As we get set for another NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game tomorrow night, there are many media stories about the different approaches taken by college sports leadership to achieve their program goals. What is clear is that the chemistry of these winning basketball teams starts with the coaching staff. Further, the tone and vision starts with the head coach.

  • Di
    Apr
    12
    2016
    US: MIT Open Data Portal: A One-Stop Shop for Federal Government Data?

    MIT Media Lab and tech companies Deloitte and Datawheel have released Data USA, an open source platform promoted as the “the most comprehensive website and visualization engine” ever created for U.S. government data.

    Combing through federal data has typically been a daunting affair. Even with tools and know-how, it requires patience and a penchant for understanding minutiae. Yet a partnership between the MIT Media Lab and tech companies Deloitte and Datawheel are vying to change this.

    On Monday, April 4, the trio released Data USA, an open source platform promoted as “the most comprehensive website and visualization engine” ever created for U.S. government data. The lofty claim is delivered about a site that aggregates federal open data from multiple sources and displays it in interactive visuals — colorful charts, maps, profiles and even a few pieces of data-based journalism.

  • Di
    Apr
    12
    2016
    EC touts digital transformation as critical to region's industrial economy

    The European Commission (EC) has championed the use of digital technology to drive Europe’s future industrial economy.

    Andrus Ansip, EC vice president in charge of the Digital Single Market, said in a speech exploring the EU’s prospects that all industries will need to embrace digital transformation if they are to remain a driving force in the European economy.

    “In the future, all industrial sectors must make the best use of new technologies. Transport to telecoms equipment, factories to farming, high-tech to low-tech,” he said.

  • Mo
    Apr
    11
    2016
    NTF III Uganda Chapter to Launch Export Plan For ICT Sector

    In theMinisterial Policy Statement for FY 2014/15 Uganda’s ICT sector share in 2014 stood at 6.0% and employed over one million people. World Bank data placed exports of ICT services in 2013 at 400 million USD, forming 17% of total service exports. IT services alone were estimated to represent 2.8% of Uganda’s services exports, with a total value of US $2 billion in 2012. These statistics prompted several initiatives of an investment & developmental nature in the ICT sector from players both local and international.

  • Mo
    Apr
    11
    2016
    Indian government’s focus on developing smart cities will boost IoT adoption

    A rising trend in adoption of smart mobile devices coupled with the Indian government’s focus on smart cities will further boost the growth of IoT in India. Murli Mohan, Director and General Manager, Dell Software Group, shares with Express Computer, his perspective on the IoT market in India, and the growth opportunities for his firm.

    Some edited excerpts:

  • Mo
    Apr
    11
    2016
    IN: Aadhaar enrollment crosses 1 bn mark

    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has generated more than 100 crore (one billion) Aadhaar numbers in a span of five and a half years, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Monday.

    “More than 100 crore residents in India are now registered under Aadhaar identity.. It is an instrument for good governance. Aadhaar is a mode to reach the poor and needy without the middlemen,” he said at a press meet.

  • Mo
    Apr
    11
    2016
    GH: YEA To Train Personnel In E-Health

    The Eastern Regional Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Mr Mohammed Pelpuo, said the agency would soon train personnel on the new Electronic Health (E-health) system to improve quality healthcare services.

    He said that the new module to be introduced by the YEA and World Vision International, a Non-Governmental Organisation, would equip trainees with mobile phones networked by the NGO, to work hand in hand with the Community Health Planning and Services in deprived areas to ensure that the health needs of the people were met.

  • Mo
    Apr
    11
    2016
    IN: ‘e-health records need of the hour’

    India fares very poorly compared with the Western countries in preparing Electronic Health Records (EHR), which have multiple benefits. EHR not only help healthcare institutions in meticulously following their day-to-day work but also keeping track of various diseases, said G.D. Mogli, President of Health Information Management Association of India (HIMA).

    In an interview to The Hindu, Dr. Mogli, a former consultant to the World Health Organisation, said the Government of India had taken an initiative to get EHR prepared by hospitals and integrate them but it fizzled out due to resource constraints and lack of interest.

  • So
    Apr
    10
    2016
    Experts say e-government in Vietnam still weak

    E-government in Vietnam remains weak and less developed than in other regional countries though it is vital to the nation’s international integration process, experts told a seminar in Hanoi on March 30.

    Experts attributed the weak e-government to a slew of difficulties in applying information technology to carry out the e-government project in Vietnam. It is because of underdeveloped IT infrastructure for the service and there remain problems with the deployment of public services on the Internet.

  • So
    Apr
    10
    2016
    PH: ICT products among DOST’s contributions to health care

    Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo has said the agency’s efforts in developing information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled products and systems are among its major contributions to address various health concerns.

    “ICT has changed the way we live, and healthcare is among the areas that could benefit from its capability,” he added.

  • Sa
    Apr
    09
    2016
    DM: Government Launches Databases for Drivers and the Financial Intelligence Unit

    The Ministry of National Security and the Information Communication Technology Unit have launched a Drivers and Automobile Information System and a Dominica Financial Intelligence Unit E-Filing System.

    These applications developed by the Information and Communication Unit represent the newest additions to the e -government programme which commenced in 2009.

  • Sa
    Apr
    09
    2016
    US: Officials push for agency scrutiny in Social Security number usage

    The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants agencies to finish what they started years ago, and focus on protecting the Social Security numbers of federal employees.

    In a letter to Government Accountability Office Comptroller Gene Dodaro, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) asked how much progress agencies have made in reviewing their systems and programs to reduce the number of instances where Social Security numbers are collected.

  • Sa
    Apr
    09
    2016
    VN: City, Microsoft team up on 'e-gov' project

    HCM City wants to co-operate with Microsoft on e-government to improve the city’s management, the secretary of HCM City’s Party Committee, Đinh La Thăng, said at a meeting held on Thursday in the city.

    Thăng met with Mark Day, general manager of Microsoft, agencies and industries, and worldwide public sector.

    Thăng praised Microsoft’s long-time presence in the country, and said he welcomed further co-operation.

  • Sa
    Apr
    09
    2016
    IN: CBDT processes 6.53 lakh online tax returns’ correction requests

    India’s tax department has processed over 6.53 lakh online rectification applications in the last fiscal and asked assessees to make use of the e-filing portal for correcting mistakes in tax returns, an official statement said on Friday.

    “Taxpayers who are not satisfied with the outcome of processing of their Income Tax Return by the Centralised Processing Centre (CPC), Bengaluru, can avail of the facility of online filing and tracking of rectification requests on https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement here.

  • Fr
    Apr
    08
    2016
    Estonia Launches Country As A Service Software For Other Countries

    Estonia launched on Friday its country management software platform for other states, enabling them to benefit from the services like three-minute-tax-declaration or e-voting which are in use in the most digital nation in the world.

    The new CountryOS service was built in the co-operation of the government of Estonia, tech entrepreneurs and Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol. The platform is a tailored version of the one that is currently used to manage Estonia.

  • Fr
    Apr
    08
    2016
    Myanmar mobile leaps along

    Much talk in the telecoms market has been dedicated to the digital leapfrog: the almighty hop from legacy technology to a mobile-first future. Myanmar’s operators – state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Ooredoo and Telenor – have seen subscriber figures jump by millions over the past few years; and though coverage rates have climbed higher than ever before, they’re not stopping now.

    All three recently talked to The Myanmar Times about the country’s technology transformation, and what challenges may lie in store.

  • Do
    Apr
    07
    2016
    NG: Federal Government targets 50% e-government compliance in three years

    The Federal Government has set a three strategic master plan whereby government will be 50 per cent e- Governance compliant to ensure effectively delivery of all government services. The Acting Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mr. Vincent Olatunji, who dropped the hint during a media briefing in Abuja, said that at least 50 per cent of cities in the country would be covered by 2019. According to him, the agency was keen to promoting the development of smart city technology and projects as key national policy through its e-Government Unit stressing that the e-Government Unit of the agency had put in place some key projects owned by states government to ensure that state were working toward compliant.

  • Do
    Apr
    07
    2016
    US: Shared Services Represent the Future of IT in Arizona's Capital City

    Phoenix CIO Debbie Cotton discusses the direction she sees the nation’s sixth largest city moving in the coming years.

    From her “humble beginnings” in the heart of Chicago, Debbie Cotton has risen through the ranks to become the CIO of Phoenix. Her down-to-earth style and ability to bring others up to speed with city initiatives has made her an invaluable part of a local government that has its eye on providing long-term, cost-effective solutions to constituents. Public CIO caught up with Cotton to talk about her career and the direction she sees the nation’s sixth largest city moving in the coming years.

  • Do
    Apr
    07
    2016
    Taiwan catches global smart city wave

    Taiwan is embracing the smart city concept and capitalizing on its information communications technology sector advantages to lead the way in forging new digital frontiers in the 21st century and beyond.

    The naming last month of New Taipei City and Hsinchu County in northern Taiwan among the top seven intelligent communities by New York City-based Intelligent Community Forum illustrates this trend. Six municipalities in Taiwan have made the list since 2004, with Taipei and Taichung in central Taiwan winning the top ICF award in 2006 and 2013, respectively.

  • Do
    Apr
    07
    2016
    CA: Ontario: Middlesex County: Setting the example for community service in the county

    Sometimes, the best ideas are born in the midst of a crisis.

    And perhaps that’s something that can be said about the transformation public libraries in Middlesex County have experienced over the last five years. During that time, they have gone from being, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or borrowing by the public or the members of an institution” to what they are today: Resource centres where community members can find assistance to solve a great variety of problems they may be facing in their lives.

  • Mi
    Apr
    06
    2016
    US: Expanding Array of Things Aims to Help Put Data to Work for Cities

    Systems connected: Higher education, data collection, stormwater management, air quality

    The Array of Things project — in which participant cities will place data-gathering nodes on infrastructure to support projects with public service in mind — is intentionally open-ended as to what exact benefits it will bring. That’s because the people behind the project at the Urban Center for Computation and Data want to let users experiment and find innovative ways to use their technology.

  • Mi
    Apr
    06
    2016
    Exclusive: The future of Thailand’s digital services

    The country’s digital government chief, Dr Sak Segkhoonthod, on his priorities.

    “When you want to start a business in Thailand, there will be no need to bring any documents,” says Dr Sak Segkhoonthod, Chief Executive of E-Government Agency, Thailand. Citizens will also have a single card to transact across agencies, and they will automatically be told the taxes they owe without having to provide information to the government.

  • Mi
    Apr
    06
    2016
    Indonesian federal government must ‘step up’ smart city game

    Local smart city projects need central support, says research firm IDC.

    The Indonesian central government needs to support local officials on smart city projects, research firm IDC said.

    “We believe the federal government needs to step up and invest so as to spur the growing momentum of digital city transformations and ensure long-term progress is maintained for smart city initiatives,” said Sudev Bangah, Country Manager of IDC Indonesia and Philippines.

  • Di
    Apr
    05
    2016
    US: Cities are leveraging mobile by adopting geotagging, geofencing, and location-based services

    More than two-thirds of Americans own smartphones, creating a powerful new opportunity for governments to communicate with their citizens. One of the most important functions of the smartphone is largely invisible: while we use apps or share messages on social media, our phones are using GPS to encode this data with location information.

    Collectively, these mobile devices create a citywide sensing network, producing a rich layer of location data. Cities can make use of this information to learn about issues, push notifications to relevant residents, and provide access to goods and services within a given area.

  • Di
    Apr
    05
    2016
    NG: Korean Agency Invests U.S.$8.56 Million in Nigeria's E-Governance

    The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has invested $8.56 million in training and implementation of Nigeria's e-governance project, the Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has said.

    Shittu said this in Seoul at the capacity building training for e-government in Nigeria, according to a statement from his media aide Mr Victor Oluwadamilare.

  • Di
    Apr
    05
    2016
    UAE tops 2015 E-performance Index

    The number of internet users in the Arab World is expected to rise to about 226 million by 2018, says the Arab Knowledge Economy report 2015-2016.

    The UAE ranked first on 2015 E-performance Index with average of 67.35 per cent, according to a new research launched on Tuesday.

    The research further revealed that GDP of Gulf countries constitutes around 60 per cent of the total Arab world GDP. Saudi Arabia ranked first in Arab World GDP with $753 billion and the UAE ranked second with $401 billion GDP.

  • Di
    Apr
    05
    2016
    BH: Gulf Air, Information & eGovernment Authority conduct seminar

    Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and the Information & eGovernment Authority (IGA) recently conducted a knowledge sharing session at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters to raise awareness and facilitate understanding of the protection of state information and documents, in line with the State Secrets law.

    Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Maher Salman Al Musallam spoke of the session: "It is of critical importance that Gulf Air’s management team and the airline’s entire workforce, have the capabilities and knowledge to collect, classify and maintain information securely and responsibly - protecting and securing the airline’s information in all its forms to ensure there is no misuse. Such knowledge sharing sessions help us work together to secure all Gulf Air information and ensure the airline’s compliance with information handling requirements."

  • Di
    Apr
    05
    2016
    IN: Telangana building cyber security framework: official

    The Telangana government is in the process of building a cyber security framework, a senior official said today.

    Stressing that the government realises the importance of cyber security issue, Special Commissioner (e-Governance) & Commissioner (Electronic Service Delivery), G T Venkateshwar Rao said: “The IT department is going to come up with cyber security framework. Currently we are working on that.”

  • Mo
    Apr
    04
    2016
    Belarus may issue 5,000 digital visas to foreigners in 2017

    In 2017 Belarus may issue 5,000 digital visas to foreigners according to the government program on developing the digital economy and the information society in 2016-2020, BelTA has learned.

    The development of the computer system to issue digital visas is part of the government program. The system is supposed to be developed in 2016-2017. The document reads that the number of digital visas issued by Belarus to foreign citizens will rise by 2,000 every year and will reach 11,000 in 2020.

  • Mo
    Apr
    04
    2016
    Serbia looks to Korea for government reform

    Amid a bold public administration and economic push, Serbia is ready to boost cooperation with Korea on e-government, trade and other areas that could be a catalyst to its ongoing recovery and bid to join the European Union, the country’s deputy prime minister told The Korea Herald.

    While Europe offers a broader pathway to growth, the Korean model involving government consolidation and a market-driven economy caters to

  • Mo
    Apr
    04
    2016
    The Digital India opportunity for Indian Telecom operators

    The Indian telecom services industry is consistently plagued with scarcity & high cost of spectrum, resulting in serious cost challenges in expanding quality networks. It is worth noting that for every 10% increase in mobile penetration there is a 1.2% increase in GDP.

    However, the fact also remains that the proceeds from spectrum sale has always been & will remain a major source of direct revenue for any Union Government. They will not forego it.

  • Mo
    Apr
    04
    2016
    NG: Minister drums support for proper information management

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has stated that there is obvious need for concerted actions by stakeholders in information management sphere to improve data management, enhance the quality, improve quality of decisions and ultimately yield outcomes beneficial to citizens.

    The minister, in a speech delivered at this year’s Institute of Information Management’s Annual Lecture, held at the University of Lagos, said that every decision, policy or programme administered by the government used information.

  • Mo
    Apr
    04
    2016
    E-government taking off in Ukraine, bringing light to nation’s dark, corrupt places

    Government agencies in Ukraine provide more than 1,000 services. Behind this number, there are a host of public servants with low salaries exacting a huge cost from the people they are supposed to be serving – through nerves and through time or money paid in bribes to get the bureaucrats to work faster, or at all.

    Many countries have taken out the human equation through automation – saving money and improving public service in the process – through introducing electronic government platforms.

  • Mo
    Apr
    04
    2016
    IN: Who stole my broadband?

    BusinessLine goes to villages, including those visited in 2014, to understand the progress of the ambitious National Optical Fibre Network. Unused infrastructure and low awareness tell a story of missed links

    In one corner of the Ramnagar village panchayat office, in Panisagar block of Tripura, is a defunct four-year-old computer. The machine, connected with a 10 mbps broadband line was supposed to bring digital services to this remote village in the north-eastern state. The broadband connection along with a set of printer-copier-fax, a high resolution camera to participate in video-conferencing, a 32-inch LCD TV and a high capacity UPS was provided free in 2012, under a pilot project of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) roll out. Three years later, all of this lies idle, under a thick layer of dust.

  • So
    Apr
    03
    2016
    IN: Andhra Pradesh's e-Pragati programme will empower citizens: N Chandrababu Naidu

    The programme will work towards eliminating the need for citizens to produce various certificates like nativity, caste, and so on.

    Andhra Pradesh has launched an e-governance programme to empower citizens to be active participants in the governance process, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday.

  • So
    Apr
    03
    2016
    NG: Lai Mohammed Seeks Effective Information Management, E-Governance

    Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has highlighted the obvious need for concerted actions of stakeholders in information management sphere to improve data management, enhance the quality, improve quality of decisions and ultimately yield outcomes beneficial to citizens.

    The minister in a speech delivered at this year’s Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) annual lecture held at the University of Lagos, said that every decision, policy or programme administered by the Government uses information.

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    NG: Registrants urge commission to release national identity cards

    The commission sent SMS to registrants whose cards were ready directing them to visit collection centres with their slips for biometric verification to get their cards.

    Some registrants on Sunday called on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to issue them with national identity cards years after enrolling with it.

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    02
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Civic body to form ‘Parivartan’unit for smart city mission

    Tying up with corporates for technical expertise and support, unit aims to bring in natl and global inputs

    As the national smart city mission begins to get under way in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to set up a Parivartan (transformation) unit to support the implementation of different projects, after it completes all standard operating procedures for the project. The cell is aimed at providing expertise, advice and technical support to the civic administration.

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    02
    2016
    PK: Punjab: Officers’ data to go digital

    In another step towards e-governance, the Punjab government has initiated a programme to digitalise the officers’ data.

    This move will ensure a centralised data bank for the government to acquire credentials of the officers during selection boards, transfers and promotions.

    Earlier, the Punjab government had no database for the officers’ credentials.

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    02
    2016
    Rural India gets Internet of Things boost

    Some call it the fourth industrial revolution or "industry 4.0"; for others, the time when machines can "talk" at "smart" factories and "connected" homes to make your life better is here. But for India, Internet of Things (IoT) can bring a real revolution: empowering millions in rural areas and connecting "humans" to the mainstream.

    A well-connected nation is the first step towards a well-served nation and, hence, connecting rural India to the IoT will provide the much-needed bridge between urban and rural India. "It is a surefire way of channelling the benefits of a digital economy to the largest part of the country. IoT will enable delivery of education, health, governance and financial services to otherwise underserved areas," Oracle India managing director Shailender Kumar stressed.

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    02
    2016
    Growing Demand for Remote Monitoring Will Significantly Augment the Demand for Telemedicine Through 2019, Says Technavio

    According to the latest research report released by Technavio, the global telemedicine market is expected to reach close to USD 48.10 billion in revenue by 2019.

    This report titled ‘Global Telemedicine Market 2015-2019‘, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging trends. This market study also presents up to date analysis and forecasts for its various market segments, including services, telecom, software, and hardware.

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    Apr
    01
    2016
    SL: President Koroma launches e-Governance Platform

    Keynote address by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, at the launching of the e-Governance Platform for effective and efficient service delivery at the Miatta Conference Centre, Freetown, Thursday 24th March, 2016.

    Salutations,

    Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen,

    We live in a new world; a world that has become increasingly smaller and interconnected; we live in a world in which the needs of our citizens and the ways to address them have become more complex; we live in the world of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS). In this new world, physical boundaries are no longer an impediment to national development, information and knowledge are no longer restricted to a few privileged people, government and the private sector can no longer do business as usual. ICTs have led to a significant evolution in the pattern and posture of governance towards a more citizen-centric and result-oriented system.

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    Apr
    01
    2016
    Four billion people lack access to internet - Report

    A World Bank report says that whiles digital technologies are spreading rapidly throughout the developing world, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs and better public services have fallen short of expectation.

    It said 60 per cent of the world’s population remained excluded from the ever-expanding digital economy.

    According to the “World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends,” authored by co-directors, Deepak Mishra and Uwe Deichmann and team, the benefits of rapid digital expansion had been skewed towards the wealthy, skilled, and influential around the world who were better positioned to take advantage of the new technologies.

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    01
    2016
    IN: PM Modi tells states to expedite land record computerisation

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held his monthly videoconference under his Pro-active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) initiative with the Union Secretaries of various Ministries and the Chief Secretaries of states.

    The Chief Secretary of J&K, BR Sharma, also participated in the videoconference. The PM reviewed the performance of states with respect to the Mission Mode Project (MMP) of land records and e-district under the Digital India Programme.

    He asked the states to expedite the completion of computerisation of land records and property/land registration and its integration and also stressed capacity building at the field level and linking land record with Aadhaar.

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    31
    2016
    Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas: Technology sparked country’s economic growth, government efficiency

    Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas visited Duke Wednesday to discuss how his government has used technology to improve its citizens’ lives.

    Rõivas—the youngest leader in the European Union—delivered a talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy called, “A 21st Century State: Anything is Possible.” He explained that his country’s emphasis on national security, fiscal prudence, a free-market economy and technology are the reasons for Estonia’s significant economic growth since regaining independence in 1991.

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    31
    2016
    Government digital transformation “embryonic”: Gartner

    Analytics, infrastructure and cloud computing are the top three technology priorities for government CIOs, but shortages of skilled workers, rigid organisational cultures and the cyclical nature of government are among the major barriers to implementing digital priorities.

    The results come from Gartner’s 2016 CIO Agenda worldwide survey, which asked 2944 CIOs about their top digital business opportunities, threats and strategies, including 379 government CIOs.

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    31
    2016
    NG: Korea trains Nigeria on $8.56m e-Government project

    The South Korean global agency is investing $8.56 million for the implementation of capacity building programme for e-Government in Nigeria.

    Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, is currently leading a 14-man delegation to the 10-day High Level Capacity Building for e-Government in Nigeria Benchmarking Invitational Program.

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    31
    2016
    QA: Hukoomi portal, e-services maybe disrupted during Friday

    The Hukoomi portal and all the e-services may face some disruptions during the maintenance window on Friday, March 25, from 1am to 4pm, the website notified in the homepage. For further enquiries users can call Hukoomi Contact Centre at 109 (in Qatar) or +974 44069999.

    The mission of Hukoomi, Qatar’s Official e-Government Portal, is to make government information and services more effective in order to be accessible to all citizens, residents, visitors and businesses. It also aims at raising awareness on the public programs, events, news and government initiatives, in line with the objectives defined by Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy.

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    30
    2016
    US: Examining the 3 Driving Forces Behind Smart Cities (Industry Perspective)

    Rapid urban growth is placing greater stress on infrastructure, increasing the public sector’s need for efficiency.

    In 1950, just 29 percent of the world’s population lived in cities. In 2014, that figure rose to 54 percent, and by 2050, it’s expected to grow to 66 percent. Though a majority of that growth is taking place outside of the developed world, a significant portion of it is happening in the U.S.

    This rapid urban growth is placing greater stress on our already-crumbling infrastructure, increasing the public sector’s need for efficiency across the board.

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    30
    2016
    MY: Majority of smartphone users use device to stay connected: Survey

    A total 63.3% of smartphone users use their devices to access the Internet, according to a survey carried out by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

    In the commission's Hand Phone Users Survey 2014, the numbers showed an increase as compared to 44.6% of smartphone users in 2013, and a further leap from 11.5% in 2008.

    "This is a strong indicator that users use their hand phone for good connectivity.

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    30
    2016
    AE: Businesses in Dubai to tap potential of 'Internet of Things'

    Dubai is set to witness a new revolution of integrating government services with the 'Internet of Things' thus making government services easily accessible to every resident in the city Dubai Chamber officials said on Tuesday.

    "Dubai aims to spearhead regional development by transforming itself into a Smart City which is considered as a continuing step in the advancement of e-Government under the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to evolve Dubai as the world's Smartest City by 2017 and the happiest city on earth" Majid Al Ghurair Chairman of Dubai Chamber said.

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    29
    2016
    How can government CIOs nurture digital transformation?

    For many organizations, including government, digital business is moving from an innovative trend to a core competency. According to Gartner’s 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, which included responses from 2,944 CIOs worldwide, leveraging digital technologies to transform traditional operational and service models has risen to the top of the business agenda for many elected leaders and public officials.

    However, the attention of CIOs in government remains more on the tactical, such as reducing costs and improving digital channels to citizens. In this sense, digital government is currently being deployed as an extension of earlier e-government initiatives, which largely preserved existing operational or service models. Simply put, digital transformation is still at the embryonic stage of maturity in government.

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    29
    2016
    KE: ICT Ministry bets on policy review to grow sector

    The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) is reviewing its national policy guidelines.

    The new rules are expected to take into account new developments in the industry over the last eight years.

    ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the review has been necessitated by rapid changes in the sector, as well as efforts to meet the ministry’s performance targets as per its 2014-15 performance contract.

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    29
    2016
    IN: Jharkhand to implement Digital Live Smart Classes project

    With a view to supporting students from communities in remote districts of Jharkhand affected by violence of left wing extremists, the state government is planning to provide special training and coaching with the help of customised study material.

    The study material is based on the modules developed by government schools with support from the Department of HRD, Government of Jharkhand with special emphasis on Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities, as per official data.

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    29
    2016
    IN: Government looking to give services to deserving and plug leakages after passage of Aadhaar Bill

    On March 16, the Lok Sabha voted into law the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, a legislation controversially introduced as a money bill, ostensibly to make sure that it was not stalled in the Rajya Sabha or upper house of Parliament where the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) does not have enough numbers.

    In passing the bill without changes, the lower house, where the NDA has a comfortable majority, snubbed the upper house (it cannot vote on money bills) which had suggested five amendments to the original bill. "The ends were good, the means were bad, and the price was too high," commented former finance minister P Chidambaram in a newspaper column.

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    28
    2016
    50% of Nigerian cities to go smart by 2019, NITDA says

    Over 50 per cent of Nigerian cities will achieve ‘Smart Status’ by 2019, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said.

    NITDA’s Director General, Dr Vincent Olatunji, disclosed this in Abuja at the Nigeria Smart City initiative partners’ forum at the weekend.

    Dr Olatunji said the agency would develop, deploy and manage smart (IT) solutions in the cities for the benefit of residents of the cities.

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    28
    2016
    Malta's Digital Economy ‘Running Ahead' Of Other EU Countries

    Malta was categorised as being among the ‘fastest growing’ European digital economies by the European Digital and Society Index (DESI). This index summarises the European Union’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU Member States in digital competitiveness. This index is categorised into five main elements: connectivity, human capital, use of internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services.

    Malta’s scores are above EU average and Malta’s growth rate is faster than that of the EU as a whole. Malta performs best in the first category, connectivity. It ranks 9th among EU countries and well above EU average. Malta is particularly strong in broadband deployment and take up. All Maltese households have access to fixed broadband and local networks provide at least 30Mbps. However, Malta has room for improvement in provision of 4G mobile services. Although 4G is available for 75% of the population, participation in mobile broadband services is below EU average.

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    28
    2016
    OM: MoM conducts survey to streamline e-services

    As part of its focus on e-governance, the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) is conducting a week-long survey at its headquarters to streamline services.

    This survey is conducted every year to know about the departments most visited by employees and employers and how e-governance can reduce paper work.

    “Our aim is to reach as many people as possible. We want to reduce the number of people visiting our headquarters in Muscat for availing services.

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    28
    2016
    IN: South Better Placed to Push E-governance Ranking: Trai Chief

    As Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), R S Sharma is on a hot seat. In his less than a year tenure, despite major controversial issues like net neutrality and differential pricing, he has upheld the basic tenet of the TRAI Act — taking care of consumer interest and promote competition in a transparent manner. Amidst the challenges and controversies of a regulator, Sharma took time out to share his views with M Rajendran of TNIE, to promote digital and broadband growth in India. Excerpts:

    Q: How have the southern states pushed digital growth?

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    28
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: Govt claims to redress 9 lakh online plaints but has no information on them

    In his recent address to both Houses on the first day of the budget session, governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had said that the government was trying to to reach out to the citizens through online communication. An RTI application, however, revealed a different story.

    According to the governor's speech, government online portal Aaple Sakar has disposed off more than nine lakh online applications so far, "satisfactorily and within the prescribed time".

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    27
    2016
    Time-poor Aussies turn to Dr. Google

    Time-poor Australians juggling caring for their children and elderly parents are among the most likely to access health services from home, a new report has found.

    The study, commissioned by the National Broadband Network (NBN), found that 90 per cent of those 'sandwiched' between caring for the two generations delayed trips to the GP in a bid to save time and money and avoid days off work.

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    27
    2016
    PK: Punjab: Sheikhupura: DFID, admin review telemedicine project

    A delegation of the Department for International Development (DFID) and the district officer reviewed the telemedicine project that was launched by Sub-National Governance Programme under UK Aid.

    The delegation led by DFID head Ms Joana Reid met with District Coordination Officer Arqam Tariq. The matters of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation in telemedicine project were discussed on the occasion.

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    26
    2016
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Periyar University implements document authentication system

    Periyar University on Tuesday launched Global Document Authentication System for online certificate genuineness verification and online transcripts application.

    With this paperless document authentication technology, Periyar University has gone one step ahead towards e-governance and sharing the fine vision of Digital India.

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    25
    2016
    KE: Policy to Regulate Land Use Being Developed, Kaimenyi Says

    The government is in the process of developing a national land use policy to regulate the planning and use of land for sustainable development, Land Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said.

    Prof Kaimenyi observed that sound land governance is fundamental in achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction.

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    25
    2016
    Cisco to invest $100 mn in India to push digitisation

    It is also looking to contribute to large-scale transformation projects

    Technology giant Cisco said it will invest USD 100 million in India by 2020, to support the Government’s Digital India initiative.

    Of this, USD 40 million will be used to fund early-stage and growth-stage companies in areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), security and smart cities. The company also plans to train 2.50 lakh students in the country.

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    25
    2016
    IN: Karnataka: Learner licence goes online at parts of Bangalore

    The Regional Transport Office (RTO) at Yelahanka has turned out to be the first RTO office in the state to go online for the issuance of learner licence (LL).

    An applicant in the jurisdiction of Yelahanka RTO must apply online for the LL by uploading documents, photo and signature. He or she can pay the fee online and book the test slot.

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    25
    2016
    US: Telehealth saves Vermont VA $63,000 a patient in annual travel expenses, study finds

    The study found that telemedicine resulted in an average savings of 145 miles and 142 minutes per visit.

    The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ use of telemedicine to treat patients at its Vermont hospital at White River Junction resulted in an average travel payment savings of $18,555 per year between 2005 and 2013, according to a study published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.

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    24
    2016
    US: Sunshine Week: Shared Services Agreement Helps Ithaca, N.Y., Promote Transparency with Technology

    Automation as part of a regional shared services agreement has helped the college town provide better access to public information during Sunshine Week — and every other day of the year.

    Each year, Sunshine Week puts a spotlight on government accessibility and transparency — but the city of Ithaca, N.Y., has been working to allow residents better access to public records and documents year-round.

    Home to Cornell University, Ithaca College and a branch of Tompkins Cortland Community College, Ithaca proudly claims its “college town” designation. We have a population with a median age of 22, and residents expect their government to be as technically savvy as they are. This keeps us constantly on our toes, examining our practices to make sure we’re making the best use of technology possible. The latest process put under the microscope was that of public records/Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.

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    24
    2016
    OM: MoM to introduce online system for registering employee

    In two months’ time, the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) is planning to introduce an online system for registering work-related complaints.

    “Our aim is to reduce the number of people visiting labour offices across the country to lodge complaints. The complaints can be related to workload, work conditions, pay and benefits, discipline, demotion, harassment, improper classification or denial of earned overtime or any type of problems at workplaces,” Saeed bin Nasser al Saadi, Advisor to H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, told Muscat Daily.

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    24
    2016
    IN: Andhra Pradesh fibre grid project launched

    The Andhra Pradesh Government has embarked upon the ambitious AP Fibre Grid project to provide broadband and net connectivity to all households in the State and it will facilitate e-governance and stimulate economic growth, according to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

    He was speaking here on Thursday evening after inaugurating the phase one of the AP State Fibre Grid project taken up by AP State FiberNet Ltd (APSFL) to provide broadband and net connectivity to all households at affordable rates.

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    23
    2016
    S. Korea's E-government Tech Exported to East Europe

    South Korea’s e-government technologies have been exported to East Europe.

    South Korea's Interior Ministry and the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia Kori Udovicki signed a memorandum of understanding at the Seoul government complex on Wednesday.

    Under the agreement, South Korea will cooperate with Serbia on establishment and operation of e-government systems.

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    23
    2016
    KR: Eximbank to support e-gov't projects in developing cities

    The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) said Wednesday it will provide support for developing countries looking to introduce e-government systems that can raise administrative efficiency.

    The bank Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the World e-Government Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO), agreeing that the bank would support the international body's e-government projects in developing countries through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF).

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    23
    2016
    IN: Sahaj aims to be one-stop solution provider in rural areas

    In 2007, the concept of common service centres was mooted to take e-governance to rural India. But lack of initiatives from States forced service providers like Sahaj to use this facility for other activities such as mobile recharge centres and kiosk banking.

    Now the Srei-associate company, Sahaj, is looking to leverage its huge network of 38,000 such centres — called Mitr services — in 25 States for physical retailing of consumables, deploy business correspondents (BCs), sell insurance products and offer collection centres to e-tailers.

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    23
    2016
    IT to Play a Dominant Role in Digital India Initiative's Success

    The Digital India Initiative is ambitious and aspirational. It aims to create a 'Digital' India wherein the world looks upon us for the next big technological revelation. The digitization in India, also known as the Internet of Everything (IoE) is expected to generate new market growth opportunities and various jobs. The IoE is a mesh of physical objects driven by the latest technologies in the market and is growing day by day. Thus, IT may have a special role to play in the Digital India Initiative as this is steering the whole initiative. Efforts are being made in portraying India's future as a technology powerhouse and to connect India's 600,000 villages to the Internet through the Digital India program. Technology will be central to the realization of the 'Digital Bharat' dream. The program is expected to cost approximately Rs.1,130 billion. However, timely implementation of schemes and adequate funding are essential. Investment in information and communication technology (ICT) is a prerequisite, as it positively affects jobs, productivity, GDP growth and innovation.

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    22
    2016
    CA: Federal government lagging on online services, documents warn

    As the private sector offers quicker and easier services online, Ottawa is lagging behind in both expectations and service.

    The federal government is lagging behind both private sector offerings and Canadians’ expectations in online services, internal documents warn.

    A full 77 per cent of federal services still cannot be completed over the Internet, documents prepared for Treasury Board President Scott Brison show.

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    22
    2016
    Applications finally open for Turkey's new IDs

    After a long wait, Turkish citizens may finally have a brand new ID that will replace bulky paper documents. Applications were open yesterday in the central city of Kırıkkale, long after authorities first announced the city would be the first to receive new "smart" IDs the size of a credit card.

    Kırıkkale, which neighbors capital Ankara, is currently the only city where the IDs will be in use before it becomes compulsory for all citizens to switch to the new cards within three years. The new IDs come with high security to prevent forgery and a data storage chip that will store the fingerprint and other information for every individual. They will also serve as passports for countries with which Turkey has no visa regime.

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    22
    2016
    Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Digital Transformation Market: GCC Countries Lead Adoption of Digital Technology

    MENA digital transformation market driven by rapid adoption in the BFSI sector. GCC digital transformation market expected to increase at 1.2 times the MENA digital transformation market.

    Future Market Insights (FMI), with sharp focus on emerging regions, delivers key insights on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) digital transformation market in its recent report titled “Digital Transformation Market: MENA Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 – 2020”. The MENA IT market is anticipated to grow at a single-digit CAGR during the forecast period. In contrast, the MENA digital transformation market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2020. The contribution of the MENA digital transformation market to the overall MENA IT market is likely to increase from 10% to 16% by 2020, witnessing an increase of 600 BPS.

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    21
    2016
    Rwanda bringing government services to you online

    Rwandans and businesses can now easily access government services with fewer struggles thanks to information and communications technology; this is according to Alline Kabbatende, chief operating officer of RwandaOnline Platform Limited.

    Kabbatende said this was poised to help the east African country’s move towards a cashless economy and improve how people use government services.

    “RwandaOnline has developed an e-government portal for Rwandan citizens and business to access government services,” added Kabbatende.

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    21
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    OM: PEIE offers high-end eServices to facilitate investment flow

    Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) has been providing high-end electronic services that contribute to facilitating the investment process in Oman.

    PEIE’s efforts were recognised when it received the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in e-Government for the Best e-Project Individual for the Estate Management System project in 2012.

    Commenting on services offered by PEIE, Ali Al Harthy, acting director of IT Department at PEIE, stated that the department is currently geared up to develop several electronic services.

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    BG: Deputy PM Bachvarova met with the ministers for the e-government and the of culture of China

    700 million users will meet with you today”, said the minister of the administration of the cyberspace of China, Lu Vey, at the beginning of the working meeting with deputy Prime Minister Rumiana Bachvarova. It took place at the Ministry of the administration of the cyberspace in Beijing.

    Deputy Prime Minister Bachvarova and Minister Lu discussed the development of the e-government. The Bulgarian Deputy PM underlined that one of the challenges for all governments are the fast temps of development of the internet space which outrun the development of the e-government. “With you, like with the colleagues from EU and the USA, we have agreed that there is a necessity of centralization of the processes related to e-government in order to improve the services provided to the citizens and the business, as well as the functioning of the administration itself,“ emphasized Minister Bachvarova.

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