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The past decades have witnessed an exponential increase in the ways and methods in which information technology and digital innovation have infiltrated our daily lives and routines. Both domestic appliances and industrial processes have come to rely more heavily on ICT, and the smart-phone revolution has seen the creation of digital applications for many of the routine tasks we perform daily. This is expected to keep increasing in the near future.
As a country, we have never been blessed with natural resources. But what we have lacked in raw materials we have made up for in the industrious work rate and versatility of our workforce. And that is how we have progressed and moved our economy forward throughout the ages.
The primary objective of government is the security and welfare of the citizens and the executive arm of government are most suited for this role. Therefore the implementation of government policies are some of the functions of the executive arm, at the state level is the state governor.
Since the governor cannot play God, he has to enlist the support and understanding of his commissioners in carrying out the implementation of such policies. The failure or successes of such commissioners are seen as the failure and success of the governor. Here in Delta State, the various commissioners are the active drivers of the smart agenda of the Okowa administration.
Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is to undertake a review of the government’s biggest technology projects.
A newly-created Digital Investment Management Office within the DTA has been handed the brief to carry out the review, which is part of an effort by the Commonwealth government to get a handle on its AU$6.2bn (UK£3.8bn or US$4.8bn) annual ICT spend.
To increase local revenue (PAD) and to support the concept of Smart City development, PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (BBNI) or BNI cooperate with the Semarang City Government and the Central Java Bank (Bank Jateng) in making Semarang Great card (kartu Semarang Hebat).
This card was launched to facilitate financial transactions of Semarang residents. In the card, a variety of functions are embedded, among others, savings or identity card. The Semarang Hebat card was launched on Friday (2/17/2017) by the Mayor of Semarang, Hendrar Prihadi, and BNI’s Director of Institutional Relations & Transactional Banking, Adi Sulistyowati.
IN: Government of Jharkhand signs MoU with Microsoft to enhance citizen services with cloud and mobile technologies
The Government of Jharkhand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India at the ‘Momentum Jharkhand: Global Investors’ Summit & Trade Exhibition today to leverage cloud technologies to drive the state’s digital ambitions. Under this MoU, Microsoft will support the state government to explore cloud, machine learning and mobile based solutions to improve citizen services and provide better facilities in the fields of education and agriculture.
The Government of Jharkhand has been using an advanced IT infrastructure to provide citizen services and aggressively driving technology led programs such as Skill India and Digital India. Today’s MoU with Microsoft will help the Government access the best of Microsoft’s technology and expertise for the improvement of digital services to citizens and drive digital inclusion in the state.
During the assessment of Governor Udom Emmanuel 20 months’ strides in delivering good governance and dividends of democracy in Akwa Ibom State, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh engaged the new media community in Akwa Ibom with a world-class tactical managerial feedback strategy and interactive session with the public.
In his opening remark, Mr. Charles Udoh noted that the fora was essential, considering the e-governance model of Governor Udom Emmanuel as it delivered a needs assessment analysis of the 2017 Blueprint of the Akwa Ibom State Government.
New Delhi: As many as 89 Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) with best-in-class amenities are operating across India as extended arms of the 38 Passport Offices, providing extended reach to passport applicants. According to a press release by the ministry of external affairs, several quantitative and qualitative improvements in the delivery of passport services in the country have been made during the last two and a half years. The Passport Seva Project (PSP), an ambitious Mission Mode Project of the Government of India, is being successfully run in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode as part of the National e-Governance Plan. It has emerged as one of the most noticeable statutory and citizen-centric services being rendered by the Government. MIs Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the Service Provider for the PSP.
The Barbados government Wednesday announced plans to establish the relevant institutional infrastructure to ensure that greater levels of efficiency, productivity and international competitiveness are achieved.
Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Chris Sinckler, addressing the launch of the Barbados Electronic Single Window (BESW), said that the Freundel Stuart government, through the Barbados Competitiveness Programme (BCP), had taken steps to reinvigorate the Commission on Competitiveness and to establish a supporting Technical Unit.
Multiple benefits are expected to be derived from the newly launched Barbados Electronic Single Window (BESW).
That’s according to the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, who told those attending the BESW launch at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday, that on the receiving end of those multiple gains will be both Government and the private sector.
The Phu Quoc Island ‘smart district’ development requires careful planning to maintain a critically important balance between conventional and modern technology, says the Vietnam Post & Telecommunications Group.
Speaking at a recent conference with officials regarding progress on implementing smart development of the Phu Quoc Island district, VNPT representatives elaborated on the concept of what it means.
The Team Unity Government officially launched 5 additional applications (apps) for its E-Government portal during a ceremony at the OTI conference room on Wednesday.
The launch forms part of the Team Unity’s anniversary celebrations to commemorate the administration’s 2nd year in office.
Smart or Business Cities are a common feature in most developed climes. Its goal is to improve quality of life by using urban informatics and technology to boost efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs. ChannelDrill, an indigenous firm, is set to deliver such a city through reclamation and dredging of the Lagos lagoon. MUYIWA LUCAS reports that when completed in 2021, the multiplier effect will not only grow the economy astronomically, but also ensure that the city conforms to the clamour for environmental development.
Cities, according to Town Planners and other players in the built environment, are engines of growth. This is why experts and other stakeholders in the industry are clamouring for more investment in real estate.
It’s the stuff of legend. The provocateur Malayalees have ruled the cyber world with their querulous hashtags, wisecrack memes and piquant trolls. And if we had our way, we would’ve even pulled off an ‘e-hartal’.
But our little coquetry with social media ends there. Politicos in the state mostly log on to the cloud land to spew slanderous allegations at their nemesis, and seldom use the digital bridge as a democratic interface to interact and connect with the masses like their ilk around the globe.
Like the feds, state and local agencies have improved how they share and use big data, but a new report shows areas that still need improvement.
Like their federal counterparts, state and local agencies have made great strides in acquiring and using big data — but they still have a long way to go, according to a source in the industry.
The event arranged by the State Agency for E-government of Ukraine took place on February 7-8 in Kiev whereby the questions of implementing the mobile e-signature (“Mobile ID”) in Ukraine was discussed by the representatives of the Agency, mobile operators and international experts. Taking into account the level of mobile technology penetration in everyday life and professional activity, a tendency of new mobile standards technology deployment such as 3G and LTE, as well as increased demand for smartphones, a “Mobile ID” technology looks like one of the most promising in the context of providing citizens with electronic services by both the State and commercial enterprises. “Mobile ID” provides for mobile e-signature incorporated into a SIM-card, which will serve as a personality identifier to create a legally relevant electronic documents.
Vietnam needs 1 million workers in information technology and digital content creation but now there are only 300,000 people in this field, pointing to a need to improve the quality of education and tailor it to the need of companies.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made the statement at the ceremony to open the second phase of F-Ville software village (F-Ville 2) in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park on February 13.
The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) has backed the proposal now forming part of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package requiring the use of e-invoices and e-receipts in commercial transactions between registered companies, their customers and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
In a position paper submitted to the House Committee on Ways and Means, the foreign chambers said the Philippines should optimize its use of digital technology when addressing merchant red tape and transaction flows in the country.
In a bid to further boost Digital India initiative, eMudhra, a digital identity and transaction management company has partnered with 15 state governments to help them go digital in the context of the e-Governance initiatives.
Under the initiative, eMudhra has enabled AADHAAR eSign and Digital signature based signing to various government officers in several districts of these states. This has facilitated paperless employee logins, leave requests, memos and official document signing etc.
Privacy is one of the topmost concerns among the digitally active in Singapore, who also want the authorities make organisations more transparent and upfront about how they use the information they capture.
A vast 81 per cent of such savvy users say they worry about how organisations collect, store and use data about them, according to a survey by accounting and advisory firm EY.
Digital transformation (DX) will attain macroeconomic scale over the next three to four years, changing the way organizations operate and reshaping the global economy and calls this as the dawn of the “DX Economy.”
This is how the International Data Company (IDC) Philippines sees the local ICT industry for 2017 and beyond. It predicts 25 percent of its top 1,000 companies will see majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally enhanced products, services and experiences by 2020.
The government Enterprise Architecture, e-GIF (eGovernment Interoperability Framework) of the Royal Government, led by the Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT), of the information and communications ministry was selected for the Open Group 2017 awards for innovation and excellence in Enterprise Architecture (EA), according to a DITT press release.
The Open Group, is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through neutral and open IT standards. The 2017 award was conducted mainly to encourage and motivate governments or organisations to come up with innovative solutions in designing and implementing effective EA against various challenges and complexities of developing economies. The award signifies the worldwide recognition and respect for e-GIF besides validating that Bhutan had adopted the international best practices in EA.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities will use smart mobile devices to manage and examine work, a representative from the city’s Department of Information and Communications (DIC) told the Steering Committee of the Smart City project recently.
Related to the city’s plan for an open database center, the DIC will design software for local leaders to directly monitor and capture data as well as to check, direct and manage working progress by smart mobile devices, according to Ms. Vo Thi Trung Trinh, Deputy Director of the DIC.
MD Wong says company intends to increase the percentage of its commercial business.
My EG Services Bhd (MyEG) has brushed aside notion that the bulk of its business activities were dependent on the Government.
It said that commercial solutions and services now make up 70% of the group’s business activities, thus no longer rendering it just a concession for various e-government applications.
Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Aldrin Musiiwa has applauded the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) for its significant role in the development of the country’s educational and health sectors.
He was speaking during the Adventist Health Professionals Conference where the SDA invited health experts from all over the continent to educate people on various health issues, which include non-communicable diseases, infection control and public health ethics.
The Ministry of Communications says the Federal Government is repositioning the country’s economy by leveraging on Information Communications Technology (ICT).
A statement issued in Abuja by Mrs Pauline Sule, the Assistant Chief Information Officer, quoted Mr Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry as saying this at the 6th edition of DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards in Lagos.
The Bhubaneswar Smart City would have a Master System Integrator soon to provide IT services for traffic, transit, parking, emergency, event and disaster response services on one platform.
The system, which can be integrated to a mobile app, would also facilitate watch and surveillance activities.
This was discussed at a high-level meeting held under chairmanship of Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the State Secretariat here on Friday. Chief Executive Officer of the Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) Vineel Krishna presented the proposal and outlined the issues for discussion.
Vendor Registry thinks it can make procurement less painful.
After more than two years and 200 customers, Vendor Registry is ready to hit the accelerator.
The company, which is aiming to modernize and simplify the procurement process with a focus on smaller local governments, closed on a $1.8 million seed round at the end of January. The round, which five investors participated in, was oversubscribed by about $300,000.
The state has seen a flurry of tech-centered activity in recent weeks.
There has been a flurry of activity around the Minnesota Statehouse in recent weeks with regard to how the state protects and evolves its technology infrastructure and cyberdefenses.
The first, and arguably more prominent action, came out of democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s office with a proposal aimed at pumping $125 million into cybersecurity and systems upgrades. The second was the creation of a new House committee that will be charged with looking ahead at the tech landscape and suggesting various actions.
Government is planning to make all ration shops under the public distribution system in the country Aadhaar-enabled by June 30 this year, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said.
"We will make all 5.58 lakh ration shops Aadhar-enabled by June 30. We are in discussion with Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry for this. Our IT department will work with food and supply department to enable this. We will also request states to come on Aadhaar ecosystem," Prasad told reporters here.
Government in the Caribbean to publish government related data through five distinct apps.
The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis, in the Caribbeans will roll out five mobile apps as part of its e-government thrust.
The apps will provide information on consumer affairs; crime prevention; information service; government-supported events; and include listings of the government directory. These will be officially launched on February 15.
Blockchain technology firm Bitfury Group has announced its partnership with Government of the Republic of Georgia in a move to expand historic blockchain land-titling project.
The cutting-edge blockchain project is being built with the Republic of Georgia’s National Agency of Public Registry (NAPR) that will continue to advance in 2017. The parties have also signed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to expand its blockchain solutions to other government departments.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minster Narendra Modi approved the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) to make six crore rural households digitally literate, according to an official statement.
"The outlay for this project is Rs 2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March 2019. This is in line with the announcement made by the Finance Minister in the Union Budget 2016-17. The PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world," read the statement.
Reducing discretionary powers of taxmen, the income tax department has asked its field officers to maintain digital records of summons, notices and special audit ordered by them.
In the new ‘Assessment Module’ for Income Tax Business Application (ITBA), an electronic platform for regular operations, the department has laid out functionality for issue of summons, notices and special audit.
The state's Open Data Initiative will help CDO Liz Rowe drive the development of common standards and governance across the executive branch, and develop an approach to enterprise data sharing.
On Monday, Feb. 6, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation that not only makes data transparency a requirement for all state agencies, but also codifies the chief data officer position into state law.
Just 5 percent of city and county workers rated their agencies as "outstanding" in effective citizen engagement, and only 26 percent think their agency's website is "highly effective."
Think government could be doing a better job with its digital communications? You’re not alone. Most in government think so too, at least according to one recent survey.
One lakh gram panchayats are to be connected by underground Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) by March this year under the first phase of BharatNet project
Internet services are expected to be provided to all the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by the end of next year, government told Lok Sabha today, adding that the net connectivity is being strengthened to promote "less cash economy".
The city is currently testing an alpha version of the website, preparing for a larger overhaul of its municipal online presence.
The city of Miami has launched the first draft of a new website, one officials hope will be an aesthetic upgrade as well as an evolution of online municipal services it provides residents.
While blockchain technology doesn't have the highest profile among senior executives, those government and business leaders who do understand it have big plans for putting it to use.
In terms of awareness, blockchain is not exactly topping the charts. In a recent survey, Deloitte found that 40 percent of senior executives in the private sector, which tends to be ahead of government tech-wise, have little or no knowledge about the electronic ledger system.
GB: Digitisation or Transformation? The significance behind the name change of the government strategy
Toplevel strategy director Jane Roberts says digitisation is not a summit to be reached, a goal or achievement in itself; it’s a process that is dynamic and can be constantly revised and improved to fulfil its potential
Digitisation is so last year; now it’s all about transformation. The renaming of the Government Digital Strategy as the Government Transformation Strategy, leaked in early December and expected to be published on Thursday, is more than just a rebrand, however. It aims to show that digitisation is a constant dynamic ongoing process and that “2020 does not represent an end date” for these transformations. The cynics may regard this as simply an example of some serious back-pedalling but this also indicates a more realistic appraisal of what it means to convert to digital working.
Azerbaijan has accelerated the integration of open databases to the “Open Government” portal.
The head of Internal Control and Audit Department at the Azerbaijani Communications and High Technologies Ministry, Tahir Mammadov, announced about this on February 7, Trend said.
Mammadov noted that cooperation and negotiations with the state departments in this direction are carried out on a regular basis and posting of their open databases to the portal is particularly important for the development of the information society.
KN: Government Of National Unity To Launch Five Additional Mobile Apps Offering E-Government Services
As part of its celebrations for the second anniversary in government, the Government of National Unity will roll out five additional mobile applications (apps), which form part of its E-Government services.
This was disclosed by His Excellency Ambassador Sydney Osborne, the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the Second Anniversary Celebrations. The apps include a Consumer Affairs App, SKNIS (St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service) app, Crime Prevention App, a Government Directory App and an Events App.
More than 3,000 government staff arrived at work Thursday morning to find a curious and troubling email in their inboxes.
The message was a summons to appear in traffic court in Cayman Brac for the “hearing of your case.”
To most of the recipients, the message made no sense. Some of them had not been to the Brac for years, most had no ongoing traffic case they were aware of.
The Smart Cities Mission ("Mission") aims to develop 100 smart cities by 2020. It is one of the most ambitious programmes of the Indian government. To implement its objectives, the government introduced the Smart Cities Guidelines ("Guidelines") in 2015.1 The Guidelines act as a comprehensive policy document that defines smart cities as cities that interconnect citizens, data, devices and objects to a centralised network infrastructure which will be utilised for urban planning, social and economic development of the city and its citizens. Smart cities will rely on information communication infrastructure and data (defined as information, knowledge, facts, concepts or instructions processed in a computer system or computer network) for its service delivery mechanisms. While the Guidelines provide for a clear strategy on the implementation of this Mission, both at the state and city level, it is completely silent on the legal framework required thereof. Though the government has introduced various draft policies for the smooth transition into smart cities, these are yet to be implemented into laws that can govern the Mission.
The government will have a more strategic ICT push to enable technology adoption among organizations by 2021, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts.
In its latest forecast for the country, IDC Philippines noted that with a new dedicated, centralized agency at the helm of the country’s ICT development, the government will be able to lay the much-needed groundwork to enable technology adoption for organizations.
Karnataka’s lawmakers have a long way to go in catching up with e-governance initiatives by the Assembly secretariat. For the first time, the secretariat has allowed the MLAs to either WhatsApp or e-mail their questions. This facility is introduced for the session starting February 6.
Of the 224 MLAs, just one MLA has WhatsApped his questions, while another MLA has emailed as well as WhatsApped the questions.
The West Bengal government has envisaged a Rs 6.94 crore project to bring various e-governance services pertaining to citizens, investors and businesses on a “single mobile platform”.
According to state’s Information Technology (IT) department, this would benefit all who now have to visit multiple websites, login many times, remember various usernames and passwords for availing the web enabled services.
The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry yesterday rolled out the first phase of the national broadband network across 99 villages in 14 provinces, with the introduction of commercial, affordable high-speed internet service planned by year-end.
In each village, a WiFi hotspot will enable internet access free of charge.
As the March 2017 property tax payment cycle draws near, Peggy VandenBerg, Monroe County Treasurer and Chairperson of the Iowa County Treasurer’s E-Government Alliance Board (ICTEA) would like to pass along some new enhancements to the www.iowatreasurers.org website.
ICTEA is a non-profit organization that includes 88 Iowa Counties, whose mission is to offer a user friendly website that benefits Iowa citizens. The www.iowatreasurers.org website is a multi-functional, state-of-the-art web application that uses the most advanced technology to allow users to research, view and pay property taxes, and vehicle registrations online. The site was developed and designed in a cooperative effort between ICTEA and GovTech Services. GovTech Services is a privately held, Clive, Ia., based software company specializing in payment processing, escrow processing, platform development for government and educational entities.
'Making Tax Digital' is a government programme to make tax declarations easier for people and businesses - will it work?
About 12 years ago I visited Sweden to speak at a conference of public sector IT leaders. On the walk through Gothenburg from my hotel to the conference centre, I remember being amazed by the parking meters that encouraged payment by mobile phone.
E-government, also known as Electronic Government or Digital Government, is a process of providing services to government customers, employees and other governmental agencies electronically. E-government uses a wide range of networks and mobile computing to transform the government’s operations for better efficiency, in order to better facilitate its customers. Word “E-Government” was first introduced when the use of computer started in governance around the world.
In an effort to make all government services accessible to citizens, government has developed the e-government service oriented Enterprise Architecture (EA) and interoperability framework.
An EA is described as a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organisation with the intent to determine how an organisation can most effectively achieve its current and future objectives.
Governments and politicians have attempted to exploit social media for their own ends. However, a study published in the International Journal of Electronic Governance reveals that governmental Twitter accounts across the European Union have almost totally failed.
These accounts do not widely engage members of the public and have not created the “communities” their advocates desired in the quest to elicit public adoption of e-government.
It will soon be easier to obtain permits from several town departments.
The Legislative Council recently approved an agreement to implement a new paperless permitting system in several town departments, including the Building Department and the Planning and Zoning Department — two departments that have struggled because of financial restraints to keep up with the demand for permits.
The Union Budget 2017-18 focuses on "TEC - transforming, energising and cleaning India". But the key to this is inclusion both, geographical and financial, in a cost efficient manner.
The existing digital infrastructure of "Aadhaar and mobile" connected with bank accounts will push a digital revolution in India and bring in transparency in the financial systems and, thereby, improve both, governance and services to citizens. However, the key to this is telephone connectivity, broadband, enabling devices, cyber security and digital literacy. All the following find emphasis in the budget:
UID/Aadhaar-based surveillance does not end with the collection of fingerprints and iris scan, it goes quite beyond it and poses a lethal threat to the idea of India, says Gopal Krishna.
While responding to a request for an urgent hearing in the matter of ‘biometric information’ based e-identity and 12-digit biometric unique identification (UID)/Aadhaar number-related projects, when the Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar-headed three judge bench asked, ‘Surveillance to what. Is it a big deal?’ the beneficial owners of the World Bank Group in general and the International Monetary Fund in particular must have patted their backs in satisfaction.
There is no internet connection. This message that pops up on a browser at the Mazgaon-Nandgaon village office’s single computer just about shows where things stand with Maharashtra’s attempt at e-governance in its gram panchayats.
In village after village of the State’s Raigad district that BusinessLine recently visited, not a single panchayat office had a working internet connection.
Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman Tuesday said the government was aggressively perusing to ensure requisite environment to promote mobile apps to reach under-served across the country.
Addressing “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016” ceremony organised by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), she said development of telecom sector was among top priorities and the sector has witnessed exponential growth in different areas.
While the initiatives to build a digital India are undoubtedly important, we cannot ignore the fact that India has a long way to go becoming digital
Going by the slew of measures announced in the Union budget on Wednesday, such as targeting digital transformation while discouraging cash transactions, it’s easy to be lulled into believing that India is well on its way to becoming a digital powerhouse.
Indian Government to create over 1000 Digital Villages in latest initiative to improve internet connectivity
The Indian government has announced plans for a new initiative called ‘Digital village’ to provide free Wi-fi hotspots in over 1000 villages.
Lack of availability of reliable, high-speed internet connections continues to be a primary challenge for developing nations in delivering e-governance services in rural and remote areas. Connectivity and digital literacy are also important obstacles, though not the only ones, in the Indian government’s ongoing push to a cashless economy.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport officially launched a pair of new websites yesterday that will allow Cambodians to register their vehicles as well as take the written portion of their driver’s exam online.
The new system was touted as a way to speed up the process as well as eliminate potential graft.
EOH expects growth from its e-government solutions portfolio, with a number of new investments in this area in the Middle East, as well as continued focus on the South African market.
The technology and knowledge services provider highlighted its expansion in the e-government market through a SENS statement on Friday, saying it believes the pipeline for its solutions is strong.
Azerbaijan’s Innovations Centre will soon present new services, which will be available at ASAN Ödəniş (ASAN Pay) multifunctional mobile application.
A source in the center told Trend that the application will allow to pay fees, state duties, communal public services and others.
Outsourcing has its share of positives and negatives, but it can provide a cost-saving avenue for IT organizations.
As state and local government IT budgets get smaller and responsibilities grow, that’s also causing agency technology portfolios to shrink. For many agencies, that means possibly shifting the balance of your IT budgeting away from operations and maintenance toward a bit more innovation. Maintaining your technology portfolios while working on technology innovation will require some assistance — namely, outsourcing.
Ten electronic gate (E-gate) systems for automated border control will be operationalised at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in February this year.
The e-migration system, which forms part of a bigger e-migration initiative by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), is meant to enhance security clearance procedures and passenger processing.
Various departments can now directly purchase apps from start-ups
In a bid to promote start-up companies and to find technology-enabled solutions for various departments, the State government has allowed all departments and agencies to directly place work orders for mobile apps with the start-ups under the Kerala Startup Mission.
People can fill in and submit forms for more than 700 administrative procedures in Hà Nội online this year, as the municipal People’s Committee has focused on promoting online public services.
According to Director of the municipal Department of Information and Communications, Phan Lan Tú, 700 procedures are now available online, accounting for at least 40 per cent of 1,800 public services in the level-3 category.
Recommendations of a two-day expert meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Organization, the State Welfare Organization, UNECSO, and academia and NGOs working in the field of disabilities, will be presented to Iranian policy makers to foster greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in the economy and the social milieu.
The meeting on January 24 was a joint initiative of the UNESCO Tehran office and the Iranian National Commission of UNESCO, on the development of a national policy to introduce ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities.
About 22,600 government officials will be trained on e-government, Minister of Communication Technology, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has said.
Shittu spoke at the ongoing Fourth In-Country training on e-governance capacity building programme in Abuja.
The training is organized by the Korean government through the Korean International Corporation Agency (KOICA) 2013-2018) training programme for Nigeria.
Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni says it’s significant for the Ministry of Revenue and Customs to work collaboratively with related stakeholders to collect information to protect our borders.
He made the statement during Thursday’s program to mark World Customs Day with the theme “Data Analysis for effective border management.“
Until very recently, Blockchain has been mostly associated with Bitcoin – the digital currency built on top of it. Not trying to underestimate the importance of the latter, it is fair to say that Blockchain technology is much more than digital money.
The need to look beyond the currency and investigate the potential use of the technology in industries outside payments is often emphasized. So should global governments be embracing Blockchain?
A provider of eGovernment solutions, NXP Semiconductors N.V. shares with us three distinct trends in electronic passports (ePassports or biometric passports): increasing functionality, stronger security and the emergence of “virtual mobile identity.”
Out of 900 million passports issued, 730 are ePassports, which now represent the majority of passports in circulation. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations agency that oversees international air travel and defines ePassport standards, 120 states claim that they are currently issuing ePassports. The infrastructure supporting ePassports has expanded as well.
Seeks CISO to lead whole-of-government security efforts
The Tasmanian government is seeking to boost security across its departments, creating a new executive-level cyber security position.
The Office of eGovernment (OeG), which sits within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, is seeking to recruit a chief information security officer, which Computerworld understands is a newly created position.
PACER users between April 2010 and April 2016 are eligible to join litigation.
A lawsuit that claims the public is being overcharged by the US government's website for accessing federal court records just took a major step forward. A federal judge overseeing the litigation against PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, just certified the case as a class action—meaning anybody who has used the service between 2010-2016 might be entitled to refunds if the government loses or settles.
The State Government’s much-hyped e-health programme (Jeevan Rekha) aimed at efficient service delivery to the people and providing a centralised database of healthcare information was rolled out on Wednesday.
Launching the programme here, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said e-health was a revolutionary step in the health sector in the state. The government is for bringing in an overall change in the health sector. Diseases like cholera, malaria and filariasis, which were once eradicated are being reported from the state.
e-Health Kerala, the project envisaged by the health department in association with the state IT Mission, was launched officially by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at a function held at Peroorkada District Hospital on Wednesday. The project envisages to create an effective IT-enabled integrated framework to ensure effectual health care to the common citizen and create a centralized database of healthcare information. Vijayan inaugurated the project by handing over electronic medical record (EMR) to Shanthakumari, a resident of Peroorkada.
Combined with a recent study at UMass Memorial Medical Center, an Advanced ICU Care report on 17 eICU programs across the country adds to the growing body of evidence that telemedicine can make a difference in the ICU.
A year-long study of telemedicine programs at 17 hospital ICUs around the country has found that the tele-ICU concept has a direct impact on patient health.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday called on public workers to adapt to the e-governance system his government has adopted.
Lungu said he wanted the electronic system to become part of his government’s legacy.
My EG Services Bhd (MyEG) has incorporated a new subsidiary to provide management and consultancy services.
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the e-Government services provider said MY EG Management Services Sdn Bhd was set up with an authorised share capital of RM400,000.
Procivis, a Switzerland-based startup, has announced that it is going to present its proof of concept for a blockchain-backed e-government platform at today’s Microsoft public sector digitization practice day in Bern.
Founded in autumn 2016 by blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger, the company has come out of stealth mode. Procivis is currently raising seed funding and said that it will collaborate closely with Estonian e-government experts for designing its services.
A Paradigm Shift in How Government Delivers Services and Information to “Customers of Public Administration”
The expansion of the internet and its accompanying technologies has brought both increased efficiency and new methods of communication in our way of life. Since its (internet) advent, governments around the world have worked assiduously using all forms of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to bring public administration online for the delivery of services and information to their “customers” (citizens, businesses, governments, government employees). This is also called Electronic Government or e-Government. One aspect of e-Government involves the use of a single online medium to deliver services and information to customers of public administration. We refer to this single platform as a “one-stop shop web portal,” which is the focus of today’s article.
Ministries in Vietnam urged to speed up implementation of online government services by Deputy Prime Minister
The objective is for all central State agencies and ministries to have full e-public services and to improve Vietnam's ranking in the UN E–Government Development Index.
Việt Nam News reported that Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam called upon ministries to speed up the move to e-government, so that all government services can be offered online to the public.
The electronic link between the General Authority of Customs (GAC) and all the related ministries, organisations and entities is expected to be completed in July with the launch of its final stage with Milaha Maritime & Logistics, it was announced yesterday.
“The e-link will offer great benefits by easing the customs procedures,” Abdelhadi Hassan al-Sahli, director of the marine customs at GAC, explained in an interview released to the media.
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“We are (in) interesting times”, said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as he kicked off the 20th National Conference on e-Governance held on 9th January 2017 at Visakhapatnam. Talking about India’s recent demonetisation and shift to digital payments, the CM said that no country had witnessed such a massive shift in a short amount of time.
A year into AT&T’s smart cities framework, a clear vision has emerged.
A year ago AT&T launched its smart cities framework, bundling together a range of products and services in support of technology leaders looking to build connected cities.Since then the company has signed on a number of cities to a range of projects. The roster includes Atlanta; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas; the Georgia Institute of Technology; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; and Montgomery County, Md. Their projects encompass diverse areas including water sustainability, smart lighting and civic connectivity.MonJan302017
My EG Services Bhd’s (MyEG) contract to manage the registration of illegal foreign workers under the rehiring programme has been extended until Dec 31, 2017.
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the e-Government services provider said it received a notification letter on Monday from the Home Affairs Ministry regarding the extension.
The project was originally scheduled to run from Feb 15, 2016, to Aug 15, 2016.MonJan302017
Only 34% of Africans think that votes are "always" counted fairly, according to the Afrobarometer report released in September 2016. However, electronic voting in Namibia in 2014 has had a positive effect on fairness perception among voters in that country.
Several African countries have been battling with the idea of having full electronic voting. Countries like Kenya, Ghana and Senegal have introduced the use of electronic systems in voter registration, voter identification and electronic relay of vote tallies, but not fully implemented digital voting.MonJan302017
When the previous administration introduced the mygov.mt service that promised the digitisation of many simple government services, many welcomed this forward looking strategy.
The full benefits of digitisation could be huge even if it is inevitable that it will take time for e-government efforts to bear fruit.SunJan292017
To be a truly digital Mumbai, the benefits of the online world must be made more accessible for the underprivileged
In 2014, a study on Internet penetration in resource-poor neighbourhoods — covering Dharavi, Girgaum and Gazdhar Bandh — by Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action & Research (PUKAR) yielded some interesting findings. In the poorest neighbourhood, Gazdhar Bandh in Santacruz, 95% of 1,377 people surveyed said it was the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s responsibility to provide affordable Internet. Though at least 43% did not own smartphones, 584 people in the 14–30 year age group, 42% of the total, knew how to use the Internet.SunJan292017
Australia on Sunday announced an overhaul of security at all its international airports, with technology set to replace passports as means of identifying passengers by 2020.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is seeking tenders for a self-processing system to be introduced later this year, Australia’s ABC News reported.SunJan292017
REGIONAL and rural health services could fall further behind big cities without urgent action, a new Australian Medical Association report warns.
The AMA released its Position Statement on Better Access to High Speed Broadband for Rural and Remote Health Care on Friday.
It calls on the Government to improve internet access and affordability across the nation.SatJan282017
There are recognizable ‘sources for health care services’ in Nova Scotia: the pharmacy, the family doctor office, 811 telephone health advice, the emergency department, and so on.
How well do these services “communicate” with each other?
How well are they connected so that people experience a seamless transition through them? How is the record of the patient journey through these services managed?SatJan282017
Penn Medicine's mHealth project targets sarcoidosis, an inflammatory condition that can cause organ damage. Researchers hope the digital health platform will help them connect with patients and find the elusive cause of the disease.
Penn Medicine is launching an mHealth project on the ResearchKit platform, aimed at connecting healthcare providers with the few thousand people across the globe who have a rare condition called sarcoidosis.FriJan272017
Latest-generation enterprise technologies have the potential to improve financial and operational management within public sector entities, and enhance service delivery to citizens, write John Mokiti, business development manager: government and public services for South Africa at Wipro, and Gavin Holme, country manager: Africa at Wipro.FriJan272017
Fujitsu, in collaboration with Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications, is conducting training for government employees to beef up the information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities of the country.
The training began on Monday (16 January 2017) and will run until tomorrow (20 January 2017). A total of 38 government employees from 22 departments will take part in the training.FriJan272017
Enhancing digital inclusion in Philippines through Tech4ED centers in public libraries and internet cafes
Partnership between DICT and National Library of the Philippines to establish Tech4ED Centers in 1,000 public libraries nationwide and integration of Tech4ED into 36 internet cafes in Davao city
Yesterday, a partnership was announced between the Department of Science and Technology–Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO, now the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)), and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) to establish Tech4ED Centers in up to 1,000 public libraries nationwide. The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement was led by Blesila Velasco, Chief of the Public Libraries Division, NLP and Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director for eSociety, DOST-ICT Office.FriJan272017
European Union leaders last month announced a plan to invest more than $127 million to provide free Wi-Fi services in thousands of cities on the continent. Dubbed WiFi4EU, the plan calls for providing funding to between 6,000 and 8,000 cities in order to deploy free public Wi-Fi.
“Everyone benefiting from connectivity means that it should not matter where you live or how much you earn,” said Jean-Paul Juncker, president of the European Commission and former prime minister of Luxembourg, last year during his state of the union address. “So we propose today to equip every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centers of public life by 2020.”ThuJan262017
Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam called on ministries to review their databases and means of information delivery to improve and offer more online public services.
Speaking at a conference on e-Government on Tuesday, Đam said according to the United Nations’ e-government survey 2016, Việt Nam ranked 89th out of 193 countries and territories in the e-government development index (EGDI), up ten places compared to 2014.ThuJan262017
Global e-government rankings affect Vietnam’s investment attractiveness, national competitiveness, and negotiations on international trade deals, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at a recent meeting.
Vietnam is ranked 89th overall among 193 countries in the United Nations E-Government Survey 2016. Its rankings in three component categories are 74th in the Online Service Index, 110th in the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index, and 127th in the Human Capital Index.ThuJan262017
Japan’s national digital identity has only reached a third of its residents, a year after launch.
Out of 30 million cards, only 9.83 million have been distributed, according to Japan Times. One of the reasons for the delay was due to a series of computer glitches at the Japan Agency for Local Authority Information Systems, tasked with the production of the cards.ThuJan262017
A National Consultation meeting on the creation of a Regional e-Governance Academy in Mauritius, which will help advance the digital culture across communities and within the region, was held yesterday at the Voilà Hôtel, in Bagatelle.
In his address at the event, the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, indicated that the Academy, which will be based on the Estonian model, would enhance the quality of life of citizens through innovative technologies by providing personalised and efficient government services.ThuJan262017
Microsoft has offered to collaborate with Andhra Pradesh in the areas of e governance and cyber security, an official statement said here on Tuesday.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who is currently in Davos, met Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday.
Nadella suggested that Andhra Pradesh should nurture hybrid cloud technology and that it will be a great leap in technology for India and Andhra Pradesh in particular, according to a statement here.ThuJan262017
The Soofa Sign is getting tested in local government and could co-mingle public and commercial information in a single space.
Smart city initiatives often emphasize a mix-and-match approach to technology: lamp posts that also measure air quality, for example.
Slated to pilot in half a dozen cities in the coming months, the Soofa Sign offers an example of such synergies. Take a bus stop sign and make it digital. Now layer on transit data, municipal announcements and even some paid advertising. When combined, these items may add up to more than the sum of their parts.WedJan252017
Adequate budgeting and efficient administration takes ICT development a long way. For developing countries such as Ethiopia which has its telecommunication service under state monopoly striving to create a universal coverage has been the key mission before the country surrenders its state monopoly to the private sector through joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) initiative.
The government has been investing in communications infrastructure to fill the deficit narrowing the gap. Partnering with ZTE and Huawei for technology infrastructure development with over a billion dollars, investment has also been noted as a positive progress. There has been a massive investment on the sector with the initiative to upgrade coverage. Over the last decade, the sector has seen more than 3 billion dollars investment to develop infrastructure and expand service coverage.WedJan252017
National agency directly chose GlobalTel and Swan Mobile, companies that also supply the whole public information system, for the new investment.
The website that is the gateway to e-government in Slovakia has been criticised for its weak usability and high costs. The state has now decided to change it - by pouring millions of euros into the project.WedJan252017
Fujitsu yesterday announced that it is conducting training for employees from across all 22 departments of Myanmar's government in order to contribute to stronger information and communication technology capabilities in the country.
Taking place in Myanmar, the training began on January 16, and is being provided in two rounds over a total of 10 days. The training will instruct 38 government employees, selected from across all departments. Topics covered will include formulating information strategy for e-government, basic ICT training in such areas as networks and cybersecurity, as well as the cloud systems that support them, and practical methods for developing systems. In addition, in the practice sessions that will be conducted during the training period, the participating employees will learn the processes necessary to resolve ICT issues discovered in each workplace, and set action plans for their own organizations.WedJan252017
President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Mr. Olusola Teniola, has disclosed that one of the focus of the federal government this year would be funding mobile broadband revolution, so that investor confidence is not eroded any further.
Teniola, who heads the affairs of ATCON, the umbrella body for all telecoms companies in Nigeria, speaks on this and other issues.TueJan242017
A new data visualization dashboard promises unparalleled insights into services and future needs for the iconic city.
The city of New York has launched a new interagency data visualization tool to better deploy government services and predict future need.
This dashboard, announced Jan. 11 by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Operations, will tie in data from key city departments, like the New York Police Department and the Department of Transportation, as well as the city’s central data repository, to better assist general staff in data-driven decision-making processes.TueJan242017
IN: Estonia introduces E-Residency Programme, offering a chance to setup a location-independent online business to Indians
The Republic of Estonia has today announced the launch of an E-residency programme in the country in partnership with ‘The AntiAlias’, a digital marketing agency. This E-residency programme will allow any business, start-up or freelancer based in India to set up an Estonian company online within a day.
The company operations such as managing accounting records, declaring Estonian taxes online, digitally signs and transmitting documents can be done from anywhere in the world along with administrating the same.TueJan242017
The Commerce Ministry has recently launched a Special Economic Zone App that will provide all important information regarding the Special Economic Zones. This app is launched for better e-governance.
“The app and would help the SEZ units and developers to find information easily and track their transactions on SEZ Online System”, the ministry said in a statement.TueJan242017
The Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, in collaboration with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the e-Governance Academy of the Republic of Estonia, would organise a Stakeholders Meeting to design the scope of activities of the Regional e-Governance Academy which would be set up in Mauritius, and a regional capacity building exercise for the training of trainers on the key pillars of e-Governance. The Republic of Estonia is a leading country in the field of e-governance infrastructure and digital services in the European Union.MonJan232017
A novel project called Balinkbayan, an exclusive portal for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will soon be launched in Pangasinan to link OFWs and their families.
Provincial Resolution No. 353-2017 passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Monday authorized Governor Amado Espino III to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) for the implementation of the Oversea Filipinos’ One-Stop Online Portal for Diaspora Engagement, an e-governance project.MonJan232017
The app has been launched under the e-governance initiative.
Now people will be able to fetch detailed information about the country’s special economic zones with the help of the “SEZ India” app that has been launched by the Commerce Ministry.MonJan232017
Kerala may be leading the protest against the way Modi government is trying to establish an era of cashless economy, but Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant's prediction that debit credit cards and point of sale (POS) machines would become redundant in India by 2020 may be proved true here. The state government has almost completed the development of a mobile app to facilitate online payment of fees, fines and taxes to various government departments and treasury.
The app, developed along the lines of Paytm by state IT department with the technical assistance of National Payments Corporation of India, would enable citizens to carry out cash transactions with government, irrespective of where they maintain accounts.SatJan212017
The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) under the leadership of its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir has, for the first time, launched ‘Digitized Online Assessment’ (DOA) of its students.
The DOA has been started on pilot basis in two Departments of the University- Education and Information Technology. In the Department of Education, the students of Semester-I M.A. and M. Ed programmes appeared in their online assessment on 13th & 14th January, 2017. This shall be followed by the Department of Information Technology.FriJan202017
Responsive government requires using the likes of Siri and Alexa to help answer questions and complete simple tasks and commands.
When a citizen dials 311, it has been the longstanding preference by mayors to have a city employee on the other end of the line to deliver the ever-valuable personal touch.FriJan202017
The Interior Ministry is considering granting visit visa to the first-degree relatives through the automated visa system (e-visa), reports Arab Times daily quoting security sources. The same sources said the first degree relatives include the parents, wife and children.
However, the sources said the e-visa system in future will be expanded within the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior to activate the e-government services and relieve the pressure on all government departments.FriJan202017
- The past has been a proof that cheap and free are two words often thrown into the mobile sector, but seldom solved an issue.
- They have to be supplemented with good infrastructure.
Mobile phone ownership and coverage made a lot of progress as compared to essential factors like sanitation. More Indian households have access to a cell phone, than a toilet. Google’s Android and affordable handset makers have been instrumental in deep penetration of mobile usage in the country.ThuJan192017
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation won the gold award in the 'Innovative use of ICT by State Government PSUs Co-operatives Federations Societies' category.
None of the state road transport organisations had hitherto bagged the national e-governance gold award since its inception; KSRTC had, however, won the silver award in 2009-10.ThuJan192017
From ‘connecting’ all its staff to taking e-commerce plunge, the organisation is blazing a new trail
The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, popularly known as Poompuhar, has bagged the National e-Governance Silver Award for the year 2016-17 for transforming the department using information technology.ThuJan192017
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is urging the government to improve the availability of affordable high-speed broadband services in regional, rural and remote areas, noting that this is a top priority in the effort to improve health outcomes in these areas.
In a new position statement, the AMA said roughly 30% of the population living outside of major metropolitan areas often struggles to access health services that urban Australians would consider a basic right.ThuJan192017
Organizers of a contest around such systems especially wanted to ensure they would be able to surmount what is perhaps the highest hurdle facing e-voting: the public’s reluctance to try something new.
In the wake of the recent election, it is clear that while the rise of electronic voting continues, public skepticism around digital balloting persists. A survey by the Democracy Fund, for example, shows 39 percent of voters were “very” or “somewhat” concerned that an electronic security breach or hack impacted national vote counts in the recent election.WedJan182017
Douglas County, Colo., is working to find better ways of sharing data both with the public and between government offices.
In Douglas County, Colo., an effort is underway, led by the elected county treasurer and assessor, to find better ways of sharing data both with the public and between government offices.WedJan182017
The number of appeals submitted to "ASAN Service", Azerbaijan’s leading e-Government institution acting on behalf and in cooperation with other state entities in public service provision, reached 13 million by late 2016, while the number of provided services hit 12,369 million.
Inam Karimov, Chairman of the State Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations under the President of Azerbaijan, made the remark while addressing a Cabinet meeting on January 10.WedJan182017
Future Market Insights (FMI), with sharp focus on emerging regions, delivers key insights on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) digital transformation market in its recent report titled “Digital Transformation Market: MENA Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 – 2020”. The MENA IT market is anticipated to grow at a single-digit CAGR during the forecast period. In contrast, the MENA digital transformation market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2020. The contribution of the MENA digital transformation market to the overall MENA IT market is likely to increase from 10% to 16% by 2020, witnessing an increase of 600 BPS.WedJan182017
Shura Council and Parliament Affairs Minister Ghanim bin Fadhul Al Buainain met CEO of Informatics and e-Government Organisation, Mohammed bin Ali Al Qaed.
The meeting reviewed the advanced stages of the "Zajil" e-correspondence system which after it was officially approved by the Ministry resulted in the achievement of considerable progress in speeding up the exchange and follow up of e-correspondence.TueJan172017
Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT Aruna Sundararajan says three EMCs will be set up in Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Anantapur
Stating that Andhra Pradesh would be in the driver’s seat of India’s digitisation campaign, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT Aruna Sundararajan said on Monday the State was set to become an electronic hub with the establishment of Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) spread across five places.TueJan172017
Demonetisation has yielded positive results as 60 per cent of terror-related violence in Jammu and Kashmir has come down and there has been a 50 per cent drop in hawala transactions, said union minister for PMO, personnel, public grievances and pensions and development of northern region Jitendra Singh.
Addressing the media on Monday at the national conference on e-Governance, the minister said most of the fake currency and hawala money were used to encouraging violence in Jammu and Kashmir and Maoist violence and unrest in the northeast region of the country.TueJan172017
When it comes to data, the research suggests government is limited not by a lack of data, but by the process and tools it uses to examine it. Before data transformations can occur in government, researchers argue the institutions using it must embrace strategic change.
In 2011, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) helped usher in the era of big data with a comprehensive report on the state of data usage. The publication foresaw data as “the next frontier for innovation,” predicting that big data would drive competition and enhance productivity in the coming decade “as long as the right policies and enablers are in place.”TueJan172017
The Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Supreme Judicial Council yesterday signed a memorandum of under-standing (MoU) to modernise and develop courts electronically. Minister of Transport and Communications and Chairman of Qatar e-GOV2020 Steering Committee, H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, and Head of the Court of Cassation and President of the Supreme Judiciary Council, Masoud Mohamed Al Amirthe, attended the signing ceremony yesterday. The MoU was signed by Khalid Sadiq Al Hashmi, Assistant Undersecretary, Cyber Security Sector at MOTC and Judge Dr Hassan Mohammed Al-Muhannadi, advisor to the President of the Supreme Judiciary Council.MonJan162017
The digital revolution is upon us. Over the years we have seen technology become embedded across many industries ranging from banking, telecommunications, retail, insurance and even Government. Kenya is no stranger to this digital revolution, with mobile money platforms allowing those who were previously financially disenfranchised access to financial services.
Kenya’s embrace of technology can also be seen in the public sector, with e-government helping provide access to services previously burdened by laborious manual processes and red tape. Kenyans will know the most infamous among these processes previously included getting a new national ID or driver’s licence.SunJan152017
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has released a draft of its e-government master plan for 2020 on its website.
The master plan was drafted in 2014 with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank. Last year, the Department of Information Technology and Cyber Security at the ministry redrafted that master plan in cooperation with foreign experts.SunJan152017
The ambitious Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) project which aims to create a comprehensive system to enhance the efficiency of policing through e-governance has lost momentum as a result of the remoteness, terrain and lack of power in several areas of Assam.
Left with little option, state police recently approached the Centre for help. "At least 374 sites have been connected using the BSNL network whereas 91 locations are working offline due to connectivity issues. The matter has been taken up with the Centre," DGP Mukesh Sahay said.SunJan152017
The district administration is all set to be conferred with the National e-Governance Award for the project G-Triangulation at the two day 20th National Conference. The conference will begin in Visakhapatnam on January 9.
G-Triangulation, the project, aimed at providing complete spatial referencing of the land holdings across the district and further validating the land holding details in Manesar. "No other state has done so many experiments in used records management. The revenue estate of Manesar.was taken up as a pilot for implementation of the project. The revenue records of 14 out of 37 villages were fully processed. The results have shown remarkable consistency in moving to a system for adoption of the method of conclusive titles," said an official.SatJan142017
HCM City authorities plan to expand e-government services this year, the vice chairman of the city’s People’s Committee said during an online conference on administrative reform on January 5.
Trần Vĩnh Tuyến said the city targeted having 40-50 per cent of public services online this year, with all state agencies from the city to grassroots levels setting up a system to collect opinions from the public.SatJan142017
A broader range of activities online has been made easier with 100 government services added to the National Information Network, says a deputy at the Information Technology Organization, Reza Bagheri Asl.
The National Information Network was launched in August 2016 as an alternative independent network with content compatible with Islamic values. It facilitates access to indigenously produced content, cuts costs and improves the quality of services offered to Iranian Internet users.FriJan132017
A national web search engine may be created in Azerbaijan to provide information security (InfoSec) in the country.
A source in the country’s ICT market told Trend that local IT companies are ready to render necessary assistance to developers.
A search engine, a web-based tool, enables users to locate information on the World Wide Web. The creation of the national search system in the country requires relevant hardware and data storage system.FriJan132017
e-Government services provider gets mandate for online renewal of temporary permits for foreign workers
Malaysia’s leading e-government services provider My E.G. Services Bhd (MyEG) landed another contract related to the foreign workers permit.
The company, which already has the mandate for the online renewal of foreign workers permit, was given the job to handle the renewal of temporary employment pass for foreign workers (PLKS).FriJan132017
Andhra Pradesh or AP is the youngest state in India. Formed after the bifurcation of Telangana in 2014, the current state has some 13 districts making it the eighth largest state in India in terms of area. Yet, AP was also the first state in independent India, when the country was reorganised on a linguistic basis. It was in 1953, that AP was first carved out of the erstwhile Madras State. Thus, AP, paradoxically, is the youngest and the oldest state in India.ThuJan122017
Besides other priorities that will shape activities in the information and communications technology sector in 2017, stakeholders are also pushing for the Nigerian Local Content Development Law, writes Emma Okonji
Although 2016 was perceived as a tough year for telecoms and information technology (IT) business, ICT stakeholders are of the view that 2017 could be a better year if certain critical measures are put in place by government to drive development of the industry. Among all identified factors that will shape ICT activities in 2017, the Nigerian Local Content Development, topped the agenda.ThuJan122017
Maharashtra’s motor vehicle department (MVD) is in the process of adopting a digital and cashless platform — much like those seen at passport offices — to register vehicles and issue driving licences.
However, the move has worried those who do not have smartphones or an internet connection at home.ThuJan122017
From flood control in Texas, to wildlife protection in Florida to earthquake alerts in Los Angeles, the IoT is making connections in the public sector.
In the Internet of Things, the large, cutting-edge projects usually get the most attention.
In the public sector, headlines are dominated by infrastructure projects like sensors in roads that help manage traffic or smart meters used by utilities to save energy.WedJan112017
Until now, not much was known about Sokoto’s huge investment in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. But that situation changed when it defeated 35 other states in the country to win the prestigious award of Best State in e-Governance at the 2016 E-Nigeria Expo and Conference. The award, instituted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), recognises and promotes excellence in governance through ICT.WedJan112017
The Ministry of Economy this year's meeting of January 3, informed the Cabinet of the Ministry of workshops organized by the European Union and the Single Digital Single Market issues identified Latvian interests and recommended measures at the national level.
Latvia is interested in full-fledged functioning of the EU Single Market and implementation of measures that will improve the Latvian entrepreneurs in the EU single market. Contributing to the EU and the Single Digital Single Market integration and removing non-tariff barriers, Latvian benefits in the medium term can be up to 3% of gross domestic product growth of 9% and an increase in trade with the EU countries.TueJan102017
Shared services succeeds when local governments follow certain best practices and focus on the right technologies.
The lack of shared IT resources at the local level stems from several factors. Common roadblocks often center around concerns with liability, accountability and autonomy, according to a report written by Tim Hoefer and Michael Wright of the Empire Center, a think tank based in Albany, N.Y. The result is that local governments may be only willing to enter low-risk agreements, which likely will result in modest cost savings.TueJan102017
For the last several years, people have been able to listen live over the internet whenever the Kansas House or Senate met in session. But starting in this month, they'll have even more access as committee rooms in the Kansas Statehouse go live with streaming audio.
But there are no immediate plans to begin streaming video, something that state officials say would be too costly.TueJan102017
The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) and Information Technology Authority (ITA) on Monday signed a RO3.75mn worth contract with Nortal for the development of work licences system.
The agreement was signed by H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA and Priit Alamäe, CEO of Nortal of Estonia, the contractor for the project, stated a press release. The agreement is for a period of two years with additional three years for the technical follow-up. H E Bakri said, “The agreement complements the e-government initiative implemented by the ministries and public organisations to turn e-government into reality.”TueJan102017
No other state in India has a data portal as comprehensive or transparent as Andhra Pradesh’s
As cyclone Hudhud raged on 12 October 2014, a different storm was brewing within the leadership of the newly formed state. Andhra Pradesh was still recovering from an unsavoury separation with Telangana, along with a large revenue deficit. Despite such challenges, the vision set out by the chief minister and his team was ambitious. Around the same time as the cyclone, Nara Chandrababu Naidu announced his vision for Andhra Pradesh to become one of the three best states in India by 2022 and the best state in terms of inclusive development by 2029. In November 2014, Naidu visited Singapore, where the idea of an investment promotion and monitoring body like the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore was conceived. In addition, to better monitor the recovery process following Hudhud, the chief minister asked his state planning department to put together a real-time dashboard, which would evolve into the Core Dashboard, a one-stop portal for real-time tracking of almost everything that the government does in Andhra Pradesh.TueJan102017
Government initiatives and the involvement of research and development, the academe, start-ups and enterprises are driving an innovation boom in India and communication technology is acting as a backbone for the digitization process in India, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.
“Current government programs, adoption of digitization, and developments in mobile payment applications and m-services are ripe to change the country’s information communication and technology (ICT) landscape,” said TechVision Industry Analyst Swapnadeep Nayak.TueJan102017
The UK Government Office for Science has published a report entitled “Artificial intelligence: opportunities and implications for the future of decision making”.
The report focuses on several significant areas: What benefits will AI bring for society and government? What are the effects of AI on the labour market? How do we manage ethical and legal challenges from the use of AI?MonJan092017
A country’s Policy formulation is not an easy task as it needs an entire sector to work hard and come up with something that can uplift a country’s overall performance. After formulation of a policy, the next important thing is its implementation without which, even a well-devised policy will simply lose its worth. Focusing primarily on the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sector, we must accept that due to the emerging technological advancements, IT has become an integral part for the progress of all sectors and industries be it health, education, governance etc. Therefore, it requires even greater attention on policy implementation. Draft National IT Policy 2016: Will IT Deliver?