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  • Sa
    Feb
    06
    2016
    PH: DOST ready to launch nationwide free wi-fi in PHL, allots Php1.6 B for project

    The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is all set for the implementation of the nationwide free wi-fi Internet access in all public places nationwide.

    Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) said here Saturday that the total number of beneficiary-municipalities now stands at 1,435.

  • Sa
    Feb
    06
    2016
    Digital India initiative: Narendra Modi government plans to make all public services available on mobile phones

    Last week Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) proposed a plan of launching all public services on mobile phones. The DARPG reports directly to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the report was prepared along with Nasscom and KPMG.

    The ‘Digital India’ initiative which was launched almost a year ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be starting soon with government services will be available on mobile phones in the next five years. This E-governance move through ‘Digital India’ initiative will be helpful for citizens who don’t have to visit offices for their small work to be done and will become much easier for them to get their work done efficiently with convenience.

  • Sa
    Feb
    06
    2016
    Teach internet risks as part of school curricula: UAE MoI Council

    Council is part of awareness councils organised by Law Respect Culture Bureau

    Participants in the Ministry of Interior’s Council hosted by UAE national Saeed Mohammed Khalaf Al Rumaithi at his residence in Al Ain under the theme ‘The Risks of Internet Use on the Youths’ Thought’, recommends including a topic on the risks of Internet use in school curricula, so as to raise awareness of young people.

    Moreover, they stressed the need to develop awareness-raising programs through the various media channels to provide solutions and proposals to combat the risks of the Internet.

  • Sa
    Feb
    06
    2016
    IN: Govt wants mobile apps for all public services

    Citizens using public services in India may soon never have to visit an office again if the PMO approves a proposal by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) to create mobile apps for all public services, reports The Economic Times.

    The DARPG submitted a report to this effect last week, after consulting NASSCOM and KPMG. If approved, the move would not only make accessing and using public services easier and more convenient for everyone, but also improve India's ranking of 119 out of 193 countries in the UN E-Government Index, said DARPG secretary Devendra Chaudhary in the report.

  • Sa
    Feb
    06
    2016
    IN: Odisha Chief Secy inaugurates e-offices of IPICOL and Directorate of Horticulture

    In another step forward towards e-governance, Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Parsad Padhi inaugurated the e-offices for IPICOL and Directorate Horticulture today in the conference hall of the IPICOL. A meeting was arranged in the conference hall for the purpose in which Additional Secretary, Administrative Reforms of GA Department Sri R.S. Gopalan gave the welcome address.

    In his inaugural address Chief Secretary said that the basic aim of e-office is to improve turnout, reduce turnaround time, and ensure more accuracy, quality and transparency in the Governance. This would be helpful in timely delivery of services to the people. Sri Padhi advised the Administrative Reform wing of the department of General Administration and NIC to expedite the process of implementation of e-office at the directorate and district levels.

  • Fr
    Feb
    05
    2016
    SG: IDA rolls out new ways to get people on SingPass two-factor authentication to meet July 4 deadline

    The authorities are rolling out new measures to get the masses on board SingPass' new two-factor authentication (2FA) as the clock ticks towards a July 4 sign-up deadline.

    2FA is a process involving the use of a one-time password (OTP), randomly generated and delivered via SMS or a token that looks like a mini-calculator. The OTP must be entered in addition to the usual SingPass - a password set up since 2003 - and NRIC number for accessing e-government services.

  • Fr
    Feb
    05
    2016
    IN: An Ideal framework for rapid roll out of e-gov projects

    After more than a decade and a half of intense efforts to electronically enable the government and service delivery, it is time to take a pause and re-assess the frameworks used so far

    To begin with, e-governance needs to be architected to be truly citizen-centric, moving away from the current models of being department-centric. This would require a complete overhaul of the manner in which e-governance had been architected till date. This is not an easy task and is perhaps the holy grail of governance.

  • Fr
    Feb
    05
    2016
    SG: SingPass two-factor authentication process simplified

    The two-factor authentication (2FA) process of SingPass (Singapore Personal Access), used for a host of e-government services, has been simplified as part of ongoing enhancements to the system.

    The SingPass is a gateway to hundreds of e-services provided by more than 60 government agencies. In July last year, the government introduced the 2FA to enhance personal data protection of users.

  • Fr
    Feb
    05
    2016
    IN: Union government releases list of 20 smart cities

    Shri Sinha complimented the 20 winners for coming top in the first round of Smart City Challenge Competition which he said was fiercely contested based on comprehensive evaluation criteria.

    The minister said that Indian companies have been associated with the smart cities mission. "It is also the first time that the government is investing funds in urban development on the basis of a competitive selection", an urban development ministry spokesperson said. Union minister of Urban Development said a total of 15.20 million citizens participated in preparation of the ambitious smart city plans at various stages.

  • Do
    Feb
    04
    2016
    US: 3 Steps Governments Must Take to Succeed in a Digital World

    We should use technology to improve what the institution does, building societal value and public support.

    Too many governments still are thinking too small about information technology, looking narrowly and downward at IT as "the problem." This diverts attention from how the use of technology can shape organizational strategies.

    True, IT itself was the problem when it was expensive, hard to use, and could be applied only to high-volume, highly structured processes such accounting. And marketing hype created uncertainty: How could governments get objective information to realistically assess technology vendors' claims? How could governments keep an IT project from becoming a front-page failure?

  • Do
    Feb
    04
    2016
    SA students graduate from SAP Skills for Africa programme

    SAP Africa has announced the successful graduation of all 75 South African students from its SAP Skills for Africa job creation initiative. The South African chapter of the SAP Skills for Africa initiative was announced four months ago and forms an integral part of SAP Africa’s commitment to train ICT consultants across the continent.

    The successful graduation today of all 75 South African students follows the first group of graduates from Kenya who completed the SAP Skills for Africa training certification in 2013 and 2014, as well as in Morocco in 2015.

  • Do
    Feb
    04
    2016
    Time is right for GCC states to set up universal internet access

    In the space of the last 20 years internet penetration has increased from 1 per cent of the world’s population to about 40 per cent today.

    In the Middle East alone, more than half of the population now has online access, with the figure in the GCC at 75 per cent.

    This impressive expansion of internet use and its ability to create jobs and stimulate economic growth is particularly important for the GCC, which is seeking sustainable growth despite low oil prices.

  • Do
    Feb
    04
    2016
    UG: 23 towns connected to the national internet cable

    In total, 1,543kms of underground optical fibre cable have been laid. But this is just about a fifth of the total urban population of Uganda and extensive work remains to be done as well as massive education of the masses to tap into this huge infrastructure project.

    Twenty three towns have so far been covered in the completed phase one and two of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-government infrastructure project, the IT authority has stated.

    During a sensitization workshop of the third phase of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-government infrastructure project in Masaka over the weekend, National Information and Technology Authority (NITA-U) said phases one and two are complete and have achieved connectivity to Kampala, Entebbe, Bombo, Mukono, Jinja, Busia, Tororo, Malaba, Mbale, Kumi, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Elegu, Masindi, Nakasongola, Luwero, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Kasese, Fort Portal and Kyenjojo under the NBI.

  • Mi
    Feb
    03
    2016
    US: North Carolina: Charlotte: What It Means to Be a 'Smart City'

    By linking environmental sustainability and economic growth, Charlotte is showing the way.

    Like self-driving cars, "smart cities" are getting a lot of attention these days. And rightfully so, considering their broad range of potential benefits, from more sustainable use of resources and enhanced resilience to improved citizen engagement, urban mobility and public safety. Realizing significant improvements in even a few of these would make building out a smart city a worthwhile goal.

  • Mi
    Feb
    03
    2016
    US: 5 Steps to Speeding Up Smart Government (by Slowing Down)

    If you want to increase innovation, many experts suggest slowing down first.

    All around the world, technology leaders are trying to work smarter, innovate and do more with less. From the Internet of Things to smart cities, from big data collection to connected drones, everyone’s trying to gain that competitive edge.

    At the same time, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stay current with emerging technologies while mitigating security vulnerabilities. What can be done to keep up? Surprisingly it may be best to slow down, look around and catch your breath. That’s right — if you want to speed up innovation, many experts suggest slowing down first.

  • Mi
    Feb
    03
    2016
    Ethiopia to launch mobile apps for govt offices

    Ethiopia's Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT) will in a month launch 20 mobile applications for 20 government offices, which it has been working on since September 2015, Addis Fortune reported.

    Given the mandate to introduce and implement new technology and communication systems in Ethiopia, project operator MCIT has had an e-government plan since 2010. The plan vies to improve the online presence of government services and to improve access to the general public.

  • Di
    Feb
    02
    2016
    US: What Can Local Governments Learn from UPS?

    The technology that UPS uses to optimize its routes and achieve big savings shows how powerful data analytics could be across the public sector.

    Advanced data analytics have created a heightened awareness of how marginal reductions in time or cost, seemingly insignificant at the granular level, can add up to big savings over time. Courier services know this well, and could teach the public sector some lessons on efficient fleet management.

  • Di
    Feb
    02
    2016
    US: 7 Ways Local Governments Are Getting Creative with Data Mapping

    Government entities appear to be using maps more and more as a tool for creating useful applications. Here are seven ways they're doing it.

    As snow pounded the east coast of the United States this weekend, government entities rushed to do their part in helping citizens cope with the effects of the storm. And amid all those efforts were several jurisdictions that turned to a tool becoming more common in state and local government: maps.

    “Unfortunately a lot of the best technology comes out of disasters or major events,” said Christopher Thomas, director of government markets for the geographic information systems (GIS) company Esri.

  • Di
    Feb
    02
    2016
    OM: ITA launches Electronic Certificate service ‘Tam’

    Omanis and expatriates can now access all e-Government services thanks to a new Electronic Certificate service, which provides each person with a digital identity and has been launched by the Information Television Authority (ITA) in cooperation with the Royal Oman Police (ROP).

    The service called ‘Tam’ allows registered citizens and residents to use government electronic services and finish transactions in a fast and secure way.

  • Mo
    Feb
    01
    2016
    Vietnam greenlights broadband plan

    Vietnam's prime minister has approved a national broadband that aims to extend fixed broadband coverage to 40% of the population by 2020.

    According to a Vietnam News report on Saturday, prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung wants 60% of those with broadband coverage to receive a minimum downlink speed of 25 Mbps. Under the plan, all public Internet access points will also be required to use a fixed broadband connection, with at least half wired up to a 50 Mbps service.

  • Mo
    Feb
    01
    2016
    BH: MoE's website updated, modernised

    The Ministry of Education (MoE)'s Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Data, Nawal Ebrahim Al Khater, said the ministry has completed the modernisation and updating of its website in cooperation between the Data Management Systems Directorate and the Informatics and E-Government Authority to monitor and block any hacking attempts.

    The move comes as part of the ministry's digital educational empowerment scheme.

  • Mo
    Feb
    01
    2016
    ZA: Government to cover e-toll shortfall for 22 years: report

    The Treasury, along with the government in Gauteng, will make up a R390 million annual revenue shortfall created by changes made to the  e-toll system in 2015.

    According to BusinessDay, tax payers will fund the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) for the next 22 years, after Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new funding structure to a toll system which has been widely rejected by the public.

    A new e-toll dispensation announced in May last year, resulted in fees being cut by 50%, a cap on fees and discounts on outstanding fees.

  • Mo
    Feb
    01
    2016
    QA: Ashghal’s e-system to streamline workflow

    The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has started using an electronic system for managing the meetings of the tenders and auctions committees. The advanced system is used for preparing meeting agendas and signing the tenders committees’ meeting minutes electronically instead of preparing them manually. This is expected to save time and effort, in addition to enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and ease of follow-up and archiving processes for the agendas of the meetings.

    The implementation of the new electronic system is expected to significantly reduce the amount and cost of paper documents used, by converting the committees’ agendas. This will ease the process of preparing and reviewing those agendas. It is also hoped to accelerate the workflow by minimising the number of stages needed to prepare work agendas and sending them electronically to the members for reviewing at any time and in any place.

  • So
    Jan
    31
    2016
    IN: Telangana goes for digital push

    The youngest state, Telangana, is all set to become a role model in the area of electronic service delivery (ESD) as part of its commitment of administrative reforms by leveraging Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). The initiative is aimed at offering good governance besides easy delivery of welfare benefits to the rural masses. The state has inherited the electronic governance platform along with Hyderabad city.

    The city has seeming online infrastructure and even won the global laurels for its software export and development capabilities by way of housing global giants in the area of software development. The ESD platform consists of 2 applications termed – e-Seva, Mee Seva – a technology-rich e-governance initiative drawing synergies with State’s IT infrastructure such as State Wide Area Network (SWAN), State Data Centre (SDC) and Digital Signature Platforms.

  • So
    Jan
    31
    2016
    IN: Odisha FSCW deptt receives national award for successful implementation of e governance

    Although there are several allegations from various quarters on the black marketing in Paddy procurement and distress sale of paddy in Odisha, the state got national e-governance award in two day national e governance conference at Nagpur.

    The State Government has received this national award successful e-initiatives in Procurement Automation System (P-PAS) for paddy purchase and farmer registration program.

  • So
    Jan
    31
    2016
    IN: Supreme Court constitution bench likely to hear Aadhaar case next week

    UID was challenged on the grounds that the move to collect information from individuals and sharing such data is a violation of the right to privacy

    A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court is likely to hear the Aadhaar case next week.

    The petitioners in the case had challenged the unique identification (UID) number on the grounds that the move to collect information from individuals and sharing such data is a violation of the right to privacy, especially in the absence of any backing regulation.

  • So
    Jan
    31
    2016
    Zimbabwe mulls biometric voting system for 2018 poll

    Zimbabwe plans to introduce a biometric voting system as part of a raft of reforms ahead of general elections set for 2018, state media reported Sunday.According to the Sunday Mail, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) plans to engage international experts to assist in the implementation of the biometric voting system “among other significant changes to the polling framework.”

    “The biometric system the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission plans to introduce will scan for either fingerprints or the iris and is already in use in African countries like Kenya and Ghana,” the paper said, quoting ZEC spokesperson Justin Manyau.

  • Sa
    Jan
    30
    2016
    Cyprus seeks closer ties with Estonia, help with e-government

    Monday’s visit by Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas will open new avenues of cooperation for Cyprus with countries the island has not traditionally had close ties with, according to Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petrides.

    In statements to Cyprus News Agency on Sunday, Petrides said this would be the Estonian Prime Minister’s first visit to the island, and this carried political significance, he said.

  • Sa
    Jan
    30
    2016
    Cyprus at the touch of a button

    Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas is expected to arrive in Cyprus on Monday to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation in order to bring the island’s government up to par on e-government.

    E-government (short for electronic government) consists of the digital interactions between a citizen and their government, between governments and government agencies, between government and citizens, between government and employees and between government and businesses/commerce.

  • Sa
    Jan
    30
    2016
    IN: E-governance to increase efficiency: Pranav Sayta

    The committee set up by the government in October 2015 has done a commendable job by issuing its first batch of recommendations in a short span of less than three months. The recommendations are on issues, which are simple but need immediate attention, in the areas of curbing litigation and ease of doing business. The recommendations are open for public comments, reflecting an appreciated consultative approach on the part of the government.

    The committee has suggested various measures to avoid delays in issue of refunds, such as granting of refunds without awaiting completion of assessments, higher interest on delays and precluding set-off of refunds against demands without dealing with taxpayers' objections. Taxpayers struggling to receive timely refunds would surely applaud these recommendations.

  • Fr
    Jan
    29
    2016
    The European Parliament Calls for Intermediary Liability Protection and Availability of Encryption in its DSM Strategy Report

    This week, the European Parliament adopted in plenary its own-initiative report on “Towards a Digital Single Market Act.” The report represents the European Parliament’s political position on the Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, published by the European Commission back in May 2015.

    With this report, MEPs have flagged their issues of priority, which should help to steer the political agenda in the coming months. The reports covers quite a broad range of issues in the digital economy, from the role of platforms to digital content, but also issues such as e-government or digital skills. You may be thinking: “do not bite off more than you can chew”, but the report does have several good provisions.

  • Fr
    Jan
    29
    2016
    RW: Govt in New Effort to Improve Online Public Service Delivery

    To fast-track the rollout of government online services, Irembo platform, an e-government portal developed and operated by 'Rwanda Online', has introduced a new e-learning platform to facilitate government officials to deliver services.

    Via www.nihugure.com, government officials will be able to educate themselves about the use of e-government portal to enable them deliver quick services to citizens, without waiting for training that tend to come at specific times.

  • Fr
    Jan
    29
    2016
    QA: Electronic system to manage Ashghal tender committee meetings

    With an eye to create work environs Ashghal is implementing several electronic programmes and applications.

    The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has started using an electronic system for managing the meetings of the tenders and auctions committees.

    The advanced system is used for preparing meeting agendas and signing the tenders committees’ meeting minutes electronically instead of preparing them manually. This is expected to save time and effort, in addition to enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and ease of follow-up and archiving processes for the agendas of the meetings.

  • Fr
    Jan
    29
    2016
    US: Electronic Payment Now Available in Nebraska for Unemployment Debt

    A new electronic payment option in Nebraska is making it easier for workers to pay back unemployment debt. The new online portal streamlines the collection process for the Department of Labor, and expedites funds being returned to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, used to pay benefits. Workers who have payments due can access the online portal through their NEworks account.

    “We are very optimistic for the future of payment processing,” said Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin. “This enhancement allows workers to pay back overpayments using credit/debit cards or electronic checks, and also accommodates recurring payments. Collaborating with Nebraska Interactive has expanded our payment options, making reconciliation much more accessible.”

  • Do
    Jan
    28
    2016
    IN: About 6.5 lakh pension related queries resolved: Government

    Rest of the grievances are pending due to technical issues, the Minister said. Speaking after inaugurating a national conference on e-governance here, Singh said his Ministry was pursuing e-office for all central ministries and departments and so far 24 of them have initiated the process of its implementation.

    About 6.5 lakh pension related complaints have been resolved by the central government, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said here today. Highlighting the importance of e-governance in present time, he said that it has the power to reach the last man and accomplish the goal of ‘Antodaya’. He said e-governance has to be directed more towards uplift of youth, who are the backbone of the flagship programmes of central government like Start-up India, Digital India and Make in India, he said.

  • Mi
    Jan
    27
    2016
    Danish public bodies send 89 mln official e-mails in 2015

    The Danish Digitisation Board said that in 2015, authorities sent 88.9 million electronic letters to members of the public and organisations. This was a rise from 47.9 million in 2014 and a 218 percent increase from 2013. It said that nine out of ten people in Denmark now have a Digital Post universal e-mail address.

  • Mi
    Jan
    27
    2016
    AG: Online renewal of drivers’ licences comes onstream

    Residents are slowly warming to the idea that they can now renew their driver’s licences online.

    The initiative, which came onstream on January 1, forms part of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP’s) e-government platform.

    Acting General Manager of the Antigua & Barbuda Transport Board (ABTB) Hubert Jarvis said a few people have registered and are utilising the system.

  • Mi
    Jan
    27
    2016
    EU: Stop geo-blocking and boost e-commerce

    Geo-blocking consumers’ online access to goods and services on the basis of their IP address, postal address or the country of issue of credit cards is unjustified and it must stop, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs want Europe to seize the opportunities opened up by new technologies, such as Big Data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things or 3D-printing, and to have an innovation-friendly policy towards online platforms.

    The 16 digital single market initiatives announced by the European Commission last May to boost the digital economy and innovation must be tabled without delay, MEPs insist.

    "We have ensured that this report on the digitisation of the EU economy, society and public administrations determines legislative and non-legislative action to benefit consumers and to preserve Europe’s competitive social market economies”, said Internal Market Committee co-rapporteur Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D, DE).

  • Di
    Jan
    26
    2016
    JO: ‘Gov’t to start adopting e-signatures in its transactions’

    The government will start adopting e-signatures in all transactions during the first quarter of this year, a government official said Monday.

    The e-signature will be used for internal transactions at public entities, between the government and the private sector, and between the government and citizens, a source at the ICT Ministry told The Jordan Times.

    “This is a very important step towards increased usage and adoption of e-services in Jordan, a matter that will play a key role in ensuring convenience for users and faster operations in the public sector,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

  • Di
    Jan
    26
    2016
    AE: A look into Dubai’s smart city initiatives

    UAE are investing heavily in ICT as they seek to diversify their economies, build up a knowledge economy and reduce their reliance on oil and gas. In Dubai, the Dubai Smart City initiative aims to transform the emirate into a leading global smart city over the next few years. The strategy includes over 100 initiatives and a plan to transform 1000 government services into smart services. According to Cisco, Dubai’s public and private sector IT market is valued at Dh17.9bn ($4.87bn) over the next five years, including a public sector opportunity of Dh4.3bn ($1.17bn).

    The initiative aims to encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors to achieve targets in six key pillars: smart life, smart transportation, smart society, smart economy, smart governance and smart environment. These areas will be brought together on a single connected, integrated and collaborative smart city platform, with input from the government agencies, businesses and Dubai’s citizens.

  • Di
    Jan
    26
    2016
    People without access to digital technology will be left behind: World bank

    Greater effort must be made to connect more people to the internet and to create an environment that unleashes the benefits of digital technologies, a World Bank report says.

    The spread of digital technologies over the last two decades has been rapid but the hoped-for benefits of greater productivity, more opportunity for the poor and middle class, more accountable governments and companies have not spread as far and wide as anticipated, the World Bank’s 2016 World Development Report on the internet, “Digital Dividends” says.

  • Di
    Jan
    26
    2016
    NZ: How we designed… Govt.NZ’s marriage service

    How the team used data and user research to overhaul the digital service.

    Romance isn’t often associated with data science, but the New Zealand Government would beg to differ. They used analytics to overhaul the marriages section of their e-government portal Govt.NZ. The steps taken by the digital team are instructive on how government can use data to improve public services.

  • Di
    Jan
    26
    2016
    EU Parliament makes recommendations on Digital Single Market

    The European Parliament has adopted a number of recommendations on the the EU's Digital Single Market strategy. The EP said in a statement that it plans to "co-legislate" with the European Commission on the DSM, which was first unveiled last year by the new EC. Most of the recommendations adopted by MEPs in a large majority (551 for, 88 against, 39 abstentions) are in line with the proposals already made the EC, such as putting an end to geo-blocking in order to increase access to digital services across EU countries and ensuring equivalent consumer protection for digital services whether purchased on- or offline.

  • Di
    Jan
    26
    2016
    Nigeria's Knowledge Deficient Civil Service

    Without doubt, the civil service has become a powerful political block. For progress, the president must define his mission and vision to his cabinet so they can tackle the institutional pathologies of the civil service, restore its pride and refocus its men and women in their various ministries and agencies. Computer illiterates should be thrown out in an age when the world is talking of the Fourth Industrial Revolution!

    Nigeria is the land of a million conspiracies. The problems are a legion. One hardly knows where to start, but not doing anything is not an option. Not trying is sacrilege! The damage done by the sixteen years of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) rule as accentuated by President Goodluck Jonathan to Nigerian institutions by his ethnic, religious and divisive politics will take decades to repair. We must begin the repair work because every public institution in nigeria has been turned into an ethnic battleground for positions and promotions. In government agencies all over the country, especially at the federal level, impunity and corruption reign supreme and mediocrity has become the baptismal ordinance.

  • Mo
    Jan
    25
    2016
    US: Standards Are Crucial to Successful Open Data Policies

    Data standards create a common structure that facilitates information sharing, inter-organizational cooperation and the ability to build on past successes — all important ingredients to driving data-smart innovation.

    I recently moderated an event for the National Governors Association at the Harvard Kennedy School. In one session, performance management expert Bob Behn told a group of governors’ chiefs of staff that one of the most basic but often overlooked aspects of an efficient organization is a shared definition of key terms. Simple words can take on significantly different meanings to different people, and if a standard definition for these words is not set, collaboration is stifled by miscommunication.

  • Mo
    Jan
    25
    2016
    US: Wyoming: Sending Medicaid to the Cloud

    Led by Wyoming, states are ready to pioneer MMIS as a service.

    The Wyoming state government already has considerable experience with cloud-based services. It uses Google Apps for Government, NEOGOV for human resources and is looking at Salesforce.com for customer relationship management. But as its Department of Health prepares to issue an RFP to replace its Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), all eyes in the Medicaid IT sector are on Wyoming because it will be the first time a state has tried to move away from an expensive custom-developed system to an MMIS-as-a-service approach.

  • Mo
    Jan
    25
    2016
    OM: Ministry of Manpower launches e-identity service

    The Ministry of Manpower launched an awareness campaign on activating the e-authentication services (PKI) for the Ministry's employees in a bid to benefit from the e-services that were activated in 2015. The new service is related to e-nomination of job seekers, e-licensing and e-authentication of Omanis' employment contracts.

    The service ensures high quality of security, accuracy and credibility.

  • Mo
    Jan
    25
    2016
    Singapore restructures government ICT space with merger, new unit

    ICT and media regulators will merge to form the Infocom Media Development Authority, while a new Government Technology Organisation will lead ICT deployments in the public sector.

    The Singapore government has unveiled plans to merge two key industry agencies as well as create a new entity to oversee ICT deployments in the public sector.

    The moves are part of efforts to better reflect industry changes and drive digital transformation of government services, according to Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim.

  • Mo
    Jan
    25
    2016
    India saved 1 billion USD by using Aadhaar, reports World Bank

    On January 14, the World Bank reported that India had saved around 1 billion USD in a year by using Aadhaar as a digital economic platform.

    Here are some points you need to know:

    • The World Bank report states that India saved around 1 billion USD by transferring fuel subsidy directly to user's bank account with the help of Aadhaar-based Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)
    • The direct transfer has reduced the loss of money through middlemen and agencies taking a toll on the transfer
    • The plan also helped to reduce leakage and improved efficient gains
    • The World Bank report also pointed out that the government can save up to 11 billion USD if it expands the DBT to other subsidy facilities
    • The report was put forward in the World Bank publication, World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends, which was recently released in Washington DC, USA.

  • Mo
    Jan
    25
    2016
    IN: Kerala: Cloud computing facility installed

    An e-governance system with cloud computing facility has been installed at the Commissionerate of Rural Development.

    A press release that was issued here said that the Commisionerate is the first department in the State to have an e-office system based on cloud computing.

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    2016
    Saudi Arabia third in global ranking for ease of tax payment

    Saudi Arabia maintains its third position in the global ranking for ease of tax payment, the latest release of the Paying Taxes report by The World Bank and PwC said.

    With the least demanding tax framework, well below the world average, the Kingdom has a total tax rate of 15.0%, an average number of three payments and an average time to comply of 64 hours. The report analyzed the same factors in 189 countries, with global averages of 40.8% total tax rate, 25.6 number of payments, and 261 hours for time to comply.

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    2016
    OM: PEIE launches 'Live Chat' service on its website

    With the aim of providing an interactive interface linking PEIE 's staff with existing and potential investors, and business owners, the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) launched recently "Live Chat" service on its website www.peie.om. The service aspires at answering enquiries, providing assistance, welcoming suggestions among other services.

    Commenting about the value of this service, Ibtisam Al Farooji, Director of PEIE 's Communication and Investor Services Center explained that Live Chat service plays a vital role in facilitating access to those in charge of customer care at the Communication and Investor Services Centre and hence easing access to the required information on the one hand and raise further awareness on the services offered by PEIE on the other hand. "Besides, the service provides an opportunity to strengthen relations with the existing and potential investors through direct interaction and thereby turn these relations into investments on the ground. The Live Chat service offers a great value to PEIE in the current digital and e-marketing era," Al Farooji pointed out.

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    2016
    GH: Kofi Annan Centre for ICT should be strengthened

    The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) needs to be strengthened and be made to focused on demand driven initiatives in order to provide products to meet local needs.

    Dr Kwadwo Ameyaw Korsah, Head of the Department of Adult Health, School of Nursing, University of Ghana said institutions such as AITI-KACE, the departments of Computer Sciences of the nation’s universities are challenged to produce the needed ICT professionals for the country.

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    2016
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun: Smart city move: Free Wi-Fi at municipal body premises

    Dehradun municipal corporation has converted its premises into a free Wi-Fi zone from Friday to get a step closer to e-governance, a mandate of smart city.

    Anyone can walk into the corporation office, next to Doon hospital, and use 4G internet services. The service does not ask for a user ID log in or password. It provides unlimited internet access round the clock.

    Commissioner of Dehradun municipal corporation, Nitin Bhadouria, has tagged it as a major step towards helping locals get familiar with digital functions of the corporation and to get them onboard with the concept of e-governance.

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    2016
    IN: Himachal Lags in Connecting Panchayats With Optical Fiber Network

    Awarded for its e-governance project in December, 2015, Himachal Pradesh actually is lagging in connecting up its much of its rural panchayats with optical fiber networks to enable delivering better government to citizen services at their doorsteps.

    National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) December 6, 2015 data shows that only 14 panchayats in Himachal Pradesh are connected with an opitcal fiber network.

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    2016
    IN: Karnataka: E-district Portal to be Launched on Pilot Basis

    The Department of e-Governance will launch a web portal by the end of this month on pilot basis, to offer wide range of government-to-citizen services online. The Karnataka e-district portal will be a one stop shop that can be accessed by citizens across the state to avail government services and also avoid the hassle of visiting departments.

    At the outset, the portal will be offering around 150 services and this will be eventually scaled up to 350 or more across 40 government departments.

  • Fr
    Jan
    22
    2016
    ZM: Poor public service delivery worries Lungu

    President Edgar Lungu has bemoaned the poor performance of the public service despite Government consistently improving the working conditions for staff.

    The Head of State has since implored staff in the public service to scale-up performance of individual roles for Government to accelerate the country’s social and economic transformation.

    “You will recall that in September 2013, this Government is on record to have awarded an unprecedented salary increment to date in a bid to improve employee motivation, productivity and performance.

  • Fr
    Jan
    22
    2016
    OM: Fifth edition of Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment launched

    The Information Technology Authority (ITA) organised a two-day capacity building workshop earlier this week at Hormuz Grand Hotel to unveil the details of the fifth edition of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment. The event was attended by Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, and a number of representatives from various government entities, private sector and SME companies, a press release said.

    At the event, Ruzaiqi said, “We are pleased to launch the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment to appreciate the efforts in the ICT sector for all government and private organisations including the SMEs.

  • Fr
    Jan
    22
    2016
    Digital India: Techies Bring Free Wi-Fi To Madhya Pradesh Villages

    In his spare time these days, 28-year-old farmer Ravi Singh Chauhan, a resident of Shivnathpua village in Madhya Pradesh's Rajgarh district, scours the Internet learning new farming techniques or keeping in touch with friends and family on WhatsApp.

    Tucked away in one of Madhya Pradesh's most backward districts, a quiet digital revolution is taking place as over 1,200 villagers across two villages, have become netizens with free internet since October.

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    Jan
    22
    2016
    KE: Road From M-pesa To E-Governance

    In Kenya, the late Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of Singapore, is regarded as something of a secular saint.

    Barely a month passes but some media commentator laments the fact that Kenya has remained a third world country 50 years after Independence, while – under the visionary leadership of Lee Kuan Yew – Singapore evolved into a first world nation in just 30 years or so.

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    2016
    ZM: President Lungu Launches Performance-Based Contract System for Permanent Secretaries

    Republican President Edgar Lungu today launched the Performance-Based Contract System for Permanent Secretaries.

    Speaking at the launch held at Government Complex, Mr Lungu said despite improved conditions of service for civil servants the public has continued to bemoan the poor performance by the public service.

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    2016
    CN: Beijing ranks 3rd in local gov't efficiency

    According to the newly published 2015 ranking list of local government efficiency, Liaoning is top and Beijing is in the third place among 31 provincial governments on the Chinese mainland. Yunnan, Gansu and Tibet occupy the last three positions.

    The 2015 National Report of Local Government Efficiency includes such indices as public service and public goods provided by governments, size of government, residents’ economic welfare and the extent of e-government.

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    2016
    No more “fix my pothole apps” from government IT: Ovum

    IT decision-makers in most governments have already made all the technically easy wins and now is the time for government to focus on delivering integrated, citizen-focused services, according to the 2016 Trends to Watch: Government Technology report by global research and advisory firm, Ovum.

    “Does the world need any more ‘fix my pothole’ apps?” asked author Al Blake, principal analyst, public sector, Ovum. Terming e-government “passé”, he called on policy-makers to move beyond simple single-function applications focused on automating existing government processes toward full-scale digital government, innovating entirely new processes of government en route.

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    2016
    IN: eGovWatch: Transaction on e-governance services doubled in 2015: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    “According to the government website electronic transaction aggregation and analysis layer (eTaal), 3.53 billion transaction took place in 2014, which almost doubled in 2015 to 6.95 billion…”

    Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the electronic transaction in India regarding e-governance related services almost doubled in 2015.

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    2016
    Happy Mobile Subscribers Key to Digital India

    India has 100 crore mobile phone subscribers, indeed a significant achievement considering we had less than 10 crore subscribers in 2005. Such hyper growth was possible thanks to the competitive mobile service offered by the telcos and availability of affordable phones. But then, quality of service provided by telcos has been the challenge.

    Indian subscribers’ patience was tested during the past 12 months due to the incessant call drop menace. The national movement started by the television news channels, nicely followed-up by the public, ensured that the government started monitoring the call drop issue closely.

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    20
    2016
    Iran’s intl. internet bandwidth hits 276 GB/s

    Iran’s ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi said the country’s international internet bandwidth has grown 3.5x in two years and hit the capacity of 276 GB/s data transfer rate.

    The announcement was made by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi at the fifth Conference on E-banking in Tehran on Monday.

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    2016
    OM: Three new categories in fifth edition of eGovernment awards

    The fifth edition of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment was announced on Monday.

    Organisers said there will be three new categories this year including the Best eTransformation achievement, Best service supporting doing business and the Best eParticipation for decision-making initiative.

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    20
    2016
    Two years in office: Palak unveils Bangladesh’s ICT plans

    State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Tuesday said the proposed Digital Security law will be the elaborate version of the previously enacted Cyber Security law.

    “With increased digital services, the crimes are not occurred only through online services, rather through digital devices. Therefore, we are planning an elaborate act to tackle all sorts of digital crimes”, the state minister told reporters at ICT division conference room in Agargaon.

  • Mi
    Jan
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    2016
    IN: Transaction on e-governance services doubled in 2015: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the electronic transaction in India regarding e-governance related services almost doubled in 2015.

    “According to the government website electronic transaction aggregation and analysis layer (eTaal), 3.53 billion transaction took place in 2014, which almost doubled in 2015 to 6.95 billion… This shows Indians drive for technology,” the minister said.

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    Jan
    20
    2016
    PK: Govt-to-Govt talent exchange programme soon to promote expertise

    Ministry of Planning and Development has planned a government-to-government talent exchange programme under its Civil Service Reforms initiative to enable partner nations to exchange their best talent with each other.

    The innovation and knowledge exchange visits have also been planned to learn the best civil service practices and reforms process experiences from other countries which include Malaysia, Mexico, South America and Europe.

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    2016
    IN: EPFO bags National Award on e-Governance

    The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16 for launching the Universal Account Number (UAN).

    The UAN facility enables workers to transfer their provident fund deposits while switching jobs anywhere in India easily.

    The EPFO won the gold award in the ‘innovative use of technology in e-governance’ category and the retirement body will get a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.

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    19
    2016
    US: New York to Provide High-Speed Broadband to All Citizens by End of 2018

    A $500 million broadband program coupled with a merger between Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications aims to deliver access to high-speed Internet across the state.

    On Jan. 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul made two sizable announcements about high-speed broadband in the state: a merger between Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications that requires getting service to underserved populations, and the launch of a $500 million broadband program to provide high-speed Internet to every New Yorker by the end of 2018.

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    2016
    US: Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Stormwater Management Easy

    A group of government, nonprofit and engineering stakeholders in the Midwest has published a toolkit of "green infrastructure" templates meant to help prevent flooding.

    The Calumet Region, straddling the border between Indiana and Illinois, knows all about urban flooding. It’s lost millions of dollars in property damage because of flooding, and its citizens have paid extra on property taxes for levees to hold back the hook-shaped Little Calumet River.

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    2016
    US: Massachusetts: Boston Launches Pilot of New City Website

    After several complaints that the current website is too difficult to navigate, the Massachusetts capital has revamped its online presence.

    Boston is showing off a preview of a radical redesign of its website, promising to overhaul how citizens get information about and from the city.

    “We heard so many times, ‘I had no idea I could do this on the city’s website,’” said Lauren Lockwood, the city’s chief digital officer.

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    2016
    Afghanistan to deploy 70pc e-govt systems in 2 years

    Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Raziq Wahidi on Monday said the country’s e-government system would be 70 percent implemented in the next two years.

    Wahidi told a press conference here that the e-government system was being introduced for the first ever time in the country and it would accelerate services delivery to people.

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    2016
    US: Texas: Closing El Paso’s digital divide

    In 2006, the frenzy of “free” municipal wireless networks was in full swing. This sparked interesting debates between community activists and telecommunications companies, called telcos.

    From a community perspective, the conventional wisdom was that free Wi-Fi was the way to extend Internet access to underserved communities. The question was how to pay for the wireless networks, what good would they do, and what was the best business model for sustaining and expanding them.

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    18
    2016
    BH: Justice Ministry launches online execution procedures system, e-services

    Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments and the Supreme Judicial Council announced the implementation of an advanced online system for Execution Directorates’ procedures as well as a set of new e-services, in cooperation with the Informatics & e-Government Authority.

    Held last Thursday, the announcement was in the presence of the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Shaikh Khalid bin Ali AlKhalifa; Head of Supreme Judicial Council and President of the Cassation Court Chancellor Salem bin Mohammed AlKuwari; along with Informatics & eGovernment Authority CEO Mr. Mohammed Ali AlQaed.

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    18
    2016
    AE: Interior ministry launches chat service on app

    Service aims to boost communication with public

    Residents across the UAE can communicate directly with the country’ Ministry of Interior, with the launch of the Ministry’s instant chat service on its app that is available to smart phone users.

    The service, which was launched last month, allows representatives from the Ministry to answer inquiries and receive suggestions and complaints from residents who use the app. It aims to boost communication between both parties, and has already been used to receive over 15,000 inquiries from 27 countries in the past month.

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    2016
    IN: No e-governance skyscrapers in 2016

    It would most certainly be a year of awareness building and brick-laying, but it could disappoint the ultra-optimists who are hoping to see some big-ticket transformations happening overnight

    It’s the beginning of a new calendar year and as is customary, I’m engaging in a bit of crystal ball gazing, though with an active disclaimer that I’m no scryer.

    Looking back, 2015 was a landmark year from an e-governance standpoint even for one simple reason that it saw the unveiling of the Digital India project in July, followed by the Digital India week. It would be worth recalling that the event saw the corporate world committing a total of around '4.5 lakh crore in support of the government-led initiative.

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    2016
    ID: Encyrption body chief wants homegrown data security systems

    National Encryption Agency (Lemsaneg) head Maj. Gen. (ret) Djoko Setiadi, recently re-appointed for a second term, has pledged to ensure the security of communication between government officials and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

    Djoko said that one of his priorities would be improving data security systems.

    “Lemsaneg is improving the security system. We have managed to build a strong algorithm,” Djoko said after his inauguration at the State Palace on Friday.

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    2016
    IN: Kerala: KTU turns to C-DAC, NIC for software

    After being forced to put on hold its idea of a software-driven online examination system, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) has turned to the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) — public agencies — for the development of a comprehensive software to run its examinations.

    The KTU was forced to put on the backburner its proposal for an online exam system following robust protests from student and teacher organisations against the selection of a private agency to provide technical backup for the conduct of examinations.

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    Jan
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    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: Lavasa, India’s first Smart City

    Since I wrote about green concerns of a smart city, many articles have appeared in the local papers as well as in the national dailies. The informed citizens are very much concerned what could be the shape of the smart city when the national mission on smart city is actually translated in to action and the dream of the PM becomes a reality. It is really a good sign. There are so many concerns to be taken care of, there are feelings that an actual smart city could be utopian in concept, not possible to be actually materialised in true sense. My daughter after reading my article “Green Concerns of smart Cities” (TSE, Nov 26, 2015)suggested that I should visit Lavasa, a city near Pune at a distance of 56 km. I had a chance to visit the city recently.

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    17
    2016
    US: LA Launches El Niño Map to Aid Citizens as Storms Hit

    The map shows citizens weather information, sandbag availability, power outage statuses and more.

    As the first of this year’s El Niño storms hits California, the state’s biggest city has launched a map to keep citizens up to date and help guide them to resources they might need in case of flooding.

    The City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency’s “El Niño Watch” website shows users a map of the county, including a layer showing rainfall severity and pins that show where residents can find sandbags, shelter, hardware stores and other resources. The map also lets users know the status of power outages and shows traffic alerts.

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    2016
    US: 5 shifts that transformed federal service

    Federal employment is not what it once was, thanks to societal shifts as well as regulatory ones. As we begin to wrap up our 50th anniversary campaign that honors government transformation past and future, Federal Times takes a look at five trends that did just that – redefining what it means to be in public service.

    Civil rights

    As societal change was afoot in the 1960s as a result of the civil rights movement, the federal government addressed it with a slate of new legislation to stop hiring discrimination and provide opportunities to those who had been previously left out of the workforce.

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    2016
    EU: Eurosmart responds to eID developments

    Eurosmart has responded to the release of Version 1.0 of the technical specifications for eID interoperability architecture, which were published by the European Commission (EC) on 25 November 2015.

    The specifications, along with the sample implementation which was also provided, provide further details on the technical requirements laid down in the eIDAS Regulation Related Implementing Act on Interoperability framework, adopted in September 2015.

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    2016
    IN: All Haryana Universities to connect with wify

    In order to boost the e-Governance campaign of the Haryana Government, all universities of the State would be connected with high bandwidth internet and Wify.

    While giving directions to Vice-Chancellors of all state universities regarding the concept of digital universities, Additional Chief Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora said that all universities would develop mobile applications so that works pertaining to higher education could be done online and completed at the earliest.

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    IN: A standardised e-governance framework is required to infuse life in egov projects

    Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor of India International Multiversity and is popularly known for architecting the indigenously built super computer- PARAM 8000. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Govt of India and Chairman, e-governance Committee for the governments of Maharashtra and Goa.

    In the current scenario, India requires a unified architecture for e-governance. The evolution towards a mature e-governance model has taken more time than required. Similar to how ERP has taken a firm foothold in the Industry, the same should have happened with e-governance. Here is a first person account, as told to Abhishek Raval:

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    2016
    IN: Manipur: Imphal as a Smart City – Are we really prepared?

    The inclusion of Imphal city among the list of 100 smart cities to be developed in India does not happen by chance. As Imphal acts as doorway to East Asian countries as per Modi’s Act East Policy, it is of paramount importance that Imphal city climbs towards the next level i.e. from an ordinary city to a smart city which is indeed a welcome development for the denizens of Manipur.

    When we say smart city, many people have diverse opinions. Many have the view that a smart city should be a clean concrete jungle with information and communications technology as its main character. However, a smart city isn’t as simple as it sounds. In fact, it is quite complex with many factors coming into play. The question is, “Can Imphal city be developed into a smart city at its very pathetic present scenario in almost every front? Will it end up like putting on make-up to an eighty-one year-old woman to look like an eighteen year old girl?”. However, I believe that if there is a will there will always be a way.

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    16
    2016
    US: Cities Using 311 Data in Novel Ways Discover Drawbacks

    As cities explore ways to use citizen complaints to enhance public services, research shows there are drawbacks to such data.

    When Somerville, Mass., started waging war on an escalating rat population a few years ago, the city turned to data from its 311 nonemergency call center to devise a plan. Reports of rat sightings logged by callers to 311 showed where in the city the problem was most severe. Crews baited traps in those places, while every city property owner received new heavy-duty trash barrels.

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    2016
    US: How Palo Alto, Calif., Brought the Amenities of a Startup to Government

    The city’s new Civic Tech Center houses a consolidated IT department and doubles as a community innovation hub.

    Situated in a Silicon Valley high-rise, the offices claim half the second floor. There’s a spread of monitors, sometimes two to a desk, that sit beneath the long windows. A whiteboard for code and wire framing spans one wall. Glass doors are etched in motivating maxims: “Think Bigger,” “Inspire,” “Design in Progress.” And for furnishings, the space is outfitted in a shout of purples and lime green upholstery. Think startups. Think Google. Think incubators. That’s the vibe at 250 Hamilton Ave. Yet here’s the hook: This is City Hall.

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    US: 4 Govtech Trends to Watch in 2016

    OpenGov Co-founder Zac Bookman identifies key drivers in government tech, including open data and local services.

    In 2015 the financial transparency startup OpenGov set a trajectory that designated it a company to watch in the government-technology marketplace. It took home $25 million in a Series B funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz and added dozens of new governments to its platform, including the entire state of Ohio. Total government clients now number well above 500. For 2016, Co-founder and CEO Zac Bookman reached out to Government Technology to share his predictions on trends to expect in the space in 2016. Among his estimations, he envisions open data and transparency becoming norms with deeper collaboration between governments as a direct result. Here are his four predictions:

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    2016
    ZW: ZIMRA moves all tax clearances online

    In mid-2015 the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, ZIMRA, launched its e-services platform to enable online transactions for a number of tax obligations.

    It has been reported that in a follow-up development, ZIMRA issued a notice informing affected parties that starting this year it will no longer issue manual Tax Clearance Certificates, called ITF 263s, as these will strictly be processed online.

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    2016
    BS: New Registrar General e-services 'perfect example' of public-private partnership effectiveness

    Prime Minister Christie said he is a "firm believer" in the critical importance of Public Private Partnerships (“PPP”) and that the launch of the Registrar General's Department E-Services facility has been a perfect example of the effectiveness of such partnerships.

    "We are opening new vistas for domestic and international business, and we are making it easy for you to do business online in The Bahamas," Prime Minister Christie said at the event held at the Registrar General's Department on the corner of Shirley and Charlotte Streets, January 5, 2016.

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    2016
    BH: Deputy premier receives Informatics, e-Government Authority CEO

    Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa received at the Gudaibiya Palace today the CEO of the Informatics and e-Government Authority Mohammed Ali Al-Qaed.

    The deputy premier congratulated Al-Qaed on the issuance of a royal decree appointing him as CEO of the Informatics and e-Government Authority, and wished him every success.

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    2016
    IN: Good governance our core mantra, says Haryana CM 

    The year 2015 was a tale of mixed fortunes for chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar. A first-time CM, he introduced several new initiatives aimed at bringing transparency and curbing corruption in the government. But the government made more headlines because of controversies created by statements - his own and that of his ministers - on beef ban, yoga, moral education, etc. In a wide-ranging interview with senior assistant editor Navneet Sharma, Khattar talked about his challenges, governance mantra and priorities.

    Q. How would you like to remember 2015: as a year of learning or one full of challenges?

    A. I did not have any previous experience of governance. When you see the government from outside, you tend to criticise more and underestimate the difficulties of those in the government. When you get to be a part of the government, you realise the challenges. When we took over, we found that the government systems are more or less destroyed. Our aim is to find permanent solutions and not pick-andchoose to run the government for temporary gains. Not an easy thing to do, but we are trying. We are open to good ideas from anyone. It is not my thinking that only the CM or MLAs associated with the ruling party have a monopoly over good ideas.

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    2016
    US: Ohio: Franklin County looking for a new court computer system

    Franklin County’s criminal justice system is looking for a technology upgrade that will be easier to use and save on maintenance costs.

    Franklin County Commissioners approved spending about $400,000 on Tuesday to hire a project manager to help the county write a request for proposals from technology companies to replace its case management software.

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    2016
    'meHealth' for HIV in Africa

    What in the world is “meHealth”?

    It’s the combination of mHealth and e-health technologies and services to give personalized health support to anyone in the health system, whether patients, nurses, doctors, community health workers, administrations, or anywhere in between. In the simplest terms, meHealth is about communicating information within a health care system to improve desirable health outcomes.

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    2016
    US: Minnesota Governor Recommends $100 Million Rural Broadband Funding

    If the Legislature votes to make the funding available before the end of May, an additional 20,000 to 30,000 homes and businesses are expected to gain connectivity.

    In 2016, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants to triple the state's past broadband efforts.

    When Dayton commented on the state's $1.87 billion budget surplus, he recommended that Minnesota allocate $100 million in grant funding for rural broadband development. If that funding is approved by the state Legislature this spring, the current grant program would require applicants to at least match the funding offered, which means the state may soon see a total of $200 million in rural broadband funding.

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    Jan
    15
    2016
    US: HIMSS, App Association outline health IT challenges for clinical research

    HIMSS and ACT | The App Association have both weighed in on the Food and Drug Administration's call for feedback on how healthcare stakeholders are using technology to improve clinical research.

    The FDA is seeking information about both the scientific and infrastructure challenges that technology poses for conducting clinical research.

    Both organizations cited examples of how technology is used in research projects. For example, Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research use sensors in wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness trackers to collect and analyze real-time measurements of patient movements, HIMSS pointed out in its letter.

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    LR: ICT Forecast For The Year 2016: Digital Explosion!

    Another year has begun and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, like all other sectors, anticipates a very hectic and exciting year. We expect to see a lot of big things happening in the sector based on previous works done by stakeholders (of the sector).

    Liberia has seen a proliferation of ICT, which has led to the exponential growth of the sector. ICTs are considered vital for socioeconomic development by many organizations, including the United Nations and the World Bank. Here, I refer to social development as that which involves education, social interactions and evolution of social customs, fashion and trends. On the other hand, my reference to economic development is in the context of the creation of (better paying) jobs, a widespread and sustained increase in the living standards of Liberians and accelerated economic activities.

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    2016
    New broadband push to transform Bahrain

    A National Broadband Network (NBN) to be available on an open access basis, at fair and reasonable prices, is a new government initiative to help transform Bahrain into a knowledge society, Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed has said.

    The NBN will involve the laying of fibre optic cable to all homes, schools and businesses, providing a country-wide high-speed broadband network within the next three to five years, he said on the sidelines of the sixth edition of the MEET ICT conference and BITEX exhibition.

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    US: Two Additional Idaho School Entities Offer Electronic Payments

    Melba School District and Compass Public Charter School now use Access Idaho’s PayPort service to process credit and debit card payments

    The Melba School District in Melba, Idaho, and Compass Public Charter School in Meridian, Idaho, now provide the option to pay some school-related fees online with credit and debit cards, thanks to Access Idaho’s PayPort secure payment processing service.

    “We are excited to offer a way for parents and legal guardians to pay for student lunches and other school fees online,” said Dalelyn Allen, Melba School District Business Manager.

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    US: Online App Moves Institutional Knowledge into the Digital Age in Manassas, Va.

    To improve the customer experience, the city’s curbside pickup information goes from Stone Age tech to cutting edge.

    Every year, Manassas, Va., has a different collection schedule for leaf pickup. So every year, the Public Works Department gets a wave of calls with people asking when they should have their leaf piles out on the curb for collection.

    But those people had other questions too — when do the garbage trucks come by? What about recycling? Where can dead electronics be dumped?

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    Jan
    14
    2016
    BD: Top five initiatives for a digital dream

    In 2015, the government took several initiatives to materialise its dream of digital Bangladesh.

    Online gateway to 25,000 government offices

    At the beginning of 2015, a website has brought together 25,000 government offices through separate links, allowing people to access information or file complaints easily online. The website, National Web Portal of Bangladesh, is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The site, which works as a gateway to government portals, has more than 1.5 millions content items, including 40,000 photos of famous or historical places in the country.

  • Do
    Jan
    14
    2016
    BB: Government signs agreement with Digicel

    Government today signed an agreement with telecommunications provider Digicel Business that will see the eventual connectivity of all government data and networks.

    The $2.4 million deal will set up a Fiber Optic Wide Area Network (WAN) in the public sector that Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Civil service Allyson Forte said would provide the infrastructure for government to implement its human resource development strategy and e-government programmes.

  • Mi
    Jan
    13
    2016
    Driving UAE towards a technology superhighway

    'Happiness Meter' buzzing upwards

    Dubai is on the fast lane towards becoming a super tech city in the years to come thanks to some of the recent initiatives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

    As the emirate observes the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Mohammad's accession, here's a look at how he has managed to drive along Dubai en-route to be one of the technologically advanced cities in the coming years.

  • Mi
    Jan
    13
    2016
    RW: Why Open Government Data is Vitally Important

    Recently, the Global Open Data Index 2015 ranked Rwanda as the most available government open data in Africa, elevated to 44th in 2015 from 74th in 2014. Indeed, this is one of the most remarkable achievements in recent years. As one reads this simple piece three obvious questions may arise: what is Open Government data? And why should it be a priority? How can Open Government data be rightly balanced with privacy―in a human rights perspective?

    Open Government Data (OGD) acts an umbrella term for many different ideas and concepts. The core issues of OGD consist of transparency, participation and collaboration of the state towards third actors like the economy or the citizenship. Most often, Open Government Data is equated with E-Government and the usage of information and communication technologies. The realisation of central points is the free access to certain data. Because government agencies have large amounts of data which could be made accessible for the purpose of the Open Data Movement, the discussion about the opening process, data protection considerations and secret reservations of data is paramount.

  • Mi
    Jan
    13
    2016
    MO: Gov’t presents five-year plan to develop e-government

    The MSAR government presented its five-year plan for the overall development of the e-government project.

    Published on the government’s official webpage (www.gov.mo) on the last day of 2015, the plan consists of six parts and details measures to be developed between 2015 and 2019.

    The highlights of the plan were several measures that aim to create a unified platform in collaboration with the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) in order to better manage and store data related to human resources, finance and property management. The single platform would allow citizens to more readily obtain information and lodge requests concerning different public service procedures; to submit applications; to clarify the status of pending applications, or to even complete online payments.

  • Mi
    Jan
    13
    2016
    UAE, Microsoft join forces for smart gov't projects

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Microsoft Corporation are discussing plans to push forward the country's projects in the field of smart government services, state news agency WAM reported.

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received here on Monday the CEO of Microsoft Corporation Satya Narayana Nadella to discuss the UAE's plans.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2016
    Singapore must mind the cracks in 2016

    With its increasing use of personal data and IoT, Singapore needs to pay attention to potential cracks in the system or risk more outages such as those in the nation's transport and e-government networks.

    As Singapore ends a year marked by glitches in its transport and e-government infrastructures, its 2016 resolution must focus on identifying--and sealing--all potential cracks in the system.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2016
    IN: Centre plans telemedicine facilities at Char Dhams

    The Central government has planned a big New Year boost for temple towns across the country with a proposal to provide telemedicine consultation facilities at all top shrines.

    The Union Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Union Department of Space, has decided to establish telemedicine centres at Char Dhams (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath) in Uttarakhand, along the Kailash Mansarover route, at the Amarnath cave shrine and the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2016
    US: New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future

    Technology promises to transform healthcare. It’s redefining how we interact with, and act on, our health data, and reshaping how care is delivered and coordinated. But uptake so far has been limited, particularly among the elderly, those with chronic conditions and others who could benefit most from a better, smarter healthcare system.

    To understand why, we need to look at federal reimbursement policies and their far-reaching, albeit often overlooked, influence on tech innovation.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2016
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Tehsildar flags off mobile van for Aadhar coverage

    Continuing the efforts to give 100 % coverage of Aadhar Cards and on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Reasi Sushma Chauhan, Tehsildar Thakrakote, Rajesh Baru today flagged off a Mobile Van which will ply in the interior regions of far flung Tehsil Thakrakote.

    The move is aimed to create massive awareness among various sections of the society regarding importance of making Aadhar Cards and at the same time to capture biometrics of left out population.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2016
    PK: Land management: AJK to launch electronic land records

    The Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has begun maintaining land records through a computerised system to keep track of land data in the region.

    Initially, the AJK Information Technology Board (AJK ITB) has started training six patwaris (land revenue officers) of the region to update land records through computerised systems.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2016
    IN: Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme

    The Union government on January 1 launched the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme (DBTS) for kerosene subsidy. The difference between the market price and PDS price of kerosene will be directly credited into the bank accounts of the users. Several state governments have come forward to implement DBT in kerosene in selected districts.

    The scheme is set to be rolled out in Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, Panipat and Panchkula in Haryana, Shimla, Solan and Una in Himachal Pradesh, Chhatra, Giridih, East Singbhum, Hazaribagh, Jamtara and Khunti in Jharkhand. In order to incentivise states to implement DBT in kerosene, they will be given cash incentive of 75% of subsidy savings during the first two years, 50% in the third year and 25% in the fourth year.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2016
    IN: Uttarakhand: E-governance: First online birth certificate in Dehradun on New Year

    Heena Parveen is all smiles as she has become first person of Uttarakhand to get online birth certificate of her son. She gave birth to a boy on November 21, 2015 in Rukmani nursing home of Dehradun whose birth certificate she got in "unbelievably short duration", she expressed.

    As a gift of New Year Dehradun municipal corporation on January 1st launched its online Birth and Death registration facility getting a step closer to e-governance, a mandate of Smart City. Practically, local body is gearing up for the national competition wherein top 20 cities of India will be chosen by ministry of urban development for funding.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2016
    IN: Gujarat: Navsari honoured with best digital district award

    Navsari district has won an award from the central government for being the best digital district of Gujarat. Navsari district National Informatics Centre has been applauded for its e-documentation work. Navsari district National Informatics Centre did well in parameters like IT enabling, user friendliness, local innovations etc. during the Digital India Week in July 2015.

    "One of the biggest achievement for us this year has been setting up of a file tracking system for internal monitoring. This has helped us in getting e -governance on track in the district," said district collector Remya Mohan, who accepted the award in New Delhi recently along with other officials from Navsari.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2016
    IN: MEA says all north eastern states will have passport offices by January

    All eight northeastern states -Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will have passport offices, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. "The government's plan is to have a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in each northeastern state. All states now have a passport office and as of now, only two states Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh do not have passport offices. But by January next year, both will have passport offices. So, with Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh done all eight states of the north east shall have PSK," said Mukesh Kumar Pardeshi, Joint Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs and Chief Passport Officer.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2016
    US: Massachusetts eHealth Institute awards over $1.3M to behavioral health providers

    The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to 25 behavioral health providers to advance their use of health information technology, or Health IT, designed to improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs and ensure appropriate privacy and security protection of behavioral health patient data.

    The awards were made as part of MeHI’s eQuality Incentive Program, an initiative that provides grants for critical technology enhancements to both behavioral health and long-term/post-acute care organizations. The behavioral health grantees, selected in two funding rounds, manage a total of 179 facilities in 64 cities and towns across Massachusetts.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2016
    IN: Assam: Citizen portal launched

    A citizen portal, aimed at bringing transparency and enabling common man better facilities, was launched today.

    The portal, offering a host of services like tenant or staff verification and issue of character certificate, has been designed and developed under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) project.

  • So
    Jan
    10
    2016
    Digital India

    Digital India is an initiative by Government of India to make sure that all Government work go online which will help citizens to avail benefits and get their work done easily and transparently. It will also help in reducing paper work. It will help in reducing corruption if implemented on whole. It will help in getting things done quickly.

    It will help in reducing paper work. Some of the facilities which will be provided through this dream initiative are Digital Locker, e-education, e-health, e-sign and national scholarship portal. Connecting every Indian on a common platform will finally create one country. Each Indian will be able to talk to another Indian somewhere, create groups on a common platform, at low cost synchronously and asynchronously

  • So
    Jan
    10
    2016
    Video Telemedicine Market – The future of Telemedicine in Emergency Medicine

    Video communication has been the topic of fascination since the era of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Russia. Earlier even a small glimpse of human form was considered an achievement. Today, modern technology has advanced to such an extent that even HD video is considered as primitive. This has been possible with the implementation of broadband networks all across the United States and other western countries that have enabled the west to rely on an infrastructure as a fundamental layer for the advancement of video conferencing solutions. The progress in video conferencing technology can be attributed to the three facets that support the industry, namely: device manufacturers, network solution providers and system integrators.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    Korea’s e-Government Systems Found in More and More Countries

    LG CNS established LG CNS Uzbekistan in April this year. Since then, the local corporation has signed contracts worth approximately 25 billion won in the three fields of database business for individual and corporate customers, integrated platform business and IT infrastructure improvement at educational facilities.

    At present, LG CNS Uzbekistan is working on contracts worth a total of 127 billion won (US$108 million), including those related to digital libraries, tax management services, kiosks for civil petitions, national geographic information and portals for the central and local governments of Uzbekistan. Under the circumstances, an increasing number of Korean companies doing the same business as LG CNS are expected to be able to start their business in the country.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    Early IT adoption doesn't mean Singapore e-gov systems need overhaul

    Cybersecurity posture involves balancing usability, cost, and security, says national security agency head David Koh, who explains how glitches in Singapore's e-government systems should be managed.

    Being an early adopter of technology, Singapore's public sector may very well be susceptible to vulnerabilities inherent in legacy systems, but this does not mean the country's e-government systems need a complete overhaul.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    IN: Manipur: BJP govt targeting internet connection in all gram panchayat by 2019

    Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari who is now a BJP MP claimed that the NDA government led by Narendra Modi will provide internet connection in all gram panchayats by 2019 under the Digital Literacy Mission.

    Speaking to media persons at the BJP Manipur office today, Bhagat Singh said his two day visit to the State capital was in connection with the launching of the Digital Literacy Mission in the State yesterday.

    He said the Prime Minister’s target is to include India in the category of the world’s most developed countries.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    IN: Chandigarh bags Digital India prize

    The award was presented by Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to UT District Information Officer Rajnish in New Delhi on December 28.

    Chandigarh has been conferred with an award for outstanding performance during the Digital India Week. The award was presented by Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to UT District Information Officer Rajnish in New Delhi on December 28.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Approval of Building plan to go online

    In a bid to check growing corruption among the town planning staff and curb delays, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has decided to go online for the approval of building applications under e-Governance programme from next month onwards.

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will formally launch the scheme at the Partnership Summit on January 10. Under the online system, a builder would get approval within an hour and go for rectifications if any later on.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    ZW: Rural clinics embrace e-health

    Government is set to introduce tele-medicine in all rural health facilities beginning in January 2016, following the signing of a $300 000 agreement by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) last month.

    Tele-medicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care using two-way communication between the patient and a healthcare provider.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    US: Kansas Criminal Records Check Application Available Online

    Providing convenient access to support over 19,000 criminal record checks annually

    The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), in collaboration with Kansas.gov, provides applicable employers with online access to criminal records.

    Persons operating a facility or facilities licensed under the Kansas Adult Care Home Act or Kansas Home Health Licensure Law are able by law to process criminal background checks on potential employees. This law was established to prevent individuals, including juveniles, with serious criminal histories from working in said licensed facilities. The basic premise is that people who have serious criminal histories should not be responsible for the care of the frail or elderly citizens of Kansas.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2016
    US: Nebraska Military Honor License Plates Available Online

    On December 7, 2015, Nebraska military honor license plates became available for purchase online for qualifying military personnel who are currently on active duty or are veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corp or National Guard.

    Establishing eligibility and identifying the branch of service is the first step to obtain a military plate. The user will be required to apply to the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs Military & Veteran's Registry at https://www.nebraska.gov/va_registry/index.cgi before proceeding to the online specialty plate application for their plates.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2016
    Nigeria Computer Society Group says FG to should approve National Software Policy

    Making this known in a statement, the NCS president stated that the society was ready to partner with the government for an inclusive, prosperous and digitally enable nation.

    According to various media reports, the Nigeria Computer Society has urged the Federal Government to approve the National Software Policy (NSP) which is aimed at providing the country with a roadmap to being competitive in the area of software engineering.

    Nigeria CommunicationsWeek reports that the president of the society, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, said the NSP would also assist the country in extensive digital knowledge development and implementation of e-government strategies as a basis for a corruption-free, equitable, and productive and knowledge based society.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2016
    GirlsGoIT is leading young women in acquiring digital and IT skills in Moldova

    This contributed article from GirlsGoIT explains how the organisation is equipping girls in Moldova with IT and digital skills.

    GirlsGoIT was established to boost Moldova's entrepreneurship and innovation capacity by investing in and empowering young women by teaching them digital technologies and IT skills.

    The program worked in partnership with UN Women, eGovernment Center, Novateca and TEKEDU, to use technology and education to further career opportunities for Moldovan girls in the digital economy, empowering them with digital skills to embrace the opportunities of the web economy and gain greater access to the global market and entrepreneurship.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2016
    IN: e-governance should work towards creating & sustaining a vibrant ecosystem for growth: Prasad

    Noting that Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the tool of development and progress, which is the very ethos and purpose of e-Governance, Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The thrust of good governance is on creating and sustaining an ecosystem which fosters strong and equitable development.”

    In a message on Digital India at the start of the e-Governance week, Prasad said, “The foundation of a strong, prosperous nation is built on the quality of governance that it provides to its citizens. The recent rapid advances in ICT have made e-Govemance a very potent tool for ushering in an era of good governance.”

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2016
    IN: eGovWatch: Govt unveils 23 ‘Digital India’ initiatives at ‘Good Governance’ celebration

    The ‘Good Governance’ celebrations saw the launch of new 23 Digital India initiatives. EC takes a brief look at the top 10:

    In an national event on ‘Good Governance’ focused around ‘Digital India’ was inaugurated on 28th December 2015 by Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Communications & Information Technology (MoCIT) at New Delhi.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2016
    IN: Cloud models are replicable, scalable and the way forward

    Q: With the exponential rise in government and citizen data, particularly a flood of unstructured data and imaging data, how sustainable you think are the traditional hosted and on-premise IT delivery models? Are cloud-hosted models the way to go?

    The recession of 2008 has taught many lessons, and one of them is moving towards ‘asset light models, keeping our heads low, and overheads lower’ and focusing on the core and outsourcing the non-core. The traditional hosted and on premise IT delivery models are no longer sustainable and cloud-based models and outsourcing models are the way to go, given that traditional on-premise delivery models come with significant overheads in terms of software and hardware maintenance contracts, investments in data centres, dedicated staff with relevant skill sets and integration efforts each time while on-boarding new systems. The cloud-based models eliminate all these overheads and help focus on the core on e-governance. Secure cloud based models are replicable, scalable and sustainable and will be the way forward.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2016
    IN: A cloud thrust before cloud-first!

    Private-only clouds could be limiting and even economically unviable for the government; a measured leverage of public and hybrid clouds is the way to go

    The cloud has the potential to transform the way the government functions internally or provides services externally, to citizens. It brings in the agility and flexibility to become more responsive to needs of both citizens and businesses. The paradigm completely shifts from asset ownership to using managed services that are linked to evolving technologies and not tied down to legacy ones.

    There are a variety of ways in which government can leverage cloud. For organisations that are just looking at retiring, replacing or augmenting their hardware infrastructure, they can start leveraging infrastructure as a service (IaaS). For those focused on application and software infrastructure, platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) would be options to consider. Departments and state governments could also use cloud as an extension to their existing data centre assets, particularly for launching new services or augmenting existing services quickly. Depending on the context, some of these services could also be sourced from public clouds. However, concerns related to data privacy, security and sovereignty need to be addressed.

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    Jan
    07
    2016
    Nigeria Computer Society pleads with government to Approve National Software Policy

    The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) pleaded with the Federal Government to approve the pending National Software Policy (NSP).

    The advice is contained in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos and signed by Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, the president of the society.

    In the statement, the NSP blue print is aimed at providing a strategic roadmap to make the country competitive in the area of software engineering,also to assist the country to have a digital knowledge development and implement e-government strategies as an imperative for corruption-free, equitable, productive and knowledge-based society.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2016
    Spending watchdog questions roll out of Czech e-government ambitions

    The Czech Republic has long had ambitions to be out there with the pioneers in e-government; linking up ministries and regional authorities and allowing citizens to transact more of their business over the computer rather than at office counters. But the roll out of those ambitions have hit many obstacles and some of these were highlighted on Monday in a report by the country’s public spending watchdog, the Supreme Audit Office.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2016
    SK: Importance of ICT sector increases

    Eset, IBM, T-Systems and mobile operators in addition to dozens of small companies comprise the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Slovakia.

    Even though it is not in the spotlight of the media and state support as, for example, the automotive industry, its importance cannot be overlooked either thanks to its contribution to Slovakia’s economy as well as the fact that nowadays nobody can imagine the world without ICT technologies. And while Slovakia’s ICT companies fare well internationally, they would still like to see better conditions in Slovakia for doing business and more attention also from the state.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2016
    IN: Union Territory of Chandigarh bags 'Digital India Week' award

    The Union Territory of Chandigarh has been conferred with the award for outstanding performance during the 'Digital India Week'. The award was presented by union minister for communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad at a function organized by the ministry of communications and information technology (IT) in New Delhi on Monday.

    The department of electronics and information technology through this award has recognized the e-governance initiatives of Chandigarh under taken during the Digital India Week held from July 1 to 7 under the leadership of IT secretary S B Deepak Kumar and IT director Prince Dhawan. During the week, the department of IT and SPIC undertook various Chandigarh specific key e-governance initiatives. The week long campaign involved launch of e-stamping in Chandigarh in all sampark centres which replaced the system of physical stamp papers and launch of digital locker at a large scale for citizens with enrollment drive to "DigiLocker" across all e-Sampark centre. The department of IT also conducted an exclusive campaign on information security and education awareness. In order to augment connectivity in rural areas, a project was launched under which all 12 gram panchayats were connected with optical fiber.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2016
    IN: Delhi: West district tops in e-governance

    Delhi’s West District, which had received and disposed off the “highest number” of online applications for issuance of various certificates in the city, was on Monday awarded by the Centre for its performance in the e-governance field.

    The district was awarded based on its performance during the Digital India Week, conducted earlier this year, by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology under the Ministry of Communication and IT. A selection panel chose the best performers based on data provided by the States and Union Territories. The west district administration was awarded for successfully implementing and disseminating many citizen friendly e-governance practices for better public service delivery.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2016
    Govt launches 22 new schemes under Digital India programme

    Initiatives in areas such as digital infrastructure, digital empowerment and on-demand govt services unveiled

    The government on Monday expanded its Digital India programme, launching new initiatives and broadening the scope of existing ones, to make more services accessible to the masses.

    The 22 initiatives launched under the Digital India programme include projects in the areas of digital infrastructure, digital empowerment, on-demand government services and promotion of industry.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2016
    AE: The future of govt communication

    Communication plays a very important role in the proper functioning of a society. Honest, open and two-way communication between the public and Government is always necessary to provide the public a sense of relief; that they are in safe hands.

    Recent developments in technology has led to the emergence of better and more refined ways of communication which the Government can use to facilitate the communication process. Internet is one of the ways the Government has adopted to provide several services and communicate with people. This use of ICT by the Government to provide information and public services is termed as e-Government.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2016
    IN: Forget TV & Radio. PM Modi May Now Harness The SMS Power

    Text-savvy Government.

    Narendra Modi's obsession with technology is known to the world. He is not only leveraging it for his own good but is also trying to get more and more Indians on the 'tech' boat. Since coming to power, he has introduced several e-governance initiatives to give Indian public speedy and easy access to government departments. In fact, he also made it easier for the public to reach out to their Prime Minister either via his website or via his app.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2016
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana ranked 2nd in e-governance in state

    The city has scored second rank in Punjab in the 'Digital India Week' celebration for providing services to the residents under e-governance. While Muktsar ranked first, Patiala managed to get third spot.

    Deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal said that a letter in this regard was received by them from the additional secretary, central department of electronics and information technology, that stated that an award function would be held on December 28, 2015, at India Habitat Center, New Delhi. The award would be given by Union minister (communications and information technology) Ravi Shankar Prasad and the day would be celebrated as 'Good Governance Day'.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2016
    IN: Centre to adopt IoT to speed up e-governance to make efficient reporting under PvPI, HvPI and MvPI

    Union government is keen to adopt the internet of things (IoT) embedded with electronics, software, sensors and communication network connectivity that will bring in a major transformation in the Indian healthcare sector. In the areas of Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) for assuring drug safety, Haemovigilance Programme of India (HvPI) to assure patient safety in blood transfusion and Materio-Vigilance Programme of India (MvPI) for safety of medical devices, the use of IoT with cloud-based apps will bring in efficiency and transparency in real-time.

    The ministry of health and family welfare is already working on evidence-based policy decisions. So long all drug safety data was based on approvals of EU and USFDA. “But now we are working to create the Indian patient data base. The ministry has already moved towards dispensing clinical trial approvals for medical devices not manufactured in the country if they are cleared from ICH countries. It is aggressively working to establish advanced labs and look at IoT which could speed up reports,” said KL Sharma, joint secretary (regulation), department of health and family welfare, government of India.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2016
    mHealth Market Anticipated To Grow To $49.12 Billion by 2020: Grand View Research, Inc.

    The global mHealth market size is expected to reach USD 49.12 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 47.6% from 2013 to 2020, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Monitoring services is expected to grow at an estimated CAGR of 49.7% from 2014 to 2020.

    Growing aging population along with rising incidences of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart ailments, and diabetes is anticipated to drive market demand. Introduction of new generation connected medical devices; healthcare providers find it easy to offer medical services at reduced costs.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2016
    SA: Poor Internet connections

    Telecom companies in the Kingdom have surprised their international counterparts by making good profits after offering poor quality Internet services at higher rates. One foreign company sent its representatives to a Saudi telecom company office to have a special course on this matter.

    Customers can easily understand they are cheated when they check the speed of their Internet connection, which will be much less than what they are charged for. In the neighboring GCC countries people can enjoy fast Internet services at comparatively lower rates.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2016
    IN: Nagaland official suggest low cost connectivity solution

    The Modi government is set to spend Rs 7,000 crore (nearly $1 billion) on laying a fibre optic network in the North Eastern states to improve internet connectivity, but a senior government official from Nagaland has devised a solution that may not only cut costs by 75 percent but also be more effective.

    The official, K.D. Vizo, Nagaland’s commissioner and IT secretary, has suggested an alternative technology - a High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) - that can be operated from an unmanned airship or a balloon. This alternative comes at an estimated cost of Rs 1,750 crore, about 25 percent of the Rs 7,000 crore budget earmarked for the North East out of the Rs.72,778 crore project under the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN).

  • Di
    Jan
    05
    2016
    IN: Himachal ranked second in e-governance in the country

    Himachal Pradesh has been ranked second among all states and Union territories across the country for its contribution in promoting e-governance. The state won the award during the Digital India Week held in July this year.

    A spokesman of the state government said here on Saturday that the award would be presented on Good Governance Day in New Delhi on December 28 by Union minister of communication and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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