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  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    Smart Cities Are Going Green Because It Costs Less

    Our cities are getting smarter. Look around any modern metropolis, and you’ll see hundreds of Smart devices. Devices that provide better convenience, increase our safety, enable connectivity anywhere, reduce our traffic jams, improve our economy – all with a view to improving the quality of life for all.

    But with this tech revolution comes a need to change how our cities are powered – to get rid of all that cable and wiring that brings with it costly and disruptive construction. These smart devices are digital, and require very little electricity – that old security camera that needed 200W, now runs on your phone, and needs perhaps 1-10% of the power that it used to.

  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    ZW: ICT Infrastructure Key to Vision 2030

    The setting up and deployment of information communication technology infrastructure is critical to the attainment of President Mnangagwa's vision of an upper middle income economy by 2030.

    This was said here yesterday by Information Communication Technology and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe during the official commissioning of the US$23,6 million National Backbone Fibre Link project that connects Zimbabwe with the rest of the world through South Africa.

  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    Armenia Needs a Comprehensive Approach to E-Governance

    “Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy,” wrote Franz Kafka in The Metamorphosis. Though these words were meant to convey protagonist Gregor’s disappointment in his company’s management ethics, they serve equally well as words of caution to Armenia’s new bureaucrats.

    Armenia’s Velvet Revolution was won on the pledge of increasing the quality of life, job creation and economic growth. Now, with revolutionary zeal slowly eroding, the incoming government is left with the unenviable task of delivering on promises. To achieve this aim, it must tackle its Kafkaesque bureaucratic apparatus.

  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    TalTech exports e-government know-how to Kazakhstan

    This week, TalTech and advanced Estonian companies will introduce in Kazakhstan their experience in digitalisation and the impact of the e-state on the economy and society in general. On 12 March, an international forum will take place on the initiative of Estonians in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, called ‘Digitisation: the Estonian experience’, where the Kazak public sector and representatives of companies will discuss the impact of the e-state and digital solutions on economic development and the use of Estonia’s success story in the programme ‘Digital Kazakhstan’.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    AE: Can a city go paperless? With blockchain's help, Dubai hopes so

    The city is already 57% of the way toward its goal of going paperless, with plans to issue its final paper transaction in 2021.

    Dubai is more than halfway toward its goal of going completely paperless and cashless by December 2021, and is looking to emerging technologies like blockchain to help it reach its goal.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    BN: National database to centralise gov’t data

    By September, all welfare applications can be made digitally, speeding up payment process

    Government agencies will soon be able to share information through a centralised database, the minister at the Prime Minister’s Office disclosed during the Legislative Council meeting on Tuesday.

    According YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud, the E-Government National Centre (EGNC) is currently building a system dubbed the National Centralised Database (NCDB) that will allow agencies to share data on a range of matters, including welfare assistance programmes.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    Laos, Vietnam to cooperate in e-government, cyber security

    The Lao and Vietnamese governments have agreed to continue cooperation in the development of cyber security, e-government solution, and postal service.

    The commitment to ongoing cyber security, e-government solutions and postal cooperation was made in Lao capital Vientiane on Tuesday between Lao's Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications, local daily Vientiane Times reported Wednesday.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    KR: Mayor Unveils Plan to Transform Seoul into ‘Smart’ City

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will install 50,000 Internet of Things (IoT) smart sensors throughout the capital city by 2022 to collect information on fine dust, traffic and other things related to citizens’ lives.

    The Seoul government will also introduce chatbots to its 120 Dasan Call Center service, a civil complaints hotline, this year, as well as a shared parking system in which smartphone users can check availability at public parking lots.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    US: A Different Kind of Smart City Project Revs Up in Lima, Ohio

    When most people say "smart city," they're talking about self-driving cars and sensors that detect crime. When Lima, Ohio, uses the term, they mean modernizing old systems that are holding them back.

    The city of Lima, Ohio’s Smart Cities Initiative will be getting a more comprehensive overview in City Council’s Finance Committee to gauge both past and future expenses involved in the project.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    IN: ‘Vahan’ to drive in online vehicle registration across Kerala on March 18

    The significant change is in the process of vehicle transfer and registration.

    The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) will be rolling out the web-based Vahan 4.0 software - aimed at ensuring transparency and weeding out agents operating under the guise of consultants - at its offices from Monday for registration and ownership/ transfer of all vehicles. The training, under way for MVD staffers for the purpose of implementing the software, will be completed soon. Officers said the project will be the first step towards digitisation of registration of vehicles in the entire state.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    ZW: Mnangagwa to commission Beitbridge optic fibre project

    President Mnangagwa will tomorrow commission the multi-million dollar optic fibre link in Beitbridge, which connects the border town with South Africa and the rest of the country via Bulawayo and Masvingo and Harare.

    The link was constructed by TelOne with the aid of a Chinese loan to expand national broadband network and to enhance efficient communication countrywide. The investment would make Zimbabwe an Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub for Southern Africa.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    Zimbabweans urged to embrace digital technologies

    Zimbabweans should embrace digital technologies and leverage on these to ramp up production across economic sectors for the country to fully achieve sustainable development, the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Kazembe Kazembe, said yesterday.

    Officially opening the ongoing Information and Telecommunications Union (ITU) Conference here, Minister Kazembe said ICT has become a key driver of economic revival hence President Mnangagwa’s government has taken a deliberate stance to mainstream its adoption.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    VN: National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

    The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

    On July 12, 2018, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued Decision No. 28/2018/QĐ-TTg, prescribing the sending and receipt of e-documents among agencies in the state administrative system.

  • Mon
    Mar
    18
    2019
    LK: The Population Registry is an ambitious goal of the e-Government

    According to Ajith Perera – the recently appointed Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, there are “ambitious” plans to bring the Government together under an e-Government. As per the minister, the first step towards this would be to create a population registry of all Sri Lankan citizens.

    Dubbed the “Mother of all databases”, this would contain all the information about the population of Sri Lanka. The database would be available for all Government ministries to share data.

  • Mon
    Mar
    18
    2019
    Sri Lanka ambitious on e-government plans, mulls to build Mother of All Databases – Minister Ajith P. Perera

    Sri Lanka’s Minister of Digital infrastructure and Information Technology – Ajith P. Perera in a recent interview said that government has ambitious plans to bring the entire government under one umbrella on the e-government front, first step towards that will be done by creating Sri Lanka’s “Population Registry” - which may be called the “Mother of all Databases” according to him. The said database will have information of entire population at databases centrally built and administered for all government ministries and departments to share data. Following are the excerpts from the interview.

  • Mon
    Mar
    18
    2019
    US: Texas: Austin: SXSW 2019: Why Smart Cities Need to Be Inclusive Cities

    The push to make cities smarter often disproportionately favors people without disabilities. Experts argue that the dynamic must change so that large segments of the population aren't left out.

    Cities are growing at the fastest rate in human history — and so are the expectations being placed on them. For most, increasingly prevalent smart city technology works as it should. But for those living with disabilities, it often completely misses the mark.

  • Sun
    Mar
    17
    2019
    Prospect: South Australia’s Rising Smart City

    The City of Prospect is a small municipality in the state of South Australia with a population of only 20,000, but it has big ambitions that are being recognized internationally.

    For the sixth time in eight years, Prospect was listed in the Top 21 Intelligent Communities in the world by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

  • Sun
    Mar
    17
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Gov Launches 19 'Govt To Citizen' Online Services

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday launched 19 'Government to Citizen' online services of seven departments on the State Services Delivery Gateway here.

    The online mode of 'Government to Citizen' services is developed by the Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency, Information Technology department in collaboration with CDAC Mumbai and will be available on www.jk.gov.in, an official spokesperson said.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    Vietnam targets to complete e-Government platform

    The Government has issued Resolution No. 17/NQ-CP on a number of key tasks and solutions to develop the e-government during 2019-2020, with orientations towards 2025.

    The resolution aims to raise the ranking of the Vietnamese e-government according to the United Nations assessment from 10 to 15 levels by 2020, bringing Vietnam into the group of four leading ASEAN countries in the UN e-government rankings by 2025.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    TH: Chiang Mai to pursue Smart City model

    Chiang Mai Provincial Governor Supachai Iamsuwan says the northern province is on track to develop public facilities, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life under the Smart City model.

    He said the province will encourage cultural tourism, safe agriculture which helps farmers earn more income, environmental protection, trade and investment as well as the health of local residents and elderly persons.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    The Smart City Blueprint

    Smart cities are all the hype these days. Everyone from urban planners to private companies have been throwing the two words around lately, as a common aspiration for metropolitan cities in the coming years. It comes tied with a bunch of other complicated concepts, from the Internet of Things (IoT), to 5G, autonomous transportation and information and communication technology (ICT).

    While it all sounds complicated, we already see plenty of early smart city traits blooming in cities like Singapore, Dubai, New York and Shanghai today, amongst many more. You probably have the key to smart citizenship right in your hands too – your phone, which unlocks a bright and exciting future ahead.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: 19 services of these 7 departments available online

    The online mode of 'Government to Citizen' services is developed by the Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency, Information Technology department in collaboration with CDAC Mumbai and will be available on www.jk.gov.in, an official spokesperson said.

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday launched 19 ‘Government to Citizen’ online services of seven departments on the State Services Delivery Gateway here. The online mode of ‘Government to Citizen’ services is developed by the Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency, Information Technology department in collaboration with CDAC Mumbai and will be available on www.jk.gov.in, an official spokesperson said.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    Indian railways signs MoU with RailTel for digitizing work of national transporter

    An MoU was signed on March 8 between Indian Railways and public sector telecom firm RailTel for implementing the e-office system aimed at digitizing the work of the national transporter.

    RailTel, a Miniratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways, has taken up the work of implementing the e-office system for Indian Railways, an official statement said.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    VN: Customs to stop accepting cash

    Payments of import-export taxes and fees to customs authorities must all be conducted via cashless payment methods or through credit institutions from the beginning of April, according to a requirement recently issued by the General Department of Việt Nam Customs.

    The move is an effort by the customs authorities to promote cashless payment to aid in Việt Nam’s shift towards e-Government and a non-cash economy.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    Bulgaria Will Postpone the Introduction of Electronic Documents

    The state is preparing to postpone the introduction of electronic documents. Before the e-government forum, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev said that the state will keep the existing electronic identification systems, Econ.bg writes.

    The introduction of electronic documents has been postponed once again with amendments to the law last year, and now the deadline is January 1, 2020.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    IN: Kerala: E-governance: Kochi corp to hold talks with TCS today

    City corporation authorities would be holding discussions with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the agency that has been entrusted with the preparation of modules for the e-governance project and providing technical assistance, on Friday.

    The e-governance project has gone haywire with TCS withdrawing their services thereby affecting maintenance of servers and technical assistance.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: PM launches smart city ICC centres at Itanagar and Pasighat

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) for Itanagar and Pasighat Smart City through digital platform (remote control) from New Delhi.

    At Itanagar, the foundation stone laying ceremony for Smart City ICC centre was organized at Dorjee Khandu Hall, Legislative Assembly and was attended by Home Minister Kumar Waii, among others.

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    CN: Blockchain firm office in Hong Kong to drive Smart City goals

    The firm will be hiring local blockchain solutions architects and software developers, pushing Smart City goals.

    According to a recent report, a venture capital studio announced the opening of its new office in Hong Kong.

    The VC studio Hong Kong will pursue a growth plan which includes the hiring of blockchain solutions architects and software developers.

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: E-governance services of corporation hit as TCS backs out

    City corporation’s e-governance project has run into rough waters with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the agency that has been entrusted with the preparation of modules for the project and providing technical assistance, withdrawing their services.

    Online delivery of only four services of the 14 modules are functional now. Also, the company is yet to complete preparation of the remaining modules, including services related to corporation council and online booking of town halls.

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: ‘Aadhaar-linked SRDH data was shared in the past too’

    Amidst the raging controversy in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over alleged pilferage of crucial government data by an app developed for the TDP by a private firm based in Hyderabad, J Satyanarayana, part-time chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), who also happens to be the IT & E-Governance Advisor to the government of Andhra Pradesh, said the Aadhaar data as a separate entity with UIDAI is safe and secure. In a wide-ranging interview to TOI, Satyanarayana said he does not deal with the day to day issues of both UDIAI or AP IT department and is involved only in policy decisions. Excerpts:

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    ZM: Shared responsibility for shared future

    The key driver of productivity in our societies has been the past three industrial revolutions.

    Today, that driving force is information and communications technology (ICT) and the development and widespread application of digital technologies.

    However, the transition from technology to productivity, and eventually to growth and jobs, is not a simple journey.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    ZA: R1.4bn cash injection for Gauteng's e-government

    The Department of e-Government, the division focused on ICT and innovation in Gauteng, will receive R1.4 billion this year to fund key projects.

    So said finance MEC Barbara Creecy, delivering the fifth and final budget of the current administration, as well as the medium-term projections for the next three years.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    RS: E-identification via mobile phones to be launched by summer

    Director of the government’s Office for Information Technologies and Electronic Administration, Mihailo Jovanovic announced at the Kopaonik Business Forum tonight that electronic identification via mobile phones will be available probably as of summer this year.

    “This year, we are definitely going to launch electronic identification that will facilitate dual-route communication for citizens and businesses on the e-government portals,” Jovanovic told Tanjug.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    US: Florida: Clay County: Orange Park: Real-time data already solving transportation problems

    The era of the “smart city” and “smart region” is here, using real-time data to solve community problems like transportation.

    Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield surprisingly promised more than 170 business leaders and elected officials at the Thrasher-Horne Center that he wouldn’t talk about the First Coast Expressway or other Clay County road projects during the first quarter Clay Economic Development Corp. luncheon.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    IN: Goa: Panaji: Most excise services now available online

    Several of excise department’s services are now available via e-governance mode. The new services were thrown open by chief secretary Parimal Rai at the secretariat on Tuesday.

    Excise commissioner Amit Satija said the new module of online application and processing of request will reduce the clearing time significantly and also bring transparency and accountability in the entire system.

  • Tue
    Mar
    12
    2019
    Study reveals huge demand for e-voting in Switzerland

    Over two-thirds of Swiss people believe all citizens should be able to vote online, a national survey has revealed.

    A government study, published on Tuesday, revealed that demand for electronic governance services was far greater than what was on offer.

    E-voting, for example, is only used by 2% of Swiss voters at present, yet 68% believe it should be open to all. Meanwhile, 12% say it should only be available to voters with disabilities and those living abroad.

  • Tue
    Mar
    12
    2019
    KH: Ministry urges public institutions to go digital

    The Civil Service Ministry yesterday urged public institutions to go digital to provide more efficient and timely services to the public.

    The ministry, in collaboration with UNDP, yesterday launched the National Conference on Public Sector in the Digital Era to seek innovative ways to improve services.

  • Tue
    Mar
    12
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra govt launches Aaple Sarkar chatbot to deliver e-gov services

    The Government of Maharashtra has partnered with Haptik to develop a chatbot for the purposes of effective information dissemination, as part of the Right to Services Act of 2015. The Act mandates that citizens should be able to access information regarding public services through digital platforms. The new chatbot will be another medium through which citizens can get their queries resolved.

    Available on the Aaple Sarkar RTS (Right to Services) website, the bot provides easy, conversational access to information regarding 1,400 public services managed by the state government, said the company. The platform has already received an overwhelming response from the residents of the state. The bot has substantially benefited users by providing them with instantaneous, accurate, transparent and complete information, as well as enabling them to track services offered by the state government.

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    Botswana minister aims to repeal electronic voting law

    Botswana is set to repeal the Electoral (Amendment) Act of 2016 that led to the introduction of electronic voting machines.

    The Electoral (Amendment) Act has faced stiff resistance from opposition parties.

    Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Ronald Shamukuni has now published in the Government Gazette (Extraordinary) the Electoral (Amendment (Repeal) Bill of 2019 that he intends to present to Parliament this year to repeal the 2016 Act.

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    OM: ITA, Omantel join hands for smart city project in KOM

    The Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Omantel have signed a pact for smart city services.

    As per the agreement, Omantel will provide the required communication and support services like the Internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, and big data to the smart city pilot project being implemented in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).

    The smart city project is being implemented by ITA in cooperation with the Public Establishment for Industrial estates (Madayn).

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    IN: Modi government's Smart City programme showing results

    The number of projects completed increased manifold showing progress in one year what had not been achieved in the two years previous to it.

    Ahead of the parliamentary elections, the Modi government’s ambitious flagship programme to “smarten” up 100 cities is finally showing some tangible results.

    Overseen by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and meticulously monitored through a scientifically devised system by the housing and urban affairs ministry, the Smart City Mission has achieved in one year what it had not over the previous two years put together.

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    IN: eCourts app brings reforms in justice delivery system

    eCourts services is touted as a revolution in court management in the country and is expected to speed up India’s quest for attaining top ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. A new digital app, available on both android and iOS, has already seen 17 lakh downloads within few months of its launch, recording almost 5,000 downloads a day, making it so popular that it has bagged the top Digital India award this year.

    This mobile application gives case status and entire case history of almost all 3.2 crore pending cases across 21 high courts and about 18,000 district & subordinate courts in India. Barring the Supreme Court and four high courts of Delhi, Bombay, Karnataka and MP, all 21 other HCs in the country have been linked through the app along with subordinate courts giving details of all pending cases.

  • Sun
    Mar
    10
    2019
    OM: Pact signed to implement Smart City pilot project at KOM

    The Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) signed recently a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Smart City pilot project at Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).

    According to the pact the company will provide the required communication and support services to benefit from the applications of smart city, Internet of Things, cloud computing services and big data within the Smart City pilot project currently implemented in KOM by ITA in cooperation with the public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE.

  • Sun
    Mar
    10
    2019
    New System for Domestic Workers to Be Launched in Bahrain

    The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) held a workshop for all employment agencies informing them about the new system and powers granted to the offices.

    Under the new system, employers can go to a recruitment agency approved by the LMRA, choose the worker and submit the application electronically.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    Cisco exec: US is slow on uptake when it comes to smart city movement

    Let this sink in: Southeast Asia, India and Europe are beating us when it comes to the smart cities movement.

    At least, that’s according to Jim Haskins, Cisco’s Smart Connected Communities/IoT specialist.

    “We’re a little slow on the uptake,” he told a 200-strong crowd gathered for the second day of the sixth annual Clean Tech Summit in Chapel Hill.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    AE: Smart Dubai launches second phase for its paperless strategy

    Dubai Paperless Strategy saw six government entities reduced paper use by 57 per cent in the last six months.

    Smart Dubai is working with nine government entities in the second phase this year in their endeavor to go paperless by 2021, a senior official said at a conference on Wednesday.

    In the first phase, Dubai Paperless Strategy saw six government entities reduced paper use by 57 per cent in the last six months, exceeding their initial target set for 50 per cent digital transformation of transactions.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    US: California: San Diego, USMC Partner on Regional Smart City Initiatives

    The California city and the U.S. Marine Corps will work together on a number of projects designed to enhance security and services for residents.

    The city of San Diego and the U.S. Marine Corps have entered into an agreement to collaborate on various smart city initiatives, including programs involving renewable energy, drones and smart streetlights, according to the Mayor's Office.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Smart City ranking: Tirunelveli jumps from rank 78 to 16

    ₹1,120 crore allotted for the holistic development of the city

    The Corporation, which was selected as one of the 100 ‘Smart Cities’ in the country only in the second round, has climbed-up the ranking ladder to reach the 16th position in the entire country following the recently conducted third phase of assessment of the progress achieved so far on the projects getting executed under the scheme being implemented by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    US: Alabama: Selma launches smart city initiative

    The city of Selma is now a smart city. City leaders hope this will be a chance to make them more competitive in the 21st Century and be a catalyst for change in the Black Belt when it comes to broadband internet.

    Free wireless internet is now available in downtown Selma.

    “Right now it is downtown, but next month it will be further out. We are moving very quickly,” said Mayor Darrio Melton.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    Smart City Privacy : Our Past, Who We Are and Why We Live This Way

    This is the first in a series of posts discussing concepts of a "smart city" and the privacy implications of living in such an environment. Looking back gives us time to reflect, and knowing the path we took to get to a place can give us a feel for why we wanted to be there in the first place. Knowing why we built cities may help us to build better, truly smarter cities today.

    In a series of posts, I will talk about the concept of a “smart city” and the privacy implications of living in such an environment. To build up a picture of what the privacy implications of smart living are, I will look back at how human beings came to live in cities in the first place. As we move into a near-future where data and the Internet of Things (IoT) will run our cities, looking back to look forward may help us design better places to live.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    SG: Parliament: Digital help for drivers searching for street parking

    Service going on trial in CBD by end-June is among slew of Smart Nation initiatives

    Finding open-air public parking will soon get easier with an upcoming digital service that will let drivers check the availability of spaces before reaching a car parking lot.

    The service is one of several initiatives Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan announced yesterday in Parliament, giving an update on Singapore's Smart Nation drive.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    New online platform for sale of agriculture products launched in Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijani farmers will be able to sell their products online using a new platform, Agil Guliyev, the head of Azerbaijan’s Agriculture Ministry said at the presentation of a mobile application and a platform for online sales of the brand “From Village to City”, Trend reports on March 1.

    “The main objective of this presentation is to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),” he said. “To this end, new sales opportunities are created for them.”

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    US: California: New App Helps Los Angeles Area Residents Breathe Easier

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District reports high engagement with a new mobile application meant to equip citizens with knowledge about current smog levels as well as air quality forecasts.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to know if the air is breathable in Los Angeles today? At the risk of sounding cliché: There’s an app for that.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    Digital transformation delivers breakthrough chances to VN

    Such concepts as ‘digital transformation’, ‘business model breakthrough’, ‘business digitalization’ have become popular in global economic forums as well as giant technological enterprises. This is also the major focus of Vietnam, in hope of obtaining more tremendous opportunities for development, according to technology experts.

    The experts comment that thanks to the digitalization process, along with the impressive growth of technological advancements, all regular activities of human beings, especially commercial ones, are gradually changing.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    Vietnam laying the foundations for an E-Government by creating national database and public service portal

    The government is to create a national database system and launch a national public service portal to enhance public service delivery

    Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said the Vietnam government has recognised that developing the digital economy is one of the key tasks in enhancing the competitiveness of the economy.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    US: California: Marines to work with San Diego on smart city applications

    The two sides have signed a MoU to work together on smart technologies such as unmanned aircraft systems, renewable energy and smart streetlights

    The city of San Diego has entered a cooperative agreement with the US military to work together on smart city initiatives.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    T&T to collaborate with Estonia on e-Government

    Possibilities for Government to collaborate with Estonia on the enhancement of T&T’s electronic-Government (e-Government) initiatives were discussed yesterday by Prime Minister Keith Rowley and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

    The talks were part of bilateral discussions between both at yesterday’s Caricom 30th Inter-Sessional meeting in St Kitts. Estonia, formerly part of the Soviet Union, is located in Northern Europe. It includes more than 1,500 islands.

  • Wed
    Mar
    06
    2019
    NG: Broadband plan: Our experience, future plans, by industry stakeholders

    Stakeholders in the nation’s ICT sector gathered in Abuja recently to appraise the performance of the 30 per cent broadband target set for the country between 2013 and 2018 by the National Broadband Plan.

    The event featured participants in the industry including, investors, regulators, government representatives as well as professionals in the sector.

  • Wed
    Mar
    06
    2019
    CARICOM: PM Minnis: Digital transformation to improve govt. services, attract investment

    Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis believes The Bahamas can replicate the success experienced by the Republic of Estonia, which has effectively used technology to transform its government services and attract international investment.

    Prime Minister Minnis held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, on the sidelines of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

  • Wed
    Mar
    06
    2019
    CA: To truly modernize social programs, it will take big data and analytics

    For our most vulnerable citizens, we need to create a trove of ‘what works’ data that will allow for help that is tailored to the individual.

    Finding better ways of wiring for e-government is important and necessary. Nobody would disagree with the need for better computing, electronic communications and information management.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    IN: HUA will not stop at just 100 smart cities, says Puri

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) has spent has spent six times the money used for urban rejuvenation in the 10-year UPA rule and asserted that it is not going to stop at just 100 smart cities. As many as 15 smart command and control centres (SCCC) worth Rs2,771 crores in 15 smart cities have been completed and work orders for setting up 31 integrated command and control centre have been issued. In 18 cities, it is under tendering process. Due to this, crime rate has been decreased in these smart cities.

    According to HUA, smart roads in 21 cities worth Rs795 crore have been completed, work orders amounting to Rs7,626 crore have been issued in 54 cities and tendering worth Rs5,942 crore is under progress in 40 cities under smart city mission (SCM). As per latest data, smart waste water projects in four cities worth Rs326 crore have been completed, work orders amounting to Rs5,342 crore have been issued in 41 cities and tendering worth Rs3,860 crore is under progress in 23 cities.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    IN: Karnataka government to deliver services at doorstep

    Citizens can hope to end their ordeal of running from pillar to post in government offices as the state government has embarked on implementing doorstep delivery of various services.

    The e-governance department will next week launch a pilot of the project, Government Services at Citizens' Doorstep, announced by CM HD Kumaraswamy in the state budget.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    Afghanistan launches e-governance system

    Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT) has launched the first ever e-governance centre in Kabul which will handle a wide-range of services in this field, including the delivery of electronic identity cards, work license, driving license, certificates and passports, reports Tolonews.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    ZW: National Data Center Nears Completion

    The Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere says the National Data Center (NDC) Project is set to be complete by December this year.

    Speaking to TechnoMag, Honorable Muswere said the National Data Centre will orchestrate the relationship between the Government and the Industry and various stakeholders in the service delivery model. service delivery model.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    How India's ambitious plan for digital government grew into a monster

    The Aadhaar biometric data scheme has become synonymous with invasive government and attempted control

    In the decade since India created a government agency to collect residents’ data for Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric identification scheme, a lot has happened. Aadhaar has been a resounding success – in purely numerical terms at least – achieving nearly universal coverage in a vast country of 1.3 billion people. And at the same time, it has been a dreadful failure, underlining the limits of relying on data to digitally reboot the Indian system and transform people’s lives.

  • Mon
    Mar
    04
    2019
    Estonia world champion in governance?

    Recent in-depth analysis of the costs of the election manifesto promises of all the political parties in Estonia revealed proposals which would cost money vastly exceeded those which would bring in revenue. Whilst this was not surprising, writes Rauno Vinni, many political parties have also offered a reduction in bureaucracy and cutting back of officialdom. But would such state reform actually help to solve the shortage of resources? There is a strange paradox where reducing bureaucracy actually costs money, making it difficult to afford to reduce said bureaucracy.

    All political parties are promising new services at these elections, and large-scale investment into key areas like education, health, international and external security, social policy etc. However, the gulf between how much implementing these costs, and the potential which could be reaped from them, is so great, that merely trimming back the state apparatus is not going to be enough to garner the resources needed.

  • Mon
    Mar
    04
    2019
    IN: Haryana: Budget explores avenues to develop Gurugram as a global smart city

    500 startups to be set up in the coming years that will create more than one lakh jobs Even though there were no grand investment announcements, Haryana government in its budget explored various new avenues towards making Gurugram a global smart city. Among the major factors focussed by the government towards achieving this objective were developing infrastructure for startups and skill development, digital, road and metro connectivity, renewable energy and organic farming and sanitation systems.

  • Mon
    Mar
    04
    2019
    IN: Telangana: CGG Hyderabad wins award for ‘Outstanding Digital Initiative’

    The award was presented by the Union Law Minister Dr. Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi recently. CGG competed with 600 participating nominations and bagged this title.

    Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad won the “Platinum” Digital India Award 2018 under “Outstanding Digital Initiative by a Local Body” category at Digital India Awards for its “Citizen Centric Integrated Services to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)”. The award was presented by the Union Law Minister Dr. Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi recently. CGG competed with 600 participating nominations and bagged this title.

  • Sun
    Mar
    03
    2019
    NG: Technology and future elections II

    May I start with a confession? Last week’s piece was supposed to be a single part only, and was designed to share my thoughts on the elections. I planned to move to something else, based on my content calendar. The turn of events, however, quickly made me change my mind because it was unbearable for me, like most Nigerians, that the electoral umpire shifted the elections while most of us slept.

    I was visibly angry at first because I had to change location, in order to be able to vote and secondly, this is the era of technology. Besides nepotism, selfishness and lack of vision, there is simply no reason why Nigeria should not be moving forward technologically. As a stakeholder in the technology ecosystem, it is my opinion that, we have crawled in these last few years.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2019
    Vietnamese enterprises to boost digital transformation

    Increasing profit a few hundred per cent, saving billions of dollars in technology costs, operating complex data systems in real time, transforming appropriate business models, improving operational efficiency and personalising customer experience on large-scale digital platforms at fast speed were the benefits of digital transformation, said Dr. Phương Trầm, FPT head consultant on digital transformation and former DuPont CIO at a seminar in Hà Nội this week.

    Digital transformation in organisations and businesses is the process of changing from traditional models to digital enterprises by applying new technologies such as Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2019
    VN: Localities rush to adopt smart city technology

    With the strong development of science and technology, some localities in Việt Nam are in a rush to make changes and become smart cities.

    According to a United Nations report released in November, the e-government development index of Việt Nam had risen five places in the past five years, making Việt Nam one the top countries for e-government development.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2019
    NA: Oshikoto: Omuthiya: N$20 Billion Tsumeb Smart City Still On Cards

    Construction of the multi-billion-dollar mega Smart-City investment in Tsumeb is likely to start in April, says the mayor of the copper town Mathew Hangula.

    The planned project will cost a massive N$20 billion that will be a significant investment complementing the mining and agricultural sectors, which are Tsumeb's economic backbone, and it will tremendously boost the town's economy and provide employment to thousands of people from within and outside the town and the Oshikoto Region.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2019
    CA: Ontario: Establish rules to manage data collected from smart city technology, Toronto councillor urges

    Toronto needs rules and regulations to govern the collection and managing of data from smart cities including the one Sidewalk Labs has in mind, says a city councillor who has launched a plan calling for a new policy.

    Councillor Joe Cressy, whose ward covers Quayside — the parcel of land Sidewalk Labs wants to turn into a tech-driven residential neighbourhood complete with sensors and other digital devices — wants to see a citywide public consultation launched to gather input on what the new “data governance principles” should look like and how they can be applied to the Quayside project.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City

    Hype or Reality?

    Smart City Mission Program was launched by PM Narendra Modi on 25th June 2015. Initial entitlement was for hundred cities across India to be developed under smart city Mission program. The Modi government decided to undertake the endeavour of developing smart cites, aiming at improving the urban efficiency and sustainability as well as the wellbeing of its urban residents.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2019
    Could IT skills shortage scupper UK ambitions for digital public services?

    Low pay and a male-dominated sector must be tackled to help the NHS, police and councils bring in vital digital expertise

    It has been almost a decade since the government pulled the plug on what would have been the world’s largest civilian computer system. The NHS IT system was meant to create electronic patient records for use across the health service in England, but ended up becoming known as the biggest IT failure ever seen. The project, finally abandoned in 2011, cost taxpayers at least £10bn.

  • Thu
    Feb
    28
    2019
    AU: Four Reasons Why Digital Transformation Matters for the Community Services Sector

    Technology is not inherently good or evil, but the outcomes may be, writes Dr Greg Ogle, in this article which calls on the not-for-profit sector to get in front of the issues.

    There is no doubt that digital technology is changing the economy and society. Some, like World Economic Forum founder, Klaus Schwab, see it as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the first three being: steam powered mechanical production in the late 18th century; mass production fostered by electricity and the production line from the late 19th century; and computerised technology, from the 1960s mainframes to the advent of the internet in the 1990s).

  • Thu
    Feb
    28
    2019
    India can create upto $1 trillion of economic value from digital economy in 2025

    Half the potential economic value of $1 trillion in 2025 could come from new digital ecosystems in diverse sectors, including financial services, agriculture, healthcare, logistics, jobs and skills market, e-governance and other areas

    With a strong foundation of digital infrastructure and expanded digital access through Digital India Programme of the government, India is now poised for the next phase of growth – creation of tremendous economic value and empowerment of citizens as new digital applications permeate sector after sector. India can create up to $1 trillion of economic value from the digital economy in 2025, up from around $200 billion currently.

  • Thu
    Feb
    28
    2019
    CN: Hong Kong: Government launches ICT training programme for elderly

    The programme aims to promote digital inclusion among the elderly.

    In a recent press release, The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) announced the launch of the new Enriched Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Programme for the Elderly.

  • Wed
    Feb
    27
    2019
    How Estonia became an e-government powerhouse

    Estonia's bold digital initiatives earned it a spot in the highest echelons of the UN's E-Government Development Index. Find out what other countries can learn from Estonia's e-government success.

    The European country of Estonia is steeped in history—it's home to the best-preserved medieval capital in Northern Europe. But in the 21st century, Estonia is perhaps most famous for looking to the future, thanks to building an impressive system of e-government.

  • Wed
    Feb
    27
    2019
    IN: Chandigarh: UT plans to relax norms for two key smart city projects

    As the administration have failed to find bidders for two key projects under the Smart City Mission, they are now considering to relax conditions of the projects. Recently, the two projects including a bicycle sharing project and setting up of an animal carcass incineration plant at Dadumajra had hit a hurdle due to lack of bidders.

    As per the information, not even a single bidder had come forward for the bicycle sharing project whereas only two bidders had submitted their bids for animal carcass incineration plant, out of which one was found to be ineligible.

  • Wed
    Feb
    27
    2019
    IN: Mizoram citizen portal fails to draw users

    The citizen portal, CCTNS, which was designed to facilitate filing complaint online fails to draw users as not even a single complaint has been lodged so far.

    More than six months have passed since Mizoram’s first Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) was launched in August last year. The citizen portal which was designed to facilitate filing complaint online fails to draw users as not even a single complaint has been lodged so far.

  • Wed
    Feb
    27
    2019
    NG: Korean Embassy applauds FG on ICT smart city

    South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr In-tae Lee has described as impressive, federal government’s Abuja Smart City master plan, designed by the Ministry of Communications.

    Lee stated this recently in Abuja when he led a team of South Korean communications experts on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Communications, Dr Adebayo Shittu, in his office.

  • Tue
    Feb
    26
    2019
    AU: New South Wales: Georges River gets modern touch with smart city innovations

    Smart furniture sensors enable council to access information on the daily use of public spaces and obtain data for more efficient maintenance and waste services: Mayor Greene

    Georges River Council is taking the wrappers off integrated smart city technologies - including the rollout of IT-enabled ChillOUT hubs and furniture sensors - in a bid to “continue to innovate”, according to Mayor Kevin Greene.

  • Tue
    Feb
    26
    2019
    AF: Ministry Launches e-Governance Center

    The minister of Communications and Information Technology says the center will ease many services to the people.

    The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT) on Tuesday launched the first ever e-governance center in Kabul which will handle a wide-range of services in this field, including the delivery of electronic identity cards, work license, driving license, certificates and passports.

  • Tue
    Feb
    26
    2019
    MT: More than 80% of population use internet regularly – NSO

    In 2018, individuals aged between 16 and 74 who regularly made use of the internet reached 306,692 persons, 81.4 per cent of the total population, the NSO said today.

    Internet usage by individuals

    All of the 16 to 24 age cohort in the population said to have used the internet in 2018, while individuals aged 65 to 74 recorded the lowest internet usage levels at 37.9 per cent. Survey results show that during the year under review, 84.0 per cent of individuals aged between 16 and 74 accessed the internet away from home or work via their mobile phone.

  • Tue
    Feb
    26
    2019
    E-Government is the right choice for Việt Nam

    Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng speaks to Hải Quan (Customs) online newspaper about plans to develop e-Government in the near future.

    Q: Can you tell us about the positive and negative sides of IT development in Việt Nam?

    The idea of building an e-Government started in 2000. After 18 years, quite a lot of positive changes in technology application have been reported in most administrative offices nationwide. Information technology has been applied in public administrative service centres in 39 out of 64 cities and provinces across the country. In these localities, State agencies now share data with each other, most notably in the fields of taxation, customs services, social insurance and healthcare. However, it is still not at the desired level.

  • Mon
    Feb
    25
    2019
    Oman eyes information technology to boost economic diversification

    The ICT and the 4th Industrial Revolution Lab started at Oman Oil and Gas Institute yesterday.

    The four-week lab is organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Information Technology Authority (ITA), with the support of the Implementation Support and Follow-up Unit (ISFU).

  • Mon
    Feb
    25
    2019
    IN: West Bengal: KMC to come up with storage centre for e-transaction data

    Kolkata Municipal Corporation will shortly set up a state-of-art data centre for seamless and secured storage of data pertaining to various online transactions of the civic body.

    The IT advisor for the municipal corporation, Sandipan Saha, said on Monday that work had started on the proposed centre.

  • Mon
    Feb
    25
    2019
    “e-Residency enables an individual to become an e-Resident and create an Estonian company” – By, Mr. Arnaud Castaignet, Head of Public Relations, e-Residency

    1. What is Estonia’s e-Residency program? How many e-Residents are there globally and how many Indian e-Residents are there?

      E-Residency is a status provided to people who are neither citizens nor residents of Estonia, but are granted an Estonian digital ID and access to Estonia’s e-services.

  • Mon
    Feb
    25
    2019
    BD: Mannan for data-driven decisions for better outcome

    Planning Minister MA Mannan on Monday underscored the need for more research data so that the government can make better decisions.

    He came up with the comments while addressing a workshop titled ‘Innovations in Public Service Delivery’ held at the BRAC Centre Inn in the capital.

  • Sun
    Feb
    24
    2019
    SG: SMEs must plug into digital economy to spur Singapore's economy: S. Iswaran

    It is "critical" for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to plug into the digital economy, as it would make a noticeable impact on Singapore's growth, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran said on Sunday (Feb 17).

    Speaking about the Government's ongoing efforts to support businesses in the digital space, Mr Iswaran, who is also the Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, said: "This is not just the larger enterprises but also for the smaller and medium-sized enterprises. That's critical because they really move the needle for us in terms of the economy, if they plug into the digital economy."

  • Sun
    Feb
    24
    2019
    PH: Biometrics to further enhance e-govt security, access control

    As more and more people open social media accounts, personal identity has gone digital; which means it has become more mobile. But with this ongoing trend comes the sinister underworld full of digital fraudulent schemes, cyberhacks, account take-over attacks and identity thefts, which can leave not just the users but also the government, regulators and businesses, vulnerable if these concerns are not addressed properly.

  • Sun
    Feb
    24
    2019
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Ujjain: Seminar on cloud computing & e-government organised

    Cloud computing is very useful in the scenarios when data loss is to be avoided. With the use of cloud computing we can use other system services and software. This information was given by Vidit Mathur as key speaker in a seminar organised by physics and computer department of Government Post-graduate College.

  • Sat
    Feb
    23
    2019
    PH: Bogo poised to become Visayas’ first ‘Smart City’

    The City of Bogo is about to become the first “Smart City” in the Visayas as it begins to lay the infrastructure foundation for a 50-kilometer fiber optic network Bogo IT-Department head and pres­ident of Bogo ICT Council Roger Tona­cao told a news forum here Wednesday that phase I of the ICT connectivity project has started.

    The network will connect all baran­gays, schools, government facilities and private service utilities in the city.

  • Sat
    Feb
    23
    2019
    PK: CS seeks govt institutions performance data

    Chief Secretary Muhammad Saleem on Friday hailed the efforts of the Performance Management and Reforms Unit and particularly appreciated the Pakistan Citizen Portal, and the Revenue Case Management systems.

    A handout said he directed the officials to strictly monitor the file- tracking system in order to speed up official matters. He also directed them to submit complete data of the performance of all the districts and monitoring and evaluation of government institutions.

  • Sat
    Feb
    23
    2019
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Gwalior: Belgium delegation to explore collaboration on Smart City projects

    A twelve member delegation under the leadership of The Mayor of the Lubin city in Belgium, Mohammed Radiony is on a study tour of Gwalior to explore further collaboration in various Smart City Projects.

    Lubin and Gwalior have been working together on various Smart City Projects under the aegis of the International Urban Cooperation.

  • Sat
    Feb
    23
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Works under Smart City project begin in Thoothukudi

    To be completed over next five years

    The Corporation has unravelled its plans for the new projects going to be executed on an outlay of ₹ 989.87 crore under the ‘Smart City’ project over the next five years.

    In a function here on Saturday, Minister for Information and Publicity Kadambur C. Raju started the works on these projects in the presence of Collector Sandeep Nanduri, Corporation Commissioner Alby John Varghese, MP Jayasingh Thiyagaraj Nattarji and MLA Geetha Jeevan.

  • Fri
    Feb
    22
    2019
    How do we design smart cities to ensure the health of its citizens?

    Cities may make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions, notably depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. A study from 2011, published in the magazine Nature, shows that city inhabitants have a stronger reaction to stressors than those living elsewhere. The study shows that the agitation that city-dwellers experience can be linked to public transportation delays and traffic jams. It also shows that urbanites are less able to cope with negative emotions than people living in rural areas. In research from 2010, Peen, Schoevers, Beekman, and Dekker demonstrate a strong correlation between urban life and poor mental health. Although it’s challenging to determine precisely how a complex environment such as a city affects the brain, scientists are investigating the differences in the way that people living in cities and rural areas process stressful situations.

  • Fri
    Feb
    22
    2019
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima Smart City Project continues as norms, says Meyase

    The Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) under Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) has come out with more than 60 projects for implementation of the Rs 1794.16 crore-Kohima Smart City Project.

    Speaking during the technical session of one day media workshop “Vartalap” on identifying flagship programmes of the Central Government at Kohima yesterday KMC Administrator Kovi Meyase said that the Kohima town was selected as Smart City on September 20, 2016 during the second round of competition. The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) was incorporated on March 24, 2017 under the Companies Act 2013. As per the Smart City Mission guidelines, the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for KSCDL was constituted on March 9, 2017.

  • Fri
    Feb
    22
    2019
    US: Ohio: Cleveland to replace wayfinding kiosks with digital signage, Wi-Fi kiosks

    Kiosks offering free Wi-Fi, wayfinding services, transportation information and advertising will replace existing wayfinding kiosks in Cleveland, according to Crain's Cleveland Business. IKE Smart City, based in Columbus, will provide the kiosks, which will also allow users to upload information to smartphones.

    The new kiosks, which will be installed mostly downtown, will also offer 311 and 911 connections, allow people to take selfies, measure vehicle and pedestrian traffic and monitor air quality.

  • Fri
    Feb
    22
    2019
    VN: Hanoi to establish steering committee on e-government

    The Hanoi City People’s Committee announced a decision to establish a steering committee on building the municipal e-government on February 15.

    According to Decision No.699/QD-UBND, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung will head the committee, while Vice Chairman Ngo Van Quy will be the deputy head.

  • Fri
    Feb
    22
    2019
    ASAN Service to become available for Azerbaijanis abroad

    The ASAN Service and Azerbaijan's State Committee for Work with Diaspora will jointly provide services to Azerbaijani citizens living abroad, Trend reports.

    This is envisaged by a memorandum of cooperation signed Feb. 15 in Baku by the Head of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations Ulvi Mehdiyev and Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Diaspora Fuad Muradov.

  • Thu
    Feb
    21
    2019
    South Korea mayor says he wants 'smart cities' in the North

    The mayor of South Korea's second-largest city wants to bring North Korea into the 21st century.

    Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don, a member of the country's ruling Democratic Party, is proposing a "North Korea development bank" and an inter-Korea "smart city" cooperation project, Seoul Pyongyang News reported Thursday.

  • Thu
    Feb
    21
    2019
    IN: AYUSH Ministry Launches Web Portal ‘E-Aushadi’ For Online Licensing Matters

    Union Ministry of AYUSH launched the e-AUSHADHI website on Wednesday (13 February) to facilitate the online licensing of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs and related matters.

    This portal is expected to promote increased transparency, improved information management facility, improved data usability and increased accountability in the AYUSH medicine ecosystem in the country.

  • Thu
    Feb
    21
    2019
    IN: Two-and-a-half years after its launch, states match centre’s expenditure on this online platform

    After initial hiccups, States now account for half of the total procurements done through the government's own online platform for public procurement - GeM.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to bring transparency in public procurement has been a big success. The online marketplace created for the purpose has seen huge volumes from both the central and state government departments with states accounting for a half of the total purchases made through the online marketplace GeM.

  • Thu
    Feb
    21
    2019
    SA: SAMA inaugrates ‘Tanfeeth’ Program to link govt systems with banks

    The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) launched on Thursday the "Tanfeeth" program that aims to provide direct link between the technological systems of government and banks operating in the Kingdom. The program is set to provide integration between them.

    SAMA clarified that it seeks through "Tanfeeth" program to promote the level of cooperation with government agencies to overcome difficulties and obstacles that may face the joint work between SAMA and other entities.

  • Wed
    Feb
    20
    2019
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Smart City to get award for digital payment

    The Smart City Bhubaneswar has been chosen as the best digital payment innovator-2018 by the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA). The award is given for initiatives facilitating digital payment for services that the citizens avail. In August last year, 72 smart cities participated in Smart Cities Digital Payment Awards, 2018.

    There were three categories of award, including Best Digital Payment Adopter, Best Digital Payment Innovator and Fastest Smart City Focusing on Digital Payments.

  • Wed
    Feb
    20
    2019
    IN: Data Analytics Versus Data Localisation

    Where technology has overcome the physical boundaries of country borders, the government need not create limiting boundaries

    With the burgeoning penetration of the Internet – some estimate e-commerce to soon go past $38 billion. Data is the new currency of wealth and power. Its consumption will also account for more than 50 per cent of telco revenues.

  • Wed
    Feb
    20
    2019
    IN: 'Swachh JNU' mobile app relaunched

    The Jawaharlal Nehru Univesity on Wednesday relaunched "Swachh JNU" mobile app with additional features aimed at seeking students help in dealing with alarming rise of pollution level inside the campus. This free of cost application works on smart phones which is a commonly used gadget by everyone today. This would be a real-time monitoring and reporting system, which would help the entire university community at large, said an official of JNU. This is one among the many initiatives the University has taken to bring efficiency, transparency and overall JNU community welfare. IIRS/ISRO has coordinated this program in collaboration with many other national institutions. This is the first time that such an App is being used in any University system in the country, said in the official.

  • Wed
    Feb
    20
    2019
    Tunisia receives €40 million support from Germany for an E-government program

    Germany provided €40 million to Tunisia for an E-government program, according to a communique published on February 12, 2019, by Tunisia’s ministry of development, investment and international cooperation.

    “The modernization of the administration, a key theme of major reforms, is being implemented by the government”, said Zied Ladhari (photo), Tunisia’s minister of development, investment and international cooperation, indicating that a timeline would be set to conclude technical talks between the various institutions involved and the German partner.

  • Tue
    Feb
    19
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Chalai & Manaveeyam chosen for smart road project in pilot phase

    Smart road project, as part of the Smart city scheme, will be first implemented at Chalai and Manaveeyam.

    Smart city Thiruvananthapuram limited (SCTL) recently held a meeting with road owners and utility providers to reach consensus on the arrangement of water lines, sewer lines, storm water drains, electric lines (HT and LT) and optical fibre cables (OFC). The plan is to convert all roads under area-based development (ABD) into smart roads. SCTL has identified 72.5km roads covering nine wards in ABD area.

  • Tue
    Feb
    19
    2019
    Pakistan Citizen Portal highlighted at World Government Summit

    Pakistan Citizen Portal App was selected amongst the top three apps out of over 4600 entries for an award at the World Government Summit on Monday.

    Reports revealed that the application from Pakistan secured a spot in the top three, from 87 participating countries with over 4,646 entries at the World Government Summit in Dubai in the category of Best Mobile Government Apps.

  • Mon
    Feb
    18
    2019
    Namibian parliament goes digital

    Namibia is set to transform into a paperless parliament, as per e-government and e-parliament policies, from Wednesday 13 February 2019

    Peter Katjavivi, the Namibian speaker of parliament, has announced that the parliament has already made arrangements with its sister parliament, the Parliament of Finland, concerning the development.

  • Sun
    Feb
    17
    2019
    AE: UK learning from UAE e-government model: UK Minister

    Zahawi hailed the innovation culture the UAE government is keen on establishing.

    The United Kingdom is seeking to grow the number of UK universities in the UAE as well as to learn from the UAE e-government programme model, according to Nadhim Zahawi, Member of Parliament and Minister Responsible for Special Education Needs in UK.

  • Sat
    Feb
    16
    2019
    IN: Kerala: ‘E-governance in education to ease things for students’

    While addressing the gathering he also expressed his grief by noting much of the time of the students gets wasted in completing procedures and lining up to buy and fill up application forms.

    “The greatest revolution of our times has been the knowledge explosion, which has changed many of our concepts about education,” said Governor P Sathasivam while inaugurating the e-governance and e-learning system at St Albert’s College, Ernakulam, on Friday.

  • Sat
    Feb
    16
    2019
    VN: Hanoi works with international smart cities and business to build e-government and smart city by 2025

    Hanoi’s authority has exchanged experience with the world’s leading smart city authorities as well as IT corporations

    Hanoi has developed a strategy and roadmap to build smart city by 2025, along with the project titled “The smart city ICT architecture for Hanoi”. Hanoi is developing this smart city with the goal of building an e-government.

  • Sat
    Feb
    16
    2019
    EU: Cities and regions contribute to the development of artificial intelligence

    Ethical guidelines and legislative proposals at European level are urgently needed to ensure that the major socio-economic transformations triggered by artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to a better quality of life for European citizens, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) states in an opinion drafted by Jan Trei (EE/EPP), Mayor of Viimsi Rural Municipality.

    In a recent communication the European Commission sets out a European initiative on AI, aiming to boost the EU's technological and industrial capacity and AI uptake across the economy and to prepare for socio-economic changes it is bringing. However, EU's cities and regions regret that the proposed measures are not enough binding and ambitious and do not cover the public sector at local and regional level.

  • Fri
    Feb
    15
    2019
    Digital transformation of Arab world uncovered in Digital Arabia Network [#DAN] MENA Roadshow

    Lebanese startup scene attracted 10% of investment deals in MENA region in 2018

    The Digital Arabia Network (DAN), in partnership with the Beirut Digital District (BDD), hosted a MENA Roadshow on February 6, 2019, in collaboration with the Lebanese League for Women in Business and the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon. The results of DAN’s first year project were unveiled, highlighting digital transformations across the Arab world, in innovation, education, business, media and research.

  • Fri
    Feb
    15
    2019
    US: Public Records Belong to the Public

    There’s no reason for the federal government to profit from access to court documents.

    One bright spot of the Trump era is a greater public understanding of the rule of law and the institutions and individuals who sustain it.

    But concerned citizens who wish to keep up with court cases — not to mention journalists covering them — face a barrier: the byzantine and overly expensive Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, more commonly known as Pacer.

  • Fri
    Feb
    15
    2019
    Digitilization, Its Impacts and Challenges in Lebanon

    Although digitization in Lebanon generally fares well compared to other countries in the MENA region, this system has not yet been fully embraced by most sectors in the country.

    A report released by the Digital Arabia Network Mapping Project showed that Lebanon has 143 digital actors, the highest number of which, 67, belonging to the business and innovation industries.

  • Thu
    Feb
    14
    2019
    CA: Ontario: Digital Transformation - People, process, then technology

    Second annual Beyond Digital Transformation in Sudbury talks tech for the sake of human lives

    The digital transformation is not as much about tech, as it is about people.

    The overlying theme at the second annual Beyond Digital Transformation conference was on how it is transforming mining for the greater good of the people that work in it.

  • Thu
    Feb
    14
    2019
    Canadians are rightly worried about invasion of privacy in smart cities

    The Conversation) In January 2019, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan argued that privacy concerns about the smart city proposed for Toronto's waterfront should not be allowed to ' reverse 25 years of good, solid work and 40 years of dreaming on the Toronto waterfront.'

    But a recent survey suggests that Canadians have strong concerns about giving up on 50 years of struggle for privacy rights so that Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs , can establish a smart city in Toronto.

  • Thu
    Feb
    14
    2019
    BS: Stakeholders participate in meetings with e-Governance Academy regarding digitization of government services

    In keeping with its thrust towards E-government, the Bahamas Government is hosting meetings with local stakeholders and representatives of e-Governance Academy, Estonia, from February 4-8, 2019.

    The meetings are intended to provide participants with an overview of the impact of digitization on Estonia and the advantages for The Bahamas. It is expected that eventually the Academy will propose the way forward for e-government transformation for The Bahamas.

  • Thu
    Feb
    14
    2019
    CA: Ontario: Markham mayor says city to be a ‘living lab’ for Bell, IBM smart city research

    Bell Canada and IBM Canada Ltd. are teaming up with the Toronto-area city of Markham, Ont., to test a new generation of systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding.

    The six-month research program that starts in April will combine Bell’s broadband networks, IBM data analytics and data from sensors placed in various parts of the city of 355,000 residents, northeast of Toronto.

  • Thu
    Feb
    14
    2019
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore: Water table of Smart City areas to be increased

    Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) would not only erect attractive buildings and launch smart services but it would also recharge underground water level in the areas falling under Smart City project. ISCDL is going to set up modular type of rain water harvesting system to increase underground water level at cost of Rs 6.75 crore.

    “We have invited tenders for the purpose,” said ISCDL chief executive officer Rohan Saxena. ISCDL has invited for construction of modular type rain harvesting system/storm water management using copolymer based cross wave technology. Saxena said they have identified government buildings where this system would be installed.

  • Wed
    Feb
    13
    2019
    TN: Malta wants to boost its IT cooperation with Tunisia

    On February 4, 2019, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (photo), president of the Republic of Malta, during her official visit in Tunisia in the framework of the joint Tunisia-Malta committee expressed her will to see a boost in the cooperation between the two countries, in the IT sector notably. According to Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Malta currently experienced dynamism in various IT segments like the Blockchain; an experience and know-how that could be shared with other countries such as Tunisia.

    In 2014, the European commission's CORDIS presented Malta as one of the IT markets whose development is growing faster than in Europe. The country recorded above-average performances in the E-governance.

  • Wed
    Feb
    13
    2019
    JO: King calls for transparency in appointing gov’t employees

    His Majesty chairs part of Cabinet meeting

    His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday highlighted the importance for appointments in the government to be based on competence and expertise, and to be transparent and just.

    King Abdullah, during a visit to the Prime Ministry where he chaired part of a Cabinet meeting, directed the government to explain its decisions to citizens and to reconsider any appointment that was not based on transparent and fair procedures, according to a Royal Court statement.

  • Wed
    Feb
    13
    2019
    KZ: Expert Council on Digitisation discusses e-government, developing startup culture

    The International Expert Council on Digitisation discussed at its Jan. 31 meeting international practices in digital development, the role of e-government as well as how to nurture young talent and develop a startup culture.

    The gathering also discussed economic sustainability in developing technology and the impact of innovation ecosystems on education and employment.

  • Wed
    Feb
    13
    2019
    DSTI Sierra Leone signs a new partnership with e-Governance Academy of Estonia

    The Government of Sierra Leone wants to use technology to transform Sierra Leone into an innovation nation; in this regard, its Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI Sierra Leone) has secured a new partnership with the e-Governance Academy of Estonia (eGA). The eGA is a global leader for digital transformation for central and local governments.

    DSTI Sierra Leone and eGA have signed a three-year MoU to establish technical collaboration on e-governance for public service delivery and administration in Sierra Leone.

  • Wed
    Feb
    13
    2019
    Smart cities: how can the UK overcome barriers to adoption?

    Although there has been investment in smart technology in a number of cities in the past few years, the UK is still lagging behind world-leaders such as Singapore. Gavin Hepburn, director at ATG Access, discusses how the UK can overcome barriers to adoption

    In its most basic terms, a smart city is a municipality which incorporates technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), GPS tracking and the Internet of Things (IoT), into its physical infrastructure in order to improve public services, make its citizens safer and improve overall quality of life.

  • Tue
    Feb
    12
    2019
    News New software aims to bring transparency to Ukrainian civil service

    The Ukrainian National Civil Service Agency (NACS) has signed 1.5 million US dollar contract for the supply and installation of a Human Resources (and Payroll) Management Information System (HRMIS) for Ukrainian public administration institutions.

    The HRMIS is a modern software that combines and automates a number of HR functions and analytical tools, such as storing employee data, managing payrolls, recruitment, and benefits administration. Importantly, it also provides public access to open data related to the headcount and payroll of public administration institutions.

  • Tue
    Feb
    12
    2019
    European company law: going digital

    A revision of European company law means that establishing and setting up a business could become cheaper and easier.

    An new set of rules to facilitate the digital operation of business procedures under new European company law has been provisionally agreed by EU co-legislators. The new rules aim to save businesses time and money, while increasing safeguards against fraud and abusive behaviour through online identity checks.

  • Tue
    Feb
    12
    2019
    US: Philadelphia establishes SmartCityPHL roadmap, advisory committee

    Dive Brief:

    • The City of Philadelphia's Office of Innovation and Technology officially established a SmartCityPHL advisory committee and unveiled its SmartCityPHL Roadmap on Monday.
    • The smart city roadmap highlights three core strategies: building a strong foundation of policy and infrastructure; creating a strategic process for engagement and partnership; and supporting and sustaining implementation of projects and programs with funding.
    • The SmartCityPHL initiative was originally established in 2017 and has been supported by a $200,000 investment from the Knight Foundation, which serves as a key partner on the city's placemaking and engagement projects.

  • Mon
    Feb
    11
    2019
    CA: The public service’s digital literacy problem

    Digital skills can no longer be seen as just an “IT” thing in government. A baseline level of digital literacy is need for every public servant.

    Let’s take a step back in time 20 years to 1999. Personal computers were becoming more powerful and affordable, and increasingly a common part of work, school, and home life. The Internet as we know it was barely 10 years old. Web pages were starting to populate the World Wide Web at a dizzying rate. Governments were getting into the Internet scene, and Canada was kicking off its Government On-Line initiative, making available online 130 of its most commonly used services, spending $880 million to do it.

  • Mon
    Feb
    11
    2019
    UG: KCCA, S.Korean Software Firm Sign MoU to Implement Smart City Projects

    Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korean software development firm, SR Post Inc. that will facilitate the implementation of KCCA’s Smart City initiatives.

    The MOU was signed between the Acting Executive Director of KCCA, Eng Andrew Kitaka and the chief executive of SR Post, Changyong Oh at City Hall in Kampala.

  • Mon
    Feb
    11
    2019
    Smart City expertise to be provided to KSA development by Orange Business Services

    Al Widyan Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Widyan Co), part of one of the largest publicly listed property developers in KSA, has awarded a Smart City consulting contract to Orange Business Services for a new seven million square metre real estate development (Al Widyan) in Riyadh’s northern growth corridor.

    Under the contract, Orange consultants will define the Smart City services, ICT infrastructure engineering guidelines, the operating model for the development, and the business strategy and options for the open access network.

  • Sun
    Feb
    10
    2019
    CN: Baidu Ramps Up ‘Smart City’ Projects With Second AI Cloud Computing Center

    China's Baidu is planning to establish an artificial intelligence (AI) cloud computing center in the country as the company continues to push through with its "smart city" projects.

    According to Xinhua, the Chinese tech giant is looking to expand its AI programs by building a cloud computing center in Baoding, Hebei Province. The project aims to cater to the residents of the Xiongan New Area as well as other regions in the northern part of the country.

  • Sun
    Feb
    10
    2019
    IN: Globalisation 4.0: World wakes up to the promise of India

    IMF, in its world economic outlook, has forecast India to touch a growth rate of 7.5% in 2019. India’s innovative, creative and economic potential would be realised.

    A GROWTH STORY TO TELL

    Today, as the world’s largest annual gathering of social and political influencers from the world of business, Davos acts as a primer of change, facilitating dialogue amongst international leaders and visionaries. Quickly emerging as a platform to ideate, innovate and drive change at a global scale and throw in the big ideas and the occasional Google moonshots too. With over 2,500 attendees, the context for “trickle-nomics” for the future is influenced here—with multifaceted takeaways, for both international and domestic addresses.

  • Sun
    Feb
    10
    2019
    BH: iGA implementing projects as part of Vision 2030

    he Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive Mohamed Ali AlQaed has announced a series of key projects achieved in the past year (2018), which had mainly and effectively contributed in implementing the Fiscal Balance Programme amongst government’s action plans.

    Mr AlQaed stressed that the Authority pays great attention to implement government directives under the supervision and leadership of Government Executive Committee chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa - the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister – along with directives of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT) - chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak AlKhalifa, Deputy Prime Minister – as well as support of Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla AlKhalifa – Minister of Interior – in raising the efficiency of public services, delivering them with the highest quality standards, speed and accuracy – meeting needs of individuals and entities as well as raising the level of customer satisfaction on delivered services.

  • Sun
    Feb
    10
    2019
    African Countries Should Rethink How They Use E-government Platforms

    More and more governments around the world are turning to electronic methods to deliver services and communicate with citizens via the internet.

    These e-government systems, as they are known, allow people to do a number of things. They can pay for their utilities, or settle their fines. They can register new businesses or vehicles. They are also able to get information from government agencies through emails, SMS messages, and mobile apps.

  • Sat
    Feb
    09
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Hardships unavoidable in implementation of Smart city project, says Minister

    Tamil Nadu Minister for Cooperation ‘Sellur’ K. Raju on Saturday said that some hardship to the public was unavoidable during the rebuilding of Periyar bus stand in Madurai under the Smart Cities Mission.

    Addressing media during the inauguration of a park at Ramanasri Garden in Kovalan Nagar, he said that the public will gladly accept these hardships keeping in mind the development of the city in the long run.

  • Sat
    Feb
    09
    2019
    Italy Takes A Step Forward Regarding Blockchain Developments

    Italy is making some serious headway with regard to its plans concerning blockchain technology. The country recently launched its first blockchain technology regulation, according to TPI News – an Italian media.

    Approved by the Committee of Constitutional Affairs & Public Works of the Italian Senate, this regulation marks an attempt to integrate blockchain technology into the economy of the country.

  • Fri
    Feb
    15
    2019
    Digital transformation of Arab world uncovered in Digital Arabia Network [#DAN] MENA Roadshow

    Lebanese startup scene attracted 10% of investment deals in MENA region in 2018

    The Digital Arabia Network (DAN), in partnership with the Beirut Digital District (BDD), hosted a MENA Roadshow on February 6, 2019, in collaboration with the Lebanese League for Women in Business and the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon. The results of DAN’s first year project were unveiled, highlighting digital transformations across the Arab world, in innovation, education, business, media and research.

  • Fri
    Feb
    08
    2019
    VN: Shared database becomes key to digital-government development in HCMC

    Instruction No.16 issued on May 4, 2017 by the Prime Minister about increasing the ability to approach Industry 4.0 has produced decisive effects on the construction of a digital government in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), with the priority on constructing the digital connection infrastructure, building a strategy for digitization, creating smart administration, developing the digital technology industry.

    The existing e-government in HCMC is still quite incoherent and lacks interoperability. Thanks to Instruction No.16, HCMC can become more active in forming a new and more advantageous government model – the digital government – in order to better operate and manage the to-be smart HCMC in the near future.

  • Fri
    Feb
    08
    2019
    Lebanon's new IT minister to adopt e-government

    The newly appointed Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) Affairs Adel Afiouni said Friday that the priority of his ministry is to create an electronic government in Lebanon, according to Voice of Lebanon radio channel.

    "We need to approve new legislations for the creation of electronic government in Lebanon," Afiouni said.

  • Fri
    Feb
    08
    2019
    Is Minority Report a vision of the future for smart cities?

    John Underkoffler, a design assistant on Minority Report, discusses how smart cities can be designed to benefit residents in the future.

    TechRepublic's James Sanders spoke with Oblong Industries John Underkoffler about how smart cities can be designed to benefit residents in the future.The following is an edited transcript of the interview.

  • Fri
    Feb
    08
    2019
    Tanzania poised become the first total e-govt country in East Africa

    Tanzania is poised to become the first total e-government country in the entire East Africa region, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the President’s Office for Public Service Management and Good Governance, Dr Laurean Ndumbaro has observed.

    He said the e-government in government organisation has improved standard and quality in delivery of public services, adding that working through e-government in internally administration transactions, communications and interrelationships for easy information flow and transfer offers considerable opportunity to increase government capacity.

  • Thu
    Feb
    07
    2019
    PM says Nepal has moved towards digitisation and e-governance

    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the country has already moved ahead towards digital Nepal, e-governance and paperless technology.

    Inaugurating the High Definition (HD) broadcasting of four channels of Nepal Television on the occasion of 34th anniversary of the state run TV station today, Prime Minister said that agriculture, industry, tourism, infrastructure development, energy, education and health sectors of Nepal would be modernised.

  • Thu
    Feb
    07
    2019
    GB: For e-government to flourish, policy-making must change

    If digital government is to succeed, policy staff can no longer reign supreme. They must work as part of multidisciplinary, user-centred teams.

    It is difficult to say when exactly a government becomes “digital.” As a public servant, you could try looking at the UN’s e-Government survey, perhaps, or examine the health of your flagship technology projects. If you are a policy-maker, you know it’s working when your job changes. And if your job isn’t changing, the chances are you are getting in the way of the development of digital government.

  • Wed
    Feb
    06
    2019
    IN: Chandigarh: e-governance in Smart City soon

    All civic services to go online; tenders invited for the project

    For the convenience of residents, e-governance will be introduced in the city, making all civic services such as fire NOC, booking of community halls, birth and death certificate and building plan approval available online.

    This was informed at a meeting chaired by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore.

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