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  • Fr
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    27
    2016
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow: Pay tax, get waterconnection online

    Residents will be able to apply for water and sewer connection as well as deposit taxes online from June. With e-governance being a crucial part of the Smart City plan, the website developed by NIC will also help people know the details of their outstanding bill, last date of payment and other important information online.

    The Jal Kal board, responsible for the functioning of the website, is also trying to link the new portal with the LMC's existing house tax payment system so that people can visit a common site for paying all bills, including house tax, water tax, sewer charges, and applying for a new connection.

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    27
    2016
    Philips to lead European eHealth initiative for patients with chronic conditions

    Philips and a consortium of European health care regions, companies, universities and hospitals have announced a three-year, large-scale coordination and telehealth program to help thousands of people living with chronic conditions in the European Union (EU).

    The program, ACT@Scale, will collect and analyze health outcome and economic impact data for large populations of chronic patients and elderly people in order to develop and make facilities’ coordination and telehealth programs more effective.

  • Fr
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    27
    2016
    US: Telehealth Expansion Initiatives Helping To Increase Patient Choice And Access

    The United States boasts the largest market for the use of telehealth and telemedicine services, generating $14 billion in global business last year with a predicted increase of nearly $20 billion by as early as 2020. Despite its size, the U.S. telehealth industry faces issues with broadband connectivity, regulatory hurdles like provider licensing restrictions and limitations on prescription orders and concerns over its potential to cause even more overutilization of healthcare services.

    At the simplest level, “telemedicine” or “telehealth” is all healthcare practiced at a distance, ranging from the telephone call to remote surgery. More specifically, telehealth is the provision of healthcare consultation and education using telecommunication networks to transfer information. Telehealth is not a specific technique or piece of equipment; it is a process of delivering healthcare services. It involves combining traditional medical care with the efficiency of current telecommunications technology to deliver healthcare on a global scale.

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    26
    2016
    US: Does Social Media Help the Government-Citizen Relationship? Depends Who You Ask

    Depending where you live, maybe you follow your local transportation department on Twitter for construction updates. Or maybe you watch Periscope videos of city council sessions, or read live blogs of public school board meetings.

    Around the world, governments and citizens are engaging on social media. For instance, the town government in Jun, Spain has famously ditched its traditional approach to municipal customer service and replaced it with Twitter interactions.

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    26
    2016
    Digital Governance in Indonesia: An On and Offline Battle

    The data revolution has permeated beyond the closeted realm of computer science into becoming a lynchpin of public policy-making. Data in all of its buzzy forms (big data, little data, open data) are transforming the face of public governance into a digital one. With the dawn of the data revolution comes digital innovation. But effective implementation and integration of digital innovation in support of more effective governance is not without its significant challenges.

    Indonesia’s story of digital innovation in the public sphere is an excitingly recent one. In 2014, national legislative and presidential elections – data heavy and dripping with significance for the direction of democratic governance – prompted the creation of digital platforms such as Kawal Pemilu, as well as the country’s first governance-inspired hackathon, Code for Vote – all of which facilitated public participation in elections beyond merely voting.

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    26
    2016
    GB: Europe’s new eGov scorecard is out—makes interesting reading for Brits

    UK online interaction with Web-based public services falls short.

    Europe’s new eGovernment scorecard is out and it comes loaded with some interesting titbits for British citizens.

    Although 90 percent of individuals in the UK have access to broadband and use the Internet at least once a week, the country falls short in terms of online interaction with Web-based public services, according to figures published on Thursday by the European Commission’s national interoperability framework observatory.

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    25
    2016
    AE: E-Government Ajman and Ajman University Sign MoU

    Executive Council and Ajman University of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding which aims at strengthening the cooperation between the local communities and institution. Dr. Khalid Al Khaja, Acting Chancellor, Ajman University and Ms. Uhood Ali Shuhail, Executive Director E-Government in the Emirates of Ajman signed the agreement.

    Ms. Uhood Al Shuhail expressed that the e-government's strategy is based on the far sighted vision of Government of Ajman which in turn leads up to the strategic vision for "Ajman 2021". Transforming Ajman into a smart city in accordance with the standards and specification, that wise vision of the leadership of the Emirates has set the precedent for. She added, that this agreement furthers the cooperation between e-government and educational institutions in the emirates, stressing that integration of the young energies and innovative ideas will be an investment in the development of services at the government of Ajman and encouraging a digital generation which is equipped with a special vision.

  • Mi
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    25
    2016
    India’s Smart Cities

    The objective of India’s smart cities program is “to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘smart’ solutions. Much hype and excitement surrounds India’s plan to build 100 smart cities, with 20 already selected in the first, competitive round. The government plans to invest Rs. 50,802 crore ($7.6 billion) in these cities with more funding to be raised from private companies and through monetization of services. The second round of the smart cities program starts in April.

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    25
    2016
    ZW: Govt to launch web portal

    Government will soon launch a web portal which will be the internet based entry point to all Ministries as the state moves towards electronic governance, an official said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Zim-Asset Stakeholders Communication Support Workshop, Office of the President and Cabinet head of public affairs and knowledge management, Mary Mubi said the website was one of the platforms to be used to enhance service delivery through information dissemination.

    “Very soon we will be launching a Government web portal which will be the entry point to government Ministries which we hope will be regularly updated so that it gives you information on key decisions so that as citizens you can also send feedback,” she said.

  • Mi
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    25
    2016
    CN: Beijing launches new app to guide visually disabled

    China’s capital Beijing launched a new smartphone app to connect millions of visually disabled people with volunteers.

    Launched on Tuesday, the free app, ‘see4me.org’, has two channels – one for visually disabled users and one for volunteers, the China Daily reported.

    It allows the visually disabled to post requests, such as medical instructions or having mail read to them. When a request is posted, it will be received and answered by volunteers.

  • Mi
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    25
    2016
    US: 3 Ways Cognitive Computing Can Be Good for Government

    Those working in the cognitive space say there is real potential for governments in a range of applications.

    When IBM’s Watson supercomputer won Jeopardy in 2011, cognitive computing exploded onto the public scene as a very possible — if not slightly unnerving — reality. The industry has been interested in the prospect of computers that think since science fiction comics of the 1950s first tantalized readers; Watson, however, let the general public see firsthand just what was possible.

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    24
    2016
    US: 5 Reasons Smart Cities Should Proceed with Caution

    Smart city technology isn't a fad — in urban planning circles, it's widely seen as a steppingstone in the evolution of cities. Some concerns, however, must be addressed before everything goes digital.

    The world is madly in love with digital information — especially when it comes in tidal waves. Algorithms wade through terabytes of data to help Amazon tell us what to buy and to inform Match.com's suggestions on who'd make a charming couple. They're indispensable to investment bankers, and they're why Google Maps can tell us the best way to get from Palatine to Palos Park.

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    24
    2016
    US: Philly's 'Dispatch' Makes Small Procurement Easy

    A new open source tool being built for Philadelphia could solve many of government's procurement worries.

    Traditional government procurement is esoteric and the results are bad for everyone. Fewer vendors in the selection pool leads to higher costs for government, inferior project results and fewer opportunities for startups that don’t have the knowledge and experience to participate. But one startup seeks to remedy this problem.

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    24
    2016
    US: Open Data Market Is Growing, Study Says

    According to a study conducted by open data company Socrata, investment in and support for open data remain steady. In fact, the company's CEO called today's market the strongest he's ever seen.

    Open data is one of government’s most acclaimed endeavors, but back in March, U.S. Open Data Director Waldo Jaquith noted that open data might be a trend on shaky ground. “Fad” can be another word for "trend," after all. But a new study conducted by open data company Socrata indicates that, for the time being, investment in and support for open data remain steady.

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    24
    2016
    South Korea to help Mexico, Colombia set up e-governments

    A multi-agency group has been dispatched to Mexico and Colombia at their request for the transfer of the South Korean government's know-how on e-government, the Ministry of the Interior here said Tuesday.

    The team, led by Vice Interior Minister Kim Sung-lyul, consists of officials from the interior ministry, the Ministry of Government Legislation, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the Anti-corruption & Civil Rights Commission and the Korean National Police Agency, the ministry said.

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    24
    2016
    KR: KOMSCO Signs MOU with KOTRA for Export of e-Government Systems

    Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corp (KOMSCO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with KOTRA at the KOTRA headquarters in Seocho-gu, Seoul, on May 17 to support overseas expansion of e-Government.

    Under the agreement, the two companies will expand the partnership in overseas marketing activities, including ICT project consortium projects, relevant exhibitions and seminars, in order to help e-Government system, including electronic passport, electronic identity card and smart car, go global.

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    23
    2016
    Singapore launches government data sharing platform MyInfo

    Singapore has launched a national government services digital platform, which will increase convenience by only requiring users to enter their information once.

    MyInfo, officially launched earlier this month, does away with the need to provide verification documents for every government transaction, as had previously been the case.

    It’s hoped the system will save time, avoid mistakes, and eventually do away with the need for physical documents as verification to complete transactions.

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    23
    2016
    SG: Digital transformation in the public sector

    Originally part of Singapore’s National Computer Board set up in 1981, NCS has provided ICT and communications engineering services in Singapore for the past 30 years. eGov Innovation speaks with Lai Weng Yew, Vice President of Business Application Services at NCS, to discuss digital transformation in the public sector, smart city initiatives and NCS’s recent projects.

    Q: What is NCS’s role in Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative?

    As a leading ICT service provider in Singapore for the past 30 years, NCS has played a part in defining Singapore’s e-government landscape. The systems we built and delivered have helped drive greater efficiency and productivity, enable the delivery of one-stop services and transform citizen engagement across the public sector.

  • So
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    22
    2016
    ‘48% of Jordanians have not used e-gov’t services’

    More efforts are needed to acquaint the public with the benefits and necessity of using e-services, the government said, as figures showed that 48 per cent of Jordanians have not used any e-government service.

    “Many people still prefer the traditional ways to complete transactions,” ICT Minister Majd Shweikeh said at an event on Thursday held by the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF).

    There are 100 e-services available at present in various government institutions, including the Department of Lands and Survey, the Traffic Department and the Greater Amman Municipality.

  • So
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    22
    2016
    IN: 2 years of Modi government: To promote e-Office to all departments to maximise efficiency, says MoS Jitendar Singh

    On the completion of two years of Modi government, one of the agendas to maximise governance is to adopt e-Office in all functions and go paperless as soon as possible.

    On the completion of two years of Modi government, one of the agendas to maximise governance is to adopt e-Office in all functions and go paperless as soon as possible.

  • So
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    22
    2016
    IN: Good Goverance in Panchyat Administration

    The rural administrative scenario of India especially the administration of Panchyati Raj Institutions across the nation is marked by both successful innovations and practices in public service delivery as well as a number of pathetic performances. The General weakness of accountability mechanisms is an impediment to improving service delivery system for the rural poor in India. Bureaucratic complexities and procedures make it difficult for rural population as well as the Civil society to navigate the system for timely and quality delivery services. The lack of transparency and dominance of Political biasness that have been associated with the Panchayat administrative system since independence, beside generating corruption, have also led to in Justice and favouritism. Ensuring good governance in Panchayat administration in this regard will be the most efficient and effective measure, where the functioning and administrative affairs of the Panchayats will be managed in a manner which is open accountable, equitable and responsive to people’s needs.

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    22
    2016
    IN: Karnataka: Mysuru City Corporation set for an e-revolution

    To facilitate online registration and calculation of taxes under various heads

    The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) is poised to make significant strides in e-governance by facilitating online registration and calculation of taxes under different heads, including property tax.

    Online citizens’ services are being rolled out by the government’s Municipal Reforms Cell across the State and the software is being tweaked to meet the requirements of MCC, which, unlike other city corporations, has zonal offices, said C.G. Betsurmath, Commissioner, MCC.

  • Sa
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    21
    2016
    IN: Jharkhand govt partners with EY for IT policy-making

    The government of Jharkhand has appointed Ernst & Young (EY) to assist its department of Information Technology & e-governance (DoIT) to develop guidelines for setting up of IT Parks, investment promotion in the IT sector in the state.

    The state plans to develop an IT policy to leverage opportunities that IT will unleash over the next decade. These opportunities will allow companies to create value, provide significant employment opportunities and enhance efficiencies in governance.

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    21
    2016
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun: “Concept of smart city is to develop city around citizens”

    Dr R Meenakshi Sundaram, vice chairman, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority talks about the vision, mission and challenges of making Dehradun a smart city.

    Dehradun is among 23 cities which have been asked to resubmit their proposal for the smart city project by the ministry of urban development. The Uttarakhand government carried out an opinion poll to get public feedback, which would help in revising its proposal. As per reports, approximately 26,000 votes were received by the authorities. Dr R Meenakshi Sundaram, IAS, the nodal officer of this programme, talks about the vision, mission and challenges of making Dehradun a smart city.

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    20
    2016
    GB: Transforming the public sector – One subscriber at a time

    “The government’s approach to technology will provide better public services for less cost. Through disaggregating, re-using, optimising, sharing and modernising our technology, we will improve productivity and efficiency, and reduce waste and the likelihood of project failure.”

    So says the Cabinet Office, in its strategy for government IT. It’s an admirable goal, but there’s more that can be done to improve public sector services than just modernising and optimising technology.

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    20
    2016
    Ghana’s VP extols Chinese company for helping promote ICT in Ghana

    Ghana's Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has hailed China's leading global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution provider, Huawei Technologies, for helping promote ICT development in the country, when officially commissioned the firm's new headquarters building Wednesday.

    The six-storey office complex is located in a plush area in the country’s capital, Accra, which is providing residential and office spaces to several international firms operating in Ghana.

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    19
    2016
    US: Improving Infrastructure Through Public-Private Partnerships — a Growing Trend

    More governments look to private partnership as new responsibilities mount.

    Public-private partnerships are now an option to more than half the states in the nation. And as governments find themselves responsible for a growing range of project areas, like broadband, the benefit of increased resources for projects that might not happen otherwise, like broadband, is pushing the trend forward.

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    19
    2016
    Recent research: Global digital economy market overview - the crucial role of e-health, e-government and e-education

    With the rise of digital platforms, the world is rapidly changing. In newspaper and book publishing, TV and radio, film, music, and other forms of media, we see that the walls that protected organisations within traditional models are crumbling.

    Our future rests on E-health and E-education

    Yet, despite the obvious need to move with the times, many professionals and organisations are still grappling with the digital economy and questioning the impact it will have on them – or, even worse, are ignorant about it. In many cases, their own consumers are well ahead of them.

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    19
    2016
    NG: E-PPAN Partners NITDA On E-Government Summit

    The Electronic Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) has announced a partnership deal with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for the 5th annual E- Government summit themed "Attaining Increased IGR; Efficiency and Accountability in Government through Smart Innovation."

    The summit is slated to hold from July 12 -13, 2016 in Abuja.

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    19
    2016
    IN: IT Corpus to promote innovation, e-governance in Uttar Pradesh

    Each department to pool 2% of budget for IT Corpus

    Uttar Pradesh government would pool an Information Technology (I-T) Corpus under the new IT and Start-up Policy 2016 to promote innovation and e-governance.

    Each department has been mandated to earmark a minimum of 2% of its plan budget for IT applications, UP electronics and IT principal secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari said here.

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    19
    2016
    IN: Assam: Is Guwahati ready and smart?

    There is no universally accepted definition of a smart city. According to the GOI Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) Smart City Mission: “In the imagination of any city dweller in India, the picture of a smart city contains a wish list of infrastructure and services that describes his or her level of aspiration. To provide for the aspirations and needs of the citizens, urban planners ideally aim at developing the entire urban eco-system, which is represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development— institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure. This can be a long term goal and cities can work towards developing such comprehensive infrastructure incrementally, adding on layers of ‘smartness’.”

    On 28 January 2016, Guwahati with rank of 17th and a score of 57.66 % made it to the first list of 20 cities of India selected by the Union Government to be developed as “smart cities”. It is envisaged that Rs. 50,820 crores will be invested in the next five years to develop these cities. The cities selected will also mobilize resources by forming special purpose vehicle (SPV) with public-private partnership (PPP). The MoUD used the “Challenge” or competition method to select cities for funding and using a strategy of area-based development. The idea of this competition is to capture the spirit of “competitive and cooperative federalism”. To participate in the “City Challenge”, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) roped in New Delhi based public sector consultancy firm Wapcos Ltd. in association with Oasis Design Inc. to prepare the final proposal.

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    18
    2016
    US: Ever Hear of Pii? What You Need to Know About Its Life Cycle in Business

    In high school you learned about pi, remember? Pi is the the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. All well and good. But now it’s time to learn about pii.

    PII stands for "personally identifiable information." And personally identifiable information can mean an assortment of things, such as name, address, social security number and biometric data, like voice and fingerprint identifiers.

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    18
    2016
    Nigeria targets 2 new satellites to enhance connectivity, business – Shittu

    The Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, on Tuesday said Nigeria would launch two additional satellites to space to improve local communication capacity.

    Shittu said businesses in Nigeria were skeptical of linking the only satellite Nigeria has presently for fear of any crash.

    The minister said at a town hall meeting in Kaduna on the one year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, that adequate legislation would be made to protect investment and patronage.

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    18
    2016
    NA: Access to Information Bill Draft By July

    Information deputy minister Stanley Simataa yesterday said the detailed roll-out plan for the Access to Information Bill is scheduled for July this year.

    Simataa said this in a keynote address delivered on his behalf by Frans Nghitila, the director of media relations in the information ministry during the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Namibia's World Press Freedom Day held in Windhoek.

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    17
    2016
    US: The Default for Government IT Should be 'Open and Frugal'

    So many projects cost too much and take too long. It's time for a better approach.

    With public-sector information-technology projects at any level of government, one does not have to look too far to find examples of waste and worse. In the wake of a series of failed projects, Hawaii is auditing its last four years of IT spending. On the local-government level, it would be hard to find a better example of what can go wrong than New York City's CityTime payroll-system project, abandoned after its costs ballooned from $63 million to $700 million amid mismanagement and outright corruption.

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    17
    2016
    US: NYC Digital Playbook Prioritizes Service Delivery

    A new portal makes the city's technology goals public and invites citizens to comment on NYC's progress.

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new initiative May 9 that seeks to increase civic engagement and make it easier for citizens to interact with their city government. Through a blog post, de Blasio introduced the NYC Digital Playbook, an evolving portal that showcases the city’s technology principles and strategies, while inviting public input. The No. 1 principle of the city, according to the portal, is to “make services accessible.”

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    17
    2016
    US: Inside the New CA.gov Web Portal

    California has redesigned its CA.gov homepage so that it’s a dynamic portal instead of a static website.

    The new look and new features include geospatial capabilities that tailor imagery and content based on the user’s location, reorganized presentation emphasizing access to e-government services, and a full-service content management system on the back end.

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    17
    2016
    IN: Karnataka makes GPS, panic buttons mandatory in state transport buses

    In a move to ensure safer public transport systems for women, Karnataka is all set to become India's first state to install panic buttons in state transport buses.

    Earlier, the Karnataka government had asked app-based cab aggregators such as Uber and Ola to install global positioning systems (GPS) and panic buttons in their affiliated cabs. The government of Karnataka is now moving a step forward to extending the same to all transport operators.

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    16
    2016
    US: Federal Pilot Seeks to Boost Broadband Connectivity in Rural Communities Nationwide

    Five cities have been named as the testing grounds for the Cool and Connected program, a community-based plan aimed at boosting connectivity and pulling in money for their local economies.

    For millions of Americans, the exponential growth of new technologies has forever changed the way we interact with one another, do business, travel and even how we approach health care.

    While a vast cross-section of citizens enjoys the benefits of these new tools and the seemingly constant connection to the Internet, the sea change has left other communities with gaps in access that need to be filled.

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    16
    2016
    IE: Shining a light on the smart regions

    As Cork and Meath’s examples have shown, regions need to come up with smart visions for their future in a way that won’t just boost their economies but the very fabric of life too, writes John Kennedy.

    So, Ireland finally has a Government after 70 days of deliberation, negotiation and, at times, farce. Resembling something like a local county council, albeit with a national mandate, we have to hope the best for this minority Government and hope that internal wrangling between Fine Gael and independent TDs won’t give it a shelf life of less than 70 days.

    So, after a 70-day hiatus, the busy business of running a country can finally resume.

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    16
    2016
    IN: DoT: 55,669 Villages to have Mobile Network by 2019

    About 55,669 villages are scheduled to receive mobile connectivity by March 2019 in a phased manner as planned by the government.

    Also, by installing 321 mobile tower sites, the government will commission a project to connect 8,621 villages in the north-eastern region by September 2017, a note prepared by Department of Telecom (DoT) about the progress made during the last two years of the NDA government said.

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    16
    2016
    US: Private sector’s smart solutions leave public sector far behind

    When Kaspar Korjus was born, he was given a number before he was given a name, as are all babies in Estonia.

    "My name is 38712012796, which I got before my name of Kaspar," says Mr Korjus.

    In Estonia, much of life — voting, digital signatures, prescriptions, taxes, bank transactions — is conducted with this number. The resulting services are not just more convenient, they are demonstrably better. It takes an Estonian three minutes to file his or her taxes.

    Americans are unlikely to accept a unified national ID system.

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    16
    2016
    IN: Using data to improve social welfare schemes

    As secretary of DeitY, Aruna Sharma is steering UIDAI and overseeing the execution of Digital India programme.

    Before taking over the reins of DeitY in February, Aruna Sharma was heading the department of panchayat and rural development in Madhya Pradesh. As secretary of DeitY, she is steering UIDAI and overseeing the execution of Digital India programme. In an interaction with Governance Now, she talks about the database-driven social welfare regime and uses of Aadhaar.

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    15
    2016
    ‘Nigeria overdue for a national finger print database’

    Ezeobi Chinedu is a legal practitioner and policy analyst. He sheds more light on the need to have a credible national identity data base to curb insecurity in this interview with Paul Omo Obadan.

    Q: What is your take on the ongoing Biometric ID Card by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)?

    Nigeria is overdue for a national finger print database to match extracted finger print from crime scenes, terrorism and sundry, but this cannot be done without a national registration of citizens and other people living in the country. A nationwide registration to collect the finger prints of all Nigerian citizens and residents would become a critical component of measures to fight widespread crimes in Nigeria, including terrorism and kidnapping. Nigeria’s complex and evolving security threats require modern intelligence-driven solutions and forensic investigation to keep pace or stay ahead of sworn enemies of the nation. Nigeria cannot talk about security without knowing who the citizens are. Until the issue is resolved and every citizen identified through a national data system, the nation’s security system and economy will continue to be threatened by the unidentified 180 million citizens within and outside the country. Biometric ID cards apply to a number of different solutions, especially for those companies and individuals that might require greater security. Those companies that work in highly competitive fields might want biometric ID cards as added security against illegal duplication and theft. Research institutions, government sector, and even universities and schools are well served by advanced ID cards. Even, biometric cards for children are starting to be implemented and are an excellent way to identify them quickly and easily, especially if they are young enough to forget important information like their home address and phone number.

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    15
    2016
    ZW: VID goes digital . . . Provisional licence tests to be written online

    The Government is in the process of digitalising the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID), a process which will see aspiring drivers writing provisional driver’s licences tests online and reducing interface with officials to minimise cases of alleged corruption.

    Senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Ambassador Mary Sibusisiwe Mubi, said this was part of the e-governance drive meant to bring convenience to members of the public.

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    14
    2016
    CY: E-government to be integral by 2020

    BY 2020, Cyprus wants to have the digital world become integral in the public’s use of government services making more available to citizens online.

    A move by the Cabinet earlier this week approving dozens of services to be used online means by 2017, residents in Cyprus will have a total of 87 services available to them digitally without the need to stand in long queue, reducing red tape.

    So far, the public has 41 of these services available to them. These include, renewing road tax licences, paying social insurance contributions and school/university fees.

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    14
    2016
    Top 5 ranking for Saudi e-government by 2030

    Saudi Arabia is likely to be ranked among the five top countries in e-governance by 2030 because of the changes currently being put in place by the government.

    This is according to Ibrahim Al-Baez, former media professor at King Saud University, who said that the UN's 2014 report on e-government services around the world has seen the Kingdom ranked at 36 out of 193 countries surveyed, according to a report in a local publication recently.

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    14
    2016
    In super free Estonia, you can start a new company in 20 minutes, online

    When I first visited Estonia over twenty years ago, the Baltic country had recently regained its independence from the Soviet Union.

    Tallinn, the capital and an old Hanseatic trading city, offered an intriguing mix of medieval architecture and shoddy Soviet style construction. Situated on the Gulf of Finland, Estonia, though occupied by Moscow, was deceptively close to the free Nordic countries.

    Since regaining its freedom in 1991, Estonia has pursued a fast track to democratic and now digital development. The building blocks involved a revival of the country’s multi-party traditions and an embrace of free markets.

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    14
    2016
    IN: eGovWatch: Health Ministry to set up integrated health information platform for creating interoperable health records

    The Health Ministry is working towards setting up of Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) to enable creation of interoperable health records which can be made available and accessible throughout the country, the Lok Sabha was informed.

    The government is also in the process of setting up of National E-Health Authority to enforce privacy and security measures for electronic health data and to regulate storage and exchange of electronic health records.

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    13
    2016
    ZA: Gauteng: City of Tshwane approves IT project despite treasury objections

    The City of Tshwane has approved a “groundbreaking” broadband project aimed at promoting an e-government, despite objections from the Gauteng and national treasuries.

    The City of Tshwane has approved a “groundbreaking” broadband project aimed at promoting an e-government, despite objections from the Gauteng and national treasuries.

    According to a report by Moneyweb, the 18-year build, operate, and transfer contract was awarded to a newly-formed company.

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    13
    2016
    IE: Cork smartening up with new ‘Gateway’ programme

    An industry collaboration in Cork has seen the creation of a new ‘Smart Gateway’ to help the country prepare for a sensor-heavy future.

    Smart solutions are being investigated globally to improve everything from water management systems to traffic volumes, crowd monitoring to strains on power resources, and Cork is trying to get to the front of the queue.

  • Fr
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    13
    2016
    SG: MyInfo means no more filling in form for each e-govt

    A new repository, called MyInfo, will consolidate the personal data of Singapore residents and provide it on request to auto-fill government e-service forms.

    "Citizens often ask why they need to give different government agencies the same data about themselves repeatedly for separate transactions," Mr Peter Ong, the head of the Civil Service, said at the Digital Government Exchange 2016 yesterday, when MyInfo was launched.

    The Government needs to remove the "inconvenience and friction" in making e-transactions, he said.

  • Fr
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    13
    2016
    SG: Commitment to better, secure digital services

    We agree with Mr Kwan Jin Yao that it is important to take into account the usage and feedback on government e-services and applications ("Consider take-up rates, privacy issues in e-govt push"; Tuesday).

    Many agencies monitor satisfaction with their e-services through feedback mechanisms such as user surveys.

    In the 2015 Annual e-Government Perception Survey, 97 per cent of users were satisfied with the overall quality of government e-services.

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    12
    2016
    IE: Cork steps up smart region plans

    Collaborative initiative to drive smart agenda for citizens

    Creating a “smarter region” is the focus of a new collaborative initiative, Cork Smart Gateway, which launched this week. The aim of the Gateway is to develop the region as an attractive place to live, work and visit using technology to drive economic growth, improve public services and promote better engagement between residents, visitors and local authorities.

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    12
    2016
    GB: Government-as-a-platform can be tweaked for local government use, says Socitm

    A savvy approach to common digital components could change the way local councils and the wider public sector delivers services

    The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) has published guidelines to how the government-as-a-platform (GaaP) could be extended beyond Whitehall to local councils and public services.

    Developed by the Government Digital Service (GDS), government-as-a-platform is a core part of the government's ‘digital by default’ doctrine, and aims to establish a strategy whereby digital public services are built out of common components rather than assembled from bespoke systems.

  • Mi
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    11
    2016
    US: New Bill Says Enough of 'E-Gov' Already

    Is e-government dead? Perhaps, but likely in name only.

    A new bill that would eliminate more than 200 “duplicative” agency reports on a number of different topics would also phase out a handful of reports assessing federal IT initiatives.

    Among them: an annual report covering the benefits of the E-Government Act, the 2002 law once the marquee initiative in connecting the business of government to the digital age.

  • Mi
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    11
    2016
    Nigeria battles hurdles to digital economy

    Digitisation has become the fad in the information communication technology (ICT) age. From health, agriculture, learning and governance, fetters have been broken through digitisation. The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is central to achieving this goal in Nigeria. Its Acting Director-General, Dr Vincent Olatunji, highlights the challenges, reports Blessing Olaifa.

    Turning ICT into cash cow

    When the Minister of Communications Technology, Mr Adebayo Shittu, came, he promised to make ICT a credible alternative to oil; and he started that by inviting people to Ibadan to discuss and propose a road map for the ICT sector and how to develop the road map. He titled it “continue innovation innovative continuity” towards a SMART Nigeria and we have been working closely with the ministry because in most of the work he will be doing to move this sector forward, NITDA has a very big role to play, especially on local content. We really want to go deep into the sector and make our contribution.

  • Mi
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    11
    2016
    US: 8 Tools, Practices Affecting Government Over the Next Two Years

    A new report from Deloitte identifies key trends likely to re-imagine the public sector market in the near future.

    A new report released May 3 identifies eight tools and practices that are making an impact in the public sector in 2016.

    In the analysis from IT firm Deloitte, compiled in its seventh Tech Trends report, the disruptive trends are estimated to increase innovation in operations and IT development in the next 18 to 24 months. Technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Bitcoin’s blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, and cloud technology all made appearances.

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    10
    2016
    US: Data Gleaned from Next-Gen 911 System Drives Improved Emergency Response

    Officials in Manatee County, Fla., now have the necessary ammunition to make life-saving decisions: data analytics.

    Emergencies are, by definition, unexpected occurrences — but one Florida county has a new 911 system that aims to remove some of the guesswork by putting data in the hands of decision-makers who can make smarter choices about emergency response.

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    10
    2016
    US: Amazon Web Services Launches 2016 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

    In a bid to highlight its cloud services to governments, Amazon is offering $250,000 in service credits to the cities and companies with innovative cloud projects.

    Amazon Web Services is luring potential government customers again this year with its AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.

    The contest awards $250,000 in cloud service credits to eight government and company customers that exemplify excellence in the categories of “Best Practices,” “Partners in Innovation,” and “Dream Big” — a category extolling the virtues of ambitious innovation. While a play to enhance innovation and modern methods in the public sector, the contest also doubles as a strategic move by the Seattle juggernaut to create enticing use cases it can transform into selling points to draw new public-sector customers.

  • Di
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    10
    2016
    5 of the biggest Internet of Things smart city projects from around the world

    Spain, UAE, Singapore and Australia, across the world governments and companies are investing heavily in smart city research and projects.

    As smart cities in the UK seem to be unknown to the large majority of Brits, other initiatives overseas are making the news.

  • Di
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    10
    2016
    Intel aiming to provide service for Digital Thailand

    Kingdom has “smart nation” potential for an efficient public sector and e-govt, say experts

    MOVING TOWARDS a Digital Thailand, Intel aims to provide the consultative support and services in designing the technology blueprint that can drive the development of this ambition. It believes this goal can be achieved through several collaborative opportunities.

  • Mo
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    09
    2016
    IN: Smart cities: Rajasthan to give proposal seeking loans

    As ministry of urban development would be pursuing loans from international agencies to finance its smart city mission, the state government has been directed to firm up projects for Jaipur and Udaipur for obtaining loan assistance. In this regard, 15 days time has been given to the state for submitting the proposal of the project, especially capital extensive to seek loan.

    An official informed, Jaipur and Udaipur are among the 20 smart cities selected in the first round of competition. In a recent meeting held at the Centre, it was informed that ADB had agreed to extend a loan of $1 billion to eight smart cities, which includes Jaipur and Udaipur.

  • Mo
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    09
    2016
    NG: NIGCOMSAT begins IOT satellite service for Belarus

    The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) at the weekend officially commenced the provision of In-Orbit Test (IOT) service for the Belarus National System of Satellite Communications and Broadcasting called Belintersat.

    The service which NIGCOMSAT won through international bidding, it was learnt, would rake in $6 million for Nigeria for the 15-year period the service would last.

  • Mo
    Mai
    09
    2016
    GB: Government digital transformation turns towards blockchain technology

    Blockchain technology could be used to improve Whitehall's data recording

    The government is weighing up the benefits of using blockchain technology as part of its plans to pursue digital transformation across Whitehall.

    Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock explained that blockchains, the technology behind distributed and shared ledgers, could provide the digital tools for building trust in the data held by the government.

  • Mo
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    09
    2016
    US: Evolving for Agility: 6 Areas for CIOs to Address (Industry Perspective)

    Whether just starting the agile journey or seeking help in advancing it, all CIOs should think through how their organizations are evolving for agility in these six key areas.

    In the digital world, challenges and opportunities emerge ever-more rapidly. Public-sector technology infrastructures and supporting business processes are evolving as agencies are driven to better anticipate and adapt to changes quickly and efficiently. For new digital initiatives and IT system modernization efforts, the “old way” of custom-built, mainframe-based systems built over extended linear development cycles is yielding to a much faster-iterating agile development process, often tapping off-the-shelf or open source software options and emerging capabilities in mobility, analytics and cloud computing.

  • So
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    08
    2016
    GH: EC gives directives for replacing ID Card

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has issued directives for the replacement of lost Voter Identification Cards with a warning to the electorates who have lost their ID Cards against registering in the on-going Limited Biometric Voter Registration Exercise.

    "Electorates seeking to replace lost Voter ID cards are required to pay a replacement fee of GHC5.00 into the EC's Bank Account - number 1161130000275 - at the Boundary Road Branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank," it said.

  • So
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    08
    2016
    US: City IoT Networks to Launch Across the Country

    The first machine-to-machine networks from Ingenu have launched in Texas and California, but the company isn't stopping there.

    Dedicated machine-to-machine (M2M) networks capable of supporting Internet of Things (IoT) connections might just be commonplace by this time next year.

    Ingenu, a company with proprietary technology for M2M connectivity, has launched such networks in two cities as it gets ready to set up in more than 30 cities through 2016 and 2017. The networks will be open to public- and private-sector users as a means for connecting devices without forcing them to compete with more “noisy” technologies like cell phones.

  • So
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    08
    2016
    US: How Open Data Is Creating New Opportunities in the Public Sector (Industry Perspective)

    Open data has proven to be a catalyst for the creation of new tools across industries and government uses.

    President Obama recently announced the launch of The Opportunity Project, an initiative to utilize digital tools and open data sets to help promote economic opportunity worldwide. With the move, the government is demonstrating a resolve toward implementing more transparent practices and enabling the opportunities that come with them.

    At the heart of this project is a commitment to open data and making sure public information is readily available to citizens. This means gathering valuable data across diverse fields of study, from employment to housing to schools to transportation, and providing it openly via the latest and most accessible technology.

  • Sa
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    07
    2016
    IN: CS reviews implementation of e-District, SSDG project in Jammu and Kashmir

    Chief Secretary, B R Sharma Friday reviewed the implementation status of the e-District and State e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG) project in a meeting, he chaired here.

    Principal Secretary, Forests, R K Gupta, Commissioner Secretary, PDD, Dheeraj Gupta, Commissioner Secretary, I & C, Shailendra Kumar, Commissioner Secretary, Social Welfare, Ms Sarita Chauhan, Commissioner Secretary, Revenue, Mohammad Afzal Bhat, Secretary IT, Hilal Ahmad Parray and other officers were present in the meeting.

  • Sa
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    07
    2016
    US: Uber-a-docs: Changing the healthcare landscape for better or worse?

    There was a time when a person could ring up the doctor’s office and arrange for their physician to see them in their home. The image of the black bag-toting doctor was ubiquitous in primary care. But that changed as the healthcare system evolved and medicine became more high-tech. Now, the house call is trying to make a comeback via a slew of apps that promise convenient, same-day diagnosis and treatment at a fixed price.

    But one question lingers: Is it the best way to use physicians’ time and skills?

  • Sa
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    07
    2016
    US: New Mexico: Project ECHO Poised to Become a National Telehealth Model

    A new bill shines the spotlight on an innovative mHealth platform launched in New Mexico in 2011, and could make it a nation-wide rural health program.

    A ground-breaking telehealth project launched in 2011 to push hub-and-spoke videoconferencing platforms out to rural providers may become a national initiative.

  • Fr
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    06
    2016
    IN: Goa: Now, get approvals from GSPCB online

    he days of long lines and challans may soon be over for industries and establishments. Or, atleast for those which need consent from the Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB). The board has taken another step towards paperless transactions and, close on the heels of the implementation of the SAP office automation system, it has now launched a facility for industries to pay consent fees, penalties, bills and water cess online.

    The move to put in place an e-payment gateway is set to improve ease of doing business for industries, as well as cut down queues and delays, which are common in the current challan system.

  • Fr
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    06
    2016
    Global broadband race: India falling behind

    The growth of communication technology, mobile telephony and internet adoption in the last decade outshines every other sector and are enablers for many emerging industries like e-commerce, e-governance and e/m-banking. It is critical for the emerging economies to invest and develop the digital communication technology to stay competitive. As per the ITU statistics the Internet users around the globe increased from 400 million in 2000 to 3.2 billion in 2015 and the global internet penetration grew by 7 fold from 6.5% to 43% in the same period.

    As per Work Bank, every 10% increase in broadband penetration in the developing countries results in 1.3% increase in the GDP. With these important contributions to the economy, broadband has become a key parameter to measure a country’s growth, both economically as well as socially.

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    06
    2016
    NG: Experts task FG on timely review of ICT education curriculum

    While it does seem that the country is currently a huge consumer of ICT products and services, the real facts still show that Nigeria lacks grossly in productivity aspects of the industry. Experts link this lapse partly to low level of ICT education and advocate the need to regularly review the nation’s ICT education curriculum in line with global best practice. Isaiah Erhiawarien reports.

    The need for government and institutions in the country to continually build capacity in Information Communication Technology, ICT, to promote technological advancement in Nigeria, particularly in enhancing ICT education has again resurfaced. Across the globe, the trend is development driven by ICT however, in Nigeria what is experienced is that there is more consumption of ICT goods and services thereby prompting experts argued the nation is not taking advantage of the countless opportunities and positive impact that ICT offers. The blame is therefore left on the door step of the government for not creating the enabling environment that will enhance ICT education across all levels of education in the country.

  • Fr
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    06
    2016
    India Internet report: connecting a billion Indians

    If we analyse the pivotal question of  “Internet reach in India”, a comparative assessment of various models shows that both private and government involvement is required to push the internet penetration in India.

    Here are the key highlights from India Internet Day 2016:

    • The news cases that excite people living in rural India is crop updates, weather report and e-government services.
    • Real need of the hour is to go and build the product for rural India which they find useful.
    • The key issue for Internet adoption in rural India is purely economic. Local language content production (Indic languages) is another issue which is not happening. However now it has become mandatory for all mobile phones to support atleast 2 indic languages along with english.
    • PPP for laying the fibre network is important and the government is willing to partner with private firms.
    • For last mile connectivity we are planning for smart house model where Wi-Fi will be included in smart meters. Arvind Gupta, BJP IT Cell.
    • If one has to look at pure access, then initial capital is required providing internet to the underserved. Killer application like WhatsApp is for 300 million people but for the remaining it might not serve the purpose.

  • Do
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    05
    2016
    US: How to stop a zombie mobile app invasion

    Google “where to hide from zombies,” and you’ll find suggestions about how to preserve your life in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Even Cornell University researchers weighed in on the topic last year.

    In reality, of course, government agencies needn't give much thought to a full-scale zombie assault. But they do need to pay attention to mobile app zombies, which have invaded all levels of government. These soulless undead may be lurking in the shadows of your agency without you even realizing it.

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    05
    2016
    US: Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Awards 25 Micro-Grants

    The Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) has awarded more than $103,000 in micro-grant funding to 25 local governments across the State of Colorado. Each year, SIPA provides grant opportunities to help Colorado governments implement new technologies and digital government services. A major portion of the grant funding is made possible by the self-funded contract with Colorado Interactive.

    SIPA received more than 120 applications from state agencies, counties, municipalities, universities, public schools, and special districts this year. The micro-grant funds are available for equipment, systems, services, project planning and implementation and human resources that fall within the grant scope.

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    05
    2016
    US: Virginia Interactive Partners with the Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program to Launch New Payment Solution

    Citizens can now make payments for VASAP services securely online, over the counter, or via mobile device

    The Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) has partnered with Virginia Interactive (VI) to launch a new Payment Solution that allows citizens to make payments to VASAP online. VASAP offers specifically developed educational programs that respond to the needs of each Virginia locality and improves highway safety by decreasing the incidence of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. VASAP is an offender-funded system requiring each offender to pay fees for participation in the program.

    The Payment Solution allows citizens to make payments to VASAP using their personal computer or mobile device at anytime from anywhere. Transactions are processed immediately and citizens can instantly print a receipt and receive receipts via email for their records.

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    05
    2016
    IN: UMANG: Narendra Modi's Master App For Government Services

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are pushing for a master app which will have all the government services integrated. The project or the app is called UMANG (Unified Mobile App for New-age Governance).

    The app will integrate almost 200 government services such as passport services, land records, income tax, e-Post, Women safety, and much more. The government plans to bring this platform to people with an app, an SMS service, and IVR. Under Digital India, they are planning to make e-governance 'mobile first'.

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    04
    2016
    Federal Government plans big for SMART Nigeria

    Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says the present administration is leveraging on the benefits of the digital revolution, innovation and convergence of technology to kick-start a new digitally SMART Nigeria.

    The Minister also said that the Federal Government is partnering with South Korea on e-Government on the Smart Nigeria initiative, adding that the collaboration would enhance Nigeria’s capability for efficiency, transparency and accountability in governance, with its attendant benefits trickling down to the citizens.

  • Mi
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    04
    2016
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Want fast passport? Tap this app for instant police verification

    Regional Passport Office Chennai is developing a mobile application for faster police verification to issue passports. It will use the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) in the state to track applicants' antecedents, Regional Passport Officer K Balamurugan told TOI on Tuesday.

    Work on the proposal follows the release of Jana Mahiti Report-2016, prepared by a Bengaluru-based NGO which claimed 38.18 lakh was paid as bribe to policemen across the country between 2010 and 2014 to get verification done.

  • Mi
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    04
    2016
    NZ and Aus e-government responsiveness scores poorly

    Central government agencies on both sides of the Tasman have scored poorly in a University of Otago study of e-government responsiveness published online by Government Information Quarterly, the top ranked journal in the field.

    Professor Robin Gauld, Director of the Centre for Health Systems in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, says the longitudinal study — carried out in 2006, 2008 and 2013 — involved sending an email to 790 Australian and 115 New Zealand, national, state and local government agencies asking their location and opening hours.

  • Di
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    03
    2016
    ‘Nigeria Will Take Advantage of Digital Revolution to Boost Devt’

    The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu has said the present administration is set to leverage the benefit of the digital revolution and the huge potential of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to drive development in the digital smart Nigeria project.

    Adebayo made the disclosure recently, while addressing delegates at the opening ceremony of the just concluded 14th Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2016 held in Abuja.

    The three day summit with the theme: ‘Harnessing Africa’s Digital Growth’, was Africa’s leading ICT Business Summit with over 500 senior executives across government, regulatory bodies, telecoms operators and major end users of ICT products, in attendance from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

  • Di
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    03
    2016
    BD: Plan on to bring cabinet division under e-procurement scheme

    The government has decided to bring all its agencies, including the cabinet division, under e-procurement system by December to check corruption and political nepotism in tendering.

    The decision was made in a recent Planning Ministry meeting, presided over by minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. The meeting also decided to form a working group to introduce e-procurement system and include the cabinet committees on economic affairs and public purchase.

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    03
    2016
    ZA: Quest for smart cities

    Smart cities are no longer just a consideration, but are now a global necessity. RESHAAD SHA, Chief Strategy Officer at DFA believes now is the perfect time for South Africa to implement the basics to get itself ready for the smart city revolution.

    In the past, the concept of smart cities may have been a lofty consideration for a Sunday afternoon, but smart cities are no longer a preference—they are quickly becoming a critical necessity. This is due to the confluence of increasing urbanization, greater pressure being placed on the successful management of a city due to a rising population, and climate change. The latter in particular means that a city needs to have the wherewithal to manage a sudden natural crisis, such as flooding, and be able to dispatch emergency and medical units without delay to save lives.

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    03
    2016
    South Korean Government Developed Open-source Cloud Computing Platform

    On April 26, the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning and the National Information Society Agency (NIA) unveiled the first version of the PaaS-TA, which is an open-source platform as a service for cloud computing service development.

    The ministry worked on the cloud computing platform with the Ministry of the Interior from March 2014. At present, the domestic PaaS sector is characterized by various companies’ different development environments and a low level of compatibility, which have caused software service providers to repeat their development processes for services on different platforms.

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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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