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    IN: Govt to extend broadband to public service institutions

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

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

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    IN: Service delivery key aspect of Bharat Net, says Manoj Sinha

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

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

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    CA: Ontario: London: Politicians green light draft smart city strategy

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

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

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    CA: Ontario: What a 'Smart City' strategy could mean for London's future

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

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

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

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    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: Pimpri Chinchwad: 14,000 citizens give views for civic projects

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

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

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    2018
    India’s new Fourth Industrial Revolution centre

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

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

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    NG: NITDA to restructure operations of government agencies

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

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

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    How Companies Think About Smart City Technology and Improving Metropolitan Living

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

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    AE: Disruptive technologies power Dubai's smart city goals

    Smart Dubai is at the forefront of bringing digitisation

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

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

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    2018
    US: Can We Go Electric Before It’s Too Late?

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

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

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    2018
    How India is harnessing technology to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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

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

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    ZM: 11,000 govt workers not tracked on e-payslip, says Mtonga

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

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

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    Khon Kaen takes lead in Thailand's race to smarten up

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

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

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    MX: Sinaloa goes digital: new strategy to fight corruption, improve service

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

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

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

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    2018
    The first step in transforming your business with IoT is engaging your people

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

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

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    IN: E-autos set to run in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram

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

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

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    2018
    US: Rural Wi-Fi Project Improves Wildfire Monitoring in Southern California

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

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

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    2018
    CN: Hainan establishes China’s first blockchain trial zone

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

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

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

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

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

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    19
    2018
    Biometric access to be offered to online services in Singapore

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

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

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    2018
    The Digital Accelerator: Revving Up Government in Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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    2018
    NG: Kazaure: Govt’s Leadership Role Key to Digital Transformation

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

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

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

    Nagaland CM addresses 30th regional conference on Good Governance Initiatives

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

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    2018
    Lebanon Set on Creating Smart Cities

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

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

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    ZM: E-govt has stopped cabinet leaks – Dr Mtonga

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

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

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    2018
    IN: Making smart cities cyber-secure

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

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

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    2018
    PK: Why we Need to Invest More in Technology?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    15
    2018
    BH: BD300 million eSuccess

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

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

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    2018
    CN: Hong Kong’s Attitude Problem with Smart City Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    2018
    Nigeria developing Africa’s biggest ID data base – Osinbajo

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

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

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    ZW: New Economic Plan Singles Out Digital Entrepreneurship, Good But…

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

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

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

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    2018
    IN: India, Russia to collaborate in digital economy

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

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

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    2018
    US: Designing Accessible Government Websites

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

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

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    2018
    Applying blockchain for eGovernment

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

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

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    Smart cities: how IOT is putting Africa on the map

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

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

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    2018
    How Estonia Is Leading the Charge in E-Citizenship

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

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

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    2018
    Fourth industrial revolution: Nigeria’s next phase of growth?

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

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    2018
    AU: Digitising social services could further exclude people already on the margins

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

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

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

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

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

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    09
    2018
    Focus on Bahrain’s public sector eTransformation

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

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

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

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

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

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    2018
    US: Vermont Agency of Transportation Launches Online Applications for Diversity Employment Programs

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

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

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    2018
    IN: Govt signs two MoUs signed with Uzbekistan in ICT sector

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

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

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

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

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

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    2018
    Federal Council publishes new Digital Switzerland strategy

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

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

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    2018
    US: Expanded Access to Wi-Fi Is a Keystone in San Leandro, Calif.'s Smart City Plan

    The city council unanimously approved its Fiber Optics Master Plan earlier this month.

    In the coming years, the public library in San Leandro, Calif., could have more than just books and movies to lend out: Patrons may also be able to check out a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot device.

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    CN: Blockchain Technology to build City as a Service Governance

    JD finance is the division of JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant. JD finance has its headquarters in Nanjing. Smart City Research Institute is established in Nanjing.

    The use cases for the JD platform were “The technology can help companies streamline operational procedures such as tracking and tracing the movement of goods and charity donations, authenticity certification, property assessment, transaction settlements, digital copyrights, and enhance productivity.”

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    2018
    US: Missouri: KC will bring Smart City power to its neglected east side. But what will it mean?

    When Cheryl Barnes walks on Prospect Avenue near her Blue Hills home, she sees the vacant lots and boarded storefronts that are a legacy of neglect and disinvestment stretching back decades.

    But Barnes, 71, also sees a “blank slate of opportunity waiting to happen.” She’s hoping the slate will show something soon.

    Late next year, the new 9-mile MAX bus line will begin service from downtown to 75th and Prospect. Bus Rapid Transit will mean fewer stops, faster trips and spiffy new stations offering real-time travel information.

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    2018
    Towards a digital Nepal

    The government should make strengthening national broadband the prime objective

    Nepal has embarked on an economic revolution to bring progress and prosperity after a successful transformation into a federal republic. Therefore, there is a great need for information communication and technology (ICT). ICT plays a significant role in education, health, tourism, employment, finance, agriculture and environmental conservation and promotion. The federal government and the private sector are yet to institutionalise and harness the tremendous benefits including competitive advantage of digital technology in terms of sustainable growth, objectivity and improved governance, and responsive service delivery.

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    AU: South Australian: Adelaide: "Our data is 100 times better than we've ever had": City of Burnside

    One of the biggest challenges facing executives is the pressure to match the demand for improved services, while reducing costs. Delivering more for less is a simple problem, but in local government it can be hard to deliver, given the vast array of services the sector provides. City of Burnside CEO Paul Deb discusses why digital innovation is key to unlocking long-term benefits and delivering better services to the community.

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    2018
    Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2018 kicks off next week and Zain Bahrain is its official sponsor

    Zain Bahrain, a leading telecommunications provider in the Kingdom, announced its sponsorship of the 9th edition of Bahrain International eGovernment Forum, under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak AlKhalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology. The forum is set to take place at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, on the 7th and 8th October 2018.

    As one of the forum’s official sponsors, Zain Bahrain will provide high-speed Internet to all participants and visitors.

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    2018
    Single Digital Gateway Regulation adopted by Council: better online access to information and procedures across the EU

    On 27 September 2018 the Council adopted a regulation setting up a single digital gateway. The new gateway will provide access to online information and procedures, assistance and problem solving services to individuals and companies.

    The Council today adopted a regulation setting up a single digital gateway. This follows an agreement reached with the European Parliament in June. The new gateway will provide access to online information and procedures, assistance and problem solving services to individuals and companies.

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    06
    2018
    US: Massachusetts: Union Point: Building the Smart City

    Located 12 miles (19 km) south of Boston and stretching across the towns of Weymouth, Abington, and Rockland, the 1,500-acre (600 ha) site where LStar Ventures is developing a technologically advanced smart community called Union Point already has an illustrious history. In a previous life, it was a U.S. Navy air station, the home base for blimps that patrolled the Atlantic Coast during World War II and helped keep munitions ships safe from Nazi submarines.

    “There was a certain local pride in hosting the military,” recalls Robert Hedlund, the mayor of Weymouth who as a child once got a chance to fly at the base, thanks to an officers’ flying club that gave rides to local students.

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    2018
    VN: Ho Chi Minh City urged to study other smart cities

    Ho Chi Minh City should learn from major cities in developed countries on how to become a smart city, an international conference was told on Friday.

    Nearly 200 delegates from Thailand, the US, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, discussed ways the largest city in Vietnam could become a smart city.

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    06
    2018
    IN: French ambassador to India hails Smart City Mission's CITIIS programme

    The CITIIS programme will be implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the National Institute for Urban Affairs

    The CITIIS programme under the country's Smart Cities Mission provides a "strong platform" for both India and France to achieve their shared vision of a sustainable future and a more equal and just society through collaboration, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler has said.

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    2018
    AE: Sharjah Department of eGovernment prepares for GITEX

    The Department of eGovernment, Sharjah, announced that 36 government departments in the Emirate are to participate in the GITEX Technology Week 2018.

    All participating government departments will be showcasing their latest services at the pavilion of Sharjah Government, and a number of innovative technological projects are to be unveiled for the first time GITEX.

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    05
    2018
    Indian Government to establish data analytics centre for better governance

    The Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics that will help the government offer better services to its citizens by analysing the data generated during the governance process. The centre is jointly developed by National Informatics Centre and National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated.

    The National Informatics Centre (NIC) and National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) have collaborated to establish a Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA). The Centre will support Government departments to enhance the efficiency of data that they generate as part of the governance processes and use it to improve India’s overall governance.

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    05
    2018
    India peers into its digital future

    This week, India’s Supreme Court allowed the country’s ambitious Aadhaar ID scheme to proceed, whilst setting down rules to protect people’s rights and privacy. Gavin O’Toole finds that the ruling offers mixed blessings for a digital agenda whose ambition and pace have long outgrown its infrastructure and policy frameworks

    India’s vast ‘Aadhaar’ personal identity system has just won the backing of the country’s top court, in a major judgment which clears a path forward for prime minister Narendra Modi’s ground-breaking project. But the ruling also lays down boundaries around the scheme’s ambitions – setting out rules designed to protect citizens’ rights and privacy.

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    05
    2018
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Kumar pitches for creating enabling environment for e-Governance service delivery

    With a view to review the status of various projects undertaken by the Information Technology department in the Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar on Friday convened a meeting with the senior officers.

    The meeting was attended by IT Secretary, Saugat Biswas and other senior officers of the department, an official spokesman said here.

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    05
    2018
    The digital transformation in the V4 is lacklustre at best

    Since liberating themselves from the Soviet yoke in 1989 and subsequently joining the European Union (EU) in 2004, the Visegrad countries (V4), have been increasingly trying to economically catch up with their Western counterparts, making up for the lost decades of progress while behind the Iron curtain.

    The now-emerging era of digitalisation, eGovernment, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 has altogether offered a unique prospect for the V4 countries to take a lead in such innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing.

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    05
    2018
    US: Before Cities Can Enforce Multimodal Policies, They Need Good Data

    Companies want to help cities enforce and regulate new mobility devices like e-scooters, bikes or car-shares by offering up real-time data.

    Movement through cities is becoming more multimodal — taking the form of bikes, scooters, trams and more — and the management of these transportation options is becoming more complex, driven by a relentless supply of data.

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    04
    2018
    US: Vermont Agency of Transportation Launches Online Applications for Diversity Employment Programs

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

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

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    04
    2018
    BD: KOICA ready to help Bangladesh become a developed country

    South Korea is ready to support new areas of cooperation to help Bangladesh become a developed country by 2041.

    Interacting with journalists on Tuesday, Joe Hyun-Gue Country Director of South Korea’s development agency, KOICA, said Bangladesh was a “priority” country when it came to development cooperation.

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    04
    2018
    VN: Hanoi opens doors to smart city future

    Amid growing interest from domestic and international businesses, Hanoi will create new opportunities for private investors to join public service projects as a way to raise funds for its ambitious smart city development plans.

    Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, said that the capital is poised to become a smart city based on key technologies of Industry 4.0. To this end, besides state funding, the city will have to raise resources from the business community.

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    2018
    Online voting option for Zimbabwean in the Diaspora

    Twenty-seven years ago, less than half of Estonia's population had a telephone. Today, the country could provide Zimbabwe with an ICT option for mulled Diaspora participation in elections back home: the e-vote.

    On Monday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United States, President Emmerson Mnangagwa met Estonian Prime Minister 1/4 ri Ratas, and one of the more interesting issues discussed in that engagement was e-voting, or how people can vote for their public officials online.

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    03
    2018
    Will IoT Implementation in Renewable Energy Create New Cyber Attack Risks?

    Water, Wind and Solar energy (WWS) has the potential to replace diminishing and polluting fossil fuel, petroleum, coal and other traditional power sources in a way that can change the very course of our planet’s future.

    Sustainable energy is already driving positive changes throughout the world, even as we are still early in the process of scaling WWS and making naturally generated power available through more modern grids, in the developed and developing worlds.

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    03
    2018
    US: Colorado: Denver: Can smart cities work for the visually impaired?

    The Denver-based Blind Institute of Technology is taking its message of inclusion in employment to smart cities planners through founder Mike Hess.

    In his two decades as a self-described "IT and network nerd," Mike Hess has become accustomed to being the only blind employee at his companies. That's why six years ago, he struck out on his own to found the nonprofit Blind Institute of Technology (BIT), with the goal of getting visually impaired people into tech and business jobs, and making sure more blind workers wouldn't be relegated to "token" status.

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    03
    2018
    IN: Chandigarh: Smart cities are for the rich — we need to change that

    Smart cities are for the rich — we need to change that

    Chandigarh, the capital of both India’s Punjab and its neighboring state Haryana, is a very special city. It rose from the ashes of India’s bloody partition.

    It was designed from scratch as part of a project to give Punjab a new capital after Lahore went to Pakistan’s Punjab during the partition of the country. The city was given its present day shape by legendary architects such as Albert Mayer and Le Corbusier. Today, Chandigarh has been designated to become a smart city.

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    2018
    US: Dreamforce 2018 – A look at how Cary, North Carolina, is turning itself into a smart city

    Cary may only be the seventh largest municipality in North Carolina, but this town has big ambitions to transform how it serves its citizens, through the use of Salesforce and Dell Boomi.

    What is a smart city? A smart city is one that utilises smart technologies to make better decisions, improving the economic growth and quality of life for citizens. That’s the vision for Cary, North Carolina, according to Wilson Farrell, the Town of Cary’s Platform Strategist.

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    2018
    US: Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Announces Open Lab

    A public private partnership between the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and Arrow Electronics, Inc. will result in the launch of the Colorado Open Lab. The Lab will be an Internet of Things (IoT) engineering lab for customer development showcase and innovation collaboration to fast track development of OEM IoT appliances and AI-enhanced applications, according to a news release specifying plans. The announcement of the Lab, set to open in the second quarter of 2019, and located within Arrow’s global headquarters in Centennial, CO, was made September 18, during the inaugural Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Symposium.

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    2018
    Governance in Kazakhstan: improvements but could do better

    The World Bank Group has just published the latest governance indicators including how well Kazakhstan is performing. The picture over a 10-year period is a mixed bag. It shows that Kazakhstan has made significant improvements in government effectiveness which measures the quality of public services and improved capacity of the civil service. It also shows a marginal improvement in the control of corruption although progress is very limited given the time period involved. Finally, the latest figures show that voice and accountability, which measures freedom of expression, freedom of association, and a free media has become marginally worse over the decade.

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    02
    2018
    ZA: E-govt to reprioritise funds for Gauteng broadband

    To fund phase two of the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) infrastructure project, the Department of E-government will reprioritise ICT expenditure in departmental budgets.

    This is according to Barbara Creecy, finance MEC and head of the e-government department, in response to Gauteng Provincial Legislature questions.

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    2018
    DE: Huawei set to transform German industrial heartland into Smart City

    Sören Link, Mayor of Duisburg, Germany, has lead a 19-person government delegation to visit Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China. The visit, which took place from September 3 to 4, aims to deepen their cooperation in Smart City development. Their cooperation will focus on transforming Duisburg from a traditional industrial city into a service-oriented Smart City through smart government, smart port logistics, smart education, smart infrastructure, 5G and broadband, smart homes and urban IoT.

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    01
    2018
    ‘Iran provides infrastructures for e-government’

    Iran already enjoys infrastructure for electronic government, Information Technology Organization of Iran (ITO) Secretary General Mehdi Faqihi told the ILNA on Friday.

    “However, we show weakness in joining the state-run organizations to the e-government network,” he lamented.

    The e-government is based on citizens’ demands and inquiries, he added.

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    01
    2018
    GB: How road pricing and asset finance make a 'smart' environment

    More cities are looking to charge drivers for entering congested areas, which can help pay for municipal improvements in a low-risk way.

    Several cities in the United Kingdom are looking to initiate smart projects to improve the efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability, and develop their competitiveness. Smart city developments improve the ‘livability’ of a city, helping support economic and business growth.

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    2018
    IN: Meghalaya: Not easy to implement Shillong smart city project: MDA govt

    The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government admitted that it would not be easy to make Shillong a smart city considering financial crunch that the state is facing.

    In his reply during question hour in Assembly on Monday, chief minister Conrad K Sangma said there are challenges but that does not mean the government would not make Shillong a smart city.

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    01
    2018
    Envisioning a ‘Digital Pakistan’

    The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI), a representative body of multinationals, has called for building a ‘Digital Pakistan’ to increase ease of doing business, enhance transparency and improve government- to -government and state-to-citizen services through e-governance.

    Apparently, the high cost of doing business has been a major cause for Pakistan receiving a very low level of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) — around one per cent of GDP — against the norm of three per cent in regional countries. The total FDI inflows in FY18 were just equal to OICCI members’ reinvestment of $2.7 billion recorded for 2017.

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    01
    2018
    PH: Cebu: Cedula goes online

    The community tax certificate or cedula can now be processed online through the Cebu City website for those who wish to avoid the time-consuming long lines to secure the document.

    Veronica Morelos, the acting City Treasurer, said that website-based application had been running since March 2018 and could be accessed anytime through smartphones and computers.

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    2018
    GY: China gives US$37.6 million boost to Guyana’s E-Government broadband system

    China on Saturday signed a US$37.6 million agreement to boost Guyana’s broadband access for security surveillance and the provision of remote health care, officials said.

    “This project will see the upgrading of the network to enable an equitable delivery of service in the education, health, security, business and other sectors,” said Guyana’s Foreign Minister shortly after signing the agreement for the Guyana National Broadband Project with China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Wang Yi.

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    2018
    AE: The roadmap needed for building Smart Dubai

    Smart cities are gaining traction in the Middle East, but creating a future-proof master plan to design, build, and retrofit the urban world is a challenge. Hamed Zaghw, chief executive officer of Aecom, said planning is key to ensuring that the evolutionary nature of technology does not render long-term smart city initiatives in the Middle East obsolete.

    “There are two ways to look at smart city master planning – the micro and the macro. If you have a framework that is both environmental and urban, you can have a basis for a master plan that can survive the ages – and changes in technology.

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    30
    2018
    Smart Cities for All launches inclusive innovation projection

    The Smart Cities for All Initiative has launched a new project, ‘Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities' to develop and share means of making smart city solutions more accessible to persons with disabilities and older persons.

    Smart Cities for All is a collaboration between G3ict and World Enabled, two non-profit organisations focused on inclusive, accessible design.

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    2018
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: Govt may demand more funds for smart city project

    Meghalaya will try to get additional funds for the Smart City project even as the agreement is for equal share between the Centre and the state government.

    Urban and Municipal Affairs Minister Hamlet Dohling said additional funds will have to be raised for the ambitious project.

    Skywalks, better public transport system, garbage disposal, drainage system, water supply and free WiFi are some of the components of the project.

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    29
    2018
    IN: Arunachal introduces 'Smart e-Public Distribution System', developed by Madras Security Printers

    Arunachal Pradesh becomes the first State in North East India to introduce Smart e-Public Distribution System (e-PDS), a solution developed by the Madras Security Printers, a company specializing in system integration and solutions for e-governance projects.

    The End-to-end e-PDS system, successfully deployed in Arunachal Pradesh, provides centralized online real-time electronic PDS to improve efficiency in supplying commodities to the beneficiaries

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    29
    2018
    China ranks 34th in e-government online service: UN survey

    China ranked 34th among 193 countries around the world in terms of availability of online services in e-government development, according to a United Nations survey.

    The Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on Friday jointly issued the Chinese version of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018 report.

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    29
    2018
    IN: Nagaland: Rs 113 crore sanctioned for Kohima Smart City project

    Nagaland Minister of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Metsubo Jamir said on Friday that a total of Rs 113 crore has been sanctioned for Kohima Smart City project.

    Out of this amount, Rs 2 crore was sanctioned in advance for preparation of the Smart City proposal, while Rs 107 crore was sanctioned as part payment of project funds for the 1st year for the development of Kohima as a Smart City, Jamir elaborated.

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    29
    2018
    AE: du Wins Smart Cities Award at the Telecoms World Middle East 2018

    Powered by du, Dubai Pulse platform is a key facilitator in Dubai's shift towards smart technologies

    du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), won the Smart Cities Award at the Telecoms World Middle East 2018 for its role in developing Dubai Pulse-a platform owned by Smart Dubai office. As a strategic partner of Smart Dubai, du established Dubai Pulse platform in 2017- the digital backbone of the city that offers the means of sharing data in order to be utilized by decision makers encouraging innovation. Jihad Tayara, Vice President ICT Commercial - Business Development in du, received the award on behalf of the company.

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    Sep
    28
    2018
    MM: Plans drawn for unique ID numbers: Union Minister

    Union Minister for Ministry of labour, Immigration and Population Thein Swe said that a policy has already drawn for issuing unique ID numbers without discrimination between citizens or non-citizens.

    “After observing with over 40 companies, our ministry has laid down a policy. Rules are being drawn and we have formed township level committees in respective States/ Regions for implementing of the policy,” said Thein Swe, Union Minister for Ministry of labour, Immigration and Population.

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    Sep
    28
    2018
    VN: Smart City Spotlight: Danang

    The coastal city of Danang in Vietnam, is famed for its white sandy beaches and idyllic resorts and is Vietnam’s fifth largest city. Home to more than a million residents, the city is rapidly urbanising and its population is set to more than double to 2.5 million by 2030.

    Danang joins 25 other pilot cities from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN). Set to be officially launched in November 2018 during the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore, the ASCN envisions a collaborative platform for cities in the network to work towards a common goal of smart and sustainable development.

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    Sep
    28
    2018
    US: Louisiana: Could New Orleans become a ‘Smart City’?

    New Orleans isn’t the first American city to buy into the “Smart Cities” idea, but City Council President Jason Williams says we could become a leader in using new technologies to solve longstanding problems — from crime to flooding to economic and digital equity challenges.

    There are many definitions of the term “Smart Cities,” but most involve applying cutting-edge technology across multiple public platforms.

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    Sep
    28
    2018
    VN: OOG, WB join forces to deliver on administrative procedure, e-government reforms

    Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam today witnessed the signing of the Partnership Framework between Vietnam’s Office of Government (OOG) and the World Bank.

    The framework is to express their intent to collaborate in the modernization and strengthening of government effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.

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    2018
    US: Colorado: Dedicated Smart City Lab to Open Near Denver

    The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade will invest $500,000 in the Arrow Electronics lab, expected to open this spring.

    A new facility is coming to south metro Denver where the use of data-collecting “internet of things” technology will be explored and tested as means to make urban services and infrastructure work better for residents.

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    27
    2018
    IN: In Haryana, e-administration efforts are lame ducks without the internet

    It took Mahender Kumar a week to brush up his DJ-ing skills and understand what songs to play for crowds at different events. It wasn’t done out of some special love for music.

    When he had to stop operations of his Common Service Center in Fatehabad district’s Badopal village for the third time in 18 months because of an internet shutdown “caused” by violence in his state, Mahender had to revisit his teenage hobby. He was more cautious about running a centre that depended on the internet. After all, the 31-year-old had to do something to feed a family of five. “Kuch to kaam karna tha. Parivar ko bhukhe to rakh nahi sakte.”

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    2018
    CN: Hangzhou is becoming a pioneer in urban digitization

    With mandates from China’s central government to push the digitization of public services in the country, Zhejiang province’s Hangzhou is at the forefront of this effort. Yuan Jiayun, deputy secretary of the Communist Party in Zhejiang province, said that digitization is driving innovation in the city, but also in e-governance. Speaking at Alibaba’s The Computing Conference held in Hangzhou’s Yunqi Town today (September 19), he said that the local government would continue integrating the internet into public services.

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    2018
    Danbatta: Digital Transformation Key to Nigeria’s Development

    The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, spoke on Nigeria’s participation at the International Telecommunication Union Telecom World conference in Durban, South Africa and how Nigeria intends to drive her digital transformation, using modern technologies. Emma Okonji who attended the world conference, presents the excerpts:

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    26
    2018
    Germans wish for more digital services in public sector: study

    The majority of Germans wants better digital management of citizen services, according to a study by the German digital association Bitkom published on Wednesday.

    Two thirds of all respondents thought that it is possible to deal with administrative formalities online without any problems.

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    Sep
    26
    2018
    Premier in Barbados touting e-gov initiatives

    Premier Alden McLaughlin spoke at the Central Bank Meets Blockchain Conference in Barbados today on what officials said was the “ongoing successes of the Cayman Islands in its continuing work to improve e-government services and embrace digital technologies and industries”. McLaughlin joined a number of other speakers at the conference, including Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley. He reportedly told the conference that the Cayman Islands had taken a regional leadership role “in progressive reforms” with the development of legislation, regulation and policy in relation to e-government and digital technology.

    McLaughlin noted that Prime Minister Mottley had committed to follow many of the e-government initiatives that Cayman is adopting, as well as “the encouragement we are providing to attract companies that operate in the digital sector”.

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    Sep
    26
    2018
    Vietnam focusing on smart city development, says FPT chairman

    Facing the great waves of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Vietnam is keen on promoting e-government projects, and the government there has selected five main cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang, as pilot sites for smart city development, covering clean energy, environmental protection and transportation, according to Truong Gia Binh, chairman of FPT Group, the largest information technology service company in the country.

    Binh told Digitimes in a recent exclusive interview that the information technology service market scale in Vietnam is estimated at US$16 billion a year, with an annual growth of 13% seen in 2017.

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    2018
    AE: TRA uses public support to develop the content of the Official Portal of UAE

    In applying best global practices to enhance effective government-customer participation, the TRA has launched a promotional campaign to enrich content of the Official Portal of UAE Government, relying on the "crowdsourcing" method, where it allows users to contribute to content editing and development with their ideas and suggestions, as well as providing any information unavailable on the Portal, and correcting any language errors that may exist.

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    25
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra to have new internet service

    The Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday has given clearance for launching a ₹100-crore project, which will provide internet services based on point-to-point technology, which will provide 10 Mbps speed to the users.

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    Sep
    25
    2018
    The incredible ways governments use the Internet of Things

    IBM shows how leading cities and countries are transforming with IoT and AI

    Government and innovation? Yes: two recent surveys highlight how governments are embracing technology to tackle issues from public safety to social services.

    The 2017 Digital Cities Survey ranks cities on how they leverage technology to better serve their citizens.[1] An important takeaway: city size and budget aren’t as important as visionary leadership who recognizes technology’s potential to transform communities and attract new citizens.

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    Sep
    24
    2018
    How efficient smart cities will be built on IoT sensors

    At MWC Americas 2018, TechRepublic spoke with Peter Linder, Head of 5G Marketing for North America with Ericsson about how IoT sensors will be key to creating efficiencies and improving services in tomorrow's smart cities.

    Smart Cities, says Peter Linder, Head of 5G Marketing for North America with Ericsson, will be reliant on creating efficiencies and improving services, on IoT sensors. Linder chatted with TechRepublic's Teena Maddox at MWC Americas 2018.

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    Sep
    24
    2018
    Top Canadian companies lead a smart cities delegation to India

    Twenty eight leading Canadian urban infrastructure, internet of things and artificial intelligence companies are arriving in India on a five day visit from Sept 17 to explore collaboration opportunities with Indian businesses in the infrastructure and smart cities sector. The delegation will visit Lucknow, Mumbai and Bengaluru to engage with business and government leaders.

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    Sep
    24
    2018
    BH: Reowned experts to share dais at leading eGovernment forum

    Top world renowned speakers have been announced to be part of the International eGovernment Forum 2018 which will be held next month.

    Leading speakers from some of the top global companies as well as governmental sectors will be part of this year’s edition, it is learnt.

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    Sep
    23
    2018
    GB: Newcastle aims to become digital city to head next industrial revolution

    City centre improvement group NE1 says digital improvements are needed to help businesses stay ahead of competition

    Newcastle is leading a new industrial revolution with a growing reputation as a centre for digital, software and technological innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

    The city is not a newcomer to this frontrunner position and has long been known as a centre of innovation and technological advancement.

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    Sep
    23
    2018
    UG: Museveni: Kampala to be smart, safe city in 9 months

    President Yoweri Museveni has said that Kampala will be a safe city within nine months as government moves to implement the elements of a smart and safe city solution for Uganda.

    This was part of President Museveni's national address on the state of security from state house Entebbe Saturday evening. He said that Kampala will be a different city, will be safe, cleaner and smarter.

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    23
    2018
    VN: Ho Chi Minh City calls for investment in building smart city

    The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee hosted a conference on September 15 to call for investment in building an Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) and a Socio-Economic Simulation and Forecast Centre.

    The two centres are among the key measures in a master plan on developing Ho Chi Minh City into a smart city in the 2017-2020 period, with a vision to 2025.

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    Sep
    23
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Now, land mutation made online in State

    With online mutation of land implemented in all 317 tehsils of the State, manual system of mutation is a passé. As the State Government has set zero pendency of cases and smooth delivery of public services, mutation of land will been done online, henceforth.

    This heralds a new beginning for the hapless people, who were waiting months and years together for mutation of land after registration in the Sub Registrar Office.

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    22
    2018
    MY: Penang mulling portfolio for digital transformation

    The state government is considering establishing a new portfolio in its state executive councillor line-up to handle digital transformation.

    Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this would enable the state government to overcome digital-linked challenges while serving as an infrastructure platform.

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    Sep
    22
    2018
    GCC: Three essentials for digital customer experience success

    A new generation of connected smart services redefine the way organisations in the Middle East approach customer experience management

    There is a clear recognition among public and private sector leaders that giving customers a better, more relevant experience through technology differentiates them from their competitors.

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    22
    2018
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: The wait for digitised services to continue

    Kochi Corporation’s long-pending ambitious plan to digitalise its services offered to the public is likely to get delayed.

    Kochi Corporation’s long-pending ambitious plan to digitalise its services offered to the public is likely to get delayed. The deadline for the e-governance project was scheduled this month end. The multi-crore project was announced in early 2000 and have been gone through numerous revisions so far. The past one-and-a-half decades witnessed the civic authorities bring in two agencies, Information Kerala Mission (IKM) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), for the project.

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    Sep
    22
    2018
    IN: Delhi: You can now file e-FIR at NDMC kiosk

    New Delhi Municipal Council on Friday launched its first police assistance kiosk, under the smart city project, near AIIMS. People can file e-FIRs at these kiosks, even without the help of police personnel. These hi-tech kiosks would remain open to the public 24x7 and it would be manned by a dedicated lady police officer, along with other supporting staff.

    NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said the idea behind the the kiosk was to provide police-related services at a single point, saving vital time of the public.

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    Sep
    21
    2018
    US: Phillips County, Colorado, Launches Online Building Permits & Applications

    Citizens save time by completing forms and submitting payments online

    Citizens of Phillips County, Colorado, can now submit building permits and applications as well as payments through the county’s website, https://nws.colorado.egov.com/forms/phillips/phillipscobuildingpermit. This online convenience eliminates the need to make a trip to the county’s office, reduces printing costs for citizens and the county, and shortens the time needed during the critical review process.

  • Fr
    Sep
    21
    2018
    QA: Workers can complete RP process in home countries: MoI

    The Visa Support Services Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Administration Development, Labour and Social Affairs, has held a seminar to explain the details of an initiative that allows expatriate workers to complete Qatar residency permit (RP) procedures in their home countries.

    The project covers procedures such as fingerprinting and biometric data processing, medical examination and the signing of work contracts for expatriates abroad, the MoI said on Twitter on Thursday.

  • Fr
    Sep
    21
    2018
    VN: Government Office, JICA cooperate in building e-Government

    The Vietnamese Government Office and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on September 14 signed a Record of Discussion for Project to Build Professional and Efficient State Operation for Improvement of Business Environment.

    Under the document, training courses in Vietnam and Japan will be given to officials of the Government Office and relevant ministries and agencies while conferences and talks will be held in Vietnam, with focus on developing e-Government and bettering business climate.

  • Fr
    Sep
    21
    2018
    Vietnam highly appreciates Estonia’s experience in e-government building

    Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has hailed Estonia’s experience in e-government building as a good lesson for Vietnam, while expressing his wish to cooperate with the European country in the field.

    Addressing a reception for visiting Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser in Hanoi on September 14, PM Phuc highly appreciated Estonia’s e-government model, stating that Vietnam welcomes Estonian experts who could support the process of building its own e-government.

  • Fr
    Sep
    21
    2018
    What’s lined-up for Kuwait’s Smart City transformation?

    South Saad Al Abdullah city in Kuwait is billed as the Middle East’s first development to be both green and ‘smart’.

    Construction work on the site, which will cover 64 square-kilometres and cost an estimated US$4 billion, is expected to start late next year.

    The smart city is part of the country’s 30-year vision to transform itself into a hub for trade, finance and tourism - cutting its dependency on oil revenues.

  • Fr
    Sep
    21
    2018
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: AMC seeks NOCs to restart works under Agra smart city project

    Several important works under the Agra smart city project have been stalled due to objections raised by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and forest department. Officials said that Agra Smart City Private Limited, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) which was constituted to plan, apprise, approve, release funds and evaluate development works, didn’t take permission from government agencies before starting work in protected areas.

    The Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC), which is the nodal agency for implementing the smart city project, has now applied for no-objection certificates (NOC) for construction of a duct, repairing of drainage system, illumination in Taj vicinity and street vending zone plan.

  • Do
    Sep
    20
    2018
    VG: Town & Country Planning to become more digital

    Chief Planner for the Town and Country Planning Department, Mr Gregory Adams has shared that his department will become more digital to create a more vibrant and sustainable economy for the BVI.

    Mr Adam’s comments were made on the third episode of a special ‘SnapComms’ series which focuses on transformation initiatives across ministries in the Government of the Virgin Islands.

  • Do
    Sep
    20
    2018
    NP: Well connected

    An advanced digital network and sustainable transport will change the society for the better

    The second people’s movement of the 1990s brought an end to the Panchayat System paving the way for the multiparty democracy in Nepal. Around the same time, Estonia, a tiny country in Europe, gained independence from the mighty Soviet Union. In less than three decades after independence, Estonia has successfully established itself as one of the most advanced digital democracies in the world. It has built a digital society through an e-governnace system that provides public services online. Nepal, on the other hand, still remains one of the least developed countries in the world where digitisation has not yet taken pace. Now, the highly digitised Baltic democracy is making all public transportation in the country free. One should always get inspired by good examples and to that end, Nepal too could adopt the development model followed by Estonia.

  • Mi
    Sep
    19
    2018
    Digital government isn't working in the developing world: Here's why

    The digital transformation of society has brought many immediate benefits: it's created new jobs and services, boosted efficiency and promoted innovation. But when it comes to improving the way we govern, the story is not that simple.

    It seems reasonable to imagine introducing digital information and communication technologies into public sector organisations – known as "digital government" or "e-government" – would have a beneficial impact on the way public services are delivered. For instance, by enabling people to claim rebates for medical bills via a government website.

  • Mi
    Sep
    19
    2018
    From Smart Technologies To Smart Cities

    It’s no secret that we are about to enter a phase where living smart is the baseline, and everything else just falls in the jigsaw to complement that lifestyle. Our world is shaped by how people and machines work together sand technology is there to support this process. It helps to create better cities for all, and we have the power to make it happen, a future where people are empowered by technology to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives in smart cities.

  • Di
    Sep
    18
    2018
    EE: Kaljulaid on e-residency: Cooperation with private sector important

    President Kersti Kaljulaid on Tuesday said that e-residency must take into consideration a wider societal benefit, adding that cooperation between the public and private sectors has a vital role to play in the e-residency project.

    "We must clarify whether e-residents are a community of our friends, a platform of e-services for the entrepreneurs of the world or some third or fourth thing," Kaljulaid said in a press release. "We must also jointly reach an understanding regarding how both an entrepreneur in Võru and an accountant in Saaremaa could benefit from the programme."

  • Di
    Sep
    18
    2018
    Estonia's Cybernetica to develop data exchange system for Greenland

    Estonian company Cybernetica is developing a data exchange layer for Greenland similar to the X-Road solution being used in Estonia. Greenland's system, however, will be called Pitu.

    A Pitu conference dedicated to e-government solutions and the implementation of the X-Road data exchange layer was held in Greenland last week, sponsored by the Estonian Embassy in Copenhagen and the Greenlandic Agency for Digitisation.

  • Di
    Sep
    18
    2018
    Ghana is connected and open for business

    Kathy Gibson is at ITU Telecom World in Durban – Ghana is open for business, and is creating an enabling digital environment to make this a reality. In fact, connectivity should be considered a civic right, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, minister of communications in Ghana.

  • Di
    Sep
    18
    2018
    How smart cities can underpin our drive to a sustainable world

    Smart cities have the potential to help countries meet global sustainability goals but to do so they must be built on trust.

    Sustainability is a powerful force for positive change in our world; one that is driving transformation, innovation and improvement across all aspects of society. No longer limited to conserving natural resources, sustainability now encompasses a range of challenges including urban growth, transportation, carbon footprint and even work-life balance. As the world’s population is expected to increase by an estimated 33% before 2050, and with nearly 70% of those people living in urban environments, sustainability has become a focal point for forward-thinking cities. Making city life work sustainably for all is a growing concern but one which is not insurmountable.

  • Di
    Sep
    18
    2018
    Australia ranked in global top 10 for digital readiness, but some states lag: Cisco

    Australia has been ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for "digital readiness", in a new study of 118 countries by tech giant Cisco, but some states are falling behind.

    The study examined a range of factors from technology infrastructure and adoption to human capital, with Australia scoring most highly in categories such as the ease of doing business, the start-up environment and basic human needs.

  • Mo
    Sep
    17
    2018
    Digital transformation: Five digital projects changing lives around the world

    01 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    The first city in Canada to develop and implement a digital strategy, Vancouver continually aims to improve the ways in which residents can access city services and information.

    “Our digital transformation initiatives across the organisation have delivered value and benefits to residents, staff, businesses and visitors,” says Jessie Adcock, City of Vancouver chief technology officer.

  • Mo
    Sep
    17
    2018
    AE: Under Sharjah e-government pavilion, 36 gov. entities showcase latest achievements, services in "GITEX 2018"

    The Department of Sharjah eGovernment announced that 36 government departments in the Emirate are to participate in the “GITEX Technology Week 2018” scheduled on October 14-18 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

    All departments of Sharjah are geared up to showcase their latest services at the pavilion of Sharjah Government. Innovative technological projects are to be unveiled for the first time at the exhibition which is the largest in ICT sector in MENA and South Asia, and the third largest of its kind worldwide.

  • So
    Sep
    16
    2018
    VN: Hà Nội City makes the case for a smart transformation

    Ranking among the world’s largest capitals and with a population of around 7.6 million, Hà Nội seems to be almost bursting at the seams with unceasing traffic and chaotic hubbub.

    The 1000-year-old capital of Việt Nam is a lot of things — its cultural quirks, historical richness and economic vitality might be fascinating; but most wouldn’t consider it an ‘organised’ city, in the sense of modern urban centres that have come to characterise much of the developed, post-industrial economies.

  • So
    Sep
    16
    2018
    Wi-Fi project: Railways to rope in government and private firms under CSR

    The RailTel has entered into an agreement with the Mahataa Information India Private Limited (MIIPL) for providing Wi-Fi at A1 and A category stations.

    With only 10 per cent work done in providing Internet connectivity at 8,500 stations by March 2019, the Indian Railways will reach out to both state-owned and private companies to fund the Wi-Fi project under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) head The public transporter has so far provided Wi-Fi connectivity at nearly 709 railway stations.

  • So
    Sep
    16
    2018
    Cyprus taking first steps in digital payments

    Slowly but surely Cyprus is entering the digital age of commerce, but experts say it has a long way to go before it mirrors what is happening in places like China.

    Two months ago, Cyprus took baby steps towards entering the new digitalized era in trying to catch up with the rest of the world.

  • Sa
    Sep
    15
    2018
    Vietnam must become IT powerhouse: Prime Minister

    Vietnam must strive to become a powerhouse in the field of information technology, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said, adding that the Ministry of Information and Communications, as the State management agency in the field, should lead the efforts towards this goal.

    Speaking at a working session in Hanoi on September 8 with the Ministry of Information and Communications, the PM urged the ministry to create an environment conducive to high technology, play a guiding role in digital transformation and industry 4.0.

  • Sa
    Sep
    15
    2018
    Smart cities can serve citizens better after significant rise in urbanization in Asia

    With May’s major flooding in Ratnapura, a city in Sri Lanka, and its disastrous consequences still fresh in our minds, it reminds me of a similar occurrence, this time in the city of Buenos Aires . The cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, too, is not a stranger to floods as it is built on nine streams. In 2013, a disastrous flood and endless rain caused over 50 casualties and thousands of evacuations.

    The above two scenarios are pretty similar. However, perhaps locally we should be looking to and learning from what has gone before. Following the weather event, the local Buenos Aires government proactively embarked on a project to leverage big data and gain insights into rainfall and water levels during stormy seasons, leveraging on Oracle’s business intelligence capabilities.

  • Sa
    Sep
    15
    2018
    IN: Chhattisgarh Govt to roll out ‘e-District 2.0’ application soon

    Chhattisgarh Government is preparing to take the next big leap in e-Governance through its proposed launch of 'e-District 2.0' application which aims at electronic delivery of all public services at district and sub district levels, progressively while maintaining the continuity of existing e-District application, officials informed.

    Like e-District, ‘e-District 2.0’ aims at electronic delivery of all public services at district / sub district level, progressively.

  • Fr
    Sep
    14
    2018
    CA: How Smart Should a City Be? Toronto Is Finding Out

    A data-driven “neighborhood of the future” masterminded by a Google corporate sibling, the Quayside project could be a milestone in digital-age city-building. But after a year of scandal in Silicon Valley, questions about privacy and security remain.

    On a Tuesday night in August, Jesse Shapins, the director of public realm and culture at Sidewalk Labs, flipped through a set of colorful slides before a public audience in downtown Toronto.

  • Fr
    Sep
    14
    2018
    IN: Goa: Govt to launch skilling prog for its digital sector workforce next month

    To provide skilled training to senior citizens, parents, etc, on use of smart phones and other IT-enabled facilities

    The State government has decided to train its workforce in the digital sector with an aim to upgrade their knowledge to ensure proper service is provided to the people. An annual digital skilling programme across emerging technologies will be launched from next month.

    The government also intends to provide skilled training to senior citizens, parents, etc. on use of smart phones and other IT-enabled facilities.

  • Do
    Sep
    13
    2018
    Gulf organisations facing new cyberattack threats says BAH

    Hackers are developing new means of attack that could put Gulf organisations at risk

    Booz Allen Hamilton has warned of seven new areas of cyberattack that could put organisations in the Gulf at risk.

    The global consulting and technology firm said that the range and severity of cyberattacks is expanding and digital transformation accelerates and as cyber attackers diversify their methods.

  • Do
    Sep
    13
    2018
    IL: Tel Aviv Is Looking To Take Its Smart City Efforts To The Next Level

    The city of Tel Aviv has a sterling reputation as a smart city, using its influence as one of the world’s ‘techiest cities’ to drive digital initiatives that serve as a blueprint for other municipalities. It is also renowned as the epicenter of Israel’s startup ecosystem, tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of its residents for urban development.

    In 2014, the city was crowned the “World’s Smartest City,” besting 250 competing locations including London, New York, and Amsterdam at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. It remains a badge of honor and the city’s efforts for smart transformation have increased tenfold since then, striving for digital revolution.

  • Do
    Sep
    13
    2018
    IN: Meghalaya Chief Minister inaugurates e-office for efficiency in governance

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma recently inaugurated the e-office project to make inter-government and intra-government transactions and processes in the northeastern state more efficient and transparent.

    Designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the e-office project was inaugurated by Sangma at his office on Wednesday. “It will allow us to clear the files and issue necessary order and instructions on the go, which will transform the day-to-day function of the office in an efficient manner,” he said.

  • Mi
    Sep
    12
    2018
    New IDs to increase cybersecurity in Azerbaijan: deputy minister

    Transition to new generation ID cards will further increase cybersecurity in Azerbaijan, Elmir Valizade, deputy minister of transport, communications and high technologies of Azerbaijan, told reporters in Baku Sept. 5.

    He said the integration of e-signature and authentication certificates into new ID cards is considered a progressive step.

  • Mi
    Sep
    12
    2018
    Belarus, South Korea to expand cooperation in e-government

    Belarus and the Republic of Korea will expand cooperation in the development of e-government projects. Such an agreement was reached during the fifth session of the joint committee held in Seoul on 4 September, BelTA has learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    While welcoming the successful cooperation in the area of high technologies, including in the context of the industrial and technology parks, the parties stressed the need to raise bilateral contacts to a new level.

  • Di
    Sep
    11
    2018
    US: California: Redlands: 11 things I learned working in local government

    Commentary: The former smart city program manager at Redlands, California, points out some "grossly overlooked" ideas and demystifies others. For most of the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of launching and implementing the smart city program in Redlands, California. Now I’m leaving local government for The Atlas Marketplace, where I will help proven urban innovations — the kinds we implemented in Redlands — reach more cities, faster.

  • Di
    Sep
    11
    2018
    AU: Queensland: Ipswich: City nominated for smart network, the Internet of Things

    Ipswich continues to be recognised as one of Australia's leading smart cities after being shortlisted for the top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards.

    The awards, to be held as part of Australia's first Smart Cities Week from October 29-31, recognises and rewards leadership, celebrates best practice and stimulates action to advance the smart cities movement.

  • Di
    Sep
    11
    2018
    PH: Digital Technologies for Innovative Development Solutions

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping countries in Asia and the Pacific leverage digital technologies for development, while implementing digital reforms within its own institution, said ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao during a 2-day forum being held at ADB headquarters.

    The Digital Development Forum 2018 provides a venue for high-level discussions on the use of information and communications technology (ICT) for development in region. During the forum, leading technology experts will give presentations and workshops to more than 300 participants from development institutions, government agencies, academe, and the private sector, as well as to ADB staff.

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