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  • Sa
    Jul
    04
    2015
    E-Government Successes: In Singapore, It Takes Just Minutes to File Your Taxes

    Singapore might be a small island country in Southeast Asia, but it has recently had big wins with its e-government programs. Its recipe for success? Creating services based on the actual needs of the citizens, rather than the needs it assumes they have, said Singapore Chief Information Officer Chan Cheow Hoe.

    “In the past, the government thinks that they know what you want, and that's probably the biggest mistake in the world,” said Hoe, speaking Thursday at the AWS Government, Education and Nonprofits Symposium.

    When Singapore’s government realized traffic congestion was delaying ambulances, it launched a crowdsourcing app to solve the issue, according to Hoe.

  • Sa
    Jul
    04
    2015
    IN: Uttarakhand: Govt in a fix over choice for smart city project

    The state Department of Urban Development is facing a difficulty in selecting one city out of the three probables (Dehradun, Haridwar and Roorkee) for the Central government’s smart city project.

    According to the guidelines of the project, three potential cities will have to compete with each other by presenting proposals for the smart city project.

    “The selection of the smart city will be based on a two-stage competition called city challenge. While states will first compete to name their cities, the second stage will be about cities making the cut. The evaluation of the cities and towns will be based on a criteria framed by the Ministry of Urban Development in consultation with states. The Centre has mandated every state to be made part of the smart city universe,” said Preetam Panwar, Minister for Urban Development.

  • Sa
    Jul
    04
    2015
    ZW: ZIMRA launches e-services platform, enables engagement of tax issues online

    Nobody enjoys doing taxes. Besides the fact that you are giving up money, there are the huge inconveniences that come with the process; from filling out forms, queuing just to make inquiries and also following up on previous payments to verify your compliance.

    Everyone has always expected technology to fix these challenges and thankfully our local revenue authority, ZIMRA, agrees. Earlier today, we attended the launch of the ZIMRA e-services platform. The revenue authority was formally introducing the public to its new online system that will handle a number of tax obligations electronically.

  • Sa
    Jul
    04
    2015
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Agra hopeful of inclusion in Modi's list of Smart Cities

    Talking to India Today, Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber secretary Vishal Sharma said if the city is developed as a smart city it will require a complete overhaul of its infrastructure and basic amenities, including drinking water, which is fast becoming scarce in a city which is situated on the banks of river Yamuna.

    The Prime Minister's declaration of establishing 100 smart cities in India has come as a welcome sign for the people of Agra, who are now hopeful that this city will also be a part of this 100 smart cities project. The locals are demanding that considering the international importance of Agra as a tourism destination and the special status of the city in terms of pollution management, the city should be included in the list of smart cities the union government plans to develop in Uttar Pradesh.

  • Sa
    Jul
    04
    2015
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Smart Cities Mission to Improve Urban Life

    Smart Cities provide an enhanced quality of living that drives economic growth benefiting all sections. It also promotes clean and sustainable environment, said J Nivas, joint collector of Visakhapatnam district. He said that the Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Central government to transform urban landscape, for the benefit of people from all the sectors.

    Nivas was addressing ‘Smart India - A Conference on Smart Solutions for Smart Cities’, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre, established under the joint participation of the Indian government, the Andhra Pradesh government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in Visakhapatnam Friday.

  • Fr
    Jul
    03
    2015
    US: How Smart Cities Are Boosting Economic Development Using GIS

    3-D modeling and DIY mapping tools are giving cities new ways to market their economic viability to prospective businesses.

    Cities are looking for a competitive advantage with other municipalities to attract new business and grow their revenue base. They have to aggressively market and sell to targeted business prospects in order to survive and prosper. Such a strategy requires a well thought-out, innovative approach that showcases a city’s unique strengths. GIS technology lends itself perfectly to this need. It provides crucial information in a map-based format that’s easily understood, and that businesses will find invaluable in helping them make informed decisions.

  • Fr
    Jul
    03
    2015
    US: How Big Data in Government Falls Dangerously Short of the Mark

    States and localities are embracing the promise of big data. But just how good is the information they’re collecting in the first place?

    Data is the lifeblood of state government. It's the crucial commodity that's necessary to manage projects, avoid fraud, assess program performance, keep the books in balance and deliver services efficiently. But even as the trend toward greater reliance on data has accelerated over the past decades, the information itself has fallen dangerously short of the mark. Sometimes it doesn't exist at all. But worse than that, all too often it's just wrong.

  • Fr
    Jul
    03
    2015
    Digital India – Making villages ‘Smart’

    The Government’s ambitious “Digital India” plan aims to digitally connect all of India's villages and gram panchayats by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy. By the year 2019, the ‘Digital India’ program of the Government of India (GOI), envisages that 250,000 Indian villages will enjoy broadband connectivity, and universal phone connectivity. This is a truly visionary and commendable initiative. However, to implement this vision in a country where most of the population resides in rural areas is very challenging. It can best be done by creating Digital “Town Squares” – which will be tower-based sites that enable the Smart Village and would become the focal point for the providing information, social, e-learning and e-governance services to villages. This can become the spring board for rapid economic growth in the rural areas.

  • Fr
    Jul
    03
    2015
    UK Earns Praise For Mobile-Ready Public Sector Sites

    The UK has come out on top in a study of EU public sector organisations' preparedness to meet growing mobile usage by citizens.

    In a report on European e-Government services for the European Commission, researchers at Capgemini Group said that public authorities are moving towards bringing services online for citizens but that progress is laboured.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    IN: National Fibre Optic Network Project and the Expert Committee Report

    The new NDA Government's approach to every issue, irrespective of the problem, seems to be the same – hand it over to the private sector. Not surprisingly, the “expert” committee's review report on the ambitious National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) project -- which is to provide broadband rural telephony -- has recommended exactly that. Instead of BSNL, virtually the only telecom company providing rural telephony today, the Committee has recommended large scale induction of private players. This is in spite of their dismal record in meeting their existing rural telephony obligations. The Committee has also suggested radical technical and administrative “restructuring” of the project that will increase its capital cost by more than two and a half times, and a time overrun of at least two years. To justify these increases, it uses fictitious figures of “benefits”, which can be shown to be either imaginary, or crude arithmetic manipulations.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    The European Commission eGovernment Benchmark 2015

    More Digital Transformation of European public services needed to drive the EU Digital Single Market

    European public authorities are advancing in bringing services online to the benefit of citizens and companies.

    Progress, however, is slow and divided. This is one of the main findings of the 12th Benchmark Measurement of European eGovernment Services, released by the European Commission today, and carried out by the Capgemini Group, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, and its partners. Personalisation and shifting the focus from the national level to the European level, are a key next step for European countries when it comes to delivering public services and unlocking the full potential of a Digital Single Market in the near future.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    Online gov services are mostly time-wasting duplicates, says EU

    Mystery shoppers find "life events" a challenge on the move

    Sick of repeating the same information every time you need the authorities to help you out? So is the European Commission.

    According to a new study on eGovernment services, users are still asked to fill in forms with information already available to bureaucrats more than half the time. And if you’re on the move it gets worse – nearly three quarters of EU public service websites are not mobile friendly.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    AE: Smart Government Discussed at SMC's Ramadan Majlis

    The fourth Ramadan Majlis, organised by Sharjah Media Centre (SMC), continued yesterday (Tuesday) with a session titled "The Requirements of Transformation to Smart Government under Technological Dominance" and discussed issues related to the UAE government's vision to provide 24-hour services to the public.

    The session was attended by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of SMC; Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Director General of the Office of the Chairman of Sharjah Oil Council; Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development; HE Dr Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation and HE Osama Samra, Director of SMC, as well as senior officials from the public and private sectors, representatives of the diplomatic corps in the UAE, intellectuals and media figures.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    AE: Smart govt increases transparency

    The fourth Ramadan Majlis, organised by Sharjah Media Centre (SMC), continued on June 23 with a session entitled “The Requirements of Transformation to Smart Government under Technological Dominance” and discussed issues related to the UAE government’s vision to provide 24-hour services to the public.

    The session was attended by Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of SMC, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Director General of the Office of the Chairman of Sharjah Oil Council, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development; Dr Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation and Osama Samra, Director of SMC, as well as senior officials from the public and private sectors, representatives of the diplomatic corps in the UAE, intellectuals and media figures.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    IN: Government to introduce e-governance in debt recovery tribunals for state-run banks

    The government is finalising the contours of an ambitious project to introduce egovernance in debt recovery tribunals, which could help staterun banks recover a sizeable part of the Rs 3.7-lakh crore worth of bad loans.

    The 'e-DRT project' will allow banks and financial institutions to efficiently manage case records, track cases online and access accurate reports. The proposed plan also involves segregating wilful defaulters and fast-tracking cases with the aim to expedite recovery of public money."We have identified some DRTs with high case volumes," a finance ministry official said.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    IN: Andhra Pradesh to provide services on e-platform

    In a move that would establish Andhra Pradesh as a model state in e-governance, it will unveil an online platform to offer 600 different citizen services.

    The platform, called e-Pragati, will include departments like revenue, land and municipal administration, health, social welfare and education.

    The state partnered with software major Wipro to develop the platform, which it plans to implement from next month in a phased manner in the new capital region of Amaravati.

  • Do
    Jul
    02
    2015
    PM Narendra Modi launches Smart Cities Mission, says Centre committed to urban India

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled three mega flagship schemes aimed at developing cities and towns as "new engines for growth".

    Underscoring the need for a bigger, stronger urban India, the PM said, "Governments should have looked at urbanisation as an opportunity to drive growth. India's population is aspiring better standards of living and quality of life and this urban push is the first step in that direction."

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    US: Smaller Towns Get Smarter

    Better technology for data analysis and visualization fuels Main Street's move to evidence-based decision-making.

    Better technology for data analysis and visualization fuels Main Street's move to evidence-based decision-making.

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    IN: Telangana: M-Governance, the next step in citizen’s services

    The Telangana government will very soon announce M-Governance as the next level of E-Governance, whereby the citizens’ services presently being offered through ‘Mee Seva’ portal can be accessed from the smart phones.

    Making this announcement at a media conference on Monday, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications Jayesh Ranjan vouched that Telangana will be the first State in the whole country to shift to M-Governance.

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    Malta reconfirmed as leader in eGovernment services, MITA lauds ‘excellent’ results

    Malta has just been reconfirmed as leader in the delivery and performance of eGovernment services amongst 33 countries (28 European Union member states together with Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey). The results were published in the eGovernment Benchmark Report 2015 issued earlier today by the European Commission.

    The benchmarking study carried out by Capgemini, IDC, Sogeti and the Politecnico di Milano measures four top-level indicators as well as compares the performance of eGovernment services between the participating countries. As in last year, Malta has again attained an exceptional result by leading in all the top-level indicators and ranking first in the overall results.

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    ZA: Online invoice system for Gauteng

    Gauteng’s department of finance has launched an online invoice service for government suppliers, which it says cuts the submission time from 60 days to under two days.

    The Gauteng Department of Finance has launched an online invoice service targeting government suppliers that cuts invoice submission time to provincial government departments from 60 days to less than two days.

    “With the new system, suppliers can submit anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” department spokesperson John Sukazi said.

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    IfG.CC - Dokumentation von Arbeitsabläufen leicht gemacht – Geschäftsprozessmanagement in der öffentlichen Verwaltung: Einladung zu einem Workshop in Potsdam und Hannover (2)

    Der demographische Wandel stellt die öffentliche Verwaltung vor enorme Herausforderungen:

    • Wie können mit immer weniger Personal die anfallenden Aufgaben in besserer Qualität bewältigt werden?
    • Wie können steigende Anforderungen an die Qualität der Arbeit durch Optimierung und Automatisierung von Abläufen aufgefangen und abgemildert werden?
    • Wie kann das Fachwissen und die langjährige Erfahrung ausscheidender Mitarbeiter bei der Aufgabenbearbeitung erhalten und neuen Mitarbeitern zur Verfügung gestellt werden?

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    BD: Digitisation gets a boost

    Public offices in Dhaka connected with district headquarters by fibre optic links

    The government has moved a step closer to its Digital Bangladesh vision by connecting public offices in Dhaka with district and upazila headquarters through a high-speed fibre optic network.

    The information and communication technology ministry has also built a network of internet protocol telephony for public offices to ensure better communication.

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    IN: Chhattisgarh: Rural population on way to digital literacy through CSC

    Rural population of Bilaigarh block of Chhattisgarh is getting digitally empowered under National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) conducted at Common Service Center (CSC) of village Sarsinwa.

    Sarsinwa based CSC owner Laxami Narayan is running the e-Governance facilities for rural masses since last five years and under the NDLM, he is imparting digital literacy training to around 500 rural people of Bilaigarh block. According to associate vice-president of CSC e-Governance Service India, Madan Mohan Rout, 50 lakh rural population across India is being targeted to be digitally literate and in Chhattisgarh, the target is around one lakh people.

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    IN: Chhattisgarh: Biometricpur: An e-governance project reshapes rural districts

    In an area where terrains and forests make delivery of government schemes a big challenge, an e-governance concept of Common Service Centre (CSC), being implemented in Balrampur district in North Chhattisgarh, has not just improved services but also generated village level entrepreneurs (VLE).

    The administration has named the e-governance project 'Biometricpur' as it is implementing plans to provide e-services in the entire district. Ever since the project came into existence six months ago, 340 village panchayats are being provided online government schemes and internet facilities through optical cable wire. Most villages of this district now have 24-hour electricity supply.

  • Mi
    Jul
    01
    2015
    UK leads EU governments on mobile websites

    Latest Capgemini benchmark shows rising maturity of online services throughout Europe

    The UK government has received a plaudit from management consultancy Capgemini for the best performance in the EU in providing mobile-friendly websites.

    The company’s annual Benchmark Measurement of European Government Services, released by the European Commission, says the UK is the only member state to provide mobile-friendly websites across domains, reflecting the fact that mobile internet usage is increasing faster than the EU average

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    Ireland’s broadband progress noted in new EU report

    Ireland has been ranked eighth out of the 28 EU member states for its broadband connectivity in European Commission’s 2015 Digital Economy and Society Index.

    The report finds that Ireland’s overall take-up of fast broadband has increased considerably over the last year, with subscriptions up from 35pc to 45pc. Use of internet services has also generally increased, with 68pc using video on demand, 63pc using social networking, 62pc using online shopping, 60pc using online banking and 56pc of internet users using eGovernment actively.

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    IN: Rural post offices to provide online services: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Union Minister for Information and Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad said rural post offices across the country will also function as common service centres (CSCs) providing e-services.

    He said this while asserting that the postal department had a crucial role to play in bringing in digital revolution in the country.

    "Our vision of digital India is to ensure that from a mason to barber to a tyre puncture repairer, all can access newer avenues of growth using communications equipment like a smart phone," said Prasad while inaugurating the revamped building of Bhowanipore post office here.

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    US: Online Tool Helps Iowa Communities Assess Health

    The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative worked with public and private entities to develop a comprehensive assessment that businesses, government agencies, communities and schools can use to get healthier.

    Iowa schools, businesses and communities are now a point and click away from a comprehensive health assessment and feedback on how to improve their overall well-being.

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    IN: Rural post offices to provide e-services: Government

    Union Minister for Information and Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said rural post offices across the country will also function as common service centres (CSCs) providing e-services.

    He said this while asserting that the postal department had a crucial role to play in bringing in digital revolution in the country.

    "Our vision of digital India is to ensure that from a mason to barber to a tyre-puncture repairer, all can access newer avenues of growth using communications equipment like a smart phone," said Prasad while inaugurating the revamped building of Bhowanipore post office here.

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    KR: Officials from 9 countries visit Seoul to learn about e-government

    Officials from nine foreign countries, including Peru, Myanmar and Uganda, arrived here Monday to learn about South Korea’s electronic government system, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday.

    During their five-day visit, the 13 director-level officials will study how South Korea manages its electronic administration system, so they can apply it to their governments, the ministry said in a statement.

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    SZ: Govt, MTN launch m-Government services

    Government in partnership with Swazi MTN has introduced mobile based government services, dubbed m-Government.

    Through this service, citizens will use their mobile phones to access services. The programme started with the ministry of home affairs, health and the meteorology department under the ministry of tourism and environmental affairs.

    The m-Government service was launched at the Happy Valley Hotel yesterday morning.

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    July 1 launch of digital drive to transform India into Cyberia

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project — Digital India — is to be launched on July 1 with the who’s who of India Inc in attendance. The week-long event, to be held in the capital, will see at least one major e-governance project being unveiled each day and is expected to attract 10,000 people. In terms of scale and grandeur the programme will match the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Summit that Modi started during his stint as the chief minister of the state.

    The venue for the inaugural ceremony, sources said, is the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, and around 400 top CEOs have been invited. Chief among them are Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Wipro chairman Azim Premji, Bharti Group chairman Sunil Mittal and Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani. Sources said that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is also likely to be present on the occasion.

  • Di
    Jun
    30
    2015
    Smart Cities: Growing New Markets for Information Technology

    The BCC Research report provides an examination of smart city projects around the world and related investments in smart city projects, including a study of regional trends, national programs and individual city projects. Includes forecast through 2019.

    Use this report to:

    • Learn about the main attributes that make cities smart and explore the role and potential of key information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure needed to enable smart city strategies in the identified market sectors.
    • Identify smart city projects around the world and related investments, including a study of regional trends, national programs and individual city projects.
    • Examine the evolution of the global smart city market, with impacts on key technology markets.
    • Receive an in-depth analysis and forecasts of potential revenues for the various smart city sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions.

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    IN: Course cursor: Digital track

    The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Bangalore has launched an interdisciplinary MSc (digital society) programme this year. Due to start in July, the two-year programme is for graduates in any discipline interested in the use of digital technology in various fields. It is meant to train students to develop and implement information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for an "inclusive and sustainable digital society."

    Balaji Parthasarathy, ICICI professor and dean (faculty), explains the need for the degree: "Through its long association with the ICT industry as well as with the not-for-profit and public sectors, IIIT Bangalore envisions the growing need for interdisciplinary training to create a new breed of professionals who will unlock the socio-economic potential of ICTs."

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    Nigeria May Miss 30% Broadband Penetration Target

    The President of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Mr. Lanre Ajayi has expressed doubt about Nigeria's ability to achieve her set target of 30 per cent broadband penetration from the current 10 per cent, given the slow pace at which the country is addressing broadband penetration.

    He said unless President Muhammadu Buhari's led government accelerates the implementation process of the country's broadband plan, attaining the 30 per cent broadband penetration target by 2018 will remain a mirage.

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    IN: E-Commerce service centre

    A society was formed for the Common Service Centres of Imphal West under the name of " e common service centres, Imphal West Society" on June 21.The head office for the society will be at Tera Yambem Leikai.

    The elected office bearers for a year term are Ng Jeevan Meetei, Ch Somorjit and N Maipak as president, secretary, treasurer.

    Mention may also be made that there are 399 CSCs in all the districts of Manipur.

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    IN: ‘IT integration no longer luxury but a necessity’

    Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised a conclave titled ‘Digital by Default’ with the theme “Digitising Business and Governance” here on Saturday at Hotel Jehanuma Palace.

    “The world has been constantly shrinking since the inception of internet, we are more connected than ever in the history of mankind. IT integration is not a luxury anymore but a necessity, whether it is a manufacturer, trader or a service provider. New tools are enabling enterprises to stand strong in the global market and remain competitive,” said Girish Mangla during the inauguration of CII conclave on Digitisation in Madhya Pradesh.

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    Uganda upgrades online procurement

    Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) has launched an integrated online platform which will ease the procurement of public goods and services by the government and its institutions.

    “When we improve on the procurement process in government institutionsm, both at the central and local government levels, this enables the government to deliver quality social services in time to its citizens. We expect the new ICT portal will address that in the next coming financial year which will start on 1st July 2015,” Professor Simeon Wanyama, the PPDA Board Chair said last week during the launch in Kampala.

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    Singapore will not host Indonesian government data, says minister

    Days after a non-governmental organisation filed criminal charges against Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno for authorising Telkom to build a data centre in Singapore, the minister said the data centre “will not host” Indonesian government data.

    Ms Soemarno, who invited top executives from state firms, including Telkom, to an informal breaking of fast at her residence in South Jakarta, said Telkom’s data centre, which is being built with Singtel, was purely to tap Singapore’s potential market.

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    IN: “Kashmiris should demand connectivity from the state rather than govt jobs”

    Dr Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO, CSC e-Governance services India limited tells Saima Rashid that both state government and the people need to do their bit in order to have a sustainable development based on technology.

    Kashmir Life (KL): What is e-Governance?

    Dinesh Kumar Tyagi (DKT): e-Governance doesn’t involve any supercomputing, it is simply creation of such applications and services which will simplify the life of a common citizen. And you can use technology for the same. Real e-Governance is when a person in a village is able to access Government services without any inconvenience. The essence of e-Governance is to reach the beneficiary and ensure that the services intended to reach the desired individual has been met with.

  • Mo
    Jun
    29
    2015
    NZ: New ICT report points to future development

    An Information Communications Technology expert says he hopes a new report will trigger greater access and connectivity across the Pacific.

    The Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility report highlights the improved access to infrastructure and services across the Pacific and looks at the potential for greater ICT development.

    The Facility director, Sanjivi Ransingham, says the report will help Pacific governments and the private sector identify opportunities for investment.

  • So
    Jun
    28
    2015
    UAE targets 80% usage rate of smart services by 2018: Mansouri

    Four government bodies successfully achieved 100% shift to electronic services

    Sultan Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UAE Insurance Authority (IA), Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has announced that all four establishments have successfully achieved a 100 per cent shift to electronic services and seek to increase the usage rate of smart services to 80 per cent by 2018.

    Al Mansouri's comments followed a review of a the results of a recent report by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) on the smart transition of federal agencies and affiliated departments to eServices.

  • So
    Jun
    28
    2015
    Modi to inaugurate Digital India on July 1, India Inc chiefs invited

    Government to sign agreement running into billions of dollars, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Taking forward one of his marquee projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Digital India week on Wednesday. The event will be attended by some of the top corporate leaders of the country including Reliance Industries' Mukesh Ambani, Cyrus Mistry, chairman of Tata Sons, Wipro's Azim Premji and Anil Agarwal of the Vedanta group among others.

    While addressing a press conference on Saturday, union minister for communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government is expected to sign agreement running into billions of dollars in the areas of Digital India and electronics manufacturing. However, he did not share more details on the contours of the deals saying that they will be announced on July 1.

  • So
    Jun
    28
    2015
    Modi to launch Digital India Week on July 1

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Digital India Week on July 1 as part of the government's efforts to digitally empower the people of the country, encourage their involvement in the programme and create awareness about it.

    "Many of Digital India initiatives have now reached a stage where awareness on the part of potential users and their active participation is necessary for digital technology to be successful," Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad told newspersons here today.

  • So
    Jun
    28
    2015
    US: New England Telehealth Consortium connects 300th healthcare location onto network

    FairPoint provides the fiber-core network to connect healthcare facilities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont

    The New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC), announced today it has connected the 300th healthcare facility to its network. NETC worked with FairPoint Communications, one of several vendors, to link healthcare facilities in northern New England to the network.

    NETC is a federally funded consortium of healthcare providers whose mandate is to create a shared network among rural and urban healthcare facilities across the region. Based in Bangor, Maine – NETC received a $24.6 million Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Health Care Pilot Program award to bring telemedicine to the region.

  • So
    Jun
    28
    2015
    US: mHealth masters: The key to success is ... the EMR?

    Ahmed Albaiti is the founder and CEO of Medullan, a Cambridge, Mass.-based digital healthcare consultancy, and a keynote speaker at the HIMSS15 Conference and Exhibition this past April in Chicago. Prior to founding Medullan in 2004, he led the Clinical Research Enterprise IT Group at Partners Healthcare Systems.

    Q. What's the one promise of mHealth that will drive the most adoption over the coming year?

    A. In a word, price. The price point of mHealth offerings - particularly wearables and other connected devices - will inadvertently continue to drop this year. With the exception of the Apple Watch, which is going through its initial “launch pricing” phase, a ubiquitous number of wearables, including smartwatches - which provide many reasons to be worn and used for monitoring health - are going to flood the market. Studies show that price is a huge barrier and the easiest one removed for adoption to occur. If you look at FitBit’s numbers released in preparation for their IPO, their distribution price point (as opposed to retail) is closing in on $25 for the hardware, while FitBit Premium, their digital service offering, is at $50. I think you should expect that trend to continue sharply in 2015.

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    28
    2015
    Viva Senegal: How this West African nation became Africa's quiet high-tech titan

    At an average of 10% of GDP, Senegal’s ICT investments easily beats South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and the world average

    All too often conversations on the digital scene in Africa look to the East - focusing on the gains being made in Rwanda and Kenya in particular.

    When they do go West, Nigeria takes precedence because of the sheer size of the country’s economy and population, dwarfing the remarkable progress made by (Francophone) Senegal, which is not fully acknowledged in both the dominant regional and international technology press that is written in English.

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    Jun
    28
    2015
    TZ: China's Huawei becomes ICT advisor to Tanzanian gov't

    Tanzanian government has chosen Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider based in China, to be its technical advisor in empowering the East African country's ICT sector.

    An agreement was signed at the first Huawei Cloud Conference in Dar es Salaam Thursday, seeing Huawei offering Tanzania services on ICT training, education and big data services.

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    Jun
    27
    2015
    Cities Need to Rethink 'Smart City' Strategies, Report Says

    Some smart city ideas have taken a wrong turn, too often emphasizing expensive hardware rather than cheaper solutions using the Internet.

    A report released June 18 claims many cities need to reevaluate their “smart city” strategies.

    Called Rethinking Smart Cities from the Ground Up, the report claims that some smart city ideas have taken a wrong turn, too often emphasizing expensive hardware rather than cheaper solutions using the Internet. It also notes that cities are too often showcasing technologically interesting ideas rather than responding to citizen’s real needs. As a result, many smart city ideas have failed to deliver on their promises, resulting in high costs and low returns.

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    Jun
    27
    2015
    IN: Chhattisgarh: From agriculture fields to operating computers

    After having worked as a labourer at a construction site and in agriculture fields, life of two girls from a rural area in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh took a major turn when a common service centre owner and software professional Tanuja Raichuria picked them up to work for an e-governance project at Common Service Center (CSC).

    Educated in science up to Class XII in a government school, Poornima and Omkumari are now happy on attaining the new digital avatar of online service provider. "We never thought of becoming part of IT services when he passed 12th but our lives have changed now," they said.

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    27
    2015
    IN: Maharashtra: Application developed in city to be replicated in state

    COLIS, a web-based computer application developed by the local unit of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), is set to be adopted across the state. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the updated version of COLIS, renamed as eDisnic, in the city on Friday at the collector's office.

    COLIS (collector's information system), which has won several awards in the e-governance category, was adopted in 2014 by the state information technology department to make it suitable for all the districts.

  • Sa
    Jun
    27
    2015
    IN: Chandigarh: Online registration for taxpayer identification number begins

    The excise and taxation department of UT administration has come up with e-registration for the taxpayer identification number (TIN) under the Value Added Tax and Central Sales Tax Act.

    It is part of the Commercial Tax-Mission Mode Project under the aegis of the Central government for efficient delivery of services to the business community.

    On Thursday, the first e-registration certificate was handed over to Swarnjeet Kaur, proprietor of RS Polymers, Industrial Area-2, Chandigarh, by SB Deepak Kumar, deputy commissioner-cum-excise and taxation commissioner, UT.

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    Jun
    27
    2015
    PK: Punjab helps KPK government introduce best ICT practices

    "The Punjab government will help Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa government to introduce best ICT practices to improve good governance and public service delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," said Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Doctor Umar Saif in a meeting on Thursday with a delegation from Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa headed by provincial IT Secretary Farah Hamid Khan.

    In response of the keen interest shown by the delegates in the Punjab's IT based initiatives, Dr Saif gave an in-depth insight on the functioning of e-government projects taken for good governance and transparency in Punjab. He also talked about the board steps to enhance the efficiency of the public sectors in education, health, police, local government, food, agriculture, irrigation, livestock, disaster management and rescue. He also discussed the initiatives aiming to eliminate "Patwari and Thana Culture" in the Punjab.

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    Jun
    26
    2015
    IN: Web-Portals for Farmers launched

    Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh, today said that a number of applications which have been completed and passed through all the required checks and audits are now ready for nationwide rollout. Few of the services we launched include Insurance Portal and Weather alert service NOWCAST. The Ministers of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya were also present on the occasion. Brief about the portals are as follows:

    The Mission Mode Project in Agriculture under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP-A) aims to achieve rapid development of agriculture in India through the use of ICT by ensuring timely access to agriculture related information for the farmers of the country. Twelve clusters of services including Information on inputs; Soil Health; Good Agricultural Practices; Weather; Livestock, Fisheries: Marketing: Scheme Information; Training etc. have been identified and development of Web based applications on various components of these services is being undertaken before their roll out in the States with required local customization.

  • Fr
    Jun
    26
    2015
    IN: Farmers to get SMS alerts on extreme weather from today

    The agriculture ministry has tied up with leading cellular operators to send decision-critical information to farmers through SMS

    Farmers staying near India Meteorological Department’s 146 weather stations spread across the country would henceforth get instant alerts on possible extreme weather conditions on their mobile phones.

    Through the special service titled ‘Nowcast’, the farmers living in the 50-km radius of IMD’s weather stations would get SMS alerts on thunderstorm, squall, hailstorm, etc., within minutes after the information is generated by the Met department. The special service would formally be launched on Thursday.

  • Fr
    Jun
    26
    2015
    IN: Prime Minister launches ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’, here’s everything you want to know about it

    Narendra Modi is one of the most tech-savvy leaders and a big promoter of e-governance and m-governance from the very beginning. Within two months of assuming Prime Minister-ship, he had launched the ambitious project MyGov. He’s well known for leveraging social media to reach out to the citizens of the country. Whether it was Indian General Elections 2014 victory or Barack Obama’s India trip, he has shared it all on social media. Now, when India is going mobile, Prime Minister Modi has decided to take another step towards connecting with the people at their convenience.

  • Fr
    Jun
    26
    2015
    MyEG launches automotive portal

    • Targeted at car buyers and sellers, including owners and dealers
    • To act as one-stop centre for all related transactions, including financing

    E-Government services provider MY EG Services Bhd (MyEG) has launched its new automotive portal MyMotor, which it said would offer “an integrated transactional online solution” to vehicle ownership.

    This would be a distinct advantage in the automotive online classifieds market, which is filled with portals focused mainly on car listings, the company said in a statement.

  • Fr
    Jun
    26
    2015
    ID: SOE Minister Rini Reported to Police for Plan to Host Government Data on Singapore Server

    An NGO has filed criminal charges against State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno for authorizing Indonesian communications provider Telkom to build a data center in Singapore, partly owned by a Singapore parastatal, that would host Indonesian government data.

    In its report to the National Police in Jakarta late on Wednesday, the watchdog group Indonesia Club said it had no issues with the data center serving corporate clients, but that its proposed hosting of Indonesia’s e-government services violated state intelligence and electronic communications laws.

  • Fr
    Jun
    26
    2015
    TZ: E-government improves communication in parastatals

    Communication in 84 parastatals has been eased following success of e-government project, the House was informed.

    The Minister for Infrastructure and Communication, Mr Juma Duni Haji, said that e-government is already in full swing in 50 institutions, while connections are in final stages in 34 parastatals.

    Thanks to Zantel for the connections. E-government refers to the use by government agencies of information technologies (such as Wide Area Networks, the Internet, and mobile computing) that have the ability to transform relations with citizens, businesses and other arms of government.

  • Fr
    Jun
    26
    2015
    EU Digital scorecard shows rural broadband still lacking

    The European Union has met or will soon meet most of its existing Digital Agenda targets, but still has work to do on expanding access to faster broadband, e-government services and cross-border e-commerce. According to the latest Scorecard from the European Commission, the EU has met its targets for 2015 already for regular internet usage (75% of people at least once a week in 2014, 60% of disadvantaged groups), online shopping (50% in 2014), basic broadband availability (97% coverage via fixed networks, 79% via 4G) and completing e-government forms (25% in 2014).

  • Fr
    Jun
    26
    2015
    SA: 5-year resident identity card for expatriates in October

    Citizens must have compulsory ‘Wassil’ service

    Four new electronic services are to be introduced by the Passports Department (Jawazat), including changing the residence permit for expatriates by launching a new card under the name “resident identity card” with new features.

    It has also been made compulsory for those who benefit from the Jawazat services to have a mail box “Wassil” so as the department can provide the services to their homes. The service will begin at the start of the Hijri year (October).

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    25
    2015
    US: Mississippi: Countrybrook opens telemedicine opportunities

    Countrybrook Living Center in Brookhaven is the first long-term care facility in the state to provide telehealth services to its patients, officials said in a celebration Tuesday. Gov. Phil Bryant was on hand to mark the milestone.

    Telehealth provides immediate access to a patient’s healthcare provider through an Internet connection.

    Telehealth services will allow caregivers at Countrybrook to diagnose and treat minor illnesses (colds, fevers, etc) at the bedside instead of having to transport patients to the hospital. Caregivers can also e-prescribe medicines while in the facility instead of having to physically be in a physician’s office.

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    25
    2015
    US: Do Federal Telehealth Technology Policies Need Revision?

    The healthcare industry is moving far and wide in reinventing itself and reforming past practices. Telehealth technology, for example, allows patients to speak with their physicians securely without needing to make an in-person visit. The federal government has assisted with advancing various aspects of healthcare reform. However, federal telehealth policies may need some revisions, according to a letter sent to the Senate Committee on Finance from Russell P. Branzell, President and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

    The letter explains how hospitals and other medical facilities have implemented telehealth technology due to the remote patient monitoring tools available as well as the ability for patients to communicate with their physicians without having to leave their home.

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    Jun
    25
    2015
    US: Privacy Policies ‘Absent' For Many mHealth Apps

    Apps designed for health and wellness often have privacy policies that are absent, opaque, or irrelevant.

    mHealth is growing in popularity to the point that half of consumers want apps and wearables to monitor every aspect of their lives. But while apps can be helpful, are their creators looking out for your best interests?

    mHealth News reports a recent study shows a disturbing lack of personal data protection amongst these apps.

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    Jun
    25
    2015
    US: Topol: Challenges around data hold up the democratization of medicine

    Dr. Eric Topol’s newest book is called “The Patient Will See You Now.” At BIO during his keynote talk, a whirlwind overview of the digital health space, Topol freely acknowledged that he wasn’t the first person to riff on that phrase

    “It takes 2.6 weeks to get an appointment with a primary care doctor on average. Since it’s hard to see a doctor is, what’s really interesting in contrast is that everyone else will see you now,” he said, pointing to a slide full of recent headlines. “The crowd will see you now, the patient will see you now, Dr. Google will see you now, the robot will see you now, the avatar will see you now. Everyone will see you now. Everyone but the doctor.”

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    Jun
    25
    2015
    NZ: Homecare Medical nabs national telehealth service tender

    Homecare Medical has been named the preferred provider for the new look national telehealth service.

    The free telehealth service will be available at all hours and will give the public better access to consistent health advice nationwide, health minister Jonathan Coleman says in a media release.

    In a second media release, Homecare Medical board chair Martin Seers says the tender will lead to a more seamlessly linked service behind the scenes. No contact numbers will change at this stage.

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    Jun
    25
    2015
    US: Telehealth is the future for New Mexico, experts say

    The rise of telehealth has caught the attention of the — to the extent that a summit on the subject was coordinated this week.

    Organized by the DOH and strategic planning firm, Draker Cody Inc., the invitation-only event was held at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. About 50 stakeholders in the public and private sector attended, including a telehealth lobbyist from Washington, D.C. According to , COO at Draker Cody, the summit allowed for a formal conversation about the future of telehealth services in the state and how the public and private sectors can help further its availability.

  • Mi
    Jun
    24
    2015
    CN: Telemedicine would help Hong Kong elderly on mainland to get diagnosis

    With the incident at a Tai Po nursing home where residents were left naked outside by staff, treatment of the elderly in Hong Kong reached a new low.

    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying rightly said that the city's shortage of land for building "was a key culprit in the poor treatment of residents at its homes for the elderly" ("CY blames elder abuse on city's land shortage", May 29).

    What are we going to do when there are two million elderly citizens by 2041?

  • Mi
    Jun
    24
    2015
    US: Texas: Local hospitals embracing telemedicine

    Grace Health System is one of the local health systems incorporating telehealth technologies into patient care. There are currently 88 patients throughout the region with vital monitoring equipment linked to a LifeStream program and monitored by a team of about 14 telehealth employees at Grace. The team is staffed with certified nurses, a nurse practitioner and occasionally physicians who reach out to patients when vitals are abnormal.

    An increase in patient volume from rural areas is driving up a demand for medical services.

    Local health officials say they believe a solution that would sustain costs and provide more access lies within reach through telehealth.

  • Mi
    Jun
    24
    2015
    AE: Convergence of technologies ‘key to smart city’

    Convergence of technologies across industries, products and business models is the key to developing a smart city, said the organisers of the upcoming second annual Arab Future Cities Summit in Dubai, UAE.

    The event will take place on November 2 and 3 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa under the patronage of Dubai Municipality.

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    Jun
    24
    2015
    Baltics must create regional digital market as example for EU

    Baltic states should create a regional digital market serving as an example to the European Union in establishing a digital single market, Siim Kallas, a former prime minister of Estonia and vice president of the European Commission, said at a conference on Monday.

    "In most European countries digital services, not to mention cross-border e-services, are considerably less developed than in the Baltic states. I think the Baltic states could stride even more boldly and vigorously forward in developing cross-border digital services. We have to create a Baltic regional digital market to be an example to the whole European Union," Kallas said at a competitiveness forum in Jurmala, Latvia.

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    Jun
    24
    2015
    US: 3 Reasons the Use of mHealth Is Limited

    We are always connected. From multiple devices, networks and applications, we're constantly accessing and sharing information on the go. As hospitals and health systems look for new ways to engage patients to improve care, mobile health tools have huge potential.

    Primary care providers will soon be in short supply, and more telemedicine and mobile solutions will be needed to manage a growing number of patients. Several studies have shown the benefits of mobile health apps, and a recent survey conducted by Salesforce found that 60% of respondents support the use of telehealth.

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    Jun
    24
    2015
    US: Ohio: Cleveland Clinic opens up its mHealth platform

    The Cleveland Clinic is taking MyCare Online out of beta and opening up mHealth access to anyone in Ohio.

    The online service is available through the Cleveland Clinic MyCare app, downloadable from the health system's web site, Apple's App Store or Google Play. It offers 24-hour-a-day access via secure video link to a healthcare provider through a mobile device, tablet or desktop PC, at a cost of $49.

  • Mi
    Jun
    24
    2015
    ‘Digital India’ a far cry for NE India

    Call drops are a familiar part of our lives. The internet still functions at snail’s pace despite lofty promises and colourful hoardings about speedy internet connectivity.

    Leading the pack is Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) with its promise to connect India but cannot connect people in the same house.

    A long standing customer of BSNL, R. Nongbri, says she finds it appalling that there is no mobile connectivity once she crosses Umiam and until she reaches Nongpoh. Then after crossing Nongpoh there is no connection until she reaches Byrnihat and that too is unstable.

  • Mi
    Jun
    24
    2015
    IN: Telangana to focus on mobile governance

    The Telangana Government is in the process of developing tools to make governance accessible through mobile platforms.

    “We are trying to provide mobile interface to our Mee Seva (e-governance initiative). We will bring all our services on to the mobile platform. We will release mobile apps in the next four years,” Telangana IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao has said.

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    Jun
    23
    2015
    New EU Data Protection Regulation will drive internet businesses 'out of Europe'

    An organisation representing digital and online businesses in the European Union has warned that the EU Data Protection Regulation, agreed by government ministers yesterday, threatens online businesses and will drive internet businesses out of Europe.

    The warning comes from IAB Europe, which describes itself as "the voice of digital business and the leading European-level industry association for the digital advertising ecosystem".

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    Jun
    23
    2015
    US: How mHealth can boost data collection on immunizations

    Mobile-based immunization information systems allow greater access to info

    Collecting information on immunizations is a challenge as people move, new vaccines are developed and administration becomes increasingly fragmented, but a group of researchers see mobile healthcare as a solution to that problem.

    The use of a mobile-phone based immunization information systems (IIS) could allow patients, providers and public health officials to access vaccination data, say the researchers, who work at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Toronto. The report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

  • Di
    Jun
    23
    2015
    US: Ohio: Cleveland Clinic goes virtual with mHealth consultation pilot

    The Cleveland Clinic is deploying a telemedicine service tapping mobile devices to provide patients a virtual consultation within minutes.

    The MyCare Online offering by Cleveland Clinic costs $49 per care interaction and requires either a smartphone, iPad or PC and a free app, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The service, which connects patients with a physician or nurse, is focused on helping users dealing with minor health issues such as rashes, the cold or the flu.

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    Jun
    23
    2015
    IN: Government launches job portal for MSMEs; registration doesn’t work

    The government has launched a website for job seekers and employers in the micro, small and medium enterprises sector (MSMEs) to provide job listings in the manufacturing sector for both, reports ET. The government plans to add more features to the site along with other sectors, especially the services sector, which could also benefit entrepreneurs.

    One year to make a job site?

    So far, two people had registered on the site, which the government claims took a year to make. However, a Mint report states that over 200,000 people have registered on the site so far. While the ET report states that job seekers will not be charged to use this portal and the industry will be, the Mint reports that the portal will be free for both job seekers and the industry for only the first month.

  • Di
    Jun
    23
    2015
    IN: Government launches job portal for MSME sector, will help to find skilled manpower

    The government today launched an online portal for job seekers in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.

    The portal - www.eex.dcmsme.gov.in - will also help the industry to find skilled manpower.

    "The portal provides a platform for skilled hands where they can find livelihoods.

  • Di
    Jun
    23
    2015
    RW: Public to Wait a Little Longer for E-Government Platform

    Rwandans looking forward to access public services using the electronic governance platform developed under RwandaOnline initiative will have to wait longer following postponement of the launch of the inaugural services.

    The platform currently being developed by RwandaOnline Platform Limited, a private firm contracted by the government to build and operate the platform for 25 years was set to launch 10 inaugural services by May this year.

    The agreement was signed in April last year, and concluded in August, following a Conditions Precedent period.

  • Di
    Jun
    23
    2015
    VN: Da Nang, Soc Trang sign IT deal

    The central city and southern Soc Trang Province signed a co-operative agreement on information technology (IT) application and development for the 2015-2020 period.

    The central city has promised to help Soc Trang develop e-government services and encourage administrative reforms, the provincial competitive index and IT.

  • Mo
    Jun
    22
    2015
    DZ: Bedoui Stresses Importance of E-Administration Projects

    The Interior Ministry's action plan aims at achieving e-administration project to ensure quality services to citizens, Minister Noureddine Bedoui said Sunday in Algiers.

    Chairing a conference on the modernization of local administration, Bedoui said the action plan of the ministry, based on several lines, tends to "gather the conditions necessary for the establishment of e-administration project."

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    Jun
    22
    2015
    US: Telemedicine is Unstoppable

    Resistance from regulators, restrictive licensing rules that make it difficult for doctors to practice in multiple states, and even push-back from physicians themselves stand in the way of telemedicine. But nothing seems to be able to stop it.

    Spawned by the Internet and fueled by consumer interest in self-monitoring and videocasting, telemedicine—a broad term that covers a range of services including virtual visits and remote monitoring—is growing, despite some stubborn obstacles.

  • Mo
    Jun
    22
    2015
    US: Telemedicine: Medicine gone mobile

    Telemedicine is on the rise.

    The number of people using their phones and computers to connect with a doctor is skyrocketing, but that convenience is raising some new questions, reports CBS News medical contributor Holly Phillips.

    Oliver Gold hates going to the doctor. So when he wanted a check-up, he tried out the new Pager app on his smartphone to have the doctor come to him

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    Jun
    22
    2015
    NG: Deficiency in connectivity threatens government’s online migration push

    Nigeria’s quest to attain greater efficiency, transparency and accountability in governance through the deployment of Information Communications Technologies (ICT) is being threatened by massive deficiency in broadband connectivity, industry observers have said.

    According to them, government’s focus is currently shifting towards making public services available online, but progression in the level of adoption and usage is being slowed down due to the absence of ubiquitous broadband services. About 153 million Nigerians, out of a population of 170 million, the bulk of whom are rural dwellers, have no access to real broadband connectivity. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says that current broadband penetration stands at 10 percent. This situation is however worrying, considering that four underwater cable systems which landed the country with the ability to deliver about 10 terabits of international bandwidth capacity have been virtually stranded on the shoreline.

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    Jun
    22
    2015
    Australia's e-health, e-education, e-government market research report 2015 published by leading research firm

    New developments driven by IoT and M2M - cities leading the chargeSmart Societies based on Big Data.

    M2M (machine-to-machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) linked to data analytics (big data) developments are accelerating, and as more companies enter this sector and spend money on developing it, we will see further astonishing innovations emerge over the next few years. Applications are already being used in infrastructure, telecommunications, healthcare, education as well as in government; we will address this in detail in this report.

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    Jun
    22
    2015
    Najib: MyEG's projected profit for 2015 is RM50m

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told Parliament that MyEG Services Bhd's projected net profit for 2015 is RM50 million.

    For the nine months ended March 31, 2015, MyEG, which provides online government transactional services, achieved a net profit of RM45.2 million on revenue of RM96.46 million, mainly contributed by the online renewal of foreign worker’s permit and insurance.

    "The federal government is expected to collect a revenue of RM1.1 billion from e-services this year."

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    Jun
    21
    2015
    State’s rural e-Health system to be expanded to Peninsular Malaysia

    A rural e-Health programme jointly developed by Sarawak Information System (Sains) and Measat Satellite Systems (Measat) will reach the shores of Peninsular Malaysia soon.

    According to Deputy Minister of Multimedia and Communications Datuk Jailani Johari, the ‘Rural ICT-Guided Home-Based Technopreneur Community Healthcare Advancement Nurturing For Growth Ecosystem’ (RiGHT CHANGE) aims to provide rural folk with easier access to e-Health services.

  • So
    Jun
    21
    2015
    Rwanda Open Data Policy in the offing

    Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, addressing experts during the Rwanda Open Data Policy Consultative Workshop held in Rubavu District has advised experts to be innovative to make data job related.

    Open data is information made available by governments, businesses and other groups for anyone to read, use and share. In an information and knowledge-based economy that Rwanda is increasingly turning into, Open Data is a precious national resource and a strategic asset of the Government of Rwanda.

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    Jun
    21
    2015
    NG: NITDA To Deploy IT To Fight Corruption In MDAs

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has concluded plans to deploy Information Technology (IT) solutions that would help the new administration in the fight against corruption.

    To this end, the agency is set to train about 23000 government employees to ensure a seamless transition from paper to paperless office operations in line with the National E-government strategy.

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    Jun
    21
    2015
    US: Telemedicine taking off

    Walgreens, local programs expand

    Walgreens will allow millions of people across the country to see their doctors remotely with online visits — a virtual type of health care that hospitals have already started to adopt.

    The drug store chain and telehealth provider MDLIVE recently announced they will expand their virtual program, launched in December, and Walgreens smartphone application for patients and doctors will be available in 25 states by the end of the year.

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    Jun
    21
    2015
    US: State joins national telemedicine trend

    Dr. John Shufeldt asks questions and listens carefully when he diagnoses patients.

    That’s often enough, he said, to allow him to confirm common illnesses, including flu, sinus infections, sprains, rashes and bronchitis. But he does have another trick in his medical bag.

    When necessary, Shufeldt asks patients to lean toward the camera, open their mouths and say, “Aaahh.”

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    Jun
    20
    2015
    US: Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: Doctor On Demand tests telemedicine kiosks in Wegmans stores

    Retail telemedicine service provider Doctor On Demand is testing the waters of the pharmacy market by installing tablet-based kiosks at four Wegmans Food Markets stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

    Since late May, customers of Wegmans locations in DeWitt, N.Y., Niagara Falls, N.Y., Allentown, Pa., and Fairfax, Va., have been able to initiate consultations with remote physicians using iPads set up near each store’s pharmacy. “They’ve got a virtual clinic installed in their stores,” Seth Lasser, vice president for marketing at San Francisco-based Doctor On Demand, told MedCity News.

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    Jun
    20
    2015
    US: ATA outlines 3 priority areas for broadband policy in healthcare delivery

    Federal policies when it comes to broadband deployment should address needs and opportunities for specific services and uses, especially when it comes to healthcare delivery, the American Telemedicine Association writes in a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

    The letter is in response to the NTIA's request for comment on ways to identify barriers that hamper deployment of broadband.

  • Sa
    Jun
    20
    2015
    PH: Heatlh in a tablet | DOST's eHATID goes to Mimaropa

    An electronic health information support system developed to help local government officials make informed decisions on health concerns has arrived in the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region.

    The ceremonial turnover of the eHATID (eHealth TABLET for Informed Decision-making), tablets that contain health-related information, particularly patient records, was one of the highlight of the recent Mimarop leg of the Science Nation Tour: Agham na Ramdam, which concided with the 51st regional development council meeting in Marinduque, the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement.

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    Jun
    20
    2015
    US: mHealth masters: 50 states, 50 telemedicine laws

    Nadia de la Houssaye is a partner in the Jones Walker law firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Healthcare team. Her practice has a specific concentration in telemedicine and e-health. Her interest in telemedicine began in 1989, while studying the technical and legal aspects of telemedicine's future at Boston University, where she obtained her Masters in Communications Law. She is active in a number of healthcare organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the American Telemedicine Association and the Louisiana Hospital Association.

    In 1997, she represented one of the first teleradiology companies in the state of Louisiana and acted as the company's general counsel until 2004, when the company merged with NightHawk Radiology Services, the largest teleradiology company in the United States. She continues to advise numerous physicians, hospitals and telemedicine groups on legal issues involving risk management, corporate compliance, multi-state litigation and choice-of-law issues.

  • Sa
    Jun
    20
    2015
    BD: Govt to make public service delivery easier

    The government has developed a model to simplify the existing process to deliver public services to the citizens aimed at saving their time, money and labour.

    Access to Information (a2i) Programme has developed the model titled Service Process Simplification (SPS)' following the internationally recognized Business Process Reengineering (BPR) model to change the conventional system to deliver public services to citizens.

    Making the disclosure at the concluding day session of a five-day training programme on 'Managing Technology for eGovernment' in the city on Thursday, a2i Project Director Kabir Bin Anwar said, "Initially, we're going to simplify the process to grant pension for the primary school teachers who have to frequently visit the department concerned and spend money to get pension."

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    2015
    IN: Kerala: Kozhikode likely to miss smart city tag

    Kerala Kozhikode economy, business and finance social infrastructure Centre’s flagship urban development programme to be launched this month

    Kozhikode is likely to miss the Centre’s ambitious smart city project. One of the major reasons cited is that the civic body failed to make efforts to meet the criteria fixed and submit a report in this regard.It will be a major embarrassment for Kozhikode when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Centre’s flagship urban development programme later this month.

    Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, and Kozhikode Corporations and Malappuram and Kannur municipalities have been chosen in the State for the smart cities project considering the fact that development in these towns showed a continuous urban character.

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    2015
    IN: CGHS in Haryana now require to videograph meetings

    All Cooperative Group Housing Societies (CGHS) will now be required to videograph all meetings of the managing committee, sub-committee and general body to keep a copy for the benefit of their members.

    The CGHS will submit the same to the concerned Assistant Registrar Cooperative societies/Deputy Registrar Cooperative societies (ARCS/DRCS) whenever asked for, and at the time of forwarding the case for approval of transfer/list of members.

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    2015
    IN: BSNL to set up 141 Wi-Fi hotspots in eastern Uttar Pradesh: Report

    These hotpots are said to cover 17 cities and will connect 37,455 village panchyats across eastern UP. The project initiated under the NOFN, aims at providing broadband connectivity to 250,000 villages across India. In UP (E), the project covers 582 blocks spread over 48 districts.

    State-run telecom operator BSNL has been mandated the task of setting up 141 Wi-Fi hotspots in the Uttar Pradesh (East) telecom circle, Business Standard reported.

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    2015
    How the lack of the right data affects the promise of big data in India

    Big data is the big buzzword these days. Big data refers to a collection of data sets or information too large and complex to be processed by standard tools. It is the art and science of combining enterprise data, social data and machine data to derive new insights, which it otherwise would not be possible to derive. It is also about combining past data with real time data to predict or suggest outcomes in a current or future context.

    The digital footprint is progressively expanding world over, into fragmented mediums (blogs, tweets, reviews etc.) and technologies (mobile, web, cloud/SaaS etc.).

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    Jun
    19
    2015
    US: San Jose, Calif., Launches Smart City Pilot

    The city will install 166 wireless nodes that can sense movement on the streets, send alerts when the trembling of an earthquake is detected and act as Wi-Fi hot spots.

    San Jose, Calif., has launched a new pilot that city leaders hope will help propel it to “smart city” status.

    The city will install atop its streetights 166 Wi-Fi-connected wireless nodes that collect data — from natural disasters to traffic jams, among other things – from city streets.The data collected will then be stored, analyzed and returned to city officials to help with city planning and improve public safety.

  • Fr
    Jun
    19
    2015
    US: Getting Governments to Shop Well

    Governments and vendors can learn a lot from each other. The procurement process ought to start long before the RFPs are issued.

    Do you remember your first middle-school dance? The boys on one side of the gym, the girls on the other, both too afraid to approach each other. Many of those fears evaporated as we came to know more about each other.

    Too often, the government procurement process is like that dance. Government officials are reluctant to engage with potential private-sector vendors outside of the formalized bidding process, fearing that their ethics might be questioned or they might end up spending taxpayer money on products or services that cost too much or don't work as advertised.

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    19
    2015
    IN: Kerala: 'Every House in State to Have Internet'

    Every household in the state will be connected with fibre optic broadband network in three years, said IT and Industries Principal Secretary P H Kurian.

    He was speaking after launching the Kerala chapter of the ‘Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge’ at Technopark here the other day.

    Kurian said that Kerala is the only state where every panchayat is connected by 100 Mbps connectivity through optical fibre connectors. He stressed the need for a digital economy where the interaction between government departments and citizens could be made through a digital or electronic medium leading to better governance.

  • Fr
    Jun
    19
    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Plastic Aadhaar card distribution begins

    Will be issued at e-governance service centres at all taluk offices

    Plastic Aadhaar cards will be issued at the e-governance service centres functioning at taluk offices in the district.

    Voters who want to get the plastic card can visit these centres from 9.45 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. during working days.

    Collector S. Palanisamy inaugurated the issue of plastic Aadhaar cards to voters at the Taluk Office here on Thursday.

  • Fr
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    19
    2015
    NG: FG to Unveil Fresh Standards, Guidelines for ICT Operators July

    The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Peter Jack, on Thursday stated that arrangement had been concluded to unveil 29 new standards, guidelines and regulations for all Information Communications and Technology (ICT) operators in the country next month.

    The DG, who made the disclosure on the agency’s multi-stakeholder approach for rapid deployment of e-governance across all sectors of the economy at press briefing in Abuja, said the 29 standards and guidelines was developed by NITDA with inputs from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

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    Jun
    19
    2015
    How did Estonia Become a Global Leader in Digital Government?

    Quick, think of the most digital-friendly government in the world?

    If Estonia's didn't immediately pop into your head, then listen up. The tiny European nation was the first country to permit online voting more than a decade ago, and it has consistently led the way in digital signatures and online transactions.

    But Estonia didn't become a global leader of e-governance because the country is some sort of "digital Narnia," says Andres Kütt, the architect and adviser of the Estonian Information Security Authority. The country's tech transformation was born out of necessity, he says.

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    18
    2015
    US: Police Open Crime Data to Increase Trust with the Public

    Opening data is a way to increase public trust, but there’s a lot of work left to be done on behalf of law enforcement.

    Today’s public has a complicated relationship with the police, but a little governance may simplify things yet.

    In an attempt to increase trust with the public, Kentucky's Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) recently opened three data sets: hate crimes, citations and assault on officer incidents. The release of a few data sets won't change the world overnight, but the news represents one wave in a multicolored sea of police culture set to evolve in the coming years.

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    2015
    Kenya sees great returns with ICT projects

    The Kenyan government has seen great revenue collection through electronic systems it has launched in the past and now hopes to implement more digital projects to fill gaps left by corruption and inefficient government spending.

    This was made public during Thursday’s annual budget speech by cabinet secretary Henry Rotich, where the government outlined its spending policies for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

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    2015
    South Africa unlikely to be ‘cyber-colonised’

    South Africa was unlikely to be “cyber-colonised” following the newly signed corporation agreement with China on information and communications technology (ICT), Arthur Goldstuck, the managing director at World Wide Worx said yesterday.

    Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele signed on Monday a “plan of action” on ICT co-operation with China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Miao Wei.

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    2015
    NG: FG to train 23,000 officials on e-governance

    The federal government will train 23, 000 of its officials on how to reduce corruption in the civil service through effective use of Information Technology, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Peter Jack, has said.

    Jack said yesterday in Abuja that NITDA would key into the federal government’s anti-corruption campaign by using IT to reduce the bureaucracy associated with civil service in the country.

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    17
    2015
    AE: eGovernment, mGovernment Readiness Index workshop to enhance cooperation

    The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) hosted a workshop at its Dubai headquarters, to implement the ‘eGovernment and mGovernment Readiness Index’ on “government.ae”, the country’s official portal.

    The workshop was attended by eGovernment representatives from all the emirates.

    The workshop comes within the TRA’s framework to strengthen cooperation and coordination with various entities and authorities involved in the transformation of methods and media for delivering government services.

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    17
    2015
    AE: E-government forum in Abu Dhabi focuses on greater online accessibility

    Public and private sector entities discuss challenges associated with e-services dissemination at Abu Dhabi forum

    Residents will soon be able to access around 1,100 government services under a single online portal, which will ease transactions and enhance the quality of life in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    The plan to make www.abudhabi.ae the designated website for all online government services is being implemented gradually by the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), the entity responsible for the emirate’s information and technology agenda and road map.

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    17
    2015
    Mobile Number Portability becomes the most popular electronic service in Azerbaijan

    Mobile Number Portability has become the most popular electronic service in Azerbaijan.

    According to the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, 90,352 users of the e-government portal used MNP notification service in May.

  • Mi
    Jun
    17
    2015
    US: California: Technology Is a Social Change Agent

    Technology can make governments more efficient, but pushed outward, it can change society too, says incoming Long Beach, Calif., tech chief Bryan Sastokas.

    Oakland, Calif., CIO Bryan Sastokas will leave his position with the city on June 12 and on the June 14 will begin as the director of technology and innovation in Long Beach.

    Sastokas, named this year as one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers, is generally regarded in the public sector as a progressive innovator, having also received commendations from the likes of Computerworld, the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal, who named Sastokas a “Community Champion.”

  • Mi
    Jun
    17
    2015
    US: California: State Unveils Online System for Managing Unemployment Claims

    The California Employment Development Department (EDD) on Thursday unveiled a new Web portal where recipients of unemployment benefits can manage their claims.

    The new system, called UI Online, is available 24/7 on desktop and mobile, in English and Spanish. After registering online, users can certify for benefits, get information on processed payments, view and change scheduled appointments, and more.

  • Mi
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    17
    2015
    IN: Puducherry: Government services to go online

    Physical submission of forms will be dispensed with Hereafter people don’t have to go through the method of physical submission of forms for services rendered by various government departments.e-formsWhether it is for renewing qualifications in employment exchanges or for obtaining driver’s licence or caste/community/residence certificate, one has to submit forms through online mode Even for the issue of new Ration Card, the online submission of form is mandatory.An order of the Directorate of Information Technology said the physical submission of the mentioned forms (145 services) shall be dispensed with and the same will be received only through online, using e-Forms, with effect from June 15.

    A. S. Sivakumar, Joint Secretary of Information Technology said the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) aims to make all government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common services delivery outlets and ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs.

  • Mi
    Jun
    17
    2015
    IN: Punjab: Speedier services for citizens promised at Suvidha centres

    Residents will now be able to get their documents and services available at the Suvidha centre — be it an arms licence or residence certificates — in almost half the time it took earlier. This is being made possible with the e-district project that is all set to be launched in Ludhiana.

    Karnail Singh, administrator of the Suvidha centre, informed that under this project, all the back-end working of the Suvidha centre would be done online, and the manual movement of files from the Suvidha centre to other departments would be replaced by online movement and on-the-spot processing. Residents now will not have to fill their online forms and put their digital signatures, as all their documents will be scanned on the spot and their online files processed at lightning speed. He further informed that for this project, all the hardware, including scanners and other logistics, has been put in place, and an e-district coordinator has also been appointed.

  • Mi
    Jun
    17
    2015
    AE: Abu Dhabi Systems And Information Centre Unveiles New E-Government Strategy During The 6th Abu Dhabi E-Government Forum

    Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), the pioneering Government entity responsible for the UAE capital’s ICT agenda and transformation efforts, has revealed the Centre’s new and improved e-Government strategy for 2015 and beyond, during its hosting of the 6th edition of the Abu Dhabi e-Government Forum, under the theme ‘Towards a Digital Abu Dhabi’, which took place at the St. Regis Hotel, Corniche on 9th June 2015.

    The Forum and its outcomes represents years of steadfast work, efforts and commitment to achieve distinction through a series of pioneering initiatives that have been design to support and boost ICT modernization across Abu Dhabi. It was also an ideal platform to showcase the latest milestones achieved by ADSIC’s strategic partners, who include Government entities and educational institutions, as the Forum is considered a dynamic knowledge-sharing platform that bring together ICT experts, both locally and internationally, to exchange insights and assist in transferring knowledge to the UAE’s capital.

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    16
    2015
    US: Indiana Creates Nation's Largest Geospatial Tool to Improve Community Health

    The free tool — known as SAVI — helps Indiana hospitals link health indicator data to historical data on social economic conditions that can impact a person's health.

    A health partnership in Indiana is urging hospitals and public health departments to use a free spatial data analytics tool to better assess and improve community health.

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    Jun
    16
    2015
    US: 7 Steps on the Road to Becoming a Smart City

    The idea of "smart cities" is a complicated one and means different things to different people, but all definitions have a core element -- using technology and the data it collects to help address complex challenges. Here's how to get started.

    Cities that apply advanced analytics to the data they collect can make better decisions and gain new insight into crime prevention, emergency mitigation and many other areas, according to a white paper. The paper, Smart City as a Service – Using Analytics to Equip Communities for Data-Driven Decisions from Frost & Sullivan, asserts that with new analytic capabilities available as a service, many cities can easily, quickly and cost-effectively join the ranks of “smart cities.”

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    2015
    US: Utah Launches Commercial Broadband Map

    Broadband is a crucial asset for most businesses, and states like Utah are advertising through new tools just what kind of pipes they have on offer.

    Technology’s role in government continues to evolve, having changed from liability to asset over the past decade. Officials realized that IT wasn’t something they had to babysit, but a rich suite of tools that could enrich everyone’s operations. Such uses of technology by economic development offices represent one of the fastest growing trends in government. The Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development, for instance, launched an interactive map on May 18 that shows commercial availability of broadband Internet, encouraging new investment in the state.

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    2015
    US: New York: City tech officials lay out ‘ubiquitous connectivity’ vision

    City technology officials encouraged attendees of the civic technology conference Personal Democracy Forum last week to imagine opportunities for interactive government engagement in 2025 through the "ubiquitous connectivity" that is the goal of the de Blasio administration.

    "This is more of a visioning exercise than a planning exercise," said city chief technology officer Minerva Tantoco, as she described how wi-fi in all the New York City Housing Authority buildings would allow residents to get text messages about repair, safety and community events.

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    2015
    US: Arizona: Social Security: Customer service comes first

    Good communication is about more than just promptly taking a customer's phone call or directing them to a helpful website. It includes providing useful information in a clear and easy-to-understand way, in writing, on the web, and over the phone.

    June is National Effective Communications Month, but at Social Security, we're at the forefront of clear, concise communications all the time.

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    2015
    US: 5 Startups Taking On The Big, Unsexy Problems Of City Government

    Changing how government works, under the hood. In recent years, we've heard a lot about how technology can improve "citizen engagement." Platforms that let us report potholes, follow previously closed public meetings, and fund community projects provide new ways for citizens to interact with government. Their great potential is that they give citizens more say in decision making.

    But they're also not the whole story of "civic tech." Alongside these consumer-facing companies, there are many others taking on the deeper, more intractable problems of government. "While the civic tech excitement and energy has been great for cities across the country, it represents only one piece of a much larger movement that has the potential to redefine government on every level, not just citizen engagement," says Dustin Haisler, chief innovation officer at e.Republic, an e-government publishing and research company.

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    2015
    MY: Increase of Spending in ICT Sector

    Brunei Darussalam is undertaking an ambitious Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development programme with massive spending in the sector, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, said, ©BRUDIRECT.COM reported.

    “ICT plays a crucial role in people’s daily lives and allows us to increase our global competitiveness with ever-advancing technologies,” he said in a keynote speech at the 4th Asean CIO Forum which commenced at a hotel in Gadong yesterday.

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    2015
    MY: Mampu launches official govt search engine, digital bulletin

    The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) launched the Official Government Search Engine (1AKSES) and Digital Government Bulletin here yesterday.

    “In general, 1AKSES is the official government search engine, which is a project under the NKEA (National Key Economic Areas) CCI (Communications, Content & Infrastructure) EPP (Entry Point Project) 6 E-Government project,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Anak Belaun when officiating at the launching ceremony.

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    2015
    IN: Services like m-education, e-health and eGovernance will drive data growth

    In an interaction with ET Telecom, Tata Teleservices Chief Information Officer Ashish Pachory talks about IT-related challenges attached with 4G environment and services that will drive the data uptake in the country.

    He also talks about trends in the Indian ICT and telecom market. Excerpts

    Q: What are the growth drivers for data? How data would be consumed? What would be the top few services driving data demand on networks?

  • Mo
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    15
    2015
    IN: Odisha to come out with IT procurement policy soon

    Single mobile app mooted for all govt services

    The state IT department would soon come out with an IT procurement policy aimed to streamline issues related to sourcing of hardware.

    "We are working on an IT procurement policy. The IT department has made a presentation on the draft procurement policy to the chief secretary and we expect to finalise it soon. The policy would contain guidelines on software, hardware, system integration and selection of consultant. The policy would be notified by the finance department," said P K Jena, state IT secretary.

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    2015
    IN: Uttar Pradesh elbows way to front ranks of e-governance

    Uttar Pradesh threw up many startling surprises at a 'Government-Connect Roundtable' here, the very first in a series to promote Digital India program.

    How many would know that Uttar Pradesh, which has elbowed its way to front ranks of e-governance, organises as many as 300 video conferences, the maximum for any state in a year, between various principal secretaries and the district magistrates, saving the government Rs.36 crore in expenses, annually.

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    2015
    IN: Digital Punjab puts 13,040 panchayats on web

    Punjab today became the first state in the country providing 13,040 village panchayats' information on internet.

    Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said the functioning of Gram Panchayats in the state has been strengthened through computerisation under e-panchayats scheme and PRIA- soft, a unique software of National e-gram panchayats programme, adding that under an intensive programme, training was provided to all panchayat secretaries for the operational working of this software.

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    Jun
    15
    2015
    IN: eGov Watch: KVS’ e-initiative launched

    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani launched Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan’s (KVS) e-initiative ‘KV Shaala Darpan’, which will provide all information about students electronically on a single platform.

    Terming it a “history”, the Minister said the initiative was a step towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Digital India.

    “The government has completed one year and this programme launched by KVS in its first year will define e-governance, good governance and Digital India and create a history.

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    2015
    US: mHealth masters: Make it invisible and intuitive

    Ranya Habash, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at Everbridge, a global mass communications company, and was recently named to Castle Connolly’s “America's Top Doctors 2015” list. A founder of Eye Physicians of Florida and on the Advisory Board for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, she is a two-time president of the Palm Beach County Ophthalmology Society, president-elect of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology, one of only a few ophthalmologists who have been invited to speak at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s National Convention. She is also the official eye surgeon for the UFC organization, providing surgical and trauma care for the MMA fight champions.

    Q. What's the one promise of mHealth that will drive the most adoption over the coming year?

    A. Ease of use. There is support and excitement for further mHealth innovation across the board – from physicians to patients – but unless devices and platforms are intuitive and the learning curve short, proliferation won’t happen.

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    2015
    EU: Work begins on new mobile health apps code

    The European Commission is helping mobile health app developers to draw up a new code of conduct in a bid to ensure the apps adhere to EU data protection rules.

    The Commission said work has started on the development of the code and that it hopes that consumers' trust in mobile health apps will grow as a result of the initiative.

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    2015
    US: How digital health can save the industry $100 billion

    mHealth devices and platforms connected to the Internet of Things could reduce the nation's healthcare bill by some $100 billion of the next four years.

    FDA-regulated digital health solutions helped save $6 billion in 2014, primarily through improved medication adherence, positive behavior modifications and reduced ER visits, according to a report prepared by Accenture. The company expects those savings to increase to $10 billion by the end of this year and by $18 billion in 2016, $30 billion in 2017 and $50 billion in 2018.

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    2015
    US: Mobile Health Market, Digital Healthcare Technology Expands

    The mobile health market is not slowing down anytime soon. As previously reported by mHealthIntelligence.com, major revolutionary technological advancements are causing the mobile health market to expand. Whether it’s smartwatches, remote monitoring tools, smartphones and tablets, or wearable devices, the sheer volume of technologies as well as applications within the industry shows that it’s expected to continue growing.

    For example, physicians can actually view real-time patient data when the patients are located at home by connecting their tablets and smartphones to heart rate monitors or glucose tracking technologies.

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    2015
    ZA: Deal to boost SADC broadband plans

    Ericsson and the Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) signed a memorandum of understanding this week to support the accelerated development of policies and regulations in the ICT sector of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

    CRASA is a consultative body that was set up by SADC regulators to effectively develop harmonised policies and regulations for the ICT sector in the region.

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    2015
    European Commission unveils a digital single market proposal

    On May 6, 2015, the European Commission unveiled a long awaited “Digital Single Market Strategy” (the “Strategy”)—a broad plan with the stated intention of breaking down barriers between European Union (“EU”) nations in the hopes of moving from 28 separate national, digital markets to a single one. 6 The webpage unveiled along with the strategy, http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/, cites economic figures that such a single market would create 3.8 million jobs and contribute 415 billion euros per year to the collective EU economy.7

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    Jun
    13
    2015
    IN: Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan's e-initiative launched

    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today launched Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan's (KVS) e-initiative 'KV Shaala Darpan', which will provide all information about students electronically on a single platform.

    Terming it a "history", the Minister said the initiative was a step towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of Digital India.

  • Sa
    Jun
    13
    2015
    KV Shaala Darpan to script new definition of e-governance, Digital India: Smriti

    Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani today launched the KV Shaala Darpan programme of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan here, saying that the programme would script “a new definition of e-governance, good governance, and digital India”.

    Elaborating, the Minister said, “The programme would be a step forward in the direction of fulfilling the vision of digital India of our PM Modi.” The project will link all 1,100 Kendriya Vidyalayas.

  • Sa
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    13
    2015
    IN: Karnataka prisons to get video-conferencing facility soon

    Karnataka is the first State in India to provide video-conferencing in all the prisons linked with the criminal courts.

    Henceforth, under-trial prisoners will not miss their hearings in various courts of Karnataka, because of lack of escorts.

    The State Government is all set to create video conferencing facility in all 62 prisons in the State, which will be linked to criminal courts. It has also been decided to procure high resolution cameras for this purpose to ensure the clear visibility of under trials.

  • Sa
    Jun
    13
    2015
    US: Scaling Down 311: Data Analytics is Still a Work in Progress

    The desire to measure and manage performance based on data captured by CRM software holds the same level of importance no matter a city's size.

    2015 marked the 12th anniversary of the nation’s largest 311 call center. New York City celebrated the date by releasing data showing 2014 to be its busiest year ever, with more than 28 million customer contacts. Having used 311 for so long and having so much information, New York City has developed a sophisticated performance-management operation that delivers reports and analytics on the calls and requests it receives.

  • Sa
    Jun
    13
    2015
    AU: Evolving citizen portals to enable digital government

    Expectations for usage of 'one-stop-shop' portals have not been met, says Glenn Archer Government portals have been used for decades to provide information to citizens, as well as simplify and consolidate online services, but there’s no denying that there has been mixed success over the years.

    Good portals, however, drive service improvement and value, and represent an ideal transition platform to digital government. We have seen an obvious change in the application of portals in recent years.

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    Jun
    13
    2015
    Australia bucks global decline in public sector IT, technology spending

    Australia is bucking the global trend in declining public sector spending on IT and technology products, with federal, state and local governments here forecast to grow by 5.8% to $10.8 billion by the end of this year, and to almost $12 billion by 2019.

    And, across the Tasman, New Zealand public sector technology spending is forecast to grow 2.5% to almost NZ$1.65 billion this year, growing to more than $1.8 billion by 2019.

  • Sa
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    13
    2015
    IN: Parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students to get online info on performance

    The HRD minister said that KV Shaala Darpan programme will be a step forward in the direction of fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of digital India.

    A programme which will provide parents online information about their wards performance in class including attendance was launched by HRD Minister Smriti Irani in Delhi, promising that it will write a new definition of e-governance and good governance.

    She said that KV Shaala Darpan programme will be a step forward in the direction of fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of digital India. The programme was launched by her at a Kendriya Vidyalaya here during which Irani said that complete information about students under this initiative will be available from Class I to XII.

  • Sa
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    13
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: 'Video-Conference Facility in Courts, Jails'

    The state Home Department has decided to install state-of-the-art video conference facilities in 62 trial courts and prisons, Home Minister K J George told reporters here on Friday.

    With this facility, undertrials will no longer be required to appear in the courts in person for hearing. George said that this move would not just help in bringing down the number of pending cases, but also help in addressing several logistical problems faced in producing undertrials before the courts. “We have decided to procure electronic equipment, including high-resolution cameras, for the purpose,” he added.

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    Jun
    13
    2015
    European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

    On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released together with a document intended to provide the “Analysis and Evidence” supporting it.

    The DSM Strategy will create potential major challenges as well as opportunities for almost every company doing business in the EU. It is made up of three main pillars: (i) a better online access for consumers and businesses across Europe; (ii) creating the right conditions and a level playing field for advanced digital networks and innovative services; and (iii) maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.

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    IN: Digital Governance and impact on citizen services

    Digital governance minimizes human intervention thus making the administrative process more efficient and transparent

    Post-independence, India has made considerable progress in improving the standard of living of its citizens. From lifting millions out of poverty to eradicating polio from the country, a lot has been done. However, despite its many achievements, India still has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to bringing about economic growth and social progress. And this can only happen with adequate help from technology.

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