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  • Mi
    Jul
    27
    2016
    US: Most Tennesseans pick slower, cheaper internet connections over quicker, pricier broadband

    Fewer than one in four Tennesseans have high-speed broadband connections for their internet service, even though broadband is now available to 87 percent of the state's households, according to a study released Tuesday.

    The study commissioned by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development found more than a third of the rural areas of Tennessee still don't have any broadband links for high-speed internet. And much of the existing broadband infrastructure isn't being fully utilized because consumers are opting to use slower and cheaper internet connections.

  • Mi
    Jul
    27
    2016
    We Are All Set to Become Digital Indians And Here’s Why

    The most honest way to define development is when a country aims to simplify everyday things for its citizens and the signs of development in India are hard to ignore. At the helm of this philosophy lies the Digital India campaign. The devil they say is in the details. So what if every detail of your life is simplified with fewer steps and lesser queues? Unthinkable right? When we’ve all grown up waiting in some queue or other most of our lives. It’s almost second nature to Indians.

  • Mi
    Jul
    27
    2016
    IN: Hyderabad: Aadhaar cards for new borns, a non starter

    Infants born at five government maternity hospitals in the city were to be issued Aadhaar cards from July 15 but there is no mechanism in place as of now, to take the project forward.

    Earlier this month the government had announced that the parents along with the discharge report would be handed over the Aadhaar card and birth certificate of the child.

  • Di
    Jul
    26
    2016
    PK: Govt determined to provide best telecom facilities: Anusha

    Minister of State for Information, Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman said on Tuesday that the government was determined to provide telecom facilities to every nook and corner of the country.

    "As per the directive of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Universal Service Funds (USF) funds would be used to provide best telecom services to remote areas with transparency," she said while taking to PTV.

  • Di
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    2016
    NG: FG Moves To Unbundle ICT Infrastructure

    The Nigerian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector stands at the precipice of a new digital revolution that requires bold policy reforms and industry reinvention, thus placing new imperatives for definitive action.

    Proactive and responsive policies have been the key driver of the evolution and development of the industry even as the current industry governance structure is still way behind the 21st century technological realities.

  • Mo
    Jul
    25
    2016
    VN: All government regular procurement to go online by 2025

    All government regular procurement transactions and bulk procurement will be done via the electronic national bidding system by 2025, according to a master plan and a road map for online procurement in 2016-2025.

    Under the master plan, which has just been approved by the Prime Minister, from now until 2018, the national bidding e-system will be upgraded to ensure its safe, stable and smooth operation.

  • Mo
    Jul
    25
    2016
    KE: Uasin Gishu County signs MoU to support automation of health services

    The County Government of Uasin Gishu on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with I-Tech (Kenya) in a move to support the automation of heath services (E-Heath) in the county.

    Speaking at the county headquarters in Eldoret town during the signing of the MoU, the County Health CeC Margaret Chepkwony said the partnership was to help in improving health services to the public.

  • So
    Jul
    24
    2016
    NP: All 35 KMC ward offices set to go digital today

    Beginning Sunday, submitting household documents at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) in person will be a thing of the past, metropolis officials claim. In a bid to be more efficient in service delivery, for the first time the government is incorporating digitigal technologies and processes into day-to-day operations at the KMC. All of the 35 ward offices of the KMC are introducing e-governance services from Sunday.

    “We have taken it as a pilot project, and we will be upgrading things in need. It may take us some time to get the hang of it,” said Rudra Singh Tamang, chief and executive of the KMC.

  • So
    Jul
    24
    2016
    IN: Free online skill development courses launched

    The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has announced the launch of an online platform — www.indiaskillsonline.com — for inculcating skills of choice and bridge the digital divide in India.

    Courses on soft skill, languages, culture, digital literacy and entrepreneurship are some of the options that will be made available to the users.

  • So
    Jul
    24
    2016
    India Govt launches Transforming India portal

    With the aim of sharing the impact of various governance initiatives with citizens in real-time, the government has launched a website — ‘Transforming India’ — an official statement said here on Saturday.

    The website was launched by Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

  • Sa
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    23
    2016
    AE: The rising trend of cashless payments

    This has led to greater financial inclusion, supporting much of the non-bankable population

    Contactless payments are rapidly gaining ground across the globe. Driven by customer convenience and efficiency, this innovative payment method has opened up new dimension for daily transactions undertaken by consumers. Mobile wallets, online payment providers, near field communication (NFC) technology, have and continue to transform the space, and allow merchants to increase their point-of-sale transactions through customers making cashless payments, or using simple “Tap-and-Go” payment solutions. Many countries in Europe, such as Sweden are currently leading the field, and have made significant progress to becoming a more cashless society as many consumers use handsets, cards or online platforms for day to day purchases.

  • Sa
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    23
    2016
    VN: 4G to be licensed in the third quarter of 2016

    Minister of Information and Communications Trương Minh Tuấn urged enterprises to send recent reports on 4G testing results as the Government had policies to accelerate the licensing for 4G this year.

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) held a review meeting for the first half of this year early this week.

    Previously, many enterprises and localities have proposed to the ministry to grant 4G licence soon as the technology is a foundation for cities and provinces to implement e-Government, Internet of Things (IoT) and modern information systems.

  • Sa
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    23
    2016
    IN: Online approval for building plans in Rajasthan

    The move follows Rajasthan’s recent steps towards urban development such as a law for land pooling, titling and digitization of records

    In a bid to increase transparency and the ease of doing business, the Rajasthan government has implemented online approvals for building plans. The government aims to take the entire process online by the end of the month.

  • Fr
    Jul
    22
    2016
    GB: New e-book ‘tribute’ to dedication of public sector workers

    An new online publication aims to show the best of what people in local government do in their everyday work.

    Walk Tall – Being a 21st Century Public Servant features interviews with more than 60 people talking about their jobs.

  • Fr
    Jul
    22
    2016
    ‘I’ll transform Zambia into ICT hub’

    President Edgar Lungu has pledged to reposition Zambia by transforming the country into an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub in Africa. Centre of Excellence for e-Government and ICT (CEEGICT) national coordinator Felix Phiri said it was the President’s expectation that all Government services would in the next five years be offered online. This will help provide effective public service delivery, which is expected to be achieved in the next one year.

    “His Excellency is on firm ground and believes that in order to stimulate socio-economic growth, ICT will play a pivotal role, hence the ‘Smart Zambia’ vision. “I interpret ‘Smart Zambia’ to be about how the Government uses ICT to deliver better services, create jobs and transform the Zambian society and economy in a constantly changing environment,” Dr Phiri said.

  • Fr
    Jul
    22
    2016
    GH: Lordina commissions state-of-the-art ICT Centre at Ampoma

    Mrs Lordina Mahama, the First Lady, has commissioned a state-of-the-art Information Communication Technical (ICT) facility equipped with the latest technology for the people of Ampoma Community in the Brong Ahafo Region.

    The Lordina Foundation facilitated the building of the Ultramodern ICT Centre, built by Huawei Technologies Ghana Limited as part of their corporate social responsibility.

  • Fr
    Jul
    22
    2016
    TechPlus targets Nigeria’s dominance in global ICT ecosystem

    U.S. CIO leads discussion at forum

    For Nigeria to play a major role in global technology space, the need for the country to develop homegrown technologies that can compete favourably has been stressed.

    Speaking ahead of this year’s technology conference-TechPlus, the Managing Director, Connect Marketing Services, organisers of the event, said the world is currently experiencing an explosion of connectivity and innovation in every area of lives, notably, education, healthcare, finance and automobile.

  • Do
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    21
    2016
    KN: Officials updated on ICT Centre upgrade

    On Wednesday government officials toured the Information and Communication Technology Centre in East Basseterre to get an update on the improvements underway at the location.

    Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, and Resident Taiwanese Ambassador His Excellency George Gow-Wei Chiou were among the dignitaries touring the site to get an account of the work being done and the services that would be provided at the ICT Centre.

  • Do
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    21
    2016
    NG: E-PPAN Targets Increased IGR for States, Federal Government

    Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN), the organiser of e-Government Summit, has said the target of the 2016 edition of the summit is to increase internally generated revenue (IGR), for state governments as well as the federal government.

    The association also announced a shift in the date of the summit from July to September this year, to enable it make adequate preparation and awareness creation that will boost the summit.

  • Do
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    21
    2016
    IN: The business of smart cities

    The smart city agenda is being promoted due to its immense business potential. However, such time as issues of land acquisition, sovereign guarantee and other legal aspects are resolved, don’t expect large amounts of private sector finance to come flowing in

    While announcing the list of cities that were selected through the Smart City Challenge Competition, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu had said, “Smart city is an idea whose time has come”. Earlier, while launching the flagship Smart City Mission at Pune, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dubbed it as a “people’s movement” and exhibited his Government’s resolve to accelerate its implementation.

  • Do
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    21
    2016
    US: Agencies Should Use Data to Offer Personalized Nudges

    Policymakers can improve people’s lives by strategically framing decisions to direct them toward a preferred outcome.

    By most metrics, Americans are not saving nearly enough. When it comes to retirement, almost a third of Americans have no savings to supplement their Social Security benefits. In addition, almost half of Americans have no savings to draw on in the event of an emergency. Not only do these conditions leave many families in a precarious financial position, but widespread financial insecurity also poses a challenge for state and local governments that may face significant demands for public assistance. While some policymakers are taking steps to address this problem, they’re missing out on an opportunity to provide personalized interventions to individuals.

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    21
    2016
    US: How Data Can Help Governments Prepare for the Aging Population

    City guides offer government councils the data needed to tackle affordable housing and health care -- and help fuel city management to solve problems and make decisions.

    People are living longer across America. In fact, the senior population is expected to climb to 83 million by 2050, according to the real-time aging population clock, which illustrates this growth in the U.S. and how often a person turns 65.

  • Mi
    Jul
    20
    2016
    US: The Smart Way to Build a Smart City (Industry Perspective)

    City and digital government leaders must demonstrate clear value, tangible outcomes and engaging experiences for their inhabitants, delivering public service for the future.

    At its most basic, a smart city is a city that uses information and communications technology — including traditional IT and advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technologies — to improve not only the way it operates, but also the services it delivers to its citizens. It leverages digital technologies across infrastructure — including transport and traffic management, construction and buildings, energy and water supply, and waste management, to name a few — as well as across services, including public administration, health and safety, culture and education.

  • Mi
    Jul
    20
    2016
    SG: Inactive SingPass accounts a security risk?

    About half of all 3.3 million account holders have not registered for SingPass' new two-factor authentication (2FA) feature when the July 4 sign-up deadline passed.

    The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), which administers SingPass, said last week that only 400,000 of these are regular SingPass users, and it is working on getting them on board with a deadline extension.

  • Mi
    Jul
    20
    2016
    Meet Kenyan with ID card number one

    Did you know that retired President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi is the holder of Kenya's first national identity card?

    This interesting revelation came to pass on Tuesday during a protest by United States International University (USIU) students over alleged land grabbing.

    Moi's ID was made public by USIU Vice Chancellor Paul Zeleza in a document that indicated that the former president sold the contentious land.

  • Mi
    Jul
    20
    2016
    US: Illinois: Carbondale adopts paperless technology for City Council meetings

    Members of Carbondale City Council will now have access to information through BoardDocs, an eGovernance initiative which replaces the method of compiling, printing, binding and distributing paper agenda packets by hand.

    Initially developed in 2000 for a Georgia school district, BoardDocs maximizes the effectiveness of City Council meetings and open communication with the public, said City Clerk Jennifer Sorrell.

  • Di
    Jul
    19
    2016
    AG: Electronic transactions amendment passes Upper House

    The Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill 2016 was passed in the Upper House of Parliament yesterday, in just under eight minutes and without a word of opposition.

    Senate Majority Leader, Senator Lennox Weston described the short amendment as “some house cleaning” and briefly summarised its aim.

    “Basically … this is some house cleaning (and) window cleaning to make sure that when we use electronic data we can make sure it’s authentic. We have some flexibility in filing electronic data and it’s preparing us for when we go to an e government platform,” he said.

  • Di
    Jul
    19
    2016
    Singapore chats up Microsoft bots in smart nation initiative

    Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has partnered Microsoft to build "chatbots", with the aim of integrating natural language and conversational computing capabilities into its e-government services.

    Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services.

    Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft's "conversations as a platform" pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country's next-generation government services based on "conversational computing".

  • Di
    Jul
    19
    2016
    IN: Government to increase national consumer helplines

    Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday reviewed the working of national Consumer Helpline, a toll free line being run by the Consumer Affairs Department for redressal of consumer grievances, and directed that number of helplines should be increased from 14 to 60.

    Addressing the meeting attended among others by Minister of State for Consumer Affairs C.R. Chaudhary, he said the helpline numbers be increased “within a month”, an official spokesman said.

  • Di
    Jul
    19
    2016
    US: New system lets some civilian doctors see military health records

    A new health records sharing program gives doctors in 10 civilian U.S. health systems access to Defense Department medical records, with more systems expected to join later this year.

    The Pentagon’s Health Information Exchange Initiative, launched June 1, allows private physicians and some government organizations to view medical records held by military hospitals or clinics, if they are treating patients with such records.

  • Mo
    Jul
    18
    2016
    Foreigners, stateless persons may extend stay in Azerbaijan online

    Foreigners and stateless people willing to extend their stay in Azerbaijan for more than 10 days can register at their place of residence through the e-government portal e-gov.az, the Data Processing Center (DPC) of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies said July 11.

    DPC said the e-service called “Receipt of Documents for Registration by Place of Residence" is now available in the e-government portal services provided by the Azerbaijani Migration Service.

  • Mo
    Jul
    18
    2016
    CY: ‘Great strides’ made in e-government, Petrides says (Updated)

    Cyprus has made great strides in the provision of e-government services, Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petrides said on Monday.

    At a news conference to update the public on the latest state of play, Petrides said a system for electronic signatures would be available by the end of 2017, which would cut the need for the public to visit certain government offices in person. The system is to be put out to tender in early 2017.

  • Mo
    Jul
    18
    2016
    Bulgaria passes law requiring government software to be open source: “The change hopefully means better software”

    Bulgaria now requires all software written for the government to be open source. We asked Bozhidar Bozhanov, adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister at Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, to comment on this new law and its benefits.

    According to Article 58 of the Bulgarian Electronic Governance Act, administrative authorities will have to include the following requirements: “When the subject of the contract includes the development of computer programs: a) computer programs must meet the criteria for open source software; b) all copyright and related rights on the relevant computer programs, their source code, the design of interfaces and databases which are subject to the order should arise for the principal in full, without limitations in the use, modification and distribution; c) development should be done in the repository maintained by the Agency in accordance with Art. 7c pt. 18;”

  • Mo
    Jul
    18
    2016
    IN: E-health project to make major changes in Kerala's health sector

    The e-health program that has been envisaged in Kerala is expected to make substantial changes to the health sector. It is believed that the initiative would be much more useful to the people than the e-office project of the government which was implemented under the e-governance initiative. The e-health program is not available in any other state as of now.

    The e-office program had migrated files to the digital space and along with electronic signatures and other facilities, allowed keeping track of files online and managing them electronically. The same procedure would apply to the e-health program.

  • So
    Jul
    17
    2016
    NA: Police lauches automated biometric identification system

    On Friday, The Namibian Police Force became the first law-enforcement agency in southern Africa to introduce an automated biometric identification system.

    Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh launched the police Automated Biometric Identification System (N-ABIS) in Windhoek. It includes an automated fingerprint identification system and automated facial recognition system.

  • So
    Jul
    17
    2016
    AU: SA: Tonsley: New e-health centre opens

    Research into the use of digital technology to deliver positive outcomes for the sick and aged will be at the heart of the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre to be launched today.

    Based at Tonsley, the centre will be headed up by digital healthcare experts Professor Anthony Maeder and Professor Trish Williams as co-directors.

  • Sa
    Jul
    16
    2016
    Ugandans want cheaper internet

    They are not using the national backbone infrastructure that government has laid in some parts of the country because its quality is in question.

    Ugandans want government and telecommunication companies to develop measures to bring down the cost of internet services to support innovations in ICT and other internet-powered projects in various fields of the economy.

    It has emerged that some telecommunication companies, the leading internet service providers in the country, are using their independent internet infrastructure and while others pay private internet firms to deliver it to Ugandans.

  • Sa
    Jul
    16
    2016
    Brazil's smart cities program attracts 172 municipalities

    The 172 Brazilian municipalities that pre-registered to participate in the federal government's Minha Cidade Inteligente (my smart city) program have submitted technical projects and due documentation for the implementation phase, the ICT and innovation ministry said.

    The deadline for the submission of projects was June 30. By the eve of that date, just 38 out of the 356 localities that expressed interest in the program had presented their projects.

  • Sa
    Jul
    16
    2016
    Bank of Tanzania develops system that monitors real-time transactions of the bureaux de change

    Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has developed a system that monitors real-time transactions of the bureaux de change across Tanzania to enhance supervisions.

    This new development comes amid concerns by stakeholders that some bureaus are violating transaction regulations including non-issuing of receipts to hide actual transactions.

  • Fr
    Jul
    15
    2016
    US: Digital Driver's Licenses: How States Can Prepare for the Digital Wave of Identities (Industry Perspective)

    States are looking at digital versions of IDs as a channel for DMVs to provide options for mobile-first citizens.

    Americans are shifting toward a “wallet-less” lifestyle, with bank cards and reward cards all accessible via the mobile phone. But we can’t be 100 percent wallet-less yet. Most of us need to carry our driver’s license for identification or have it on hand during the average 101 minutes a day Americans spend driving. The mobile driver’s license or digital driver’s license (DDL) is a solution to having everything you need without the wallet. A number of states are beginning to investigate the viability of issuing digital driver's licenses that would be housed on a mobile device.

  • Fr
    Jul
    15
    2016
    Uganda Government to Support ICT Innovations Under This Science Innovation Fund

    Young ICT innovators fro Uganda will now benefit highly from Uganda's Science fund that has for ages been perceived as a fund be restricted to agro, bio and chemical science innovations.

    This was said by Hon Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT and National Guidance at the inaugural stakeholders' dialogue held on July 06, 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.

  • Fr
    Jul
    15
    2016
    UG: Government Launches E-Visa to Attract Investment

    People who want to visit Uganda for business or pleasure can now apply for visas and permits online, thanks to the introduction of e-visa system.

    The new system, which started functioning this financial year, eliminates earlier bureaucratic procedures which were slow and tedious.

  • Fr
    Jul
    15
    2016
    VN: Da Nang, Seoul plan public works information system

    The central city, in co-operation with Seoul city of Korea, will commence work on an information system on public works construction, Allimi, in Da Nang from 2016 to 2019.

    Vice Chairman of the city's People's Committee, Tran Van Mien said the system will help boost transparency and publicity as it allows local people to supervise public work construction and investment projects.

    Mien said the Allimi system will help develop exchange between administrations of Da Nang and Seoul in trade, investment, culture as well as sharing experiences in public works management.

  • Do
    Jul
    14
    2016
    CY: E-signatures by the end of 2017

    The public will be able to use e-signatures by the end of 2017 in various transactions in both the public and private sectors, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.

    Traditional transactions required the physical presence of a person and their handwritten signature, but this will be unnecessary with electronic signatures which will also significantly decrease administrative costs and simplify procedures in the public sector.

  • Do
    Jul
    14
    2016
    TH: Smart health, public bus mobile app teams land top awards in MEGA 2015

    TreconWeb wins “best innovation” cup for chronic kidney disease data-analysis tool; Chula’s ViaBus app takes ‘Best Idea’ cup for transportation app

    Mobile-application development teams TreconWeb and ViaBus recently emerged as the winners in the best government app of the year competition, receiving HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn-donated cups in the "Mobile Enterprise d-Government Award 2015 (MEGA 2015)" contest.

  • Do
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    14
    2016
    RW: Kigali: City launches free wireless Internet to boost its internet sector hence attracting more investors

    In October 2013, the Rwandan government announced it had started to cover the lush green, rolling hills of the capital with wireless hotspots.

    Kigali became the first city in East Africa to launch free wireless Internet in specific areas of the capital last week under the “Smart Kigali” initiative, joining the ranks of “digital cities” such as Toronto, Houston, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Taipei.

  • Do
    Jul
    14
    2016
    Botswana rolls out e-bidding to tackle tender corruption

    Botswana's Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) has introduced e-bidding, dovetailed to the Integrated Procurement Management System (IPMS), to address corruption in government tenders.

    The e-bidding rollout is part of the second phase of the PPADB's IPMS project, launched in 2013, to facilitate contractor registration nationally.

  • Do
    Jul
    14
    2016
    Accelerating digitization could add trillions of Euros to European economy

    European consumers are heavily invested in digital technologies—83 percent of people have access to the internet in their homes, and 76 percent say they use the internet regularly. But the reality is that Europe has a long way to go to fully tap the potential of digitization – according to a new report, the continent is operating below its digital potential, and accelerating digitization could add trillions of euros to economic growth in less than a decade.

    The extent to which companies have used digital to redefine business processes and their labor forces is still relatively low. Digitization also varies greatly among countries, sectors, and companies within the region. If more is done to adopt, diffuse, and use digital, tremendous economic value could be captured. Although there are active initiatives to deepen Europe’s digitization, including moves towards removing barriers to a single digital market (that remains to be seen with the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU), proposals for the European Cloud Initiative, and a range of e-government initiatives, a further push is clearly needed.

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    Jul
    13
    2016
    Smart Cities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    More and more devices are plugging into your government’s corner of the Internet of Things (IoT), but are we truly implementing the right projects in 'smart' ways? Here’s what you need to know about the state of smart cities opportunities along with some potholes to avoid and questions to be answered.

    From watching tennis at Wimbledon to emptying soap dispensers in washrooms in big cities, everyday life is getting connected in smarter ways all over the planet.

  • Mi
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    13
    2016
    Is Asia ready for smart cities?

    Asia’s cities are facing what could be one of their greatest challenges. Unprecedented urbanization coupled with other pressing issues such as a rising middle class, explosive population growth, shifting demographics and increasing pressure to go green is pushing Asia’s cities to the limit.

    More than half of the world’s mega-cities, are today found in the Asia-Pacific, with an expected 62 megacities by 2025, up from the current 32. With Asia urbanizing at such a rate, Asia is turning to smart cities to bolster economic growth, attract new business activities and to deal with the issues that accompany population growth in cities. Singapore aims to be the first Smart Nation; other Asian countries such as China and India are implementing smart cities on a massive scale. Korea has recently built Songdo, touted as the world’s first smart city from scratch.

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    Jul
    12
    2016
    Azerbaijan engaged in further development of ICT

    The sustainable development of the sphere of information communication technologies is an integral part of the economic and political reforms which are currently implemented in Azerbaijan, Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ramin Guluzade told Trend.

    “State programs which are aimed at the comprehensive development of the non-oil sector are currently underway in the country. The programs necessitate the switch of the ICT sector to the new level. Azerbaijan is the first and the only country that adopted the strategy of switch to the information-oriented society in the South Caucasus region,” he said.

  • Di
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    12
    2016
    BB: Cabinet approval being sought for national knowledge management system

    The Cabinet of Barbados will soon be asked to approve the approach that has been recommended to implement the national knowledge management system.

    So says Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo. She told deputy permanent secretaries and heads of departments attending the opening ceremony yesterday morning of the Certified Knowledge Manager Training Workshop, being conducted by the US-based Knowledge Management (KM) Institute, which was held in the Warrens Suite of Baobab Towers, that the top priority would be the creation of an appropriate strategic and high level policy framework.

  • Di
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    12
    2016
    Mind the GaaP: UK.gov needs to get a grip on digital

    Can we stop farting around with website designs now, please?

    Analysis

    The UK government’s digital strategy is among the many things Brexit has put a lit match to, and, amid the current EU exit plan bunfighting, it’s unlikely to top any “Right, what the hell do we do now?” lists.

  • Di
    Jul
    12
    2016
    US: White House Launches Data-Driven Justice Initiative

    The initiative intends to use its partners and proven strategies to reform criminal justice through improving communities, reforming sentencing and investing in the process of re-entry to society.

    As part of a broader program to reform the nation's criminal justice system, the White House announced on June 30 the Data-Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ), which aims to reform criminal justice through three main strategies: improving communities, reforming sentencing and investing in the process of re-entry to society.

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    Jul
    11
    2016
    SG: Two-factor log-in for e-government services kicks in

    Starting from Tuesday, a majority of government e-services will require two-factor authentication (2FA) for log-in and transactions. In addition to the SingPass username and password, users will need to enter a one-time password (OTP) sent via SMS or generated through a OneKey token in order to open and operate the e-government service.

    The government introduced the two-step verification process in July last year as part of an effort to enhance personal data security of users. According to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), around 80 per cent of the two million regular SingPass users have already applied for and activated their 2FA. The government categorises SingPass users as regular if they log on more than once a year. The rest of the 1.3 million of the total 3.3 million SingPass holders are not considered active because they probably don't need to use e-government services.

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    11
    2016
    Digital Poland leading digital Europe

    Paradigms of e-government are around the world are led by Estonia, whose size allows for experimentation and implementation of the most advanced and enviable systems in the world. Yet the tales of Estonia, may soon be surpassed by Poland, whose Digital rebirth is an ambitious project that will set the bar higher than anywhere in the world.

    One of the leading minds behind this vision for a Digital Poland, has been Krzysztof Szubert, Strategic Advisor to the Minister of Digital Affairs and Plenipotentiary of the Minister for International Affairs.

  • Mo
    Jul
    11
    2016
    SG: SingPass 2FA sign-up extended to cater to many who have yet to activate access

    Singapore residents and overseas Singaporeans need not rush to activate SingPass' new two-factor authentication (2FA) if they have not already done so by Monday (July 4).

    The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), which administers SingPass, has adopted a more graduated approach to the sign-up process for 2FA based on how frequently people use SingPass.

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    Jul
    10
    2016
    IN: Empower through ‘e-panchayats’

    The National e-Governance Plan can ensure that higher devolution of funds translates into improved outcomes

    Cutting edge technology is, no doubt, empowering. The right application of technology can boost productivity in all sectors of the economy: agriculture, manufacturing, services, business and governmental activities. Technology enables informed decision-making, stakeholder participation and efficient service delivery and can help ensure transparency, accountability, and rule of law leading to inclusive good governance. The potential impact of leading technologies is estimated to be $550-1,000 billion annually by 2025, targeted to improve the lives of about 680 million, constituting 56 per cent of India’s population lacking basic human needs.

  • So
    Jul
    10
    2016
    US: Making sense of big data: Data projects spur progress

    The use of data in healthcare has been hailed as a solution for saving time and dollars and improving patient outcomes for a healthcare organization. However, many health systems have a hard time capturing and using data from patients that can make a real impact on their businesses.

    Part of the issue lies in electronic health record (EHR) data, which can provide an incomplete picture of patient behavior, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. EHRs are inadequate in capturing mental health diagnoses, visits, specialty care, hospitalizations, and medication, according to the study by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.

  • Sa
    Jul
    09
    2016
    GB: The paperweight of the puclic sector

    Relying less on paper and moving to digitized information is a long term aspiration of public sector organisations, but progress has been slower than in the private sector. In this feature Jason Howard suggests a data management approach to overcome the barriers that are impeding transformation.

    From internal government processes to IDs and passport requests, to claims and benefit management to medical records; the public sector, perhaps more than any other sector, is inherently paper heavy. However, paper has become a less viable and cost-effective medium for governmental services. It’s expensive, takes up too much space and raises security issues. The need to store more data, the need to provide information more quickly and the drive to cut costs with looming budget cuts, are resulting in a triple-pronged assault on the accumulation of paper records.

  • Sa
    Jul
    09
    2016
    TW: Idle government apps to be scrapped amid review

    The National Development Council said it has instructed government agencies at all levels to remove at least half of the apps developed during former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) terms due to their low user numbers and poor reviews.

    Following Ma’s “e-Government” initiative, government agencies developed 278 apps and 396 Web sites from 2012 to 2014.

  • Sa
    Jul
    09
    2016
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: e-Governance

    A big and happy change is in the offing in respect of huge paperwork that is performed day in and day out in various departments and establishments of the Government. The change is to bring in e-Governance meaning digitalizing all files in the Secretariat so that any information on any case at any time can be obtained without hassles and efforts. This is bound to bring in a big revolution in the red tape system that has always been under severe criticism and scrutiny. This is the modern age and the age of electronics. We should have shifted to e-Governance many years ago. We have delayed it nevertheless even if belated, it has finally come and to the relief of thousands of people who have to cool their heels at the Secretariat throughout the year to know the status of their cases and files.

  • Sa
    Jul
    09
    2016
    Modi's Digital India training gets underway in Jorhat, Assam

    Under the umbrella of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme of “Digital India”, National e-Governance Division (NeGD) has joined hands with National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), an autonomous Scientific Society under Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), to train 16000 Government employees of all the North Eastern States in two years under a special scheme “Preparing North East for Digital India”.

    Jorhat Extension Centre of NIELIT Guwahati has launched the scheme by starting training of 24 state government employees. The Jorhat Extension Centre will train 440 employees of Jorhat district under this programme free of cost.

  • Sa
    Jul
    09
    2016
    IN: Kashmir lacks e-presence, e-governance

    According to Gulzar there must be a full-fledged IT policy in the state, an IT park in Kashmir and an IT Directorate for the growth of IT sector in the Valley.

    Despite efforts by government of India to promote Information Technology under ‘Digital India’ program, the IT sector in the Valley is way behind its competitors in other states, believes Mehraj Gulzar, a leading IT professional and past chairman Information Communication Technology Association (ICTA).

  • Fr
    Jul
    08
    2016
    FJ: ICT adds value to agri sector

    The value addition that information and communications technology brings to the agriculture sector is potentially transformative and it can boost the agriculture sector and create new business opportunities at the same time.

    Regional director for International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Ioane Koroivuki, made the comment at the e-agriculture strategy for Fiji stakeholders meeting yesterday.

  • Fr
    Jul
    08
    2016
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: e-File tracking system will eliminate red-tape: Mehbooba

    In a major e-Governance initiative, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today launched the new workflow based e-file tracking system in the Civil Secretariat - the seat of the government - here.

    The new IT-enabled file-tracking system implemented by Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency (JKeGA) is aimed at automating file, correspondence and document tracking within government offices.

  • Fr
    Jul
    08
    2016
    IN: Citizen engagement makes a city smart, not infrastructure

    The objective of the Smart Cities Mission is to improve the quality of life of people by harnessing technology for local area development. For that citizen engagement is vital

    In June 2015, the ministry of urban development came out with guidelines for a smart city. These guidelines were divided into six key areas with solutions to various everyday problems in each of these categories.

  • Fr
    Jul
    08
    2016
    IN: How can we enable smart and sustainable cities?

    The Digital India mission is a missing link that could help connect the Smart Cities mission to these high-level Sustainable Development Goals outcomes

    In September 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi affirmed India’s pledge to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN General Assembly in New York. He made a commitment to “make our cities smart, sustainable and engines of progress” by 2030. This builds on earlier promises of ending poverty, providing housing and basic services to all by the early 2020s.

  • Do
    Jul
    07
    2016
    US: Reliable 911 Outage, Service Data is Shrouded in Secrecy

    The secrecy around problems with 911 systems highlights their strange role as a critical lifeline to police and fire departments, but one that is almost entirely run by private companies.

    When a glitch in phone company systems left Baltimore without 911 service for over an hour last week, The Baltimore Sun wanted to know how often such outages occur.

    Public records made it clear that the outage wasn't unique, but much of the information about problems with 911 is confidential, making it difficult to figure out just how often the emergency phone system is out of action. The secrecy highlights the 911 system's strange role as a critical lifeline to police and fire departments, but one that is almost entirely run by private companies.

  • Do
    Jul
    07
    2016
    PK: Government plans to close IT gap between urban and rural areas within next year

    The Ministry of Information Technology is focused now more than ever to bridge the IT gap between urban and rural areas. For this purpose, the right policies along with the right budget are being set in place.

    In the Annual Development Program for the next year, the government has allocated 5,020 million rupees for the IT sector. It comes with a strong emphasis on strengthening human resource and accelerating the growth pace of e-government so that more people have easy access to government services. Pakistan’s e-government model is considered one of the best in the world. It was adapted in 2002, making Pakistan the first SAARC country to do so. The entire purpose of this model is to digitize the entire governance process – applying information and communication technology to assist the government to provide services to the public. Just last year, 13 Pakistan ministries upgraded to the e-government model.

  • Mi
    Jul
    06
    2016
    PK: Over 5,000 women from under developed areas to be equipped with computer skills

    The government has earmarked over 5,020 million rupees for the Information Technology sector with emphasis on developing human resource.

    Over five thousand women from under developed areas will be equipped with computer skills under the Women Digital Empowerment Program during the next fiscal year.

  • Mi
    Jul
    06
    2016
    ICT4D: Digital solutions to drive SDGs by 2030 — Study

    Leading global professional services company, Accenture has declared that 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.

    In its latest study prepared for the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), it said that the ICT through digital solutions would drive the progress of the SDGs with special focus on improving lives, fostering growth and environmental protection.

  • Mi
    Jul
    06
    2016
    AE: TRA gets record entries for mobile app contest

    The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has received a total of 1,300 applications for this year’s edition of the Alesco Apps Award, a mobile app development competition.

    The competition has been launched by the Arab League of Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (Alesco), said a statement from TRA.

  • Mi
    Jul
    06
    2016
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: CM launches maiden e-file tracking system in Civil Secretariat

    In a major e-Governance initiative in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti launched the new Workflow based e-File Tracking System in the Civil Secretariat here today.

    Minister for IT and Youth Services & Sports, Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari, Chief Secretary, B R Sharma, Financial Commissioner, Planning & Development, B B Vyas, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Navin Kumar Choudhary and all administrative secretaries were present on the occasion.

  • Mi
    Jul
    06
    2016
    IN: Telegana: Hyderabad: Newborns to get Aadhaar card in hospital cradle

    Summary: The system will be introduced at Government Maternity Hospital in Nayapul, Government Maternity Hospital in Sultan Bazar, Niloufer Hospital, Osmania General Hospital and Gandhi Hospital from July 15 onwards. Under the new system, UIDAI can source the birth registration data (BRD) from the RGI to generate an Aadhaar card. Before the hospital authorities issue the discharge summary report, the parents will be handed over the Aadhaar card and birth certificate of the child at the hospital itself. The birth registration certificate would also have the Enrolment ID (EID) number along with the registration number. These hospitals would be provided an enrolment kit and an operator to facilitate registration of birth of infants with Aadhaar enrolment.

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    Jul
    05
    2016
    Could a Brexit have been avoided if the UK had a smarter digital voting system?

    We should look to Estonia, which has become one of the most sophisticated digital societies in the world.

    The first time I became aware of electronic voting was in Mega-City One, where the Weather Congress collated the citizen's daily weather vote. Generally, the public opted for hot and sunny, but occasionally a decent shower to cool the place down and wash the streets. It was the 1980s, I was a boy and the dystopian Mega-City One was located, harmlessly, in the pages of 2000AD, the inspired sci-fi comic of my generation. Three decades on, though, it feels as if the time may be right for fact to fuse with fiction and to reflect on how we vote as well as what we vote for.

  • Mo
    Jul
    04
    2016
    GB: Digital government won’t miss the EU

    Analsysis: Successive efforts to bring UK public services into the internet age have largely run in parallel rather than according to EU initiatives

    In March 2000 Tony Blair announced that the target for 100% of public services to become available online, set out in the Modernising Government white paper of the previous year, had been brought forward from 2008 to 2005. That was a rare example of the UK adjusting its digital government policy to meet an EU target - though, typically, Whitehall did not announce it as such.

  • Mo
    Jul
    04
    2016
    IN: New Digital Literacy Mission will be launched for 60 Million people in Rural Areas

    Digital Literacy Mission : The Indian government is planning for the digital Literacy mission in which The rural areas of the country will be targeted fo digital literacy.The government has announced 1800 core rupees for the digital literacy mission.In this initiative, 60 million people will be introduced to the digital literacy.The government had planned to spend 300rs on each people which would round up to 1800cr for 60 million people.

    The Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech had spoken about the steps to address the issue and around 30,000 banking correspondents are working under the mission.The Mission has been planned in which each gram panchayat will get a training center.

  • Mo
    Jul
    04
    2016
    Australians need access to reliable, high-speed broadband

    The recent National Press Club debate between the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, and his Labor counterpart Kim Carr reinforced that both sides of government want to be seen as owning the innovation high ground. Unfortunately, neither has offered anything new to the voters on the subject.

    Our ability to commercialise our innovations will really make a difference to the economy. Factors like research funding, forging links between businesses and a stable operating environment are all going to play their part.

  • Mo
    Jul
    04
    2016
    Taking IoT to the next stage

    President and CEO of Sequans Communications Georges Karam discusses the future of the Internet of Things (IoT), and why cost and power efficiency are emerging as key factors in monetizing the technology…

    Hanns Windele: You have been described as a pioneer of the Internet of Things. What is IoT for you?

    Georges Karam: For me if there is no business model to monetize a connected device, then it is just a gadget or it will never happen. At Sequans, we are specialists in 4G. The company has a 12-year history, but when we started we weren’t thinking about IoT at all. We were thinking 4G broadband or 4G on smartphones. I still remember in 2003, when the company was right at the beginning, I was saying that there was something missing on the 3G phone. So we took WiMAX and embraced that. We could see the opportunity to make something happen and became the first company in the world to power the 4G phone. At that time iPhone was just happening with 2G and 3G. We were very successful in 4G. But when WiMAX went down we shifted our focus to LTE.

  • So
    Jul
    03
    2016
    Corporate Citizens Need to Make a Real Impact on Africa’s Sustainable Development Goals

    The roll-out of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comes with a “leave no one behind” strategy that moves from reducing to ending poverty, and one that puts sustainability and growth at its core, believes Abey Tau, Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Manager for Samsung Electronics Africa.

    Prepared to follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unveiled with the aim of taking steps towards building a better world in the next 15 years.

  • So
    Jul
    03
    2016
    GY: Govt signs contract for ICT needs assessment project in rural, hinterland areas

    Communication Technology (ICT) needs assessment project will get underway in hinterland and rural communities in Guyana, following a US$524,00o contract which was signed by the Government of Guyana, Germany-based Detecon Consultancy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    Present at the signing o Friday, was Resident UNDP Coordinator, Khadija Musa who co-signed the agreement alongside Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes and Stephan Dieter, Detecon International representative.

  • So
    Jul
    03
    2016
    CO: E-Government: It’s a Natural Extension of Technology

    Smart government. Why not? We have “smart” everything else, and a large number of city, county, and state governments are getting the idea. The concept behind “smart” government is that citizens, businesses, tourists, and other governments can all benefit from information and services that can be delivered via the Internet, as opposed to telephone and face-to-face interaction. While the concept is not new (most city, country, regional and state governments already have websites), the applications are expanding. And well they should. It’s about time that governments become responsive to their constituents.

  • Sa
    Jul
    02
    2016
    US Idaho Driver Record Dashboard Receives Prestigious Award

    Online service wins on regional and international levels

    The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators bestowed the Idaho Driver Record Dashboard online service (www.accessidaho.org/itd/monitoring) with its Innovative Use of Technology Award at AAMVA’s regional conference in Portland, Oregon.

    The service was also named the award’s International Winner and will formally receive that honor at the AAMVA’s 2016 Annual International Conference in August.

  • Sa
    Jul
    02
    2016
    IN: Defending the cyber frontiers of Uttar Pradesh

    Express Cyber Security Series, Lucknow offered glimpses of the great potential that Uttar Pradesh offers and how enterprises can be made more secure.

    With the focus on cyber security, the first edition of Express Cyber Security Series, Lucknow was organized by Express Computer magazine in partnership with computer security software giant, Forcepoint India. Thought leaders, visionaries, policy makers and IT leaders from the state came together to discuss and debate the great potential that Uttar Pradesh offers and how they could be secured.

  • Sa
    Jul
    02
    2016
    IN: Taking e-Governance initiative further, Arunachal govt to go paperless

    The main highlights of this application is that all government files would be processed and decisions taken electronically by using digital signatures by all decision makers.

    Taking the e-Governance initiative further, the Arunachal Pradesh government is all set to go paperless. The e-Office suite would be made functional in the State Civil Secretariat after which there would be no manual movement of file, an official release informed here today.

  • Sa
    Jul
    02
    2016
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Smart city projects to be launched today

    Vizag ranked eighth in the 20 cities selected in the first phase

    Marking one year of Visakhapatnam being selected in the Smart City Challenge, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will formally launch e-governance in GVMC and Command and Control Centre (CCC) here on Saturday.

    The Command and Control Centre will bring together various wings of GVMC as well as other departments like Revenue and Police on to it. The disaster management project of GVMC will also form part of the Rs.141 crore CCC.

  • Sa
    Jul
    02
    2016
    NG: Lagos signs smart city deal with Dubai

    Lagos State has signed a historic deal with the city of Dubai as it plans to be the first smart city in Africa

    The MoU was signed at the Emirates Tower in Dubai by Lagos state attorney general and commissioner of justice, Adeniji Kazeem and the CEO of Smart City Dubai LLC, Jabber Bin Hafez. Lagos State governor Akinwumi Ambode and chairman of Dubai Holdings, Ahmad Bin Byat were also present at the signing.

  • Fr
    Jul
    01
    2016
    MyEG fined RM2.27m for abusing dominant provision in foreign worker permit renewal market

    The Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC) has decided to fine MyEG Services Bhd a total of RM2.27 million, and possibly impose daily fines going forward, for “abusing its dominant position in the provision and management of online Foreign Workers Permit renewals.”

    In a statement today, the independent body said the fine consists of a financial penalty of RM307,200 for the infringement periods between Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 22, 2015, plus May 2, 2015 and Oct 6, 2015. The bulk however came from the daily fine of RM7,500 from Oct 7, 2015 up to today, as MyCC said the abusive conduct persisted during the period.

  • Fr
    Jul
    01
    2016
    KN: The Department of Information Technology prepares to launch a Government Wide Area Network

    A team of Information Technology (IT) consultants from the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is presently in the Federation providing technical support to the Department of Information Technology in developing its Government Communications Network.

    At the opening ceremony for a weeklong forum presently being held at the Customs Conference Room, officials from the Department of Information Technology, the CTU and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are sensitizing key stakeholders about the objectives, activities and expected results of the Government Wide Area Network (G1) project.

  • Fr
    Jul
    01
    2016
    VN: HCMC to focus on solving citizens’ legitimate aspirations

    Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang said that one of the city’s key tasks in the second half this year is to solve urgent requirements arising from the reality and meet legitimate aspirations of citizens.

    At the sixth conference of the city Party Committee which wrapped up yesterday after one and half a day working, he said that despite many difficulties HCMC continued seeing moderately good economic growth in the first half this year.

  • Fr
    Jul
    01
    2016
    UG: Government to Set Rules for E-Commerce

    The government is working around the clock to set up an enabling environment for e-commerce.

    Mr Peter Kahigi, the director for e-commerce services at the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), has said the government is working around the clock to ensure there are rules and regulations to govern the e-commerce services in the country.

  • Do
    Jun
    30
    2016
    AZ: E-Mortgage system to be introduced

    President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on several issues of Mortgage Lending.

    The order envisages creating the E-Mortgage system via E-government portal and applying the system beginning from January 1, 2017. The order outlines the procedure of mortgage lending, including easy mortgage lending, at the expense of the Azerbaijan Mortgage Fund.

  • Do
    Jun
    30
    2016
    TZ: Agency to assist public offices to utilise its services

    As part of the Public Service Week celebrations, E-Government Agency (eGA) is set to visit government institutions to collect and solve various challenges they face in utilising services provided by the agency.

    Addressing reporters in Dar es Salaam, E-government Director of Information, Education and Communication, Ms Suzan Mshakangoto said the agency wanted to ensure every public office has access to ICT infrastructure and resources.

  • Do
    Jun
    30
    2016
    Azerbaijan introduces e-mortgage since January 2017

    E-mortgage is under introduction in Azerbaijan in compliance with the Presidential Order on Some Issues of Mortgage Lending.

    Under the Order, the Azerbaijan Mortgage Fund has acquired its legal competence through the approval of its Charter, a new procedure for mortgage lending, including subsidized mortgage lending, and new powers concerning the application of e-mortgage system from 1 January 2017 via E-Government portal.

  • Do
    Jun
    30
    2016
    Shedko: Innovative systems will make Belarus' governance model more efficient

    Further implementation of innovative systems will make Belarus' governance model more efficient, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Belarus Dmitry Shedko told the Belarus One TV channel as he commented on the Belarus President's speech at the 5th Belarusian People's Congress, BelTA has learned.

    “First of all, in order to streamline our administrative models we should pinpoint the sectors where our efforts bring the minimum effect, i.e. to get rid of paperwork and mechanical work. These must be replaced by automated systems, systems supporting managerial decisions. The international experience in this area is huge. The e-government system has been introduced in a number of countries. We are moving in this direction and are confident that we will be able to transform the administrative process in Belarus in a couple of years,” said Dmitry Shedko.

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    Jun
    29
    2016
    BY: Simple tax system, e-government to promote business initiatives

    The simplification of the tax system and electronic government will promote business initiatives, Director of Vitebsk Business Center Leonid Shur told BelTA when commenting on the speech of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the 5th Belarusian People's Congress.

    It is good that concrete mechanisms of action aimed at to promoting business initiatives were enumerated. “For example, the President said that it is needed to simplify the procedure of paying taxes. And it is really needed for promoting business initiatives in the country. Belarus could also use the practice of developed countries, which is to introduce tax consultants. But it is better to simplify the tax system,” Leonid Shur said. The application of information technologies and formation of electronic government will be also useful. The number of civil servants will be reduced 1.5-2 times.

  • Mi
    Jun
    29
    2016
    IN: Jharkhand: CM Launches Irrigation Source Monitoring System app

    Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday launched an app named Irrigation Source Monitoring System (I&SM).

    The app has been developed by Jharkhand Space Application Centre of Information Technology & e-governance department GOJ.

    GIS-based application I&SM will facilitate surveillance and monitoring of the construction work of the irrigation sources.

  • Mi
    Jun
    29
    2016
    IN: Biometricpur - An E-Governance Project Which Is Reshaping Chhattisgarh

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

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

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    Jun
    28
    2016
    Lukashenko wants information technology in every sector of Belarus economy

    Information technology should be implemented in every sector of the Belarusian economy, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the 5th Belarusian People's Congress on 22 June, BelTA has learned.

    “Today there is no sector (from finances and banks to industry and agriculture) that has avoided IT penetration. Therefore, our main goal in the area is not just to develop a full-fledged e-government or increase software exports. The main goal is to implement information technology in every sector of the economy. It is one of the most efficient methods for reducing costs, optimizing management and improving competition,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

  • Di
    Jun
    28
    2016
    NG: Digital solutions to drive SDGs by 2030- Study

    Leading global professional services company, Accenture has declared that 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. In its latest study prepared for the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), it said that the ICT through digital solutions would drive the progress of the SDGs with special focus on improving lives, fostering growth and environmental protection.

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

  • Mo
    Jun
    27
    2016
    US: Digital Assistants: Governments’ Newest Public-Facing Opportunity?

    The idea of having an Amazon Echo tied to government offerings may seem more like a novelty than anything else, but in Mississippi and Utah the technology is adding real value to the voice-activated devices.

    When smartphones first erupted on the scene, governments were slow to realize the potential of offering mobile applications to better connect to their constituents. Over the years, the app has become a technological mainstay for any state or local organization, and the thought of not having one now seems almost comical.

  • Mo
    Jun
    27
    2016
    Digital solutions to drive UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

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

    The GeSI report, “#SystemTransformation: How digital solutions will drive progress towards the sustainable development goals,” finds that every country has achievement gaps in more than half of the 17 SDGs, and many fall short on all.

  • Mo
    Jun
    27
    2016
    IN: eGovWatch: Oracle to develop 10 cities in Maha into smart cities, says CM

    The Chief Minister also said Oracle has selected twin cities of Kalyan-Dombivili for implementation of its e-governance pilot project

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that 10 cities in the state would be developed on the lines of Centre’s Smart City programme. “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.

  • Mo
    Jun
    27
    2016
    IN: Chandigarh: tech-enabled, smart and liveable

    Chandigarh, last month, was included in the fast track list of 13 towns that will be developed as smart cities. Estimated to cost around Rs 6,200 crore, the smart city mission aims to substantially improve “livability and sustainability of the city. Public IT (information technology) solutions are a major part of the mission,” says Baldeo Purushartha, municipal commissioner, Chandigarh municipal corporation and CEO (chief executive officer) of Chandigarh Smart City Ltd.

  • Mo
    Jun
    27
    2016
    IN: What government’s CISOs think about security in Digital India

    The number of e-governance projects have increased under the Digital India programme but the quest for a robust security framework for protecting information and data continues.

    With the focus on the Digital India programme, the number of e-governance projects have increased across all the government departments. Most of these projects are executed either through tender or public private partnership (PPP) mode. Therefore, it is essential to have proper information security strategy in place to secure the data. And, this is what government’s technology heads are gearing up to safeguard by creating an integrated framework to address the challenge of heterogeneity and complexity in managing cyber security for government projects.

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    Jun
    26
    2016
    IN: Modi's mandarins want to fix babus' accountability

    Fourteen top officers of the government have suggested that a law be enacted to ensure delivery of government services to people within a time frame and fix the accountability of government officers handling their departments.

    And if an official fails to act before the deadline, he or she should be penalised. The proposal, to enact a Central Public Service Delivery Act, according to sources, was given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the officers, including Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, have recommended its implementation by December 2018, months before the General Elections in 2019.

  • So
    Jun
    26
    2016
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Bukhari reviews process of digitization of revenue records

    Directs speedy completion of the process

    Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Ahmad Bukhari stressed on speedy completion of digitization of revenue records besides providing online services to assist in proper implementation of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA).

    The Minister said this while chairing a meeting convened to review the process of digitization of revenue records here today.

  • So
    Jun
    26
    2016
    PK: Punjab: PD naugurates Knowledge Management Centre

    PITB official says KMC is an interactive e-resource for the development professionals, researchers, academia and public policy practitioners

    Punjab Planning and Development Department (P&DD) Chairman Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan inaugurated the Knowledge Management Centre at P&D Complex, Punjab Civil Secretariat on Friday.

    The purpose for the knowledge centre was to encourage and facilitate all employees and would not only be restricted to the employees of P&D but in fact could be used by the university students for their research projects.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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