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  • Fri
    Dec
    15
    2017
    IN: Kerala Police use RFID technology to keep children safe at Sabarimala

    Vodafone India today announced a first of its kind initiative in association with the Kerala Police, to ensure a safe and worry-free spiritual experience for lakhs of pilgrims visiting Sabarimala during the 2017-18 Mandalam / Makara Vilakku season.

    All children under 14 years of age will stay protected with Vodafone RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags that will be hung on their neck at Pamba, ensuring their movements and location can be tracked till the time they return to Pamba from Sannidhanam. This initiative will help prevent incidents of children getting lost during the annual Sabarimala yatra and free up the Kerala Police force time and efforts to focus on more important tasks on hand.

  • Fri
    Dec
    15
    2017
    Dutch public ombudsman calls for improvements to e-govt services

    The Dutch government needs to do more to ensure citizens without strong digital skills can still access public services, according to a report from the national ombudsman over e-government.

    Citizens have no choice - they've only one government to turn to - so the state needs to put users central, especially when it comes to digitisation of services, the report said. The focus should be on ensuring citizens have what they need to communicate with the public authorities. Citizens should not feel forced to use a digital channel if they don't want to or unable to.

  • Fri
    Dec
    15
    2017
    IN: E-governance is stepping stone for good administration, says UIDAI chief

    Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman J Satyanarayana on Friday said that e-governance is a "stepping stone" for good administration and it is all about transformation.

    "Technology, policy and governance are more or less inter-connected deeply in several ways for these three things to function in a vibrant manner we need citizen centric policies, open technologies which will lead to good governance," he said.

  • Thu
    Dec
    14
    2017
    US: Legislation to Modernize VA Health System Includes Telehealth Licensing Provision

    U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, introduced new legislation designed to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system and includes a provision that would allow physicians to practice telemedicine across state lines.

    The Veterans Community Care and Access Act of 2017 (S. 2184) would better integrate VA services and existing VA community care programs, such as the Veterans Choice Program, into an efficient and high-performing healthcare system, the Senators wrote in a press release.

  • Thu
    Dec
    14
    2017
    IN: Narendra Modi App : Amazing Platform where Prime Minister connects with the citizens.

    Wanna give ideas to or interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi? Go and download Narendra Modi app on android and iOs.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an amazing sense of connecting with masses. Prime Minister knows the nerve of Indian public and at various instances proves himself as a pan Indian leader. Prime Minster Modi is undoubtedly one of the most tech-savvy global leader and a big promoter of e-governance and m-governance since a long time. Within two months of assuming Prime Minister-ship, he had launched the ambitious myGov project. In continuing the tradition of citizen connect, Prime Minister Modi took another step towards connecting with the people at their convenience by launching Narendra Modi app couple of years back.

  • Thu
    Dec
    14
    2017
    US: Smart City Pioneers: Where Are They Now?

    Smart city projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., were early efforts at the Internet of Things, analytics and other connected tech. Here's what they're up to today.

    To understand where smart city projects are going, one must understand where they’ve been. Atlanta CIO Samir Saini does this by dividing these projects into three phases: Smart Cities 1.0, Smart Cities 2.0 and Smart Cities 3.0.

  • Thu
    Dec
    14
    2017
    IN: mKeralam to offer 86 services

    mKeralam, a single-window mobile app to access all e-governance services of Kerala, will be rolled out soon. A trial version of the app, offering access to 86 services of 14 departments, will be released in a few days. The app will be also made available on PlayStore. It will be compatible with iOS and Android platforms.

    According to Kerala State IT Mission sources, the mobile app will be supporting all online payment options like debit cards, credit cards, net banking and e-wallets and there will not be any additional charges.

  • Thu
    Dec
    14
    2017
    China to further promote government information sharing and disclosure

    China will further integrate government information systems and enable more information disclosure on the allocation of public resources, according to a decision made at the State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

    The government will work to consolidate and integrate the national data sharing and exchange platform to enable connectivity across networks, data and administrative services, the meeting has decided.

  • Wed
    Dec
    13
    2017
    Until the end of the year Ukraine will have a MobileID

    The authorities fulfilled all obligations for the implementation of MobileID in Ukraine. About this on his page in Facebook said the Deputy head of the State Agency for e-government in Ukraine Alexey Vyskov.

    According to the official, in Ukraine now possible to use a digital signature on the basis of the European cryptoalgorithm ECDSA. It is a question of harmonizing this cryptoalgorithm was one of the most problematic on the way to the introduction of MobileID in the country.

  • Wed
    Dec
    13
    2017
    EG: Automation of Suez Canal area services complete by end of December

    Government to provide new electronic services in March, says minister of planning

    Minister of Planning, Follow-up, and Administrative Reform Hala El-Said said that achieving high economic growth will not happen without the inclusion of other segments of society in the financial system, which is a key objective of Egypt Vision 2030. Her words came during a speech on financial inclusion and digital payment technology at Cairo ICT 2017.

  • Wed
    Dec
    13
    2017
    IN: Kerala: ‘We Are Kannur’ mobile app to be launched soon

    An official eGov app that brings all aspects of Kannur district onto a single platform

    This official app is still in a trial stage and the complete version that is expected to be available in a week is set to be a utility that will not only allow its user to access information concerning government offices and services but also serve as a platform for the public to rate and review performances of government offices and for the district administration to make public announcements.

  • Wed
    Dec
    13
    2017
    US: Telemedicine Could Trump Economic Development for Driving Community Broadband

    Health care and telemedicine delivery can make a strong financial business case that justifies community broadband investment, and makes it easier to raise money.

    By its recent broadband policy decisions, or intent thereof, the FCC majority has proven itself an adversary of consumers, small businesses and local governments. An increasing number of municipalities, public utilities, co-ops and local ISPs are exploring avenues for getting community-owned or controlled broadband networks.

  • Wed
    Dec
    13
    2017
    Smart Industry World 2017 to shape Vietnamese smart industry

    Held for the first time in Vietnam, Smart Industry World 2017 saw the participation of state management bodies, researchers, experts, and the business community to discuss future orientations and methods to attract investment and develop the Vietnamese smart industry.

    Organised on December 4-5, Smart Industry World 2017, themed “Shaping and Developing Smart Manufacturing Industries in the Future,” is a large-scale international event on smart technology, consisting of a series of four seminars and an exhibition on technologies under Industry 4.0.

  • Tue
    Dec
    12
    2017
    Swiss canton Schaffhausen presents eID+ pilot

    Swiss canton Schaffhausen has presented a pilot version of the eID+ service during the e-Government Days, reported Inside-IT. The eID product was developed by the start-up Procivis with the participation of the software producer Queo Swiss from Solothurn.

    The system can be adjusted and integrated with similar platforms in future, such as the planned SwissID. Procivis communicates with various eID providers.

  • Tue
    Dec
    12
    2017
    Ghana digital ID card secures gov services, payments to come

    The Ghana digital ID program has started delivering multi-application credentials to citizens, the start of an ambitious effort that officials say will result in the issuance of cards to some 16 million citizens within a year. Eventually, Ghana’s ID card could outpace similar ones in Europe in terms of how people can use them, according to Cryptovision, a vendor involved with the project.

    The first GhanaCard was recently issued to the Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. It offers identity verification and “will enable strong two-factor authentication as a password replacement for e-government services online and will be used for the digital signature of electronic documents,” Germany-based Cryptovision says.

  • Tue
    Dec
    12
    2017
    US: Next-Gen Cities: 3 Jurisdictions Get Smarter

    From transportation to digital equity, connected communities like Albuquerque, Columbus and Las Vegas keep citizen needs at the forefront.

    Technology is no longer confined to PCs or even smartphones. It’s everywhere, in everything, and it aims to make life as easy as possible. Running into unexpected traffic on the way to work is fast becoming a thing of the past — your traffic app already warned you and rerouted you. Juggling numerous apps or credit cards to pay for rides on a bus, train, ferry or even bike could soon be as nostalgic a part of city life as fare boxes and subway tokens.

  • Tue
    Dec
    12
    2017
    President: Azerbaijan preparing for launch of next telecommunication satellite

    Launch of first telecommunication satellite into orbit in 2013 is one of Azerbaijan’s technical achievements during its independency. Now, we’re preparing for launch of the next satellite, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in his letter to the participants of the Bakutel 2017, the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference.

  • Tue
    Dec
    12
    2017
    IN: Progress report on smart cities say Pune the biggest gainer, Chennai lags

    The progress report that has tracked progress in eight smart cities namely Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal

    Pune has achieved maximum progress in projects launched by it under the smart cities mission followed by Bhopal and Ahmedabad, says the AmCham and PwC report titled Snapshot of projects under Lighthouse Smart Cities.

  • Mon
    Dec
    11
    2017
    IN: Rajasthan to build India’s first common data and analytics platform

    The common data and analytics platform will be used by all government departments across Rajasthan to collate and utilize data effectively

    Vasundhara Raje led BJP government in Rajasthan is all out to use technology to improve efficiency in delivering of e-governance services in the state. The state government has recently signed an agreement with US-based data warehouse firm Teradata to help them create a common data and analytics platform that can be used by all government departments across Rajasthan to collate and utilize data effectively.

  • Mon
    Dec
    11
    2017
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Private document writers should not be allowed to create index for registration, Madras HC says

    The Madras high court has said private document writers should not be allowed to create index for registration (abstract of documents or base data of the property) and added that authorities must address discrepancies in guideline values of lands displayed on official website.

    "We have to hold that creation of index is statutory duty which must be performed only by officials of the registration department. This can't be passed on to document writers or to registrants. Since certified copies of index entries will have to be provided to the applicants on demand and on payment of fees, it is necessary that the entries are correctly made. The entries have to be authentic. Therefore, it is the duty of the sub-registrar to carry out the preparation of the indexes," the division bench of justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan said in its order passed on a petition filed by realtor Sankaralingam from Sivakasi.

  • Mon
    Dec
    11
    2017
    IN: How Rajasthan Government is Using e-Governance to Empower State Administration

    Rajasthan Digi Fest 2017 displayed the e-governance schemes currently being practised by the state government of Rajasthan.

    The most recent Rajasthan Digi Fest 2017, third such event by the state, was concluded in Udaipur on Monday. The 3-day long IT festival held by the state government shed light on the Rajasthan government’s efforts towards digitisation and how the administration is providing a boost to the start-up culture in the state. With a string of speakers from various companies operating across the world attending the event, the Digi Fest 2017 served as a platform for learning to the aspiring youth of the nation. The event kicked off with a 24-hour long hackathon, which saw the participation of more than 1500 youngsters from across India, day 2 of the Digi Fest welcomed speakers like Greg Moran, Co-Founder and CEO - Zoomcar, Colin Tooze, Director of Public Policy – Uber Global and many more. The event was also attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia who addressed the gathering and interacted with the various digital presentations at the IT festival.

  • Mon
    Dec
    11
    2017
    AZ: ystem of e-signature certificates' integration into new IDs to be presented in Baku

    Presentation of a system of integration of e-signature certificates into new IDs will be held within the framework of the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference Bakutel 2017, the country's Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Elmir Valizade said.

    He made the remarks Dec. 4 in Baku at a press conference dedicated to the opening of the Bakutel 2017 Exhibition.

  • Sun
    Dec
    10
    2017
    FJ: Suva - smart city of the future

    The city of destiny, Suva, is envisioned to become a leader in sustainability, healthy living, equality and innovation.

    Smart cities

    A smart city is a highly connected place where intelligent decision-making enhances infrastructural efficiencies, economic growth, swift governance, sustainability and greater safety and security to enhance the quality of life of citizens.

  • Sat
    Dec
    09
    2017
    US: Rural hospitals are facing down connectivity obstacles as they deploy telemedicine

    New HIMSS Analytics research finds rural health systems give top priority to expanded patient access with telemedicine.

    Network reliability and availability of fiber-based services are key contributors to success at rural healthcare provider organizations adopting new care delivery models. And telemedicine is a driving force behind rural healthcare organizations getting better connected, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics.

  • Sat
    Dec
    09
    2017
    IN: In Vasundhara Raje's Rajasthan, government departments flop on social media

    Social media’s rising influence in our lives has failed to find favour with government departments in Rajasthan. While central government and other state governments have been using Twitter and Facebook to resolve common man’s day-to-day problems, Rajasthan miserably lags behind.

    Zee Media’s investigation revealed that people have been trying to connect with government departments but don’t get response. What is highly disappointing is that departments providing basic facilities like water, electricity and road are not active on the social media. Personally, ministers and officers are active on social media but don’t give much importance to social media presence of their departments.

  • Sat
    Dec
    09
    2017
    IN: Tamil Nadu to offer 300 public services on e-platform

    To improve the delivery of public services, Tamil Nadu will offer over 300 services through the e-District programme.

    This is in addition to the over 165 services of various government departments being accessed through Common Service Centres, said Tamil Nadu IT minister M Manikandan.

  • Sat
    Dec
    09
    2017
    IN: Delhi Development Authority to Computerize Its Functions and Services for Providing E-Governance Services

    During a review meeting in his chamber last month, Sh Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) had directed DDA to evolve itself as a citizen friendly organization with enhancement of its digital solutions and provide more people friendly services.

    The Minister had further directed DDA to usher in total transparency in its function and dealing with the Public and its Customers. As a follow up to the above, the Vice-Chairman, DDA during his interaction with the Minister here today apprised him of the efforts made by DDA in this direction.

  • Fri
    Dec
    08
    2017
    Microsoft highlights Malta’s eGovernment as a Microsoft CityNext case study

    Malta was highlighted as a leading Digital Government case study at the Commonwealth Local Government Conference taking place this week at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

    Addressing the delegates in his keynote speech, David Burrows, managing director International Organisations, WorldWide Industry at Microsoft referred to Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative that puts the power of Microsoft's Partner Network, its technology, its safe and secure cloud computing, the successful educational and entrepreneurial programmes and its 30 years of experience in empowering regions, cities and municipalities worldwide at the service of governments and regions across the world. Microsoft is the sponsoring Technology Partner for the bi-annual Commonwealth Local Government Conference.

  • Fri
    Dec
    08
    2017
    Guyana launches USD 38 mln broadband project

    The Guyanese government has announced that it’s allocating some USD 38 million in funds to the first phase of the Smart Guyana broadband programme, reports the Guyana Chronicle, citing finance minister Winston Jordan. The funds will be used to upgrade the government’s LTE network and build data centres, outfit smart classrooms and e-libraries, launch new e-health solutions for remote health care services and increase CCTV coverage.

  • Fri
    Dec
    08
    2017
    ISOC says internet economy presents a major opportunity for Africa

    Many African countries have made significant progress toward creating an Internet sector, with broad sector reforms and focus on increasing broadband availability. However, there is still much work to be done to strengthen the Internet sector and to create an Internet economy in Africa.

    This is according to a report by Internet Society titled “Promoting the African Internet Economy” which looks at Internet adoption and usage by companies and governments throughout Africa.

  • Fri
    Dec
    08
    2017
    Estonia signs cooperation agreements with African Union, Mauritius to develop e-governance

    Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas has signed agreements of good will with the African Union and Mauritius for the development of e-governance.

    The agreement with the African Union more broadly concerns e-governance cooperation, whereas the agreement with Mauritius focuses more specifically on the creation of a regional e-governance training module. The signing of both agreements took place on the sidelines of European Union -- African Union summit, spokespeople for the Estonian government said.

  • Thu
    Dec
    07
    2017
    IN: How to use UMANG to pay bills, gas booking, results, pan card and more

    The Government of India has recently introduced the UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) app, an initiative to promote e-governance. The mobile app with support for 12 regional languages along with English, is meant for availing the government services directly from your mobile phone.

    The UMANG app was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 5th Global Conference on Cyberspace earlier this month. You can avail many services of government including EPFO, PAN, or NPS details, Passport services, GST and Income Tax filing, Crop Insurance and many other services using the app. Also, you can pay your bills, check CBSE results as well.

  • Thu
    Dec
    07
    2017
    AE: Charms of a progressive nation

    The UAE has set impressive milestones that stand as inspiration to other countries

    Celebrating 46 years of unification initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE continues to march towards excellence. From improving infrastructure to introducing stringent laws for animal welfare, the UAE is truly a nation that sets inspiring goals.

  • Thu
    Dec
    07
    2017
    Qatar e-government portal Hukoomi & and smartphone app Metrash 2 win Kuwait honours

    Emir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah honoured Qatar’s official e-Government Portal (Hukoomi) and the smart phone application of the Ministry of Interior (Metrash 2) for winning the 2017 H H Sheikh Salem Al Ali Al Sabah Informatics Award in the “Government Sector” category.

    The Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti and Director General of Public Security Staff Major General H E Saad bin Jassem Al Khulaifi received the awards at a ceremony organised at Bayan Palace in the capital Kuwait yesterday. The Minister of Transport and Communications expressed thanks and appreciation to the Emir of Kuwait for his patronage and continuing encouragement to the Award, as well as to H H Sheikh Salem Al Ali Al Sabah. The Minister also thanked organisers of the event for their efforts and successful organisation.

  • Thu
    Dec
    07
    2017
    Latvia ranks 8th in EU by e-government performance

    According to the European Commission eGovernment Benchmark 2017, Latvia ranks 8th by e-government performance with results that are higher than the EU average, the Latvian Ministry of Environment and Regional Development said, cites LETA.

    Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Spain and Latvia are in the group of advanced countries with effective e-government. Latvia also is one of the nine EU member states where the main public services are available to people and businesses online, said the ministry's spokeswoman, Laura Jansone.

  • Wed
    Dec
    06
    2017
    No more cash payments at Oman government hospitals

    Cash payments will not be accepted at the government hospitals starting from January next year, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

    Starting from January 1, 2018, only electronic payment via debit/credit cards will be accepted. "The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to draw the attention of the public that, effective from January 1st, 2018, the collection of all fees and amounts due to the ministry in all its health institutions will be via e-payment through the credit/debit card," the MOH said in a online statement issued on Tuesday.

  • Wed
    Dec
    06
    2017
    UK languishes in Capgemini Euro e-government league

    New benchmark report for European Commission shows shortcomings in electronic identification and transparency of service delivery

    The UK is behind the leading European countries in its digitisation of public services, according to a new report by global business consultancy Capgemini.

  • Wed
    Dec
    06
    2017
    JO: To ensure competitiveness

    Despite the economic struggle of the country in recent years, Jordan still enjoys several advantages over other countries in the Middle East, foremost among which are security, political stability, moderate culture, human capital and geographical location.

    More needs to be done in regard to competitiveness, however, as this is an important indicator often used by financial, economic and business analysts to make recommendations regarding investment in that country, and to make comparisons and recommendations to multinational corporations that seek new markets and opportunities to invest.

  • Wed
    Dec
    06
    2017
    Two Omani public sector projects pick awards in Kuwait

    The gCloud Project of Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Advanced Manpower Management System of the Ministry of Manpower won two awards as the best technology projects in the public sector in the Arab world at 17th edition of Sheikh Salim Al Ali Informatics Award.

    This was announced in the honouring ceremony, which was held at Bayan Palace on Wednesday under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait.

  • Wed
    Dec
    06
    2017
    US: GovEx Launches First International Open Data Standards Directory

    The project aspires to give city governments a resource for identifying suitable data standards based on popularity, reliability and other criteria.

    A nonprofit gov tech group has created an international open data standards directory, aspiring to give cities a singular resource for guidance on formatting data they release to the public.

  • Tue
    Dec
    05
    2017
    NG: Lagos beats 35 states to emerge best in ICT

    Lagos State Government has been named the best Information and Communication Technology, ICT, State in Nigeria.

    The state beats 35 other States of the Federation to emerge winner and was also named as the best State in E-Government Implementation in the country.

  • Tue
    Dec
    05
    2017
    Digitization: how Europe can catch up

    Everyone from the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to tiny start-ups and leading politicians gathered in Lisbon for the Web Summit conference earlier this month. Billed as a talk shop which “connect[s] the technology community with all industries, both old and new,” the event has now grown to become the largest tech conference worldwide.

    But the fact that this event, dubbed by one writer as the “Olympics for geeks,” should take place on European soil this year is perhaps a little ironic, given that the continent is certainly not at the top of the food chain when it comes to new technologies. Despite its better efforts and the size of its economy, Europe still lags behind the US and China in terms of digitization.

  • Tue
    Dec
    05
    2017
    Afrika: Infrastructure challenge affecting internet usage, says new report

    Internet is a key component in Africa’s economic development but it is not serving to its potential and a lot more has to be done, a new Internet Society Report indicates.

    The report, “Promoting the African Internet Economy,” was released last week. It shows that there is need to address the lack of local content infrastructure in African countries, such as data centers, routers, servers in order to drive wider and deeper internet usage.

  • Tue
    Dec
    05
    2017
    VN committed to constant digital innovation

    The huge advantages and attendant perils of greater internet connectivity were highlighted by officials and experts at a forum held yesterday in Hà Nội.

    Phạm Hồng Hải, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, said at the opening of the Vietnam Internet Forum 2017 that Vietnamese authorities would always promote openness, transparency and ease of information access to everyone.

  • Mon
    Dec
    04
    2017
    SK: Revolutionizing the delivery of official correspondence

    Eventually everyone will be required to monitor and use government e-mailboxes

    In recent years, The Slovak Government has made some well publicized attempts at digitalising the operation of state and local authorities, its latest push being the activation of official e-mailboxes, forcing all entities registered in the Slovak Business Registry (Commercial Registry) to use these E-mailboxes from July 1st, 2017 onwards.

  • Mon
    Dec
    04
    2017
    UK falling behind in government digitisation according to report

    A new report released today has shown the UK is falling behind its European neighbours when it comes to digitisation.

    The 14th Benchmark Measurement of European eGovernment Services, backed by the European Commission and carried out by Capgemini and other leading consortium partners, gave the UK a digital services score of 59%. Germany and Spain both scored 76%, while Italy (64%) and France (63%) both leave the UK trailing.

  • Sun
    Dec
    03
    2017
    VN: Working at home: we can make it work

    A proposal by a National Assembly deputy that some civil servants and other State cadres be allowed to work from home, saving office overheads, has generated a lively, timely debate.

    Timely because there is a lot of talk these days about the changes that the fourth industrial revolution will impose on us.

    Ngo Duy Hieu’s proposal is that the work-from-home option be tried out on a pilot basis first, with some of the civil servants visiting the office just one or two days a week, and doing the rest of their work from home.

  • Sun
    Dec
    03
    2017
    IN: Smart City funds lying unutilised with states

    Under the smart city programme, 60 cities were selected between January and September 2016 and another 30 this June.

    Most of the 90 cities selected for the smart city programme have not spent the money given to them by the Narendra Modi government since the signature urban overhaul project was launched in June 2015.

    India plans to have 100 smart cities by 2022 and the central government has released Rs 9,824 crore since 2015-16 to the selected cities as its share to spend on projects.

  • Sat
    Dec
    02
    2017
    CA: Ontario: Is there a doctor in the village? Search for physician continues in Apsley as telemedicine project launches

    The sudden retirement of its only family doctor in June has left the village of Apsley, Ont., searching for a new physician.

    For residents of the community north of Peterborough, the nearest doctor is now a 100 to 120-kilometre round trip south to either the village of Lakefield or Peterborough. A challenging commute for many residents including Rachel Thuston, the mother of a two-year-old child.

  • Sat
    Dec
    02
    2017
    IN: Tips to help SMBs build an effective online presence

    Digital adoption by Indian SMBs has traditionally been extremely low. However, adoption of advanced business digital technologies can help them increase revenues by up to 27 percent according to an ASSOCHAM-Deloitte joint study. It can also improve SMBs' access to international markets by up to 65 percent.

    Several experts have predicted that India's next phase of growth will be driven by technology. There are several factors driving this growth.

  • Sat
    Dec
    02
    2017
    IN: Modi launches Umang app: What is it, how to use & all you should know about it

    Modi government is leaving no stone unturned to promote the 'Digital India' movement. Being yet another initiative to propagate the digital India move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches a new application for the citizens of India at the 5th edition of the Global Conference on Cyberspace. It is called the Umang app -- which is available for all Android, iOS, Windows device users and also for the feature phone users. This is an application which offers 100+ center and state government services on one single platform. By using this all-in-one app you can perform all government related services with just by a mouse click.

    Its a couple of months ago, Modi government launched another application called BHIM which comes with the motto to allow the citizens of India to make payments without using a smartphone. This was yet another initiative to promote the digital India movement. Coming back to the newly launched Umang app -- let's take a detailed look at the application on how it works, what are the services it provides, where to download the app from and also how to use it.

  • Sat
    Dec
    02
    2017
    TZ: Kisarawe embraces ICT in industrialisation drive

    Despite the fifth phase government’s vision to have an industrial based economy gaining momentum, some think it can be accomplished only if the country invests more in Information Communication Technology (ICT).

    Various initiatives have been taken to ensure this goal is reached, and one is the establishment of a five year national development plan which puts an emphasis on the establishment of more industries which will contribute directly to the national economy and help curb unemployment.

  • Sat
    Dec
    02
    2017
    VN: MoLISA inaugurates public services portal

    The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) inaugurated its public services portal in Hanoi on November 23.

    It was part of efforts to realise the government’s resolutions on e-government, improving the business climate and national competitiveness, and business development till 2020.

    Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the portal covers the fields of education, health care, finance, environment and natural resources, labour, and social welfare.

  • Fri
    Dec
    01
    2017
    ICT - Mauritius and Estonia to Sign Digital Cooperation Agreement

    Mauritius and Estonia will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Digital Cooperation in the margins of the fifth Africa-European Union Summit 2017 scheduled on 28-29 November 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Both the Mauritian Prime Minister and the Estonian Prime Minister will sign the accord.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, made this announcement yesterday while launching a seminar on Digitalisation at Paul Octave Wiéhé auditorium in Réduit.

  • Fri
    Dec
    01
    2017
    China plans unmanned police stations with face recognition

    China is planning police stations that are completely unmanned, using face recognition to identify visiting citizens.

    According to financial paper Caijing Neican, the futuristic station will offer simulated driver examinations and provide registration services.

  • Fri
    Dec
    01
    2017
    VN: Ministry launches online public services portal

    The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on Thursday launched its portal at dvc.molisa.gov.vn, offering better public access to online administrative procedures.

    The public service portal is expected to enable people and businesses to access all online public services and evaluate each service provided by the ministry.

    It will also help the ministry manage and deal with administrative procedures transparently and publicly.

  • Fri
    Dec
    01
    2017
    IN: PM Narendra Modi launches Umang, an all-in-one e-governance application

    Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched UMANG e-governance app at the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS 2017) in New Delhi. UMANG has already crossed half a million app downloads on Google Play Store as of this publishing. One can even book gas cylinders through this application. The app will also all citizens to access e-government services from the Central, State, Local Bodies and Agencies of government on app, web, SMS and IVR channels.

    Unlike any third-party apps to access e-governance services, the Umang app supports Aadhaar and other authentication mechanisms such as your phone number and location to give you single-point ubiquitous access to all government services.

  • Thu
    Nov
    30
    2017
    Egovernance: Digital India to boost government IT spending to $8.5 bn in 2018

    IT spending by the Indian government sector is projected to reach $8.5 billion in 2018

    The government sector is picking up pace again after the brief slowdown in the past two quarters due to the effects of demonetisation and a drop in industrial production. According to the latest forecast by IT research firm Gartner, IT spending in the Indian government sector is projected to reach $8.5 billion in 2018, an increase of 8.9% from the 2017 estimated spending of $7.8 billion. This increased spending is likely to be spurred by Digital India initiatives.“The Digital India programme, which aims to transform the country into a digitally-empowered society and knowledge economy, will call for technology investments in the backbone infrastructure, advanced data analytics, digital security, digital payment and e-commerce infrastructure, digitally-enabled G2G, G2B and G2C services, and scores of other related services,” said Ganesh Ramamoorthy, managing vice president at Gartner India. “This will be the key driver for IT spending growth in the Indian government sector over the next five years,” he said.

  • Thu
    Nov
    30
    2017
    IN: Egovernance: Great news for students, Digital Study Kit launched in Telangana

    The interactive study tool developed by CloudEdz can be accessed via a web portal and an app that needs one-time internet connectivity

    The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education along with Hyderabad-based CloudEdz has launched a ‘Digital Study Kit’ (DiSK) for the benefit of intermediate students in the state. DiSK is a first of its kind application launched by any education board in India. DiSK is available through a web portal and an app which is designed to work without internet. “DiSK is an interactive study tool for students and it comprises text books, study material, video lessons, assessments and multiple-choice questions that will help students prepare for regular and competitive examinations. DiSK is aimed to be a one-stop solution for all needs of intermediate students. This app is offered free of cost to government college students and at a nominal fee of Rs 325 per year for other students,’’ said Y Sumanth Rao, CEO, CloudEdz.

  • Thu
    Nov
    30
    2017
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Online complaint goes viral among those who lost important documents

    Gone are the days when a complainant had to run from pillar to post, or from police station to police station, to file a lost document report (LDR) and then wait for another two weeks to get a copy of the complaint. Now, in two minutes, a complainant can file his grievance and get its copy which could then be used to procure a new set of documents.

    Online LDR has been a hit across Tamil Nadu with 84,000 people using CCTNS to file complaints ever since the State Crime Record Bureau launched the service on August 30. However, SCRB officials said documents pertaining to road accidents and first information reports (FIR) have had very few takers with only 1,432 people using the service to access them. Those involved in a road accident can download investigation material uploaded by the police from the portal www.tnpolice.gov.in.

  • Thu
    Nov
    30
    2017
    CN: Update on the implementation of electronic identity (eID) and single digital identity for Hong Kong Residents

    “The security and encryption measures of the eID system will be based on the latest industry and international standards and guidelines.”

    During the meeting of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong on November 22 2017, Hon Charles Mok, who represents the Information Technology functional constituency of the Council, posed a series of questions regarding the provision of an electronic identity for Hong Kong Residents.

  • Thu
    Nov
    30
    2017
    Iran set to launch mGovernment Services

    Iran is developing its mGovernment services, which will be soon launched as part of Iran’s National Portal for smart Government Services, Mehr News reported. Mahdi Bina, project manager of Iran's Smart Government, said that the "Dolate-e Hamrah" or mGovernment will soon be launched in order to provide government services through a seamless and integrated system available on all mobile channels.

    These mobile services are currently under development and are going through the final tests before the official launch. Mahdi Bina said mGovernment services could be accessed through channels such as USSD codes, SMS, VMS, mobile applications and social media networks.

  • Wed
    Nov
    29
    2017
    South African e-health startup RecoMed secures $324k investment

    South African e-health startup RecoMed has raised ZAR4.5 million (US$324,000) in funding to fund a shift to increasing product traction and market its products and services.

    RecoMed is an online healthcare marketplace, enabling consumers to easily book appointments with a diverse group of healthcare providers 24/7, who in turn benefit from increased patient traffic and practice efficiencies.

  • Wed
    Nov
    29
    2017
    IN: Program on Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning From IIIT-Hyderabad Gets Massive Response

    IIIT-Hyderabad's Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, a new state-of-the-art program for technology professionals announced four weeks ago, has received a massive response. 250 software professionals, with a good range of industry experience, have joined the first batch. The program is slated to start at IIIT-Hyderabad's Machine Learning Laboratory beginning January 2018, and will be executed in association with TalentSprint.

    Registering the response to the first batch, IIIT-Hyderabad and TalentSprint announced that enrolment for a second concurrent batch has begun. The focus this time around is to get more women professionals on board as an overall initiative to promote diversity in technology companies. To this end, special scholarships for women professionals are being offered by the organizers of the program.

  • Wed
    Nov
    29
    2017
    US: GAO Urges OMB to Increase Oversight for High Priority Programs

    The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Office of Management and Budget to boost its oversight and continue issuing reports on high priority programs and U.S. Digital Service projects.

    According to a report published Tuesday OMB’s Office of E-Government and Information Technology used a structured approach to determine the top 10 high priority IT programs from a list of agency projects that required additional oversight.

  • Wed
    Nov
    29
    2017
    IN: Chandigarh: e-health centre opens sans staff

    Badnore inaugurates facility at Dhanas dispensary; medics deputed for function

    Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, along with MP Kirron Kher, today inaugurated the much hyped e-health centre at the dispensary in Dhanas here, without any dedicated staff to run the facility.

    Barely few minutes after the inauguration, Meenu Singh, head, Department of Telemedicine, who is heading the initiative, admitted that the department needed a dedicated team of doctors and paramedics to run the centre. “Already, PGIMER doctors are overburdened. Ideally, there should be dedicated staff to examine the reports of patients,” Meenu Singh said.

  • Tue
    Nov
    28
    2017
    PK: Sustainable development and smart governance

    SUSTAINABILITY means living in harmony with the nature in full recognition of the needs, healthy environment, economic prosperity and social justice are pursued simultaneously to ensure the well-being and quality of life of present and future generations. Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of TODAY without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.

  • Tue
    Nov
    28
    2017
    US: California: Why We Should Treat Public Data Like Water

    The revolutionary potential of the internet means that we can do more than simply build a more beautiful user interface for antiquated government operations.

    For three years, Advanced Research in Government Operations Labs (ARGO Labs) has envisioned, planned, and deployed public data infrastructure for integrated urban water use data across California. After Governor Brown’s historic executive order in May 2016 to “make water conservation a way of life” our team calculated how much water Californian retail water utilities should reasonably expect their residential customers to need, and created a data visualization based on that data to analyze user selected scenarios. Our work leveraged freely available imagery and academic research partnerships to deliver those statewide estimates of reasonable water use for just 5 percent of the $3 million the state originally budgeted for the project.

  • Tue
    Nov
    28
    2017
    Survey: Health IT is Underfunded at European Healthcare Organizations

    Health IT is not sufficiently funded and supported at most European healthcare provider organizations, according to a HIMSS Analytics survey of health IT professionals.

    The HIMSS Analytics Annual European eHealth Survey garnered responses from 559 eHealth professionals from more than 15 European countries. Close to half of the respondents (42 percent) were from health facilities, 11 percent were from governmental health authorities, 18 percent were IT software vendors and 28 percent represented “other.”

  • Tue
    Nov
    28
    2017
    IN: Chandigarh: UT’s 1st e-health kiosk to be a data mine for PGIMER

    Patients were seen walking inside a shipment container in Dhanas Colony on Monday. This container was no ordinary box, it was a health kiosk equipped with all basic diagnostic tools, ranging from ECG and basic blood tests to spirometry (lung test) and liver-function test.

    The kiosk, inaugurated by administrator V P Singh Badnore, has been linked with the PGIMER and Government Multi-specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. Apart from collecting data vital to health care in the UT, the health kiosk is going to lessen the burdoen on the OPD at PGIMER. The kiosk will also provide all the data it collects to the premier health institute in Sector 12.

  • Mon
    Nov
    27
    2017
    ZA: E-health accelerator launched in Cape Town

    E-health accelerator Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT) has opened applications for its first programme, designed to help high growth, high social impact businesses in the health space succeed.

    The accelerator has been launched in response to the changing needs of healthcare providers and patients, in a bid to digitally transform the sector by assisting early-stage, innovative digital health companies.

  • Mon
    Nov
    27
    2017
    IN: Kerala: Kochi Corporation: Messy, miserable at 50

    Even as the Kochi Corporation is going all out to make its golden jubilee celebrations a huge success, many incomplete projects cast a big shadow over the festivities. The Corporation is planning to invite the Vice President to inaugurate the celebrations. The UDF-led council, which is two years into its tenure, has dismally failed to complete any of the projects. Many of these projects have been shelved while some of them are yet to be implemented. Kochi Express takes a look at some of the project which the Corporation failed to implement.

  • Mon
    Nov
    27
    2017
    IN: AICTE workshop on e-governance to uplift Tamil Nadu technical institutions

    In an effort to uplift technical institutions, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is conducting master training workshops on its e-governance platform. The programme that started in Tamil Nadu recently will be conducted across the country later.

    A total of 300 representatives from engineering colleges in Chennai and Coimbatore attended the workshop. The trained representatives are expected to share the information with their neighbouring colleges, thus creating a chain that will connect all technical institutions in the State.

  • Sun
    Nov
    26
    2017
    IN: Bengal: Senior citizens hail digital initiative

    As senior citizens feel digitally isolated, The Statesman has been trying to connect them with the rest of the world through its ‘Digital Education’ programme. The fifteenth event in The Statesman’s series of such programmes aimed at making senior citizens digitally literate was held at Muktadhara, Banga Sanskriti Bhavan, Gole Market, on Saturday.

    The event was organised in collaboration with the Bengal Association and the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. A number of senior citizens enthusiastically participated in the digital literacy programme where they learnt about different online methods of transaction.

  • Sun
    Nov
    26
    2017
    IN: Karnataka set to make Aadhaar a must

    Karnataka is quietly building a technology backend to deliver services through Aadhaar and is in the process of framing a law to make the 12-digit unique number compulsory.

    The government’s e-governance wing, a portfolio Chief Minister Siddaramaiah handles, is moving to issue certificates and documents virtually through DigiLocker, the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar-based platform for storage, sharing and verification of documents.

  • Sun
    Nov
    26
    2017
    IN: Kerala : Newborn babies to get Aadhaar on birthday

    Assuring Aadhaar number to all, Idukki district has launched an Aadhaar enrolment programme where newborn babies can get Aadhaar on their birthday itself.

    The project was launched in connection with the 15th anniversary celebrations of Akshaya project.

  • Sun
    Nov
    26
    2017
    Uwaje: Without mastery of ICT knowhow, Nigeria may be awaiting bleaker days

    ICT Varsity Can Aid Country’s Knowledge Economy Drive

    Former president, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje, in this interview with ADEYEMI ADEPETUN, said Nigeria and Nigerians must embrace the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) frontier as the emerging salvation for her current and future development. Uwaje, who is also Director-General, Delta State Innovation Hub, said that national prosperity resides in the acquisition of ICT-knowledge, skills and intelligence, as well as their effective deployment.

  • Sat
    Nov
    25
    2017
    VN: State has to manage Internet growth: Deputy PM

    The Government is intent on creating conditions for the Internet to flourish in the country, but it has to happen under State management, adhere to the law, international agreements and global trends, Deputy PM Vũ Đức Đam told the parliament yesterday.

    He was speaking during a National Assembly discussion on State management of the press and social media, where issues of controlling ‘toxic’ and inappropriate content as well as progress on e-government were discussed.

  • Sat
    Nov
    25
    2017
    Việt Nam gets ready to celebrate 20 years of internet

    The Việt Nam Internet Forum 2017 (VIF17) will take place at the Hà Nội Museum on November 27-28.

    VIF17, themed ‘Digital For Good’, will discuss the contribution of the internet to a creative, sustainable and open society through e-governance, open data, smart cities and social network development.

  • Sat
    Nov
    25
    2017
    IR: Electronic ID Scheme Ends in March 2019

    S ecretary of Iran High Council of Cyberspace says every Iranian will have a smart ID card, a cyber identification number, and a digital signature by March 2019.

    According to the council’s website, Abolhassan Firouzabadi said, “Smart ID cards, cyber identification numbers and digital signatures are key to establishing and promoting e-governance.

    Every real and legal person should have a cyber identification number.”

  • Sat
    Nov
    25
    2017
    IN: Rural demand is driving growth of e-commerce sector: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    E-commerce is rising in India phenomenally. The rural demand is driving the growth of e-commerce sector in India. This is a result of spreading Banking, Mobile and Internet services across the country. With the penetration of these services, delivery of money orders and letters to the masses has phased out. Only official documents are being delivered by the postmen. Thus, we assigned them a new job of delivery of goods purchased online on various e-commerce portals, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for IT & Electronics and Law & Justice said at an ASSOCHAM event, International Technology Summit 2017 held in New Delhi today.

  • Fri
    Nov
    24
    2017
    IN: First mobile app for farmers launched in Nagaland

    As part of Mobile App Initiatives, Department of Agriculture in collaboration with Nagaland State e-Governance Society (NSeGS) and State e-Mission Team (SeMT) has developed an app ‘Nagaland Local Plants’ which will provide information on local plants of Nagaland, India.

    The department of Agriculture launched the mobile app along with its official website on November 15 in the presence of officers from the department of Agriculture and Department of Information technology & Communication, Nagaland.

  • Fri
    Nov
    24
    2017
    Pharmacy Needs to Go Online for Digital India

    The Indian pharmaceuticals market, valued at $20 billion market in 2015, is expected to grow to $55 billion by 2020.

    Millions of Indians are downloading apps and ordering thousands of medicines online every day. Pharmacy in India is witnessing a massive revolution since the last couple of years. Is it a good thing? Well, like with most digital transformation, the answer will depend on whether you ask an enthusiast or a sceptic. But one thing is certain: Without online or e-pharmacy, Digital India cannot be a reality, in the truest sense of the term.

  • Fri
    Nov
    24
    2017
    AfricaCom 2017 – driving digital democracy in Africa

    The 20th anniversary of Africa’s largest tech-focused event may have come and gone, but beyond the record-breaking number of visitors, exhibitors and speakers and new launches and cutting-edge products this year, the outcomes make for a lasting impression.

    AfricaCom was once focused solely on the telecommunications market, but now that conversation has successfully shifted to embrace all things technology driven – the backbone of our everyday and increasingly, future lives. While many of the discussions at AfricaCom 2017 centred around connectivity – from the cost of data to the deployment of satellite as a viable means of connecting the continent, Africa has more pressing problems – that of digital inclusion, and just what this means and how this digital-democracy can actually materialise.

  • Fri
    Nov
    24
    2017
    NG: Govt Will Not Restrict Access to Social Media - Minister

    The Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu has said the Federal Government or any of its agencies will not restrict access of Nigerians to social media.

    But the minister quickly added that the social media space must be regulated to guard against abuse and hate speech.

  • Thu
    Nov
    23
    2017
    Irish employers under pressure to provide e-health services

    VideoDoc report shows almost two-thirds would consider access online GP access a factor in job choice

    The availability of e-health services, such as online GP consultations, would influence the decision of almost 65% of Irish employees when choosing a company to work for, according to a survey from telehealth service provider VideoDoc.

  • Thu
    Nov
    23
    2017
    Oman Blockchain Symposium Indicates Adoption Growth

    The Blockchain Symposium in Muscat (Oman) this past week represents the very best that Blockchain technology can do in bringing government and private business together. Such a successful event shows the incredible potential for Blockchain technology and its related fields to be supported by senior government officials in countries with small populations, for example, with only 4.7 million inhabitants in Oman.

  • Thu
    Nov
    23
    2017
    Huawei Cloud Ranked Top in China's e-Government Cloud Market

    IDC released an IDC MarketScape evaluation report on Chinese e-Government cloud market and vendors. Huawei Cloud e-Government Solution lands in the Leaders quadrant with dominating strength. Specifically, this product is recognized for its advantageous comprehensive strength and a future-proof strategic layout. According to the report, Huawei Cloud e-Government Solution claims the top spot in three major dimensions: current capabilities, strategies, and market performance. The result shows the industry's recognition of Huawei Cloud.

  • Thu
    Nov
    23
    2017
    US: Pennsylvania: Van shows VA telehealth options

    Van Zandt VA Medical Center officials enjoyed Wednesday’s visit from T.E.D.

    Telehealth Education Delivered (T.E.D.) is a mobile demonstration vehicle designed to showcase the many telehealth solutions available within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Wed
    Nov
    22
    2017
    GB: Scotland to learn about tax from Baltic ‘digital government’

    Cutting edge “digital identity” technology is being considered to administer devolved taxes in Scotland, it has emerged.

    Research is being carried out by Scottish Government officials into the cutting-edge digital tax system used in Estonia.

    The Baltic state is recognised as a global leader in digital government, with citizens able to access a huge range of public and private services including banking and health with a single digital identification code.

  • Wed
    Nov
    22
    2017
    Majority of US municipalities now investing in smart city technology

    • 66 per cent have a strategy for implementation
    • 42 per cent of those are thinking of using drones
    • 600 smart cities around the world will produce 60 per cent of global GDP by 2025
    • Smart city market segment forecast to be worth US$400 billion by 2020s

    A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) in the US shows that two-thirds of US conurbations are now investing in smart city technology and a quarter of those currently without a smart city strategy or system are examining ways to implement them. Of those towns that have invested in smart technologies the top ranking applications and services are smart meters for utilities, intelligent traffic lights and other road traffic systems, e-governance, Wi-Fi kiosks and RFID sensors on pavements and on kerbs.

  • Wed
    Nov
    22
    2017
    PH: Minda to implement learnings on electronic system internally

    About 80 percent of the transactions and work in the finance division of the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) is still done manually despite the available accounting system.

    Minda Finance Division Supervising Administrative Officer Aurora Cuello said government leaders should have a changed mindset towards e-governance for convenience and a more efficient delivery of service to the citizens.

  • Wed
    Nov
    22
    2017
    PH: DTI pushes for better online system

    An official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region said there is a need for a better online system for ease of doing business as well as better performance monitoring of their personnel.

    During the weeklong Global Distance Learning Network Program (GDLNP) that DTI and the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) attended in South Korea, DTI Davao Information Officer III and Knowledge Management Regional Coordinator Jenny Mendoza said they focused on e-governance particularly on how the South Korean government operates and succeeded in doing e-governance in all of their transactions. Mendoza added there is no face-to-face transaction between the citizens and the government personnel as everything is done online.

  • Wed
    Nov
    22
    2017
    IN: Centre to aid start-ups in cybersecurity push

    To invite scholars from A-Pac region

    To encourage development of new technologies in the field of cybersecurity, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will offer challenge grants of up to ₹5 crore to start-ups to spur research and development, Minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.

    “We are in the process of working with Data Security Council of India to conduct challenge grant for cybersecurity…,” the Minister said, adding that India would invite cybersecurity scholars from the Asia Pacific region to do their research here. “We will offer scholars... to do Ph.D in any of the top 100 universities in India, including IITs,” he said at the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (AP-CERT) Conference.

  • Tue
    Nov
    21
    2017
    Few cities have experience to deliver smart city systems

    ransforming the world by 2030 to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require the establishment of more smart cities, information and communication technology multinational Huawei industry, marketing and solution department CTO Joe So told delegates at the Smart City World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday.

    While there are many examples of cities worldwide implementing specific smart city initiatives and systems, and although there is common acknowledgement that the role of smart cities is key in achieving the development of the envisioned modern, more equitable and sustainable societies, only 19 of 87 cities surveyed by German global consultancy Roland Berger scored more than 50% in their development of a defining smart city strategy.

  • Tue
    Nov
    21
    2017
    Teams pitch smart cities solutions for VN

    Fifteen teams from around the world were selected to pitch their smart cities solutions for Việt Nam at the Smart City Innovation Challenge (SCIC) Demo Day in Hà Nội yesterday.

    The Smart City Innovation Challenge, launched in July this year, sought smart city solutions in 12 key focus areas identified by the city governments and the smart city steering committees of Việt Nam.

  • Mon
    Nov
    20
    2017
    MM: Yangon regional government expands e-services to help public

    The Yangon government is expanding its e-services to further ease business with various agencies and departments, a regional minister said.

    Information about the different routes of the YBS and the buses serving the routes has been made available through its website; yangon.gov.mm, said U Zaw Aye Maung, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs.

  • Mon
    Nov
    20
    2017
    Estonia's ID card crisis: How e-state's poster child got into and out of trouble

    Estonia is built on secure state e-systems, so the world was watching when it hit a huge ID-card problem.

    For the past two and a half months, Estonia has been facing the biggest security crisis since a wave of cyberattacks hit its banks and critical national infrastructure in 2007.

    At the heart of the current debacle is the latest version of its national ID card, which has been a mandatory identification document for citizens of Estonia since 2002 and serves as a cornerstone of Estonia's e-state.

  • Mon
    Nov
    20
    2017
    US: Are IoT-Enabled Smart Meters the Next Step for Utility Providers?

    Modern smart water meters can relay real-time water-use data to both the water utility and customers, leading to improved conservation and quicker leak repairs.

    Water utilities have begun eyeing cellphone towers and even cable TV providers as possible transmitting sources for the millions of daily water meter readings they receive with "smart meters."

  • Sun
    Nov
    19
    2017
    Indian company will provide citizen services in Afghanistan

    An Indian company has bagged a prestigious contract for providing citizen services in Afghanistan.

    The company—BLS International—has entered into a contract with the Embassy of Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for providing citizen services through registration of Afghan citizens. Under the agreement, the company will open application centres in UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for the Embassy of Afghanistan.

  • Sun
    Nov
    19
    2017
    IN: UMANG Review: Avail Services Under A Single Umbrella

    UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) is a trending mobile app developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in association with National e-Governance Division shortly called as NeGD. With the help of the mobile app, you will be able to take advantage of the various e-governance services offered by the various central, state, local bodies including public sector companies.

  • Sat
    Nov
    18
    2017
    Estonian government in favor of holding public competition for internet last mile

    The Estonian government has backed a plan of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications to stage a public competition for building the last mile of the nationwide high-speed internet network, which will provide high-speed internet to low population density areas that the private sector will not invest in on its own.

    The terms and conditions of the competition will be determined by Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Urve Palo in collaboration with the Competition Authority and the Technical Regulatory Authority, spokespeople for the government said on Thursday.

  • Sat
    Nov
    18
    2017
    ASEM and the dream of a connected Eurasia

    For just a minute, forget the border quarrels and conflicting territorial claims and imagine a super-connected Eurasia — a continent with an interconnected network of not just roads, high-speed trains and aviation routes but also close economic, trade and energy ties as well as digital connections.

    Then imagine just how such close links would spur this immense region’s growth and development, bringing education, health and financial resources to billions of people. The digital economy, including cross-border E-commerce, would flourish, boosting trade within the region.

  • Fri
    Nov
    17
    2017
    IN: Maharashtra: Mumbai: NMMC not to renew e-service private consultancy’s contract

    The civic standing committee on Friday rejected the proposal to renew the contract of the private consultancy overseeing the online system after citing discrepancies in the appointment process.

    NMMC's e-governance system includes 31 types of online services as well as the e- grievance system is likely to be affected.

  • Fri
    Nov
    17
    2017
    IN: Leveraging data and technology for efficient e-governance

    There is lot of structured and trusted data already available that the government can tap into to make e-governance more insightful, efficient and effective

    The current government’s strong intention of creating and promoting a digital state of mind in India is apparent and e-governance has emerged as a key focus area for them in the last few years. It has launched a slew of programs such as mygov, Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile (JAM), e-sign framework and Bharat Net under the umbrella of the Digital India initiative, targeted towards pushing the needle on e-governance. The government’s very ambitious smart cities program also has e-governance at its heart.

  • Fri
    Nov
    17
    2017
    SG: MyInfo access extended to local businesses

    A click of the button is all that is needed to automatically fill up e-transaction forms of locally-registered businesses from 2018.

    This is happening as the Government extends the integration of its digital vault of personal data to the private sector.

    GovTech, the government agency which oversees technology transformation in the public sector, launched the MyInfo Developer and Partner Portal on Friday (Nov 10).

  • Fri
    Nov
    17
    2017
    US: Rural Alaskan Broadband Project Ramps Up

    According to the FCC, roughly 67 percent of the state's rural residents are without a reliable internet connection.

    A telecom provider that serves Valdez and the Copper River Basin has started work to ramp up internet speeds as part of a larger 10-year plan to improve broadband service in rural Alaska.

    Between May and October, Copper Valley Telecom installed fiber optic broadband in 575 homes in Valdez to provide faster internet service.

  • Thu
    Nov
    16
    2017
    IN: Government committed to promote transparency in the system: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

    On the occasion of Anti Black Money Day being celebrated in the country today, the Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi briefed the media about the initiatives taken by the WCD Ministry in promoting transparency, e-governance, preventing leakages in the system as well as eliminating areas of corruption. Addressing the media, Smt Maneka Gandhi said that the government is totally committed to bring transparency in the system since transparency is key to controlling corruption and black money. In pursuance of the same, the WCD Ministry has taken several steps in this direction, she explained.

  • Thu
    Nov
    16
    2017
    IN: Delhi, Seoul approve ‘friendship agreement’

    In the first step towards becoming ‘friends’, the governments of Delhi and Seoul approved the draft of a “friendship city agreement” on Wednesday, as per a statement from the Delhi government.

    A delegation of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, led by Mayor Park Won-Soon, met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. As per the draft agreement, the two cities will cooperate and carry out exchanges in the fields of Smart City, e-governance, transportation, culture, tourism, climate change and environment.

  • Thu
    Nov
    16
    2017
    Online corporate contact portal easygov.swiss launches in Switzerland

    Switzerland has opened a new eGovernment portal for entrepreneurs under the name easygov.swiss, reported itreseller.ch. The online portal will enable entrepreneurs to interact with authorities for electronic transactions, including getting permits, submitting applications or meeting various announcement obligations.

    The portal is designed as a one-stop shop. Upon registration, entrepreneurs communicate using a single account.

  • Thu
    Nov
    16
    2017
    MY: CM: Sarawak must embark on digital economy to stay ahead

    Sarawak has to embrace digitalisation and embark on the digital economy to stay ahead, thrive and prosper, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

    He said although digitalisation causes constant disruptions and is a potential threat as well as opportunity, the state government takes this as an opportunity to shift, accelerate and facilitate its economic transformation.

  • Wed
    Nov
    15
    2017
    DE: Bavaria: Linux pioneer Munich supports Windows 10 rollout from 2020 in key vote

    Politicians back proposals for a two- to three-year rollout of Windows 10, as well as a trial of Microsoft Office 2016 on 6,000 PCs.

    The German city of Munich, famous for ditching Microsoft in favor of open-source software, today agreed to stop using Linux and switch back to Windows, in a pivotal vote.

    If the decision is ratified by the full council in two weeks, Windows 10 will start rolling out across the city in 2020.

  • Wed
    Nov
    15
    2017
    ZW: Govt avails $7m for software development

    Government has mobilised $7 million to fund youth technicians to develop software packages and applications that can be used to boost economic activity in the country.

    Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira revealed this during the official opening of the Nkulumane Communication Information Centre in Bulawayo on Saturday.

  • Wed
    Nov
    15
    2017
    ID: BPS: Coordination of Ministries and Institutions Must be Enhanced to Alleviate Poverty

    Statistics Indonesia (BPS) says that government spending in the third quarter of 2017 has only contributed 0.27 percent to Indonesia's economic growth of 5.06 percent.

    Suhariyanto, Head of BPS, admitted that the government spending was not very encouraging. Because, many planning in ministries and institutions would often be accelerated towards the end of the year.

  • Wed
    Nov
    15
    2017
    Uganda to pilot e-procurement July next year

    Government will take a giant step in cleaning up its slow and bureacratic procurement system by kicking off a pilot electronic procurement system in two districts mid next year.

    Architects say the move is aimed at curbing corruption, which is rampant in government ministries, departments and agencies. Also, the East African bloc is vying to have an e-procurment system rolled out throughout the region.

  • Wed
    Nov
    15
    2017
    ZA: ICT strategies to be gazetted

    South Africa's national ICT strategies will be published in the Government Gazette today, according to telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele.

    Cwele made the announcement yesterday during a discussion of government positions on telecoms and technology industry issues in Cape Town.

  • Tue
    Nov
    14
    2017
    US: Top five reasons governments should consider mobile IDs and mobile driver’s licenses

    American consumers are ready for a mobile driver’s license that is both secure and able to be used in other ways. So says Jean-Baptist Milan, Product Manager for Citizen ID Solutions at HID Global.

    “In the U.S. market, a document that is meant initially to check the driver’s privileges – and that is supposed to be used mainly by law enforcement – is actually used mainly by the private sector,” Milan says. And while the need for the document is pervasive, he says, “there are plenty of young people who want to get rid of their wallet.”

  • Tue
    Nov
    14
    2017
    Zimbabwe completes multi-billion dollar 4G rollout

    Zimbabwe has completed a US$218 million rollout of 4G network as government sustains its policy to facilitate the delivery of a digital society as a key component for economic growth.

    The Southern African country has also embarked in a $100 million project to ensure rollout of optic fibre, to attain these targets.

  • Mon
    Nov
    13
    2017
    KW: PM - digitalization transformation requires comprehensive efforts

    His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Sunday that digital transformation is a comprehensive change all state's bodies should assume.

    This came during a speech delivered by Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Acting Minister of State for Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Roudhan, on behalf of His Highness the Prime Minister, at the opening of a forum on "transformation towards digitalization.

  • Mon
    Nov
    13
    2017
    KW: Digital transformation: A must for public, private institutions

    Digital transformation has become a necessity for any public or private institution aspiring for survival and success in an increasingly digital world, Deputy Director General of the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) Eng. Qussai Al-Shatti has said.

    Speaking at the 5th E-Government Forum (EGOV5), which is held under the theme of 'Digital Transformation,' Al-Shatti said the theme of the forum reflects the urgently-needed shift towards digitalization at all public and private sector entities.

  • Mon
    Nov
    13
    2017
    MM: Digital boom is a double-edged sword

    With a rapidly growing telecommunications infrastructure and improved connectivity, Myanmar is in the midst of large-scale digitalisation.

    The government has launched an e-government program, banks are jumping from pen and paper bookkeeping to the use of fin-tech services. SMEs and large enterprises are setting up internal networks to streamline processes and improve productivity. It is hard to comprehend the sheer scale of this process. While the new-found connectivity and digitalisation brings many benefits and opportunities, it also opens the doors to an entirely new threat – cybercrime, a phenomenon the entire world is grappling with.

  • Mon
    Nov
    13
    2017
    US: How Government Can Avoid Rushing into IoT

    If the Internet is going to creep out into the nooks and crannies of the world, there are some questions government will need to answer.

    Pedestrian- and car-counting smart cameras do not yet hang from the arms of every urban light fixture. Fleets of sensors do not yet cling to every piece of electric and water infrastructure, monitoring flows and highlighting future problems. Data streams into government, but not yet from every pore of cityscape ... yet.

  • Mon
    Nov
    13
    2017
    US: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Builds ‘All-In-One’ Property Mapping Tool

    A new Web-based property data search tool in Philadelphia will bring zoning, assessment value, 311 reports and more under one application.

    Open data is turning a corner in Philadelphia with the launch of a new city platform, Atlas.

    The new Web-powered platform uses mapping to bring a property’s deed information, value assessment, 311 call history, zoning and other data into one location, accessible by just a few mouse clicks.

  • Sun
    Nov
    12
    2017
    US: West Virginia: High-speed internet

    Broadband initiative crucial for growth

    The need for high-speed internet service is being tackled on regional, state and federal fronts as officials recognize how crucial broadband service is for both individuals and businesses. That is especially true in rural areas where the service can be limited or non-existent.

    Almost any product can be marketed globally now, and businesses routinely use broadband to reach an audience that goes far beyond state lines.

  • Sun
    Nov
    12
    2017
    IN: Attention Medical Faculty: MCI to make biometric attendance-compulsory from December 1

    A Medical Council of India (MCI), circular issued recently has directed all teaching hospitals to start registering the biometric attendance of their teaching faculty. December 1, 2017 onwards, the assessment of faculty, barring Senior and junior residents, would be based on the biometric attendance record, the circular as specified .

    The new attendance project known as “Online Faculty Monitoring System”(OFAMOUS) is meant to keep track of faculty attendance in government and private teaching hospitals by the Medical Council of India. 4,500 biometric device installations have been made in various teaching hospitals to keep a record of teaching faculty attendance.

  • Sat
    Nov
    11
    2017
    Fears of E-Identity Theft Cause Estonia to Suspend Online ID Service

    Estonia has ordered the shutdown of its vaunted online government service because of the “real threat” of e-identity theft for hundreds of thousands of citizens.

    Hundreds of thousands of Estonians will be locked out of the country’s digital services from midnight on Friday due to a security issue.

  • Sat
    Nov
    11
    2017
    Middle East's Digital Economy Holds Untapped Potential

    More needs to be done to bring the benefits of the Internet to everyone

    The Internet Society (ISOC), a global non-profit dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today launched a new report highlighting how the Middle East can grow its digital economy and what governments and businesses can do to expand Internet access and increase digital opportunity.

  • Sat
    Nov
    11
    2017
    IN: Telangana: Big Data for governance

    Recent times have witnessed an explosion of data as users started leaving a huge data footprint everywhere they go. Interestingly, this period has seen a phenomenal increase in computing power couple by a drop in costs of storage. India is now sitting on the data so generated and subjecting it to data analytics for uses in various sectors like insurance, education, healthcare, governance, so on and so forth.

    According to Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), in 2015, the Government of Narendra Modi launched Digital India Programme to ensure availability of government services to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and Internet connectivity.

  • Fri
    Nov
    10
    2017
    PH: Gov’t eyes single-window business registration system

    The government is eyeing a “single-window approach” in its bid to streamline the business registration, as it institutes reforms to further enhance the ease of doing business in the country.

    “We are not satisfied with a single-stop-shop approach. We want to have a single-window approach so that the processing of permits and business applications will be faster,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia on Thursday.

  • Fri
    Nov
    10
    2017
    SD: Hassbou Inaugurates E-Government Hall in Suda-Tel Database Center

    The Vice President of the Republic, Hassabou Mohamed Abdul Rahman, Thursday , has inspected the work in Suda-Tel Database Center, its capabilities and the services it provides to the government and private institutions.

    The Vice President has asserted the Presidency of the Republic auspices to the center, its development, the facilitation of the required procedures for the work with the institutions, banks and the communication companies, noting to the state's concern with the promotion of the communications in the country to preserve the level it has achieved.

  • Fri
    Nov
    10
    2017
    ZA: Government's ICT roadmap gets thumbs up

    Cabinet has given government's national ICT strategies the seal of approval, and they are now waiting to be gazetted.

    Delivering resolutions of a 1 November meeting, yesterday communications minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said the national executive approved the national e-strategy, national e-government strategy and roadmap, as well as the ICT small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) development strategy.

  • Fri
    Nov
    10
    2017
    UNDP supports development of e-Government and e-Participation opportunities in Azerbaijan

    E-Government and e-Participation for sustainable development in Azerbaijan’s districts was the main topic of a training course organised in the city of Ganja by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan and Regional Development Public Union.

    The course brought together over 70 participants from the government agencies, businesses and civil society from Ganja and surrounding districts, as well as international and local experts. They discussed the access of citizens to public services, employment opportunities, best practices in strengthening ICT capacity of civil servants in the regions, e-signature and e-document.

  • Thu
    Nov
    09
    2017
    IN: Smart City mission: E-governance to transform municipal governance

    The opportunities for transforming municipal governance on the back of disruptive technology being implemented as part of the Smart City mission are enormous.

    The Smart Cities mission, together with converged schemes like AMRUT, Swaach Bharat, etc., is catalysing significant investments into urban infrastructure. Over 2,800 projects are estimated to be in different stages of implementation across the 90 smart cities identified till now, with cumulative investments of around Rs 2,00,000 crore over the next 5-7 years. More importantly, across all cities, there is a consistent focus on using technology solutions for better operations management and citizen services. Typical projects taken up for implementation include sensor (at waste bin level) and GPS-based solid waste management, sensor based street lighting, intelligent traffic and transport management solutions, SCADA based water management solutions which use sensors for monitoring volume and quality of water. These individual solutions are proposed to be integrated at a central command cum control centre, which would also be equipped with surveillance and emergency response capability. One of the low hanging fruits is using technology to automate commonly used municipal services like issue of birth and death certificates, trade licenses, assessment and payment of property taxes, mutation of property and citizen grievance handling. The building blocks for automating these services are already in place. While internet bandwidth may still be a constraint in some cities, mobile phone penetration is adequate in most, backed by supporting digital platforms like Aadhaar, United Payments Interface, etc., which can be used for authentication and payments.

  • Thu
    Nov
    09
    2017
    PK: Promotion of e-governance priority of govt

    akistan is stepping towards E-Governance like developed countries. The present Federal Government has given high priority to promote E-Governance and these steps are promoting a positive social change in society, which is the sign of progressive society of Pakistan. Dr Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, National Council of Social Welfare said this during a training workshop. For public awareness on the directions of Dr. Tariq Fazal Ch. Minister of State, Capital Administration & Development Division, National Council of Social Welfare organized a one-day training workshop titled “The Role of E-Governance in the Social & Economic Development of Pakistani Society”.

    Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, National Council of Social Welfare chaired the one day training workshop while Mr. Moosa Raza Effendi, CEO, E-Governance Academy, Islamabad, was the Chief Guest. Representatives of Civil Society, NGOs, Students, other stakeholders and large number of youth attended the training workshop. Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, NCSW in his presidential address deliberated that Pakistan is stepping towards E-Governance like developed countries. The present Federal Government has given high priority to promote E-Governance and these steps are promoting a positive social change in society, which is the sign of progressive society of Pakistan. M/o, Information & Technology have replaced the E-Governance system with old file system in many Federal Ministries/ Divisions in the public interest.

  • Thu
    Nov
    09
    2017
    NG: Boosting Technology Innovation with ‘USPF Changemaker’

    The recently concluded 2017 USPF Innovation Hackathon Challenge where winners emerged is an addition to several initiatives conceived and sponsored by organisations and government agencies to deepen technology innovation among startups, writes Emma Okonji

    Having realised that data and technology innovation are the next oil and gas of global economies, organisations and government agencies, especially in developing countries, are beginning to tinker around the best form of technology solutions that will create positive disruptions within their economies.

  • Thu
    Nov
    09
    2017
    Saudi-Korea Vision 2030 Committee launched with access to 400 companies

    Saudi Arabia and South Korea have announced the establishment of a ministerial level committee to boost cooperation, enhance business networking and ensure sustainable support for the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic reforms.

    The Saudi-Korea Vision 2030 Committee “focuses on supporting business ventures between the two countries,” Youngjae Kim, diplomat and negotiator at Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Saudi Arabia, told Arab News on Tuesday.

  • Wed
    Nov
    08
    2017
    QA: ‘Hukoomi’ wins informatics award

    The Qatar Official e-Government Portal (Hukoomi) has won the 2017 His Highness Sheikh Salem Al Ali Al Sabah Informatics Award, among other winners, in the “Government Sector” category.

    Nine tech projects from Gulf countries have won Awards in their 17th edition and they will be honored at the annual ceremony in Kuwait this November 29.

  • Wed
    Nov
    08
    2017
    OM: Sultanate bags two IT awards for the best technology project in the Arab world

    The Sultanate captured two awards at the public sector for the best technology project in the Arab world at 17th version of Sheikh Salim al- Ali IT Awards.

    The awards organising committee announced in Kuwait that ‘Advanced Manpower System’ of the Ministry of Manpower and “ Governmental Cloud’ of Information Technology Authority won two awards at the best technology project in the Arab world category.

  • Wed
    Nov
    08
    2017
    UG: The need for first ever national ICT for disability policy

    The ministry has developed the National ICT for Disability Policy as an intervention to close gaps in the use of ICTs by PWDs

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become the leading medium for communicating, transacting, informing, educating and entertaining all over the world.

    Usage of technologies such as television, radio, fixed and mobile telephony, has become a basic and indispensable feature in the lives of people across the globe.

  • Wed
    Nov
    08
    2017
    Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit partners with NXN

    Collaboration reaffirms commitment to the Kingdom’s digital transformation agenda and Vision 2030

    The National Digitization Unit (NDU) of Saudi Arabia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NXN (formerly neXgen), a leading smart city consulting and digital service provider in the Middle East and Africa, marking NDU’s first step towards harnessing open data to achieve the digital transformation of the Kingdom.

  • Tue
    Nov
    07
    2017
    UAE Ministry of Finance Expands E-Dirham System by Adding Health and Medical Sectors

    The UAE Ministry of Finance (MoF) signed a membership document with the Medical Office of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and two agreements with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and the National Health Insurance Company (Daman) to join the e-Dirham system, a fully integrated electronic payment and revenue collection system developed in partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB).

    The first agreement was signed between MOF (represented by HE Saeed Rashid Al Yateem, Assistant Undersecretary for Resources and Budget Sector) and the Medical Office at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, represented by Undersecretary and Director General HE Hassan Ahmad Al Alkeem Al Zaabi. Additional agreements were subsequently signed by MOF both with Daman (represented by board member HE Dr. Saeed Abdullah bin Mutlaq Al Ghafli) and SEHA (represented by Managing Director Mr.Abdullah Saeed Al Dhahri). In line with FAB’s role in the system, Han’a Al Rustamani, Group Head of Personal Banking at FAB countersigned the agreements with Daman and SEHA on behalf of the bank.

  • Tue
    Nov
    07
    2017
    UAE recognises importance of building and developing future cities: Minister of Infrastructure Development

    The UAE recognises the importance of building and developing future cities, relying on innovative and creative ideas in line with its development over the past years and its reputation on the global map in the coming years, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, said in his inaugural address on Monday at the Arab Future Cities Summit 2017.

    ''We are committed not only to keeping pace with the latest developments but also to foresight challenges, develop and analyse visions concerning all vital sectors and design long-term plans that will achieve a qualitative leap at all levels. This can only be achieved through the development of cities and infrastructure to cope with the latest current developments,'' said Al Nauaimi, who is also Chairman of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme.

  • Tue
    Nov
    07
    2017
    AE: Internet is a basic right: ICANN hears

    While billions of people are 'connected', a large number is still not enjoying the benefits of internet, which is a basic right in the modern age, experts said during the 60th general meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

    In his opening address, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) director-general Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori noted more than 90 per cent of the UAE population uses internet. And the UAE top in smartphone penetrations with over 80 per cent of the total population as users.

  • Tue
    Nov
    07
    2017
    IE: U-turn on PSCs for farmers who apply online

    The Department of Agriculture did a 'U-turn' over whether or not controversial Public Services Cards (PSCs) could be used by farmers to access their online services.

    Officials originally held the view that the cards were "not suitable" as a means of authenticating the identity of the users of its Agfood.ie service, which includes a facility to apply for farm payments.

  • Tue
    Nov
    07
    2017
    eGovernment usage down in Germany, up in Austria and Switzerland

    The usage of eGovernment services in Germany decreased from 45 percent in 2012 to 41 percent in 2017, according to a study on eGovernment services in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The eGovernment Monitor from July-August, conducted by Initiative D21 and Fortiss, shows the usage rate grew in Austria from 67 percent in 2012 to 74 percent in 2017 and in Switzerland from 58 percent to 62 percent.

    The main obstacles to usage of eGovernment services were non-awareness of the services (48 percent in Germany, 50 percent in Austria and 45 percent in Switzerland); need of extra hardware (48 percent in Germany, 47 percent in Austria and 30 percent in Switzerland); and missing continuity (47 percent in Germany, 49 percent in Austria and 38 percent in Switzerland).

  • Mon
    Nov
    06
    2017
    ZM: E-govt drive gains momentum

    What might have started as a mere wish has now become a horse, ready for the ride.

    President Lungu has spoken about it, Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has ‘preached’ it without tiring.

    Zambia is migrating to a smart society; beginning with a simpler and cheaper paperless government system.

  • Mon
    Nov
    06
    2017
    VN: NA deputies hope for more efficiency of administrative reform

    Many National Assembly (NA) deputies have shared the views that heads of State agencies should take higher responsibility in staff reduction on the sidelines of their discussions on law enforcement in the reform of State administrative apparatus for 2011-2016 as part of the fourth sitting of the 14th NA in Hanoi on October 30.

    Nguyen Van Chien, a deputy from Hanoi, said that to streamline administrative procedures and shrink staff more drastically between now and 2020, it is a must for agency heads to set forth comprehensive measures to assign tasks to agencies in localities.

  • Mon
    Nov
    06
    2017
    AI key to UAE’s future, Al Mansouri says

    UAE’s TRA boss stresses importance of 4th Industrial revolution

    Internet-based artificial intelligence and industrial revolution will play a crucial role in the UAE’s future development, a top official said here on Monday.

    “Internet was the ideal leverage for development of the UAE in the past. Likewise, internet-based artificial intelligence and fourth industrial revolution will play similar role in the future,” said Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, the director-general of Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) said at a conference in the capital.

  • Mon
    Nov
    06
    2017
    US: Technology Is a Tool, Not a Solution in Connecticut's Journey to Lean

    LeanCT tackles the tough job of bringing together people, processes, technology and procurement to make government more efficient.

    A state agency that provides benefits to residents suffers staff cuts that result in long wait times for callers who want to apply for help over the phone. The agency decides the best solution is to speed up the intake process with automation. A Web portal is built and now residents can self-enroll online. Phone call wait times drop, but processing the applications for benefits takes as long as before, if not longer.

  • Sun
    Nov
    05
    2017
    Digital India: The IT literacy mission is getting bigger but it faces problems at every level

    Studies have found ineligible candidates received training, and beneficiaries are still not adept at using various digital functions.

    In March 2014, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government launched a digital literacy mission, which became the National Digital Literacy Mission when the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power two months later. It tied in with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a “Digital India”.

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