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  • Di
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    2015
    US: Allen County, Ind., to Digitize its Poll Books

    The new technology is expected to require fewer-election day workers and be more accurate.

    Allen County voters will notice something new in November: New electronic tablets that will replace the traditional paper sign-in books.

    Allen County Council made that happen Thursday by a 4-3 vote when it agreed to spend $373,725 on electronic poll books made by St. Louis-based Knowink, plus another $93,000 for a three-year service agreement.

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    US: 4 Critical Challenges to State and Local Government Cybersecurity Efforts (Industry Perspective)

    While the federal government works on big-picture solutions, state and local government agencies are under tremendous pressure to secure critical data, infrastructure and services.

    In his January State of the Union address, President Obama called for a strong bipartisan effort to address cybersecurity challenges nationwide, touching on such issues as student privacy, breach notification and information sharing. Many applauded the president’s proposals and welcomed the widespread exposure for these urgent issues. Given the current political climate, however, no one is expecting Congress to enact comprehensive cybersecurity legislation anytime soon.

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    2015
    US: A Roadmap to Better Broadband

    Communities face a lot of challenges in improving Internet access. The key is engaging stakeholders in a collaborative process.

    High-speed Internet access is essential. It is as simple as that. What is genuinely complicated is making it happen at the ground level. We face a range of technological, economic and political challenges in solving this problem. These issues range from existing providers that don't welcome new competition, to state barriers and regulations, to obstacles at the federal level for communities trying to find a creative, local solution to their lack of high-quality access.

  • Di
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    IN: Punjab: Smart city project: Mohali tops the list

    Vying for the smart city tag, Mohali has emerged as the top contender among various cities of Punjab.

    After conducting an intercity competition between six cities, the local bodies department of the Punjab government has adjudged Mohali at the top spot with 93 percentile or 75 marks out of 80 on 13-point criteria.

    Mohali beat Bathinda, Patiala, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana in the contest.

  • Di
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    PK: Web presence: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to get an online facelift

    Expediting efforts for computerising state records and moving towards e-governance, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to pack up its official website and replace it with a user-friendly, responsive and dynamic web portal.

    Directorate of Information and Technology officials confirmed the development to The Express Tribune.

    Project in charge Ghufran Javed said the portal’s security features had already been tested by their developers. “We have used superior technology which cannot be hacked easily,” he added. He said the website would be mobile-friendly and run glitch free on Android and iOS smartphones.

  • Di
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    US: The Benefits of Telemedicine Services for Emergency Care

    As technologies continue to evolve and reform the healthcare industry, telehealth policy will play a major part in expanding medical care access to consumers residing in rural locations or unable to travel to healthcare facilities. Telemedicine services have been growing in popularity among the provider base and mHealthIntelligence.com spoke with Dr. Kevin Biese, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at UNC Hospital, to learn more about the growth of telemedicine services.

    “I am an Associate Professor with tenure in emergency medicine and geriatrics at UNC Hospital,” Biese stated. “What that really means is that my passion is taking care of older adults in the emergency department and figuring out better ways to take care of them. I do that here and I’m an adjunct professor at Mt. Sinai in New York. I have spoken at many places and traveled extensively to spread word on helping take better care of older adults.”

  • Di
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    US: Telehealth Movement Goes Beyond Doctor-Patient Communication

    The telehealth movement is making headway throughout the medical industry, as more physicians and other professionals as well as patients are choosing video-based consultations as a way to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and improve communication. Some innovative companies like TouchCare offer specific mobile health capabilities and telemedicine services that push forward the telehealth movement among the patient population.

    “TouchCare has a provider-to-provider option it started implementing,” ​D​r. Kevin Biese, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at UNC Hospital, told mHealthIntelligence.com about TouchCare solutions. “They actually have a network of providers through mobile health that I can dial in and include them in calls. I think the best practice is to use mobile health as part of a cohort of patients that you’re already taking care of.”

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    AU: Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office: will it learn from the UK experience?

    Late in January, Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull created the “Digital Transformation Office”, designed to give a measure of coherence to various initiatives the minister has espoused since coming to office.

    The DTO's heritage dates back to August 2013, just prior to the election, when Turnbull set forth his “Policy for E-Government and the Digital Economy”. Its main policy measures were:

    • To work with the private sector on digital identity, digital mail, and government payment systems;
    • Accelerate the rollout of “government 2.0”, with a focus on open data initiatives, online engagement, and departmental transparency;
    • Cut down ICT duplication and fragmentation, with more shared services among small agencies;
    • Promote whole-of-government ICT goals while acknowledging “the decentralised Australian Public Service and differences in scale and capabilities across agencies”.

  • Mo
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    27
    2015
    IN: Kerala: Kozhikode schools to send SMS alert to keep tab on children

    Bunking class won't be an easy task for the children studying in government schools in the corporation limit anymore. Parents will be alerted about the absence of their children via SMS if the students are absent from the schools.

    The city corporation will bring all the schools under the Sahaaya School Management system of the Information Kerala Mission (IKM) under which parents will get regular updates on the overall performance of students, attendance, marks and progress report monitoring via SMS. The scheme was launched by the local self-government department in the state as part of the E-governance imitative.

  • Mo
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    IN: Improve, innovate, implement: Smart cities' mantra

    Rains in Gurgaon and Delhi have embarrassingly exposed the fragile infrastructure in these cities. This just proves that a downpour would leave our cities, old and new alike, in absolute disarray. The civic administration, urban planners and politicians have miserably failed in planning and implementing basic infrastructure, be it drainage or pothole free roads in our cities.

    Despite the current infrastructure woes in cities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the laudable initiative of “100 smart cities” mission. Indeed, the right strategy considering India’s urban population is expected to grow to over 50 per cent in the next 15 years, contributing to over 75 per cent of the GDP.

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    2015
    Research from Slovenia shows ‘administrative literacy’ is key in people getting the most from e-government services

    Both e-government provision and digital and computer skills have come on leaps and bounds over recent years. But how important is digital literacy in getting the most out of e-government services? According to new research from Slovenia carried out by Bojan Cestnik and Alenka Kern, it is possibly less important than administrative literacy in this regard.

    According to the Capgemini benchmark study of the e-Government field in Europe, online availability and the sophistication of services for citizens and business have steadily improved over the last decade. The actual average for national online availability in Europe has reached an impressive 74%, while the online availability for local public services stands at 63%. Modern usability features are present on 78% of government websites. However, the ease and speed of use of the same websites scored at only 58%. Although the online availability and sophistication of e-Government services have achieved remarkable level of development in EU, citizen participation and engagement have not followed the same pattern. The figures for the year 2014 show that 54 % of EU citizens are non-believers or potential drop-outs from e-government services. According to this data there is much to be done if we want to increase the citizens’ participation and engagement.

  • Mo
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    2015
    Mobile Internet users in India to double by 2017, says study

    India is likely to have 314 million mobile Internet users by end of 2017 from 159 million users at present, the report said

    The number of mobile Internet users in India is projected to double and cross the 300 million mark by 2017 from 159 million users at present, a new report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and consultancy firm KPMG said on Monday.

    Though India has low Internet penetration at 19% compared with other developed and developing economies that have up to 90% penetration, the country has the third-largest Internet user base in the world, with more than 300 million users, of which more than 50% are mobile-only Internet users.

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    IN: Kerala leads digital race

    Kerala is bracing to be the first digital state in Digital India as the work on high-speed internet infrastructure nears completion and most of the government services come online.

    The next cabinet meeting is expected to take a decision on announcing the landmark achievement. The Kerala IT Mission has prepared a report on the progress of the digital Kerala project to Information Technology Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty.

    The state, however, is facing stiff competition from Goa to be the first digital state. Though the smaller state had an advantage in making internet and internet-based services universal, it lags Kerala in providing government services online.

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    ZA: Gauteng Education On Roll-Out of ICT in Schools

    The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) will on Tuesday, 21 July, officially launch the roll-out of its technology enabled teaching and learning programme to Grade 12 learners in the Gauteng province.

    The programme, commonly known as "The paperless classroom" entails the usage of interactive boards, mobile devices such as tablets, laptops with complete internet connectivity to conduct teaching and learning. To this end the GDE has selected 375 high schools with Grade 12 classes, mainly in township and rural areas to participate in the programme.

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    26
    2015
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir yet to commission the State Wide Area Network (SWAN) for e-governance

    Minister of State for Information and Technology Pawan Kumar Gupta said that the bids received for SWAN were high and that has delayed the creation of the network.

    Jammu and Kashmir is yet to commission the State Wide Area Network (SWAN) required for e-governance. It is the only state in the country that has not implemented SWAN.

    The status of the project on the Common Services Centers Scheme (CSC) Department of Electronic and IT, Government of India website says that the bidding is under way and the expected date of completion is mentioned as 2012. However, the project is yet to be commence.

  • So
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    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Jaya opens 151 e-seva centres

    Chief Minister J Jayalalitha inaugurated 151 e-seva centres, a one-stop solution to offer various government services to the people, in different parts of the State through video-conferencing from the Secretariat here.

    According to an official release here today, the centres were set up at a total cost of Rs 12.15 crore.

    Services such as Income Certificate, Community Certificate, Nativity Certificate, Property Tax, Girl Child Protection Scheme, Marriage Assistance Scheme etc will be offered through the e-centres, the release said.

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    2015
    US: The First Robotic Doctor Announced By Cornerstone Hospital in Houston, Texas

    Cornerstone Hospital to Host Interactive Reveal of the InTouch RP-Vita, a Critical Component of Its New Telemedicine Intensive Care Unit Program

    On July 23, Cornerstone Hospital Medical Center will host an interactive reveal of the InTouch RP-Vita, a state-of-the-art robot fondly known as Bentley. The event comes on the heels of the hospital’s recent announcement of its plans to implement a Telemedicine Intensive Care Unit Program in partnership with iDoc Telehealth Solutions.

    The InTouch RP-Vita is one of the only FDA-cleared Class II Telemedicine technologies. Physicians can connect to the robot via a PC, iPad or smartphone for clinical consults in less than a minute with unrivaled access to supporting clinical documentation, patient data and medical imaging.

  • So
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    IN: US applauds India’s approach on Internet

    The US has applauded India’s recent support for multi-stakeholder approach on Internet, saying the decision is critical for ensuring the vitality of the World Wide Web.

    “Just a few weeks ago, (Indian) Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the Government of India’s support for the multi-stakeholder approach at the last Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting,” said Catherine A Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, yesterday.

    Addressing a meeting of Internet Governance Forum-USA, Novelli said Prasad stressed the idea that multi-stakeholderism should embrace all geographies and societies.

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    IN: Cabinet Approves Rs 1,670 Cr for eCourts

    The union cabinet chaired by prime minister, Narendra Modi has approved Rs 1,670 crore for the second phase of eCourts Mission Mode Project.

    The second phase of eCourts Mission Mode Project envisages enhanced ICT enablement of courts through universal computerisation, deployment of cloud computing, digitization of case records and enhanced availability of e-services through e-filing, e-payment gateways and mobile applications.

    The eCourts project of the government is aimed at providing necessary hardware and software applications to enable courts to deliver e-services to citizens, and to enable the judiciary to better monitor and manage the functioning of courts.

  • So
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    26
    2015
    SZ: ICT Minister, please read this!

    On Thursday, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Dumisani Ndlangamandla told the House of Assembly that he was not aware of any instrument stopping members of parliament from using state-owned media.

    This is despite that, in 2012, his ministry, under his predecessor Winnie Magagula, who is now minister of labour and social security, is the one that introduced the Public Service Announcement Guidelines that have been used to stop the MPs from using both radio and television to communicate with their constituencies.

    Addressing MPs, Ndlangamandla was quoted saying: “What is there to revoke because when I came into office there was no instrument stopping MPs from state-owned media.”

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    IN: Karnataka: ‘Virtual classrooms best example of ICT tools’

    Virtual classrooms, developed by Mysuru-based All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) at 11 centres across India, is the best example of the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools for learning, said T.V. Venkatram, Principal General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Mysuru.

    Inaugurating a workshop on ‘Information and Communication Technology’ organised by AIISH here on Saturday, he said that AIISH used state-of-the-art technologies and that BSNL was proud to be its connectivity partner for the last nine years.

  • Sa
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    25
    2015
    US: Bentley creates Office of Broadband Development in Alabama

    Alabama now has an office devoted to the development of broadband. Governor Robert Bentley signed an executive order creating the office Thursday.

    “The Office of Broadband Development allows Alabama to more effectively meet the demands of our businesses and citizens in an ever growing digital age,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Broadband development is critical in Alabama’s continued economic growth, and I am confident that this newly created office will help us in reaching statewide goals in the areas of public safety, healthcare, education, e-Government, agriculture, tourism, economic development and more.”

  • Sa
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    25
    2015
    ZW: Govt moves to tighten telecoms grip

    Government is moving to consolidate its grip on the telecommunications sector through forcing mobile operators into infrastructure sharing as it seeks to control cyberspace, while keeping the biggest mobile operator Econet Wireless in check.

    Informed sources said this week as part of government’s attempt to control cyberspace, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) which is now under the Office of the President, has this week been holding meetings on infrastructure sharing.

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    25
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    GY: Alexei Ramotar sent on leave for probe of E-Governance project – Harmon
    gy

    The Ministry of the Presidency (MOP) has decided to conduct an investigation into the financial arrangements of the E-Governance Project, a statement from the ministry said this morning.

    As a result, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has instructed Project Manager Alexei Ramotar to proceed on administrative leave with immediate effect.

  • Sa
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    25
    2015
    How Zambia Can Benefit from Satellite Phone Communications

    The nation of Zambia has reportedly taken dynamic, innovative steps to advance its I.T. agenda and further invest in communication technologies at home and throughout the Southern African Development Countries (S.A.D.C) to the benefit of its citizenry. We at BlueCosmo Satellite Communications, proud of our truly international reach, believe these ambitions could not have been recommended at a more appropriate time.

    Further, recent remarks by that nation’s leadership, if backed up by significant action, could serve as a benchmark for emerging markets in Africa and around the world to follow in order to strengthen business ties, promote future private and public sector partnerships and modernize ‘e-governance’ through the advancement of communications technology.

  • Sa
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    IN: Delhi government moves to link 36 hospitals, over 10,000 beds

    At Rs 4,787 crore, the Health sector received the second highest budget allocation after education.

    The Delhi government has invited an expression of interest for a key project, the e-health information system, which was announced by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during the Budget Session as one of the priority initiatives in the Health sector. The system will connect 36 Delhi government hospitals with over 10,000 beds, 260 dispensaries and 45 mobile health clinics, and which together treat over 1.50 crore out patient patients, 5.60 lakh admitted patients and 26.90 lakh emergency cases annually.

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    IL: New app turns HealthKit into a communications tool

    An Israeli company is tapping into the Apple HealthKit platform to create an emergency app for people with chronic conditions.

    Targeted primarily at diabetics, the Alert app pulls real-time blood glucose data from HealthKit and issues a notification when the user's blood glucose level falls above or below predefined limits. The app also sends a notice to as many as three designated care team members – such as family members, friends, school officials or healthcare providers – and initiates a conference call with them within minutes.

    Alert is the second app developed by HelpAround, launched in 2013 by Israeli Army R&D veterans Yishai Knobel (who'd developed the iBGStar diabetes management app now licensed by Sanofi and later developed diabetes mHealth technology for AgaMatrix) and Shlomi Aflalo. It follows on the heels of the Diabetes Helpers app, which enables the user to locate people in the immediate area who could offer assistance during a diabetic episode.

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    US: mHealth masters: Why mobility should be mandatory

    Karen Rheuban, MD, serves the University of Virginia Health System as professor of pediatrics (pediatric cardiology), Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and director of the UVA Center for Telehealth. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association and serves as a board member of the Center for Telemedicine Law. She chairs the boards of Virginia Medicaid and the Virginia Telehealth Network and is past president of the American Telemedicine Association. She is also a trustee of the Swinfen Charitable Trust, an international charity that supports the delivery of store and forward telemedicine services to underserved patients through their providers.

    David Cattell-Gordon is the director of the University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine, where he also serves as the director of Community Engagement and Rural Network Development. He is also a faculty member in Public Health Sciences and the School of Nursing and co-director of The Healthy Appalachia Institute. A community organizer by training with advanced degrees in divinity and social work, he is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the National Association of Social Workers and a board member of the Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula Telemedicine Consortium.

  • Fr
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    24
    2015
    US: Obama's ConnectHome to Bring Broadband to Low-Income Homes in 28 Communities

    The Obama administration's digital divide crusade is expanding and is expected to initially reach more than 275,000 households through increased broadband access, technical training and digital devices.

    On July 15, the White House announced its newest commitment to the future of America’s digital infrastructure. A pilot program called ConnectHome will spur broadband Internet equity programs in 28 communities across the nation. ConnectHome is expected to initially reach more than 275,000 households and 200,000 children in the form of increased broadband access, technical training and digital devices.

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    IN: Karnataka government sets yet another example-access 4187 services on single App!

    After setting an example with its e-mandi concept, now the south Indian state of Karnataka will be setting another landmark. The central government has now asked Karnataka to share details of state's mobile-governance platform which integrates 4,187 services, both government and private, into one app, Mobile-One.

    As per an Economic Times report, the Narendra Modi government is planning to facilitate other states with a similar technology and scale it to the national level.

    The mobile app, which is growing at a rate of 10% every month and has generated business worth Rs 5 crore, is just seven months old and was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee. Karnataka Chief Minister, who is not so tech-savvy made it a pet-project and the app, so far, has got 1.25 crore hits and 1.5 lakh downloads.

  • Fr
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    24
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    Digital India pilot: Karnataka's 4,187 services rolled into one mobile app

    Centre has asked for details of Congress-ruled Karnataka's mobile-governance platform, which integrates 4,187 services, into one app, Mobile-One.

    With Prime Minister Narendra Modi going all out to push the concept of Digital India, the Centre has asked for details of Congress-ruled Karnataka's mobile-governance platform, which integrates 4,187 services, both government and private, into one app, Mobile-One. The intent is to study it, get other states to replicate it and scale it up to the national level.

    Seven months after its launch by President Pranab Mukherjee in December 2014 with the intent of giving integrated services to the public at their fingertips, the Mobile-One app has generated business to the tune of Rs 5 crore and is growing at a rate of 10 percent every month. A pet project of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is otherwise not known to be tech or IT-savvy, the app has had 1.25 crore hits and 1.5 lakh downloads, so far.

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    23
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    NG: IT Maturity Necessary to Benchmark Capabilities, Say Experts

    The need to grow Information Technology (IT) to a certain level that is good enough to benchmark its capabilities was the position of IT experts at the 61st edition of the Digital Jewels' Information Value Chain Forum held in Lagos recently.

    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Jewels Limited, Adedoyin Odunfa, who gave the assertion during her presentation on 'IT Maturity: Stimulants, Enablers and Inhibitors', said IT maturity assessments were in many shapes and sizes, including those in the of areas strategy, culture, governance, people, skills, transparency, risk management, security, processes, asset management, customer satisfaction and supplier management. She therefore said an IT maturity assessment was designed to benchmark current IT capabilities against a fixed scale.

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    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Noida Citizen Charter app a hit, 1,000 downloads and counting

    The Noida authority’s Citizen Charter app has gained much popularity among people in a few days of its launch with more than 1,000 android downloads till Thursday.

    Residents said they were amazed by the quick response to complaints made through the app. The sanitation department swiftly attended to complaints regarding garbage collection.

    “When I downloaded the app, I never expected any response from the authority, but my complaint about waterlogging was redressed within a day,” said Shantanu Chug, a resident of Sector 27.

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    IN: Maharashtra: Register all RTE admissions online by weekend: Edu dept to schools

    The state education department has asked schools to complete online registration of students admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) Act quota by this weekend. The online registration will help create a database with accurate and immediately accessible information on RTE admissions, thus helping further policy decisions.

    Speaking to TOI, district education officer (primary section) KT Choudhary said the earlier deadline ended on Wednesday but not all schools had complied. "We have extended it and are giving a final call to schools to complete this as soon as possible. The immediate benefit this online registration will provide us is that we will get statistics pertaining to total admissions done and vacant seats," said Choudhary. The local education office has communicated details of website where schools have to log in and register.

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    RW: Over 800 Sector Leaders Trained On E-Government Services

    More than 800 sector officers from across the country have received training ahead of the launch of Rwanda Online Platform initiative that is set to provide electronic governance services.

    The trained government officials, who are now acquainted with necessary skills to create public user accounts, approve applications and notify applicants on the status of their applications will process applications submitted by citizens.

  • Mi
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    22
    2015
    Iron out contradictions in the Digital India programme

    The Digital India initiative is taking a ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ approach to develop communication infrastructure, government information systems, and a digitally capacitate public life in India. ‘Public life’ here implies the wide sphere of interactions between people and public institutions.

    This approach is like putting together Japanese shoes, British trousers, and a Russian cap for making an Indian entertainer. In this case, the analogy must not be understood as different components of the initiative coming from different countries, but as efforts made to use digital technology for governance in India. The initiative is deploying the Public Information Infrastructure vision, which will include the National Optical Fibre Network (BharatNet) and national cloud computing platform (Meghraj). The central identity platform is the Aadhaar ID and the authentication-as-a-service infrastructure built by the team of Nandan Nilekani and Ram Sewak Sharma.

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    IN: Haryana – 55 govt hospitals to be fully computerised

    Haryana government today said it will computerise 55 public hospitals, 20 district hospitals, and three medical colleges by linking them with State Wide Area Network (SWAN) this year.

    SWAN is one of the key infrastructure components under the national e-governance plan of the government of India.

    Health Minister Anil Vij said patients' registration slips, medical history, medicines, test reports, and X-ray woulds be made available online post computerisation.

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    American public still skeptical about telemedicine

    Surveys and studies on telemedicine seem to be surfacing as often as new Republican presidential candidates these days, but one study about public perceptions just might turn a few heads.

    According to TechnologyAdvice, consumers are growing more comfortable with certain aspect of telemedicine – but they're still wary of seeing a doctor or getting a diagnosis online.

    According to the nationwide Internet survey of 504 U.S. adults, some 75 percent either don't trust a diagnosis delivered through telemedicine, or they'd give it less weight than one made by a doctor in person. In addition, more than half of those surveyed – 56 percent – said they wouldn't be comfortable meeting a doctor for the first time via telemedicine.

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    US: Digital Health Industry Offers Key Solutions for Providers

    Along with mHealth, the digital health industry is making a big splash across the nation’s medical sphere, specifically with regard to patient engagement. Healthcare providers are often concerned with meaningful use regulations as well as the general push toward improving patients’ engagement with their health and wellness.

    The digital health industry is focused on meeting the needs of medical care providers regarding stronger patient-physician communication and analyzing information in ways to produce more actionable data. The fourth annual Digital Health Summer Summit brought together many experts of the digital health industry to share some key solutions to the many challenges of the medical field, according to a press release from About Living in Digital Times.

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    ZA: The advantages of shared data centres

    There is no doubt that, in a data-driven world, the data centre is a critical and central component of the technology infrastructure of any organisation. However, when it comes to provisioning and obtaining access to the data centre itself and a variety of attached services, there is a growing trend away from owning and maintaining this infrastructure in-house.

    Hosted data centres, particularly shared data centres that also offer a carrier-neutral colocation hub, are becoming an increasingly popular option. Shared data centres often bring together various different providers from across the country. This enables organisations that also make use of this data centre to access to their services and provide a range of essential technology solutions and services on a monthly, as needed basis, among other benefits. The decision to outsource and the selection of an appropriate partner is often challenging, and requires organisations to ask themselves a number of questions. Before a service, solution or technology is outsourced, the pros and cons must be carefully weighed and the benefits quantified, so that ultimately the organisation can make the best decision for their business.

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    AZ: Experts not expect increased use of cryptocurrencies

    The expanded use of the Internet all around the world has paved the way for the circulation of virtual currencies. The expansion of e-business in the global economy has led to the creation of a specific demand in cryptocurrency.

    Vugar Bayramov, the Chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development, believes that despite the development of e-government services in Azerbaijan, a strong expansion in cyrptocurrency is not expected either in Azerbaijan or the rest of the world.

    The expert told local media that there are three reasons behind a low interest in virtual currency.

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    IN: Corporate push to Modi’s Rs.4.5-billion digital dream

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Rs. 4.5-billion digital dream seems to find favour with the corporate world, which calls it a “very progressive step” and “massive tech push”.

    Modi shared his dreams at the recent Digital India Week in the capital and the event saw big names from the business world—Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Wipro Ltd chairman Azim Premji, among others—supporting the initiative.

    Showing its faith in Modi’s dream, Reliance Industries is all set to invest over Rs.2.5 lakh crore in the initiative that would focus on cloud computing and mobile applications, empowering every citizen with access to digital services, knowledge and information.

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    IN: Pilot on wi-fi services in Andhra Pradesh

    AP govt launches wi-fi service covering Vizag

    Andhra Pradesh Government today launched a high-speed wi-fi service here on a pilot basis, which is seen as a crucial prelude to attain the 'Smart City' status.

    "Wifi service would be available throughout the city and educational institutions with a speed ranging from 2 MBPS to 20 MBPS," HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said while launching the project from Sunrise Start-Up village at Madhuravada IT SEZ.

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    2015
    IN: Kerala: Kozhikode corp to introduce SMS updates of civil registrations

    The city corporation has commenced the preliminary process to decide on an agency to introduce SMS facility to provide updates on civil registrations files. The facility will help the public to track the position of submitted applications.

    The civic body has launched the online issuing of civil registrations of death, birth and Marriage (Hindu Marriage Act) and marriage (common) categories last month. It is now planning to introduce a system which will send SMS alerts to those who submit the applications online for registration. The civic body will introduce the scheme under its mobile governances (M-governance) project planned under the 12th five year plan of the corporation.

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    2015
    IN: Top 5 Indian Government Android Apps You Should Install in Your Smartphone

    Early this month, the central government kick-started an ambitious Digital India initiative, which includes digital infrastructure, digital literacy and delivery of service digitally

    First major goal of this initiation is to connect 2,50,000 more villages with high-speed internet networks so that rural people get access to information like their urban peers. In that order, it has begun a massive project to install fibre optics lines that will run through the length and breadth of the country. This project is slated to be completed in 2019.

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    IN: Raj to launch campaign to collect health data in rural areas

    The Rajasthan government today announced to launch 'Aarogya Rajasthan Abhiyan' campaign to collect and compile health data of rural population in the state.

    E-health cards will be generated for people living in rural areas during the campaign which will start on August 15 and continue till December 31.

    Health department employees at Gram Panchayat level will collate data and on the basis of it, health camps will be conducted, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore told reporters here.

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    2015
    US: The Explosion of Telemedicine via the "Internet of Things"

    Steven R. Gerst, MD discusses how advent of Telemedicine. The digital healthcare revolution and the Internet of Things ("IoT") could result in nearly $305 Billion in industry savings by increasing the use of Telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and consequent behavioral modifications

    Goldman Sachs recently reported that the digital healthcare revolution and the Internet of Things (“IoT”) could result in nearly $305 Billion in industry savings by increasing the use of Telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and consequent behavioral modifications[1]. Over $200 Billion of these savings may come from remote chronic care management of diseases such as heart disease, COPD/Asthma and diabetes by leveraging telemedicine technology into the home, assisted living, eldercare, and long term care facilities. 117 million people in the U.S., about half of all American adults, have some form of Chronic Disease[2].

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    2015
    ZA: Public sector’s ICT spend to soar - study

    South Africa’s public sector will spend as much as $707.6 million (R8.8 billion) on information and communications technology (ICT) expenditure per year by 2019, new research from Frost & Sullivan showed late last week.

    This bodes well for e-government service delivery that most public sector departments are pushing through, says the study titled, “ICT Spend in South Africa: Public Sector”.

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    AU: What’s holding back uptake of next-gen public services?

    The huge uptake of state online payments and ATO’s MyTax service can overshadow the gradual impact on those who struggle with change. In the push for e-government, we can’t forget those with low digital literacy. Use plain language — and get rid of CAPTCHAs.

    Although moving more government services online can reap great benefits, it can also end up excluding older people and migrants if government does not provide sufficient assistance, argues a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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    2015
    AE: MoL launches E-services award

    As part of the mGovernment initiatives, the Ministry of Labour (MoL) launched the E-services and smartphones applications award.

    The award has four main categories and applications will be accepted from July 15 to September 15. Winners will be announced in a special ceremony to be held during the 35th edition of Gitex Technology Week 2015, in Dubai.

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    2015
    IN: The whole is other than sum of parts…

    The Digital India programme has many new components and is not just reclamation of UPA’s NeGP

    The Prime Minister on July 1, 2015 launched the Digital India week, which has been envisioned as an ambitious umbrella programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The programme coordinated by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) in collaboration with various Central Ministries/Departments and State Governments is centred on three key areas –

    • Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen
    • Governance & Services on Demand and
    • Digital Empowerment of Citizens

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    2015
    NL: Use of e-health services still at early stage - Nivel

    E-health services still have a long way to go in the Netherlands before achieving their stated aims, according to a study by Nivel, a healthcare research institute, in cooperation with Nictiz, an expertise centre on healthcare standards. The survey found that around 10 percent of chronically ill patients could access their medical information with care providers over the internet in the past year. Many were not aware of the opportunities for accessing such information online, Nivel said. The Dutch health ministry targets 80 percent of chronic patients and 40 percent of all the Dutch to have access to online medical information within five ears.

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    IN: Gujarat village banks on a digital future

    Sets new benchmark for m-banking with 1,000 savings bank accounts

    Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India Week concludes with much gusto, a remote village in north Gujarat is setting the benchmark on what digitisation could do to modern India.

    Sample this: In what began as a 'Digital Village' pilot by ICICI Bank in January 2014 at Akodara village in Sabarkantha district with mere 200 accounts is today an almost cashless society with over 1,000 savings accounts in a population of 1,191.

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    SK: eHealth aims to ensure medical efficiency

    Now seven years in preparation, doctors ask for help implementing the system.

    A SICK man gets out his health insurance card and puts it into a terminal at a doctor’s office. His general practitioner prepares a diagnosis and then, without a referral slip to a specialist or a pharmacy prescription, the patient moves on to the specialist for another examination or to the pharmacy where he picks up his medications by putting the same card into another terminal. This is how the Slovak health care is supposed to work via the eHealth electronic system that is to begin in 2017.

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    Digital India needs a Citizen centric Experience

    With over 1.25 Billion people, the only sustainable means in India for delivering services from the government to the citizens in a transparent and timely manner is through the Internet. This makes the need for a designing Citizen Experience with the least common denominator in mind a strategic imperative for PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India.

    The Internet has  in recent years emerged as a great leveller. It cuts across all of the traditional divisions and segments of society and is the most equitable means of providing access to government services at all levels.  A greater government focus of leveraging the power of this medium was long overdue. To address this need, our prime minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched the Digital India initiative with great fanfare this past week and also laid out a grand vision this program is intended to achieve on many dimensions from rural health and education to manufacturing and financial inclusion.

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    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Apps to Aqua Farmers' Rescue

    As part of the Digital India Programme, the Marine Products Export Development (MPEDA) has introduced e-Governance and M-Governance initiatives for the benefit of acqua farmers in the country.

    Now, with a missed call (+918590100800) and (+918590200800) aqua farmers can get the real time data of international prices of L Vannamei Shrimp and Black Tiger Shrimp respectively, that too in Indian rupee value through SMS. MPEDA officials feel it will increase the bargaining power of aqua farmers and prevent them from being taken for a ride by buyers and exporters. It will help them make an informed decision and it is free of cost.

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    2015
    US: Modern Doctors’ House Calls: Skype Chat and Fast Diagnosis

    One night, when her face turned puffy and painful from what she thought was a sinus infection, Jessica DeVisser briefly considered going to an urgent care clinic, but then decided to try something “kind of sci-fi.”

    She sat with her laptop on her living room couch, went online and requested a virtual consultation. She typed in her symptoms and credit card number, and within half an hour, a doctor appeared on her screen via Skype. He looked her over, asked some questions and agreed she had sinusitis. In minutes, Ms. DeVisser, a stay-at-home mother, had an antibiotics prescription called in to her pharmacy.

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    PK: Technological advancement: Sindh police to computerise crime records

    Sindh police have decided to computerise their police records announced Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali in a meeting at the Central Police Office (CPO) on Friday.

    The members present in the meeting decided that the project will be initiated soon with DIG Sultan Ali Khoja as the project director. The IG directed the members to draft recommendations for the appointment of 2,000 key punch operators to make the project successful.

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    PH: Voting in the malls: Why not? says Comelec

    Some voters may no longer have to endure the hot, crowded and chaotic atmosphere inside the polling precincts in the 2016 elections as some of the voting will be held inside air-conditioned shopping malls, according to the Commission on Elections.

    Comelec Chair Andres Bautista, in a press briefing during the opening of the satellite registration at the Robinsons Place in Manila on Saturday, said the idea of holding elections inside the malls is part of the poll agency’s efforts to make voting more convenient for the public.

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    PH: Mall voting proposal gets big boost

    The plan of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to conduct voting in shopping malls in 2016 has received a boost from Robinson’s Land Corp. (RLC), which offered yesterday to host the elections in its 42 Robinson’s malls across the country.

    Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the poll body is considering mall elections to “enhance the voting experience and to speed up the voting process” for voters.

    “I made a preliminary study in respect to these issues and what I’m told is that you can move precincts that are near the malls to vote within the malls. Instead of voting in a public school in the vicinity, we can transfer the polling precincts to the malls,” Bautista said during the opening of the satellite registration in Robinson’s Place Manila yesterday.

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    IN: Country's first community skill park opens in Kerala

    India's first Community Skill Park today opened at Chavara with Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy all praise for the 'new-generation approach' to developing skills and increasing the employability of the youth of the state.

    Speaking after inaugurating 'Kaushal Kendra', the country's first community skill park in Chavara, on the outskirts of Kollam district, about 70 km from here, Chandy said though students from Kerala excel in academics, they need a 'finishing touch' when it comes to employability.

    Kaushal Kendra gives that necessary push to the youth and the government was happy to extend full support to the project, he said.

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    2015
    AE: Dubai Internet City named strategic partner for Smart Dubai

    Dubai Internet City to promote Smart Dubai through a series of initiatives to foster innovation

    Dubai Internet City (DIC) has been named a strategic partner for Smart Dubai, with a mandate to spearhead the development and support of start-ups, entrepreneurs, mobile applications and web developers. This falls under the Government's widerSmart Dubai vision for Dubaito become the happiest city in the world by embracing innovation within technology.

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    VN: HCM: City seeks solutions for smart city development

    The head of HCM City's Department of Information and Communication said the city was in the process of setting up an e-government that would play a critical role in building a "smart" city through information and communication technology (ICT).

    Le Thai Hy said the smart city would improve residents' quality of life by efficiently managing traffic, power, healthcare and environmental systems, including waste treatment.

    Hy spoke at a conference on smart cities on Wednesday (July 8) in HCM City organised by the department and Sao Bac Dau Technologies Corporation.

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    ZA: Govt ICT spend to reach $707m in 2019

    Government's ICT spend is estimated this to reach $707.6 million in 2019, after reaching a total of $615.9 million in 2014, according to latest research by Frost & Sullivan.

    The research house says departments across the public sector are planning to introduce e-government services with the objective of improving ICT infrastructure in SA. "To achieve this, there will be an increased investment in software licences, specialised computer services, system advisers, and system development."

    Frost & Sullivan says managed services, combined with fixed and non-cellular connectivity, accounted for 73.1% of ICT investments in 2014.

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    2015
    BW: Public Service Day Accentuates Innovation

    The Public Service Day (PSD) has become part of a pledge to attain excellence in service delivery.

    Speaking during the PSD commemoration in Gaborone on Thursday, July 9, the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale said the day accorded public officers an opportunity to reflect on their past experiences on delivering to the nation.

    Mr Molale said the overarching theme: Innovating Public Service Delivery to implement the 2016 Post Development Agenda, was work in progress as last year's theme also focused on innovation.

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    RW: Fresh Bid to Boost Public Service Delivery Using Technology

    A new deal signed yesterday between several public and private actors is expected to promote the e-governance programme enabling citizens to give their feedback on public service delivery using mobile phones.

    The MOU was signed between the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Pivot Access and One UN Rwanda.

    It is meant to build a strong collaboration that will promote the development of mobile applications that facilitate and fast-track public service delivery.

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    IN: Panel to aid Goa avail of smart city scheme benefits

    The government has constituted a committee under chief secretary R K Srivastava who is also the secretary, urban development, to enable Goa to avail of benefits under the recently launched smart city scheme. Panaji, Vasco and Margao have qualified in the first round of the scheme, and will have to compete with other cities in the country to get funding, in the second round.

    Under the smart city scheme, a selected city will get funding of 500 crore distributed over five years. An official from the urban development department, said they will submit a proposal to the Union ministry of urban development requesting it to consider three cities— Vasco, Margao and Panaji—as one unit and leave them from out from the competition, as a special case.

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    IN: Haryana: Karnal municipal corporation plans free Wi-Fi service

    With a view to staking a claim for the status of smart city for the chief minister's home constituency, the Karnal municipal corporation (KMC) is contemplating introduction of free Wi-Fi service in the main shopping areas of the city.

    If the project materialises, it would be first city in Haryana where a municipality offers the free Internet service facility.

    Municipal commissioner Sumedha Kataria told Hindustan Times on Friday that the facility would help in sensitising the local residents about the concept of digital governance.

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    2015
    US: How Telemedicine, Video Recording Promotes Patient Care

    The telemedicine industry has been revolutionizing how doctors and patients interact on a daily basis. For example, video recording of a doctor visit could be vital for reducing misconceptions and redundant questions among caregivers, families, and patients themselves. mHealthIntelligence.com spoke with Dr. Randall Porter, neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurosurgical Associates, and Lucas Felt, President of the medical video messaging company The Medical Memory, to find out how video recording benefits both the patient and provider communities.

    First, Felt explained the idea behind how The Medical Memory app – a video recording platform that shares physician conversations among patients and their families - originated and was developed over the last several years.

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    US: How Digital is Your City? Many Residents Just Don't Know

    A recent survey of 15 major cities highlights communications gaps separating citizens from civic tech.

    Services that cities provide and services that citizens think cities provide are two different things.

    The disconnect was highlighted in a recent civic tech survey conducted in 15 of the nation's most populous cities. The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll for cloud company Salesforce, probed residents' awaremess of city digital services in six areas -- general services, public safety, transportation, civic engagement, energy use and “future vision,” a metric essentially weighing a city’s prioritization of technology in the future.

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    2015
    New Zealand is 13th (a notch lower) in global e-government ranking

    Waseda University study lists areas to focus on to make it to the top 10.

    New Zealand is number 13 – a spot lower than 2014 – in the latest global e-government survey by Waseda University and the International Academy of CIOs (IAC).

    Singapore is first place, followed by the United States (number one last year), Denmark, the United Kingdom and Korea. Japan is sixth, followed by Australia, Estonia, Canada and Norway.

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    2015
    US: States Should Use Open Data to Empower Consumers

    State regulators should consider how they can unlock additional data sets to enable the development of sophisticated choice engines that help consumers make wiser purchasing decisions in economic areas where the market lacks transparency.

    Choice engines — interactive, online tools that use machine-readable data to help consumers make more informed decisions — are a private-sector staple. E-commerce sites, e.g., Amazon and Netflix, famously use recommendation algorithms that help consumers decide what product to buy or what movie to watch based on millions of consumer reviews. But state regulators have largely overlooked these tools, instead focusing their efforts on making specific information available to consumers, such as airline baggage fees or home mortgage terms. Such disclosures can also lead to improved business practices, such as when food manufacturers reduced the amount of trans fat in their products after the Food and Drug Administration began requiring them to include this information on nutrition labels. However, regulators should also consider how they can unlock additional data sets to enable the development of sophisticated choice engines that help consumers make wiser purchasing decisions in areas of the economy where the market lacks transparency.

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    IN: Pilot project for video conferencing facility between courts and jails in Karnataka launched

    Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, the Acting Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, inaugurated a pilot high definition video conference between courts and jails. The pilot launch includes City Civil Court, Bangalore and District Court, Managlore and six district prisons such as Mysore, Dharwad, Kalburgi, Vijayapura and Bellary.

    Speaking to iamin, Dr Rathan Kelkar, chief executive officer, Centre for e-Governance, Government of Karnataka, said the initiative would minimize the delay in taking prisoners to produce them in the court due to shortage of manpower. “This will reduce the burden on police and prison staff to accompany the undertrials to the court. It will save time and enable the judges to give verdict on the punishment or acquittal,’’ Dr Kelkar said.

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    UZ: Tashkent hosted round table on ICT development

    In the metropolitan International Business Center held a round table on "The role of modern information and communication technologies in the modernization of public administration and democratization of society", Embassy of Uzbekistan said.

    Deputies of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, managers and employees of state power and administration, foreign ICT experts, representatives of NGOs, civil society, the media and others attended it.

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    IN: Karnataka: Rural post offices to have Common Services Centres

    Post offices, particularly those in rural Karnataka, will soon have Common Services Centres (CSCs), a new initiative of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, to enable various services using technological developments.

    As part of an e-governance programme, CSCs are essentially an ICT-enabled service delivery points for delivering government and other essential services to the rural populace.

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    Europe´s Next Generation Politicians Share their Views on the Future of Online Voting

    On site online and real-time consultation findings run with Scytl technology show an 86% support for the implementation of online voting as a new voting channel for expatriate and overseas voters in all European member states.

    >Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, and the Youth of the European People's Party (YEPP) share insight on the future of online voting across Europe, with an 86% of participants supporting the use of online voting as a new voting channel for expatriate and overseas voters in all European member states.

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    South Africa gov’t IT spend to rise

    The increase in spending will only be matched by the financial services sector, according to Frost & Sullivan.

    Increased investment in software licences, specialised computer services, systems advisers and system development will lead to a robust improvement in IT spending by the South African government in the next four years, says Frost & Sullivan.

    According to a new report from the research and consulting firm, called “ICT Spend in South Africa: Public Sector”, the public sector spent US$615,9m on information and communications technology in 2014. Managed services, combined with fixed and non-cellular connectivity, accounted for 73,1% of these investments. The size of total spend will grow to $707,6m by 2019, it predicts.

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    Opportunity for South Africa to drive e-government

    Departments across the public sector are planning to introduce e-government services with the objective of improving information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in South Africa. To achieve this, there will be an increased investment in software licenses, specialised computer services, system advisers, and system development.

    New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, ICT Spend in South Africa: Public Sector, finds that the public sector saw an ICT spend of $615,9-million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $707,6-million in 2019. Managed services, combined with fixed and non-cellular connectivity, accounted for 73,1% of these investments.

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    UG: Good Governance Calls for E-Governance Underpinning

    Good governance that is generally characterized by participation, transparency and accountability in the citizen's exercise of their political, economic and administrative authority in the management of a country's affairs calls for E-governance underpinning. This is particularly important with the increasing awareness among citizens about their rights and as a result of increased expectations from Governments to perform and deliver effective services.

    These new and complex demands have made the use of ICT initiatives imperative in any agenda drawn towards achieving good governance. With e-governance or electronic governance that is basically harnessing the application of information technologies to the processes of Government functioning in order to address citizen's needs and expectations, service delivery is expected to improve.

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    KR: SK C&C Completes Construction of Bangladeshi Backbone Networks

    SK C&C unveiled on July 6 that it has successfully completed a project to establish Bangladesh’s national backbone network system, called an “Expressway for Informatization.”

    For two years and seven months since 2012, the company has implemented the project to connect 368 websites of the central government and public organizations through a single backbone network and control fiber-optic cable networks, transmission networks, and Internet networks across the country.

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    IN: Gujarat FDCA to initiate m-governance programme across state

    In a move to strengthen the over all governance of the state drug regulatory mechanism, the Gujarat Food & Drugs Control Administration (FDCA) is planning to embark on its ambitious m-governance initiative. It is understood that under this initiative the state drug regulators is initially planning to avail its renowned online application for granting product licenses, drug manufacturing license application (DMLA) software and revolutionary self-licencing software Xtended Licensing and Laboratory Note (XLN) to all its citizens through mobile.

    Dr Hemant G Koshia, commissioner of Gujarat FDCA informed that since the state regulators already have a strong hold in the e-governance department, especially being pioneers in developing its XLN and DMLA they are gradually looking at expanding their focus on m-governance or mobile governance as well. Currently, almost 10 states across the country have successfully replicated the XLN software conceptualized and developed by the state drug regulators, while many are still in the process of adopting the same.

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    India’s digital check

    The government must focus on restructuring the education system to make Digital India a success

    All nine pillars of Digital India directly correlate with policy research conducted at the Centre for Internet and Society, where I have worked for the last seven years. This allows our research outputs to speak directly to the priorities of the government when it comes to digital transformation.

    Broadband Highways and Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity: The first two pillars have been combined in this paragraph because they both require spectrum policy and governance fixes. Shyam Ponappa, a distinguished fellow at our Centre calls for the leveraging of shared spectrum and also shared backhaul infrastructure. Plurality in spectrum management, for eg, unlicensed spectrum should be promoted for accelerating backhaul or last mile connectivity, and also for community or local government broadband efforts. Other ideas that have been considered by Ponappa include getting state owned telcos to exit completely from the last mile and only focus on running an open access backhaul through Bharat Broadband Limited. Network neutrality regulations are also required to mitigate free speech, diversity and competition harms as ISPs and TSPs innovate with business models such as zero-rating.

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    IN: Kerala: 'Digital India Programme will Benefit Government Schools'

    The Digital India Programme will upgrade the standard of government schools and their students, said District Collector M G Rajamanickam here on Tuesday.

    The was speaking after inaugurating the valedictory function of the Digital India Week celebrations. Under the Digital India programme, jointly organised by the State It Mission and the Akshaya project, various competitions were held for educational institutions in the district. Earlier in the day, Rajamanickam inaugurated the Inter-school IT Quiz at Government Girls Higher Secondary School here. “With the help of updated technology, the public can access the majority of the services offered by the government online. By introducing ‘e-governance’, delivery of essential services has become transparent, enabling users to avail them with more ease,” said the Collector. Digital India Programme district coordinator Sivaraman said regional activities to implement the Digital India project in the district was progressing. The project will be interlinked with the Jyothy Project implemented by the Collector for welfare of the students.

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    IN: ‘Mobile governance’ the theme of foundation of Jharkhand for 2015: Rajiv Gauba

    Chief Secretary Rajiv Gauba said that e-governance will be successful only when we will be giving the people all Govt. facilities on-line. He said that the govt. is working in this direction .It is not only the responsibility of IT Department to work on e-governance but every Department has to take an initiative to move ahead. He said it while he was speaking in the concluding ceremony of Digital India Week at Project Building.

    The Chief Secretary stressed on mobile governance and said that ‘mobile governance’ is the theme of the foundation of Jharkhand for 2015. The Central Govt. also promotes ‘mobile governance’. Departments should enable mobile based services and increase our access to the citizens of the state. He said that a Capacity Building and Training Program is needed in all Departments to promote e-governance. He said that connectivity is a big problem in many places which needs to be sorted out.

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    IN: MyGov makers to introduce app in Indian languages

    The makers of MyGov mobile app, which connects the Indian government with citizens for good governance, said on Tuesday that they hope to make its features available in multiple languages.

    The Android app launched on July 1 marking the start of the ‘Digital India Week’, is a crowd-sourcing platform in English that allows Indian citizens to directly contribute to decision making of the Narendra Modi government.

    Developed by Kolkata-based IT entity IndusNet Technologies (INT), it has since launch received a rating of 4.8 on the Google App store with more than a 1,000 installations already, said INT founder CEO Abhishek Rungta.

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    5807 Karnataka gram panchayats to get rural optical fibre connectivity through Digital India

    5807 gram panchayaths, including block headquarters in Karnataka, would be getting rural broadband optical fiber connectivity under the 'Digital India'- BharatNet fiber project by Bharath Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), Bengaluru by this year end.

    BharatNet fiber is a centre-state collaborative project of BBNL to facilitate the delivery of e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-governance, e-banking and internet services to the rural India under the Digital India programme.

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    Ministry of Environment and Water successfully completes linking process with UAE Federal Electronic Network

    The Ministry of Environment and Water has revealed that it has successfully completed linking with the UAE Electronic Federal Network (FEDnet), the country's first electronic network that connects 42 federal entities with each other--offering IT services at a reduced cost combined with high levels of security and efficiency. FEDnet falls in line with the mGovernment initiative, which seeks to create the necessary national infrastructure to enable the provision of all government services via mobile platforms.

    According to His Excellency Ghanem Al Shamsi, Acting Undersecretary for Support Services, Ministry of Environment and Water, the connection with FEDnet represents a key step in the Ministry's efforts to support the government's smart strategy that is aimed towards establishing a unified infrastructure for electronic networks. He added that the success of this initiative is another addition to the Ministry's achievements in supporting the government's shift towards smart governance, which is part of the wise leadership's vision. The Ministry's continuing show of support for this shift ensures its delivery of all administrative services in accordance with standards of quality, efficiency and transparency.

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    Will make India an innovation hub: Modi

    Prime Minister Narendar Modi today said he wanted India to emerge as a innovation hub” where the next big ideas emerge, driven by the power of technology, and promised to do everything possible to make enterprise and innovation easier.

    “We have covered substantial ground in the last 14 months and want to do more in the future,” the Prime Minister said in response to the various questions regarding digitisation received through the day on a specially-created platform on social media.

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    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam: Towards achieving digital literacy

    Run organised on Beach Road to create awareness

    With a view to improving digital literacy and, thereby, empowering people to access government services online, the State Government is aiming at ensuring at least one member of each family is digitally literate.

    As part of the Digital AP Week conducted by the State Government in line with the Digital India Week, the Information Technology and Communications Department organised a Digital AP Run here on Monday morning.

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    US: Study: E-Verify doesn't work, could put Americans out of jobs

    New analysis from the libertarian Cato Institute predicts disastrous consequences if E-Verify, an immigration enforcement program, is mandated for employers nationwide.

    E-Verify nationwide could lead to more identity theft, make legal American workers unemployed and prompt the introduction of a nationwide identity card, according to the study.

    The study, published Tuesday, was authored by Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at Cato, and Jim Harper, a senior fellow at Cato.

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    Estonia promotes e-residency in USA

    Estonian State Information System Office (RIA) announced a tender to find a partner for information activities on the e-residency project in the USA, Estonian economy and communications ministry announced LETA.

    This is a pilot campaign, as the result of which Enterprise Estonia (EAS) wants to introduce e-residency to United States mainstream media channels and U.S. technology media channels with widespread distribution. The cost of the contract is up to 160,000 euros, inclusive of all taxes. The campaign will take place in the spring in 2016.

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    US: Massachusetts Communities Fund Broadband Collective

    Several Massachusetts municipalities have joined together to fund and deploy a broadband collective called WiredWest. WiredWest will provide gigabit internet to 22 towns.

    The towns are primarily in Western Massachusetts.

    Pricing will start at $49 per month for 25Mbps speeds with no caps. Other pricing tiers include 100mbps and gigabit service at higher price points.

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    2015
    US: Arkansas’s St. Francis County Tax Collector Takes Payments Online

    Residents can avoid lines with new online property tax payment option

    It will be easier than ever for residents of St. Francis County to pay their property and real estate taxes this year. The Tax Collector’s Office today announced that it is taking credit card payments, meaning residents can pay their taxes from any smartphone, tablet or computer at ark.gov/stfrancisproptax.

    “We are always looking for cost-effective ways to make the tax payment process easier for citizens,” St. Francis County Tax Collector Bobby May said. “I am proud to offer our residents a convenient way to pay their taxes online, from wherever they are, and avoid delinquent fees.”

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    13
    2015
    KR: SK C&C builds Bangladesh’s e-government network

    SK C&C, South Korea’s IT service provider, said Monday it recently completed Bangladesh’s online national network system, paving the way to expand the country’s e-government services.

    The company, an affiliate of SK Group, secured the 32 billion won ($29 million) project in 2012, which aims to connect 368 websites of the central government and public organizations through a single Internet-based network.

    In Bangladesh, public information used to be managed separately across local governments, but now the information is controlled under the new integrated network system, the company said.

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    Jul
    13
    2015
    IN: Gujarat CM suggests paperless working in govt offices in two years

    Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today called for confluence of computerization, e-governance and mobile-governance of all state government offices in a year or two to provide easy, effective and economic and transparent governance.

    Speaking at the state-level function of Digital India Week (July 1-6) organized by the State Science & Technology Department here, she said that application of technology has helped Gujarat establish its unique identity in agriculture, education, health and other sectors.

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    Jul
    13
    2015
    Digital India: From e-Governance to mobile-Governance

    ‘One click can change a lot of things: PM’

    Vote via mobile phone by 2019?

    A digitally-connected India will be a wealthy, and a robustly democratic country: can stand taller than its communist neighbour which stifles its citizens with filtered (censored) information. India’s GDP, and other indices may not be at par with China but Indians have the fundamental right: express.

  • Mo
    Jul
    13
    2015
    E-health cards number increases in Azerbaijan

    The number of electronic health cards issued by the Health Ministry to the parents of newborns in the first half of 2015 increased by 13.5 percent compared to the beginning of the year.

    The Center for Health Information under the Health Ministry reported that the number of e-health cards issued in January-June 2015 has increased by 115,372, reaching 970,687 items.

    In addition, in the first half of the year, the Ministry has issued 2,391 e-cards to patients who receive free medicines, bringing the total to 69,759 patients.

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    Jul
    13
    2015
    US: Texas: Late Dallas doctor hailed for health e-records bill

    Physician Ken Pool, who died in January as he was working with state health care industry leaders on a bill about electronic health records, is being honored posthumously.

    The Texas e-Health Alliance, a group that advocates greater use of health information technology, called on health IT industry representatives last week to celebrate Pool’s life and the bill’s passage in the just-ended legislative session.

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    Jul
    13
    2015
    US: How Digital Health Devices Benefit Diagnostic Services

    Digital health devices like smartphones, tablets, or wearable technology are revolutionizing the consumer space, as more individuals utilize applications to track their fitness and wellness objectives. Additionally, patients and doctors could benefit significantly from mHealth applications and digital health devices.

    A new collaboration between digital health vendor HealthTap and diagnostic information provider Quest Diagnostics will now allow physicians to order different types of diagnostic and laboratory tests via a virtual care platform, according to a joint press release.

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    Jul
    13
    2015
    India to integrate census with biometric database

    India’s government has unveiled plans to link its biometrics-backed unique ID number, the Aadhaar, with the National Population Register.

    New Delhi says this will lead to a consolidated database that will help it uncover illegal immigrants, money-laundering, and terrorism.

    The Aadhar number is individual based, whereas the NPR scheme focuses on the household or the family as a composite unit.

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    12
    2015
    NG: Increasingly competitive business environment spurs growth in ICT adoption

    Businesses in the country are increasingly embracing ICT solutions in a bid to support their growth initiatives and tap into the country’s booming online landscape.

    According to latest reports by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country had over 75 million active internet subscriptions – presenting a huge market for online trade – one that Businesses in the country are keen to exploit.

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    12
    2015
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: E-mails will bring transparency in governance: Akhilesh Yadav

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today here said their government is taking adequate technological measures to bring transparency in the governance.

    Mr Yadav said getting the information of all the administrative orders on email accounts is definitely going to help the people about what their government was doing for them.

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    12
    2015
    PK: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: Apply online: Government to launch e-recruitment after Eid

    If the traditional hassle of submitting resumes, waiting for hours before the interview begins, fishing for influential references or paying hefty bribes was keeping you from applying for a job in the public sector, it is time you reconsider employment prospects.

    The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is all geared up to launch an e-recruitment system for government sector jobs. The project aims to further the ruling parties’ agenda of e-governance, and minimise favouritism and corruption within the government’s ranks.

  • So
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    12
    2015
    IN: Kerala: All Panchayats in State to Get High-speed Internet

    Kerala has become the first state in the country to be linked to the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN), the Union Government’s ambitious project to offer high-speed broadband connectivity in all the panchayats in the country.

    This was achieved by Bharath Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) under the Digital India programme being initiated by the Union Government to boost high-speed rural broadband network. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, M S S Rao, chief general manager, BSNL Kerala circle, said that it was a proud moment and a unique achievement for the state. The high-speed Internet connectivity across all the block headquarters and gram panchayats in the state is being implemented as part of NOFN. It was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1 on the sidelines of the Digital India programme.

  • So
    Jul
    12
    2015
    Four critical things that make a Digital India possible today and challenges ahead

    This government's Digital India campaign is a welcome step in creating an India of the 21st century powered by connectivity, technology and the opportunity that such connectivity offers in terms of access, services and platforms for unleashing India's creative talent.

    However, it is imperative to understand what it means to create a 'Digital India'. Such an effort requires an entire ecosystem of support and an apparatus for implementation that has to be developed and matured over a period of time.

  • So
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    12
    2015
    IN: Bihar: ‘Optical fibre in 5202 panchayats by March’

    BSNL has been given the responsibility of Digital India project in Bihar and 16 other states. India has been divided into two parts, one which has the internet facility and the other lacking it. This digital divide has to be removed by laying optical fibre in every panchayat to provide broadband connectivity to rural India, said S L Singh, chief general manager, BSNL, Bihar Circle, on Saturday.

    "The government of India intends to provide broadband connectivity through optical fibre to all the 2,50,000 villages in the country for the implementation of various services like e-health, e-education and e-governance. Our aim is to connect rural areas with high-speed internet network through National Optical Fibre Network," Singh said.

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    Jul
    11
    2015
    LB: Geagea: E-government would help stamp out corruption

    Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea touted electronic government as an answer to Lebanon’s corruption and bureaucratic red tape Friday, adding that his party’s lawmakers have already prepared a draft law to establish an “e-government.”

    Geagea, who spoke from Maarab at a conference entitled “Electronic Government: For a Better Society,” said an electronic government could reduce costs, enhance the productivity of the public sector and facilitate better, faster services for citizens.

  • Sa
    Jul
    11
    2015
    IN: BSNL Kerala rolls out Wi-Fi hotspots at Kochi & Kozhikode

    BSNL Kerala Circle as rolled out public Wi-Fi hotspots in Kochi and Kozhikode as part of the Prime Minister’s ambitious Digital India programme. The hotspots, ten in Ernakulam and three in Kozhikode were commissioned on July 01, 2015.

    Giving details, M S S Rao, CGM, BSNL Kerala Circle said, “BSNL in association with Quadgen Wireless Solutions would be providing Wi-Fi hotspots at 1,113 locations across Kerala in a phased manner. 135 locations with 585 Access points have been indentified in Thiruvananthapuram and this would be started based on the support from local authorities.”

  • Sa
    Jul
    11
    2015
    IN: Goa: E-services for revenue, transport departments

    Boosting e-governance to citizens in Goa, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday launched a series of e-services in the two departments of revenue and transport as part of the launch of the 'Digital India week' from July 2 to July 7.

    Parsekar launched the "single window system for land conversions" of the revenue department which is initiated by the North Goa collectorate and also launched three more e-services of the transport department. These include the online tax payment system, smart card-based registration certificates and re-launch of the smart card motor driving licenses. All these e-services have been created by Goa Electronics Limited (GEL).

  • Sa
    Jul
    11
    2015
    IN: Kerala: 3 e-Governance Initiatives to be Launched

    The State Government will launch three new e-governance initiatives, namely ‘e-Office Citizen Interface’, ‘e-Learning Platform’ and ‘e-KYC Authentication Service’, next week, sources said.

    According to sources with the the Kerala State IT Mission, the three initiatives will be rolled out by Minister for Industries and IT, P K Kunhalikutty on July 6.

  • Sa
    Jul
    11
    2015
    IN: e-governance reaches out to Chhattisgarh’s rural populace

    Since inception of Digital India Week (DIW), residents of state, including districts to gram-panchayats are being informed on services and facilities availed through e-governance.

    Administrative bodies and collectors of districts, including Kawardha, Balrampur, Janjgir-Champa, Narayanpur, besides others conducted awareness programmes for 'aanganwadi workers', secretary of panchayats and village residents.

  • Sa
    Jul
    11
    2015
    IN: Smart City initiative: Guidelines issued, Pune eyes spot in top 10 cities’ list in Maharashtra

    Core requirements include water supply, power and sanitation.

    With the Union urban development department issuing guidelines for the ‘Smart City’ initiative, Pune city will have to get its act together to be among the top 10 cities from the state that would make it to the list of 100 smart cities across the country.

    “The allocation of number of cities that will make it to the list of 100 smart cities is based on the population of the state. Maharashtra will have 10 cities in the list of 100 smart cities,” said a civic officer.

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    Jul
    11
    2015
    A study of mobile phone use among patients with noncommunicable diseases in La Paz, Bolivia: implications for mHealth research and development

    While global momentum supporting mobile health (mHealth) research and development is increasing, it is imperative to assess the potential fit of mHealth programs in local settings. We describe the penetration of mobile technologies among Bolivian patients with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to inform research on mHealth interventions for the Andean region as well as low- and middle-income countries more generally.

    Methods: Five-hundred and fifty-nine NCD patients were identified from outpatient clinics affiliated with four hospitals in the cities of La Paz and El Alto.

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2015
    Lebanese Forces lawmakers prepare e-government draft law: Geagea

    Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea revealed Friday that his party's lawmakers have prepared a draft law to establish an "e-government."

    Geagea, who was speaking from Maarab during a conference under the slogan "For a Better Society," said that an electronic government scraps the heavy load of fees that the state is burdened with by giving better services and enhancing the productivity of the public sector.

    "The purpose behind today's seminar is to establish a breaking point until legislation is back on track."

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2015
    Singapore upgrades SingPass e-government platform

    Singapore has upgraded its SingPass e-government platform. Starting 5 July, SingPass users will have access to an improved SingPass user interface, mobile-friendly features and upgraded security capabilities with the enhanced system. Launched in 2003, Singapore Personal Access (SingPass) is a gateway to over 200 e-services offered by more than 60 government agencies, enabling users to only have to remember one password when connecting and transacting with the Government. The system is managed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2015
    SD: Minister of Finance - Electronic Receipt Voucher (15) Targets Raising of Collection Efficiency to Increase Revenues

    The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud has said that the aim of adopting electronic receipt voucher (15) as a collection tool for the state's revenues was to raise collection efficiency to increase revenues and to prevent many misuses that were occurring in the paper-based system.

    The minister pointed out, when he presented a report on the electronic receipt voucher (15) in the joint meeting of the sectors of the Council of Ministers Thursday, that the electronic collection of money was an important step for the implementation of e-government. He called on the ministries, states and all concerned parties to be committed to the application of the project of money collection through electronic receipt voucher (15).

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2015
    IN: No excuse for not going digital

    As the CAG’s recent report observes, e-governance is about enforcement of rights, and not just ‘smartness’

    When the world is rapidly turning digital and moving to cloud-based information and communications technology (ICT), and the internet of things (IoT) is increasingly becoming the internet of everything (IoE), investment in the direction of ICT applications needs to be perceived as the right investment.

    But the choice of appropriate technology for the purpose — such as procurement decisions, project planning, implementation, monitoring, review — and timely economic, effective and efficient project execution with prompt corrective and preventive actions to achieve the envisaged outcome both in qualitative and quantitative terms must become the crux of CAG audit analytics and analysis to derive useful practical recommendations for the government to act upon.

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2015
    Digital India is a Roadmap to Change India’s Future

    Prior to exploring the innumerable possibilities of ‘Digital India’, let us first understand the concept of the program. This is a program intended to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The idea is to provide people with a ‘cradle to grave identity’ that is “unique, lifelong and online.” The authorities have conveyed that the overall scope of this program is to prepare India to have the requisite knowledge to be equipped for the future and make technology the center that enables change. It envisions becoming the umbrella program across sectors. The project focuses on being transformative that helps realize the popular equation i.e. IT+IT= IT, which means India Today + Information Technology = India Tomorrow.

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2015
    Everything You Need To Know About The Prime Minister’s Digital India Programme

    The government launched the Digital India Week on 1st July from the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The two-hour long event saw speeches from Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Communications and Information Technology Minister, Arun Jaitely, the I&B minister, corporate leaders, and the Prime Minister himself. Also, during the event, the PM launched a number of projects for the government’s Digital India programme. The country, which is the third largest internet user after China and the United States, could definitely benefit from a programme that brings digital infrastructure to its population.

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    09
    2015
    PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative to bring huge opportunity for e-education sector

    PM Narendra Modi most ambitious "Digital India Programme" aims at transforming the country into a digitally-empowered knowledge economy.

    To empower Indian population and extend services better with the use of information technology and its tool, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched his most ambitious “Digital India Programme”. The programme aims at transforming the country into a digitally-empowered knowledge economy. The digital India initiative by PM ensures that a collective Rs 4.5 lakh crore will be invested and employment for 18 lakh people will be created.

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    Jul
    09
    2015
    BW: ICT Key to Corruption Fight

    Information and Communication Technology can help combat corruption, says University of Botswana lecturer in supply chain logistics, Mr Rudolph Boy.

    Giving a keynote address during a Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) seminar on Tuesday (June 30), Mr Boy said ICT could be used to rebuild integrity awareness in all segments of society and business thus fighting corruption.

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    Jul
    09
    2015
    SingPass to be more secure for e-government services from July 5

    Singapore users filing income tax and checking their retirement accounts online can log in with a more secure two-step process from July 5, as the government finally tightens up e-services following an embarrassing security breach last year.

    The new SingPass system promises to let users log in like they would for online banking transactions, through what is known as two-factor authentication or 2FA.

    Besides a username and a password, they would be asked to key in a second pass code sent over SMS to their phones, or through an OneKey token issued for free to Singaporeans and permanent residents.

  • Do
    Jul
    09
    2015
    Singapore adds 2FA security to e-government services

    SingPass users will need to set up the two-factor authentication process in their account, linking either their mobile number or the country's national 2FA token, OneKey.

    An additional authentication measure will be rolled out for Singapore's SingPass account requiring users to go through a two-step login for access.

    The two-factor authentication (2FA) process will be officially launched from July 5, alongside an improved user interface and mobile features, according to ICT regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). There are more than 3.3 million SingPass accounts, which citizens use to access over 340 e-government services including filing income taxes, checking balances in the national retirement fund, and registering new businesses.

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    Jul
    08
    2015
    IN: Kerala: Kannur’s achievements in e-governance in focus

    The district’s achievements in e-governance and e-transaction will be the highlights of Digital India Week programmes to be launched on Wednesday.

    Along with the 9-point digital agenda being promoted as part of the programme, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the district-level programme would also include events to celebrate the achievements of the district in furthering the digital tools to ensure easy service to the public, District Collector P. Bala Kiran said at a press conference here on Tuesday. The district, which emerged as topper in e-transactions in the country, had already recorded big achievements in the e-governance sector, he said adding that in June alone, 1,02,000 certificates had been issued through Akshaya centres. Ever since e-sand facility was started, a total of 2,49,863 e-sand passes had been issued in the district, he added. The Collector also said the Collectorate here and the Sub Collectorate at Thalassery selected for introducing e-office facility would have the new system in six months. An ambitious plan during the Digital Week programme is to ensure maximum enrolment of people from the district in the Digital Locker facility being started nationwide, he said. Each of the 214 Akshaya centres in the district was targeted to have 100 digital lockers.

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    Jul
    08
    2015
    India Takes Digital Leap

    In a bid to provide a massive push to connectivity and ICT adoption, India's government has formally unveiled an ambitious initiative called Digital India. Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Indian capital of Delhi earlier today, the initiative endeavors to create a digital infrastructure for delivering government services.

    "I dream of a digital India, where government services are easily available to citizens, where access to information knows no barriers," said Modi. "I dream of a digital India, where government is open and governance is transparent. I dream of a digital India where the world looks to India for the next big idea."

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    Jul
    08
    2015
    US: Tennessee offers new app that shows restaurant inspection scores

    As new food safety regulations take effect Wednesday, July 1, the state of Tennessee is offering a new app that will allow you to check the inspection scores of any restaurant in the state. Of course, the app is free.

    The Tennessee departments of Health and Agriculture have partnered to develop a mobile app that allows users to check any Tennessee restaurant inspection score no matter where they are located.

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    Jul
    08
    2015
    QA: Dynamic ICT sector on track to beat 2015 National ICT Plan’s ambitious goals

    Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is the first-ever Minister of Information and Communications Technology in Qatar following the formation of the nation’s new Cabinet by H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013.

    She is the third Qatari woman to assume a ministerial position in the state. In 2013, Dr. Al Jaber was listed among the 500 most powerful Arabs in the world by Arabian Business magazine, then ranked 20th on the 2013 Arabian Business’ list of 100 most powerful Arab women.

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    Jul
    08
    2015
    US: New App in Santa Cruz, Calif., Connects Citizens with Government

    The mobile application, called Citizen Connect, allows users to directly alert municipal departments of their concerns and then monitor progress through emailed updates.

    Residents in Santa Cruz County will have a new way to report potholes, trash and other quality-of-life problems to local officials – and see how fast they get fixed.

    County leaders are set to launch a new free mobile application called Citizen Connect on Tuesday, which will allow people to directly alert the relevant municipal department of their concerns.

  • Mi
    Jul
    08
    2015
    ZA: Mobile a shortcut to open access broadband

    Government’s recent announcement that owners of fibre optic networks – including itself – would be compelled to share capacity with other Internet service providers shows the high expectations it has of the digital world.

    Broadband access is linked to economic activity and thus job creation according to the World Bank. It’s also increasingly important within the context of service delivery, with the potential to reduce costs while enhancing access.

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    Jul
    08
    2015
    The role of ICT in citizen and government engagements in East Africa

    iHub Research, today presented a report on a study they undertook in 2014 to assess how ICT tools are being used, for and in various aspects of governance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. This study, with an aim to bridge the research and insights gap on ICT use in East Africa, sought to answer the following:

    • Which ICT tools are used in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania addressing these four aspects of governance,
      • Access to information
      • Service delivery
      • Tracking corruption
      • Citizen participation
    • In which ways are ICT tools used in the above four areas?
    • What successes and challenges exist in the use of these tools?

  • Di
    Jul
    07
    2015
    JO: Cabinet approves measures to support E-Government program

    The Cabinet, on Tuesday, approved measures to support the E-Government program in order to enhance services offered to citizens.

    The E-government project is designed to make the government more responsive in providing services addressing citizens' needs through automated procedures as well as providing effective and quick service, which would save people time and effort in a just and fair manner.

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    Jul
    07
    2015
    UK govt launches ePassport trial for teens

    Britain has launched an ePassport trial for 12-17 year olds at Glasgow and Stansted airports, saying it could extend the capability on a wider scale depending on its result.

    Currently, all UK ePassport gates can only be used by citizens aged 18 or over holding valid biometric passports.

    However, the two airports will this month allow 12-17 year olds to use the gates on a trial basis.

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    Jul
    07
    2015
    US: Reimbursement Misconceptions Trending in Telehealth Services

    The healthcare industry has been evolving significantly over the last several years, as meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have led to the adoption of EHR technology, health information exchange systems and patient portals. Along with these technologies, telemedicine tools and telehealth services have been truly innovative and advanced virtual patient visits along with diagnostics and treatment for more minor conditions.

    Nate Lacktman, partner at Foley & Lardner, conducted a survey on how healthcare providers view the use of telemedicine tools throughout the country. To learn more about the survey, EHRIntelligence.com spoke with Lacktman about some telehealth trends uncovered.

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    Jul
    07
    2015
    US: Telehealth Services Recommended for Elderly Patient Population

    Some of the patient population across the nation resides in rural areas where hospitals and medical clinics are hard to come by. Instead of having sick patients travel for two hours to reach their physician, telehealth services allow certain medical conditions to be diagnosed via camera and treated more quickly. However, according to Kaiser Health News, less than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are using telehealth services.

    Currently, there are only two Medicare Advantage insurance companies providing this type of teleconferencing technological services. Additionally, the Medicare program has put forward more limits on telehealth services throughout certain rural areas.

  • Di
    Jul
    07
    2015
    US: Study finds telemedicine still not widely embraced by Medicare

    Despite research indicating telemedicine can improve patient outcomes and generate up to $6 billion a year in health care savings, a new study found that Medicare spending on telemedicine consults averages less than a dime per member, per month.

    “Medicare began reimbursing for some telemed consults more than 15 years ago,” Charles Doarn a research professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine told DOTmed News. He is also a special assistant to the NASA Chief Medical Officer, where he supports the Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters (Washington DC) in medical policy. NASA uses telemedicine to support astronauts through a link to the ground in addition to onboard medical systems. “It’s ironic to me that a technology developed for astronauts is still not widely adopted here on Earth.”

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    Jul
    07
    2015
    US: Smartphone photo quality good enough for telemedicine consults

    Telemedicine is increasing the popularity of image-based consultation, so researchers in Sweden and South Africa set out to determine whether photos from smartphones could be trusted for clinical diagnosis, according to a study at Telemedicine and e-Health.

    In short, they determined the answer is yes.

    They recruited 60 non-clinicians to rate photos that were "neutral"--not of clinical subjects--in order to not mix the notions of image quality and value in diagnosis. The photos were of nature or objects such as a hand or truck.

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    Jul
    07
    2015
    Digital India faces NoFN delay,hurdles

    Viable revenue model, work flow automation, proper eco-system and host of other things crucial for success of government's ambitious Rs 1.3 lakh crore project, say experts

    As the government makes a fresh bid to push the Digital India programme, which has been snagged with delays in the National Optic Fibre Network (NoFN) and other hurdles, experts said various issues like working out the revenue model, work flow automation, creating an ecosystem for it and others would have to be addressed to make it successful.

    On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Rs 1.3 lakh crore programme that intends to create infrastructure to digitally deliver government services to citizens.

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    Jul
    06
    2015
    PK: E-governance to ensure transparency in country: President

    Mamnoon Hussain calls for restructuring of public sector departments for better service delivery.

    President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the federal and provincial governments to introduce e-governance to cut their expenditures and ensure early solution of people's problems.

    Addressing a seminar on Accountability and Good Governance in Islamabad on Monday, he said e-governance will ensure transparency.

  • Mo
    Jul
    06
    2015
    IN: DGFT launches mobile app and revamped website

    As part of its endeavour to provide more information in electronic format and a trade facilitation measure, Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, has launched its mobile initiative with its Android app (?DGFT?) through which most DGFT services can be accessed while on the go.

    Commerce Secretary Shri Rajiv Kher unveiled the app which would allow exporters/importers to access the foreign trade policy and other related documents in an easy-to-use searchable format.

    With just one click, the trade community would be able to check the status of transmission of various authorizations and the shipping bills through the dynamic app.

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    Jul
    06
    2015
    US: Santa Cruz, Calif., Takes First Step Toward Next-Gen Internet

    A public-private partnership, dubbed The Santa Cruz Fiber Project, envisions improving Internet speed by an average 50-fold to start, primarily by replacing aging copper lines with new fiber optic lines.

    Santa Cruz, Calif., leaders took the first step this week toward addressing a thorn in the side of local businesses and residents alike: improving broadband Internet service.

    The Santa Cruz City Council unanimously voted to partner with local service provider Cruzio to investigate building an exponentially faster, cutting-edge, gigabit fiber-optic communications network. Only about 50 other cities across the country have engaged in similar publicly-backed projects, and none have aimed to reach every property in their jurisdiction, as Santa Cruz is hoping to, said city Economic Development Manager J. Guevara.

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    Jul
    06
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Mobile One: Governance at your fingertips

    The Karnataka government’s Mobile One platform offers over 4,000 services, from both the public and the private sector

    An anganwadi worker in rural Karnataka can register her attendance through a service called Mobile One, which a software professional in Bengaluru can also use to pay electricity and water bills or book tickets.

    This innovation is not by a start-up but by the Karnataka government’s centre for e-governance, which pitches its mobile governance offering, available in both Kannada and English, as anytime, anywhere, anyhow services for anyone.

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    Jul
    06
    2015
    IN: Security in the age of Digital India

    While both Smart Cities and Digital India will create new economic and social opportunities, they will also be creating an increasingly large attack surface for cyber criminals

    When you talk to the visiting heads of the technology giants about the government’s ambitious Digital India and Smart Cities initiatives, usually the focus is around scale of the project, capacity to do it and eventually the conversation will move to the subject of cyber security. Nowadays security breaches are a regular feature. So much so that the insurance giant Aetna recently announced that it was going to approach cyber security as one more business risk that needs to be managed and insured in the same way that company manages fluctuating currency prices or the threats of lawsuits.

  • Mo
    Jul
    06
    2015
    UG: Hi-tech procurement

    Internet-based procurement system launched to promote efficiency

    Only those who have ever made a bid to provide goods or services to the government would understand the pain and frustration one has to endure to win a tender and after supplying the goods to get paid. This is now set to change for the better. On June 18, the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA launched a one-stop online platform with hopes that it will leverage ICT to promote efficiency in public procurement.

    The portal will combine the services of three previously used platforms - the public procurement performance measurement system, the tender portal as well as the register of providers. It is expected to benefit government agencies, the private sector, the public as well as procurement regulatory bodies.

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    Jul
    06
    2015
    AU: Setting sail: how government can live up to its digital vision

    The Digital Transformation Office launches this week. Here are three ways government can live up to its digital vision.

    No sector symbolises the transformative power of digital quite like government.

    Government and the Global CEO, a March 2015 study conducted by PwC, found that government digitisation can create opportunities for better self-service, customisation and automation – benefits that could create sweeping wins for performance and turn existing operating models on their head. It also discovered that 64% of state-backed CEOs are concerned about the speed of technological change, a statistic that highlights the importance of creating a digital roadmap that works.

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    06
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    IN: State to launch of Digital Kerala e-Governance initiatives on July 06

    As part of a week-long celebration being organized in Kerala to coincide with the launch of the Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme, Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty will launch a bunch of e-Governance initiatives of the Kerala Government which includes e-KYC for Aadhaar Project, Citizen Portal for e-Office Project, and e-Learning Portal on July 06, 2015 at Thiruvananthapuram.

    According to a note from the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM), the Government of Kerala decided to implement e-Office at all departments in Government Secretariat in August 2013. So far it has been implemented at 21 departments either fully or partially. Most departments are using e-Office entirely for file processing while some others are still using physical processing for tapals with prior files.

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    05
    2015
    DIGITAL HEALTH & CARE: Europe seeks the code for digital health

    The linkage between information and computer technologies inspired new hopes — and fears.

    Since computer technology can nowadays find you the best restaurant or the quickest route home, keep you in touch with friends around the globe, and help you in a job search, it seems common logic that it should become a routine part of the health care scene, too.

    Though only up to a point, as it turns out. The logic is impeccable. The logistics are less evident.

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    PH: Miriam seeks free ICT college education

    Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago submitted a bill that aims to equip poor but deserving students free education in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

    In celebration of the National ICT month this June, Santiago authored the proposed Magna Carta of Internet Freedom, which called on the public to support Senate Bill No. 2839, otherwise known as the Free ICT College Education Act.

    If approved, state colleges and universities shall be tasked to develop two-year ICT courses.

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    2015
    PK: Making our economy technology-intensive

    In a quickly improving economic friendly environment, Pakistan's economy can progress in a short span of time, if it is made technology-intensive

    For the wellbeing of its people, to achieve prosperity and become an influential country, it is necessary that Pakistan attains economic self-sufficiency by hastening its economic development. In this area, it has the capacity to succeed within a short timeframe, provided that it makes its economy technology-intensive on an urgent basis. In the past, like most other Asian economies, Pakistan’s economy had been based on making use of physical capital and cheap labour, with less emphasis on modern technology. While many western and some Asian economies use the most modern innovations and technology, especially information, communications and computer technologies (ICT), to achieve spectacular economic growth rates and export earnings, Pakistan has been slow in adopting these technologies. For example, with a much lesser population than Pakistan, Finland and Singapore’s annual exports for the year 2012 were $ 182 billion and $ 360 billion respectively, while Pakistan’s annual export earnings were only $ 18 billion.

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    2015
    CA: Ontario: North Bay: City to launch eServices Portal

    The City of North Bay will be launching their eServices Portal on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015.

    The Portal will allow citizens to register and then have access to their water meter consumption information and a water bill estimator. It is important to note that by registering online, every citizen has the opportunity to view and monitor their daily water consumption and to check for any unknown leaks.

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    05
    2015
    NZ: Telehealth service announced

    Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has announced Homecare Medical as the preferred provider for the new national telehealth service.

    New Zealand currently has multiple individual telehealth services that handle around two million calls a year but some of these services are not available 24/7.

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