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  • Wed
    Nov
    21
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: A City Becomes ‘Smart’ When People Act ‘Smart’!

    The stars of the business world, who descended on Bhubaneswar for the second edition of the Make in Odisha conclave, must have been quite impressed with what they saw in the Smart City: freshly coated roads, smartly dressed traffic personnel, the swanky hotels, the glitzy shopping arcades and, last but not the least, the hi-tech extravaganza at the Janata Maidan, the venue for the star-studded event. Chances are some, if not all, of them have formed an opinion about the wonderful work that the ‘Maker of Modern Odisha’ has done to change the face of this benighted state from what they saw during their short stay in the city.

  • Wed
    Nov
    21
    2018
    NG: Governor Udom aims to exploit ICT for wealth creation in Akwa Ibom

    Governor Udom Emmanuel said his government is exploiting the option of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Science and Technology for employment generation and wealth creation in Akwa Ibom state.

    TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Governor Udom stated this, as part of policy objectives, while presenting a N670.718 billion 2019 budget he proposed for Akwa Ibom before the State House of Assembly on Wednesday.

  • Wed
    Nov
    21
    2018
    PK: Provinces brief Senate on IT plans, developments

    All four provinces on Tuesday briefed the Senate’s Standing Committee on Information Technology on the details of projects, development of services and future plans of their respective IT sectors.

    The meeting, chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid, commenced with a briefing given by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) that provided an overview of various projects undertaken by it. Most notable was the Flagship Citizen’s Feedback Monitoring Programme which is bridging the physical divide between the citizenry and government departments.

  • Wed
    Nov
    21
    2018
    KZ: Digital economy: Smart Taraz and Taraz Hub projects presented to Prime Minister

    As part of his working visit to the Zhambyl region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev familiarized himself with the implementation of the state program Digital Kazakhstan in the region, and also examined new educational technologies at the IT Lyceum, the press centre of Prime-Minister reports.

    The Head of the Digitalization Office D. Yegizbayev reported that the Smart Taraz project, which includes 20 projects in five key areas: education, health, housing and public utilities, transport, agribusiness and security, is being implemented within the framework of the state program Digital Kazakhstan.

  • Tue
    Nov
    20
    2018
    GB: West Midlands: New Smart City Mobility Centre planned in Warwickshire

    A new multi-million pound 'Smart City Mobility Centre' is being established at the University of Warwick's Wellesbourne campus in the UK. This facility will be used to developer driverless capable and electric vehicle technology as part of a multi-million pound pilot programme in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

  • Tue
    Nov
    20
    2018
    Resist the AI hype: Annabelle Kwok tells govtech

    AI expert and govtech advisor shares tips on using AI and building trust.

    When the second Artificial Intelligence (AI) “winter” happened in the 1990s, Annabelle Kwok was just a baby. AI weathered two “winters” in the 1980s and 1990s, when overhype surrounding the tech culminated in extended periods of reduced funding and decrease in interest for AI research.

  • Tue
    Nov
    20
    2018
    LR: Government Websites Should Be Built Professionally and Based on Policies and Standards Provided By the MoPT

    Two years of my professional life were spent working at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The first year, I worked on the World Bank funded eLiberia project with the task of creating a “One-Stop Shop” environment (Government e-Portal), to enable Government deliver services and information to citizens online. The second year, saw me working with various stakeholders (Government, Private sector, NGOs, etc) toward the achievement of a robust e-government program that would change the way Government delivers services and information to citizens. During those two years, I managed to complete my doctorate degree writing a dissertation on e-Government in developing countries with focus on Liberia. I learned a lot of things about our Government’s initiatives toward digital government or e-government. I also learned about those lingering problems that continue to hinder our efforts to achieve our goal. One of those “lingering problems” is the totally unorthodox and non-standard way in which Government’s websites are being handled, despite the existence of a comprehensive e-government web strategy developed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) and its partners.

  • Mon
    Nov
    19
    2018
    Azerbaijani president, first lady inaugurate administrative building of E-Government Development Center

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the inauguration of the administrative building of E-Government Development Center under the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    The president cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the administrative building.

  • Sun
    Nov
    18
    2018
    PH: Identifying our LGU Exemplars

    Parag Khanna, a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, wrote in 2011: “The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the ‘City.’ In a world that increasingly appears ungovernable, cities – not states – are islands of governance on which the future world order will be built… In this century, it will be the city – not the state – that becomes the nexus of economic and political power.”

    This echoes what journalist and urban activist Jane Jacobs wrote almost three decades before. In her Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1985), Jacobs outlined how “import-substitution” in cities and towns – or the process through which a certain locality gains the ability to create products and services that it previously imported – is in fact at the root of all economic expansion. In short, cities (municipalities, villages or other subnational divisions) are the true engines of national prosperity.

  • Sun
    Nov
    18
    2018
    CN: Shanghai Data Exchange helps Indonesia tourism

    Shanghai Data Exchange Corp, the powerhouse of Shanghai's "smart city" ambitions, has entered the world stage by forming strategic cooperation with Indonesia's tourism authority.

    As China's leading big data center, it can handle an average 30 million pieces of data every day. By studying the data, Shanghai-based Zamplus Technology Inc, technology supporter of the center, helps Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia to find potential tourists in China and send tourism information to them through Internet as to attract them to travel to Indonesia.

  • Sun
    Nov
    18
    2018
    IN: Punjab: Jalandhar: 10 sites in city to be spruced up to enhance green cover

    In a bid to provide green lungs to the city for checking environmental pollution, the district administration has selected 10 locations in the city for sprucing them to enhance the green cover in the city under the ‘Smart City’ project.

    Divulging details, Chief Executive Officer of the project Vishesh Sarangal said 10 locations — Beant Singh Park, Tobri Mohalla Park, Dr BR Ambedkar Park, Industrial Area Park, Tankiwala Park, Urban Estate green belt, DAV Bridge flyover, Hoshiarpur road flyover, Pathankot Chowk flyover and Canal Area — had been selected for enhancing the green cover in the city.

  • Sun
    Nov
    18
    2018
    KR: KT to build smart community in Australia

    KT will build a smart community in Australia in cooperation with a local partner and Seoul National University using its information technology, Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier announced, Sunday.

    The telecommunication firm said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul National University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Australia's Smart Community Consortium (SSC) at KT's headquarters in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, Thursday.

  • Sun
    Nov
    18
    2018
    Foreign cities face GDPR fines for misusing EU citizens' data, Government smart city tsar warns

    Foreign “smart cities” could face GDPR fines for misusing EU citizens' data, a Government smart city tsar has warned.

    Dr Jacqui Taylor, strategic advisor to the UK Government on smart cities, said that public bodies and companies based abroad could face fines worth millions of pounds if they fail to follow strict rules which protect EU residents from data misuse.

  • Sat
    Nov
    17
    2018
    ZM: Civil Service Pay Slips Go Electronic

    Government says the cost of processing salaries in the civil service has reduced to zero from 72 million Kwacha following the introduction of electronic pay slips.

    Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet E-government division, Martin Mtonga disclosed this in Mongu when he held a meeting with District Commissioners and Heads of Government Departments.

  • Fri
    Nov
    16
    2018
    Will Your City Be a Smart City Soon?

    Despite the apparent trade-off between privacy and efficiency, authorities across the globe are intent on becoming known for achieving smart city status and for the right reasons. Politicians are seeing the real benefits and cost savings that smart city initiatives can provide, and as citizens we need to get used to the idea of our towns collecting and making use of more and more data to reshape the world around us for the greater good.

    As the number of connected sensors, machines and devices rapidly grows in crowded cities, the data generated will provide the ubiquitous big data that we often hear about. But we are only just beginning to realize the value in a network that increasingly consists of everyday objects. Everything from buildings, energy, traffic flow, education, healthcare and even elevators contains information that represents both the daily grind and natural flow of every city.

  • Fri
    Nov
    16
    2018
    CN: E-governance continues to advance with innovation

    Government authorities, alongside experts from home and abroad, are calling for more international cooperation to promote the sustainable development of online public services and governance at the fifth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province.

    The development of information and communication technologies has influenced every dimension of society, including the way the government interacts with citizens. The advent of electronic governance has advanced management reform.

  • Fri
    Nov
    16
    2018
    NA: Govt Moves to Curb Bureaucracy

    In its effort to curb bureaucracy and to accelerate provision of service delivery, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told parliamentarians on Wednesday that government has turned to the application of e-governance.

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said this in Parliament while contributing to the motion on bureaucracy of public institutions that hampers efficient public service delivery.

  • Thu
    Nov
    15
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Ownership of the data questions the Cloud State scheme for skill Development

    Just after entering into a deal with the software company MindTree, for implementing its ambitious Kaushalya Karnataka Skill Development Programme, the state has also decided to not to renew the partnership with the data privacy as the main aspect.

    In a year, when the skills development, livelihood department, and entrepreneurship was under the pressure, to implement the scheme to train and provide employment to a large number of unemployed youth the department has also signed a one-year agreement with the MindTree in the year 2017 Oct.

  • Thu
    Nov
    15
    2018
    A free ticket to ride: how Estonia is leading the world in a free transit revolution

    The freelance journalist and a member of the Estonian Centre Party, Abdul Turay, asserts that Estonia’s free public transport system, first introduced in Tallinn in 2013, has justified itself and abolishing the project would be an act of folly.

    The editors of this portal asked me to rewrite this article as an op-ed – I originally wrote it as a feature. An astute reader will notice this story is more balanced and fact-laden than an opinion piece would normally be; now you know why.

  • Thu
    Nov
    15
    2018
    NG: Upcoming technologies will promote digital growth, fight corruption

    Information Technology (IT) stakeholders on Wednesday said that deploying emerging technologies in e-governance would promote digital growth and ensure that corruption was eliminated in the public service.

    A Communiqué at the just concluded eNigeria Conference and Exhibition organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said this in Abuja.

  • Thu
    Nov
    15
    2018
    GH: We need Machines to complement Digital Revolution - Frimpong Boateng

    Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has said that while the world is embracing digital revolution, there is the need to manufacture physical machines that could help every country to extract her natural resource endowment.

    He was of the opinion that poverty gap was a technological gap because no country in the world had developed without the capacity to manufacture basic devices and machines.

  • Wed
    Nov
    14
    2018
    Austria in E-Government ahead of Germany and Switzerland

    Margarete Schramböck is on the right course. According to a recent study on the e-government situation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Austria clearly holds the top position in the e-government country comparison.

    According to the eGovernment Monitor 2018, around three quarters of all Austrians (74 percent) already use eGovernment services (compared to only 67 percent in 2012).

  • Wed
    Nov
    14
    2018
    US: Utah: Salt Lake City Commits to Ending Digital Access Inequality

    Public and private partners gathered in Salt Lake City with Mayor Jackie Biskupski to discuss the future of the city’s connectivity and the introduction of a policy that will formalize the city’s commitment.

    The city of Salt Lake today took a major step toward leveling the playing field for all residents with a commitment to the development of a comprehensive digital inclusion policy.

  • Tue
    Nov
    13
    2018
    FI: Helsinki Smart Mobility Development Moves Forward with On-demand Boat Rides

    The BOUT peer-to-peer boat ride platform enables a novel water transportation service

    The Helsinki archipelago and waterfronts can be accessed from spring 2019 onwards by hiring a private boat from BOUT. The development of BOUT is supported by the Last Mile program as one of several pilot projects testing new mobility concepts in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

    “The idea for BOUT came to us when we needed to arrange a ride to a Helsinki island. We couldn’t find a convenient boat service, so we decided to develop one,” says Joonas Sipari, one of the three founding partners and team of four of BOUT. BOUT is a for-profit P2P platform for on-demand boat rides. The service has been dubbed in the Finnish media as “the Uber of boats.”

  • Tue
    Nov
    13
    2018
    PK: Improving E-Government

    Technology has been readily been employed over the past decade to fill the gaps in government service delivery. The aim of e-government initiatives as they are known is to provide online government services in a cost effective and client friendly manner while promoting transparency and accountability as well.

  • Mon
    Nov
    12
    2018
    IN: 50 smart cities integrated command and control centres to be ready by 2019: Hardeep Singh Puri

    By March 31, 2019, Rs 1 lakh crore worth of work will be under implementation under the Smart Cities mission, ministry sources said.

    As many as half of the smart cities' integrated command and control centres are expected to be ready by 2019, Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on November 5.

  • Mon
    Nov
    12
    2018
    VN’s e-government gains global above average ranking

    Results from a survey on e-government announced in the Vietnam Digital Economy Forum 2018 showed that Vietnam stands at the 88th position among 193 nations with 0.59 point, ranking the above average.

    According to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phuc, Director of the Authority of Information Technology Application under the Ministry of Information and Communications, among the 3 criteria in the evaluation, Vietnam achieved the highest point in online administrative services, followed by human resources and telecommunications infrastructure.

  • Mon
    Nov
    12
    2018
    ZA: Govt should focus on e-services in 2019

    E-government services are one of the key areas the administration should be looking to pay more attention to in 2019.

    This is the sentiment shared by Frost & Sullivan, stating that government is yet to take full advantage of the potential offered by advanced technologies such as the cloud and the Internet of things.

  • Mon
    Nov
    12
    2018
    CY: Prompt digitalisation a matter of national ‘survival’

    President Nikos Anastasiades said on Monday he was confident that parliamentary parties would accept the proposal to form a deputy ministry for digital strategy, research and innovation.

    “The cooperation of all parliamentary parties is crucial to the effective implementation of a digital strategy,” said the president in his speech to the Digital Cyprus Conference.

  • Mon
    Nov
    12
    2018
    SA: MOJ enters new digitization phase with e-notarization

    Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani on Sunday launched e-notarization, starting a new phase in the ministry’s digitization efforts. Starting Nov. 18, e-notarization will provide several services that dispense paperwork and spare clients the need to visit notarial offices for low-risk powers of attorney (POAs).

    “The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is continuing its efforts to achieve the objectives of the National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030, which focus on enhancing the user-friendliness and cost-effectiveness of government services,” the minister said during the inauguration event in Riyadh.

  • Sun
    Nov
    11
    2018
    US: This crypto millionaire is building his own city in the Nevada desert

    Jeffrey Berns plans to develop 67,000 acres into a city powered by blockchain

    A cryptocurrency millionaire plans to transform desert land in Nevada – a plot larger than Reno – into a dream city that runs on blockchain technology.

  • Sun
    Nov
    11
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Smart City Bhubaneswar: City Buses To Come With Route Networks In 3 Phases

    While city’s long wait to have a robust public transport through state-of-the art technology driven buses is about to be over with rolling out of ``Mo Bus’’ service on November 6, Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), the company to manage the show, will come up with the route network in three phases, starting the first one from the launch date.

    The Mo Bus Phase-I Network will be launched on November 6 with nine routes. The Mo Bus Phase-II Network will be launched from 15th November and Mo Bus Phase-III Network from 10th December.

  • Sun
    Nov
    11
    2018
    IN: Mukesh Ambani Sets Up Estonian Joint Venture for E-governance; Takes Up E-residency

    Industrialist Mukesh Ambani is keen on the e-governance space and has set up a subsidiary company in Estonia to get a grip on the solutions, government officials of the Northwestern European nation have said. Ambani has formed a subsidiary with the Estonian government's former chief information officer Taavi Kotka. The joint venture will be looking for solutions in the e-governance space, Viljar Lubi, vice-minister for economic affairs and communications of Estonia, which is a European Union member, told a group of visiting journalists recently. He, however, did not elaborate on the exact scope of the partnership, saying government only plays the role of a facilitator.

  • Sun
    Nov
    11
    2018
    PK: E-governance

    Why are Malaysians better off than Pakistanis? Why is Singapore ahead of Pakistan? Amazingly, there are only two differences: state institutions in Malaysia and Singapore work; and Malaysia and Singapore have successfully brought down the incidence of corruption. We have been left behind because our institutions don’t work and the incidence of corruption is way too high.

    Here’s something I wrote in an article titled ‘Without the US’ published in these pages on January 14: “We are not beggars; we have been conscripted into begging. We are not poor, wealth has been sucked out of us. We are a fertile nation – both land and minds. We are the sixth largest country in the world – and the youngest – with 63 percent of the total population under the age of 25. What this means is that a very large segment of our population has the potential to take Pakistan towards financial independence and prosperity”. Welcome to the use of technology to transform ‘governance’. ‘Good governance’ in the simplest of terms is a “form of governance which serves the citizens”. Welcome to the use of technology to serve citizens. Welcome to the Pakistan Citizens’ Portal.

  • Sun
    Nov
    11
    2018
    Azerbaijan Wants to Adopt Blockchain on Ministry of Justice Databases

    Azerbaijan is joining the list of governments adopting distributed ledger technology to promote efficiencies.

    Osman Gunduz, Chair of the Azerbaijani Internet Forum (AMF), announced the country will start using blockchain on the information systems and registries of the Ministry of Justice.

    Azerbaijan Government Eyes Blockchain Application on Notaries, Courts, Penitentiaries, NGOs, Registries

  • Sat
    Nov
    10
    2018
    IN: Centre rewards Assam Police for citizen services

    The Union Government has honored the Assam Police for “good practices” in e-governance project under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), an official release said Saturday.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs has also awarded Special Director General (CID) Anil Kumar Jha, for his outstanding contribution in implementing the project.

  • Sat
    Nov
    10
    2018
    US: Alabama: E-lection Day? Why online voting is not yet an option

    Alabamians can express political opinions, donate to candidates and register to vote via the internet.

    So why shouldn't citizens cast ballots online?

    In an effort to get more ballots in boxes, states and nations have looked to technology to bring more voters to the polls. Or in the case of online voting, bring the polls to the voters.

  • Fri
    Nov
    09
    2018
    Huawei lauds Smarter Cities for Better Life initiative

    According to a report released by UN in May, today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, with 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa. An earlier report by the organization also projected that Africa and Asia together will account for 86 per cent of growth in the world’s urban population over the next 4 decades.

  • Fri
    Nov
    09
    2018
    Say hello to St. Lucia’s only island-wide LTE network

    Digicel customers can now enjoy blazing-fast mobile speeds on St. Lucia’s only island-wide superfast Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network.

    The move is part of Digicel’s promise to take things to the next level with an ongoing global network expansion. LTE is the very latest in commercially available mobile data technology, packing speeds up to ten times faster than 4G. It is capable of running multiple applications smoothly, allowing customers to share large files in real-time and multi-task to their heart’s content. With speeds that surpass anything on a personal computer, it also enables glitch-free High Definition (HD) videos and streaming in real-time, whether on a smartphone, tablet or other internet-enabled device.

  • Thu
    Nov
    08
    2018
    LV: 81.6 percent of households in Latvia have access to internet

    Early this year 81.6 percent of housholds in Latvia had access to the internet which is by 3 percentage points more than a year ago and by 2.18 percentage points more than in 2010, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

    The internet is available almost to all households with children (98.1 percent), while households without children have access to the internet less frequently (76.4 percent). The lowest share of households having access to the internet was recorded among households of single persons (64.9 percent), while the largest in households consisting of two adults with children (98.6 percent).

  • Thu
    Nov
    08
    2018
    VN: NA deputies raise questions on e-government building

    he building of e-government was among the hot topics raised by National Assembly (NA) deputies for Cabinet members during the question-and-answer session on October 31 as part of the ongoing sixth session of the 14th NA.

    Bui Thanh Tung, a representative from the northern city of Hai Phong said that over the years, the Government has drastically directed the building of e-government, especially through the launching of online public services at levels 3 and 4 in line with administrative reform.

  • Thu
    Nov
    08
    2018
    CY: New government helpline available 12 hours a day, every day

    A new government telephone service is now in place to serve the public every day of the week, the department of public administration announced on Wednesday.

    By dialling 1434 the public can contact the government seven days a week from 8am until 8pm. The service is available in English as well as Greek.

  • Thu
    Nov
    08
    2018
    NP: Digital defence

    Going digital is a necessity, but privacy and security concerns must be addressed

    Back in May, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli made a bold statement—the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) would go paperless within six months. Following on that promise, the Cabinet held its first digital meeting in July, providing ample photo-ops of ministers sitting in front of brand new MacBooks.

    Now, the Oli government has made yet another move towards going digital—all official correspondence and transactions will now start to take place through official government emails. While it might come as a surprise to many that official emails were not already being used, it appears that many civil servants were using personal Gmail and Hotmail accounts to correspond with superiors and colleagues. The vast majority, however, confined to paper. Civil servants will now be using email to correspond, seek leave and transfers, and communicate official activities, all under a legal rubric provided by a Cabinet meeting on October 28.

  • Wed
    Nov
    07
    2018
    VN: Improving quality of administrative procedures

    Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc signed Directive No.30/CT-TTg on October 30 for improving the quality of administrative procedures at ministries, branches and localities.

    Accordingly, the directive requires that ministers, heads of the ministerial-level agencies, heads of the agencies attached to the Government, chairman of the People's Committees of the provinces and cities directly under the Central Government and the heads of public administrative units and organisations, direct the implementation of administrative reform, the handling of public administrative procedures, and the application of information technology to serve the construction of e-government and e-government within the ministries, branches and localities.

  • Wed
    Nov
    07
    2018
    CY: Paphos promoting ‘smart city’ package

    The French ambassador to Cyprus met with the mayor of Paphos on Wednesday and discussed the town’s efforts to transform itself into a ‘smart’ city.

    The ambassador, Rene Troccaz, met with Phedonas Phedonos at Paphos town hall.

    “This is the second time they have met each other and the ambassador was particularly interested in our efforts to establish Paphos as smart city,” a municipality spokesman told the Cyprus Mail.

  • Wed
    Nov
    07
    2018
    Smarter Cities for Better Life

    The 31st of October is celebrated as World Cities Day. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the trends and consequences of increasing urbanization and the challenges and opportunities urbanization brings to sustainable development. It is also a chance to promote best practices, new ideas and partnerships between cities and different stakeholders.

    According to a report released by the United Nations (UN) in May, today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, with 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa. An earlier report by the organization also projected that Africa and Asia together will account for 86% of growth in the world’s urban population over the next 4 decades.

  • Tue
    Nov
    06
    2018
    AU: Smart Cities Standard released for industry adoption

    Enhanced telecommunications connectivity, data insights, digital planning practices and innovation districts are among the issues addressed in a new standard of practice released today by the Smart Cities Council and Green Building Council of Australia.

    Released as part of Smart Cities Week Australia in Sydney, the Code for Smart Communities is a new benchmark for urban development practices across greenfield communities, urban regeneration precincts and diverse institutional campuses.

  • Tue
    Nov
    06
    2018
    UA: Kyiv developing smart technologies for its residents for three years already

    Kyiv is ready to share its experience in implementing successful innovative solutions with other cities.

    'The creation of Kyiv's smart infrastructure started three years ago. Today, Kyiv is ready to share its experience in introducing successful innovative solutions, which make the life of residents comfortable and safe and the city's management processes open and transparent, with other cities, said Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who will open the Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018 on Wednesday, October 31.

  • Tue
    Nov
    06
    2018
    US; Newark, N.J., Installs Multipurpose Kiosks Loaded with Free Services

    The kiosks provide free international phone calls, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity, and can charge cellphones.

    International phone calls are expensive. But in Newark, N.J., you can make them for free. All you need to do is walk over to one of the city's newly installed kiosks in neighborhoods across the city.

    “Free is pretty good,” quipped Martin O’Malley, the former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, as he moderated a panel discussion in mid-October at the 2018 MetroLab Network Summit on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark.

  • Mon
    Nov
    05
    2018
    Australian Developer Bringing Disaster Response App to the States

    RADAR helps users document damage and qualify for government assistance.

    Responding to a natural disaster is chaotic enough without having to catalog thousands of forms and photos of property damage by hand.

    That was the premise for Igor Stjepanovic, founder and CEO of Australian software company Gruntify, in trying to simplify the process of qualifying for government aid with a new damage-assessment app called RADAR, which stands for Recording Asset Damage and Restoration.

  • Mon
    Nov
    05
    2018
    CN: Dahua launches new smart city engine and physical access control station with facial recognition

    Video surveillance company Dahua announced its Heart of City (HOC) New Smart City Framework for city, industrial, and commercial applications at a launch event during the Security China 2018 exhibition.

    The Dahua Heart of City is a development engine for smart cities, supported by sensing, intelligence, computing, and ecosystem capabilities the company calls “4 Full,” and uses a construction based on one platform, two centers, and N applications (1+2+N). It can be combined with supporting technologies including AI, deep learning, and IoT to form end-to-end solutions for all areas of smart city operations, according to the announcement.

  • Mon
    Nov
    05
    2018
    TT: Digital government can deliver GDP savings

    iGovTT drives online public services

    An effective knowledge-based economy can deliver economic savings of one working week per year or two per cent of a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    This calculation was put forward by Dr. Arvo Ott, one of the world’s leading experts in digital government when he spoke at iGovTT’s ICT Business Symposium at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, recently.

  • Mon
    Nov
    05
    2018
    Memo on creation of "Internet of Things" lab in Azerbaijan signed

    The E-Government Education and Training Center of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Microsoft Azerbaijan company on establishment of the Internet of Things laboratory.

    The document has been signed by the Rauf Jabbarov, Director of the E-Government Education and Training Center of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan and the Member of Board of Directors, General Manager for Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan at Microsoft CIS company Sarkhan Hashimov.

  • Sun
    Nov
    04
    2018
    IN: Telangana, Estonia sign MoU on digital exchange

    The three-year MoU was signed by Riho Kruuv, Ambassador of Estonia to India and GT Venkateshwar Rao, from the Electronic Service Delivery of Telangana.

    The Government of Telangana has signed a MoU with representatives of the Estonian government to collaborate in the areas of digital development and related policies. The three-year MoU was signed by Riho Kruuv, Ambassador of Estonia to India and GT Venkateshwar Rao, from the Electronic Service Delivery of Telangana government on Saturday.

  • Sun
    Nov
    04
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: Pimpri Chinchwad: Foreign lessons for smart city initiative

    The city improvement committee has decided to visit another country to prepare for the City Transformation Office as part of the smart city initiative.

    A total of 14,000 citizens have given suggestions to the City Transformation Office about sustainable mobility, waste management, health care, education, water, green city, safety, security, sports, e-governance, emergency services, information technology, and economic development.

  • Sun
    Nov
    04
    2018
    PK: PM launches Pakistan Citizens' Portal to address public complaints

    In a historic first, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday launched the Pakistan Citizens’ Portal (PCP) to address public complaints.

    PCP is a complete grievance redressal system, which is connected with all the government departments, while the Prime Minister Office will monitor the entire procedure, Radio Pakistan reported.

  • Sun
    Nov
    04
    2018
    PH: What makes a smart city?

    A few years ago, a city in Metro Manila claimed to be the cleanest city, despite the fact that its rivers were still heavily polluted.

    Recently, another city claimed to be “smart”, based on the fact that its CCTV cameras are now connected to a centralized monitoring center.

  • Sat
    Nov
    03
    2018
    Are smart cities around the world getting smarter?

    According to Trend Micro, soon, smart technologies will be universal. This is, however, just the starter in terms of the types of technologies and potentially life-changing innovations that smart cities promise. These trends are captured in a new report.

    The question posed by Trend Micro is what does it take to build a smart city? This is an intriguing question, given that more than half of the world’s population live in urban areas, but few of these locales can be considered smart. This also depends on how a smart city is defined and understanding the drivers for this form of urban living.

  • Sat
    Nov
    03
    2018
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Varanasi Smart City Project: Government ousts Municipal Corporation, private company to carry out work

    In a strange turn of events, the Varanasi Municipal Corporation has outsourced the city’s Smart City project to a private conglomerate consisting of several Japanese firms with the local governing body not playing any role in the same.

    This information, revealed during the city’s Budget announcement on October 15, has raised concerns that the city’s most ambitious project will not be exercised by the democratically elected corporators.

  • Sat
    Nov
    03
    2018
    MY: Boosting public coffers

    The public service has heard worse; that it is fat and inefficient. So it is a relief of sorts for the public service when the good doctor, when tabling at Parliament the government’s mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan, said that, as part the government’s reform agenda, the public service will be right-sized.

    The previous debate about the public service’s size was rather specious. This is because there is no authoritative benchmark for an ideal size. The issue is not so much about whether the public service is bloated. Rather, it is whether leviathan can be made to work better without costing more.

  • Fri
    Nov
    02
    2018
    US: Smart City Data Projects Need Transparency and Oversight

    Experts at the MetroLab Network Annual Summit warned about the need for control of data-heavy public safety projects, while emphasizing the positive side of community engagement.

    The massive amounts of data collected by cities, and the analytics it enables, are often trumpeted as forces to grow the collective good, whether that is to make traffic move more smoothly or improve air quality.

  • Fri
    Nov
    02
    2018
    CN: Tencent QR code payment service for public transport hits 50 million users across 100 cities

    Tencent’s QR code payment service for public transportation “sao yi Sao” (扫一扫) has reached more than 50 million users across 100 cities since its launch in 2017, local media is reporting (in Chinese).

    Over the past year, the internet giant has been focusing more heavily on integrating its technologies into public transportation and piloting smart transportation initiatives in cities across China. The company recently announced that it is currently testing a new bus hailing system in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, and is exploring the application of cloud computing and big data in real-time traffic data analysis.

  • Fri
    Nov
    02
    2018
    TT: Implementation begins with organisation

    During Marlene McDonald's speech at the 2018 ICT Symposium organised by National Information and Communication Technology Company (iGovTT), I had a powerful sense of déjà vu. It turns out that I was correct. I'd lived through that speech before, specifically in 2008, when Kennedy Swaratsingh, also a Minister of Public Administration, spoke at another ICT symposium in that very room (http://ow.ly/cJG230mjgBG).

    There seemed to be three kinds of talks happening in the room last Friday morning, promises of great things to come, gun talk from the digital arriviste and hard advice from those with practical experience of what needs to get done.

  • Fri
    Nov
    02
    2018
    After $700 000 in Research, Australian Digital Transformation Agency Determines Blockchain Not Yet Outperforming Existing Technology

    After spending $700 000 Australian dollars investigating the industrial potential of blockchain, Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has determined that current versions of the tech are “interesting” but in no way better than other systems, ZDNet reports.

    DTA Chief Digital Officer Peter Alexander reportedly told Senate Estimates on Tuesday: “Blockchain is an interesting technology that would well worth being observed but without standardisation and a lot of work to come — for every use of blockchain you would consider today, there is a better technology — alternate databases, secure connections, standardised API engagement.”

  • Fri
    Nov
    02
    2018
    80% of the Leaders in Dubai/UAE indicate Digital Transformation is the top priority for IT Spending in 2019

    Key factors critical to building successful digital enterprises in Dubai/UAE are identified as providing a clear digital vision, aligning business and IT strategies and nurturing digital talent.

    Organised by S P Jain School of Global Management (S P Jain) the annual IT Management Conclave 2018 is being held at Taj Dubai, UAE on Wednesday (24 October) where its annual Industry Survey findings were released.

  • Thu
    Nov
    01
    2018
    The Bahamas is moving towards e-Government

    Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson recently returned home after attending a seminar for executive training for Caribbean policymakers and Managers. The event, which was held in Estonia, gave Ministers attending deeper insight into the effective workings of e-government. In photo, Minister Thompson (right) greets Estonia Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Rene Tammist.

    Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator J. Kwasi Thompson and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Elise Delancy were invited to participate in an Executive Training for Caribbean policymakers and managers, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, which took place October 15th and 19th, 2018, in Tallinn, Estonia.

  • Thu
    Nov
    01
    2018
    KE: Use Smart Tech in Government Service Delivery

    As the 21st Century technology wave improves business efficiency and service delivery in the private sector, Government is not be left behind. Through advanced technological processes such as intelligent process automation, advanced analytics and AI, modes of interaction between the citizen and government are rapidly changing, with increased opportunities for quality, efficient and reliable public service delivery. Simply stated, by leveraging on technology, governments’ world over have an opportunity to develop, improve and maximise on citizen-centric service delivery.

    Closer to home, it must be noted as a point of pride that Kenya has consistently set herself as a technological trendsetter in the Sub-Saharan region and Africa at large. Particularly, governmental services have increasingly been automated allowing for the delivery of government information and services to citizens ‘anywhere, anytime’. With the advent of online e-government services such as e-Citizen and iTax, Kenya is arguably at the forefront of e-service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Thu
    Nov
    01
    2018
    AU: Study shows supports can boost e-government use

    A range of ‘behavioural interventions’ can increase the use of online government services as well as customer satisfaction, new research shows.

    Making online the default, providing technical support and emphasising the benefits of digital services are among the ways governments can achieve higher usage of their online services.

  • Thu
    Nov
    01
    2018
    EE: The smart nation where everyone owns their personal data

    Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton tell the story of Estonia and its experiment in digital government that’s paying off.

    What does it take to turn a national bureaucracy into a smart government? It’s not too often a country is given a clean slate from which to start. But for Estonia, a small nation on the Baltic Sea, that is exactly what happened.

  • Wed
    Oct
    31
    2018
    Who gets a ‘digital identity’ in Estonia?

    Estonia, which gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, is one of the fastest countries in preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution in the European Union.

    The country has been ranked 32nd at World Economic Forum’s recently announced “Global Competitiveness Index” out of 140 countries.

  • Wed
    Oct
    31
    2018
    DK: Moving public services online ‘will help governments fight fraud’

    Moving public services online and adopting an e-governance approach could help governments fight fraud and corruption, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

    In a report, launched on Monday, the Danish government highlighted that e-governance – moving public services online – can also increase productivity, services and transparency.

  • Wed
    Oct
    31
    2018
    ZW: Transitional Stabilization Programme to Expedite e-government

    The Transitional Stabilization Programme (TSP) by the Zimbabwean Government targets broadening adoption and utilization of e-government across ministries. Departments, local authorities and state owned enterprises in the provision of public services to cut loopholes for corruption.

    Growth of service sector also outlines opportunities for the digital economy arising out of adoption of ICT, with also benefits from increased investment in e-Government platforms.

  • Wed
    Oct
    31
    2018
    US: Colorado Goes Live with New Citizen-Facing Projects

    Chief Technology Officer David McCurdy on some of the major initiatives the state has recently completed.

    Colorado CTO David McCurdy has been busy this year. At the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) annual conference, he described a number of major projects that have been launched in just the last 90 days, from health and human services applications to new policies around IT architecture.

  • Wed
    Oct
    31
    2018
    KY: Government launches portal for business and drivers’ licensing

    Government will present two new online services at a showcase event on Thursday, Oct. 25.

    Joseph Hew, minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure will launch the Trade and Business License application portal, which will allow business owners to apply for a new licence or renew their current licence online, and the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licencing’s new unregistered renewal service, which does not require users to create an account or provide their e-signature (or ESID) number.

  • Wed
    Oct
    31
    2018
    Uganda must address low levels of technological adoption, says Mutabazi

    The Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) – the regulator of the communications sector in Uganda Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi has called on government agencies and other partners to embrace ICT as the country strives to achieve the national broadband policy.

    Mr Mutabazi made the remarks on Tuesday as he addressed hundreds of people during the ninth Annual CEO FORUM held at Serena hotel in Kampala.

  • Tue
    Oct
    30
    2018
    Administrative services in Vietnam gradually digitized

    Pursuing the policy to reduce unnecessary administrative procedures and optimize services in order to better serve citizens, for many years, state offices have progressively digitized their jobs to become more transparent and save overhead cost as well as human resources.

    At first, the application on mobile devices of the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Department of Health was used to store disease treatments or to send meeting invitations among leaders of hospitals. From October 1, it allows citizens to use receipt numbers to search the status of processing documents as to the Department’s public services. When seeing the notice ‘Document processed’, they can come to related offices to receive their documents or wait for it delivered to a desired address.

  • Tue
    Oct
    30
    2018
    US: 20 years of government going digital

    Today’s digital economy has evolved significantly since the eras of mechanical and analog electronic technology. This evolution began in the late 1950s with the advent of mainframe computing as a standard practice for leading businesses, accelerated in the late 1970s with the introduction of personal computers, and continues to the present day in the form of emerging technologies that include cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Beginning in the 1990s, the internet brought about a revolution in how citizens and businesses access, share and retain information over open networks.

  • Tue
    Oct
    30
    2018
    US: Arizona Moves Toward Single Sign-On

    Arizona CIO Morgan Reed on how his agency is developing single sign-on to protect against cyberattacks and make government easier to use.

    In recent years, government has been talking about the move toward single sign-on: one username and password that would give staff and residents alike access to all the services they need, from permitting to licenses to tax payments.

  • Mon
    Oct
    29
    2018
    Singaporeans can now access e-government services with fingerprints or facial recognition

    Singaporeans can now access e-government services using their fingerprint, facial recognition or a 6-digit passcode with the launch of the new Singpass Mobile application for smartphones today.

    People no longer need to memorise secure passwords or have to lug around a physical token whenever they have to use their SingPass to access e-government services.

  • Mon
    Oct
    29
    2018
    MY: Sarawak delegates aim to understand ‘green building, smart building’ better during China study tour

    Delegates from Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Sheda) and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Sarawak are now in Shanghai and Hangzhou in China for a study tour.

    The objective of the trip, running from today till Oct 27, is to study ‘green building’ and ‘smart building’ technologies.

  • Mon
    Oct
    29
    2018
    Singapore launches eGov app with biometrics

    Singapore has launched the Singpass app, which allows citizens to log into eGovernment services with biometric authentication.

    "The new SingPass Mobile app will offer a more convenient log-in option, as users no longer need to enter their passwords to log in," said GovTech's chief executive, Mr Kok Ping Soon, in a statement on Monday, reported the Straits Times.

  • Mon
    Oct
    29
    2018
    MY: e-Govt service providers hit by uncertainties

    Although shares in My E.G. Services Bhd recovered slightly this morning after hitting limit-down last Friday, other e-government service providers saw their share prices decline in early trade amid uncertainties over their contracts.

    Shares in Dagang NeXchange Bhd (DNeX), Iris Corp Bhd and Prestariang Bhd all fell today after market watchers shared concerns that the new government may review existing concessionaires, including e-government contracts in order to plug leakages.

  • Mon
    Oct
    29
    2018
    GB: England: Lancashire: Digital Transformation in Action – Pendle Borough Council

    North West council says digital transformation has reduced contact centre Smart use of technology as part of a digital transformation effort is leading to better citizen engagement at Pendle Borough Council, claims the Town Hall.

  • Sun
    Oct
    28
    2018
    AE: Dubai Land Department participates in A Week Without Service Centres

    DLD launched 'Dubai REST' as a quantum leap in smart transformation

    Dubai Land Department (DLD) participated in ‘A Week without Service Centres’ initiative which will be held from 21-25 October, under the theme ‘A week Without Waiting... Without Parking Traffic...Without Papers,’ to enhance its contribution to this vital initiative launched by Dubai Department of Finance for the second consecutive year, with participation from all official entities and departments in the Emirate.

  • Sun
    Oct
    28
    2018
    IN: 141 schools of Punjab's Jalandhar to acquire smart e-classrooms

    As per the information out of these 141 schools, 81 Schools were primary, 22 were middle, 12 High schools and 26 were Senior Secondary schools.

    In a bid to boost education sector, the state government envisaged a plan to convert 470 classrooms of 141Schools of the district into smart-e-classrooms at a cost of Rs.6.53 crore.

  • Sat
    Oct
    27
    2018
    AE: Abu Dhabi Municipality Launches Digital Geological Maps For Building Permits

    The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has launched a Geospatial Information Management System, GIMS, a sophisticated smart electronic system for soil database that contains all geotechnical, geophysical, hydrological and environmental data, displayed on interactive geological maps.

    The project has been undertaken in the context of the Abu Dhabi Emirate’s vision, a strategic plan designed particularly for the development of Abu Dhabi. It is also intended to complement the Emirate's future vision and establish a modern society and a competitive, sustainable and globally open economy with an advanced and innovative digital system.

  • Sat
    Oct
    27
    2018
    UG: E-Government Will End Corruption – Minister Tumwebaze

    Minster of ICT and National Guidance, Hon Frank Tumwebaze has said only through improved technology, will Uganda be able to fight and defeat corruption in government.

    Speaking Friday at the opening of the MTN Expo at Kololo Independence grounds, the minster applauded the high level of innovatiion which MTN has exhibited in the 20years of its operation in Uganda.

  • Sat
    Oct
    27
    2018
    Blockchain In Government Procurement Gets Promoted For Asian Development Bank

    Over the last few years, there has been an increased interest in blockchain technology and all its benefits. While this industry is still relatively new, there is enough evidence to show that blockchain technology is going to make the world a better place. This is why researchers like S.M. Quamrul Hasan and Dr. Ramanathan Somasundaram, have published a report about how blockchain technology can influence government procurement.

    The report published on Thursday was touting blockchain technology. It was a proposal for the Asian Development Bank.

  • Fri
    Oct
    26
    2018
    MY: Govt’s digitalisation agenda the growth catalyst for tech sector

    E-government service providers could be seeing more jobs in the pipeline as the government intends to pursue digitalisation agenda “aggressively” for higher digital adoption in the public service.

    “In this regard, digital governance in the public sector will be enhanced at the national and ministry levels to support the national digitalisation agenda,” said the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 report released yesterday.

  • Fri
    Oct
    26
    2018
    Overseas Ministry to introduce e-governance to facilitate Pakistani-expats

    Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) is about to introduce paperless culture in the ministry to ensure speedy communication among its attached departments.

    The spokesperson of the ministry said that the department was planning to outsource the project to a private company and the work in this regard was in progress.

  • Fri
    Oct
    26
    2018
    KY: TBL and DVDL payments going online

    The roll-out of two more e-government services will be show-cased next week when Commerce Minister Joey Hew hosts an event at a local hotel unveiling the latest advances which, according to officials, will include the ability for people to pay for key services online. One of the new services will be the Trade and Business Licence application portal, which will allow business owners to apply for a new licence or renew their current licence online, and pay for them. The other is the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing’s new unregistered renewal service, which does not require users to create account or provide their e-signature (or ESID) number.

    “These services will save our people time and hassle, and provide them a more secure, convenient and efficient service,” said Hew, adding that business owners and members of the public had been requesting these services for a long time.

  • Fri
    Oct
    26
    2018
    Should There Be a Global Blueprint for How Governments Handle Biometric Data?

    A recent court decision in India could provide some guidelines, but every solution should be based on an individual country's needs, demographics, and history.

    It's past time we regulate how the government collects, stores, and uses citizen data—and a recent ruling by India's Supreme Court, on the country's digital ID system, may provide us with a blueprint for how to think through that process.

  • Thu
    Oct
    25
    2018
    AU: What’s the big deal about digital identity?

    Unless you’re an avid reader of federal budget statements, you probably missed the $92.4 million allocation in the 2018–19 Budget to build a digital identity scheme known as GovPass—the second one that taxpayers will now be funding. (Australia Post already has an operational scheme called Digital iD that cost $30–50 million to build; GovPass is being set up by the Digital Transformation Agency.) You probably also missed the establishment of the biometric template of your face that has been created to enable the new scheme.

  • Thu
    Oct
    25
    2018
    US: New Jersey: Newark: LinkNWK activates first kiosks

    The first two LinkNWK kiosks in Newark, N.J., have been activated.

    Plans to place 45 kiosks offering free gigabit Wi-Fi, mobile-device charging and other services on sidewalks across the five wards of city were first announced in April.

  • Thu
    Oct
    25
    2018
    AE: Etisalat signs MoU with Fujairah Department of Public Works & Agriculture

    Etisalat appointed as the department's digital, ICT and smart solutions provider

    Etisalat and Fujairah Department of Public Works and Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further enhance smart e-government initiatives by providing the department with innovative digital, ICT and smart solutions.

  • Thu
    Oct
    25
    2018
    Cebu LGUs win big in Digital cities PH

    CEBU CITY was a big winner during the 2018 Digital Cities Philippines (DCP) Awards Night.

    Some 65 projects from 36 local government units (LGUs) were recognized as nominees for six categories. Cebu was the only city that took home two grand awards last Oct. 12 in Manila.

    It bagged the Best Data Driven Governance (D2G) award for its Geo-hazard mapping information system and the Best in e-Government Systems for Global Competitiveness (G2W) award for its Cebu business application and online analytics.

  • Thu
    Oct
    25
    2018
    South Korea reveals its digital transformation strategy to developing countries

    South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning is revealing the secrets of its successful digital transformation to developing countries. This is in the framework of world Bank Democracy Development Program (DDP) forum held in Seoul on October 15-19, 2018. The forum that gathers 40 representatives of 25 countries including some people from the Smart Africa Alliance countries, will provide developing countries with an opportunity to learn from South Korea and realize their development via ICT.

    Thanks to strategic public-private partnerships and an aggressive Technology policy, South Korea has been one of the most advanced countries in terms of digital governance for many years now. In the 2018 E-Government Development Index (EGDI), the United Nations ranked it as the third, after Denmark and Australia. Its telecommunication infrastructures development rate, online services, and citizens participation online are high.

  • Wed
    Oct
    24
    2018
    PK: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt to move towards e-governance with launch of mobile app

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced the launch of a mobile application for a clean and green KP in an attempt to move towards a e-governance system.

    The official twitter handle of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announced the move by the provincial administration of establishing a mobile application called CleanGreenKP that can provide ease to the locals in reporting issues they encounter in their regions to the authorities.

  • Wed
    Oct
    24
    2018
    LR: The Need for a National ICT Conference to Drive the Pro-Poor Agenda and Revive Our Struggling ICT Sector (National ICT Conference '2019).

    "For some of us, the future is now, therefore, sharing knowledge and investing in each other's capabilities will help us to chart the way through the extraordinarily complex labyrinth with which we are faced."

    In 2007 when Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took over the affairs of Liberia, she explored every opportunity that could bring development to Liberia; a country that had just emerged from a devastating 14-year civil war. One of the opportunities Madam Sirleaf explored was the infusion of Information and Communications Technologies or ICTs in her developmental agenda. Hence, the Government of Liberia (GoL) decided to host the nation's first ICT Conference with the aim of formulating a national policy on ICT. That Conference brought together several stakeholders including: GoL's Ministries, Agencies and Commissions or MACs, Local Government officials; the Liberian business community; multinational institutions such as Georgia Institute of Technology (GeorgiaTech), Microsoft Corporation, Cisco Systems, OSIWA, ZTE Corporation, HAUWEI, the World Bank among others.

  • Tue
    Oct
    23
    2018
    IN: Govt to extend broadband to public service institutions

    The Centre has decided to extend the high speed broadband connectivity facility to public service institutions including police stations, high schools and higher education institutions, primary health centres, and post offices on government's expenditure, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said on Monday.

    Eyeing 2.5 lakh gram panchayats, broadband connectivity was provided to 1 lakh gram panchayats under the first phase of BharatNet in December 2017. The second phase of providing connectivity to remaining 1.5 lakh gram panchayats is being implemented through three models – state-led, Central PSUs, and private sector, Sinha said while inaugurating the new corporate office of Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL). The BBNL is implementing the ambitious project.

  • Tue
    Oct
    23
    2018
    IN: Service delivery key aspect of Bharat Net, says Manoj Sinha

    Showing confidence that final phase of Bharat Net project would be completed as per the schedule by March 2019, Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that government's ambitious BharatNet, an optic-fibre cable (OFC) initiative, has now shifted its focus from network deployment to service delivery as it has touched nearly 50 per cent of the country's gram panchayats or village blocks.

    The project to extend high-speed broadband connectivity infrastructure to remaining 1.25 lakh panchayats out of total 2.5 lakh gram panchayats would be completed "on time" and the broad connectivity would offer e-health and e-governance services to the people.

  • Tue
    Oct
    23
    2018
    CA: Ontario: London: Politicians green light draft smart city strategy

    Politicians got their first look at a plan to harness technology for made-in-London solutions to everyday problems at a committee meeting Monday night.

    The goal is a “smart city” that uses data, technology and innovative ideas to improve the lives of Londoners and give the city an edge on a provincial or national stage.

  • Tue
    Oct
    23
    2018
    CA: Ontario: What a 'Smart City' strategy could mean for London's future

    London politicians approved the draft strategy at the city's Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee

    A "Smart City" uses technology and data collection to enhance the lives of its residents and increase its competitiveness with other cities.

    And now, London, Ont., could become just that.

  • Mon
    Oct
    22
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: Pimpri Chinchwad: 14,000 citizens give views for civic projects

    More than 14,000 citizens have submitted their suggestions — on sustainable mobility, waste management, healthcare, education, water, green city, safety, security, sports, e-governance, emergency services, information technology, and economic development in Pimpri Chinchwad — to the city transformation office (CTO).

    Stakeholders’ meetings, with six focused areas, were conducted to collect the suggestions. In the first phase, a draft city development report has been prepared with the help of citizens, civic officials and corporators. The CTO is being handled by private firm Palladium since January.

  • Mon
    Oct
    22
    2018
    India’s new Fourth Industrial Revolution centre

    Technology is evolving faster than ever, and as it continuously changes, the world changes along with it. As we enter the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is important for people to come together to ensure that such technologies are used to benefit mankind.

    The emerging technologies do not come without their risks. One of the major concerns for many is privacy. Controversies against Facebook in the past reveal that our data may not be so secure after all. Aside from that, developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics show that there is a potential that such technologies could displace millions of jobs. A new study forecasts that by 2030, as many as 800 million jobs could be lost worldwide to automation.

  • Mon
    Oct
    22
    2018
    NG: NITDA to restructure operations of government agencies

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced that it is working towards synchronising online presence of government agencies to provide for harmony and ease of doing business in the country.

    The Director General of the agency, Isa Pantami, made this known while opening Nigeria’s pavilion at the 18th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX 2018) holding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

  • Mon
    Oct
    22
    2018
    How Companies Think About Smart City Technology and Improving Metropolitan Living

    Leading vendors like Cisco and Panasonic see a shift in smart city planning with municipal leaders leading the way. Technology has the ability to make living in a city safer, more efficient and more enjoyable. Major companies involved in smart city innovations — like Cisco and Panasonic — produce technologies that do just that.

  • Mon
    Oct
    22
    2018
    AE: Disruptive technologies power Dubai's smart city goals

    Smart Dubai is at the forefront of bringing digitisation

    Dubai has taken the challenge to build a smart city head on and it is laying the foundation of happiness for future generations. This is evident from the projects and initiatives Smart Dubai is currently working on.

    Speaking at the Gitex Technology Week on Monday, Dr Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, director-general of Smart Dubai Office, said the government would go all out to ensure the happiness of residents.

  • Mon
    Oct
    22
    2018
    US: Can We Go Electric Before It’s Too Late?

    Plugging in cars and trucks will be critical to averting climate catastrophe, according to the IPCC. How far has the U.S. come?

    According to a new report from the United Nations’ scientific panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), humanity has about 12 years to avoid the most dire consequences of climate change. To avert catastrophic sea level rise, food shortges, and widespread drought and wildfire, emissions must be reduced by 45 percent from 2010 levels, and by 100 percent by 2050.

  • Sun
    Oct
    21
    2018
    How India is harnessing technology to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    In November of 2016, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an announcement that sent the country’s population into a tailspin.

    Overnight, 86% of the country’s currency became invalid, as the 500 rupee ($7.30) and 1,000 ($15) rupee notes ceased to be legal tender. It was a bold move to combat corruption by reducing the country’s reliance on cash for business transactions. But there was also another factor in play.

  • Sun
    Oct
    21
    2018
    ZM: 11,000 govt workers not tracked on e-payslip, says Mtonga

    E-Government division national coordinator Dr Martine Mtonga says 11,000 government workers have not yet been tracked on e-payslip.

    Dr Mtonga urged Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo to alert administration officers in all the districts that government workers who would not be on the e-pay slip would receive their last pay this December.

  • Sun
    Oct
    21
    2018
    Khon Kaen takes lead in Thailand's race to smarten up

    Khon Kaen has been chosen to be the government's model smart city for other provinces to learn from.

    Last Saturday, Khon Kaen hosted the Smart City Expo 2018, an event designed to showcase a variety of projects aimed at achieving the goal.

  • Sat
    Oct
    20
    2018
    MX: Sinaloa goes digital: new strategy to fight corruption, improve service

    'We’re going to digitize the whole government,' says Governor Ordaz

    Bureaucratic paperwork is supposed to become a relic of the past in Sinaloa for dealings with the state government.

    Governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel announced yesterday that all the government’s administrative services are going digital as part of a strategy to combat corruption and save people time.

  • Sat
    Oct
    20
    2018
    The first step in transforming your business with IoT is engaging your people

    It’s October. The fourth quarter. How many industry trade shows and conferences have you been to this year. Two? Six? Can’t remember? From Dubai to Berlin and Singapore to Las Vegas the dominant theme at every single technology event I’ve attended this year has been that “everything” will be connected (and smart!).

    For companies who manufacture, this is a generational transformation, a complete digital transformation of our businesses and critically, of our business models. It makes completely new revenue streams possible — “Hey, my products can now generate revenues from subscription services!” — and challenges (they call it disruption for a reason).

  • Sat
    Oct
    20
    2018
    IN: E-autos set to run in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram

    The City Corporation too has jumped on the electric vehicle bandwagon by planning an electric autorickshaw (e-auto) project in the capital. A feasibility study has already been launched to convert all autos in the city into electric vehicles under the Smart City project. The aim of the project is to make public transport more environment-friendly.

    Initially, 50 autos now plying on city roads will be replaced with e-autos within a year. The project will take off from Thampanoor on a trial basis. Around 10 spots in the city will be considered for implementing the first phase.

  • Fri
    Oct
    19
    2018
    US: Rural Wi-Fi Project Improves Wildfire Monitoring in Southern California

    Originally intended to extend Internet access to far-flung areas, a collaboration between UC San Diego and San Diego County has been used to monitor and respond to several recent wildfires.

    In this installment of the Innovation of the Month series, we explore the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) based in San Diego County. While initially an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research and education project with the University of California San Diego (UCSD), HPWREN has since been used to monitor and respond to several recent wildfires in San Diego County.

  • Fri
    Oct
    19
    2018
    CN: Hainan establishes China’s first blockchain trial zone

    The Hainan Free Trade Zone (Port) Blockchain Trial Zone was officially established in Hainan Ecological Software Park by the Hainan Provincial Industry and Information Technology Department earlier this week.

    The provincial government hopes that this will help encourage innovation and promote the application of blockchain technology in China. The zone will also include a blockchain research institute that is mutually established by the Hainan Resort Software Community (RSC) and the University College Oxford Blockchain Research centre at Oxford University.

  • Fri
    Oct
    19
    2018
    Singapore to use facial recognition in national digital identity system

    During the recent STACK Summit, the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) revealed that it will create a centralised biometric scheme as part of its National Digital Identity (NDI) system, beginning with facial recognition, in order to enable its use for a number of services.

    According to a report by GovInsider, GovTech is creating a centralised biometrics system to save users the hassle of repeated enrollments. Citizens will only need to register their biometric information once under the centralised NDI system and will no longer need to repeat the enrollment process for each service.

  • Fri
    Oct
    19
    2018
    Biometric access to be offered to online services in Singapore

    Singapore’s Government has announced the five Smart Nation projects that would offer biometric identification for a safe system.

    The features of the project include a national digital identity that underpins the development of a safe and secure society, an e-citizen service called Moments of Life (Families), online payments, a sensor network, and smart urban mobility.

  • Thu
    Oct
    18
    2018
    The Digital Accelerator: Revving Up Government in Asia

    Asia’s digital revolution shows no signs of slowing down. From e-commerce giants, like China’s Alibaba and Japan’s Rakuten, to ride-hailing and digital payment tech startups, like Indonesia’s Go-Jek and India’s Paytm, and the widespread use of industrial robots for manufacturing, digitization is changing the way the region’s businesses operate.

    It is also transforming the way governments operate. Thanks to digitization, policymakers have greater access to timely and accurate data. With better information, governments can design and implement better policies, such as improving tax compliance and the efficiency of government spending.

  • Thu
    Oct
    18
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: A year later, Smart City project yet to take off in Bengaluru

    A year after the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to implement the Smart City project in Bengaluru, the Central government project is yet to take off

    A year after the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to implement the Smart City project in Bengaluru, the Central government project is yet to take off. Though a grant of ₹100 crore was released recently, the SPV has not got into action.

  • Thu
    Oct
    18
    2018
    NG: Kazaure: Govt’s Leadership Role Key to Digital Transformation

    Managing Director/CEO, Galaxy Backbone, Yusuf Kazaure, spoke with Emma Okonji on the need for all tiers of governments to actively participate in the country’s digital transformation process

    Q: So much was said about digital transformation for Africa at the 2018 ITU Telecoms World conference in Durban, South Africa. What is your take on the way forward to bridge digital divide in Nigeria through digital transformation?

  • Thu
    Oct
    18
    2018
    IN: Nagaland: Good governance not an option, but basic right: CM

    Nagaland CM addresses 30th regional conference on Good Governance Initiatives

    Nagaland State Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today stated that good governance is not an option for governments but a basic right for all citizens; and the government is duty bound to provide it. Rio was speaking at the inaugural session of the regional conference on Good Governance Initiatives held at Hotel Vivor, Kohima on October 10.

  • Wed
    Oct
    17
    2018
    Lebanon Set on Creating Smart Cities

    Mayors, politicians and entrepreneurs from across the country are working in coordination with the Arab Forum for Smart Cities to digitally and electronically transform Lebanon with a view to creating smart, or “e-,” cities.

    Though the term “e-cities” may conjure up futuristic images of self-driving cars and digitized traffic signals, the forum’s aspirations are much more modest. Smart cities simply use information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance services such as energy, transportation and utilities.

  • Wed
    Oct
    17
    2018
    ZM: E-govt has stopped cabinet leaks – Dr Mtonga

    E-Government division national coordinator Dr Martine Mtonga says the implementation of e-government has intensified security as well as reduced the cost of holding cabinet meetings.

    When he paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo yesterday, Dr Mtonga said all Cabinet ministers have been trained in e-government.

  • Tue
    Oct
    16
    2018
    IN: Making smart cities cyber-secure

    A smart city must also be a safe city, with a good disaster response system.

    With the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission moving forward in a phased manner and technology forming the backbone of smart cities’ architecture and governance, one of the major challenges identified for the future is cyber security.

  • Tue
    Oct
    16
    2018
    PK: Why we Need to Invest More in Technology?

    Countries around the globe are investing more and more in the IT sector to accelerate their economy. There are numerous government branches across the globe set up entirely with tech development in mind – Silicon Valley was built on public funds for the sole reason of tech expansion. Technology stocks offer investors a lot of profitability in fact; the sector offers the highest returns of all ranked market sectors.

  • Tue
    Oct
    16
    2018
    Biometric tech, paperless registration, on-demand bus services and more in Singapore’s brave new world

    Scanning one’s fingerprint instead of using passwords is one way of overcoming common mistakes people make that compromise the security of systems.

    And in the light of the recent SingHealth cyber attack, having biometric identification does make systems safer, Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan said on Tuesday (Oct 9).

  • Tue
    Oct
    16
    2018
    Singapore touts open platforms in smart nation drive, acknowledges need to do better in security

    New pilots including a drowning detection system are in the works, as the government continues to push its smart nation goal alongside an open, API-driven framework. But it stresses the importance of security in rolling out new services and acknowledges the country needs to do better, particularly, following the SingHealth data breach.

    Singapore is pushing out several new initiatives, including a drowning detection system, as part of its ongoing smart nation drive, whilst touting the importance of an open API-driven framework in driving such efforts. It also acknowledges the country needs to do more to improve its security posture, particularly in the aftermath of the SingHealth data breach.

  • Mon
    Oct
    15
    2018
    China Establishes ‘Blockchain Test Zone’ in Hainan Free Trade Zone

    China has launched a “Blockchain Test Zone” section in its recently-established Free Trade Zone on Hainan island. The project already involves a number of big-name companies and institutions including Oxford University, the People’s University of China, and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. It’s another step towards China’s goal to become a world leader in the blockchain, if not cryptocurrency per se, technology field.

  • Mon
    Oct
    15
    2018
    KR: Seoul Government Plans $100 Million Investment into Blockchain to Build a Smart City

    During his nine-day-long visit to Europe, Park Won-soon, mayor of Seoul, revealed that the South Korean capital is planning to implement blockchain technology across a number of key areas in the city’s government over the next five years.

    The Blockchain Urban Plan will see the technology added to 14 public services in the city. The budget for the plan stands at estimaded 123 billion Korean won ($108 million). Services that will see blockchain introduction include voting, labor welfare certification issuance, etc.

  • Mon
    Oct
    15
    2018
    BH: BD300 million eSuccess

    The monetary value of financial transactions completed via eGovernment channels has now risen to over BD300 million, according to IGA. The use of eGovernment services is becoming more popular year after the year, according to an analysis done by the eGovernment authority.

    Information and eGovernment Authority Chief Executive Mohammed Al Qaed revealed this to Tribune on the sidelines of the International eGovernment Forum 2018 which was held yesterday.

  • Mon
    Oct
    15
    2018
    CN: Hong Kong’s Attitude Problem with Smart City Development

    On the surface, Hong Kong has all the necessary pre-requisites to be a smart city leader.

    Deep mobile penetration, excellent infrastructure, burgeoning logistics environment, strong university facilities and a growing entrepreneur economy with new venture capitalist cash pouring in every day.

    The HKSAR Government is also adding its weight. It developed a smart city blueprint and noted its willingness to invest HKD 700 million in three areas: eID, a pilot Multi-functional Smart Lampposts scheme and improving its e-government systems.

  • Sun
    Oct
    14
    2018
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Chief secy sets Nov 10 deadline for starting Smart City work ..

    With Cochin Smart Mission Ltd (CSML) authorities failing to implement most of its projects three years after its inception, chief secretary Tom Jose has set November 10, 2018, as the deadline for starting all the works. Jose had convened a meeting of CSML officials on Saturday to review work progress.

    At the meeting, Smart City Mission officials informed the chief secretary that many projects were in the tender stage and work could begin in two or three months after completing tender procedures.

  • Sat
    Oct
    13
    2018
    Nigeria developing Africa’s biggest ID data base – Osinbajo

    Nigeria’s on-going digital identification of all citizens and legal residents on a harmonized platform will be the largest database in Africa and only second in the world to the Aadhaar of India,

    Osinbajo stated this on Friday while delivering the keynote address at the “Technology As A Catalyst Conference,” TAAC, held in Lagos on Friday

  • Sat
    Oct
    13
    2018
    ZW: New Economic Plan Singles Out Digital Entrepreneurship, Good But…

    The Zimbabwe Transitional Stabilisation Programme has to be the first time a document by the government at this level has at least shown appreciation of digital entrepreneurship. The document Mthuli Ncube launched says:

    Harnessing the digital economy and digital entrepreneurship has the potential of creating jobs for the youths, often at low cost.

    This will entail implementation of concrete plans to create an enabling environment for the digital economy to thrive, including supporting the availability of faster and reliable internet connection.

  • Fri
    Oct
    12
    2018
    IN: India, Russia to collaborate in digital economy

    India and Russia will collaborate in digital economy and explore areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and e-health, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday.

    He said the inherent strengths of India and Russia in software and hardware provide growth avenues for mutual benefits.

  • Thu
    Oct
    11
    2018
    US: Designing Accessible Government Websites

    To be equitable for all citizens, governments must make sure their websites are accessible to people of all abilities.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.7 million people — nearly one in five Americans — have a disability, such as vision loss, hearing loss or mobility impairments. People with disabilities face many challenges when websites are not accessible. For example, individuals who are blind may not be able to navigate a website using a screen reader if the website does not properly label graphics, and individuals who are deaf are not able to understand the narration in an online video if it is not properly captioned. When government agencies fail to make their websites accessible, people with disabilities are unable to get access to important government services and information. Unfortunately, according to a recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), many state government websites are not accessible.

  • Thu
    Oct
    11
    2018
    Applying blockchain for eGovernment

    There is significant interest in many countries in the potential of blockchain for government services, both in terms of cutting costs and for building trust and transparency. And, indeed, there already are many compelling pilot projects around the world.

    But many are not built to scale and/or to achieve financial sustainability, and that is where leadership, partnerships and standards have crucial roles to play. Government chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology (IT) leadership must do the groundwork of building a culture that is ready to embrace and capitalize on the change brought by technology innovations such as blockchain. Governments, furthermore, require a trustworthy paradigm for evaluating design options that are now available in blockchain and a strategy for adopting the technology space’s quickly emerging framework of technical standards.

  • Thu
    Oct
    11
    2018
    Smart cities: how IOT is putting Africa on the map

    Internet of things infrastructure opens the door to technological innovation from the private sector, says IoT.nxt.

    Africa, along with the rest of the world, is currently charging through the fourth industrial revolution. Society is beginning to be reshaped by the smart use of information and technology. One of the most apparent examples of this change is the acceleration of the implementation of the Internet of things (IOT).

  • Wed
    Oct
    10
    2018
    How Estonia Is Leading the Charge in E-Citizenship

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid wants the world to realize that technology makes you free. At the same time, as she told Fortune’s Nina Easton at the Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif. on Tuesday, “Technology doesn’t make you safe; it’s all up to the people using it.”

    Kaljulaid told the summit audience about her digital-first republic. Estonians live in an increasingly digital country, with an e-government infrastructure that was introduced in 2001. So-called E-stonia is built on a platform called X-Road, a digital infrastructure that supports both public and private services. Kaljulaid says that the infrastructure works like an app store, where nearly any business or individual that has built a product or service can make it available online.

  • Wed
    Oct
    10
    2018
    Fourth industrial revolution: Nigeria’s next phase of growth?

    Basking in the euphoria of 58 years of independence, one critical part of Nigeria’s economy that has performed creditably well is the Information and Communications Technology (ICT)/ telecoms sector. Currently contributing about 12 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the sector was adjudged a ‘Star Performer’, at the last rebasing exercise of 2014, which put the economy’s worth at $510 billion.

  • Wed
    Oct
    10
    2018
    AU: Digitising social services could further exclude people already on the margins

    Digital or e-government has been prominent on Australia’s political agenda for at least a decade. It has led to improvements in e-services that allow you to pay rates online, submit a digital tax return, or claim rebates for medical bills.

    But while e-services can make life more convenient for those who have access, there are signs that transacting with the state digitally is fast becoming mandatory. The My Health Record opt-out system, for example, assumes everyone will participate in this digital initiative unless they take deliberate action to do otherwise.

  • Wed
    Oct
    10
    2018
    CN: Hong Kong’s smart city ambitions must be powered by tech-savvy people

    Yam Ki Chan says the government’s grand plan to promote innovation won’t get far without efforts to accelerate digitisation in SMEs, strengthen e-government services, and popularise STEM education in schools – in other words, make technology accessible to the masses

    The annual tradition of the Hong Kong chief executive’s policy address is almost here. In her maiden address last October, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced an ambitious plan to diversify Hong Kong’s economy by promoting innovation and technology. The government then released the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong and allocated HK$50 billion towards technology-related initiatives.

  • Tue
    Oct
    09
    2018
    Focus on Bahrain’s public sector eTransformation

    ‘eTransformation in Public Sector’ will be the focus of the upcoming Bahrain International eGovernment Forum on its first day.

    The ministerial panel discussion in the forum taking place on 7th & 8th October will be led by Shaikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the Minister of Justice & Islamic Affairs along with Zayed bin Rashed AlZayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

  • Tue
    Oct
    09
    2018
    Kuwait, Amazon to put framework for cloud services in gov't sector

    The Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority and Amazon Web Services (AWS) were putting frameworks and policies for cloud service to develop e-government services in Kuwait, CITRA said in a statement Monday.

    CITRA said it was coordinating with Amazon to organize workshops inside Kuwait to provide solutions for the government sector in general, the health and educational sectors in particular, to provide state-of-art e-services for public.

  • Tue
    Oct
    09
    2018
    US: Vermont Agency of Transportation Launches Online Applications for Diversity Employment Programs

    The Vermont Agency of Transportation has recently launched online applications for women and minority residents of Vermont interested in obtaining training programs, employment opportunities, and support services in highway construction.

    Employment Diversity in Highway Construction (EDHC) provides several programs to assist Vermont residents in workforce training and job placement. The new online format allows applicants to submit applications from their home computer or smartphone for On the Job Training, Commercial Driver Training Funding, and Highway Construction Training Subsidies.

  • Mon
    Oct
    08
    2018
    IN: Govt signs two MoUs signed with Uzbekistan in ICT sector

    A meeting between Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Minister for Development of Information Technologies and Communications, Uzbekistan Shuhrat Sadikov was held in New Delhi for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries in ICT sector.

    The Uzbek side appreciated India’s achievement under the Digital India programme and expressed interest for co-operation in the area of IT-ITeS trade promotion, e-Governance, HRD and capacity building, telemedicine, etc. Further, the Uzbek side showed keen interest in techno-park cooperation.

  • Mon
    Oct
    08
    2018
    KR: Exclusive: Seoul plans to help Pyongyang build smart cities

    Secretary General of World Smart Sustainable Cities Organisation (WeGO) reveals plans to work with North Korea.

    The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organisation (WeGO) in Seoul plans to help North Korea build smart cities, its Secretary General has exclusively revealed to GovInsider.

  • Mon
    Oct
    08
    2018
    Federal Council publishes new Digital Switzerland strategy

    On 6 September 2018 the Federal Council announced (in German, French, Italian and English) that it had adopted a new Digital Switzerland strategy for the next two years. The new strategy replaces the 2016 Digital Switzerland strategy and, like its predecessor, aims to prioritise the government's efforts in the digital realm.

    Under the new strategy, the Federal Council places a stronger focus on initiatives relating to artificial intelligence and smart cities, smart villages and smart regions. Digitalisation within the administration will also take a central role. The strategy addresses additional topics, ranging from digitalisation in the transport and energy sectors to e-government and cyber risks.

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