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  • Tue
    Jun
    27
    2017
    EU’s journey of modernising public administration and tackling the challenges of interoperability across different member states

    Ms. Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DIGIT talks about the progress of modernising the EU public administration, working with different member states and more.

    The Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) is the European Commission (EU or the Commission) department or Directorate-General (DG), which is responsible for providing digital services that support other Commission departments and EU institutions in their daily work.  It provides IT and telecommunication equipment and solutions, information systems and infrastructure services for over 33,000 staff in the Commission. Furthermore, DIGIT runs a major IT procurement operation and all the EU Institutions and Agencies have increasingly come to rely on the Commission for their procurement needs in the area of IT. Based in Luxembourg and Brussels, DIGIT employs around 480 full time staff and about 1100 external contractors and it managed a budget of 129M€ in 2016.

  • Tue
    Jun
    27
    2017
    GB: Nexus Commended For Digital Drive

    Nexus Vehicle Rental, the UK’s leading corporate vehicle rental provider, has been recognised as one of the top ecommerce companies in the North as part of a major new report on the region’s tech sector.

    The Top 100 eCommerce Companies in the North report has been compiled by Prolific North with Nexus listed in the top 30 companies, recognised for its fast growth alongside giants of the ecommerce and automotive industry including MoneySuperMarket, Autotrader and The Car Buying Group.

  • Tue
    Jun
    27
    2017
    Colombia outlines digital roadmap, action plans

    Colombia's government announced a series of regulations and proposed measures on Tuesday to boost the digital economy, including the creation of a strategic ICT department and regulation requiring minimum download speeds of 25Mbps by 2019.

    Speaking during a workshop on Colombia's digital economy strategy at the Latin American Telecommunications Congress in Cartagena de Indias, ICT minister David Luna said the government's digital economy roadmap would introduce six regulatory projects, three ICT measures and 11 digital economy actions.

  • Tue
    Jun
    27
    2017
    US: Massachusetts: The Future of CRM and Customer Service: Look to Boston

    Every service request — by phone, mobile app or Boston’s Web portal — becomes a piece of data that can be used to track the city’s performance.

    If traditional, hotline 311 calls and fully staffed call centers are financially unsustainable, then the future of customer service and CRM might be found in the city where the first mobile app was launched. Since that eventful moment, Boston has seen its digital channels grow significantly, expanding 10 percent per year for the past three years, according to CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge. “Today, we are averaging 59 percent of our service requests through digital channels,” he said. “There’s been a dramatic move by our customers from phone to digital.”

  • Mon
    Jun
    26
    2017
    ZW: Zimpost rakes in $3,2m from partnerships

    State-owned postal, courier and ICT services provider, Zimpost, handled international transactions worth $3,2 million in the year to December 2016 through partnerships with international money transfer companies, acting managing director, Sifundo Moyo, said.

    The Zimpost boss said the firm — presently disbursing close to $4 million pension pay-outs on behalf of pension companies —was working on expanding partnerships with non-postal international money transfer companies to push transaction volumes.

  • Mon
    Jun
    26
    2017
    DO: Technology as Innovation: Putting Citizens at Center of Govt

    The world is undergoing major changes, but the challenges also bring technological innovations that allow governments to provide for citizens’ needs.

    Technological innovations are an efficient tool to refocus governance on the citizens who make up the state, and are more necessary than ever to help governments define their administrations and build an open platform to communicate with their citizens. Providing for citizens basic needs and services is the essence of good governance; a public administration that is considered and strives to be called an open government.

  • Mon
    Jun
    26
    2017
    UG: ICT ministry 'to manage all gov’t IT officers'

    "We shall now be managing your recruitment, talent development, promotion and managing your exit as well."

    Cabinet has passed a resolution to have all Information and Communications Technology (ICT) officers from different government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to be managed by the ICT and National Guidance Ministry.

    The ministry’s permanent secretary Vincent Bagiire said the resolution was passed and forwarded to Public Service.

  • Mon
    Jun
    26
    2017
    mGovernment: Reaching the mobile tipping point

    Our lives have become, in many ways, a ‘mobile experience’. We’ve become inseparable from, dependent on and emotionally attached to our devices to the extent that we feel lost without them. Whether for social media, banking, business tasks, buying and selling products, or for identification purposes, mobile devices are an essential part of everyday life. This mobile experience is now part of everyday life for more people than ever before, smartphone penetration has become more prevalent and the management of the identity we use online is now of critical importance – the requirement for using Digital Identities is mounting as the use of them permeates our daily activities: using them both for our personal and professional lives.

    This was clearly demonstrated in a recent research study to forecast and understand customer wants and needs in the year 2025. In December 2016, an independent consumer survey of 1,969 smartphone users globally was carried out by Smart Survey on behalf of Gemalto. This was done to provide insights into what the customer of tomorrow wants and expects, the study surveyed people from three different age groups including the 15-30, 31-49 and the 50+ groups.

  • Sun
    Jun
    25
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima: Officers Hill youth launch smart colony

    In a first of its kind in the State, the Officers Hill Youth Organisation (OHYO), Kohima, launched the ‘Smart Colony: GIS and 3D Map’ – zero budget community project with Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, Rajesh Soundararajan, as the chief guest held at Hotel Urra, Officers Hill, Kohima.

    The present initiative is a unique government and voluntary community participation as well as collaboration, which aims to provide location based address details of the citizens so that correspondences as well as basic public services can be properly delivered at the citizens doorsteps without any hassles of finding address.

  • Sun
    Jun
    25
    2017
    IN: Chhattisgarh: State Govt starts process to implement COSMOS project

    The Chhattisgarh Govern-ment has commenced the process to implement the ‘National Digital System’ (COSMOS) for various schools of the State, officials informed on Saturday.

    The Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) is the nodal agency for implementation of the project.

  • Sun
    Jun
    25
    2017
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Aadhaar centres in wards to meet enrolment target in Dec

    A permanent Aadhaar enrolment centre at ward office level or at any central location for covering every 25,000 population who have not enrolled for the unique identification number and continuous camps in societies and schools are some of the plans lined up in all districts to complete the Aadhaar enrolment process by December this year.

    Pune collector office has decided to cover citizens who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar number by setting up permanent enrolment centres as well as camps in societies. In Pune district, only 91 % coverage has been registered with the district facing some issues regarding renewal of enrolment agencies. The permanent centres will be initiated in the coming fortnight.

  • Sat
    Jun
    24
    2017
    IN: Better city planning: E-governance, efficient public transport a must

    Niti Aayog, in the draft of its 3-year action plan, has suggested steps such as creating adequate living and office space, preventing slum creation, building new cities for increased urbanisation and improved quality of urban life

    Recognising urbanisation as an integral part of economic development in the country, government think-tank Niti Aayog, in the draft of its three-year action plan, has suggested a number of actionable points for the Centre and the states to facilitate this facet of economic transformation. These points include key deliverables for programmes such as Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities Mission, and promotion of efficient and sustainable public transport.

  • Sat
    Jun
    24
    2017
    IN: Thomson Reuters inks pact with NSDL e-Governance to offer joint GST solution

    Thomson Reuters and NSDL e-Governance, one of the pioneers of e-governance in the country, have agreed to offer an integrated Goods and Services Tax (GST) proposition for large and mid-sized corporations in India.

    Based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Friday, the duo claim that this solution will enable seamless calculation and filing of returns under the new tax regime. Additionally, Thomson Reuters and NSDL e-Gov have also agreed to collaborate to leverage Thomson Reuters Onesource Determination solution to provide value added services, including validation services, for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) segment.

  • Sat
    Jun
    24
    2017
    Estonia and Finland establish nonprofit for developing X-Road

    Estonia and Finland have established a nonprofit association titled Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS) to develop the X-Road data exchange layer in information systems, which allows databases and registers to communicate securely, reports LETA/BNS.

    The institute that is aimed at making data exchanges between the two countries significantly more effective will be headquartered in Tallinn.

  • Sat
    Jun
    24
    2017
    JO: Cabinet asks ministries to prepare for e-service

    The Council of Ministers has directed ministries and concerned entities to start preparation to switch to electronic service in implementation of last week's cabinet order to stop paperwork and begin providing ten services online to the public as of Jan. 1, 2018.

    Among these are land registration, the issuance of professional licenses, payment of land tax and traffic violations, the issuance of non-conviction certificates, renewal of vehicle licenses and social security services.

  • Fri
    Jun
    23
    2017
    BZ: One standard motor vehicle registration and license system to be implemented

    For the most part, the process of acquiring any form of driver’s license or vehicle registration has been anything but a uniform and cohesive process. Up until now, there were 9 different systems for the 9 different municipalities but since the latest Belizean-Taiwanese venture, all of that will change. The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been the spearhead in this USD $2.8 million project. The project is a 4-year joint partnership on e-government so that the Belizean citizenry will be able to enjoy a more effective and efficient transport service.

    On June 8, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Taiwanese Ambassador, H. E. Charles K. Y. Liu, and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight of the Ministry of Finance. The MoU is for the e-government initiative “Belize Motor Vehicle Registration and License System” (BMVRALS). The intent of the 4-year-project is to make the current, decentralized system one that will be integrated and centralized by the end of its two phases. The current systems work independent of each other leaving room for inefficient record management and data sharing. The new system will be implemented in the entire country to digitize transport services.

  • Fri
    Jun
    23
    2017
    Estonian digital signature used to sign a memorandum with the European Space Agency

    For the first time, the European Space Agency has used the Estonian digital signature solution to sign a memorandum – and naturally, the document was between the ESA and Estonia.

    Jan Woerner, the director general of the space agency, and Urve Palo, the Estonian minister of entrepreneurship and information technology, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communications Technology collaboration on 13 June. According to the space agency, it was the first digital signature signed at the ESA.

  • Fri
    Jun
    23
    2017
    US: 311: From a Hotline to a Platform for Citizen Engagement

    The days when cities offered a three-digit hotline service have been eclipsed by what might be called the Amazon era, where customer service is paramount.

    Boston, a city of nearly 650,000, launched in 2009 what is probably the first mobile app for 311 services. BOS:311, formerly called Citizens Connect, allows anyone to request a variety of services using their smartphone and an Internet connection. The app even allows them to take photos of a pothole, geotag its location, and forward to the city so workers can quickly find and fix the problem. Today, the data collected from 311, whether from the app or from regular phone calls, helps the city not only decide how it should improve services, but it also can figure out who needs those services more, and if they aren’t getting the right services, why not.

  • Thu
    Jun
    22
    2017
    US: 4 Ways HR (and Other Departments) Can Use Social Media

    It’s not always obvious how an internal department can benefit from social media.

    I hear this all the time: “If I’m the human resources rep for my agency, wouldn’t I just send everyone an email to let them know about programs and deadlines? Why would I use an external social media site?” These questions are understandable, as it is not always obvious how an internal department such as human resources can benefit from embracing social media. Let me try to make you a believer.

  • Thu
    Jun
    22
    2017
    IR: Isfahan: Kashan Citizenship Card Among WeGO Top 5

    Kashan Citizenship Card has been selected among the top five projects lined up for the third WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards, the mayor of the historic city in Isfahan Province announced.

    “According to the Secretariat of Awards, Kashan Citizenship Card, along with other top projects, has been recognized on the WeGO website and will be cited in a top ICT journal,”Seyyed Mohammad Nazem Razavi was also quoted as saying by Kashan Municipality’s official website.

  • Thu
    Jun
    22
    2017
    First digital signature between ESA and Estonia on ICT collaboration for Space

    As part of of ESA’s 268th council on 13 June, Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia, and Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, digitally signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communications Technology collaboration. It is the first digital signature performed at ESA.

    “I am happy to see that the digital signature has found its way to the European Space Agency,” noted Ms Palo. “I and every other Estonian use it on a daily basis, saving up to five working days per year by this solution."

  • Thu
    Jun
    22
    2017
    IN: Smart city mission: 0.87% of Chandigarh in area, Sec 43 corners 87% of fund

    The sector, which covers an area of just one sq km , has a population of 12,000

    A whopping Rs 4,932.5 crore of the proposed total investment of Rs 5,654.89 crore under the Area Based Development (ABD) of Smart City Mission is to be spent on Sector 43, a 1 square kilometre of Chandigarh’s total area of 114 sq km.Sector 43 has a population of about 12,000 people, but 87.2 per cent of the total funds would be spent on this sector, under the ABD.

  • Thu
    Jun
    22
    2017
    Liberians urged to uphold strong integrity

    The chief of party of Digital Liberia E-Government Project is emphasizing here that if Liberia will be a better place, it means every citizen should be honest, trustworthy and sincere in whatever position he or she occupies in public service.

    Madam RieLukowski spoke recently at the 5th ConsultativeMeeting of KvinnaTilKvinna or TK Liberia, urging Liberians to become standard bearers of building integrity, because it’s very significant to the rebuilding process of the country.She explains that the aim and objective of the meeting was to learn more about integrity, understanding the importance of being a person with integrity and how integrity is linked to unity and culture.

  • Wed
    Jun
    21
    2017
    Bahrain to introduce cloud computing

    Deputy Premier, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa chaired the meeting of the High Information and Communication Committee, at the Gudaibiya Palace today.

    Deputy Premier, HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, and Deputy Premier, Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, and committee members attended the meeting.

  • Wed
    Jun
    21
    2017
    US: Cities Turn to Public Input to Shape Open Data Policy

    Transparency advocates hope tech-based collaborations will become a permanent part of the lawmaking process.

    In recent weeks, four cities have begun to actively solicit public input as they draft or hone open data policies — a practice that government transparency advocates hope could one day grow from the niche realm of open data into a routine part of all lawmaking practices.

  • Wed
    Jun
    21
    2017
    S. Korea taps deeper into South American e-government market

    A South Korean government delegation will visit Brazil and Peru next week to promote its electronic government systems, the ministries of interior and foreign affairs said Wednesday.

    The team led by a senior official of the Ministry of the Interior plan to visit the South American countries through Tuesday.

    In Peru, the delegation plans to hold talks with senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. It is also scheduled to hold sessions to train Peruvian civil servants on the use of e-government.

  • Tue
    Jun
    20
    2017
    Saudi Arabia ranks highest in perception of E-government services improvement: Survey

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranks top on the highest net perception of service improvement over the past two years globally and ranks third in terms of the highest level of frequency in e-government usage, with 32.6% more Saudi citizens using these services more often, the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) 2016 Digital Government Survey showed. The survey, which was based on 13,570 individual responses across 21 countries and 26 digital government services, benchmarks citizen perspectives on their use of digital channels for government services.

  • Tue
    Jun
    20
    2017
    AE: Satisfaction with e-government rising, but usability issues persist

    BCG survey shows growing adoption and satisfaction with online government services

    Users of online government services in the UAE report high levels of satisfaction, but three quarters are suffering from usability problems, according to a survey by Boston Consulting Group.

    The 2016 Digital Government Survey showed that the UAE ranked fourth overall worldwide in satisfaction with online government services, and that there has been a 39.5% growth in the number of users accessing government services at least once per week over the past two years.

  • Tue
    Jun
    20
    2017
    IN: North Delhi civic body relaunches website, offers e-mutation facility for taxpayers

    A major new feature of the website is the facility for residents to apply for mutation or change of name in property tax records online

    The BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday launched its new-look website with added features even as its mayor asserted that the move would promote e-governance and reduce the scope for corruption.

    A major new feature of the website is the facility for residents to apply for mutation or change of name in property tax records online.

  • Mon
    Jun
    19
    2017
    Jamaica to be first total e-governance country in region

    Jamaica is now poised to become the first total e-government society in this region.

    This means that the country will be operating as a digital society where all public services are accessed online.

    The plan was announced Friday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness who said that a new National Identification System (NIDS) will serve as the main platform for e-governance locally.

  • Mon
    Jun
    19
    2017
    NG: S/Korea offers N158m for e-govt training centre

    South Korea, through its agency for international cooperation (KOICA), has offered N158m ($500,000) for the renovation of e-government training centre, sited at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN).

    The country’s ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-duk, at the kickoff ceremony in Abuja, said the gesture was to institutionalise e-government system in Nigeria.

  • Mon
    Jun
    19
    2017
    UAE ranks top in satisfaction for online govt services

    The UAE has the second highest net perception of service improvement over the past two years globally and ranks first in terms of the highest levels of satisfaction for services in comparison to the private sector, a report said.

    About 39.5 per cent more UAE citizens are using these services more often, according to the 2016 Digital Government Survey published by The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG), a global management consultancy.

  • Sun
    Jun
    18
    2017
    Estonia to help Jamaica establish its region’s first e-government system

    With the help of Estonia, the tiny island nation of Jamaica is looking to establish its region’s first e-government system.

    The Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness, said in a statement that his administration was committed to establishing the first fully digitised government system in the region.

  • Sat
    Jun
    17
    2017
    PK: Examining Punjab’s e-Governance claims

    The e-governance has shaken the bygone rudimentary modus operandi of governance and administration; where it has made it more accessible for the commoners to reach out to the people on the helm of affairs, that too with just a few button clicks. The service delivery ought to get better in terms of efficiency and expediency. Even though the e-governance seems to have been implemented in the most populated province of the country, Punjab, through the e-Khidmat centers that purportedly aim to change the culture of waiting in hour-long queues, the optics are farfetched from actuality.

    Giving the semblance of improvement in service delivery won’t work only with the development of digital platforms. Smart phone applications, Chief Minister’s complaint cells and other similar web portals won’t suffice if the redressing infrastructure is weak. Without a shadow of doubt, mainstreaming the use of ICT in the field of governance is a hallmark of the 21st century, bringing about genuine across-the-board democratisation in terms of accessibility to the public institutions. Yet, the intent behind the overhaul holds promise if the potentates desire to empower the citizens down to the household level.

  • Sat
    Jun
    17
    2017
    TH: Deputy PM pushes support for e-Gov in Phuket

    Deputy Prime Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Janthong arrived in Phuket yesterday (June 9) to promote a roadshow highlighting the government’s move towards providing cloud-based e-services

    At the public launched for the “Gov Channel Roadshow 2017: Digital Local Government”, held at the Novotel Phuket Phokeethra hotel in Phuket Town, ACM Prajin said, “Phuket as a Smart City is to be a role model for other provinces, with technological infrastructure developed to make people’s digital lives easier.”

  • Fri
    Jun
    16
    2017
    BY: South Korean company invited to co-develop Belarus' paperless trade system

    Belarus has an interest in developing a national paperless trade system in cooperation with the Korea Trade Network company (KTNET), Belarus Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said as he met with KTNET Director General Jin-Hyun Han on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

    According to Vladimir Semashko, promotion of relations with Seoul is of great importance for Belarus. The Republic of Korea is ranked 1st in the global ICT Development Index. “ICT development is one of Belarus' major goals. We hope that South Korean partners will help Belarus' e-government and paperless trade system emerge,” the deputy prime minister remarked. The South Korean side has already explored current Belarus' potential for establishing a national paperless trade system and nearly accomplished a feasibility study of the project.

  • Thu
    Jun
    15
    2017
    IN: BIZGURU, a One-stop Solution for Small Businesses and Traders

    Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), the country’s largest trade body, Acer, one of the largest PC companies in the worldand Tally Solutions, India’s leading business software provider,today announced the launch of “BIZGURU”, a one-stop plug and playbusinesssolution for all accounting and GST compliance needs. BizGurucomes withAcer’s world-renowned PC products and pre-installed Tally.ERP 9, the country’s preferredbusiness software.The initiative is supported by CAIT, who have been helping Indian traders embrace new technology for the last decade.

  • Thu
    Jun
    15
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Agri launches app development drive

    he Agriculture department of Nagaland is gradually meeting with the age of digital technology. A program launching a drive for development of mobile applications, or apps, of the National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) was held in the APC Conference hall on June 7.

    YM Yolow, parliamentary secretary for Agriculture was the chief guest of the event, a press release from the department of Agriculture stated on Wednesday. During the formal programme, the chief guest declared the project for development of mobile applications “open.” He said that five mobile apps meant for agriculture and allied departments that were identified and recommended by the committee have been ‘officially awarded’ to the department of Information technology & Communication from the day the memorandum of understanding was signed i.e., May 16.

  • Thu
    Jun
    15
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Yolow launches development of mobile Apps under NeGPA

    Parliamentary secretary for agriculture Y.M Yolow on Wednesday launched the programme for development of Mobile Apps under National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) at APC conference hall as chief guest.

    A press note by joint director Agriculture, Letkholal Hangshing stated that chief guest during his speech said the recent advancement of technology had brought the world closer, but added that it had both merits and demerits. He therefore called upon the agriculture and allied department to take advantage of the mobile apps that could be developed.

  • Wed
    Jun
    14
    2017
    US: Agencies in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota Make Strides in Federated ID Management, Single Sign-On

    State and local agencies are evaluating federated identity concepts as a way to become more business-friendly and potentially forge a unified citizen document stream.

    Full partnerships will take time to develop, but state and county agencies are exploring expanding ideas of teamwork beyond traditional notions of collaboration, and looking at concepts of federated identity that could lead to active, secure information sharing later this year.

  • Wed
    Jun
    14
    2017
    US: 5 Steps Agencies Can Take to Prepare for Pitfalls in the Cloud (Industry Perspective)

    There still isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to the public cloud, but agencies shouldn't panic. 2017-06-14 00:08:00 The merits of cloud have long been a point of discussion. Is a public or private cloud more preferable? What should government consider versus the private sector when using a cloud-based content delivery network (CDN)?

  • Tue
    Jun
    13
    2017
    Report: India has world's highest useage of biometrics

    A new report has found that India has the highest usage of biometrics per person, thanks to its Aadhaar unique ID scheme.

    India now leads globally in the adoption of biometrics techniques, according to HSBC's recent Trust in Technology report.

  • Tue
    Jun
    13
    2017
    Digital Innovation in Latin America: How Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have been experimenting with E-participation

    Overcoming state dependence may be crucial for digital innovations to transform democracy by engaging more citizens in the political process.

    Latin America has always been a region of deep contradictions, and this is especially true when one considers its politics and democracy. Despite its authoritarian past that continues to show through in some political practices and institutions, the region has experimented with democracy in very innovative ways in recent years. Likewise, whereas the region still suffers from deep social inequality and is not yet free from poverty and hunger, Latin America is the world’s third largest regional online market and its internet penetration rate is above the world’s average, half of which is due to intense smartphone usage.

  • Tue
    Jun
    13
    2017
    Unified ID card for transacting with city government and merchants in Makati City, Philippines

    The card will be used for direct and real-time crediting of salaries and benefits to linked mobile cash wallets of employees, health beneficiaries, senior citizens, and students.

    The city government of Makati City in Philippines (a part of Metro Manila)has launched the Makatizen Card, which will allow the city’s 500,000 residents to access city government services and transact with the city government. They can receive cash allowances, stipends, and other cash benefits using the Card. They can also use their cards to pay fees and taxes, as well as for personal remittances and other financial transactions. City government employees can use their Makatizen Card to receive salaries and allowances.

  • Mon
    Jun
    12
    2017
    Array of local cloud services will spur faster digitisation of SA Inc

    The launch of various local cloud platforms is a defining moment in the digitisation of companies and governments across the continent, says Peter Reid, Executive Head of Intervate South Africa, a T-Systems company.

    The launch of various local cloud platforms is a defining moment in the digitisation of companies and governments across the continent, says Peter Reid, Executive Head of Intervate South Africa, a T-Systems company.

  • Mon
    Jun
    12
    2017
    NG: KOICA holds e-govt training on ‘project planning & devt’

    The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in partnership with Federal Ministry of Communications, Public Service Institute of Nigeria and Ministry of Budget and National Planning, has begun training government officials on “Project Planning and Development Course”, as part of its on-going e-Government Capacity Building programme for Nigerian public servants.

    This is in light of the e-Government Master Plan which is expected to be approved by the Federal Executive Council and should in turn lead to various implementation of e-Government projects across the country.

  • Mon
    Jun
    12
    2017
    US: California: Citizen Service Center In-A-Box Makes Pasadena, Calif.’s 311 Phone System Mobile

    A grab-and-go mobile communications set-up ensures that one California city can be there for residents during an emergency.

    What do you get when a major windstorm hits a 100-plus-year-old city? A recipe for disaster. That’s what Pasadena, Calif., city officials faced in 2011 when severe gusts of wind toppled hundreds of trees and snapped traffic signals in half. The city launched its Emergency Operations Center according to procedure and began receiving 311 calls from residents who needed help. While operations went smoothly, it brought up an important question for city officials: what happens if we can’t access our emergency facilities in the event of an emergency? That question led to the development of Pasadena’s Citizen Service Center (CSC) In-A-Box to ensure emergencies don’t get in the way of residents’ ability to reach out to the city for help.

  • Mon
    Jun
    12
    2017
    US: 3 Tips for Designing Municipal Tools with Employees in Mind

    While many cities offer technical tools to municipal workers, many are not well suited to employees’ needs.

    A number of years ago, a Midwestern state rolled out a comprehensive procurement system that allowed state employees to identify purchases based on 1,400 different categories. However, despite the specificity built into the system, the state was surprised to find that 20 percent of procurements were marked as “other.” The problem was not that there were not enough categories, but rather that state employees did not want to scroll through all 1,400 to find the right one.

    This is all too typical an occurrence in city government. While many cities offer a host of technical tools to municipal workers, many are not well suited to employees’ needs. These types of problems underscore the value of human-centered design, a process in which the needs of end users are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process.

  • Mon
    Jun
    12
    2017
    US: Visualization Takes Open Data to the Next Level

    An in-depth look at five interactive websites that offer fresh views of data.

    When Stephen Goldsmith was deputy mayor of New York City in 2010 and 2011, the city was working on processes to make data available to the public. “We have now gone from fulfilling that transparency goal, which has its own value, to thinking more fully about open data in its role for creating better community outcomes,” he said. That means considering how a sister agency could use data or how community groups could use it to identify and solve problems in their own neighborhood.

    “You begin to think about data as driving value, as contrasted to data as transparency for its own sake,” he said. “Then visualization becomes critical. In fact, data without visualization is barely open data at all.”

  • Sun
    Jun
    11
    2017
    IN: Arunachal CM discusses connectivity with Telecom minister

    Pointing out that the existing IT network was not fully reliable, the chief minister said the urgency of having a good OFC network was necessary for GST to be implemented in the state.

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Union Minister Manoj Sinha in New Delhi to discuss issues related to telecom connectivity in the state.

    Khandu informed the Union Minister of State for Communications yesterday that the state government was emphasising on e-governance and m-governance while apprising him of the need for robust optical fibre connectivity (OFC) augmented with microwave towers and VSATs, an official release said on Saturday.

  • Sun
    Jun
    11
    2017
    KNET partners with Gemalto to strengthen Kuwait's on-line transaction security

    Gemalto has been selected by KNET, Kuwait’s national shared electronic banking service company, and jointly owned by 11 Kuwait’s banking institutions, to supply its confirm authentication server.

    Gemalto’s solution generates one-time passwords for online authentication, enabling millions of safe etransactions in the country via the KNET epayment gateway and delivering a step change in fraud protection. The secure platform is highly customisable and it can support a wide range of authentication and signing methods. Starting with SMS OTP, it will ultimately enable banks to expand towards Gemalto Mobile Protector and Secure Messenger solutions.

  • Sun
    Jun
    11
    2017
    GE: Land grab: Governments may be big backers of the blockchain

    In the hills overlooking Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, sits a nondescript building housing rows of humming computer servers. The data centre, operated by the BitFury Group, a technology company, was built to “mine” (cryptographically generate) bitcoin, the digital currency. But now it also uses the technology underlying bitcoin, called the “blockchain”, to help secure Georgian government records. Experts are eyeing the experiment for proof of whether blockchain technology could alter the infrastructure of government everywhere.

  • Sat
    Jun
    10
    2017
    IN: Centre assures support for robust telecom connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh

    Union Minister of State for Communications (Independent), Manoj Sinha assured the Arunachal Pradesh Govt of his full support for a robust telecom connectivity in state informing that the central government has set the target of connecting over 2.5 lakh gram panchayats under the Bharat Netproject with the aim to provide 2-20 Mbps bandwidth to individual houses. The assurance came when Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on the Union Minister here on Friday.

    Informing on steps being taken for improving mobile connectivity in Arunachal, the Union Minister said that BSNL will roll out 1893 mobile towers to provide 2G internet service and seamless mobile coverage across the state.

  • Sat
    Jun
    10
    2017
    BD: Not for mobile handsets

    The government plans to deliver all digital services through mobile phone by 2021, but in reality, they have increased customs duty on mobile handsets in the four consecutive fiscal years including the proposed budget for 2017-18.

    According to the country's seventh five-year plan, all e-governance services will be available on mobile platform. Finance Minister AMA Muhith in his budget presentation also reiterated the government's importance on digitisation.

  • Sat
    Jun
    10
    2017
    TH: TOT upbeat on village schedule

    The government has completed the first batch of broadband network construction for around 3,000 villages on schedule.

    TOT will implement the network for 24,700 villages throughout the country with an investment of 15 billion baht, with the remaining 21,700 to be done by year-end, said TOT president Monchai Noosong.

  • Fri
    Jun
    09
    2017
    IN: Smart city projects need to get their e-gov models right: UST Global executives

    Say going digital should be seen as a process with incremental steps

    Proposed smart cities would need to get their e-governance model right to justify the big expectations built around them, say top honchos at digital technology services provider UST Global.

    A smart city is far from being a greenfield project, say Alexander Varghese, Chief Administrator and Country Head, and Hari Chandrasekaran, VP and Global Head, Public Sector.

  • Fri
    Jun
    09
    2017
    US: Online Voting Is Inevitable, But Will It Impact Turnout?

    In a new "Predicting Our Future" podcast, entrepreneur Andrew Weinreich looks at voting via the Internet and the two essential questions that remain unanswered: whether more people will vote and what the risks are.

    Public agencies across the United States are already evaluating online voting. And while casting a vote via the Web may not be an all-inclusive answer, it's certainly a potential solution to our democracy’s far greater problem of low voter turnout, according to the creator of a new podcast on the issue.

  • Fri
    Jun
    09
    2017
    ACP: Why Developing Countries Strive to Embrace e-Governance

    Following are extensive excerpts from the opening remarks by the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) at the high-level E-Governance Conference on 30 May 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Many institutions and organizations (public and private) in developing countries, such as ACP (the African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries, have embraced the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to address the various opportunities and challenges in the context of their respective development strategies.

  • Fri
    Jun
    09
    2017
    LI: National ICT Broadband Backbone Will Expedite Development

    Thomas Wesseh Doe, founder and chief executive officer of WESAGROCOM, Inc., an ICT (information communication technology) and real estate company, says there is the need for a national network that would ensure connectivity in all fifteen counties of Liberia.

    In a recent interview at the Daily Observer office in Paynesville, Mr. Doe said the implementation of a national network will ensure effective communication across counties as well as improve government’s service delivery.

  • Thu
    Jun
    08
    2017
    Thailand up in competitiveness ranking

    Thailand saw a slight improvement in its competitiveness ranking, moving up from 28 last year to 27 this year, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2017 released late Tuesday.

    The top five economies of the 63 rated this year are: Hong Kong, Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Netherlands.

  • Thu
    Jun
    08
    2017
    EU to provide Wi-Fi to everyone everywhere in Europe

    Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council reached an agreement to launch the WiFi4EU initiative aimed at bringing high-quality wireless internet access to at least 6,000-8,000 local communities. It has a total provisional budget of upto €120m until 2020 and will provide internet access for locals, visitors and tourists in parks, squares, libraries or public buildings.

    “This agreement shows that Europe can be practical and useful in citizens’ everyday life”, declared MEP Anne Sander, the EPP Group’s spokeswoman in the report ‘Promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities’.

  • Thu
    Jun
    08
    2017
    JO: King follows up on progress in public sector development

    His Majesty says those who hinder plans will be held accountable

    His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday said that those who hinder plans to improve the performance of the public sector and other economic programmes would be held accountable.

    He told a meeting of officials tasked with implementing public sector development policies that the performance of each official would be evaluated in accordance with the size of achievement and in case of failure to accomplish the tasks vested in them.

  • Wed
    Jun
    07
    2017
    African ICT leaders seeking ideas in Estonia

    Estonia is clearly punching above its weight when it comes to e-services, African ICT leaders attending the Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2017 told daily Postimees.

    One of the conference's highest-ranking guests was African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, effectively the counterpart of European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Andrus Ansip, Postimees wrote.

  • Wed
    Jun
    07
    2017
    PK: Over 5,000 officials trained on e-governance system

    Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT) has provided training to more than 5,000 staff of different government departments on e-governance system, launched to ensure accuracy, transparency and accountability in decision making.

    In this regard, workshops are being conducted to give orientations regarding e-office to officials and familiarize them with good practices and measures already taken by MoIT.

  • Wed
    Jun
    07
    2017
    US: Digital Age: Local Governments, App-Based Economy Are Clashing

    The more our commerce moves to app-based, peer-to-peer hookups for rooms, rides and other things, those transactions slip further beyond government control to protect us from rip-offs and danger.

    I want to rent out a room near the Plaza to the occasional traveler. What’s it to you?

    I’m gonna make a few extra bucks giving people rides home from Westport. What do you care?

  • Tue
    Jun
    06
    2017
    MyEG on track for another record year with strong growth

    MY EG Services Bhd (MyEG) looks set for another record financial year with a double-digit growth, having delivered a 63% growth in earnings to RM53.9mil for the third quarter ended March 31, 2017.

    That raised its nine-month earnings to RM142.03mil, up 55% compared to the same period in the preceding financial year, according to the e-Government service provider’s latest interim financial report to the stock exchange.

  • Tue
    Jun
    06
    2017
    ClearGov Launches Budget Portals, Comparison Tools for Every Municipality in the U.S.

    The startup has gone nationwide.

    After initially rolling out spending portals and comparison tools in selected states, ClearGov has now taken its services nationwide — nigh-comprehensively.

    “We have built transparency profiles for every city, town, village, borough, etc., in the country,” ClearGov CEO Chris Bullock told Government Technology via email.

  • Tue
    Jun
    06
    2017
    US: California: Seeing Past Light Poles: Plotting a Smart City Strategy

    San Leandro, Calif., is drafting a fiber-optic master plan — an effort sparked by an upgrade to LED streetlights.

    Can a city of 90,000 people be smart? San Leandro, Calif., just 20 miles from San Francisco, is poised to find out. And based on efforts so far, there's reason for optimism.

    The city is well positioned to capitalize on connected technologies because of its 28-mile fiber-optic loop that provides speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. Developed through a unique public-private partnership between the city and a local software entrepreneur, Lit San Leandro now connects more than 250 businesses.

  • Tue
    Jun
    06
    2017
    EE: Kaljulaid: E-governance now a vital commodity in global information society

    On Tueday morning, President Kersti Kaljulaid delivered the opening remarks at the two-day Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2017, which has brought together participants from 115 countries around the world.

    "A quarter of a century ago, when Estonia restored its independent statehood, we were a poor country," Kaljulaid said in her opening remarks as published by the Office of the President. "The crucial question stood in front of us — how to overcome the legacy left to us by the Soviet occupation? Our response was — we need to build up a modern, efficient and democratic state. Radical reforms were carried out in all walks of life. The forward-looking idea was to harness the innovative potential of information and communication technology (ICT). Neither we nor anyone else knew 20 years ago how important the internet and ICT would become and what role it would play in the organization of state and society.

  • Mon
    Jun
    05
    2017
    IN: Chhattisgarh postal department launches e-services

    With a view to ensure proper implementation of e-governance under Digital India Mission, the state postal department has launched Postman Mobile App and Nodal Parcel Delivery and Rural Information Communication and Technology (RICT). Under this, 42 post offices across the state will be able to use this app.

    According to the information, the Postman Mobile App will be started in four districts including Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur and Raigarh. The postal e-services involves computerization and digitisation thereby connecting all the post offices including those in rural areas of Chhattisgarh.

  • Mon
    Jun
    05
    2017
    Nigeria plans to build ICT university

    Nigeria’s communication minister Adebayo Shittu says the country plans to establish an university of ICT. Shittu said that facilities at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will be used to achieve this objective, reports Today.ng. Shittu said the ministry will be inviting companies like Motorola and Facebook to come and adopt campuses, bringing in money, technology and skills.

  • Mon
    Jun
    05
    2017
    Microsoft Vietnam helps Nha Trang to develop as a smart city

    Microsoft Vietnam has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee to develop the south-central beach city of Nha Trang into a smart city with a particular focus on tourism.

    The cooperation between the two parties is to be implemented from now to 2020 in six fields: infrastructure development; IT application in provincial e-government; IT application in tourism and planning; IT application in education, healthcare, transport, agriculture, e-commerce and industry; training and development of IT human resources; and solutions for information security network safety and intellectual property issues.

  • Mon
    Jun
    05
    2017
    LK: Govt. urged to opt for e-procurement and save public funds

    The Sri Lankan government should implement an e-procurement system that would save large amounts of money for the government. Further, it could be used for the betterment of the public, Verité Research analyst Rehana Mohammed, said.

    "E-procurement will provide major efficiency gains for both government agencies and suppliers. It can significantly ease the administrative burden on government agencies in managing the tender process. For example, they can publish tenders, register suppliers, and process bids through a single online platform," Mohammed told The Island Financial Review.

  • Sun
    Jun
    04
    2017
    US: Indiana: Jefferson County: Rural school telehealth clinics boost medical access

    New initiative takes advantage of recent legislation easing telemedicine restrictions

    In the past, students at Southwestern Jefferson County Schools who needed to see a doctor had to leave class and take a 25 minute drive to the nearest hospital.

    But not anymore.

  • Sun
    Jun
    04
    2017
    US: Illinois: HSHS St. John’s serves region through telemedicine services

    It was only two weeks ago that Scott Friese suffered a stroke that could have killed him or left him permanently disabled.

    The Shelby County resident survived, and expects to experience no lasting side effects, in part because his symptoms emerged about 12:30 p.m. when he sat down at a Mother’s Day brunch in Effingham surrounded by people who noticed he looked ill.

  • Sat
    Jun
    03
    2017
    China’s Cybersecurity Law and Draft Implementation Rules

    The law applies to all “network operators” and introduces cybersecurity mechanisms.

    On November 7, 2016, the Chinese government released a draft version of the Cybersecurity Law (CSL) that will govern China’s cyberspace effective June 1, 2017. The CSL declares the Chinese government’s sovereign authority over the construction, operation, maintenance, and usage of networks in China. It also introduces various mechanisms that the government will use to oversee cybersecurity, such as a multitiered cyber protection scheme, a security review for network products and services, and a security assessment for the cross-border transmission of data, and contains some provisions related to personal data protection.

  • Sat
    Jun
    03
    2017
    AE: Dubai Wants to Use Data to Become the 'Happiest City on Earth'

    Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr, director of Smart Dubai, tells us about the city's efforts to harvest customer data to improve government services. But who defines what happiness is?

    Dubai doesn't ever do anything halfway. They've got the tallest skyscrapers in the world, police that drive Lamborghinis, resorts on man made islands, and profound income inequality. In that spirit, city officials are now working on connecting and digitizing all aspects of urban life into a single platform. The goal is to make Dubai the most efficient and "happiest" city on Earth. Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr, the director general of Smart Dubai—the office overseeing this grand plan—sat down with Motherboard at the Smart Cities NYC 2017 conference to explain it all.

  • Fri
    Jun
    02
    2017
    IN: NDA@3: Twitter Seva gives e-governance big boost

    Three years into its term, the Narendra Modi government has made its mark on social media.

    A quick look at statistics shows that not only has PM Modi's following gone up seven fold since 2014, but e-governance initiatives by various ministries have enabled many citizens to resolve problems by registering complaints through Twitter.

  • Fri
    Jun
    02
    2017
    IN: Now get your CBSE documents verified & attested online with eSanad

    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has become the first education board in the country to partner with the Ministry of External Affairs in a landmark e-initiative ‘eSanad’ which will facilitate online attestation of academic documents of Indian students aspiring to go aboard for higher education or employment.

    A centralised CBSE digital repository of academic records ‘Parinam Manjusha’ was launched in September last year. This can be now used by employers and educational institutions to verify students’ academic records online.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2017
    Indian government makes biometrics mandatory for e-projects

    The Indian government has made biometrics a mandatory consideration for all electronic government projects.

    In recently issued guidance notes for e-government implementation, consultant procurement and private/public partnerships, the central government has stated that it will encourage RFP applicant contractors to utilize biometric standards. Biometric standards include: fingerprint images, minutiae, face images and iris data.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2017
    Test driving the ultimate connected society: (E-)stonia

    A tiny Baltic country tries to automate everything smartly.

    This former Soviet republic thinks of itself as a country in the cloud and its politicians think of its government as a service.

    The newly independent Estonia maximized its legacy as the home of the Soviet Institute of Cybernetics, betting big on high tech and startups to counter a flatlining 1990s economy. By the turn of the century, all Estonian schools were online, and today students as young as 5 learn coding skills through a course called “Programming Tiger.” That knowledge base is complemented by a mandatory electronic ID card system that gave digital public services the benefit of scale from the beginning, said Gunnar Njålsson, a research expert in public technology management.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2017
    CY: Our View: All talk, slow action on e-government

    Cyprus lags well behind the majority of the EU member-states in digital skills and fast internet connections. A workshop dealing with electronic communications, held last week, observed that Cyprus is among the EU’s weakest countries as far as the digital economy was concerned.

    According to the Digital Economy Social Index (Desi), cited by electronic communications commissioner Giorgos Michaelides Cyprus ranked 25th in the EU in digital banking, 26th in e-commerce and 25th in the development of businesses through technology.” We were 24th in the number of people with specific knowledge in electronic communications and last in the number of science graduates.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2017
    AU: Outsourcing risk: lessons learned from eCensus procurement

    When last year’s eCensus became the target of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, the Australian Bureau of Statistics needed to brace itself for scrutiny and analysis of what went wrong for a long time to come.

    Following the hack attack, it was found that the Bureau’s relationship with IBM, which was hired to develop the eCensus, left the system vulnerable to potential cyberattacks, leading to a public backlash, most prominently as a Twitter hashtag ‘#censusfail’.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2017
    SG: World’s first platform to power Global Trade Connectivity

    GeTS’ comprehensive suite of services helps freight forwarders to meet regulatory and compliance requirements from Government agencies and trade associations

    Global eTrade Services (GeTS) has launched the world’s first trade platform to accelerate cross border trade across the globe. The Single Window service offering by GeTS, a subsidiary of CrimsonLogic (the leading provider of eGovernment products and services, based in Singapore), aims to power trade connectivity and the efficient fulfilment of trade compliance requirements.

  • Wed
    May
    31
    2017
    Iranian Gov’t Financial Transactions Going Digital

    The Vice Presidency for Information Technology says all financial transactions and payments with the government will soon be digitized as part of the wider e-government project focused on improving transparency and accountability.

    Reza Bagheri-Asl, director of the Executive Council of Information Technology, in a talk with Mehr News Agency, referred to the details of a related government bill and said, “All e-government transactions related to ‘e-health’, tax and ‘payment procedures’ will be digitized.”

  • Wed
    May
    31
    2017
    Delivering safer UK public services, the digital way

    UK citizens want digital public services – but privacy and security must be paramount.

    In today’s 24-7, ‘always-on’ society, we expect to be able use the internet to serve all our needs. If we want to pay a bill or transfer money, a growing number of UK citizens now do this online. Nobody wants their life to be administered during a rigid, 9 to 5 window.

  • Tue
    May
    30
    2017
    Namibia's new bill to promote e-commerce

    The Namibian government said Monday it is underway with the crafting of an electronic transaction and cybercrime bill to provide a framework for the promotion of electronic transactions in government services and private contracts. said the press release.

    "Namibia endeavored to put legislation in place governing the electronic transaction and related cyber security issues," Ministry of Information and Communication Technology's Permanent Secretary Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said in a press release.

  • Tue
    May
    30
    2017
    Swiss e-government startup Procivis releases integrated e-identity platform

    Four months after its public launch, Swiss e-government startup Procivis has released the beta version of its integrated electronic identity and services platform. The fully functional software is ready for piloting and designed to integrate Blockchain-based smart contract capabilities as soon as the underlying technology has matured. Procivis further announced it will provide free access to its solution for partnering NGOs and intergovernmental organisations to support their work in the developing world.

  • Tue
    May
    30
    2017
    Jordan launches Internet for All project

    Jordan and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have launched a new platform project called Jordan Internet for All, which aims to bring internet access to millions of Jordanians, including women and isolated communities for the first time through new models of public-private collaboration, Jordan Times reported. The project, which is aligned with Jordan’s Digital Transformation Strategy, will focus on addressing the barriers that prevent universal Internet access, in particular promoting demand for Internet use.

    Minister of ICT Majd Shweikeh said this will be implemented by focusing on empowering women to use the Internet, facilitating the development of more relevant online content in Arabic and improving e-government services. There will also be a work stream in the project which will focus on helping refugees to integrate into Jordanian society through use of the internet, the minister said, adding that the initiative will be of a great value to both the Jordanian economy and society.

  • Mon
    May
    29
    2017
    US: From Private to Hybrid: Kansas Pivots on Cloud

    CIO Phil Wittmer explains why he killed the state’s GovCloud project and talks about what’s going to replace it.

    Kansas is embarking upon a new cloud strategy. As we reported last year as part of the 2016 Digital States Survey analysis, the state had previously committed to a shared private cloud project, known publicly as Kansas GovCloud. The three- to five-year endeavor was envisioned as the state's route to a more virtualized environment.

  • Mon
    May
    29
    2017
    US: South Dakota Becomes First State with Online Pardon Application

    New site stands to make process easier for both applicants and state workers reviewing applications.

    In some states, offenders with felony charges on their records have to go through stacks of paperwork and as long as two years of waiting to learn if the governor is willing to pardon an offense. Seeking to hasten a potentially lengthy ordeal, and in the process ease the bureaucratic burden on state government, South Dakota has now put such apps online.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2017
    MY: KKMM committed to development, comprehensive use of big data in the country

    The Communications And Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) is committed to ensure the development and comprehensive use of the big data in the country to enhance the government's ability to provide best service to the people.

    Deputy secretary-general (operations), Datuk Dr Mohd Ali Mohamad Nor said the government''s ability, especially in decision-making based on facts and information, could also be enhanced with the implementation of the big data pilot project.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2017
    SG: Smart cities pave the way for urban living

    No longer a novelty like a few years ago, smart technologies are now crucial to helping a city attract talent, create jobs and improve the quality of life for citizens.

    In Singapore, one of the world’s foremost smart cities today, the progress has not been deemed fast enough. It is considering a number of initiatives to move things along more quickly.

  • Sat
    May
    27
    2017
    WS: Chamber talks I.C.T. and innovation

    The Samoa Chamber of Commerce hosted an informative presentation by Tony Willenberg on ‘Innovations in I.C.T’ for the private sector yesterday.

    The presentation was held at the Small Business Enterprise Centre (S.B.E.C) training room at Saleufi, where members of Chamber attended to learn about the quality technology that is available and accessible to businesses.

  • Sat
    May
    27
    2017
    IN: Online plan set to get government approval for industry projects in Tamil Nadu

    In a bid to get faster approval for building plans of industry projects, the government is planning to integrate the proposed online plan approval of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) with the single window facility being developed by Guidance Bureau of Industries department.

    The move comes after more than Rs 16,000 crore worth of projects, for which an MoU was signed during the Global Investors Meet, were stalled over approval issues.

  • Sat
    May
    27
    2017
    IN: Transforming agriculture with e-technology

    Agricultural practices and advancements differ globally—since plants have their own differences and the location plays a role on their development as well. But through the exchange of knowledge from different agriculturally-involved individuals from all over the world, improvement of techniques can be experienced as well. It has made an impact on how information is shared, and being able to use this information for the advancement of the agricultural sector gives a great positive impact that is beneficial for everyone. IT has become a bridge for people from all over the world.

  • Sat
    May
    27
    2017
    MyEG buys controlling stake in restaurant review portal

    My EG Services Bhd (MyEG) is buying a 67% stake in the EatDrinkKL digital platform that provides reviews and news on the food and beverage businesses.

    In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the e-Government services provider said its unit My EG Capital Sdn Bhd had entered into a shareholders agreement with Essential Reviews Sdn Bhd - the sole owner of the EatDrinkKL’s intellectual property rights - and its only shareholder Sean Cornelius Yoong Wan Yen to purchase the stake.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2017
    Big Data’s big governance impact

    From transforming development initiatives to improving transparency, Big Data analytics could have a major impact on the way governments work

    The anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was celebrated on 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). The theme this year is “Big Data for Big Impact”.

    As has been pointed out by Houlin Zhao, the secretary general of ITU, the theme for this year is to explore the power of Big Data for development. The analysis of vast amounts of data collected from the different devices that we use on a day-to-day basis provides an opportunity to discover hidden secrets and enables us to do predictive analysis and informed decision making across individual, organizational, societal, national and international levels.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2017
    US: Texas: UTSA researcher examines how city governments use Facebook to engage citizens

    Social media can help boost citizens' voluntary participation and involvement in local government, according to Chris Reddick, chair of the Department of Public Administration at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

    In the age of social media, an increasing number of city governments and their departments are turning toward using services such as Facebook to share news, information, and foster participation (which Reddick calls "e-participation") with its citizens. The City of San Antonio is no different, with nearly a dozen major departments and offices managing their own Facebook accounts.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2017
    Indonesia to launch integrated e-government system

    Government looking to cut “wasteful” spending.

    The Indonesian government will be implementing an “integrated and centralized e-government system” in 2017, it was announced this week.

    Currently, Indonesia’s ministries, institutions and local governments run separate e-government systems. The “lack of integration” of e-government systems in Indonesia has resulted in “wasteful expenditure” for the government, Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Asman Abnur was quoted as saying by Antara News.

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2017
    India’s regulatory environ getting transformed with digitization: Arun Mishra

    India’s regulatory environment is going through a metamorphosis with digitization driving transparency, accountability and quality in review practices, according to Arun Mishra, executive vice president, regulatory affairs, India sub-continent, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

    The country’s regulatory framework is evolving with efforts to comply with the global drug manufacturing norms. There is a surge in new business models like e-pharmacies, e-consultations and e-diagnostics. This makes the Indian regulatory authority devise norms for the new age practices, he added.

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2017
    Why Blockchain has Caught the Attention of the European Parliament

    A recent report released by the European parliament entitled “How blockchain technology could change our lives” outlines the capabilities of blockchain technology. The report was presented by European Parliamentary Research Service and notes the following as being of considerable significance:

    Digital Property Rights

    Blockchain technology has great potential for application in intellectual property rights in digital materials. It could be applied in multi-territorial licensing policies with the effect of improving legal certainty for creators and purchasers of digital content. Moreover, it has the potential to provide a sure way of protecting the patent rights of innovators from infringement by competitors. “Hashing” and “proof of existence” could help improve the patent system and deal with the current state of affairs where there is no unified patent system in EU.

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2017
    AE: Smart Dubai works with United Nations on smart cities index

    Dubai is becoming a world leader in smart city developments and international organisations want to tap its experience

    Following the launch of the Dubai Now platform, the Smart Dubai Office has revealed that it is working with the United Nations (UN) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to develop a global index for smart city initiatives.

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2017
    KY: E-gov makes a small advance with police clearance

    The government has launched a new online application process for police clearance certificates which joins a slowly emerging suite of public services being provided online. Although officials have been talking about expanding e-government for almost a decade, it is still moving very slowly and only a small number of fees or payments to government departments can be made via the internet. But in this case, the redesigned portal and police clearance application process allows people to pay the fee as well as deal with the paperwork online.

    Officials said in a government release last week that the new service and other e-government services that are emerging are a collaboration between the e-Government Unit in the Cabinet Office, the Computer Services Department, and in this case the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), with strategic direction from the e-Government Steering Committee. The sites can be accessed at eservices.gov.ky.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2017
    CY: Poor digital skills and slow internet hampering economic growth

    Cyprus must work hard to improve its poor digital skills and increase the availability of fast internet connections, a workshop by stakeholders in the electronic communication market concluded on Wednesday.

    Cyprus is among the weakest EU countries regarding the digital economy, electronic communications and postal services commissioner Giorgos Michaelides pointed out during the event, basing his remarks on this year’s Digital Economy and Society Index (Desi)

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2017
    Legal, Regulatory Systems Found to Be Hindering Digital Innovation in Korea

    Accounting firm Deloitte Anjin released its Voice of Asia report for 2016 on May 17. According to it, the digital engagement index of every Asian country with the only exception of Myanmar was above the average of the 139 countries around the world covered by the report. The digital engagement index is based on each country’s network readiness index (NRI) compared to its GDP per capita.

    In Asia, South Korea recorded the fourth-highest digital engagement index, following Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. When it comes to the NRI, South Korea scored 5.6 on a scale of one to seven with the indices of the government, enterprises and individuals being at high levels alike.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2017
    MyEG to buy food review website Eat Drink KL

    alaysia’s electronic government services provider MyEG is in talks to buy a controlling stake in food review website Eat Drink KL.

    According to the report in The Edge on Wednesday, MyEG is close to sealing a deal with the website owned by former Associated Press journalist Sean Yoong. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Sun
    May
    21
    2017
    US: Blockchain a 'Next Big Transformational Technology' in Government

    In a new brief, NASCIO said blockchain — now the subject of five pilots by the state of Illinois — may be a game changer.

    Blockchain is among the “next big, transformational technologies” being eyed for use by government in its ongoing quest to provide residents with easy, online access to services and transactions, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) said in an introductory brief released Tuesday, May 16.

  • Mon
    May
    22
    2017
    RW: ICT uptake will deliver quality services

    Last week’s “Transform Africa Summit,” held in Kigali, pledged to bolster the ICT sector whose aim is to achieve ‘smart cities’ across the continent.

    On this note, President Paul Kagame, in his speech, pointed out two fundamental things, among others: the need for political will to enable the implementation of digital integration and rollout of initiatives; and the need to engage in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to invest in ICT projects.

  • Sun
    May
    21
    2017
    UN highlights critical role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the SDGs

    The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development concluded its twentieth session on the evening of 12 May with countries reaffirming its role as the United Nations torch-bearer for science, technology and innovation for development.

    The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD) acknowledged that many technological and development gaps still remain. The gender gap was stressed in particular and countries highlighted existing digital and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics gender divides and recommended key policy options for countries and the international community to make progress in closing science and technology related gender gaps.

  • Sat
    May
    20
    2017
    US: Four-Jurisdiction Digital Driver's License Pilot Key Piece of Gov's Digital Transformation

    Colorado, Idaho, Maryland and Washington, D.C., are nearing the start of a roughly three-month test of digital drivers' licenses that is poised to speed up an epic shift in technology that's already underway.

    Four jurisdictions will take a large and crucial step this summer toward digitizing residents’ primary form of identification: They will begin piloting a digital driver’s license (DDL) with hundreds of employees and family members.

  • Fri
    May
    19
    2017
    KY: Online police clearances now available

    The days of making two trips to the police records office on Walkers Road to obtain police clearances are over, at least for internet users.

    On Monday, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service started online processing of police clearance certificates, which are required for applicants seeking a work permit or a permit renewal. They are also required every six months for permanent residence applicants awaiting decisions on their status.

  • Fri
    May
    19
    2017
    UG: ICT Ministry, Army to Build Innovations Hub in Kampala

    The ministry of Information Communications Technology and the engineering brigade of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) are to work on the construction of an innovation hub in Kampala.

    The hub will be built at the Uganda Information and Technology Institute in Nakawa, a Kampala suburb according to Mr Frank Tumwebaze, the ICT and National Guidance minister.

  • Fri
    May
    19
    2017
    CY: Paphos a step closer to becoming ‘smart city’

    Two Paphos projects have been given the green light, which officials say will move the area close to becoming a fully-fledged ‘Smart city’.

    A spokesman for Paphos municipality told the Cyprus mail that two European programmes have been approved and are due to get underway in Paphos in July.

  • Fri
    May
    19
    2017
    Kuwait pioneer in e-Government system - expert

    Kuwait is one of the pioneering countries around the world in the e-Government system, and has so far realized steady development in the field of communications, a Kuwaiti expert affirmed Thursday.

    Currently, all Kuwaiti ministries operate through the e-Gate system, via which education, health, commerce, and personal data services are provided electronically to citizens, Mona Yousef Sahar, an expert at the Ministry of Communications, stated to KUNA.

  • Fri
    May
    19
    2017
    KY: Editorial – e-Government gets ‘police clearance’

    Today’s front page contains a welcome development from government – Cayman Islands residents can now apply online for police clearance certificates, potentially cutting in half the number of in-person visits needed to obtain these documents required by immigration officials, as well as some employers and businesses.

    As all of the roughly 24,000 work permit holders in Cayman are well aware, the conventional process for obtaining a certificate (which is, basically, a person’s local “criminal record,” including arrests and convictions) involves making a trip down to the RCIPS Criminal Records Office on Walkers Road, waiting in line, producing the relevant identification document, paying $25 – then returning to the office at a later date, waiting in line again, producing the ID again, before finally picking up the certificate.

  • Thu
    May
    18
    2017
    IN: PM, Chief Justice push for a digital judiciary

    Aim is to bring about a system which cannot be breached or manipulated

    The Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar on Wednesday inaugurated an integrated software aimed at digitising the judiciary to cut down on time and bring about transparency in the system.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Information Technology and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad attended the function held at Vigyan Bhavan, along with several Supreme Court judges, subordinate judges among others.

  • Thu
    May
    18
    2017
    AE: Sharjah unleashes its superheroes in eGovt game

    Meet Sharjah's new superheroes: Viro, Unity, Noman, Tina and Captain. They are the characters in Sharjah eGovernment's updated augmented reality game called Sharjah Land, each playing a specific role.

    Unveiled at the University of Sharjah on Wednesday, Sharjah Land, which was initially launched during Gitex in Dubai last year, is primarily aimed at children aged 9-12 years old. It will "instill positive values in the youth of the UAE by enabling players to interact with Sharjah Land's team of superheroes who work together to create a positive and fulfilling society," according to the Sharjah Department of eGovernment (DeG), which conceived and developed the app.

  • Thu
    May
    18
    2017
    Government chooses Mimika to be one of Indonesia`s smart cities

    The Communications and Informatics Ministry has picked Mimika of Papua, to be included among 25 regencies in the country to build a smart city in 2017.

    A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology and Internet of things technology in a secure fashion to manage a citys assets.

  • Thu
    May
    18
    2017
    IN: PM launches integrated case management system of SC

    After government departments and ministries, the country's highest court is now adopting the e-governance model, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the integrated case management information system which is considered to be the first step towards a paperless court system.

    The Prime Minister said that technology had often been equated to hardware in the past, but it is equally important to bring about a change in mindset.

  • Thu
    May
    18
    2017
    IN: Punjab: E-Governance To Mitigate People's Problems: Navjot Sidhu

    Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today presided over two meetings with the representatives of 24 companies, focusing on a technical and financial audit of all the local bodies and an e-governance project involving the urban local bodies (ULBs).

    He said the e-governance project was launched as per directions of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

  • Thu
    May
    18
    2017
    IN: E-governance is easy, effective and economical: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that that e-governance is easy, economical, effective and environment friendly. Launching the Supreme Court’s Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) of the Supreme Court in New Delhi today, Mr. Modi said, paperless offices will benefit the environment.

    Mr. Modi also emphasised on change of mindset when it comes to use of technology for governance. The Prime Minister said, Information Technology plus Indian Talent is India Tomorrow.

  • Wed
    May
    17
    2017
    US: Bootstrapping the way out of the legacy IT systems crisis

    The federal IT community is facing an aging systems crisis. Collectively, agencies spend about 75 percent of their IT budgets on operations and maintenance activities, most of which is gobbled up by legacy systems. The situation is even worse at the VA, with reportedly only 10 percent available for investment in new development and modernization. With so much appropriated IT funding tied up in “keep the lights on” activities, agencies face the daunting — if not impossible — task of moving their legacy systems into the 21st century.

  • Wed
    May
    17
    2017
    Malta making steady digital progress

    Moves one place up the ranking to 12th

    Malta has been making steady progress in its digital economy and now ranks 12th out of the 28 EU member states, moving up one place since 2015.

    The EU’s mid-term review of the 2015 Digital Single Market strategy highlighted a number of projects being undertaken by the Malta Communications Authority and other stakeholders to improve the ranking.

  • Tue
    May
    16
    2017
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Jabalpur: Father Welcomes Newborn With Aadhaar Card Six Minutes After Birth

    Kunwar Bahadur Pandey, father of a baby boy in Jabalpur, got his newborn’s Aadhaar Card made six minutes after his birth! This is the first time in India that an Aadhar card of a newborn baby has been made within a few minutes of his birth.

    While Pandey’s wife was undergoing a Cesarean surgery at Elgin hospital in Jabalpur, the e-governance district in-charge Chitranshu Tripathi and his team were on a visit to the hospital to promote Aadhaar cards. They were having a discussion with Dr. Sunil Mishra at the hospital regarding spreading awareness among new parents about getting Aadhaar card for newborns.

  • Tue
    May
    16
    2017
    QA: Govt to train 3000 for digital governance

    Qatar has witnessed 54mn completed transactions per year through 1,079 online services and 22 transactions per individual per year through 581 mobile services, a top official of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) said yesterday.

    The number of digital services in Qatar was 1,660 as on March 2017, which comprised 1,079 online and 581 mobile services, Hassan Jassim al-Sayed, assistant undersecretary (Government Programme and Information Technology) at MoTC told Qatar Digital Government (QDG) Forum.

  • Mon
    May
    15
    2017
    AU: Every City Wants to Be Innovative. How Can They Get There?

    Warren Lemmens, the CTO of Nokia Oceania, discusses Australia's emerging smart city landscape — and what the U.S. can learn from it.

    Word from down under: Cities need to get smarter about data, younger people need to lead the charge, and the U.S. is not exactly out front on this stuff.

    When Nokia released a detailed analysis on civic tech in the southern hemisphere, titled A new world of cities and the future of Australia — which gives a thorough accounting of the emerging smart city landscape there — we talked to Warren Lemmens, Nokia’s CTO Oceania, about the report's findings and its implications for U.S. cities struggling to get a handle on the smart city landscape.

  • Mon
    May
    15
    2017
    Vietnam braces for 4th Industrial Revolution

    The Vietnamese government has asked all central agencies and local administrations nationwide to focus efforts on preparing human resources and infrastructure development to implement the fourth Industrial Revolution.

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said all ministries and sectors should apply e-government systems so that they can offer better quality services to the people and enterprises by further simplifying and modernizing all administrative procedures, Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday.

  • Mon
    May
    15
    2017
    ZA: National consultations on supporting ICT White Paper draft strategies begin

    The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Monday kicked off the first sessions of a planned national public consultation roadshow to unpack details of the three recently gazetted strategies to implement the National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper.

    The proposed National e-Strategy and the draft National e-Government Strategy and Roadmap were gazetted in early April, while the draft ICT Small, Medium-sized and Microenterprises (SMME) Support Strategy was tabled at the end of March.

  • Sun
    May
    14
    2017
    ‘Mobiles added in India over 2.5 years equal Italy’s populace’

    The number of mobile phones added in India over the last 2.5 years equals the population of Italy or France, according to Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.

    He said that 72 mobile manufacturing factories were added during the last two years in India.

  • Sun
    May
    14
    2017
    ZA: Online learner registration is the future

    We are pleased with the success of the online application system and humbled by the overwhelming response of the people of Gauteng, says Panyaza Lesufi.

    "The new information technology - internet and e-mail - have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications,” said Peter Drucker, an American management guru.

  • Sun
    May
    14
    2017
    First Two-Day School on Internet Governance in Afghanistan

    On Wednesday April 26, 2017, Afghanistan had its first two-day long school on Internet Governance. The event was organized by a home grown civil society by the name of National IT Professionals Association of Afghanistan (NITPAA). Afghanistan School on Internet Governance (AfSIG) is a new initiative by a group of volunteers at NITPAA, who worked tirelessly for months to put up an event that comprised of speakers from multiple organizations and multiple stakeholders across the country. The school also had five international speakers who presented remotely via the internet.

  • Sun
    May
    14
    2017
    US: Minnesota: Health plans pitch 'e-visits' to seniors

    Insurance companies get on board to cover online health care for Medicare patients The nascent trend of patients getting health care online is coming to the Silver Sneakers crowd. A growing number of Medicare health plans are introducing “virtual visits” as an option for seniors, with formats for handling minor ailments ranging from live video connections with doctors to online information exchanges with nurse practitioners.

  • Sat
    May
    13
    2017
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: APSSDC inks MoU with iTAP for skill development

    In a bid to promote technical skills among the youth and make them industry-ready, the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Centre (APSSDC) has entered into an MoU with the Institute of Taxation and Accounting Professionals (iTAP).

    The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister for Skill Development Kollu Ravindra and iTAP president R Venkateswara Rao at the inaugural session of a two-day national symposium ‘Smart Cities - Challenges and Opportunities’ began here on Friday.

  • Sat
    May
    13
    2017
    India to set up Centre of Excellence (CoE) on IT for Industry 4.0

    As a part of the recognition of IT capacity of India, the Governing Body of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) has approved a proposal by India’s National Productivity Council for the establishment of Centre of Excellence on IT for Industry 4.0 (CoE: IT for I4.0).

    In this scenario, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) can be very effective in coordination with various stakeholders, collection of information, development of knowledge & dissemination of knowledge/information, facilitation in capacity building of industries, support start-ups etc. linking design to the customer. The result is the ‘smart factory’, which is characterised by versatility, resource efficiency and ergonomic design as well as its direct integration with business partners.

  • Sat
    May
    13
    2017
    IN: Telegana: Stop demonising Aadhaar

    Invoking the Orwellian images of State surveillance to oppose the Aadhaar card system is wholly irrational and misplaced. To think that an identification tool for streamlining citizen services will automatically amount to usurping citizens’ rights is a warped notion, particularly in this technology-driven age. While genuine concerns over privacy issues need to be addressed, the importance of having a robust and fool-proof scientific database of citizens, with unique identification numbers, cannot be ignored. Any attempt to give an ideological spin to the ongoing debate over Aadhaar and turning it into a ‘State versus civil rights’ face-off is a self-defeating exercise. It would be a great disservice to the people if modern transparency tools are blocked in the garb of protecting individual rights. Aadhaar is essentially an e-governance tool to help streamline the systems, eliminate leakages and bogus claims, rationalise welfare schemes and bring all citizens under the ambit of formal economy. However, concerns are being raised over privacy and security issues if Aadhaar is linked to PAN card and made mandatory for income tax returns. It is argued that since there are no safeguards at present to prevent misuse or leakage of citizens’ data, Aadhaar should not be made mandatory for I-T assessment and welfare schemes. While the question whether Aadhaar should be voluntary or mandatory will be decided by the Supreme Court, the nation needs to repose faith in the teams of talented and dedicated professionals who are tirelessly working on a robust and error-free system that is meant for larger public good.

  • Fri
    May
    12
    2017
    Four tools to ensure ‘smart cities’ don’t leave behind people with disabilities

    The global rush to roll out mobile apps, e-government services and other “smart” city tools is leaving behind people with disabilities.

    That’s the conclusion of a pair of experts in accessible technologies presenting at this week’s Smart Cities NYC conference in New York. They’ve also launched a “Smart Cities for All” toolkitto help city leaders apply a more inclusive approach to urban technology.

  • Fri
    May
    12
    2017
    JO: Gov’t launches ICT, electronic directorate, e-services

    Deputising for Prime Minister Hani Mulki, Labour Minister Ali Ghezawi on Thursday attended the inauguration of the ICT and electronic transformation directorate at the ministry, as well as the launch of several e-services, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

    Attended by Awqaf Minister Wael Arabiyat and ICT Minister Majd Shweikeh, the ceremony saw the launch of the electronic permits system, the e-inspection system, the e-employment system and the signing of several agreements aiming to provide jobs to Jordanian youth, in addition to establishing an “excellence centre” in the Mafraq Development Zone.

  • Fri
    May
    12
    2017
    Rwanda drives for e-government, cashless society

    The Government of Rwanda and Mastercard will work together on developing digital platforms to meet the needs of the country’s citizens and work towards Rwanda’s goal of promoting a cashless society.

    According to FinScope 2016, 68% of adults in Rwanda have/use formal financial products/ services.

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2017
    IN: West Bengal: Upgradation of State Data Centre in full swing

    The upgradation work of State Data Centre to impart better Information Technology (IT) related services to different government departments is in full swing.

    The state government, set to upgrade the infrastructure as well as expand the Data Centre, will spend around Rs 56.64 crore at the end of the project.

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2017
    Personal data platform MyInfo to speed up bank processes in Singapore

    In the first extension of the use of national personal data platform MyInfo, customers opening accounts with DBS, United Overseas Bank, OCBC Bank, and Standard Chartered will no longer have to fill in voluminous forms or submit documents such as income statements.

    Instead, the bank can call up their details from MyInfo to make it a swifter, fuss-free affair.

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2017
    Estonia’s Nortal helps Dubai create a paperless government

    The Tallinn-based multinational strategic change and technology company, Nortal, is helping Dubai’s government become fully digital by 2021.

    According to Andres Käärik, Nortal’s business development manager, the company helped Dubai create a vision and roadmap of where they want to go and advised on how to get there. In a blog post, Käärik explained that by 2021, all Dubai’s public services would be available in electronic channels around the clock, and its government would work 365 days a year. “There will be no need to visit any government service centre in person; users receive the results and documentation of services in electronic form on mobile devices.”

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2017
    Safran to deploy single multi-biometric platform for Government of Botswana

    Safran Identity & Security, through its subsidiary Morpho South Africa, has won a contract with the government of Botswana to upgrade the legacy AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) platforms into a single, multi-biometric and multi-use new-generation platform.

    The Botswana Police Service (BPS) has worked with Safran Identity & Security since 1998.

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2017
    IN: Jharkhand: Raghubar directs to complete rural wifi projects in 7 districts

    Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today directed to complete the Bharatnet and rural wifi schemes in seven districts of the state in the first phase. Chairing a review meeting of the IT and e-governance department here, he said to ensure the people in the rural area get information about the schemes, policies and the programmes of the state, it is important that the Bharatnet and rural wifi programme is completed in Bokaro, Deoghar, Hazaribagh, Koderma, Ramgrah, Ranchi and Sahibganj districts.

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2017
    IN: Goa: State expected to take a big e-governance step on May 15

    To kick in e-governance in the state in a big way, the revenue department will most probably launch e-district portal and streamlined mutation service on May 15.

    The new initiatives, which aim at providing time-bound delivery of services to the public, will be launched by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2017
    Commission takes new steps to enhance compliance and practical functioning of the EU Single Market

    Today's package of measures will make it easier for people and companies to manage their paperwork online in their home country or when working, living or doing business in another EU country and it will help ensure that commonly agreed EU rules are respected.

    Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: "EU rules protect and empower 500 million people in the Single Market. They can live, work and do business in any EU country. All of this is only possible when the rules are respected. Today's proposals will help develop a culture of compliance. They will also help people and companies to have full access to online information and procedures both in their home country and abroad."

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2017
    NXP delivers eDL and vehicle registration smartcards to Algeria

    NXP Semiconductors’ partner HB Technologies has chosen NXP’s SmartMX2 microcontroller for the Algeria’s new secure electronic driver license and vehicle registration smartcards.

    This strategic collaboration aims to help Algeria prevent driver license and registration frauds and modernize its government system as public services will be digitized and become securely accessible for users and government administrations. The new smartcards are planned to roll out in 2017.

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2017
    SG: Say goodbye to hassle of submitting documents when opening bank accounts

    Singaporeans and permanent residents opening bank accounts with OCBC, UOB, DBS and Standard Chartered no longer have to key in details, such as NRIC number and address, or submit physical documents to verify the data.

    Instead, they can consent to having the details pulled digitally from MyInfo, a Government-backed digital vault of their personal data, launched in May last year (2016). The change takes effect on Wednesday (May 3).

  • Tue
    May
    09
    2017
    IN: Tardy implementation of E-Panchayat in Telangana

    The Digital Telangana move takes a beating as the e-Panchayat implementation fails to meet its objective of citizen services delivery in the State.The e-Panchayat project was rolled out as a Mission Mode Project (MMP) under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) three years ago to strengthen Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the country. Sources in the State Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department said that “the project implementation is yet to gain ground in the State.”

    People in rural areas are not benefitted due to poor implementation of e-Panchayat project in Telangana. Supply of PoS machines to bill collectors is suggested for better implementation

  • Tue
    May
    09
    2017
    PK: Govt plans e-readiness from July 1

    Government has directed all ministries and their allied departments and the regulator bodies to put their policies, guidebooks, filing of applications, specimen documents, online tracking system and online complaint management system on their respective websites before the start of next financial year.

    An official source said that the government plans to announce major incentives for starting new businesses in the budget for the next financial year. The source added that the government wants to reduce the time taking process for starting new businesses because this budget is to be an election-year budget.

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