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  • Sa
    Jun
    25
    2016
    Africa's chance to lead the next digital revolution

    One interesting theme took center stage during panel discussions at the recently concluded World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda; that what the continent needs as much as roads, dams, power plants (although there is still more development required) is a way to embrace technology and infuse digital transformation in all sectors.

    It was interesting because when questions such as “how can we diversify our economies” and “how can we improve efficiency” or “how do we prepare our young generations to have jobs” were asked, the answer from a lot of different players including politicians, think tanks, investment organizations and the private sector was the same; embrace the “3rdIndustrial Revolution”; the digital transformation revolution.

  • Sa
    Jun
    25
    2016
    TG: 200 km of Optic Fiber Laid in Lomé Under e-government Project

    In Togo, 200km of fiber optic planned under the government’s e-government project has been laid in Lomé, the capital. The high tech network should be operational by the end of 2016 and will connect 500 administrative sites such as ministries, public agencies, airport, hospitals and universities.

    Works for the installation of the infrastructure were undertaken by Huawei at a cost of $25 million. By connecting public administrations to the fiber optic, Togo would make public services more efficient.

  • Sa
    Jun
    25
    2016
    OM: Registration for HM Award for Excellence in eGovt begins

    Information Technology Authority (ITA), has announced the registration for the 5th edition of HM Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment until August 21, 2016.

    This year, the award contains 11 categories distributed among government, private and SMEs sectors. The government sector entities can compete in eight different categories, namely: Best e-Service including (G2E, G2B), Best e-Services via Mobile including (G2E, G2B), Best whole of government Project, Best service supporting doing business, Best e-participation for decision making initiative, Best e-transformation achievement. Whereas the private sector’s large organisations can compete in two categories, namely: Best Public eService and Best Public Mobile eService. Private sector ICT Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can participate, in one category: Best SME eService.

  • Sa
    Jun
    25
    2016
    IN: 10 cities in Maharashtra to be developed on lines of smart cities: Devendra Fadnavis

    "10 cities in the state would be developed on the lines of the Smart City programme (of the Union government)," Fadnavis said after inaugurating the Smart City Summit at Kalyan in the district.

    "Credible, efficient, transparent, and inclusive planning was the base for (any) smart city. And these cities (to be developed) would be provided with necessary funds," he added.

  • Sa
    Jun
    25
    2016
    PK: Property registration system being introduced in Punjab

    The Punjab government has planned new interventions in the field of Information Technology applying E-Governance in the province at all levels and introducing property registration system across the province starting from Lahore after successful computerisation of Punjab land revenue land record, revealed the budget document 2016-17.

    The government is going for digitalisation of Prison Management Information System PMIS), Local Government Automated Financial Management and Monitoring System, Punjab Home Department Management Information System. The government is going to introduce automation of stamp papers (e-stamping) across the province.

  • Sa
    Jun
    25
    2016
    IN: Maharashtra: E-governance in Kalyan to get US push: CM

    Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that the e-governance plan for Kalyan-Dombivli civic body will be developed by US company, Oracle, on the lines of the system in Los Angeles.

    Fadnavis made the announcement while inaugurating a 'Smart City summit' programme in Kalyan. He said a memorandum of understanding would be inked with the US multinational shortly. Fadnavis also declared that his government was serious about tackling the problem of dangerous and dilapidated buildings in the city.

  • Fr
    Jun
    24
    2016
    PK: Punjab: Knowledge Management Centre opened in Lahore

    University students can use centre for research projects besides govt employees

    Punjab Planning & Development Department Chairman Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan on Friday inaugurated the Knowledge Management Centre at the P&D Complex inside the Punjab Civil Secretariat.

    The purpose for this knowledge centre was to encourage and facilitate all the employees and it would not only be restricted to the employees but in fact it could be used by the university students for their research projects. The chairman congratulated the P&D team for this great initiative and also thanked heads of the allied departments in extending their support to make this happen.

  • Fr
    Jun
    24
    2016
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: VMC receives favourable response to Smart City plan

    The Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC) received good response of citizens regarding the second round of the proposal of Smart City Project via online and offline platforms this year.

    Municipal commissioner Shrihari Pratap Shahi said, "The involvement of citizens in governance is important to make the city smarter. We received an overwhelming response from the people, both on offline and online. In offline medium, we got more than 4,32,000 responses." Last year, the corporation received about 1,50,000 responses offline.

  • Fr
    Jun
    24
    2016
    IN: Online Exams to be Held in State PSC Exams Across the Country

    In a recent meeting of the State Public Service Commissions, it has been decided that in order to fill up the various vacancies through the UPSC or PSC examinations there will be online examinations conducted across the entire country. The Chairman of the committee K S Tomar said, “A meeting of Standing Committee of National Conference of State Public Service Commissions was held here in which we deliberated upon various issues facing the UPSC and the state commissions.”

    He was in the view that due to the technological advancements the youth of the nation is quite well versed with mobile phones and laptops and it is high time to modify the examination system and include online examination in the recruitment procedure. The decision of the SPSCs will be recommended to the national conference for finalization.

  • Fr
    Jun
    24
    2016
    IN: NRIs now can join National Pension System online

    Non-resident Indians (NRI) can now open National Pension System (NPS) accounts online if they have Aadhaar Card or PAN card, an official statement by the Finance Ministry said on Friday.

    Till now, NRIs could open NPS accounts only through paper applications by approaching bank offices but this has now changed.

  • Do
    Jun
    23
    2016
    Bulgarian Parliament Votes to Set up E-Government State Agency

    Bulgaria’s Parliament gave the green light to the establishment of a state agency in charge of electronic government, public radio broadcaster BNR reported on Thursday.

    The Electronic Government State Agency will be responsible for the implementation of projects related to e-governance as well as coordination of national policies in the area with the EU requirements and practices.

  • Do
    Jun
    23
    2016
    PK: Reforming the bureaucracy

    The bureaucracy in Pakistan has become a relic. It is a place where people accept defaults without question, follow rules without explanation, and clung to traditions and technologies long after they have become obsolete. Except a few lonely wolves here and there, most people working there never question long held assumptions. Conformity is encouraged and rewarded. Anyone who comes up with innovative ideas is considered a heretic, a disrupter and a trouble-maker. The seniors, in particular, like subordinates who never challenge their authority and wisdom. Critical feedback is construed as insubordination and against the principle of esprit de corps. All this leads to inefficiency, lethargy, and rigidity.

  • Do
    Jun
    23
    2016
    Lucius Banda Asks for Wi-Fi Internet Access for MPs in Malawi Parliament to 'Google' Issues

    Balaka North Member of Parliament, Lucius Banda, asked Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati that government should provide free Wi-Fi internet access within the House of Parliament so they can be logged online.

    Banda called for wireless internet access to be made available around Parliament so that MPs can be able to "Google" on matters arising.

  • Do
    Jun
    23
    2016
    US: Federal Government Data Center Mandate Gets Ahead of the Public Sector

    Recent federal government policy is targeting data centers that are consuming too much power, and seeking to block agencies from allocating money to new or expanding federal data centers, without approval from the Federal CIO himself. This new mandate, in development for several years, basically leaves no other option for federal agencies but to “go green.”

  • Mi
    Jun
    22
    2016
    Digital solutions to drive progress toward United Nations sustainable development goals by 2030

    The information and communication technologies (ICT) sector can play a vital role in helping achieve the objectives of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to new analysis prepared for the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) by Accenture.

    This would involve deploying innovative digital solutions to improve the quality of people’s lives, achieve equitable growth and protect the environment.

  • Mi
    Jun
    22
    2016
    SA, China conclude Internet roundtable session

    The Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, and the Vice-Minister of Cyber Space Administration of the People's Republic of China, Wang Xiujun, today concluded a successful South Africa-China Internet Roundtable in Durban, eThekwini.

    The Deputy Ministers were accompanied by delegations that included representatives of government departments, state-owned companies, the private sector, ICTs, small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs), industry associations, advisory bodies and other government agencies.

  • Mi
    Jun
    22
    2016
    Africa's chance to lead next digital revolution

    One interesting theme took centre stage during panel discussions at the recently concluded World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda; that what the continent needs as much as roads, dams, power plants (although there is still more development required) is a way to embrace technology and infuse digital transformation in all sectors.

    It was interesting because when questions such as "how can we diversify our economies" and "how can we improve efficiency" or "how do we prepare our young generations to have jobs" were asked, the answer from a lot of different players including politicians, think tanks, investment organisations and the private sector was the same; embrace the "3rd industrial revolution"; the digital transformation revolution.

  • Mi
    Jun
    22
    2016
    IN: West Bengal government strives to take e-services to the Panchayats

    The Grievance Redressal Management System will be accessible using a computer or through a smartphone.

    Taking cue from the Centre's digital push, West Bengal government today launched a one of its kind software that would allow people residing in villages to connect with Gram Panchayats online. Bengal Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee inaugurated the e-service that would enable villagers to look up for answers online, meet their queries and even lodge complaints. The newly launched Gram Panchayat Management System (GPMS) is a part of the state government's e-Governance initiatives.

  • Mi
    Jun
    22
    2016
    IN: Chhattisgarh: Digital solutions to help connect citizens better and how

    The Chhattisgarh govt is using information and communications technology (ICT) services to bring the benefits of a connected society to all the residents of the state. PM Narendra Modi announced the Digital India initiative to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across india through high speed internet networks. The vision being to use technology to bring digital literacy to rural India, provide e-governance on-demand to citizens and develop a digital infrastructure to facilitate growth for the nation.

  • Mi
    Jun
    22
    2016
    IN: Around 1.66 lakh common service centres to benefit rural people to pay utility bills

    People in rural parts of the country can pay their utility bills such as electricity, water and telephone at common service centers (CSC) through debit or credit cards as well as in cash.

    The Reserve Bank of India has granted Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) the licence to function as CSC e-Governance Services India, which manages around 1.66 lakh common service centres across the country.

  • Di
    Jun
    21
    2016
    US: Digital Communities Special Report: The Ideal Digital City

    Taking a look at five key technologies — broadband, open data, GIS, CRM and analytics — and providing a window into how they're helping city governments cope with economic, educational and societal demands.

    The Digital Communities Special Report, which appears twice a year in Government Technology magazine, offers in-depth coverage for local government leaders and technology professionals.

    It is part of the Digital Communities program, a network of public- and private-sector IT professionals working to improve local governments’ delivery of public service through the use of technology.

  • Di
    Jun
    21
    2016
    US: California: San José: A Model for Closing the Digital Divide?

    In working to become a truly "smart city," San José is tackling issues that confront communities everywhere.

    In my previous work with an international trade association, my job was focused on closing the gender digital divide in mobile phone and internet access in the developing world. I saw first-hand the dramatic impact the internet can have in empowering people to learn new skills and get access to information to improve their lives. I worked with women across Asia and Africa who used mobile banking to save money and invest their savings in their children, utilized YouTube to learn new skills such as sewing to increase their earnings, and used mobile apps to access health information or health care when pregnant. Access to the internet literally changed their lives.

  • Di
    Jun
    21
    2016
    US: What Works Cities Program Adds 12 New Cities

    Bloomberg Philanthropies data initiative What Works Cities announces its next 12 cities along with an urban innovation toolkit.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies has released the names of the next 12 cities to take part in its What Works Cities initiative (WWC), a $42 million program supporting data-driven strategies and services for residents.

  • Di
    Jun
    21
    2016
    US: 3-D Government: How Will Augmented Reality (AR) Disrupt the Future of Technology?

    Bold claims are again being made by hot new startups and the technology giants about the coming age of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. While most of the focus has been on gaming, retail and travel, the impact for governments could be huge. Here’s why.

    It was another early Monday morning on the treadmill. While jogging, I was flipping through the Weather Channel: “Severe storms in Florida.” Headline News — “Golden State trounces Cleveland in game 2 of the NBA Finals.” CNN: “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prep for California primary.” And ... CNBC Squawk Box: “These glasses will change the technology world as we know it. The smartphone will be replaced.”

  • Mo
    Jun
    20
    2016
    E-Gov still lags behind, only 24% of Italians used it in 2015

    Italy’s delay in the digitalization of the public administration is known, and improvements from year to year are slow in coming. This is the conclusion reached by major international bodies, from the EU Commission to the OECD and including the World Bank.

    Suffice it to say that in 2015 only 24% of Italians claimed to have had “interactions with the public administration in the last 12 months.” A far cry from the over 80% in Denmark and Estonia, but even from other big countries, such as France (63%), Germany (53%), Great Britain (49%) and from the EU average (46%). Only Bulgaria and Romania fare worse than the Italians.

  • Mo
    Jun
    20
    2016
    PH: Make DICT ‘policy-centric’

    The newly-created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) should be policy-centric, and as much as possible, allow the private sector to steer the ICT ecosystem in the Philippines, said a Silicon Valley-based magnate.

    Filipino venture capitalist Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, who was in Cebu last week, said the DICT “should stay on the policy side.”

  • So
    Jun
    19
    2016
    US: Feds Must Cut Ties to Keep Internet Free of Governmental Control (Opinion)

    Though the federal government's role in the Internet's functionality is minor, it has given some repressive regimes a pretext to push for more control by governments over other aspects of the Internet.

    The Obama administration moved one step closer Thursday to giving up the last vestige of U.S. control over the Internet. It’s not a big step in practical terms, but symbolically it’s a big deal.

  • So
    Jun
    19
    2016
    Registration for His Majesty's Award for Excellence in e-Govt begins in Oman

    Registration for the 5th edition of Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in e-Government Services will start on Monday.

    The award is organised and supervised by the Information Technology Authority (ITA) and targeting government and private institutions, including small and medium enterprises to encourage them to develop electronic services and honouring the outstanding projects in the provision of electronic services.

  • So
    Jun
    19
    2016
    Only 24% of Italians used e-govt sites in 2015 - study

    Only 24 percent of Italians interacted electronically with public services in 2015, according to a report from Bem Research cited by business daily Il Sole 24 Ore. The figure is less than a third of the 80 percent e-government interaction seen in Denmark and Estonia, and lags well behind that seen in larger countries such as France (63%), Germany (53%) and the UK (49%). Only Bulgaria (17%) and Romania (11%) fare worse than Italy, which is still over 20 percent below the EU average of 46 percent.

  • Sa
    Jun
    18
    2016
    US: 5 Reasons Why Public Sector Should Develop a Native Mobile App

    Apptology CEO Rich Foreman gives five reasons why a government should develop a native mobile app.

    In a previous post, I discussed why public-sector organizations and nonprofits should adopt a mobile strategy and briefly mentioned that in adopting a mobile strategy, they should consider developing a native mobile app. Here are five reasons why:

  • Sa
    Jun
    18
    2016
    US: Florida Launches Mobile App for Job Seekers

    Employ Florida is designed to give people mobile access to job openings across the state.

    Florida has launched a new app designed to give job seekers mobile access to openings across the state.

    The Employ Florida mobile app is available for free on Google Play for Android and in the Apple App Store. Just search for "Employ Florida Mobile" to download the app.

  • Fr
    Jun
    17
    2016
    BE: Employer organization claims that hundreds of millions can be saved in public services

    Belgium spends more than its neighbors on public services.

    Echo reported on Friday (10 June) that substantial savings can be made in public services according to the Belgian Federation of Enterprises (FEB).

    FEB represents more than 50 000 companies in Belgium, accounting for 75% of employment in the private sector.

  • Fr
    Jun
    17
    2016
    VN: How much will it cost to have free wi-fi throughout HCM City?

    With total area of over 2,000 square meters, it would take about VND500 billion to provide free wi-fi throughout HCMC, experts have estimated.

    HCMC’s Vice Mayor Tran Vinh Tuyen at a meeting with the HCMC Tourism Department said that a Singaporean firm suggested providing free wi-fi throughout the city to help residents and tourists more easily check information. It would also facilitate the e-government plan the city is implementing.

    To have mobile phones or laptops witj wi-fi connection, there must be a wi-fi transmitting device which could be either Access Point (AP) or router AP.

  • Fr
    Jun
    17
    2016
    Unlocking the potential of digital health

    In the past five years, we have witnessed remarkable advancements in technological innovations — including mobile phones, tablets, remote patient monitoring devices, and sensors — that drive so-called “digital health” around the world. Increasingly, these innovations are also equipped with GPS and metrics that generate promising evidence of their cost-saving and, more importantly, life-saving capabilities.

    The technologies alone are not enough, however. To truly harness the power of these trends, we need a Global Digital Health Index that will drive the expanded use of life-saving digital health technologies by making health systems more transparent, resilient, responsive, and better able to meet the needs of the population.

  • Fr
    Jun
    17
    2016
    How data saves lives in Australia’s hospitals

    Australia’s National Blood Authority saves A$10m as mobile and data innovations inject efficiency into the supply chain

    Few organisations invest heavily in IT to make sure their clients use less of their product, but that’s the battle Australia’s National Blood Authority (NBA) is fighting – and winning – as it leans heavily on data and mobile technology innovations to optimise a real-time supply chain that involves most of Australia’s more than 1,300 hospitals.

  • Do
    Jun
    16
    2016
    US: North Carolina: 911 Dispatchers Use New Technologies to Quickly Locate Cellphone Callers

    The key to successful 911 call location for local agencies is the incorporation of several new technologies including phones with better GPS locating capabilities and the 911 center's adoption of CAD systems synced with Google Maps.

    Across the country, 911 centers in some states still have trouble locating the people calling into 911.

    According to USA Today, more than 70 percent of calls to 911 centers in 2014 came from cellphones and that number is only growing. The problem is cellphones can be trickier to locate than landlines, which give dispatchers an immediate and accountable location.

  • Do
    Jun
    16
    2016
    US: Philly's IT Reorganization Receives Barbs and Praise

    Controversial changes to Philadelphia’s technology offices raise questions about what it means to be a CIO, and what kind of organizational structure best enables innovation.

    Soon after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was inaugurated in January, he gained a reputation in some circles as the Anti-Nutter, often doing the opposite of what people believe his predecessor would have done. The man he replaced, Mayor Michael Nutter, who held office for eight years, stewarded over a city that became renowned for its technological prowess.

  • Do
    Jun
    16
    2016
    US: Security, Privacy, Governance Concerns About Smart City Technologies Grow

    As urban centers expand their reliance on automated sensors and algorithms, they increase risks of data security breaches, vulnerabilities to invasions of privacy and concerns about software reliability.

    The demand for smart city technologies shows little sign of slowing down, which comes as no surprise. Cities are growing in size and population, and the need for digital tools and systems to help manage everything from traffic and public safety to garbage and parking meters continues unabated. Technology spending for the global smart city market is expected to reach $27.5 billion by 2023, according to market research company Navigant Research.

  • Do
    Jun
    16
    2016
    US: Utah: Have We Reached a New Era for Digital Identity Management?

    In Utah, officials are looking to the future — when employees, businesses and the general public have seamless and secure access to the systems they need, and nothing more.

    To call effective access management a challenge would seem to many government IT professionals a complete understatement. Changing employees, shifting roles, and disjointed agencies and systems make giving the right people secure access a hard-to-hit moving target, to say the least.

  • Do
    Jun
    16
    2016
    US: 5 Key Themes to Consider When Implementing Internet of Things Initiatives

    Data collected from the Internet of Things must be integrated into existing strategies while keeping new challenges in mind.

    Steadily cities are deploying sensors — in streetlights, in water and waste systems, and to measure air quality and manage mobility. These very real breakthroughs provide tangible examples of the more foreboding-sounding Internet of Things (IoT). These IoT initiatives can produce vast quantities of data to help city governments manage infrastructure and improve operations.

  • Mi
    Jun
    15
    2016
    Singapore unveils drastic move that puts government in pre-internet era

    Singapore government is blocking internet access on all workstations used by public sector employees from May 2017, in a move that throws up critical questions regarding its smart nation and e-government services.

    The Singapore government is cutting off internet connection from all computers used by employees in the public sector, throwing up critical questions about how this move will impact its smart nation and e-government services in future.

  • Mi
    Jun
    15
    2016
    RW: Local Government Transforming Service Delivery Through the Irembo eGovernment Platform

    The mission of Local Government is to "promote the well-being of the population through good governance, community development and social welfare"; among its objectives, the Ministry is tasked with putting in place democratic, decentralized administrative structures, which are able to mobilize the population in order to implement Government programs and resolve problems.

    The Government of Rwanda took the initiative to digitize and transform services to citizens. Through the Irembo platform (available on mobile, *909#, and online, www.irembo.gov.rw) Rwandans can apply for governments services, pay and wait for the service from the local government office - they can go to the sector to collect the requested document, after having received a message acknowledging that the document is ready, without going back and forth between different services.

  • Di
    Jun
    14
    2016
    US: Getting government to go digital

    William D. Eggers details the necessary steps for applying new technologies to the government's processes and procedures.

    Today's government agencies have access to technological tools that increase efficiency, reduce IT maintenance costs and simply make life easier.

  • Di
    Jun
    14
    2016
    Fixing Nigeria’s ailing economy with ICT

    Nigeria’s economy has almost slipped into recession, no thanks to falling oil prices and long years of pillaging and mindless looting of the treasury. The resurgence of attacks on oil facilities by rampaging militants in the Niger Delta has complicated the nation’s economic woes. Experts advise the Federal Government to make the ICT sector its economic diversification option, LUCAS AJANAKU reports.

    Experts have said the Nigerian telecommunications sector has the potential to take the country’s economy back to recovery and reverse the downturn. This assertion has been an “old song”. But what has always constituted a clog in the wheel is lack of political will and policies to drive this potential to fruition.

  • Mo
    Jun
    13
    2016
    US: After 30 Years Since Transparency Debuted in Government, Work Remains

    Thirty years ago, C-SPAN introduced transparency in the federal government, but there are gaps at the state level that need to be addressed when it comes to effectively sharing video with the larger constituency.

    Thirty years ago Thursday, C-SPAN 2 took the first step in promoting transparency in government by sharing the proceedings of the U.S. Senate with the general public. At the time, sitting members of the legislative body rallied around what it would mean for transparency and accountability in American politics. Today, however, many say more work is needed to make the lawmaking process truly accessible to the citizenry.

  • Mo
    Jun
    13
    2016
    US: Metadata: Your City’s Secret Weapon (Industry Perspective)

    When police video is properly indexed and stored for later search and retrieval, its metadata becomes extremely powerful.

    Your city generates a lot of data — data about your citizens, your businesses, your roads, the infrastructure that keeps your city livable, and more. Turning this data into useful information requires the proper capture, storage and accessibility of metadata (data about data).

    Think about the data related to the thousands of incident reports filed by your police department each month. Metadata associated with these incidents allows you to see and identify patterns of where crimes are happening, how quickly it takes officers to respond, what equipment they turn on, etc. This results in a city’s ability to efficiently deploy and train its officers, improving the safety of its citizens.

  • Mo
    Jun
    13
    2016
    UA: NBU seeks to launch remote ID system for online administrative services in autumn

    The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has designed a draft national system for remote identification of individuals and the company BankID in order to provide administrative online services, the NBU has reported on its website.

    "The NBU invites bank society, the public and executive power agencies to join the public discussion of the regulation of the individuals and company remote identification BankID system," the central bank said.

  • Mo
    Jun
    13
    2016
    UK government's digital services "lagging ahead"

    Although the government may want to promote the country as a leader in technology, the UK's digital public services are rated as the 16th best among the 28 European Union member states. This represents the UK moving down one place from last year, ITProPortal reports.

    The findings are from the 2016 Digital Economy and Society Index, which "tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness."

  • So
    Jun
    12
    2016
    Training under Digital India scheme

    Under the umbrella of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme of Digital India, the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) has joined hands with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), an autonomous Scientific Society of DeitY, Government of India, to train 16,000 government employees of all the northeastern states in two years.

    This is an effort of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India under a special scheme ‘Preparing North East for Digital India’. Under this programme 4,400 government officials are to be trained in all districts of Assam.

  • So
    Jun
    12
    2016
    IN: Gujarat unveils policy to step up IT, startups over five years

    As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” and “StartupIndia” moves, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, on Sunday, announced her government’s new policy for promotion of Information Technology (IT) and electronic startups, envisaging setting up of 50 incubators to provide leadership and facilities to 2,000 startups over the next five years.

    About 10 lakh square feet of space will be developed for incubators, targeting investment to the tune of Rs. 7,000 crore and creation of new employment opportunities.

  • So
    Jun
    12
    2016
    Telemedicine market in India may cross $32 mn by 2020

    “Growth of a sustainable telemedicine network in India depends upon introduction of legal frameworks, development of national e-health policies, trained human resource and regular funding,” highlighted the study prepared by the ASSOCHAM Economic Research Bureau (AERB).

    India’s telemedicine market which has been growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 20 per cent holds the potential to cross $32 million (mn) mark by 2020 from the current level of over $15 mn, noted a recent study by apex industry body ASSOCHAM.

  • Sa
    Jun
    11
    2016
    Urban Cambodians Embrace Digital Lifestyle

    Just 10 years ago, Cambodians relied on dingy, storefront internet cafes if they wanted to surf the web. Computers were old, power cuts were frequent and overhead fans creaked along in a futile effort to keep customers cool as they paid to send and receive emails by the minute.

    Local businessman Sourn Narein recalls a time not so long ago when smartphones were as peculiar as Wi-Fi-enabled laptops. One recent morning in Phnom Penh, as he sipped Italian-style coffee in a trendy air-conditioned cafe — surrounded by fellow smartphone- and tablet-wielding young professionals — he stated the obvious.

  • Sa
    Jun
    11
    2016
    SL: APC Deputy Information Minister Unlocks ICT Potentials In Geneva

    Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of information and Communications, Hon. Cornelius Deveaux has on Thursday 2nd June, 2016 unlocked Sierra Leone’s Information Communications and Technology(ICT) potentials in Geneva, Switzerland. He revealed the APC government of President Koroma has invested over US$ 1m in establishing the structures for a sustainable digital economy. He also confirmed that the government’s vision is to leverage ICT as a reliable, accessible and affordable service.

    Hon. Deveaux further said the country needs to double its pace in catching up with the trends in leveraging the development and use of information communications technology services and applications for national security, job creation and socio economic growth vis-à-vis, for the successful implementation of the Agenda for Prosperity. He made this statement as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) concludes its Council 2016 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

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    2016
    IN: BSNL gearing up to meet Assam govt's targets

    Telecom Major BSNL said its Assam circle is gearing up to boost its services and meet the requirements set by the new BJP-led coalition government in the state.

    A two-day long high-level meeting of all senior officers of BSNL of the entire state that concluded here today had detailed discussions on how to implement the mission and vision of the new state government.

  • Fr
    Jun
    10
    2016
    AU: The 5-stage journey to digital government

    For government CIOs, establishing an e-government model is just the first step on a journey to becoming a mature digital services organisation.

    The first thing to realise is that while e-government is judged by the number of services made available to citizens, digital government will be measured by a reduction in the number of discrete services in favour of an integrated experience.

  • Fr
    Jun
    10
    2016
    VN: Da Nang: Facebook makes city smart and green

    Da Nang’s authorities have taken a viral approach to tackling environmental problems and other issues in the city: a Facebook page. It has proven to be a popular avenue for citizens to report their concerns.

    Facebook is now a popular and rapid response tool for Da Nang’s People’s Committee to address opinions from residents on different urban and environmental problems.

    The urban management Facebook page, Quan ly do thi Da Nang: Tien nghi-Xanh-Sach-Dep (Da Nang Urban Management: Comfortable-Green-Clean-Beautiful), which involves the participation of 20,000 online members and 11 managers from Da Nang’s departments and agencies, has helped the city’s relevant departments address issues on environment pollution, social disorder, traffic, tourism and illegal actions. The Facebook page was founded in 2013.

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    Jun
    09
    2016
    VN: Free Wi-Fi service to cover Ho Chi Minh City

    Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are considering a suggestion from a Singaporean company to offer free wireless Internet access throughout the city.

    Tran Vinh Tuyen, vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday afternoon that he was working with the Singaporean firm to prepare a detailed report on the proposition.

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    09
    2016
    MT: Government services... in your pocket

    The government is planning to roll out a range of services that can be accessed via smartphones, civil service head Mario Cutajar announced today.

    Addressing a press conference, Mr Cutajar said a green paper on m-government has been launched and is open for public consultation.

    He said the aim is to launch the first mobile app for government services by March 2017.

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    Jun
    09
    2016
    US: OPM begins search for permanent CIO

    The Office of Personnel Management has been without a permanent CIO since its last top tech official, Donna Seymour, resigned days before she was scheduled to appear at what was expected to be a contentious hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    Now, almost four months later, OPM is advertising for the open position, accepting applications through June 22. The position is currently held on an interim basis by Lisa Schlosser, who is also the deputy federal CIO at the Office of Management and Budget and deputy administrator of the Office of E-Government.

  • Do
    Jun
    09
    2016
    The Internet Society Urges African Policymakers to Act on Internet Opportunity

    Connecting the unconnected and recognizing Africa’s women trailblazers will be focus at Africa Internet Summit.

    The Internet Society (InternetSociety.org) will call for the adoption of policies and frameworks that expand access and create greater demand for the Internet during the 4th annual Africa Internet Summit (AIS) (InternetSummitAfrica.org) in Gaborone, Botswana from 29 May – 10 June, 2016. Urging policymakers to grasp the opportunity offered by the expansion and growth of the Internet across the continent, the Internet Society will advocate for greater collaboration by all Internet decision-makers in creating an accessible, trusted Internet that benefits all Africans.

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    Jun
    09
    2016
    ZA: Gauteng doubles network access sites

    The Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) will connect an additional 492 access sites across the province during the 2016/17 financial year.

    This was revealed by finance MEC Barbara Creecy during the budget vote speech of the Gauteng Department of E-government. The department provides online and digitised services to improve access for citizens to government services.

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    Jun
    08
    2016
    KE: CA, Liquid in deal to digitise content in public libraries

    Kenya National Libraries Services branches will be connected to free internet in a Sh72 million deal by data carrier Liquid Telecom Kenya and regulator Communications Authority of Kenya.

    The 46 public libraries will each get an additional 11 computers, Kindles – hand-held electronic for reading books – and tablets from next month. The partnership enables readers to access fixed and wireless internet on either the KNLS' computers or on their own devices.

  • Mi
    Jun
    08
    2016
    Thailand, Singapore partner on digital government

    Thailand’s ICT Minister, Dr Uttama Savanayana, gives details on partnership.

    The governments of Thailand and Singapore will partner to share experience on digital government, cyber security and start-up ecosystem, it was announced today.

    Thailand’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr Uttama Savanayana, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information.

  • Mi
    Jun
    08
    2016
    EU ministers call for harmonised data flows within the EU

    EU ministers call for harmonised data flows within the EU

    Recently ministers from many of the EU member states including the UK and Ireland urged the European Commission to remove regulatory and non-regulatory barriers in the digital single market particularly as regards data protection, telecommunications and e-privacy.

    As regards data transfers whilst transfers within the EU are allowed in relation to personal data the reality is that there are still local restrictions that impact the digital economy.

  • Mi
    Jun
    08
    2016
    Internet Society urges African policymakers to act on internet opportunity

    The Internet Society will call for the adoption of policies and frameworks that expand access and create greater demand for the Internet during the 4th annual Africa Internet Summit (AIS) now underway in Gaborone, Botswana.

    Urging policymakers to grasp the opportunity offered by the expansion and growth of the Internet across the continent, the Internet Society will advocate for greater collaboration by all Internet decision-makers in creating an accessible, trusted Internet that benefits all Africans.

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    Jun
    07
    2016
    EU: A bright outlook for the cloud

    If data is the oil of the 21st century digital economy, then cloud computing is its engine. Europe needs to make sure that its digital motor is running properly to reap the benefits from future data driven innovation, big data and the Internet of Things, writes Elena Zvarici.

    Elena Zvarici is an executive board member of EuroCloud Europe, the European umbrella organisation of more than 20 national EuroCloud associations throughout Europe.

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    Jun
    07
    2016
    ZA: E-services by public bodies and the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act

    Introduction

    The ability to electronically perform transactions between individuals, and individuals and public bodies, has transformed the way business is conducted and the manner in which services are rendered to members of the public. In recent years, laws have been developed to provide a framework in which such transactions can take place as legitimate and lawful alternatives to transacting in the “normal” course. This article provides a brief overview of electronic transactions and communications with public bodies and a consideration by individuals when engaging these e-services in South Africa.

  • Di
    Jun
    07
    2016
    Governments embracing digital transformation

    Government organisations from around the world are harnessing the power of technology to deliver better services and enable a higher level of engagement with citizens.

    Ideas such as e-government, which improves efficiency through automated paper-based processes, and Government 2.0, which sees agencies increase engagement through social media, have helped to revolutionise the way government organisations work with their citizens.

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    Jun
    07
    2016
    Why Are 4 Billion People without the Internet?

    Three obstacles to extending the reach of the Web — and thereby reducing poverty in developing countries — can be fixed.

    One of the most effective ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to extend the reach of the Internet. Over the last 20 years, the online world has created millions of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity. Entire new sectors have emerged, such as e-commerce, social media, and data analytics. In developing countries, the Internet is even more powerful than it is elsewhere. It can connect people who have known only subsistence to the modern economy, and provide them with opportunities for social and economic advancement. Yet most people in developing countries, some 56 percent of the world’s population, still do not use the Internet.

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    Jun
    06
    2016
    KE: Libraries to offer free Internet to public

    Kenya’s public libraries are moving online to deliver free Internet to over half a million library members from June this year, as Liquid Telecom Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya connect 46 branches of Kenya National Libraries Services (KNLS) for the first time.

    Each of the 46 branches has been provided with an additional 11 computers, adding to existing computers, Kindles and tablets in a Sh72m rollout that is giving library members access to fixed and wireless Internet, on either the libraries’ computers, or on their own devices.

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    Jun
    06
    2016
    ZA: Gauteng poised to get its business done online

    Gauteng MEC for e-Government and Finance Barbara Creecy has outlined her plan to allow people to apply for liquor licences, government tenders and other services online.

    She made the announcement when she delivered her R1.2 billion e-government budget in the Gauteng legislature on Friday.

  • Mo
    Jun
    06
    2016
    GB: Scotland: Another council signs up to SWAN

    North Lanarkshire Council is the latest local authority to sign up to the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) for public sector organisations within Scotland.

    The council joins over 50 other organisations, which are sharing infrastructure and services, with the aim of lowering costs and improving connectivity across the public sector in Scotland

  • Mo
    Jun
    06
    2016
    A Department of ICT for the Philippines, finally

    The Philippines now has a Department of Information and Communications Technology. It actually came as a surprise to many when President Aquino signed Republic Act 10844 creating the Department on May 23, over a month after his term ended.

    A separate ICT department never had the support of the President. In numerous occasions, President Aquino reiterated that he saw no need for such, and that his administration would not support any move to create an added layer of bureaucracy.

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    Jun
    05
    2016
    PK: Anusha stresses learning of IT for good communication

    Says modern tech increasing internet penetration, improving lot of people

    Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rahman said introduction of mobile broadband had contributed a lot in connecting people and increased internet penetration in the country from mere 3 percent to 18 percent in a short period.

    Availability of these technologies have resulted in speedy proliferation of broadband access both in urban and rural communities with a record achievement of more than 30 million subscribers in less than 2 years.

  • So
    Jun
    05
    2016
    JO: 'Hassle-free' partial e-services launched

    The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply on Saturday launched partial electronic services related to issuing company-related "certificates" from the ministry's records, in a step to facilitate and streamline procedures.

    The ministry also launched six e-services for the issuance of companies' "certificates" (papers that attest to companies' information) by the Companies Comptroller Department, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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    Jun
    05
    2016
    MENA: Payments migration to open up huge opportunities

    Innovation in digital payments propels shift from cash to card

    The gradual but steady migration of payments from cash to cards and other electronic modes is opening up huge business opportunities for Network International which leads the Middle East and Africa region by far with a combined revenue, five times larger than its closest competitor.

    The company processed more than 600 million transactions in 2015, amounting to Dh91 billion in acquiring volumes. Currently only about 25 per cent of transactions in the region are card-based, representing an unprecedented opportunity for growth as increasing innovation in digital payments propels the migration from cash to cards.

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    Jun
    05
    2016
    PH: PNoy signs bill for the creation of DICT

    All communication operations by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will be transferred to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), after President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III signed the bill for the Republic Act 10844.

    The new bill will see to the creation of DICT where it will manage several communication agencies: Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), National Computer Center (NCC), National Computer Institute (NCI), Telecommunications Office (TELOF), National Telecommunications Training Institute (NTTI), to name a few.

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    Jun
    04
    2016
    PH: A development agenda

    This week’s signing into law of the bill creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology is one of the last acts of the Aquino administration over which we are tempted to ask “why only now?” Still, this is so much better than seeing it stuck in the legislative mill as it has been these past few years.

    The DICT will promote ICT development, institutionalize e-government, and manage the country’s ICT environment. The new department will be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national ICT development agenda, according to the letter of the law.

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    Jun
    04
    2016
    Individual Privacy in the IoT

    The Internet of Things (IoT) means connecting things and devices in order to create an omnipresent computing world. Things will exchange data and information about the environment, while reacting autonomously to different events, influencing the environment, and creating services with or without human intervention. The IoT is thus the extension of the Internet to the next level, i.e., bringing the Internet to the real physical world of things. Possible applications of the IoT are versatile and some examples are presented next.

  • Fr
    Jun
    03
    2016
    KW: Min. of Education teams up with CAIT on promoting IT

    The Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) signed on Thursday a MoU with the Ministry of Education on using IT in educating students in schools.

    The special IT network used by the Ministry of Education will be blended with the national IT network to boost the latter in serving the public with online information using the network's high speed capacity, said Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of (CAIT) Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, in a press statement at the signing ceremony.

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    Jun
    03
    2016
    GB: North Lanarkshire Council joins Scottish Wide Area Network

    North Lanarkshire Council has joined the SWAN shared public services IT network

    North Lanarkshire Council has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN).

    The council is the latest local authority to sign up to the single public services network for the public sector organisations within Scotland.

  • Fr
    Jun
    03
    2016
    PK: Punjab Government Aims to Promote Transparency by Launching e-Stamp Paper

    The Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Dr.Umar Saif recently launched electronic stamp paper calling it as historic milestone achieved by Punjab government. Gujranwala became the first city to have an e-stamp paper of over Rs. 1000/-value. This development was revealed in a meeting held at Arfa Software Technology Park.

    During the meeting it was claimed that after the successful launch of e-stamp paper in Gujrawala, it would be soon replicated in all the cities of Punjab. With this development, Dr. Saif also made convenience for the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif who was concerned about the fake printing of large valued stamp papers and the fraud found thereafter particularly in case of selling or buying the land properties. To curb this problem, the Minister was planing to develop ICT system to overcome these shortcomings and PITB with the help of BoR turned this dream into a reality.

  • Fr
    Jun
    03
    2016
    AE: TRA extolled for smart e-services

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has been awarded with the 21st Middle East Smart Government and Smart Cities Excellence Award under the smart e-services category, for its successful implementation of the UAE Government’s FEDnet project. The award was given by Middle East Excellence Awards Institute.

    Abdelnasir Rahma Obaid Al Shamsi, Senior Manager for Infrastructure Management in E-Government Operations Department at TRA, received the award in behalf of the TRA during the awards ceremony, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, in the presence of top-level government officials from the region and industry leaders. The recognition event was held on the sidelines of the 22nd GCC Smart Governments and Smart Cities Conference.

  • Fr
    Jun
    03
    2016
    NG: How the new Communications Minister can use tech to make Governance cool

    One of the highlights of the last administration is the revolution in the ICT space. The records of success achieved by Dr. Omobola Johnson as Minister of ICT are enviable. These included the Nigeria Broadband plans, Digital Girls Club, ICT Incubator Centers, increased adoption of ICT by government agencies and development of ICT “local content” framework.

    Most industry watchers believe that this administration’s professed commitment to youth and entrepreneurship will take ICT to the next level as this was part of their electioneering campaigns. The Vice President notably has been the one doing the talking, but the man who will do the implementation is Alhaji Shittu Adebayo.

  • Fr
    Jun
    03
    2016
    MT: More than 900 online forms still in PDF format, e-government services 'need huge overhaul'

    More than 900 out of some 1,300 application forms offered on the e-government services are in PDF format, Mario Cutajar, the Head of the Civil Service complained today.

    Addressing a conference as part of the Public Service Week, Mr Cutajar said Malta’s e-government services were good but needed a major overhaul nonetheless. Application forms in PDF form would have to be printed out and sent by post or delivered by hand to the relevant departments.

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    Jun
    02
    2016
    NG: FG to spend N489m on e-government projects

    The Ministry of Communication earmarked the sum of N489 million for several e-government project in the 2016 budget as part plans to ensure transparency and curb the menace of corruption in govOur primary focus is to create sustainable partnerships with Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government that would fast-track their transition into the digital platform, The e-government project, the Ministry of Communications during the year in focus intends to make presentation on the master plan for e-governance to the federal executive council for approval and adoption as national strategy document for the implementation of e-government in Nigeria that will cost government N8 million.

    Similarly, the N19, 480,500 million has been pencilled down for media conference on the master plan and roadmap to create awareness about the project to the general public.

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    Jun
    02
    2016
    GB: Scotland: MSPs given digital go ahead

    Members of the Scottish Parliament have been told they can now use digital devices in the Holyrood chamber while it is sitting. Previously the Wi-Fi has been turned off.

    Scottish_Parliament It will give them access to online information during debates, and allow them to take part in social media discussions.

    Ken Macintosh, the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, said the ruling should be interpreted liberally and he would not tell MSPs how to exercise the new capability, as long as they conduct themselves with courtesy and respect.

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    Jun
    02
    2016
    NG: Minister: Communications sector roadmap, e-government master plan ready for implementation

    Mr Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications says the Communications sector roadmap and the e-government master plan are ready for implementation. Adebayo made this known when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) late Monday in Abuja.

    The minister, who was represented by Mr Sunny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry said that the ministry was poised to commence the implementation of the documents.

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    Jun
    02
    2016
    DICT can make PH an e-republic, crack whip on telcos — Recto

    Sen. Ralph Recto, who has just won his reelection bid in the Senate, has hailed the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as a “revolutionary act” that will lay the groundwork for the country’s transformation into a full-pledged electronic republic. “With the creation of this department, the government can now focus on promoting digital literacy, ICT expertise, and knowledge-building among citizens to better equip them in an evolving ICT age,” Recto said.

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    Jun
    02
    2016
    AU: Digital Continuity 2020 - A Vendor's Perspective

    The National Archives of Australia’s Digital Continuity 2020 Policy is a cornerstone mandate that underpins the Australian Government’s wider digital transformation initiatives, as well as driving the adoption of e-Government.

    Part roadmap, part rulebook it’s the vital ‘go-to’ guide for all public sector executives and professionals working in, and around, information management and is based on three individual policy statements that are all intertwined.

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    Jun
    01
    2016
    Gov.UK Verify: Late, unnecessary and finally launching this week

    Campaigners warn the government's identity assurance project is limited and that people will lose control of their identity

    Gov.UK Verify, the Cabinet Office's in-house developed identity scheme intended to govern access to public services, has finally been launched - years late.

    However, campaigners have argued that not only is it unnecessary and limited, but that the scheme is potentially insecure and that it will encourage users to, effectively, lose control of valuable personal information to the eight private contractors picked to oversee the scheme.

  • Mi
    Jun
    01
    2016
    Thailand deploys Gemalto's mobile ID strong authentication and signing solution nationwide

    In order to develop secure online services nationwide, Thailand’s Electronic Transactions Development Agency has deployed Gemalto’s LinqUs Mobile ID solution.

    ETDA is a public organization, part of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Royal Thai Government, Kingdom of Thailand. The solution will allow mobile users to perform any online transaction on the go, with the highest levels of security and convenience. They will be able to access internet banking, confirm payments, and digitally sign documents for sensitive activities such as online loan applications or account updates, by simply entering a PIN on their mobiles. Complete development will be followed by nationwide rollout, enabling a rich array of secured services for 86 million subscribers, to drive the country's Digital Economy plans.

  • Mi
    Jun
    01
    2016
    NG: Communications sector roadmap, e-government master plan ready for implementation – Minister

    Mr Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications says the Communications sector roadmap and the e-government master plan are ready for implementation.

    Adebayo made this known when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) late Monday in Abuja.

    The minister, who was represented by Mr Sunny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry said that the ministry was poised to commence the implementation of the documents.

  • Mi
    Jun
    01
    2016
    NG: FG says e-Government master plan, ready for implementation

    The Federal government has said plans to move the Information and Communications sector forward has been perfected and ready to be rolled out. The plans are contained in the Communications sector road map and the e-government master plan, which the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu just revealed, was ready for implementation. The Minister made the disclosure when he paid a familiarisation visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) on Tuesday in Abuja. He said the ministry was determined to commence the implementation of the documents soonest.

  • Mi
    Jun
    01
    2016
    NG: FG saves N220bn through integrated payroll system

    The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had recorded savings of about N220bn since April 2007 when it commenced the implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

    A statement from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation said that the amount was expected to increase when other agencies of government would enrol onto the platform.

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    31
    2016
    E-residency in Estonia Hits a Milestone

    After 18 months, the country already has 10,000 e-residents.

    Manu Sporny, a U.S. citizen and tech entrepreneur, became Estonia’s 10,000th e-resident last week, Motherboard, a Vice publication, reports.

    Launched in December 2014, the program is touted by Estonia as the first of its kind in the world and “offers to every world citizen a government-issued digital identity and the opportunity to run a trusted company online, unleashing the world’s entrepreneurial potential.”

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    31
    2016
    Philippines Dealbook: DICT formed, e-Employment project wins international award

    The information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the Philippines has a new Department of ICT (DICT), even as one local e-Employment project won an international award.

    Philippine Department of ICT created after 15 years

    After 15 years since the first DICT bill was filed in Congress, the proposed government department has finally been signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III on Monday.

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    31
    2016
    Aussies fuel boom in use of Internet-connected devices: Telsyte

    By 2019 the average Australian household will have around 24 Internet-connected devices - up from nine devices in 2015 - and we will spend $3.2 billion on connected devices and services by the end of the decade, according to newly published research from analyst firm Telsyte.

    Telsyte says the almost 11-fold growth in Internet-connected devices and services over the next four years – detailed in the fourth edition of its infographic style report book, Digital Nation – shows that Australians are increasingly comfortable using and adapting to new technologies.

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    31
    2016
    NG: e-government master plan ready for implementation – Shittu

    Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications says the Communications sector roadmap and the e-government master plan are ready for implementation.

    Adebayo made this known when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) late Monday in Abuja.

    The minister, who was represented by Mr Sunny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry said that the ministry was poised to commence the implementation of the documents.

  • Di
    Mai
    31
    2016
    EU digital progress report shows more work to do

    The European Commission has published the latest European Digital Progress Report, outlining the EU's progress in achieving a digital single market. The report outlines each country's status in five main areas: connectivity, digital skills, use of internet, integration of digital technology by businesses and digital public services. The Commission said the report shows that member states are at very different stages of development ; some, for example, the Nordic countries, are among the most advanced in the world, whilst other still have a lot of catching up to do.

  • Mo
    Mai
    30
    2016
    US: Using Social Media as a Data-Smart Governance Tool

    Cities are learning to mine this trove of information to predict the impact of future events and significantly improve operations.

    Cities can produce great value from social media, but only if they start talking a little bit less about themselves and start listening more to their residents. It's become common for public officials and city agencies to have active Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even Snapchat accounts through which they broadcast information and gather feedback. But municipal use of social data shouldn't be limited to a communications team telling voters about city hall's daily accomplishments.

  • Mo
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    30
    2016
    US: Michigan: Allegan County 911 Will Spend up to $10 Million on New System

    A new system would replace equipment on local radio towers, in the dispatch offices and on the officers and emergency personnel all throughout the county.

    Allegan County Central Dispatch looks to spend as much as $10 million on a new radio system over the next year.

    The local 911 network fielded just shy of 53,000 phone calls last year split between law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services. The current system was installed in 2001 and is due for a replacement, according to county officials.

  • Mo
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    30
    2016
    IN: Lucknow tops fast track smart cities competition beats 12 rivals

    The Uttar Pradesh capital is followed by Warangal (Telangana), Dharmshala (Himachal Pradesh), Chandigarh, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), New Town Kolkata (West Bengal), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Panaji (Goa), Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Faridabad (Haryana).

    Lucknow tops fast track smart cities competition beats 12 rivals Lucknow has topped the list of Fast Track Smart Cities Competition. The 13 winners were announced by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday.

  • Mo
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    30
    2016
    DICT to make PHL an electronic republic, Senator says

    Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto hailed the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as a "revolutionary act" that will lay the groundwork for the country's transformation into a full-pleged electronic republic.

    "With the creation of this department, the government can now focus on promoting digital literacy, information and communications technology (ICT) expertise, and knowledge-building among citizens to better equip them in an evolving ICT age," Recto said.

  • Mo
    Mai
    30
    2016
    CN: Government CIO points to Hong Kong as Asia’s leading digital nation

    Speaking at this year’s inaugural Cloud Expo Asia in Hong Kong, Victor Lam, CIO of the region’s government, presented a keynote address in which he discussed the federal initiatives under way to boost cloud and data centre development – two markets he believes represent the ‘technology pillars’ in the digital economy.

    Lam pointed to the Internet of Things and Big Data as new, disruptive forces, powered by cloud technologies, with the potential to transform Hong Kong into a leading digital hub and global smart city. “Cloud computing is the game-changer for business… offering greater scalability, utility-based pricing and ubiquity among applications, consumers and cloud service providers,” he said.

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    29
    2016
    AE: Ministry of Finance strengthens trust in e-Dirham security features

    e-Dirham system receives international certification of compliance in data security

    The e-Dirham system, launched and managed by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) in partnership with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, recently received the Certification of Compliance in Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This certification conferred by Trustwave Holdings, is particularly for the system's 11 components and for the security compliance of its Triple Data Encryption Standard which have been found to be in accordance with the international standards.

  • So
    Mai
    29
    2016
    New software gives the blind access to the Internet in Laos

    The Laos government has teamed up with international organisations to help blind people in Laos gain easier access to information and communication technology through new software.

    The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications partnered with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Thailand's National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec) to develop the Lao Text to Speech Synthetic Software.

  • So
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    29
    2016
    GY: NFMU used earnings illegally to fund One Laptop, E-Government projects

    More than GYD$1 billion in licence fees paid to the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) have been illegally used to help finance the People’s Progressive Party Civic-led administration’s two flagship projects- One Laptop Per Family and E-Government, a special probe has found.

    “Apparently, failing to appreciate the precedence of statute over “Government policy”, the management of the NFMU misguidedly continues to justify the statutory violation,” states the special investigation into financial operations and functioning of that regulatory agency.

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    28
    2016
    ZW: Govt to open more communication centres

    Government is set to open more communication centres across the country’s 52 districts as it moves to promote technological advancement for economic growth in rural communities. This dovetails into President Mugabe’s call to promote Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a tool to foster socio-economic development. This will also assist rural communities to access e-government services and information.

    Addressing delegates at the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrations in Muzarabani on Wednesday, Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Cde Supa Mandiwanzira said more communication centres would be launched countrywide.

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    2016
    US: Telemedicine industry must embrace scrutiny to ensure quality

    Research published earlier this week in JAMA Dermatology examining the accuracy and quality of services delivered by direct-to-consumer telemedicine companies caused quite a stir in the healthcare industry.

    In the study, researchers posed as dermatological patients for 62 clinical encounters. The authors found clinicians repeatedly missed major diagnoses, including syphilis, herpes and skin cancer, and did not ask relevant questions. Treatments sometimes were at odds with existing guidelines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    25
    2016
    India’s Smart Cities

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

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    25
    2016
    ZW: Govt to launch web portal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    23
    2016
    Singapore launches government data sharing platform MyInfo

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

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

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

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    23
    2016
    SG: Digital transformation in the public sector

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    22
    2016
    IN: Good Goverance in Panchyat Administration

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

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

    To facilitate online registration and calculation of taxes under various heads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More governments look to private partnership as new responsibilities mount.

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

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

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

    Our future rests on E-health and E-education

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

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

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

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

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

    Each department to pool 2% of budget for IT Corpus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    18
    2016
    NA: Access to Information Bill Draft By July

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

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

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

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

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

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    17
    2016
    US: NYC Digital Playbook Prioritizes Service Delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    16
    2016
    IE: Shining a light on the smart regions

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

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

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

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