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    2015
    IN: MoU with SBI makes online transaction mandatory

    In line with guidelines of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Delhi

    Moving towards greater transparency in the award of tenders for various contract works relating to goods and services, the Government on Monday firmed up an agreement with the State Bank of India for implementing an e-payment facility on the official e-procurement portal.

    In line with guidelines of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Delhi under the National e-Governance Project, the Memorandum of Understanding with SBI makes online transaction mandatory for goods, works and services costing Rs.5 lakh and above through the Government e-Procurement portal (www.pudutenders.gov.in).

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    26
    2015
    NG: FG Restates Commitment To ICT Local Content Devt

    As Nigeria joins the world to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2015, the federal government has restated its commitment to the development and promotion of local content in the ICT space for job and wealth creation.

    This was disclosed by the minister of communication technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, during a media interaction with journalists yesterday in Abuja.

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    Nigeria’s Internet growth in 2014 peaked at 52%

    The minister disclosed this at a press briefing to mark the 2015 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day and the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union in Abuja on Monday.

    Represented by the Director of e-Government at the ministry, Mr. Tope Fashedemi, the minister also said telecommunications has remained a key driver of the Nigerian economy since it was liberalized in 2001.

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    26
    2015
    GH: Mahama commissions €38m fibre optic infrastructure in Ho

    President John Mahama has commissioned the eastern corridor fibre optic backbone infrastructure, Monday.

    The cable laid from Ho to Bawku in the Upper East Region covers 800 kilometers and will connect 120 communities to the internet.

    The €38 million project is geared towards bridging the digital divide between the urban and rural communities in the country.

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    26
    2015
    ZW: The information function of the PPO

    An effective public procurement office is as discussed in previous articles, responsible for legislation and policy function whereby it is expected to be instrumental in directing the creation of the legal framework.

    It is further expected to be the advisor to the government on procurement matters. The most recent articles explored the monitoring function of the public procurement office (PPO) where the ex ante and ex post facto review and procurement auditing where identified as critical attributes to maintain integrity in public procurement. The focus is now on the other critical roles of the public procurement office that include the information function covered by this article, the capacity building function, the development function, the supervisory and enforcement functions that shall follow.

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    26
    2015
    US: Bridging the CityStat Gap

    Working with government agencies to release data can be challenging, but chief data officers and PerformanceStat leaders can compliment and support each other in this endeavor.

    One of the realities of being a chief data officer is that your day is often filled with meetings where you are the least popular person in the room.

    Working with government agencies to release data – particularly if agencies are new to the open data process, or if the data in question has not been released before – can be challenging. Releasing open data can invite scrutiny of agency operations from the public and the media. Agencies may view releasing open data as falling outside of their core mission, particularly if their plate is already full and there is little or no funding to support the work that needs to be done to make data available.

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    26
    2015
    US: New York City Fights Fire with Data

    Analytics help New York City firefighters track potential hot spots.

    Complex, analytics-driven programs have created a whirlwind of “smart” technologies to help modernize manual tasks and make jobs more efficient. In most industries, smart tools have been developed that try to predict the future so decision-makers can better use resources and personnel.

    Predictive policing, for example, helps law enforcement pinpoint where a crime is likelier to occur on a given day, using a number of factors about a certain location. The technology can help alter daily beats, hopefully putting officers in the right place at the right time to prevent crimes.

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    25
    2015
    US: The Kentucky Department of Parks Launches a New Online Shop

    Give the Gift of Unbridled Spirit

    The Kentucky Department of Parks has launched a new online gift card store, which allows consumers the ability to purchase the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Card.

    The Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Card allows purchasers to give the gift of exciting adventures, relaxing getaways, Kentucky crafted gifts, food, education and fun for the whole family. The cards may be redeemed at any one of 49 state parks in the Kentucky State Park system, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and the 1776 Shop at the Kentucky Historical Society.

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    25
    2015
    BH: Health minister interacts with general public

    Health Minister Sadiq AbdulKarim Al Shehabi announced the reactivation of his blog via the eGovernment portal (Bahrain.bh), in line with the Health Ministry’s commitment to enhance channels of communication with the public and strengthen transparency.

    The minister will address full spectrum of topics that are related to the ministry, specifically the ministry’s commitment to enhance effective communication with patients and their families, as well as the continuous efforts of evaluating the health services patients receive. In addition, their dedication to resolving problems patients receive and positively improve clinical outcomes for the patients. Also, the many innovative and ambitious plans included in the Government Action Plan to extensively develop the healthcare service.

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    25
    2015
    US: First Official Government App Comes to Apple Watch

    NIC Inc., a provider of eGovernment services, says that its team has just launched the first official government application for Apple Watch.

    According to a provided statement, the Apple Watch app called Gov2Go was actually launched by the company’s Arkansas subsidiary, Arkansas Information Consortium, LLC.

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    25
    2015
    Nigeria Now Uses 29% of Africa’s Internet Access

    The Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, on Monday revealed that Nigeria currently uses 29 percent of Africa’s total internet access, with a rise in the growth rate from 11 percent in 2013 to 52 percent in 2014.

    Before the creation of the ministry in 2011, she admitted that the country was down in the United Nations (UN) e-government development ranking, adding that today, the country has moved up in the ranking.

    This upward movement, according to her, is a welcome development, because ICT is now being deployed in both the public and private sectors for effective service delivery.

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    25
    2015
    Estonian GoSwift wins global Transport Award for smart border crossing point

    An innovative solution GoSwift for managing traffic queues at international borders is the winner of the 2015 Transport Achievement Award offered by the International Transport Forum at the OECD. The Award recognises demonstrated achievement of excellence in transport provision that has improved, enabled or facilitated tourism.

    GoSwift, an Estonian public-private partnership, allows pre-booking of time slots and virtual queueing for border crossings via the web, a call centre or self-service terminals. Better use of the capacity of border crossing points and more efficient journey planning for trucks and tourists are just two of the immediate benefits.

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    25
    2015
    BW: ICT Key to Economic Growth

    The Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, says information and communications technology (ICT) is a key component in diversifying and growing economies.

    Speaking at the commemoration of the 150th World Telecommunications and Information Society day in Ghanzi on Saturday (May 16), Mr Masisi said in order for Botswana to change its fortunes, the country must tap into the power of ICT and develop explicit solutions aimed at transforming its socio economic landscape.

    Botswana as a country, Mr Masisi noted, came far with ICT issues and had managed to catch the bandwagon towards knowledge economy through the use of ICT and that there had been a complete transformation in the country.

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    25
    2015
    Seizing African opportunities

    The ICT sector has possibly the most to gain in an African economic boom, as ICTs underpin every development initiative in every industry. Connectivity in particular, is crucial for development. From agriculture and education to enterprise development, ICT is a crucial factor in modernising and optimising every sector.

    And because nobody understands Africa like Africa itself, African ICT companies should be expanding across borders to deliver relevant solutions that support overall social and economic growth and development. Yet, we are seeing many African ICT players slow off the mark, hesitant to expand into neighbouring countries and losing the ICT market share race to major international players.

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    24
    2015
    IN: Odisha: SCB Uses Telemedicine Mode to Educate Docs on Heartburn

    In a bid to combat heartburn, a common but much-neglected health problem, the SCB Medical College and Hospital has launched a novel programme to educate doctors working at the grassroots and raise awareness in the community by using Telemedicine.

    Heartburn has emerged one of the commonest health complaints of modern day, yet lack of awareness, proper diagnosis and treatment is forcing people to suffer. More than seven per cent of the population in Odisha are afflicted by heartburn and the number is rising. The excruciating condition, main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is no longer restricted to urban and developed regions but is increasingly penetrating into rural areas.

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    24
    2015
    IN: Telemedicine project to help treat wounded Navy personnel on

    Treating severely wounded personnel on board Indian Navy ships will be easier now as specialists sitting far away can advise the best possible treatment through video-conferencing via India's military satellite 'Rukmini'.

    The government has recently sanctioned a Rs 61.59-crore telemedicine project for the Navy.

    "It would bring a revolutionary change in attending to severely injured patients in remote locations where a specialist is not available," a senior Navy official said.

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    24
    2015
    IN: First Year of Narendra Modi Government: DoT Achievements

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) achievements in the first year of Narendra Modi government has been on infrastructure development, successful completion of spectrum auction and revival of BSNL and MTNL.

    On infrastructure development, Ravi Shankar Prasad’s focus has been on NOFN (National Optical Fiber Network), increasing village connectivity, providing connectivity to remote and disturbed areas like – LWE (Left Wing Extremism) states, North Eastern states, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar islands. In the first year, Ravi Shankar Prasad was also instrumental in collecting the highest auction proceeds of Rs 109,874 crores through simultaneous and transparent spectrum auction.

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    24
    2015
    Security Seminar for Government Entities in Kuwait Organized by NoufEXPO

    FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the leader in stopping today's advanced cyber-attacks, has announced that it will soon be hosting the first government focused Security Seminar in Kuwait in collaboration with the Central Agency for Information Technology. The Seminar will be organized by NoufEXPO.

    Scheduled to be hosted at the auditorium of the Central Agency for Information Technology on the 18th of May, the event aims to shed light on the lesson learned from the slew of recent attacks and exchange best practices to help government entities in Kuwait reinforce security investments and strategies in an era of digitization and heightened connectivity.

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    24
    2015
    Tanzania to connect all districts with ICT infrastructure

    Tanzania expects to commence the construction of third phase of the National Information and Communication Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) this August to ensure that all the districts are connected with internet network.

    The Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa said the national fiber optic cable network exercise will go hand in hand with the launching of a national internet data centre.

    Prof Mbarawa told the workers’ council meeting in Dar es Salaam on Friday that the national data centre to be placed at the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) will be built with high tech infrastructure to host all government and business institutions services.

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    24
    2015
    AE: E-security at risk in push towards ‘smart city’

    Ever-growing dependence on technology across various fields offers more opportunities for disruption, whether it is in e-government, critical infrastructure or economic targets.

    Dubai’s push towards e-government and the concept of a smart city will likely result in an increased number of cyber attacks, according to cyber security experts.

    “The short answer is yes, that will likely be the case,” said Manish Gupta, senior vice-president for products of FireEye, a cyber security company. “For roughly every thousand lines of code, there is one vulnerability. That is, of course, well-written code. If you write it very poorly, there would be perhaps more vulnerabilities or weaknesses that can be exploited.”

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    23
    2015
    IN: Digital Bharat 2015: Centre should include private players in NOFN project, says former Trai chairman Rahul Khullar

    "Where do I spend my dollar? Do I spend it on rural health, drinking water, education? You need to prioritise,” said Khullar.

    Former chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Rahul Khullar on Friday termed the government’s target of connecting 2.5 lakh villages with broadband internet by March 2016 under the National Optic Fibre Network (NFON) project as unrealistic.

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    23
    2015
    PK: SECP expands e-services to encourage corporatisation

    The SECP’s e-services are aimed at facilitating the online availability of name, online incorporation of companies and e-filing of statutory returns, and enables the promoters and other officers of the company to interact online using the services portal, without visiting the SECP.

    The services filing facility is an easy and hassle-free mode of submission, coupled with an added feature of lesser fees as compared to manual filing. Foreign companies have especially welcomed this initiative.

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    23
    2015
    US: States go for mobile makeovers

    The shift towards responsive design for multiple-device compatibility, increased search capabilities and mobile usage has driven a number of states to redesign and refresh their websites to offer more services online.

    Utah, Texas, Maine, Alabama and Indiana have recently undergone a website makeover.  And in Arkansas, the state government and NIC, an eGovernment services provider, presented the first official government application for the Apple Watch this week called Gov2Go. According to NIC, Mississippi, Maryland and Texas are next.

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    23
    2015
    Sub-Saharan Africa: Universal service funds push rural connectivity in Africa, but hurdles remain

    Half of the world's inactive universal service funds are located in sub-Saharan Africa

    In many parts of the semi-arid regions here in Kenya, residents often walk long distances and climb trees to get a signal. This scenario is replicated in many areas in Africa, as well.

    Telecom companies don't see such areas as profitable. With the population in these regions sparsely spread over large tracts of land, such areas would be capital intensive to cover. As a result, getting a mobile signal in rural Africa can be like striking gold.

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    22
    2015
    Online USA Doctors Announces Around the Clock Doctor Consultations

    For those who choose not to wait in line at a hospital emergency waiting room, and those who refuse to pay ever increasing healthcare costs, a new solution has arisen called Online USA Doctors, an all-inclusive healthcare option for those fed up with the status quo.

    Despite an advanced American healthcare system, those in need of medical treatment are finding it increasingly more difficult to consult with a doctor, especially for non-emergency ailments, due to a multitude of reasons. Many patients simply find it too expensive to consult a doctor for non-life threatening concerns, or find themselves put at the end of a long waiting list, moved aside for those with more serious or immediate health distresses. For those who choose not to wait in line at a hospital emergency waiting room, and those who refuse to pay ever increasing healthcare costs, a new solution has arisen called Online USA Doctors, an all-inclusive healthcare option for those fed up with the status quo.

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    22
    2015
    US: Telepresence Helps Universities Connect Virtual Students with Campus Life

    Campuses take personal interaction so seriously that they're willing to spend thousands of dollars on robots that give virtual students a "body" on campus.

    In a time when more classes and interactions happen online, universities are trying to bring back the face-to-face connection that online students often miss.

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    22
    2015
    US: Why does New Mexico score high for telemedicine but Rhode Island, Connecticut falter?

    What’s the difference between a “good” state for telemedicine and a “bad” one?

    The American Telemedicine Association released two reports at its annual conference earlier this month in Los Angeles, a state-by state analysis of coverage and reimbursement policies for telemedicine services and another on physician practice standards and licensure in each state.

    In terms of coverage and reimbursement, New Mexico was one of five states — six including the District of Columbia — to receive an “A” from the trade association, based on 13 metrics. The Land of Enchantment ranks fifth in total area but 36th in terms of population, meaning that there are vast, sparsely populated regions, making the state a good candidate for remote healthcare services.

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    22
    2015
    US: Medicare Telehealth Reimbursements Grow, Not Enough Say Critics

    Medicare telemedicine reimbursements totaled $13.9 million in calendar year 2014—the highest level to date. But, critics argue that the figure is nowhere near where it should be.

    The 2014 payments included $12,482,270 in provider fees at the distant site (the location of the telemedicine provider) and $1,452,160 for originating site fees (the location of the patient).

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    22
    2015
    IN: Modi govt will be known for info super highways: Prasad

    Reiterating that there must be no discrimination on internet services, communications & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday that the world is expecting a lot from the country and given its size, telecom companies will not suffer losses and can co-exist with over-the-top (OTT) players.

    “India is so huge that ultimately you (telecom companies) will not have to suffer problems in your account books,” the minister said while inaugurating ‘Digital Bharat 2015’ titled “Conversations for Advancing Digital India and Make in India”.

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    22
    2015
    AU: PS awards for ICT excellence

    The winners of the 2015 Australian Government ICT Awards have been recognised for initiatives in eGovernment and excellence in the use of ICT.

    The Australian Taxation Office won the Overall Excellence in eGovernment Award and was the Service Delivery Category Award Winner for its myTax initiative which the judges said made participation in the tax system "as easy as possible" and "minimises the cost and time involved in meeting this obligation"

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    22
    2015
    NZ: Wellington City Council consolidates and gets SaaS-y

    Wellington City Council is consolidating many of its current separate IT systems onto TechnologyOne’s cloud platform.

    The council, New Zealand’s third largest local authority, will use the software vendor’s OneCouncil software-as-a-service offering.

    Wellington City Council has more than 120 separate IT systems supporting the council’s business and is aiming to bring together many of those dealing with customer service, finance, HP and property functions onto a single platform.

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    22
    2015
    IN: Maharashtra: NMC to revive citizens’ felicitation centres

    Nagpur Municipal Corporation's fire and emergency services department has been assigned an additional job - to remove beehives from residential localities. This new job is part of the NMC's revival of Citizens' Facilitation Centres.

    On the lines of Citizens Facilitation Centres in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the BJP-led ruling alliance in Nagpur Municipal Corporation is set to make civic administration more people-oriented, transparent and able to provide better facilities to Nagpurians.

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    21
    2015
    Smart cities are becoming a reality for India as PM plans 100 by 2022

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of changing the urban landscape into smart cities is taking shape as the government approaches a year in office.

    The Union Cabinet recently cleared the Smart Cities Mission - under which 100 smart cities would be built - and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 500 cities with outlays of Rs 48,000 crore and Rs 50,000 crore, respectively.

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    21
    2015
    US: Maine Honored with Two National Awards for Its Online Business Services

    Recognized online services help streamline the business start-up process and protect Maine businesses from fraud

    he State of Maine has recently been recognized with two national awards for its online services. Maine’s Online Business portal, Business Answers, has been honored as a top government service with a Silver Communicator Award of Distinction, recognizing achievements in the fields of both creativity and communications. Maine’s Online Corporate Fraud Monitoring service was also recently acknowledged, receiving a StateScoop 50 Award for IT Program of the Year. The award highlights the best examples of influential State and Local IT programs that have delivered cost savings, superior performance results and partnerships between agencies.

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    21
    2015
    CN: Hong Kong: Use and management of public sector information

    Following is a question by the Hon Charles Peter Mok and a written reply by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, in the Legislative Council today (May 13):

    Question:

    In 2011, the Government launched the portal, Data.Gov.HK, for release of public sector information (PSI) in digital formats for re-use by the public free of charge.The information on the portal is provided by various government departments and public organisations with the aim of stimulating community creativity and ingenuity by enabling the public to make use of PSI data to developinnovative and practical applications for bringing convenience to the public and benefiting the community.

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    21
    2015
    ZA: City of Tshwane crime-fighting app to be deployed across the police force

    The City of Tshwane’s Namola crimefighting system and app, which was piloted last year, will be deployed across the entire city, and smartphones compatible with the app will be installed in all Tshwane Metro Police Department vehicles, the city’s executive mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa has said.

    Ramokgopa highlighted this during the State of the Capital Address presented today at Freedom Park, Pretoria, adding that 2 000 officers will be trained on how to use the emergency response system.

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    21
    2015
    VN: Hai Phong launches first district e-government system

    The Ngo Quyen District People's Committee yesterday launched its e-government system, marking the first location to implement this pilot model in Hai Phong City.

    The e-government system seeks to reduce administrative procedures, time and spending for people and enterprises. The system will help improve transparency and efficiency for local authority's operations through minimising paper work, simplifying administrative procedures and sharing data between governmental organisations.

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    21
    2015
    US: California: L.A. County Launches Open Data Portal, Job Application System

    Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous county with more than 10 million residents, is continuing to add online services.

    On May 7 the county announced it has launched an open data website after nearly two years of work. The website, built on Socrata, offers hundreds of data sets in a variety of categories: budget, public employee salaries, health, GIS data, public safety and “the largest online collection of property assessment records in the U.S.” The county CIO will work with departments to add more information to the website in the future.

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    21
    2015
    US: Miller County, Arkansas Residents Have Online Property Tax Payment Option

    Office now offers secure credit card payments

    This year it will be easier than ever for residents of Miller County to beat the property tax deadline. The Collector’s Office today announced that it is taking credit card payments, meaning residents can avoid a trip to the Collector’s Office and pay their taxes in minutes from anywhere with an Internet connection at ar.gov/millerproptax.

    “We are thrilled to offer this convenient and mobile-friendly payment option to our taxpayers,” Miller County Collector Cathy Hardin said. “Arkansans are increasingly connected to the world through their smartphones, and I am so happy to make it easy for my constituents to pay their taxes on the go with just a few taps, if they wish.”

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    21
    2015
    GI: Govt to roll out EU’s ‘most advanced’ ID cards

    The ‘most advanced’ electronic identification card in the European Union will be offered to the community, it was revealed by the Gibraltar Government at a press conference yesterday.

    Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister, said at the Gibraltar International Airport’s Wessex Lounge that the £1.36 million project will see the first card issued at the end of June.

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    20
    2015
    Software Is the Lifeline of S. Korea

    Generational shifts in the corporate world and the grim reality of the Korean software market

    Global household names, such as Citygroup, General Electric (GE), Bank of America, AIG, HSBC Group, Exxon Mobil, BP and JPMorgan Chase & Co., which used to dominate the list of the world’s top 10 global companies a decade ago, had been dethroned by global software titans (e.g. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.) a long time ago. There is even talk of a near future ruled by Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Xiaomi.

    The same is true of the smartphone market. iPhone, which reigned supreme in the global smartphone market has lost out to Samsung Electronics, the maker of Galaxy S smartphones. Now Samsung finds itself being closely chased by China’s Xiaomi.

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    20
    2015
    US: Verified Facebook Status for States, Localities: Here's How to Get Yours

    Facebook verification is officially live for states, cities and counties -- now it's time to get verified.

    The coveted blue verified badge on Facebook: Celebrities get it. Sports teams get it. Even federal agencies get it. Now state and local governments can get it too.

    Last Friday, Jason Shueh reported on a pending code update at the social site that would extend the badge — commonly called the blue check mark (even though the check mark is actually white against a blue background) — to states and localities.

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    20
    2015
    AE: Ministry Of Finance Launches Self-Services E-Kiosks For E-Dirham Transactions

    The Ministry of Finance today launched self-service e-kiosks for e-Dirham transactions, on the sidelines of the Cards and Payments Middle East exhibition and conference, currently being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) at Dubai World Trade Centre. Prominent institutions, companies and experts in the field of electronic payment systems are participating at the event.

    Younis Al Khouri, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, said: "The launch of e-kiosks for self-service operations comes in the context of efforts exerted by the Ministry of Finance to upgrade the e-Dirham system to facilitate and support the remarkable increase in electronic transactions over the past years."

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    20
    2015
    Botswana striving to be regional ICT hub – Official

    Assistant Minister of Presidential Affairs Phillip Makgalemele on Tuesday said the Botswana government is committed to ensure that as a country “we position ourselves as a regional ICT hub with lasting social, cultural, political and economic impact on our people.”Speaking at an e-government workshop held in Gaborone, Makgalemele said it is not in the distant future that Government will be able to leverage online platforms to provide public services and interact with the people.

    “Government has invested in a system where people will access services through a variety of means – through, web, tablets and smart phones and at any time,” the assistant minister said.

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    CA: Alberta: Edmonton: City of Open Data Champions (Contributed)

    Edmonton's open data plans and policies can set an example for other cities looking to bring more citizens into the "civic rink."

    Edmonton, Alberta, is proudly referred to by its residents and admirers as the “City of Champions,” likely due to the Oilers’ hockey dominance between 1984 and 1990, when that storied team raised the Stanley Cup five times.

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    US: Google Innovation Lab Participants Hope to Reinvent Government Services

    Google brings its audacious moonshot philosophy for invention to government. The first two participants in Google's new Government Innovation Lab say they hope to do nothing less than attempt to completely re-imagine local government services.

    “We don’t know what the end product is going to be — just like in a hackathon,” said Tim Dupuis, CIO of Alameda County, Calif. “But we know that the talent we’re bringing to the table, both from the county and from Google, that the solutions are just going to be something spectacular.”

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    20
    2015
    IN: Kerala: E-procurement: State Govt Lowers Slab to Rs 5 Lakh

    The state government on Tuesday lowered the minimum slab for e-procurement to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 25 lakh with immediate effect in an effort to deliver transparency in the financial transactions associated with small-scale works undertaken by it.

    The government issued an order lowering the slab to Rs 5 lakh following the recommendations from an apex committee for e-governance which met in February this year. All government departments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and autonomous bodies were directed to follow e-procurement for tenders above Rs 5 lakh. The e-Procurement system is already operational with online payment facility and auto-refund for unsuccessful bidders. As per previous Government Order (GO) issued in 2012, all government departments, PSUs and autonomous bodies were directed to adopt e-procurement for all tenders above Rs 25 lakh.

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    2015
    Botswana continues to push e-governance agenda

    Botswana government has reiterated commitment to speed up e-government, implementation.

    Assistant minister for presidential affairs and public administration, Philip Makgalemele on Tuesday said government has made tremendous investments and implored key players in ICT to commit to the development

    “The e-government initiative is a catalyst to every arm of government and therefore the need for every one of us to take a closer interest,” he said.

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    2015
    IN: Andhra Pradesh aims to provide 20 mbps net speed to each house

    If plans of Andhra Pradesh Government to establish Optic Fibre Grid in the State succeed, people in the State will be able to get Internet speeds of 15-20 mbps in the next three years.

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked officials to start the works on the project in October and complete it in three years. The project, which is likely to cost Rs. 4,660 crore, is aimed at providing broadband connectivity to all households in the State.

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    2015
    DE: Nationaler Normenkontrollrat veröffentlicht Gutachten

    „Vollzugsorientierte Gesetzgebung: Wie können EU, Bund, Länder und Kommunen die Folgekosten rechtlicher Vorgaben besser ermitteln?“

    Um die anhaltende Diskussion zwischen Bund, Ländern und Kommunen zur Frage der besseren Einbindung von Vollzugswissen bei der Abschätzung gesetzlicher Folgekosten zu unterstützen, hat der Nationalen Normenkontrollrat ein Gutachten zu diesem Thema beauftragt. Das Gutachten, das neben der Problemanalyse auch Vorschläge zur Verbesserung bestehender Verfahren liefert, liegt nun vor.

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    2015
    Kenyan ICT on track for strong growth

    The Kenyan government projects that the country’s ICT sector will approach 20% growth by 2017, with the government making every effort to help boost this growth.

    This is according to Dr Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of ICT, who was addressing the opening of the second edition of the ICT Week organized by the Communications Authority of Kenya.

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    19
    2015
    IN: Andhra Pradesh Govt to Launch Mee Bhoomi Website

    Very soon, land holders in Andhra Pradesh will be able to access details of their agricultural and other lands online. The State government has decided to launch “Mee Bhoomi” website shortly to keep details of records of all lands, including their survey numbers across the State, online for the convenience of people.

    In a press release, the state government said users could enter their Aadhaar card number to view their land details online. They can also search for their Field Measurement Book (FMB) through the soon-to-be launched website.

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    19
    2015
    DE: Senat bringt Entwurf eines Berliner E-Government-Gesetzes auf den Weg

    Aus der Sitzung des Senats am 19. Mai 2015:

    Mit dem Berliner E-Government-Gesetz (EGovG Berlin) soll die Grundlage für medienbruchfreie elektronische Verwaltungsabläufe, die Förderung von Open Data und mehr elektronische Partizipationsmöglichkeiten für Bürgerinnen und Bürger geschaffen werden. So sind die Steuerung des IT-Einsatzes in der Berliner Verwaltung, umfassende elektronische Arbeitsabläufe und die Anpassung der Berliner Rechtsvorschriften zur Verwaltungsmodernisierung Gegenstand des Gesetzentwurfes, den der Senat in seiner heutigen Sitzung auf Vorlage von Innen- und Sportsenator Frank Henkel zur Kenntnis genommen hat. Der Entwurf wird nun vor Beschlussfassung durch den Senat und Einbringung ins Abgeordnetenhaus dem Rat der Bürgermeister zur Stellungnahme zugeleitet.

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    19
    2015
    AU: Why the Govt can't simply go opt-out for e-health

    Security, privacy safeguards not up to scratch.

    The Australian Government plans to revamp the troubled PCEHR e-health records scheme to change patient participation from the current opt-in model to opt-out.

    In line with the 2013 Royle Review, patient data from hospitals, general practice, pathology and pharmacy will be added by default to a central longitudinal health record, unless patients take steps (yet to be specified) to disable sharing.

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    19
    2015
    US: The Smell Test for Bad Data

    There are many ways numbers can be misleading. Here are a few. A former editor of ours at Forbes magazine, the late Sheldon Zalaznick, used to talk about putting copy he read through a smell test. By that he meant that he was looking for facts and data that seemed to give off a scent that made him believe it was inaccurate or misleading. This was an ability he developed through years of reading articles about corporate finance. When he detected a fact he thought was dubious, he’d circle it with a red pen and send the copy back to the writer. He was almost always right.

    Shelley was a model for us. After over a quarter of a century of reading and thinking about city and state governments, we frequently come across numbers that jump out to us as questionable. The alarming part is that these figures aren't frequently questioned by government officials who are using them for policy, management or members of the press who repeat them to the general public.

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    19
    2015
    Closing America's Good Government Divide (Industry Perspective)

    Too many local governments think they don’t have the budget to harness technology that would foster greater efficiency and transparency for residents.

    I’m no Charles Dickens; I’m a technology executive. But I have a tale of two cities to tell.

    One is “Digitopolis,” a huge and sprawling urban center located on the West Coast. Digitopolis has invested in next-generation technology infrastructure that encompasses cloud data management systems, open data platforms, mobile applications, predictive analysis models and consumer-friendly visualization techniques.

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    19
    2015
    AU: New South Wales provides real-time queue updates

    Data will be updated every few minutes.

    New South Wales state in Australia is providing customers with real-time data on the waiting time at its service centres.

    The data will be updated “every few minutes” and is available for 30 service centres, said Service NSW, the agency responsible for bringing the state’s citizen-facing services together. The information can be accessed through the Service NSW mobile app and web site.

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    18
    2015
    KR: Telemedicine gives patients treatment from afar

    Kim Yeong-suk, 60, shuffled into the health care center near her home complaining of a prickling feeling throughout her body. Having suffered from high blood pressure for a decade, Kim worried that her symptoms meant things were getting worse.

    One of the head nurses at the center in Hongcheon County, Gangwon, drew a blood sample and examined her blood pressure, temperature, cholesterol and blood sugar. A few minutes after the nurse entered the data, the doctor arrived - on a large screen in the center of the room.

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    18
    2015
    AU: Govt to make e-health records opt-out

    Backs Royle recommendations, including NeHTA closure.

    The federal government plans to create electronic health records for all Australians by default in the hope an opt-out model will counter the slow take up of the former PCEHR system, now known as myHealth Record.

    Health Minister Sussan Ley today said less than ten percent of eligible Australians had signed up for a health record. She said the slow uptake was undermining the system's clinical usefulness.

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    18
    2015
    AU: New ‘opt out’ e-health system

    Australians will be given an electronic health record with funding to be announce in the budget.

    All Australians will now have an electronic health record as part of a new e-health system, and people will have to opt out if they do not want to take part.

    The previous arrangement, commissioned in 2012, was an “opt in” system where patients could choose to join, but it was plagued with problems.

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    18
    2015
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Naidu to launch portal on land records soon

    Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to create a digital repository of the land records in the State. Aimed at brining in transparency, the online portal to be launched by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu soon, will help in the verification process during registrations or while applying for loans from banks.

    The digital repository will incorporate e-governance technology and all land details along with Adangal/Pahani will now be a click away.

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    18
    2015
    MT: How secure is a secure website?: Maltapark trumps most banks, eGovernment gets an F

    Anyone who has ever shopped online, used internet banking or simply used social networking websites may have noticed a little padlock icon next to the site's URL, or the https:// prefix highlighting that the website is secure. But not all secure websites offer the same protection.

    What the 'https' implies is that the http protocol - the foundation for data communication over the internet - is layered over a secure protocol: traditionally the secure sockets layer (SSL), but this has since been superseded by the transport layer security (TLS) protocol.

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    18
    2015
    Internet.org starts journey in Bangladesh

    Internet.org, a Facebook invention that allows free internet browsing through mobile gadgets, has been introduced in Bangladesh.

    ICT Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak, has launched the service at an event with Robi Axiata Limited on Sunday.

    Through the service, Robi subscribers will now have access to more than two dozen free basic services ranging from health, news, jobs, and e-government services, according to the Facebook page of Internet.org

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    18
    2015
    DE: Online-Angebote deutscher Behörden noch nicht top

    Viel Information, aber nur wenig Interaktion auf Webportalen – Hindernis: zersplitterte föderale Zuständigkeiten – Berlin, Düsseldorf und Hamburg im Städtevergleich an der Spitze

    Die digitalen Angebote deutscher Kommunen und Behörden sind noch zu wenig an den Bedürfnissen von Bürgern und Unternehmen ausgerichtet. Die Webportale vieler Städte bieten mittlerweile zwar eine Vielzahl an Informationen, aber nur eingeschränkte Möglichkeiten, Behördenangelegenheiten tatsächlich online zu erledigen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine aktuelle Studie von McKinsey & Company mit dem Titel "E-Government in Deutschland – eine Bürgersperspektive"a>. Die Unternehmensberatung hat dafür das Digital-Angebot von zehn Städten untersucht, die bei einer Vorgängerstudie 2012 als die besten von insgesamt 200 Kommunen abgeschnitten hatten. Berlin, Düsseldorf und Hamburg zählen in der aktuellen Studie erneut zu den Städten mit dem vergleichsweise besten Online-Service. Im Mittelfeld listet die Studie Bonn, München und Frankfurt. Auf den hinteren Plätzen in der Top 10 folgen Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Gummersbach und Gladbeck.

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    17
    2015
    ZM: Tele-Doctor to Boost Health Sector

    The digital revolution is bringing sweeping changes to many areas of life in both developed and developing countries.

    As a report in The Economist - in October, 2014 - observed, the modern digital revolution, with its hallmarks of computer power, connectivity and data ubiquity, has brought iPhones and the Internet, not crowded tenements and cholera.

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have taken on a new, positive energy, and are introducing a whole fresh range of service delivery.

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    17
    2015
    EU: Our ISA solutions for you

    The ISA programme supports the development of tools, services and frameworks in the area of e-Government through more than 40 actions. The solutions below are already operational. Over the coming months, further solutions will be ready for your use. All solutions are available free of charge to any interested Public Administration in Europe, with the exception of the machine translation tool MT@EC, which is available for a free trial only until the end of 2015 and the sTESTA service which can be used freely only under certain conditions. Check out which of these solutions might be beneficial for your administration.

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    17
    2015
    IN: Odisha govt to track BDOs on WhatsApp

    The Panchayati Raj department of the Odisha government is all set to connect its officers and field staff through social media messenger service on mobile phone for effective inter-departmental communication as part of its e-governance initiative.

    whatsappAs many as 314 Block Development Officers (BDOs), Project Directors, Assistant Project Directors of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in various districts and other officials of the department would be provided with WhatsApp-enabled android smartphones in sub 10K range.

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    17
    2015
    PH: Internet voter registration system rolled for Filipinos in the Middle East, Africa

    he Commission on Elections in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs - Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) has rolled out iREHISTRO for implementation by the following Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) in the Middle East and Africa: Philippine Embassies in Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Nairobi, Pretoria, Riyadh, Tehran plus the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Jeddah effective May 8, 2015

    Last 05 May 2015, Tuesday, FSP’s in Europe and Israel rolled out the iREHISTRO system for overseas Filipinos in their respective areas.

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    17
    2015
    NG: ‘Biometric Verification Number Project to Check Forex Fraud’

    With just two months to the expiration of the deadline on the on-going biometric Verification number initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee, operators say the exercise will boost the war against foreign exchange fraud, among other vices, reports Festus Akanbi

    One major issues confronting the nation’s banking sector is foreign exchange fraud.

    The severity of the problem is further underscored by a chain of regulatory measures undertaken by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the foreign exchange market in recent time.

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    17
    2015
    PTCL leading Pakistan into the future

    The future is digital and the digital race has already begun. Who will lead and who will follow is subject to the degree of digitalization and ICT readiness of the socio-economic national structures of nations. For everything from internet banking, e-commerce and online activism to e-governance and e-health; going digital with high speed and high quality is the only option to stay relevant to this global socio-economic transformation.

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    17
    2015
    The UAE Is Now Wifi Enabled! People In The Uae Are Enabled To Experience The Future Of Smart Cities

    The Smart Dubai Executive Committee and du, the Smart City Official WiFi Provider in Dubai, today announced the roll out of WiFi UAE services in various public areas. The service will empower residents by enabling seamless, reliable and secure connectivity to access the internet, browse government websites and apps, pay bills, get updates about applications and avail eServices, among other benefits. The target is to enable WiFi connectivity through more than 300 locations by the end of the year, in line with the city’s vision to implement services that lead to overall happiness of people as envisioned in a Smart City. Customers of any UAE-based telecom operator can access WiFi UAE.

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    16
    2015
    IN: Over 9 crore Aadhaar enrolments rejected by UIDAI

    As many as 9.73 crore enrolments have been rejected, by the Unique Identification Authority of India, due to duplication, quality of data and other technical reasons, Parliament was informed on Friday.

    "As on April 30, 2015, against the total Aadhaar generation of 82.93 crores, about 9.73 crore enrolments have been rejected due to duplicate enrolments or quality issues or technical reasons," Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

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    16
    2015
    IN: No biometric attendance system in children homes, so no gains in aid: CAG

    Till August 2014, only 816 out of 969 bio-metric machines were supplied, as against the stipulated date of July 2011.

    In its recent report, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has pulled up the state for the absence of biometric attendance system in children homes. The system, which was to be in place in 2011, was not implemented due to technical glitches.

    In its audit, the CAG has stated that in the absence of bio-metric attendance system, all the 969 children homes in the state with 83,671 inmates (including 22,645 girl children) remained deprived of the enhanced maintenance grant from Rs 635 to Rs 900.

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    16
    2015
    US: Massachusetts: Baystate Health lauded for use of telemedicine

    For the past decade, Baystate Franklin Medical Center patients who suffered a stroke have been able to speak with a Springfield-based neurologist directly using telemedicine.

    This week, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission recognized Baystate Health, Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital for their use of telemedicine to provide efficient, effective care and access for patients in rural communities.

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    16
    2015
    Mobile EHR Platforms Prevent Spread of Ebola in Nigeria

    The spread of the Ebola virus across the continent of Africa was a grave concern for a significant portion of time, but Nigeria was one country where the threat lead to fewer deaths and cases of the medical condition. Even during the worst outbreaks of Ebola, Nigeria suffered 21 cases and eight deaths due to the disease. The Brookings Institution reports that mobile EHR platforms allowed for better patient care and prevention when battling the Ebola virus.

    The first step in which mobile health records were used to improve patient care is by training healthcare workers. In particular, it was important to teach medical staff about the Ebola virus and modify some preconceived notions, such as how the virus spreads.

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    16
    2015
    US: How Best to Work with FDA to Navigate mHealth Regulation

    Despite providing leeway for mobile health technology developers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has a major role to play in setting boundaries for future mHealth innovation.

    "FDA is trying to balance two things," Marc Scheineson, Esq., partner in Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group and head of the firm's Food and Drug Law Practice, tells mHealthIntelligence.com.

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    16
    2015
    Mobile technology rings on health care

    Mobile communication devices such as mobile phones and tablets have become an inseparable part of our daily life. In addition to the main intended task, communication, these devises can effectively be used to improve health of communities and to reduce the burden of major health issues such as maternal and child health.

    Using mobile communication in health care is called mHealth, the most recent health approach preceding teleHealth and eHealth. mHealth (also written as m-health) is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices. The term is most commonly used in reference to using mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers and PDAs, for health services and information. mHealth applications include the use of mobile devices in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.

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    16
    2015
    IN: Chandigarh: Citizens have to upgrade skills to make Tricity a smart region, says DC Vivek Atray

    Chandigarh cannot become a big commercial hub until its economic activities are integrated with the satellite towns.

    Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) on Friday organised an interactive session on ‘Integrated Development of Tricity’ at PHD Chambers in Sector 31, Chandigarh. Vivek Atray, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, was the chief guest on the occasion.

    Atray, while elaborating on the development of Chandigarh as a smart city, listed out several factors that are necessary for the development, such as sound infrastructure, eco-friendly buildings and smart transport system, smart healthcare, smart education system, e-governance, facilities for the elderly, children and disabled people, etc.

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    16
    2015
    AE: Calling in real-time expert medical advice

    While many challenges remain, the UAE needs to fast-track adoption of telemedicine

    The UAE’s rapidly growing population, thriving tourism sector and growing prevalence of lifestyle diseases are placing an increasing strain on medical institutions to provide quality health care to a growing number of patients.

    Over the past decade, the UAE has become a booming tourist destination. Dubai International Airport is now officially the world’s busiest airport, welcoming over 70 million passengers in 2014. Many of the passengers come for medical treatment, or require treatment while visiting.

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    15
    2015
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Ghaziabad: At Passport Seva, e-governance on vacation as screens and counters rule the roost

    The so-called e-governance model seems to have completely bypassed the passport office at Ghaziabad

    Getting a passport made or renewed would be as smooth as a Google search, I had hoped. Filling the online form and uploading it on the Passport Seva site, under the ministry of external affairs, wasn’t all that tough. The steady flow of SMSes and emails after that reminding the applicant – me, in this case – of the date and time of appointment had only helped build up my levels of confidence in their competence.

    On the day of appointment for my passport’s renewal, I was as nervous as I would be before an exam, checking and rechecking the documents required, but not quite knowing what lay ahead. Before I start telling my story, I must make it known that my centre was Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), and experience here may not match that in another city.

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    15
    2015
    IN: Uttar Pradesh govt gears up to integrate services with National eBiz Mission Mode portal

    Following a series of measures initiated to impart transparency and efficiency to processes involved to start and run industry and enterprise in the state, Government of Uttar Pradesh has now begun the integration of State industrial and business related services into the national e-Biz Mission Mode project.

    In this regard, a two-day workshop was started here today to sensitise and educate State government nodal officers about the objectives of e-Biz Mission Mode portal and action required to integrate service delivery of various departments into it.

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    15
    2015
    IN: Odisha: E-governance not up to the expectations of people in providing services in Berhampur

    The present e-governance system in Berhampur Tahasil Office has failed to benefit the people as it was expected to do. Some people prefer the manual procedure instead of the electronic one.

    E-governance which refers to the application of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for delivering Government services was implemented in 2012 in Ganjam district. Since then the process of issuing certificates like residential, caste, income, demarcation, conversion, mutation, house pattas are carried out online in Berhampur Tahasil office.

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    15
    2015
    US: ESInets Are a Game Changer for Public Safety and the First Step to Next-Gen 911

    These broadband-powered networks will make PSAPs more effective and resilient.

    There is no stopping the evolution of technology, which seemingly occurs at warp speed. One technologically advanced industry that typically is not thought of as such, except when it is critically needed, is the life safety and emergency services industry.

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    15
    2015
    US: Michigan: Detroit Revitalizes City with 311 App

    Motor City jumps on a wave of 311 apps to curb blight by connecting citizens with service departments.

    In the wake of the Detroit bankruptcy, blight sieged parts of the city as its populous exited. The fallouts were typical. There was a run of vandalism, thefts, arson and graffiti. Hard times pushed throngs of looters into scores of homes to scavenge for anything that wasn’t bolted down — and often, even for the things that were.

    Jeff Mooney recalls the latter.

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    15
    2015
    GB: How Unified Communications as a Service can enable Transformational Digital Government

    The purpose of our G-Cloud Enterprise Solutions guide is to establish the relationship between new Cloud services and their ability to support the implementation of Transformational Digital Government, how the technology can be used to radically change how business processes work and the benefits they bring.

    As experts like the Policy Exchange are describing the concept of e-government has moved on from simply creating online interfaces to existing processes without changing them, instead the more strategic use of the technology is to harness it to achieve new organizational models that weren’t previously possible.

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    15
    2015
    IN: Government will likely spend $6.8 bn on tech in 2015, says Gartner

    The Indian government’s spending on Information Technology is expected to rise by 5.7 percent in 2015, estimates global consultancy firm Gartner.

    This growth is inclusive of spending on software, IT services, data center, devices, telecom services and internal services.

    According to Anurag Gupta, vice-president (research) of Gartner, IT services, will be the largest overall spending category throughout in the government sector.

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    15
    2015
    AU: Victoria brings together transaction services in new agency

    Digital unit learns from New South Wales, Singapore.

    Victoria’s state government is launching Service Victoria, an agency that will provide a whole of government approach to digital transaction services, it was announced in the 2015-16 Budget today.

    “Currently these services are excessively difficult to navigate, with government transactions and information spread across hundreds of phone hotlines and 538 different web sites,” a government announcement said.

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    14
    2015
    Ein digitaler Binnenmarkt für Europa: Kommission stellt 16 Initiativen zur Verwirklichung vor

    Das Internet und die digitalen Technologien verändern unsere Welt – in allen Lebens- und Wirtschaftsbereichen. Europa muss sich die digitale Revolution zu eigen machen und für Menschen und Unternehmen Möglichkeiten in der digitalen Welt schaffen. Dies wird möglich, wenn wir die Dynamik des EU-Binnenmarkts nutzen. Die Europäische Kommission hat heute ihre detaillierten Pläne zur Schaffung eines digitalen Binnenmarkts vorgestellt und damit eine ihrer obersten Prioritäten in Angriff genommen.

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    14
    2015
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Amethi to be developed as a smart city by Narendra Modi govt

    Centre has written to the state govt in this regard and a communication has been further sent to district authorities

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi is set to be developed as a smart city by the Narendra Modi-led government. The Centre has written to Akhilesh Yadav-led state government in this regard and a communication has been further sent to district authorities, Amethi additional district magistrate (ADM) M.P. Saroj said.

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    14
    2015
    European Commission Releases Digital Single Market Strategy: The Good and The Bad

    The European Commission has today released its new Digital Single Market Strategy. The objectives of the strategy sit within the wider political context: helping to restore a limp European economy to growth, whilst maintaining an effective welfare state and public services. Will this strategy help to deliver the kind of dynamic social market economy Europeans demand?

    Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip has rightly set out an ambitious vision of a Digital Single Market. For those who believe in an enabling set of rules that will take society forward now is the time to step forward to support this vision. The alternative — a set of rules that fragment regulation along member state lines and reverse digital progress — is not a viable option.

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    14
    2015
    EU Digital Single Market plan: We will compromise fast, and compromise early

    Wild goose chase across level playing field begins

    The European Commission has finally unveiled its big Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM). Despite leak after leak over recent weeks, Digi Commissioners Andrus “The Robot” Ansip and Gunther H-dot Oettinger took to the podium together (for the first time) with due pomp and ceremony on Wednesday.

    But what they presented was a rather damp squip - no actual legislation, just a list of “things we’d like to do”.

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    14
    2015
    EC unveils single digital market plans

    A harmonised fully functional Digital Single Market could contribute €415bn per year to the European economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, says the European Commission (EC). The Digital Single Market Strategy adopted today includes a set of targeted actions to be delivered by the end of next year. The plan is built on three pillars: better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe; creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish; and maximizing the growth potential of the digital economy. - See more at: http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/news/ec-unveils-single-digital-market-plans.html#sthash.bwk3hu67.dpuf

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    14
    2015
    Europe’s digital revolution

    The Digital Single Market is our chance to compete with the US on knowledge and innovation

    Remember 2005 when Madonna sampled a 1979 hit song by ABBA? ‘Hung Up’, I believe it was called. She managed to score a chart topper by adding an electro beat to an already familiar melody, making it fit for dance floors and sweet-16 birthday parties the world over.

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    13
    2015
    US: Sentara links health records to Department of Defense

    Sentara Healthcare has added the U.S. Department of Defense to a roster of government and private entities it can share electronic health records with, officials announced last week.

    "Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia have one of the largest communities of active duty and retired personnel in America. It's a mobile population and, for the first time, we can offer a continuous lifetime record that begins at birth and moves with the service member through military, VA and commercial care," said Bert Reese, Sentara senior vice president and chief information officer.

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    13
    2015
    JM: Gov't implementing National Health Information Strategy

    The Government has started implementing the National Health Information and E-Health Strategy, ahead of the pilot phase of the Electronic Patient Administration System (e-PAS), geared at linking patients’ records to all medical facilities. Since October 2014, implementation of the system at the Santa Cruz and Darliston Centres of Excellence has resulted in 13,000 records being created. This was noted by Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, while making his contribution to the 2015/2016 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representative, today.

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    13
    2015
    IN: Gujarat tops in e-transactions for government services

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Digital India' campaign has got a big boost from his home state with Gujaratis accounting for highest use of e-governance services offered by various state and central government departments. Over 69 crore transactions were made by Gujaratis in 2014, amounting for 32% of the total in the country. These services were used through mobile phones and computers.

    According to central government portal e-Taal (Electronic Transaction Aggregation and Analysis Layer), Gujarat was the top state with the highest number of electronic transactions for availing of state and central government services. E-taal portal aggregates e-transactions by citizens for 2,848 central and state organizations and departments including land records, agriculture, education, health and bill payments.

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    13
    2015
    IN: University Grants Commission keen on re-introducing e-governance in colleges

    In its attempt to better the quality of management services offered at colleges, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again requested universities across country to introduce e-governance system. The move has been aimed at introducing reliable Management Information Systems (MIS), using which functioning of educational institutes can be monitored.

    A circular in this regard was issued in the last week of April, wherein UGC announced the availability of a dedicated e-schemes portal and requested universities to register themselves on it to avail the various schemes. This is UGC’s second attempt at implementing e-governance. The previous attempt had to be scrapped due to irregularities.

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    13
    2015
    OM: "Countries can outgrow their size with e-Government" says Nortal's Business Development Director for CEE Mr Margus Magi

    Delegates to the recent Comex 2015 were treated to two very informative presentations courtesy of Nortal, the leading Open Source software provider for mission critical solutions in the fields of Government, Healthcare, Industry and TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media and Entertainment. With an active office branch in Muscat, Nortal had a strong presence at the conference and exhibition which saw many industry experts, solution providers and end users convene to explore the theme 'Disruptive technologies for fast tracking National Growth'.

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    13
    2015
    AU: New South Wales: Coffs council looks at joint organisation

    Coffs Harbour City Council has reapplied to create a pilot joint organisation of four North Coast councils.

    The proposed joint organisation would include Clarence, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca.

    Coffs Harbour mayor Denise Knight said the four councils had been sharing services for many years.

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    13
    2015
    US: Texas.gov Relaunches as a One-Page Website

    Thoreau said our lives are frittered away by detail, and someone in Texas was listening.

    Websites reflect an organization’s heart. The way people present themselves online reveals a lot about their character, and the message sent by Texas.gov’s newest iteration, which soft launched on Saturday, May 2, is that officials want site users to find the information they need quickly and easily. After six months of development, the NIC subsidiary’s newest state portal is keeping up with design trends and nudging along the erosion of state government’s Luddite image.

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    13
    2015
    Indian Cabinet pumps US$15.4 billion into smart cities, urban development

    Government approves two projects announced under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The Indian Cabinet yesterday approved the 100 smart cities initiative with a five-year budget of US$7.6 billion (INR 48 billion), and launched a second project to redevelop 500 cities and towns with US$7.9 billion (INR 50 billion).

    Under the smart cities project, each city will get US$15.7 million (INR 1 billion) every year for five years.

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    12
    2015
    4 steps to success for a new CIO

    New CIOs have about 90 to 120 days to make their mark on an organization. The transition also creates a tremendous opportunity for CIOs. Anticipation of what digital can deliver is great.

    But it is not an easy task. The lines of demarcation in companies are blurring.   New CIOs must read between the lines -- between industries, customers and product developers -- as they move swiftly to learn the business, find their niche and make an impact on the enterprise. Speed -- or multiple speeds in the world of IT, given legacy systems and the arrival of digital -- is the focus as digital drives the rate of innovation and business leaders' expectations.

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    12
    2015
    US: More Insurers Covering Telemedicine Services in Their Health Plans

    Health insurers increasingly are covering telemedicine services, but some experts say patient trust must be won before such services take off, Wired reports.

    For example, UnitedHealthcare on Thursday announced it is partnering with three telemedicine firms -- American Well, Doctor on Demand and NowClinic -- to cover video-based physician visits at the same rate it covers in-person doctor visits. Through the partnership, the firms will connect some members with physicians via video conferencing technology. Each video visit generally costs patients between $40 and $50 out-of-pocket, but United members now will only have to pay their usual copayment costs for the visits.

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    12
    2015
    US: UnitedHealth Widens Telehealth Coverage To Millions Of Americans

    UnitedHealth Group (UNH) is offering the widest health insurance coverage yet of doctor visits via telemedicine, offering access to three different medical care provider networks that connect physicians and patients via smart phone, tablet or computer.

    UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest health insurer says 20 million Americans could access telemedicine and receive coverage for it by next year. The announcement raises the bar on covering “virtual” medical care, which gives patients access to a network of providers. Already, Cigna CI CI), Aetna AET (AET) and other health plans have varying degrees of access for individual customers and employers to telehealth offering more services than ever to a public demanding quick access to digital health. UnitedHealth’s rivals are rapidly expanding their coverage of telemedicine, too.

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    12
    2015
    US: Mobile Health Technology Expands with Wearable Devices

    One area within mobile health technology that’s truly expanding and impacting the medical sector is wearable devices. A new report from market intelligence firm Tractica shows that wearable devices may move into smart clothing and body sensors over the coming years.

    The report predicts that, by 2020, shipments of smart clothing will reach more than 10.2 million units annually and body sensor shipments will hit 3.1 million units every year. Currently, smartwatches and smart-glasses are making an impact in the consumer space, but this is expected to expand into smart clothing throughout the next few years. These products will continue to track health objectives and analyze body responses in an effort to offer solutions for patients looking to manage their health and wellness remotely.

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    12
    2015
    EU: Healthcare and patient empowerment boosted by ICT

    eHealth would not only greatly benefit quality and access of healthcare in the EU, it would also help bring down costs

    When I worked as a doctor before entering politics, patients’ records were written by hand and consultations and tests were always carried out face to face – there was no other way.

    Now, these practices seem old fashioned. These days, health records are kept electronically and, when necessary, a patient’s health information can be shared between GPs and specialists – and even across borders – at the click of a button.

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    12
    2015
    LV: Use of technology and patient-focused healthcare is a presidency priority

    eHealth solutions can actively improve the health and wellbeing of patients,

    Latvia is no stranger to the concept of eHealth. As a part of its accession to the EU back in 2004, the country had to commit to developing a national strategy for eHealth as laid out in the European eHealth action plan.

    Therefore, in 2005 the Latvian health ministry devised the 'eHealth in Latvia' national roadmap. The next few years were spent mapping the actual project and its architecture, along with the required technical specifications, including technical standards for eHealth.

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    12
    2015
    US: E-Health Records May Not Boost Stroke Care

    While electronic health records are touted as the holy grail of a transparent health care system, a new study finds they don't improve treatment results for some stroke patients in the United States.

    Patients fared about the same in terms of quality of care and illness progression whether their hospitals had embraced electronic health records or not, researchers report May 4 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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    11
    2015
    US: Your Next Doctor's Visit Might Be Through Your iPhone

    Are you ready to visit your doctor … by iPhone?

    American Well is banking on it.

    You may not recognize the name, but the company is a key player in telemedicine: American Well provides telehealth kiosks and software to most of the nation’s health plans, leading hospitals like Cleveland Clinic, and major employers like Oracle.

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    11
    2015
    EU: Use of mHealth can reduce the impact of demographic change

    Tackling privacy and security issues is key to empowering old people to part manage their own health and wellbeing

    A question certain to be raised at this year's eHealth week is whether mobile health can provide an answer to the increasing needs of Europe's ageing population.

    The event, held in Riga, is set to focus on the main conclusions from the European commission's public consultation on mobile health, or mHealth as some call it.

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    11
    2015
    GY: Fibre optic cable giveaway

    By its shadowy and opaque standards of governance cemented over the last 15 years or so, it came as no surprise that the PPP government stealthily signed a deal with a local contractor to “rehabilitate” the controversial fibre optic cable project. Whatever the real intention, this contract translates into the wholesale handing over of a valuable and sensitive, even if degraded, asset for the unlimited use by this investor without a clear idea of the cost to the government and as to whether there would be any benefit to the consumer.

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    11
    2015
    Ernst & Young brands Australian governments digital laggards

    Global advisory and accounting firm Ernst and Young has blasted the Australian government’s efforts to digitise its services to the community and business as “poor”, warning that “the nation’s ability to gain competitive advantage through innovative use of digital technology will quickly be eroded” unless a lack of political and financial commitment is reversed.

    A new report — Digital Australia: State of the Nation — released on Monday by the firm report paints a dismal picture of government digitisation efforts to date, highlighting new findings that say that “almost a third of citizens nominated the public sector as providing their worst digital experience, putting it at the bottom of our national rankings.”

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    11
    2015
    IN: Haryana takes a step towards Digital State

    State Govt launches e-services, apps for admin

    The Haryana government today launched seven e-services and software applications in a measure to provide hassle free and graft-free administration to the people of the state.

    Launching the services in Panchkula near here, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the e-services would help translate the dream of 'Digital Haryana' into reality.

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    11
    2015
    India hiring gamification experts for Digital India initiative

    Experts to design gamification strategy to advertise Digital India among citizens, industry.

    India is looking for gamification experts to get involved in its campaign to digitise public services across the country.

    Gamification creates scenarios in which people compete or win prizes, while learning about a topic or behaving in a certain desirable way.

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    11
    2015
    IN: eGovWatch: Government to finalise guidelines for Smart City Project

    Gearing up to roll out its ‘100 smart cities’ scheme across the country, the government is likely to finalise the guidelines for the Rs 48,000 crore mega project next week.

    The central government’s flagship project got Cabinet’s approval last Wednesday, paving the way for the Ministry of Urban Development to work out details for the selection of cities for the project.

    “The detailed guidelines of the project, aiming at recasting the urban landscape, is likely to be notified next week after its finalisation,” a senior ministry official said.

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    11
    2015
    IN: Smart City Scam

    The Modi government's smart city is a techno-utopia which ignores the basic tenants of democratic urban governance.

    Along with "Make in India", "Smart Cities" seems to be the most hyped up and talked about endeavour of the Modi government. In Modi's recent foreign visits, both of these initiatives were brazenly promoted, most notably in Hannover Messe, Germany, the world's biggest industrial fair. These are not conventional policies (like the National Manufacturing Policy or the National Urban Renewal Mission) but seek to market a particular image of India to key global actors.

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    10
    2015
    IN: Haryana: Khattar launches biometric system

    State goes digital as CM rolls out 7 e-services, apps for graft-free administration

    Waving off traditional barriers in public services, the Haryana Government became tech-friendly with the launch of several e-services and applications today.

    E-services and software applications including — e-Stamping; Jeevan Pramaan; revised state portal; Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS); CM Window mobile app; and Aadhaar-linked registration of birth.

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    10
    2015
    IN: Haryana launches e-services, apps for graft-free admin

    The Haryana government Saturday launched seven e-services and software applications in a measure to provide hassle free and graft-free administration to the people of the state.

    Launching the services in Panchkula near here, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the e-services would help translate the dream of 'Digital Haryana' into reality.

    'Digital Haryana' would seek to provide digital infrastructure as a utility for every citizen, e-Governance and e-Services on demand and facilitate digital empowerment of citizens, an official release said here.

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    10
    2015
    India's Smart Cities: Smart Move, Long Haul

    Visualize a seamless stroll to Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, unconcerned about slipping on water leaking from pipes and drains, garbage strewn across streets, bad traffic or facing unexpected hotel or travel cancellations. This may sound like a dream. Yet, the Cabinet’s approval of Narendra Modi’s urban regeneration project could turn it into reality. The Union Government plans to spend `48,000 crore on creating a hundred smart cities over five years.

    The Prime Minister has already got commitments from Japan, Germany, France, the US, the UK and Canada on helping the plan with their experience and technology. Technology helps maximize utilization of resources by leveraging data collected from sensors, controls, and real time data analytics. It can be used to improve key segments like buildings, which consume 40 per cent of all energy in India, as well as utilities, healthcare, governance, transportation and education. This move could reverse decades of neglect.

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    10
    2015
    Saudi Arabia plans big ICT cloud investment

    The outsourcing, managed services, and datacenter services market in Saudi Arabia is expected to total $570.6 million in 2015, up 16.2 per cent year on year, according to a recent study.

    The market is set to grow 16.2 per cent year on year, primarily driven by increased spending on network and desktop outsourcing and hosting infrastructure services, stated the study published by International Data Corporation (IDC).

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    09
    2015
    ICT services to help boost small-business profits in Qatar

    Leading agencies in Qatar have taken the lead to provide small business access to information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services that would help guarantee revenue increase, a new report by Oxford Business Group (OBG) said.

    OBG pointed out that programmes initiated by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQatar) and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), among others, supported the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

    “The scale of SME operations offers significant potential for the application of IT solutions to reduce the cost of doing business and to drive sales,” OBG said.

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    09
    2015
    PH: Cauayan is country’s first ‘Smarter City’

    Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo has declared Cauayan in Isabela, Cagayan Valley as the first Smarter City in the region and the first among the 144 cities in the country.

    He made the pronouncement during the recent Region 2 leg of the “Science Nation: Agham na Ramdam” nationwide roadshow of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

    Cauayan City is also the first local government unit in the region to unite all its barangays in implementing “Juan Time”—a DOST campaign for the synchronization of all watches, clocks, and time setting devices in the country, including office bundy clocks, to abide with the Philippine standard time. “Juan Time” also aims to promote a culture of punctuality among Filipinos.

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    09
    2015
    Mobile apps set to boost e-services in Oman

    Mobile apps are the best platform for eServices and to provide the right infrastructure for the public and private sector to develop these services, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) has signed a contract with HCL Technologies to implement the Mobile Applications Development Centre.

    The contract was signed at COMEX 2015 by Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, and Arindam Sengupta, director, Middle East and Turkey, HCL Technologies Ltd.

    The contract is valid for three years at a cost of around OMR2 million. The ITA will provide training to three batches every year with 54 trainees in each batch. They will receive training for three months after which 10 trainees from each batch will go for a 6-month advanced training programme.

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    09
    2015
    US: Tennessee should be open to telemedicine

    As the U.S. health care industry strives toward the apex of delivering the highest-quality care at the lowest possible cost, we are adopting new ways to do things better, faster and cheaper. Developing technologies that support telemedicine (also known as telehealth) could be one example.

    Telemedicine is delivered by physicians, nurses and other care providers using various forms of Web-based technology to interact with patients onscreen versus in person. It typically involves videoconferencing, photo transmissions, remote monitoring of vital signs and other clinical services.

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    09
    2015
    US: Does the Mobile Health Sector Need More Safety Standards?

    While the mobile health sector continues to blossom and innovate more wearable and medical devices, physicians and patients show concern regarding some of the safety standards among mHealth applications and developments. Anura Fernando, Principal Engineer of eHealth Medical Systems Interoperability and mHealth at safety consulting and certification company UL, spoke with mHealthIntelligence.com and discussed patient safety as well as data protection in the mobile health sphere.

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    09
    2015
    US: Providers look to take telemedicine to the next level

    From professional video visits to text messages, service is evolving

    Telemedicine is becoming more mainstream, and now healthcare providers, payers and other industry professionals look to the take technology even further.

    Currently, telehealth visits are most often done through videoconferencing, but one physician doesn't think that goes far enough.

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    09
    2015
    Intel and the Department of Science and Technology launch the “Innovate for Digital India Challenge”

    Intel in India reinforced its commitment to the Government of India’s Digital India vision with the announcement of the Intel and DST “Innovate for Digital India Challenge,” which will focus on the creation of products to increase technology adoption in India that will eventually result in the creation of a local technology ecosystem. It will be open to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, innovators, academia, designers, engineers and makers from diverse backgrounds. Participants will be provided mentoring by industry stalwarts and Intel experts, assistance in terms of technical know-how, access to product kits and infrastructure, and commercialization opportunities. They will also be offered market linkages and access to funds at various stages to help make their ideas a reality.

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    09
    2015
    PK: Livestock and dairy: Officials get smartphones to improve e-governance

    The Livestock and Dairy Department has distributed 150 smartphones equipped with the Vet Inspect software among field officials in a bid to improve e-governance, The Express Tribune has learnt.

    Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Umer Saif said the smartphones had been provided to officials responsible for monitoring livestock health and butchers to facilitate the provision of quality meat in line with the standards set by the department across the province. Saif said this would enable the officials to feed data into the software which analysts would be able to access through a dashboard. He said analysts would be able to correlate the information with some indicators such as sale of unstamped meat, staff attendance records and paucity of medicines.

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    08
    2015
    EU digital single market strategy to involve investigation into online platforms, says report

    The European Commission will launch a comprehensive assessment of the role of online platforms including search engines, social media and price comparison sites by the end of 2015, as part of its digital single market strategy. A draft copy of the digital single market strategy has been published by the Financial Times. The plan is not due for release until 6 May.

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    08
    2015
    KY: e-Government group formed

    A new gov.ky service portal should be launched by year-end, with enhanced customer services and improved public sector efficiencies being two primary objectives. The new e-Gov Steering Committee (EGSC) first met this monthto begin this work.

    Led by co-Chairpersons Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Councillor Alva Suckoo MLA, the group commenced work on Thursday, 16 April 2015. The overall goals are to improve the experience of customers, especially by reducing time and costs in the delivery of services. It also seeks to enhance public perception of the civil service, as well as competitiveness with other jurisdictions.

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    08
    2015
    US: Google Government Innovation Lab Open for Business

    Google officially opens its innovation lab to help government solve challenges, with six spots for jurisdictions available in 2015.

    Google has announced the official launch of its Government Innovation Labs, with California’s Alameda and Kern counties as pilot jurisdictions. Another four spots will open for others localities later this year for the free service.

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    08
    2015
    US: Utah Launches New Analytics-Based, Mobile-First Portal

    The redesigned site, whose design and functionality was determined based on analytics, is truly device agnostic, adjusting dynamically and automatically based on the user.

    Utah unveiled the latest iteration of the state’s portal on April 30, with a new mobile-first design that uses analytics to provide citizens an online experience that is localized, personalized and individualized.

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    08
    2015
    US: Arkansas Launches $13 Million School Broadband Upgrade

    Most of Arkansas' 276 school districts will be connected to the state's upgraded fiber network over the next 12 months.

    Arkansas started investing in technology for its K-12 system in the early 1990s through the development of the Arkansas Public School Computer Network. The network linked schools together, but in 2015, broadband Internet connectivity is lacking. Recently elected Gov. Asa Hutchinson recognized a need for its students to get connected and the state is now launching an upgrade – totaling about $13 million annually – to its fiber infrastructure that will bolster education efforts and provide a stepping stone for further broadband development in the state.

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    08
    2015
    India launches national disaster hotline after Nepal earthquake

    Capital reviews its disaster management plan.

    India this week launched a national disaster helpline 1078, and Delhi has announced that it will draw up a disaster management plan, following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal which has killed over 5500 people, include 72 in India.

    People can call 011-1078 to check on their relatives and friends in times of disasters, and the National Disaster Management Authority will share requests with agencies involved in the operations, said R.K. Jain, Member-Secretary of the agency. The agency has appointed an official to process requests.

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    07
    2015
    The .ME Domain Hits 800,000 Registrations

    The .ME Registry Passes Eight Hundred Thousand Domain Registrations Milestone

    The .ME Registry announced today that its ccTLD has passed 800,000 domain registrations. Since its launch in 2008 Montenegro’s country code domain has been marketed as a premier choice for building a personal brand and it quickly became one of the favorite new extensions among creative individuals who want to stand out online. The domain has continued to grow steadily in response to the global trend of nurturing personal identity online.

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    07
    2015
    Muscat aims to position Malta as digital hub for small states

    Ahead of Malta's hosting of CHOGM, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Malta should serve as a digital centre of excellence for small states

    "Micro states are crying for help to get their people connected, because some of them are finding it incredibly expensive to do so," Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said, recounting conversations he's had with leaders from various island states in the Pacific.

    Malta, Muscat said, could be well placed to help these nations find better avenues of connectivity and network with relevant stakeholders, particularly within the context of Malta hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November.

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    07
    2015
    US: Utah and Florida Top the 2014 Digital Learning Report Card

    Plus, three trends are currently taking place in digital education.

    The Foundation for Excellence in Education has released the 2014 Digital Learning Now Report Card, which measures state progress in creating policies that integrate new education models. This year, Florida and Utah were the only two states to receive A grades.

    “The new battlefield for innovation is happening at the local level and state level,” said John Bailey, the foundation’s vice president of policy. “We focus almost exclusively on changing state policy to create more and better education opportunities for kids around the country. There’s many folks who do local work but we play a unique role in working with governors and state lawmakers.”

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    07
    2015
    US: Building Permits Go Digital in Eugene, Oregon

    Called eBuild, the city-created program will allow users to submit building permit applications and construction documents electronically.

    The city of Eugene, Ore., is launching an online program for building plan review and permitting.

    Called eBuild, the city-created program will allow users to submit building permit applications and construction documents electronically.

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    07
    2015
    KY: Work only just begins on long awaited e-gov site

    The much anticipated goal of moving more government services online to cut costs and improve efficiency still appears some way off. Despite promises from successive administrations that technology will be used to help reduce queues, bureaucracy and costs, e-government is still in the early stages. Officials revealed that the new gov.ky service portal will not be launched until the year-end and that the e-Gov Steering Committee (EGSC) met for the first time just this month to begin the work.

    Government appointed former LIME senior executive Ian Tibbetts last December as the e-government tsar who will oversee the transition of government services online.

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    07
    2015
    US: Now is the Time for Public-Sector CIOs to Modernize

    A new tech trends report predicts a continuing "core renaissance” in which CIOs use lessons learned over time to modernize their legacy transactional systems, and inspire new services and growth at the core.

    The government IT environment is ripe for a renaissance, and many CIOs are now thinking about ways they can use lessons learned over time to inspire new services and growth at the core, according to Deloitte’s sixth annual Tech Trends 2015: A Public Sector Perspective report, released April 27.

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    07
    2015
    US: Simplifying Mission-Critical Communication with Managed Services (Industry Perspective)

    By turning capital expense into operating expense, managed services can provide new options to public safety IT pros working to maximize the impact of every dollar.

    Public safety is at the top of every jurisdiction’s agenda, and the expectations of the communities they serve are changing. Technology enabling first responders to address new priorities is evolving very quickly. The need to reduce risk amid growing skill gaps and resource constraints are exacerbating the challenges these organizations already face.

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    06
    2015
    US: Mayo Clinic Pilots Use of Telemedicine Kiosks for Its Employees, but Will Pathologists Be Included to Provide Medical Consultations?

    New generation of private telemedicine kiosks are popping up at Kaiser Permanente, Rite Aid pharmacies, giving pathology groups opportunities to do consultations

    Coming soon to a pharmacy, school, retail store, or employer near you is a new generation of walk-in telemedicine kiosks. These kiosks are specifically designed to allow consumers to have private medical consultations with physicians. For that reason, pathologists and their medical specialty associations may find it timely to engage the company offering these kiosks with the goal of incorporating pathology consultations in the service mix offered by this new generation of telemedicine kiosks.

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    06
    2015
    Google Launches Cache Link in Tanzania

    Internet users in Tanzania will now enjoy affordable and faster surfing services, thanks to the launch of the Google Global cache link to the Tanzania Internet Exchange (TIX), that will ensure local traffic is sourced locally.

    At the launch of the service in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, the Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa, was optimistic that the new product will attract more internet users.

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    06
    2015
    IN: 100 smart cities project gets cabinet nod

    Taking a major step it its bid to recast the country’s urban landscape, the Union Cabinet Wednesday approved Central government spending worth Rs 98,000 crore under two new urban missions over the next five years.

    Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet cleared the Smart Cities Mission — under which 100 smart cities would be built — and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 500 cities with outlays of Rs 48,000 crore and Rs 50,000 crore, respectively.

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    06
    2015
    US: Arkansas Governor Launches New Place-Based Website

    Hutchinson partners with INA to bring website into mobile age

    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas, recently launched a new place-based website that gives the old saying, “all politics is local,” a whole new meaning in the mobile age.

    Governor.Arkansas.gov uses geolocation to determine where a visitor is in the state and delivers relevant content based on their location. The home page displays the name and one of several crowd-sourced photos of their city. An interactive map shows nearby places the governor has visited and where he is scheduled to go. Press releases announcing news in the visitor’s city or region are served first. Visitors can change the location by tapping the city’s name and entering a different one.

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    06
    2015
    KW: Zain first private company to apply E-Signature service to employees In collaboration with the Public Authority for Civil Information

    Zain, the leading telecommunications company in Kuwait, revealed today that it has applied the E-signature service to its employees in collaboration with the Public Authority for Civil Information. PACI officials were present at the company's main headquarters in Shuwaikh for a period of two weeks to ease the registration process.

    With the latest implementation of the E-Signature project, Zain positions itself as the first private-sector company to launch the E-signature service within the organization. The latest collaboration comes in line with the Kuwaiti government's vision of enabling electronic governmental solutions.

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    06
    2015
    US: 10 Tactics To Modernize Your Government IT Organization

    With technology changes occurring rapidly, many agencies have begun seeking out ways to modernize their IT organizations to better prepare for the future. To help you along this journey, we have pulled together the top 10 tactics for modernization.

    1. Identify Functional Needs of Constituents and Supporting Departments

    This first tactic to modernize your agency’s information technology (IT) infrastructure is to identify the functional needs and business requirements of the users and departments you support. Begin by assembling a group of key stakeholders, including internal departments and constituents, to gain a better understanding of the functional needs of your internal and external users. Develop a persona for each of your stakeholders that includes their role, high-level needs, daily behavior and basic technology demographics (i.e. types of devices used).

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    06
    2015
    US: Will California Mandate Local Government Data Inventories?

    State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.

    California could become the first state to require that local governments maintain a list of the technology systems used to collect and store public data.

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    05
    2015
    IN: Delhi to get 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots by February next year

    The Aam Aadmi Party government today said that it would provide 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots by February next year across the national capital.

    The Government is also contemplating providing Wi-Fi in 5,000 buses of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and also lay a common fibre infrastructure in the city.

    Delhi Government in association with the Delhi Dialogue Commission’s Wi-Fi Task Force today concluded a three-day consultation with various system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), hardware and software providers as well as ISPs and Telecom operators.

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    05
    2015
    IN: Maharashtra teams upwith Israel on smart cities

    Smart cities in Maharashtra could very well end up looking as “smart” as Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel.

    In a key stride in collaboration between the State and Israel, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai on Monday agreed to cooperate in building smart cities.

    After the discussions held on Smart City partnership, the two parties – the Maharashtra government and the Municipality of Tel Aviv -- agreed to discuss common challenges faced by modern cities and possible solutions. They would also explore the possibility of using Indian IT capabilities to increase efficiency of smart urban solutions.

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