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Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir eine "City Transformation Management Suite (CTMS)" zur Unterstützung der Planung und Umsetzung von Transformationsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "City Transformation Management Notation (CTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des CTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
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  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2020
    US: Georgia Smart Communities Challenge winners announced

    Georgia Smart said it welcomes communities of any size within the state to apply for technical and financial assistance that will help them to envision, explore, and plan for their smart future.

    Clayton County, and the cities of Sandy Springs, Savannah, and Valdosta have been named 2020 winning communities of Georgia Tech’s Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (Georgia Smart).

  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2020
    Agartala ranks as the top smart city in Northeast India state of Tripura

    Agartala, Tripura’s capital city, has ranked top among the 10 smart cities of the Northeast. Apart from this, its national ranking has jumped to 56 from the previous 74.

    The Tripura government stated that the success of Agartala Smart City in speeding up the project tendering, sanctioning, and implementation has been appreciated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Secretary, and Government of India during the review of the North Eastern States recently.

  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2020
    US: Is Local Government Ready for Vote-by-Mail?

    An increase in mail-in voting this year will cost an estimated $2 billion, much of which will fall on local governments. Smart tech investments and security monitoring are key to doing more with less.

    Election security is different from other IT issues because of the impact that public confidence can have on electoral integrity. This year, COVID-19 is driving changes to voter behavior and creating stress on existing election systems. The nation faces a perfect storm of factors: Increased demand for absentee/mail-in voting is leading to increased cost, complexity and heightened security risk, while the pandemic has dramatically curtailed state and local government revenue and other resources.

  • Do
    Aug
    13
    2020
    IN: Goa: Panaji MLA holds Smart City meeting

    In a sign that Panaji legislator Atanasio Monserrate has overcome his misgivings about the Smart City Mission, the MLA asked Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) to take up a slew of projects under the mission.

    Monserrate held an extensive review meeting with various officials at the IPSCDL office where he also reviewed the ongoing development projects in the state capital.

  • Do
    Aug
    13
    2020
    Estonia Opens Applications for Digital Nomad Visa

    Estonia has opened applications for its Digital Nomad Visa (DNV), which permits international citizens in Estonia to work for an international employer or as a freelancer.

    A Digital Nomad Visa permits aliens who are engaged in jobs independent of location, to work remotely in Estonia. Technology, finance and marketing are the main areas of activity in this kind of visa, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

  • Do
    Aug
    13
    2020
    GH: Government’s investment in internet connectivity essential to output delivery – NITA boss

    The Acting Director of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), has said they are making sure that the connectivity provided for the Ministries Departments Agencies (MDA’S) and Metropolitan Municipal Districts Assemblies (MMDA) is in good condition.

    Richard Okyere-Fosu said, “We are ensuring that connectivity is up. We are also discussing that we consolidate the fibre asset that government has. Ghana, unlike most other jurisdiction, is not connected”.

  • Do
    Aug
    13
    2020
    PH: Parañaque launches digital aid

    The Parañaque City government has launched the on-site digital disbursement of its local cash assistance program for 50,000 households in the city amid the modified enhanced community quarantine status in Metro Manila.

    In partnership with Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), the beneficiaries can now withdraw their P5,000 cash aid through Bank on Wheels, a 5G-powered and airconditioned banking kiosk in a mobile van.

  • Do
    Aug
    13
    2020
    Malaysia ranks 41st for digital quality of life in 2020 — study

    Malaysia ranks 41st for digital quality of life in 2020 ahead of its neighbours Thailand which ranks 63rd and Indonesia in the 71st position.

    In the study covering 81% of the global population (6.3 billion people) released today by Cyprus-based Surfshark Ltd, Malaysia is among 13 countries in the Digital Quality of Life Index 2020 (DQL Index 2020) that exceed the expected digital quality of life by providing higher levels of electronic-infrastructure (e-infrastructure) and e-government than expected of their gross domestic product (GDP) levels.

  • Mi
    Aug
    12
    2020
    Digital Quality of Life Index – Ireland ranks top 20

    The Digital Quality of Life (DQL) index is published annually based on research conducted by the privacy protection company Surfshark.

    Researchers measure internet quality, affordability, e-security, online government services, and e-infrastructure.

    This year’s edition of the DQL research concluded that 7 out of 10 countries with the highest digital quality of life are in Europe, with Denmark taking the global lead among 85 countries.

  • Mi
    Aug
    12
    2020
    Why facial recognition is becoming de facto among Asia’s banks

    Like it or not, facial recognition is becoming hard to avoid.

    Applications of the biometric tech were already is wide use before the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from contact-free payment methods to performing quick, verifiable id checks at entrance and exit points. With COVID-19 requiring extra precautionary measures to be taken when outdoors, however, many countries in Asia began exhibiting usage of biometric machines that scanned for temperature changes, and could even detect if faces were wearing masks.

  • Mi
    Aug
    12
    2020
    UAE is world's top in e-infrastructure

    The UAE ranks number one with the best e-infrastructure globally, and ranks 31st for digital quality of life in 2020, according to a study that covers 81 per cent of the global population.

    The Digital Quality of Life (DQL) study, covering internet affordability, quality, security, online government services, and e-infrastructure, said the UAE is followed by Sweden in the second place and Denmark in the third.

  • Mi
    Aug
    12
    2020
    Cyprus ranks 35 from 85 countries in digital quality of life index

    Cyprus is ranked 35 among 85 countries globally when it comes to digital quality of life in 2020, according to the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) index published annually.

    The DQL research examined a total population of more than 6.3 billion people, 81 per cent of the global population in terms of twelve indicators grouped into five pillars.

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    PK: The Myth of Good Governance!

    Prime Minister Imran Khan on February 10, 2019 addressed the World Government Summit in Dubai and in his speech, he said that “No society or country can make progress without improving governance, ensuring accountability, and checking corruption.”

    As indicated from the above statement and as observed in Pakistan’s political climate, a word which is used extensively by the treasury and opposition benches and their supporters is “Governance”. Although the word itself is very extensive and encompasses a lot, but our interpretation of good or bad governance in the Pakistan’s political climate is very subjective and biased. If a political party does something which relates to our value and culture, we refer it to as upright decision and governance.

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    IN: Pensioners can generate Digital life certificate directly using UMANG app – Details here

    The Jeevan Pramaan which pensioners have to submit every year to get their pension disbursed, is a biometric enabled Aadhaar-based Digital Life Certificate for pensioners.

    In the uncertain times of Covid-19 Pandemic, digital activities are there to make sure that you don’t have to step out of your house, unless very urgent.

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    AE: ecommerce|03 August, 2020 TRA, UNDESA discuss prospects of UN e-government study

    During the meeting, the UAE presented its observations on the United Nations e-Government Study 2020

    At the invitation of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, a meeting was held between TRA officials and Vincenzo Aquaro, Chief of Digital Government at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA, to discuss the prospects of the UN e-Government Study and its use for the digital performance development.

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    Fast tracking the critical task of building South Africa’s digital economy

    South Africa lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to embracing the digital economy. There are five critical areas we need to address to bring us up to speed.

    UCT Vice-Chancellor’s Virtual Open Lecture on 15 July 2020, Colin Coleman, the former Goldman Sachs CEO for sub-Saharan Africa, laid out a “10-point action plan” for South Africa. One of his action-plan points is “introducing an e-government initiative to transform and modernise the public service, making South Africa a capable country, with a smart and capable state”.

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    Smart cities are a must for Africa growth

    Africa has joined the fray with Nairobi, Cairo, Pretoria, Kinshasa, Accra, Kigali and Lagos embracing a range of smart applications in traffic management, parking, cashless payments,

    Smart cities use data and technology to create efficiencies, improve sustainability, enhance quality of life and promote economic growth and development.

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    US: Report: States Should Target Digital Skills Gaps as Economy Transforms

    Jobs that require some college education will tend to demand digital literacy, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. A report suggests that states can play a bigger role in meeting the growing need for digital skills.

    A new Benton Foundation report advises states to address digital skills training as part of regional economic development strategies in order to fill the middle-skill jobs of the future.

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Agents get e-passes approved through government ‘connections’

    Common citizens struggle to get e-passes, even for genuine reasons, but some travel agencies and cab operators get them issued easily through ‘connections’ at district collectorates and Greater Chennai Corporation.

    This reporter, seeking an e-pass for return of stranded relatives, marriage and a health emergency, approached three taxi operators in Chennai who promised to get the document for Rs 250-Rs 300 per head over and above the base fare (Rs 10-Rs 20 depending on the vehicle model).

  • Di
    Aug
    11
    2020
    AU: Citizen experience, policy agility and data

    Every one of us now expects excellent customer service wherever we go – be it at our local supermarket, on a banking app or when buying something online. Personalised experiences are also customary, from companies remembering our personal details on return visits or receiving a one-time SMS code when we forget our password.

    This is largely due to a recent heightened focus and investment into improving customer experience across various sectors, and government services should be no exception.

  • Mo
    Aug
    10
    2020
    US: Municipal Clerks Feel Pressure to Modernize as COVID-19 Persists

    In one way, the pandemic has made life harder for municipal clerks across the country. In another, it has helped officials imagine what's possible with technology, both now and in the future.

    The responsibilities of municipal clerks may vary, but the pandemic has led many of them to take a hard look at the services they can enhance through technology.

  • So
    Aug
    09
    2020
    China unveils AI open-source platform

    China launched an artificial intelligence open-source platform Saturday to jointly promote the global development of the booming industry.

    The Dubhe platform was set up in October 2018, with nearly 100 researchers participating in the project. It aims to become an industry leader by forging an artificial intelligence cooperation ecosystem and facilitating the advancement of the industry.

  • Sa
    Aug
    08
    2020
    US: NY trying to build the post-COVID smart city, turns to Israeli innovation for solution

    As cities look to the post COVID-19 future, New York recruits Israeli startups for Smart City solutions, as US-Israel tech bond grows even stronger...

    The global pandemic has shed a light on the strength of relationships and cooperation: many relationships have become strained, but some are strengthened by this challenge. The most vital business relationship is that between the Israeli tech ecosystem and the United States. US-Israel cooperation has only strengthened during this period, particularly with places like New York State that have felt the brunt of the pandemic. New York City is a resilient city and is looking at the ‘day after’ as we enter the ‘new normal’; the world’s economic center will rebound from this pandemic, which has impacted it in a way even 9/11 did not.

  • Sa
    Aug
    08
    2020
    IN: Telangana: Govt. project gets gold at Skoch Summit

    A Blockchain-based property registration project of Telangana government has bagged the gold award at the 66th Skoch Summit.

    The solution was successfully piloted in partnership with CDAC Hyderabad to ensure tamper-proof land records, a release from Industries and IT Minister K. T. Rama Rao said. The release said T-Chits, a blockchain-based system to govern chit fund operations, was awarded the silver award. Telangana had won the gold medal in Emerging Technologies category for T-Chits at the 23rd National Awards for e-Governance in 2020, organised by DARP and MeitY.

  • Sa
    Aug
    08
    2020
    25 years of mobility in India & the future that lies ahead

    Our recent webinar had industry stalwarts pour in their thoughts about ‘Desh ki Digital Udaan’: a celebration of the completion of 25 years of mobile communications in India.

    On July 31, 1995, India made history as the first mobile phone call was made by then West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu and erstwhile Union Telecom Minister Sukh Ram. Mobile phone services, then, were reserved only for the rich and elite and every call costed a whopping Rs 24.

  • Sa
    Aug
    08
    2020
    India’s Transformation Significant in Past 6 Years: Durga Shanker Mishra

    Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) joined in a three-day India Transformation Summit organised by Elets Technomedia from July 10 to July 12. The summit witnessed brainstorming sessions by renowned policymakers, industry leaders, and domain experts.

    Mr Mishra participated in the summit as a Keynote Speaker and spoke on ‘Urban Development and Smart Cities in a Transforming Nation’. He commenced his address by shedding some light on the COVID scenario in the country. He said, “With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government of India induced a series of nationwide lockdowns to break the chain of transmission. Though being a commendable move it brought the entire economic activities in the country at a halt.”

  • Sa
    Aug
    08
    2020
    MY: Sarawak: 5-year plan to turn Kuching into metropolis, smart city

    The Sarawak government has drawn up a five-year development master plan to transform Kuching into a metropolis and smart city, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said.

    He said the plan will identify commercial areas to be redeveloped in places supervised by the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and Kuching North City Hall (DBKU).

  • Fr
    Aug
    07
    2020
    CMO Public Grievance System gets Digital India Platinum Award by Skoch Foundation

    The unique public grievance addressing system of the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), E-Samadhan, that has addressed 95 percent cases in a record time, received the prestigious and the highest Digital India Platinum Award by Skoch Foundation, out of 4,000 nominations in the country, at the 66th Skoch Summit in New Delhi on Thursday.

    It was the initiative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to introduce a public grievances management model in which people can send in their grievances directly addressed to her. A comprehensive and robust mechanism has been set up to ensure that the grievances get redressed within a set time. The exclusive grievance management system was launched in 2019 and so far 8.16 lakh cases have been received, 95 percent of which has already been redressed.

  • Fr
    Aug
    07
    2020
    IN: Going Digital is the Way Forward: Rajesh Aggarwal

    With the Government of India’s continuous efforts to take the growth and development in the country to newer heights, significant transformational changes can be observed in India today. Emphasizing on India’s stride towards development, Elets Technomedia organised India Transformation Summit from July 10 to July 12.

    Rajesh Aggarwal, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, a renowned bureaucrat participated in the inaugural session of the three-day summit and delivered his point of view on the changing scenarios. Talking about but not limited to the petroleum domain, Mr Aggarwal touched points on policy and guidelines, ‘aatma nirbhar bharat’, make in India, ease of doing business, and so on.

  • Do
    Aug
    06
    2020
    US: Oegon: Will Telework Provide Economic Boosts to Smaller Local Areas?

    After COVID-19 forced millions to work from home, many have implied that the telework trend can lead to growth in more rural communities. A state office in Oregon, however, advises local areas to temper expectations.

    At a time when the need for social distancing has driven organizations to embrace telework, questions about the future continue to inspire discussion: How permanent will the shift to telework be? And what effects would sustained telework have?

  • Do
    Aug
    06
    2020
    NG: When will public varsities embrace e-learning?

    Infrastructural decay exists in almost all sectors of Nigeria. The same rot seeps through the academic system and has today touched the very soul of the university system of the country: its information and communication technology. In this report, Head, Education Desk, IYABO LAWAL, explores what makes a difference between government-owned universities and their private counterparts.

    Since 2015, everything and anything that could go wrong in Nigeria’s education system has gone wrong and the whipping boy is Adamu Adamu, who has presided over a taciturn education ministry.

  • Do
    Aug
    06
    2020
    IN: Jammu smart city mission: Wi-fi hotspots, vertical gardens to spring up

    Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu has laid the e-foundation of four projects under Jammu smart city mission

    Wi-Fi hotspots, vertical gardens and wayfinding signages will soon come up in Jammu as part of the measures to make it a smart city, officials said on Thursday.

    They said Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu has laid the e-foundation of four projects under Jammu smart city mission.

  • Mi
    Aug
    05
    2020
    GB: North East England: Website that warns if Newcastle city centre too busy for social distancing could expand to new areas

    The howbusyistoon.com site was launched earlier this month and tells people what footfall is like on Northumberland Street and where they can find parking spaces

    An online tool warning people if Newcastle city centre is too busy for social distancing could be expanded to other parts of Tyneside.

    The howbusyistoon.com website was launched earlier this month and tells people what footfall is like on Northumberland Street, where there are parking spaces free nearby, and how difficult it will be to keep your distance from others while out shopping or socialising.

  • Mi
    Aug
    05
    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima to participate in India Cycles4Change Challenge

    Kohima will participate in the India Cycles4Change Challenge under the initiative of Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) in partnership with various stakeholders, local champions and citizens.

    Kovi Meyase, CEO, KSCDL, said Kohima is among the 95 cities in the country to have registered for the India Cycles4Change Challenge.

  • Di
    Aug
    04
    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima Smart City launches Cycle4Change campaign

    The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) launched the Kohima 'Cycles4Change' Campaign to "encourage more people into cycling.

    Kohima is one of the 95 cities to have registered for the India Cycles4Change Challenge, which is an initiative of Smart Cities Mission.

  • Di
    Aug
    04
    2020
    US: Nebraska and Iowa win advanced wireless testbed grants for rural broadband

    Everyone wants more bandwidth from the skies, but it takes a lot of testing to turn laboratory research projects into real-world performant infrastructure. A number of new technologies, sometimes placed under the banner of “5G” and sometimes not, is embarking on that transition and being deployed in real-world scenarios.

    Those research trials are crucial for productizing these technologies, and ultimately, delivering consumers better wireless broadband options.

  • Di
    Aug
    04
    2020
    Agartala' performance ranked first among smart cities in North-east India: Tripura govt

    Tripura government claimed that the success of Agartala Smart City in speeding up the project sanctioning, tendering and implementation has been appreciated by the Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India during the review of the North Eastern States recently.

    As the development works under Smart City Mission are gaining pace in Agartala, its performance has been ranked at top amongst 10 Smart Cities in the North Eastern Region.

  • Di
    Aug
    04
    2020
    CN: Shanghai/Jiading: Pace of infrastructure construction speeds up

    Jiading has been accelerating the construction of new infrastructure and improving its multi-dimensional intelligent transport system.

    According to an evaluation of the development of the Shanghai Smart City last year, Jiading ranked third in the suburbs in terms of network construction, and its network security status ranked first in the city.

  • Mo
    Aug
    03
    2020
    US: Translating Civic Tech to the State Level in New York

    Interim New York State Chief Information Officer Jeremy Goldberg discusses the transition from city to state IT, and what lessons from initiatives like Startup in Residence can be applied at higher levels.

    Jeremy Goldberg describes himself as a “student of civic tech and gov tech.” His resume includes time with San Francisco, where he helped launch the Startup in Residence (STiR) program, as well as three years as New York City’s deputy CTO. Since November 2019, Goldberg has been interim CIO for New York state, a position that’s both broader than and similar to his city-level work.

  • Mo
    Aug
    03
    2020
    US: California: David Graham, Carlsbad: “The biggest barrier to innovation is procurement”

    David Graham, Chief Innovation Officer in Carlsbad, spoke to Jonathan Andrews about how the Californian city is seeking to redefine communities through its recently approved innovation roadmap.

    Most cities that can boast a chief innovation officer tend to be large metropolises like Boston, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Only a handful of smaller cities have been in a position to add the role to their governance structure.

  • Mo
    Aug
    03
    2020
    US: How Will Future Policy Affect Citizens' Access to Telehealth?

    Policies in response to COVID-19 have brought about awe-inspiring growth in telehealth services. However, there are multiple remaining telehealth issues that all levels of government need to be aware of.

    In all likelihood, many Americans never considered telehealth an option before COVID-19. But between mid-March and mid-June of 2020, more than 9 million Medicare beneficiaries have used a telehealth service, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • So
    Aug
    02
    2020
    PK: Punjab govt unveils package for revival of construction industry

    • One-window operation introduced to get permits related to construction sector
    • E-Khidmat centers to approve construction-related NOCs and maps

    As per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, the Punjab government has announced a package for the economic stability and development of construction industry.

  • So
    Aug
    02
    2020
    IN: Maharashtra: Nasik: E-governance centres in all districts soon

    With the inauguration of the first e-governance centre at the Nashik district court, Justice D Y Chandrachud on Saturday said that more such centres will be feature in every district soon with supreme court’s e-committee releasing funds for the same.

    Citing that virtual courts were introduced during the lockdown period triggered, Justice Chandrachud, who is also the chairman of the supreme court’s e-committee, said that there was a huge technological divide given that the members of the bar and litigants not having access to technology. Thus, it was an obligation of the court to reach out to litigants and bar members and provide them the required access.

  • So
    Aug
    02
    2020
    IN: Punjab: Amritsar: Online admissions on for colleges, GNDU

    In the wake of Covid-19, major colleges in city have commenced with online admissions for the current and new sessions in 2020-21. Going digital, the GNDU has also set up infrastructure for the online admissions and conduct of online classes in its new session.

    Meanwhile, Khalsa College has set up a website for admissions and for students specifically reaching out to the college for any administrative and academic queries. It has also been collecting through online portal. Principal Mehal Singh, informed that the college has set up two e-portals for the purpose. “The students may reach out to college website (www.khalsacollege.edu.in) and e-governance software (www.kccsasr.com) for the admission purpose and the complete online admission process will help students to take admission in any of the streams,” he said.

  • Sa
    Aug
    01
    2020
    SG: The Limestone Network Plans Blockchain-Based City for 2022 Launch

    The Limestone Network, a space based in Singapore, is looking to develop blockchain-based smart cities that run autonomously. According to a press release, the group wants to expand on what cities are already using – like cameras and sensors – but to utilize blockchain to protect that data and ensure user privacy.

    This network was established with a “100-hectare private development project” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the release notes. It welcomes 10,000 tenants and a daily population of 190,000 people, the release states.

  • Sa
    Aug
    01
    2020
    MY: Miles to go for health tech

    The pandemic has certainly put a focus on healthcare and health-related products and services.

    But there is still a way to go to increase the adoption of health tech in Malaysia which may slow the trajectory towards digitalisation in the space, particularly in areas such as telemedicine and teleconsultation, which are considered as an efficient way for doctors to reach out to their patients.

  • Fr
    Jul
    31
    2020
    Virus-fighting tech becomes central to Japan's smart-city vision

    Drone delivery, self-driving buses and facial recognition payments featured in plan

    As the Japanese government moves forward with its promotion of smart cities, the ruling party seeks to turn this marriage of technology and infrastructure toward combating pandemics.

    The Liberal Democratic Party envisions using data from antibody testing to publish information on how infections are distributed geographically. The condition of patients with mild or no symptoms could be monitored with wearable devices and made freely accessible to the public. Broader use of telemedicine is in the proposal as well.

  • Fr
    Jul
    31
    2020
    Largest UK smart-city wide, low carbon energy system plans unveiled

    • Low carbon, smart energy scheme in Peterborough aims to deliver a significant drop in CO2 emissions by 2030, while cutting energy bills by up to a quarter.
    • Scheme could be rolled out to other UK towns and cities to help UK achieve its Net Zero ambitions
    • Project is being led by Peterborough City Council, whose partners include SSE Enterprise, Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions and Sweco UK.

    Today (23rd July 2020), sees the launch of plans for the largest smart city-wide, low carbon energy system in the UK.

  • Fr
    Jul
    31
    2020
    IN: Small biz may gain from government’s data plan

    • The panel has sought feedback by 13 August
    • According to experts, while sharing of non-personal data—information that cannot identify a person—is a good idea in principle, the final recommendation can do with some tweaks

    Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as well as small startups will benefit more than larger companies from the government’s new plan to allow sharing of non-personal data, according to the expert committee looking into its governance framework.

  • Fr
    Jul
    31
    2020
    CN: Chinachem, SCC team up to raise cybersecurity standards for smart buildings

    Builder, experts’ group aim to promote IoT-based property technology in Hong Kong

    Chinachem Group and Smart City Consortium (SCC) have agreed to collaborate in the development of Internet of Things property technology (IoT PropTech), which will help elevate cybersecurity standards in the city.

  • Do
    Jul
    30
    2020
    TH: 'Smart city' plan or is it the eve of destruction?

    Upon hearing that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched an initiative to make Bangkok's old town in the Rattanakosin area a smart city, I became curious. What does the agency have in mind when it thinks of "smart city"?

    More importantly, the BMA's credits in old town management is next to zero. The agency tends to use a heavy-handed approach in dealing with older communities. There are allegations that it has no understanding when it comes to the old town and residents and that unfortunately, is blamed for its demolition of more than a few old communities and markets.

  • Do
    Jul
    30
    2020
    CN: Smart cities in a post-pandemic world

    While COVID-19 is a substantial policy problem unto itself, it will also have many knock-on impacts, including on smart city projects, Kris Hartley writes.

    COVID-19 has arrested the world’s attention, and for good reason. However, policy challenges that were urgent before the crisis, if anyone can remember them, have not gone away. Climate change, socio-economic inequality, rapid urbanisation, and digital transformation, among other issues, remain salient around the world.

  • Do
    Jul
    30
    2020
    VN: Project to build national database on citizens launched

    The Police Department on Administrative Management of Social Order (under the Ministry of Public Security) on July 20 co-organized the launch of the project to develop the national database on citizens with joint-names contractor VNPT-HADIC-GTEL ICT.

    The national database on citizens gathers basic information of all Vietnamese citizens before standardizing, digitalizing, and storing it to serve management tasks of the Government as well as trading activities of organizations and individuals. Therefore, participants of the project must have great IT potentials and sufficient experience.

  • Do
    Jul
    30
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: Plea to stop Smart City work at Tamukkam ground

    A plea has been filed before the Madras high court seeking to stop construction work on a multipurpose convention centre carried out under Smart City project at Tamukkam ground in Madurai.

    A division bench of justice M Sathyanarayanan and justice P Rajamanickam sought response from the Madurai Corporation while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by C Nethaji Karthikeyan, founder of Madurai based NGO Ilam Kaalaigal Trust. The petitioner stated that Tamukkam ground is one of the historical sites in Madurai. It was created during Nayak kingdomand was used for display of royal entertainment events. The ground, which extends to nearly 9.68 acres is maintained by the corporation.

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    2020
    PL: Living in Poznan becomes easier with the new Smart City app

    Poznan just checked off several items on its Smart City list. On Monday, the Polish city launched a new application, that both keeps citizens informed about important events and facilitates their communication with the local authorities.

    The Smart City Poznan app can signal anything from road perturbations and breakdowns to weather warnings, and smog reports. What is more, it enables users to report problems or submit suggestions with just a few clicks.

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    2020
    US: Dublin, Ohio Gets Smart City Infrastructure from Fujitsu

    Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. has completed deployment of a CBRS-enabled, Smart Parking pilot application for citizens of Dublin, Ohio, the company said.

    The trial, which is part of the broader Connected Dublin initiative, aims to improve local business success and lower carbon emissions by measuring and analyzing parking patterns and making those insights visible to community leaders and residents.

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    2020
    Digital identity initiatives for government services see a mix of progress and delay

    Companies in Malaysia see greater opportunity for adoption of biometrics and AI technologies to support a digital economy and financial inclusion arising as the government carries out its connectivity plans, The Malaysian Reserve, reports.

    The managing director of NEC’s Malaysian subsidiary says that the National Fiberisation, Connectivity Plan 2 and 5G initiatives will enable businesses to launch more digital services. He also says the company will focus on supporting the government’s digital economy push, providing biometrics and other technologies for smooth and secure authentication that meets eKYC requirements.

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    2020
    telecommunications|21 July, 2020 UAE No.1 in Arab world for telecom infrastructure, 7th globally: UN report

    The UAE also ranked 1st in the Arab Region and 4th globally in launching and using 5G networks

    The UAE has been ranked first in the Arab region and seventh globally in the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index (TII), according to the UN E-Government Survey 2020. It also ranked second in Asia, according to the index.

    In addition, the UAE made significant progress in the global competitiveness indicators of the telecommunications sector in the report, maintaining the 1st place globally in the mobile subscription index, and advancing from 2nd to 1st globally in the mobile broadband Internet subscription index. As for the Internet users index, the UAE moved up to 5th from 13th globally, achieving a qualitative leap in the fixed broadband subscription index, as it moved up to 29th from 68th in the world.

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    28
    2020
    Smart buildings and smart cities: a burden or opportunity?

    Drees & Sommer discusses how we can turn theoretical concept of smart cities into a reality during roundtable event

    How we can turn the still largely theoretical concept of smart cities as an urban and architectural vision that combines economy, ecology and technology, into a reality.

    This was the topic of a virtual roundtable discussion hosted by Drees & Sommer where a panel of regional experts shared their perspectives on the development of smart buildings and cities.

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    28
    2020
    GCC malware analysis platform launched

    A cybersecurity platform for analysing malware was launched during the sixth GCC eGovernment Ministerial Committee meeting, held via video conference by the general secretariat in Riyadh. In attendance were ministers, chief executives and director-generals of GCC eGovernment programmes.

    Interior Minister General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa deputised Information and eGovernment Authority chief executive Mohammed Ali Al Qaed to participate in the conference. The platform provides dynamic analysis to detect malware stored on servers, helping to unify and coordinate GCC countries’ efforts to ensure security and information protection.

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    28
    2020
    NG: FG approves deployment of phase 2 national ICT infrastructure backbone

    The Federal Government has given the final approval for the deployment of phase 2 of the National ICT Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB) Project of the Federal Secretariats across the country by Galaxy backbone limited.

    The phase two of the project has been on-going with Galaxy Backbone Limited which earlier targeted March 2019 for overall completion of the project.

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    28
    2020
    Bangladesh slips four notches in EGDI

    Bangladesh has slipped four notches down to 119th position in the UN E-Government Development Index (EGDI) that measures the position of a country in terms of provision of online services, telecommunication connectivity and human capacity.

    Despite a downward move in ranking of 193 countries, Bangladesh has scored 0.5189 in the index that is higher than 0.4862 secured in the 2018 edition of the EGDI, according to the report.

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    Jul
    27
    2020
    Government struggles to achieve “e-Japan”

    The Japanese government has admitted that it has experienced some setbacks in its attempts to “go digital.” But in its newly announced “Basic Policy on Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform for 2020”, the Abe administration has signaled it is redoubling its efforts on this front, making restructuring the e-government system its utmost priority.

    The basic policies approved by the cabinet on Friday include a pledge to speed up the government’s transition to digital work arrangements. This comes as the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare just how far behind other developed countries Japan lags in this regard.

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    27
    2020
    Saudi Neom could become the first ‘health tech’ capital of the world

    Neom is ushering in a new era of modern medicine, leading to countless effective treatments and therapies

    The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has catalyzed the digital transformation in the health care sector. As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, NEOM, the Kingdom’s futuristic smart city and Vision’s centerpiece, has an unprecedented opportunity to become the first health technology (health tech) capital of the world, and a global hub for innovation and cooperation in health and wellness technology.

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    27
    2020
    EU: Why Are Smart Cities Growing in Popularity?

    Today we have smartphones, smart TVs and, before long, smart cities. Take a look at different countries, and you’ll notice these cities growing all over the world. Why are these hi-tech, interconnected urban areas becoming so popular, and what’s next for them?

    Other “smart” technologies, like phones and home appliances, became popular for their convenience or versatility. The rise of connected cities tells a similar story, but it goes deeper than that. Like many technological advancements, these hi-tech urban areas come mostly out of need. To understand why the cities of the future look this way, you need to know the shortcomings of today’s metropolises.

  • Mo
    Jul
    27
    2020
    PH: Bong Go’s E-governance

    The call of Sen. Bong Go to government departments and agencies to avail of new information and communication technologies is not only part of the solution to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus but will curb corruption in the government bureaucracy. The other ultimate advantage is efficiency in government service.

    Information technology had been with us but sadly you can count on your left-hand fingers the number of government agencies that migrated their systems from the traditional person-to-person to no-contact transactions.

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    27
    2020
    NG: Smart City: Lagos begins fibre duct infrastructure project

    The Lagos State government has begun its smart city initiative with the unified fibre duct infrastructure and connectivity project across all the Local Government Areas and local community development Areas in the state.

    A statement from Western Telecoms and Engineering (the Special Purpose Vehicle in charge of the project), the project will enable planning of fibre routes in accordance to developmental and social need of the state with demography and geographical considerations.

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    26
    2020
    Kenya’s internet balloons could help to bridge the digital divide

    Kenya has, in partnership with Google’s sister firm, Loon, launched a fleet of 35 internet balloons that will provide internet services to remote areas of the country. This is the first balloon-powered internet to launch in Africa. Nixon Muganda explains how these will work and the opportunities they can bring.

    Q: How do internet balloons work and do many countries use them?

    Google’s internet balloons are wireless Internet connectivity towers that float in the stratosphere. They beam Internet signals to earth-based stations, which then transmit the internet to users through internet service providers.

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    2020
    Oman focuses on raising telecom, human capital scores

    COVID-19 has seen a move towards digital services more than ever and has seen a speed up to use Artificial Intelligence technology

    Enjoying the 50th global position in e-government in the UN index, the Sultanate’s focus areas now are telecom and human capital, which stand at 63 and 72 positions respectively.

    The Ministry of Technology and Communications (MoTC) is studying how to improve these two sectors.

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    26
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Expedite Smart City work: Traders

    With both sides of South Masi Street having been dug up for the Smart City project, commuters and traders are facing the brunt due to frequent traffic congestion.

    Madurai Corporation took up construction of drainage and pedestrian path in all the four Masi streets a few months ago.

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    26
    2020
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: ‘Khurai to be made Mini Smart City’

    Minister Bhupendra Singh announced various development works costing Rs 22 crore of Nagar Palika Parishad Khurai of Sagar district on Saturday. In a programme organised in Khurai, he mentioned that comprehensive development of Khurai will be done

    Minister for Urban Development and Housing Bhupendra Singh has said that Khurai will be developed as Mini Smart City. He announced various development works costing Rs 22 crore of Nagar Palika Parishad Khurai of Sagar district on Saturday. In a programme organised in Khurai, he mentioned that comprehensive development of Khurai will be done. He made announcement for Rs 2 crore 86 lakh for Atal Bihari Vajpayee Residential Colony, Rs one crore 50 lakh for construction of CC Road, sewerage system and other development works from special grant, Rs 16 crore for BLC Houses and Rs 2 crore for Haat Bazaar.

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    26
    2020
    PH: Poe files bill to institutionalize online gov't services

    Senator Grace Poe has filed a measure seeking to institutionalize e-governance to allow Filipinos to avail of government services without having to physically come and wait in line inside various agencies.

    Poe filed Senate Bill 1683 or the proposed E-Government Act of 2020 in a bid to enable the public to file and receive personal claims or loans as well as business-related requirements with ease through an interconnected online government system.

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    25
    2020
    US: Arizona: ASU, smart-region partners collaborate with Mastercard to provide crucial spending data

    The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is playing a leading role through its Center for Law, Science and Innovation in Greater Phoenix’s push to become a top tech-driven “smart region.”

    Renowned for being nimble and keeping pace with rapid science and technology developments, the center is helping to address extraordinary legal and regulatory questions that accompany innovation. Those challenges are exemplified as regional leaders embrace the promise of smart technology.

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    25
    2020
    PH: E-government for transparent, efficient service — Sen. Poe

    Senator Grace Poe is pushing for the establishment of an “E-Government” to improve the delivery of government services and public access.

    Poe on Saturday, July 18, said it is high time for the institutionalization of electronic governance that will swiftly respond to the concerns of citizens to spare them from risks and having to wait in long lines.

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    25
    2020
    NG: NITDA to Empower 75,000 Kaduna Youths with Digital Skills

    The Director General, National Information Technology Technology Development Agency, NITDA and the Kaduna state government have begun a process of training 75,000 people from the state in various aspect of Information Technology in order to enhance the human capital development in the state.

    This followed the courtesy visit by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) who paid a courtesy visit to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru Elrufai last Saturday in the company of the Director General of NITDA.

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    25
    2020
    NZ: Hamilton's Smart City star rises with award announcement

    Hamilton's growing reputation as a tech-savvy, innovative and smart city received an international boost this week when Enlighten Designs was announced as the winner of the 2020 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for New Zealand.

    Hamilton City Council Chief Executive Richard Briggs says the award highlights some of the amazing work being done by businesses and individuals in Hamilton and reinforces the value of the city's 'Smart Hamilton' programme.

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    25
    2020
    MY: Penang: New CEO to speed up state’s digital transformation

    Digital Penang Sdn Bhd, an agency under the Penang government, has announced technologist Tony Yeoh as its new chief executive officer.

    Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Yeoh has vast experience, having lived and worked in seven countries in Asia and has now returned to contribute to his home state.

    Founded this year, Digital Penang Sdn Bhd was formed to accelerate efforts in pursuing opportunities in the digital economy as well as to promote a digitally engaged society.

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    25
    2020
    Vietnam effectively implements smart city model to fight against Covid-19

    An online conference among members of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) was held yesterday to update the status of Covid-19 fight in the region. In this event, Vietnam as the Rotating President of ASCN in 2020 shared its experience to use technology in this fierce combat.

    After joining in ASCN, Vietnam has launched various practical activities like the project ‘Developing Smart Cities in Vietnam in the Period from 2018 – 2025, with a Vision to 2030’. This project prioritizes three specific goals of planning smart cities, managing smart cities, and developing proper utilities for these cities.

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    24
    2020
    IN: Punjab and Haryana: Badnore inaugurates e-challan system for Chandigarh

    A part of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ project, the system provides comprehensive digital solution for enforcement of traffic rules through an Android-based mobile application

    Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore on Friday digitally inaugurated the state-of-the-art e-challan system from Punjab Raj Bhawan here.

    It is a comprehensive digital solution for enforcement of traffic rules delivered through an Android-based mobile application.

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    Jul
    24
    2020
    Artificial Intelligence and Innovation in the UAE’s National Discourse

    For some time now, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been adopting artificial intelligence (AI) in the public and business sectors. This is part of the Gulf country’s economic diversification strategy, aimed at transforming the UAE away from an oil-dependent economy to a knowledge-based one. AI is generally conceived as human intelligence processes which are simulated by computer systems, including learning, reasoning, problem-solving, planning, predictive analytics, and advanced robotics.

    Like other Arab states, the UAE has advanced a public discourse based on a dominant narrative of nationalism which is meant to solidify its image while reinforcing the Emirati rulers’ power and legitimacy. Its foundational theme is made up of different frames such as diversity, tolerance, moderation, international cooperation, humanitarianism, and modernity. State leaders use narratives not only to persuade and influence a national and international audience of its image and self-perception, but also as a means to determine its understanding of its place and purpose in the international system.

  • Fr
    Jul
    24
    2020
    Japan Govt Sets Guidelines to Boost Self-Digitization Efforts

    The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at an extraordinary meeting Friday, adopted basic economic and fiscal policy guidelines calling for intensified efforts to digitize administrative work over the next year.

    The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the Japanese government's inferior online capabilities. With its poor information technology infrastructure, the government failed to swiftly implement relief programs to coronavirus-hit businesses and people,including 100,000-yen cash handouts to all households.

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    24
    2020
    Artificial Intelligence Without Cyber Resilience In South Asia – OpEd

    Artificial intelligence is becoming one of the defining technologies of 21st century. Today AI is being deployed in health care systems, financial trading, translation and transportation and military technology massively. The technology and terminology “artificial intelligence” are not the product of 21st century, rather the term was coined in 1956 at Dartmouth summer workshop organized to develop thinking machines.

    However, there is no single definition of this technology, thus is quite difficult to define. According to a definition proposed by European Commission, artificial intelligence (AI) is a system with capability to achieve given goal by acting physically or digitally, after perceiving their environment by interpreting the structured or unstructured data, reasoning the knowledge derived from this data and deciding the best actions to perform the given goal.

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    Jul
    24
    2020
    Europe is a digital laggard, says Ericsson CEO

    • Börje Ekholm says Europe is years behind in its digital capabilities
    • Urges Europe to accelerate its adoption of 5G
    • Signals more R&D investments in 5G core
    • Swedish vendor holds up well in Q2

    Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm is worried about Europe.

    “The problem we have is that Europe is rapidly falling behind in digital infrastructure,” he stated during the vendor’s second quarter earnings presentation. “It's behind in 4G penetration, probably by… an average two to three years – that has led to a lot of loss of economic value in Europe as a continent.

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    23
    2020
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun: Urban Development Directorate becomes paperless

    Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a software for online trade license, property tax and mixed services here on Wednesday.

    Rawat said that e-office system will enhance department efficiency and bring qualitative changes while also bring transparency in public services and enhance answerability.

    At the same time, the citizens will be able to access these services conveniently from home. This facility should also be provided to public through common service centres, he said.

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    2020
    Jamaica needs to accelerate digital transformation

    The world has entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution exemplified by the fusion of the digital, biological, and physical worlds, as well as the accelerated utilisation of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and advanced wireless technologies, among other things. If appropriately harnessed, these digital technologies hold immeasurable potential to leapfrog the socio-economic development of countries across the world. In particular, these technologies can fundamentally transform the interactions and value-added exchanges among the key stakeholders of development — governments, businesses and citizens.

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    2020
    MO: New e-government law will streamline administrative proceedings

    Introduction

    Under the Administrative Procedure Code (Decree-Law 57/99/M, dated 11 October 1999), administrative acts in Macau must generally be performed in writing. Thus, given the way in which COVID-19 has affected everyday life, Law 2/2020 (dated 30 March 2020), which was recently approved by the General Assembly, could not have come at a more appropriate time.

    This article sets out the main features of the new law, which will enter into force on 28 September 2020.

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    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima Municipal Council and Smart City offices reopen

    Offices of the Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) and Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) have resumed its function on July 14 after all primary and secondary contacts were tested negative for Covid-19.

    KSCDL and KMC offices, which function in the same building, were temporary suspended for 12 days following detection of an official from Smart City as well as a staff from KMC for Covid-19 on July 1 and 8 respectively. Subsequent to the two frontline workers testing positive for the virus, the building was closed for some days, while the other employees went into self isolation at home until their test results were confirmed.

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    IE: Connaught: Galway as a Smart City in the 'New Normal'

    Becoming a Smart City will greatly enhance Galway's ability to navigate the post Covid-19 world

    Covid-19 is changing the way we behave in Galway city. We all know now how complicated life is being in confinement, trying to keep a good balance between personal life and professional activities while working from home and/or also living with high levels of stress when there is a health or safety risk in our surroundings.

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    2020
    PH: Go pushes shift to e-governance

    Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday called on the government to prioritize the transition of applicable government processes to e-governance with the use of available information and communications technologies as gaps in the delivery of services become more evident amid the pandemic.

    “There are processes in government that can be better implemented with the use of modern technologies. We saw this during the Covid-19 crisis where most of our daily transactions need to evolve,” Go explained in Filipino.

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    2020
    EU: E-democracy: How to participate in politics digitally

    The coronavirus pandemic has brought many parts of public life to a halt. The European Youth Event (EYE), which was set to gather 9,000 young people in Strasbourg at the end of May, could not take place this year along with many other political and youth conferences. As a result, it has become more difficult for citizens to make their voices heard. A possible solution could be moving democratic processes to the Internet and participating digitally. Whereas so-called e-democracy comes with some risks, it could also be an opportunity for the European Union to explore new forms of debate.

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    2020
    Investment in infrastructure key to Saudi digital future, says experts

    Increased investment in infrastructure is essential to securing Saudi Arabia’s digital future, said leading experts at a key virtual roundtable discussion hosted by Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT technology.

    Titled ‘Securing the Internet for the Future: Investing in the Road to Recovery’, the event saw leading telecommunication service providers and industry regulators explore key learnings from recent events and evaluate the capability to meet expected demands of future work and communication.

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    2020
    KE: Blockchain technology to boost power access in rural areas

    Summary:

    • The new smart-grid solar technology is being piloted in the village by Hivos East Africa.
    • The micro-grid is backed by blockchain technology which keeps all the data on power distribution and purchase.
    • Details of all the locals using the system are fed and secured using blockchain technology.
    • The seller can then check the amount of electricity he sold or the amount of money he has made in a month.

    For rural communities across the country where electricity is either non-existent or costly and intermittent, off-grid solar technology is the answer.

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    2020
    CA: Bike Share Toronto collaborates with private sector association

    The partnership will offer members of the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario a number of rewards and benefits and help promote cycling in the city.

    Bike Share Toronto and the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) have formed a multi-year partnership.

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    2020
    US: Risky business: The wins and losses of pandemic-era urban mobility

    During a Knight Foundation webinar, mobility leaders discussed the ups and downs that have occurred nationally as transit agencies work to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

    The pandemic has upended public and private mobility services. Public transit is " hemorrhaging money" due to plummeting ridership while micromobility companies have pulled scooters and bikes from a number of cities, leaving some residents and essential workers to scramble for transportation options.

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    2020
    IE: Dublin pilots van-free city centre deliveries with UPS

    Dublin is trialling mini urban distribution centres and powered walkers and quad cycles to enable city centre deliveries that don’t contribute to local emissions or congestion.

    The pilot is funded by Dublin City Council, Enterprise Ireland and Belfast City Council and the system was developed as part of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) challenge, which sought new approaches to optimising deliveries.

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    21
    2020
    Myanmar, China to Promote Cross-Border e-Commerce Systems

    Myanmar and China plan to promote cooperation on digital economy and cross-border e-commerce systems to allow trade and economic activity to proceed smoothly during times of pandemic.

    An online meeting was held on Thursday between the Mandalay Region government, the Myanmar Ministry of Commerce, the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) and the government of China’s Yunnan province. The meeting aimed to promote collaboration between Mandalay Region and Yunnan province in implementing bilateral agreements between the two countries, especially the promotion of digital economy and e-commerce.

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    AE: MoF completes phase one of the e-Dirham system transformation

    The first phase of the transformation of the e-Dirham system included the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, and several national banks

    The Ministry of Finance, MoF, announced the completion of phase one of the transformation of the e-Dirham system, in cooperation with relevant ministries and national banks across the UAE.

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    2020
    Sri Lanka jumps nine positions in UN E-Gov Index

    Making a significant progress from its preceding ranking, in the 2020 United Nations E-Government Development Index (EGDI), Sri Lanka has advanced its position to the 85th from 94th in 2018. While this wasn’t the highest position Sri Lanka has achieved over the twenty years of survey period, it can be seen a substantial advancement as country position has been sliding over the last few years.

    In sub components, Sri Lanka has achieved a Very High Human Capital Index (HCI) with a High Telecommunication Infrastructure Index (TII) and a High Online Services Index (OSI). It is the only South Asian country to make such a balanced achievement. Bangladesh and India have been ranked ‘Middle’ in their Telecommunication Infrastructure, while Pakistan is ranked ‘Low’. The survey identifies Sri Lanka as a Sub-Regional Leader and its position is used to benchmark the rest in South Asian region.

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    NG: We Need Journalists to achieve Digital Revolution – Pantami

    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami says for federal government to fully achieve the Digital Nigeria Agenda, there was need to reskill journalists in the country with digital skills.

    Dr. Pantami spoke at the Opening Ceremony of Digital Skills Training for ICT Journalists holding at the e-Government Training Center, Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Dutse Alhaji, Kubwa Express Way, Abuja with the theme: “Digital Skills in News Reportage for ICT Journalists”.

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    2020
    ZA: Johannesburg: Smart city innovative solutions wanted

    The City is looking for smart ways to detect, track and predict the spread of Covid- 19 while also looking for solutions to help the most vulnerable residents.

    Digital, technological and smart innovation spaces have been among some of the more important services accessed by people across the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    2020
    AE: Moro Hub inaugurates its Smart Cities Command and Control Centre contributing to Dubai 10X initiatives

    Moro Hub inaugurates its Smart Cities Command and Control Centre contributing to Dubai 10X initiatives

    HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has inaugurated today the Smart Cities Command and Control Centre of Moro Hub (Data Hub Integrated Solutions), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA. As a Dubai 10X enabler, Moro Hub's new centre provides services in Intelligent IoT Platforms, Cyber Security and Managed Services to support the Government and Enterprise customers in their digital transformation journey.

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    2020
    PH: Go urges gov’t to transition to ‘better normal’ and provide more efficient service

    Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has urged the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and other concerned agencies to prioritize developing e-governance systems and transform the conduct of government processes to make government more efficient, accessible, and responsive to the changing times.

    “Sa panahon ngayon, lahat nagta-transition na to online — from e-governance, e-commerce, and also online learning. Importante na hindi po maiwan ang bansa pagdating sa transition to the digital age (Everyone is transitioning to online. It is important that we are not left behind in this transition to the digital age),” Go said.

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    TH: E-government rank takes big jump forward

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is delighted with the improvement in Thailand's rankings on the United Nations' E-Government Development Index (EGDI), which went up to 57th this year from 73rd in 2018, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Sunday.

    The index ranks countries based on their governments' deployment of technology to provide services for its citizens. The assessment, which is conducted every two years, is based on three components, namely the scope and quality of online services, status of telecommunication infrastructure and quality of human capacity.

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    Saudi Arabia moves up 9 notches in UN e-government index

    The Kingdom has improved its digital infrastructure index ranking, jumping 40 notches to the 27th globally

    Saudi Arabia moved up nine notches in the United Nations E-Government Development Index (EGDI) in 2020. The Kingdom has improved its digital infrastructure index ranking, jumping 40 notches to the 27th globally.

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    Industry 4.0: A New Relationship Between Factory and Society

    What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? During the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), titled "Urban Interactions," Archdaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at the Biennial to stimulate a discussion on how new technologies – and Artificial Intelligence in particular – might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can find all the information about the “Eyes of the City” section, curated by Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino, and SCUT - including exhibits, events, and project's blueprints.

    For some years now, a key issue in European debate has catalysed the attention of economists, sociologists, technologists, policymakers and trade unionists: Industry 4.0. Established in Germany in 2012 and initially discussed in an almost exclusively technological key, the issue has overwhelmed the political agenda of the main European economies, stimulating industrial policies and state support, but also provoking heated debates on the future of work and on the new relationship between factory and society.

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    VN: HCM City develops wide-ranging AI strategy

    HCM City is drawing up a wide-ranging plan to promote artificial intelligence (AI) development and research in the near future, Duong Anh Duc, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, has said.

    The municipal People’s Committee recently met with Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy to discuss the national AI strategy and organisation of a 2020 Vietnam Artificial Intelligence Day.

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    2020
    Zimbabwe's new cyber law to target online government and military critics

    Zimbabwe could sanction the search for government critics online, thanks to a planned cyber-security law earmarked to make it an offence to spread falsehoods and deal with leakage of official information on social media and the internet, The Standard can report.

    Fired Health minister Obadiah Moyo is currently facing trial for a scandal over issuance of a tender to a company reportedly linked to associates of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's family, after a protracted campaign on social networking platforms and online media that involved leaked documents.

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    18
    2020
    UAE, Bahrain top Gulf region in UN online service index

    The UAE ranked first in GCC in the online service index (OSI) issued by UN within the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), while Bahrain clinched the second spot. Saudi Arabia came third in the index followed by Kuwait and Oman in 4th and 5th place respectively.

    The UAE topped the OSI for Western Asia region and ranked eighth globally in EGDI. The Gulf country has also been ranked 4th in Asia in this indicator.

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    2020
    ZA: Joburg: Digital startups and innovators called to help the City create Smart Innovative Solutions

    The City is looking for smart ways to detect, track and predict the spread of Covid- 19 while also looking for solutions to help the most vulnerable residents.

    Digital, technological and smart innovation spaces have been among some of the more important services accessed by people across the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    18
    2020
    Oman ranks fifth in Arab world in e-governance

    The Sultanate has ranked fifth in the Arab world in the list of countries with highly developed electronic governance systems, according to a report issued by the United Nations.

    A statement issued online by the Oman News Agency (ONA), said: "The United Nations ranked Oman fifth in the Arab world in the list of countries considered 'very advanced in the field of electronic government' across the world for the current year 2020, according to a new report issued by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs affiliated to the UN."

  • Sa
    Jul
    18
    2020
    NG: e-Government: FG compiles civil servants’ digital skills competency

    The Federal Government has started the process of ascertaining the digital skills competency of all federal civil servants.

    The development is coming at a time the government is encouraging virtual meetings and workshops as part of efforts to curtail further spread of COVID-19.

    The Office of the Head of Service of the Federation has therefore directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to forward the competency profile of all their staff members on or before July 31, 2020.

  • Fr
    Jul
    17
    2020
    Qatar stresses role of digital tech in human progress

    The State of Qatar stressed yesterday the important role digital technology is playing in facilitating human progress, and the big contribution it is making in enhancing and protecting human rights and basic freedoms, but noted that the same technologies could be used in ways that threaten cyber security with methods such as fake news and manipulating social media platforms.

    This came during the speech of the State of Qatar given by Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission in Geneva Mohammed Abdulla Al Buainaine in the 44th regular session of the Human Rights Council on the opportunities and challenges that new digital technologies pose on enhancing and protecting human rights.

  • Fr
    Jul
    17
    2020
    Nigeria hits 40.18% broadband penetration – Dr Isa Pantami

    Nigeria has achieved 40.18 percent Broadband penetration, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Alli Ibrahim Pantami has said.

    The Minister revealed this on Thursday, while inaugurating Broadband Implementation Steering Committee (BISC) to accelerate the attainment of 70 percent broadband penetration target by 2025 in Abuja. Pantami, who expressed satisfaction with the contribution of the sector to the nation’s GDP, described the contribution as unprecedented.

  • Fr
    Jul
    17
    2020
    World Bank says digitalization critical to reviving Uganda’s economy amid COVID-19

    The World Bank said in a report Wednesday that digital technologies are critical in reviving Uganda’s economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The international finance institution said in the latest edition of the Uganda Economic Update that the country’s economy this year is projected to grow between 0.4 to 1.7 percent.

  • Fr
    Jul
    17
    2020
    IN: Punjab: MP reviews progress of Smart City project work

    Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary on Thursday reviewed the progress of ongoing development works under the Smart City Mission in a meeting held at his residence and said few big works like Burlton Park project had slowed down because of hindrance in tender process due to the pandemic.

    The MP said the CEOs of the smart city projects were changed in recent times, and now that the MC Commissioner is the new CEO, he would be looking after the projects. “That’s why I had called the meeting,” he said.

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    16
    2020
    US: California: Miramar: Marines connect smart base infrastructure

    The Marines are working to design and operate a smart base testbed to support the resiliency of critical infrastructure at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, Calif.

    Partnering with US Ignite, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing smart communities, officials at Miramar expect the new project to leverage that facility's investments in both autonomous vehicles testing and microgrid technology.

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    16
    2020
    The Growth Of China’s New Smart Cities Hails Further Innovation For The Global Entertainment Industry

    China's economic planners have made the decision to tailor Hainan, a province in the South China Sea, into a Free Trade Port (FTP). In Hainan, the smart city is welcoming many high-tech industries but could also be a game-changer for the global entertainment industry.

    The smart city has been built on the basis of the Hainan Resort Software Community (RSC), one of the largest technological parks in the world, which is a strategic joint project between the Hainan Provincial Government and China Electronic Corporation, a Global Top 500 company.

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    16
    2020
    GB: East of England: Peterborough full fibre broadband project online and on track

    Works to bring full fibre broadband to Peterborough is continuing across the city - with half of the population set to have he service by the autumn.

    CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, is now installing full fibre in Woodston, Eastgate, Werrington and Hampton, with Fletton, Orton Northgate and Orton Wistow due to start later this month, adding to its growing presence across Peterborough.

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    16
    2020
    VN: Government report-information system to be launched next month

    A government report information system will be launched on August 15, heard a meeting chaired by Minister and Chairman of the Government’s Office Mai Tien Dung and held in Hanoi on July 8.

    The system is in service of the Government and Prime Minister’s administration directions.

    It will also serve as a communication channel to promote connection within the State administrative agencies.

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    Jul
    15
    2020
    ZA: City of Joburg launches Smart City Innovation Challenge for tech startups

    Two tech startups have the opportunity to win R100 000 each in the Smart City Innovation Challenge, an initiative developed by the City of Johannesburg in partnership with Tshimologong Innovation Precinct.

    In an official statement, the City of Johannesburg explains the aim of the innovative challenge.

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    Jul
    14
    2020
    TH: Depa proposes 100 smart cities

    Localities would get treatment by 2022

    The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) has set an ambitious goal to turn 100 cities nationwide into smart cities in two years to improve the economy and quality of life in line with the 20-year national strategy plan.

    Cities in six provinces plus Bangkok have begun the process of transforming into smart cities. The provinces are Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao.

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    Jul
    14
    2020
    IN: Haryana: 472 smart cameras to keep an eye on traffic, criminals in Karnal

    The infrared cameras will be fixed at 29 spots in the city, including five main chowks on NH-44

    As many as 472 smart surveillance cameras will be installed in Karnal under the smart city project to monitor traffic movement and keep tabs on criminal activities. The infrared cameras will be fixed at 29 spots in the city, including five main chowks on NH-44.

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    Jul
    14
    2020
    IN: CSC SPV to open ICT-enabled schools in every block by end of 2021

    State-owned e-governance entity CSC SPV plans to open 700 ICT-enabled pre-schools ''Bal Vidyalayas'' by March, and in every block, by the end of the next year, the organisation said on Monday.

    CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, also called CSC SPV, on Monday started 21 Bal Vidyalayas across 10 states -- Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

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    Jul
    14
    2020
    IN: West Bengal: CM launches 'Self Scan' app

    For the first time in the history of the country's Information Technology (IT) sector, the Mamata Banerjee government has introduced the "Self Scan" mobile phone app for safe scanning of documents.

    This comes when 59 Chinese apps including Cam Scanner were banned by the Centre in June end.

    "Self Scan" has come up as an unique app to be used when the Cam Scanner is no more available.

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    Jul
    14
    2020
    Funding Gap Stalls Zim's E-Procurement System

    The establishment of an electronic procurement system to enhance transparency, efficiency and credibility of the country’s sloppy procurement processes has been hampered by funding shortfalls from external development partners, three years after the project was mooted, 263Chat Business has learnt.

    In 2017, Zimbabwe contracted a British consulting firm, Crown Agency with the funding support of World Bank to develop an electronic procurement strategy which was completed in 2018 as a precursor to the setting up of an electronic system.

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    Jul
    13
    2020
    LK: Richardson Technologies Ltd. embarks on long-awaited Smart City Project in Colombo

    Move follows successful conclusion to Court action by unsuccessful bidder Sierra Construction

    Richardson Technologies Ltd. (RTPL) is now going ahead with the long awaited Smart City project in the Colombo municipality areas following the successful conclusion to Court action by the unsuccessful bidder.

    The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) called for tenders from interested parties to submit offers for the Supply, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of LED Smart Street Lighting Systems for the city of Colombo, on a Private Public Partnership basis with zero capital cost to the CMC.

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    Jul
    13
    2020
    MO: UM, NKOIL ink deal on collaboration in smart city development

    The public University of Macau (UM) and state-owned Nam Kwong Petroleum & Chemicals Co. Ltd. (NKOIL) have signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement, according to a UM statement on Friday.

    Through the agreement, both parties hope to promote the commercialisation of research results, cultivate talent, and jointly create a smart city in Macao, said the statement released through the Macao Government Information Bureau (GCS).

  • Mo
    Jul
    13
    2020
    Nigeria shows biometric flexibility, slow progress on voter registers continues across Africa

    Biometric voting, and the registration required, are once again proving problematic in several African countries. Somalia will miss its target of a November election as it has been unable to put into place election infrastructure or register its people. In Ghana, the plan to populate a new biometric register is continuing to spark controversy with legal challenges and observers deployed to registration centers. Meanwhile Lagos is attempting video conferencing to verify identity and perform liveness checks on its pensioners, and Gambia releases a progress report on its ID issuance.

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    Jul
    13
    2020
    IN: Covid-19 is Accelerating Digital Transformation in Healthcare

    The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the healthcare system not only in India but worldwide. The unabated crisis has led to huge demand from the existing infrastructure which has further exposed vulnerabilities of the healthcare and pharmaceutical supply chains. There is a huge demand and supply gap for healthcare facilities and increasing demand for health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively. Gaia, a Mumbai-based tech company that works on smart city services is also working with hospitals across some of the major Indian cities, is striving to bridge the gap in the healthcare sector with smart technology solutions. In an exclusive interaction with CXOToday, Amrita Chowdhury, Director and Co-founder, Gaia, explains some of the critical challenges in the healthcare system and how the company with the help of technology is helping healthcare sector during the pandemic.

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    12
    2020
    PH: Gov’t to prohibit online sales of ‘sin’ products

    The Department of Finance (DOF) wants to prohibit online sales of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages to curb underage smokers and drinkers as well as for tax compliance purposes.

    Following the proliferation of merchants selling cigarettes and alcoholic drinks on e-commerce platforms, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the government will impose a ban against the sale of liquors and cigarettes online.

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    12
    2020
    Aggregating Indian Smart Cities with Technology

    “Honeywell has rapidly innovated to extend the capabilities of our Smart and Safe City technology deployments to support customer needs. Our Command and Control Centers are being used as the nerve center for operations to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in specific cities. We have also developed and deployed city-specific dashboards, portals and citizen applications to engage with citizens. Authorities can communicate necessary information in a consistent manner, and citizens can get the official view of a city’s status, reducing their need to go to different sources to gather information which at times may also be conflicting”: asserts Akshay Bellare, President Honeywell in conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW Businessworld.

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    11
    2020
    5 years of Digital India – How far have we come?

    The Digital India programme has witnessed a consistent upward growth trajectory, achieving numerous milestones and dotted with major milestones and flagship initiatives.

    Information technology and communication technologies have huge potential to provide new opportunities and challenges for developing economies. Since the wave of liberalisation in the 1990’s, India has harnessed technologies along with vast economic reforms to open up Indian markets to global businesses and investments. However, in the recent past, the Indian leadership’s focus on amplifying digitisation has deepened and they have begun to acknowledge the potential to transform India into a true technology leader.

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    Jul
    11
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Pension applications to be accepted only online

    ‘Now only a few districts are filing applications online’

    The State government has decided to accept applications for old-age pensions (OAP) under eight schemes only online.

    In a communication to the Director (Social Security Schemes) in the Commissionerate of Revenue Administration, Chief Executive Officer of the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) said only a few districts were filing applications online.

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    Jul
    11
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Education as Substantial Public Interest and the Inherent Inequalities of Online Education

    With online education becoming a new trend amid the coronavirus pandemic, its ability to become democratic and egalitarian in terms of its dissemination is highly debatable.

    The Kerala High Court passed an interim order on June 3, 2020, which restrained a private school from charging an additional fee for online classes from students of third standard and LKG by observing that the ‘Right to Education is sacrosanct in the Constitution of India’. The High Court made special references to the fact that education shall not be denied under any circumstance to any child in the recent context of the suicide by a Dalit student named Devika who couldn’t attend online classes which commenced on June 1. The court referred to the incident as ‘heart burning’. The Court hence asked the State to make adequate arrangements for learning which are inclusive of all.

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    Jul
    11
    2020
    Cyprus must get connected before it’s too late

    As Cyprus needs to get connected to keep up with the rest of the world when it comes to digitalising the economy, authorities have decided to step in to boost the country’s fast internet infrastructure.

    After ranked among the bottom five EU countries in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), for another year, the Deputy Ministry of Innovation decided the state must cover the investment gap in laying the groundwork for fast internet connections.

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    Jul
    11
    2020
    VN: 5G creates innovation opportunities for all economic sectors

    The development of 5G in Vietnam will be the foundation for innovation for all economic sectors in the country, said Nguyen Phong Nha, deputy general director of the Authority of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

    The development of 5G in Vietnam will be the foundation for innovation for all economic sectors in the country, said Nguyen Phong Nha, deputy general director of the Authority of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2020
    PH: Distance learning and the great ‘divide’

    Recent reports show that of the 28 million students targeted for K-12 public and private schools, only 15.9 million had enrolled by the end of the month-long online enrollment. This meant that it was 12 million short of the target set by the Department of Education. We can infer several reasons for this decrease, namely, family upheavals caused by the pandemic, uncertainty with the unfamiliar terrain of “distance learning,” and the great “divide” between families living in the urban and rural areas, the latter, preferring the traditional system.

    COVID-19 did not give enough time for school authorities to shift gears to a new delivery system. We were still busy ensuring that “no pupil is left behind,” thus focusing on reaching drop-outs by motivating them to return to formal schooling through economic assistance as well as challenging catch-up learning packages. This alternative learning approach must now shift to the design of distance learning schemes.

  • Fr
    Jul
    10
    2020
    IN: 20 useful government apps you must have

    India’s ban on 59 Chinese apps apps has caused a huge furore and created a sizeable dent in the Chinese digital space.

    While India could have imposed a ban on foreign apps a long time ago in the pursuit of being self-dependent, or ‘atmanirbhar’, the move even though late is welcome.

    This now brings back into focus a variety of advanced apps within India that can replace foreign apps. Take, for instance, the apps listed below that can make your life much easier!

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    Jul
    10
    2020
    MyPay to offer eWallet and digital financing in partnership with Bank Islam and FassPay

    MyPay, the eGovernment service platform by Dapat Vista (M) Sdn Bhd will soon offer digital payments, digital financing and eWallet features. They have just announced a collaboration with the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB) and Fass Payment Solutions Sdn Bhd (Fasspay).

    Dapat Vista which previously allowed PTPTN borrowers to check on their education loan status via SMS at 15888 has recently transitioned the feature to MyPay mobile payment system. According to PTPTN Chief Executive Encik Ahmad Dasuki Abdul Majid, the venture between the two parties has helped to encourage consistent payment and deposits among PTPTN borrowers and SSPN depositors.

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    Jul
    10
    2020
    ZW: Coronavirus & the missed ICT opportunity

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen the introduction of restrictions in movement, gatherings, introduction of quarantines and closures of educational establishments among other measures implemented to contain the virus in Zimbabwe. This crisis has brought to the fore the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in businesses, healthcare, education and public services.

    Due to COVID-19 Zimbabweans are embracing the digital life; with activities ranging from online entertainment, increased use of real-time online broadcasts via platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to online meetings and even parliament sessions via platforms such as Zoom. The Ministry of Information has also been very active disseminating COVID-19 related information via online platforms and Facebook groups.

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    Jul
    09
    2020
    Governments Increase Smart City Investments to Combat COVID-19, Reignite Growth

    Technology is increasingly being deployed at all levels of government around the world to combat COVID-19. While ARC sees significant headwinds affecting smart city markets over the next couple of years due to decreased tax revenue, reduced workforce, and more, many cities, states, and countries are forging ahead with large increases in technology investment both to combat COVID-19 and reignite economic growth in beleaguered cities. While ARC expects many smart cities related markets to decline in 2020, this increased investment in technology will provide an impetus for growth and quick recovery. Here are some examples of what’s happening around the world right now.

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    09
    2020
    European Digital Strategy and the Global Race for Digital Sovereignty

    “Data has become a matter of geopolitics and geoeconomics”

    On the January 29, 2020, the European Commission (EC) released the “Commission Work Programme 2020″. Under the second priority, “A Europe fit for the digital age” – the EC announced its intention to put forward for consultation a rich array of strategic documents outlining Europe’s digital strategy, writes Secure Chorus founder Elisabetta Zaccaria.

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    Jul
    09
    2020
    Massive IoT Initiative: Securing the Smart City

    According to Microsoft, one particular type of project accounts for close to one quarter of all global IoT initiatives: smart-city projects. In a 451 Research report from February 2020, analyst Johan Vermij notes that escalating interest in smart cities has led to the current situation, in which smart cities now comprise 23 percent of IoT projects on a worldwide basis—making them what Vermij describes as the “number one IoT vertical.” In fact, in Microsoft’s fourth year of the company’s “IoT in Action” events in Amsterdam earlier this year, the tech firm gave smart cities the dedicated focus for the first time.

    As hyperconnected smart cities have become increasingly key to whether urban areas function smoothly or not, researchers have investigated the role of smart IoT edge devices and edge computing. One study on edge-computing-enabled smart cities—written by senior members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)—stated that edge technology is “viable for realizing real-time smart cities advancements.” Yet after deriving five parameters—context awareness, scalability, sustainability, caching, and security—for rigorous evaluation, the researchers determined that “security has considerable importance among the other factors and thus must be implemented in the design of smart applications.”

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    08
    2020
    US: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia: The Smarter, Faster Way to Give the People What They Want

    Philadelphia is using data-matching to cut down on the number of forms that assistance program applicants have to fill out. The innovative work focuses on the end users, not the bureaucracy.

    More than 40 million U.S. workers — one out of every four — have filed unemployment claims since the coronavirus pandemic struck in mid-March, a historic surge accompanied by a flood of requests for state, local and federal benefits for everything from food assistance to income support to housing aid to health-care coverage. Many of these applicants are filing for these services for the first time and struggling with a daunting, overloaded application system.

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    07
    2020
    TRA to shutdown 2G network across UAE by 2022

    UAE service providers will provide support to groups that may be affected by the shutdown

    UAE telecom regulator Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that 2G network (GSM) across the country will be shut down by the end of 2022.

    UAE service providers will provide support to groups that may be affected by the shutdown, TRA suggested, official news agency WAM reported.

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    Jul
    07
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Kochi Corporation may finally get a functional e-governance system

    Council meeting today to discuss matter of tasking IKM with implementation

    After putting up with long queues at the civic body office and an arduous wait of several years, city residents might finally be able to access online services of the Kochi Corporation a few months from now.

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    Jul
    07
    2020
    Rajnath launches web portal to issue NOCs for projects in Indian waters

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday launched a web portal for issuing no objection certificates (NOCs) to entities that are undertaking power projects and activities related to research, survey, exploration and exploitation in the Indian territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, according to an official statement. “The online system will establish an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process these proposals.

    The Ministry has earlier launched a similar portal for grant of NOC for aerial survey,” the statement said. Singh, along with Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, launched the web portal in the presence of Army Chief General M M Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, and Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria. According to rules of the United Nations, all areas extending up to 12 nautical miles from a country’s coastline are its territorial waters (TW). All areas extending up to 200 nautical miles from a country’s coastline are its exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

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    Jul
    07
    2020
    CG: 1Rivet to help Congo build a digital platform for public services

    U.S. IT consulting firm 1Rivet, which specializes in the development of digital platforms, will help the Republic of Congo build a digital platform for public services. This follows a meeting on June 25 between Léon Juste Ibombo (pictured), the Congolese minister of telecommunications and digital economy, and Charlie Clavelli, the company’s chief operating officer and managing partner.

    The project aligns with the government’s ambition to set an e-government platform under the Vision Congo digital 2025 strategy. According to Léon Juste Ibombo, who sees digitization as an opportunity that will increase the government’s revenues, this multimodal platform will stimulate the digital transformation of the whole country, which “has the infrastructure but lacks the necessary platforms.”

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    Jul
    07
    2020
    KY: National ID cards to be issued in 2021

    The ID cards and requisite population register will enable government entities to check basic information - from immigration status to vehicle ownership - at source, rather than residents having to provide information that the government already holds.

    National identification cards could be rolled out within the next 12 months, with a population database coming online before the end of the year.

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    Jul
    06
    2020
    US: Social Justice, Broadband Top Priorities for Smart Cities

    Smart city leaders from Houston, New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio, discussed their vision for tomorrow's cities following widespread disruptions brought on by the pandemic, economic hardships and social unrest.

    Issues around equity, access to broadband and the broader social ills related to racism are finding a stronger foothold in smart city strategies.

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