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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thu
    Nov
    23
    2017
    Oman Blockchain Symposium Indicates Adoption Growth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    To invite scholars from A-Pac region

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Broadband initiative crucial for growth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    Nov
    05
    2017
    Transforming Guyana’s IT Sector NDMA Completes specialised technical training for staff, increases number of eGovernment ICT hubs countrywide

    As government seeks to develop both our human and infrastructural capabilities, the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), under the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, is striving to fulfill its mandate by focusing on using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to achieve these goals.

    In terms of building capacity to ensure that the eGovernment Network is operated and managed effectively, 25 staff of the NDMA, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Ministry of Natural Resources underwent a series of extensive specialised technical training. Over the past weeks representatives of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. trained participants in effective ways of operating and maintaining the eGovernment network infrastructure, specifically: installation and configuration, architecture, design, troubleshooting and other advanced topics related to enterprise, wireless and transmission networks.

  • Sat
    Nov
    04
    2017
    GB: As the civil service starts to grow again Conservatives must remember our mission to reduce bureaucracy

    The Daily Mail reports this morning that the civil service has been increasing in size:

    “The surge in bureaucrats is led by the Department for International Development (DfID) which has almost 39 per cent more staff than seven years ago. While there were 1,600 civil servants at the ministry in the summer of 2010, there are now 2,220. This is the largest increase across all departments. In a sign that austerity is coming to an end, latest figures show that across Whitehall there are more than 390,000 officials, up 2 per cent over the past year. The Institute for Government think tank, which has analysed the official statistics, say staff numbers have increased for four quarters in a row for the first time since at least 2010.”

  • Sat
    Nov
    04
    2017
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: CM inaugurates e-office

    Advocating transparency in the government working Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated e-office under which 22 departments including Chief Minister’s office and Chief Secretary’s office have been digitally linked.

    “This is the first step in bringing transparency in government working. The officers will become more accountable and people will be able to know progress of their file,” Yogi said while inaugurating e-office service here on Friday.

  • Sat
    Nov
    04
    2017
    IN: Chhattisgarh: CM launches new online services for subsidies & exemptions

    Chief Minister Raman Singh launched the new online services for subsidies and exemptions provided by the Department of Commerce & Industries on Thursday.

    The State Government has been a flag bearer in utilizing digital technology in bringing transparency and improving the efficiencies of the existing systems. Chhattisgarh had adopted e-procurement in the year 2007. Chhattisgarh has been consistently ranked 4th in Ease of Doing Business for the past two consecutive years, an official press release informed.

  • Fri
    Nov
    03
    2017
    Estonia – making the case for the free movement of data

    Estonia is making efforts to start the process that could eventually lead to the point where no country can impose restrictive measures to the free flow of data across the European Union member states’ borders – it is called the fifth freedom of the EU, the free movement of data between the members of the bloc.

    “Today, data has become the coal and steel of the digital society,” the Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, said in July at the Digital Single Market Conference (DSM) in Tallinn. One key focus of Estonia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union has been the concept of the free movement of data. The DSM conference gave a concrete introduction of the idea, with politicians, researchers, industry leaders and digital pioneers carefully laying out the benefits and importance of the freedom of cross-border data exchange.

  • Fri
    Nov
    03
    2017
    IN: Odisha Pioneering Cashless Transactions

    The Electronics & Information Technology Department is the nodal department for Government of Odisha in the matters of IT, ITES and Communication. The department plays a vital role in formulating and implementing policy matters for information technology, ITES and electronics promotion of the State. Ashok Kumar Meena, Commissionercum-Secretary, Electronics & Information Technology Department of Odisha shares the new policies, plans and strategies undertaken by the State government to promote growth in IT, ITES and ESDM sector in Odisha, in conversation with Biswajit Sahoo of Elets News Network (ENN).

  • Fri
    Nov
    03
    2017
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Balrampur Goes Digital

    Common service centers have been set up for the facilities of villagers in all the panchayats of Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur district. Services like digital payment facilities, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), recharge etc, for which villagers had to travel long distances wasting their time and money, are now getting all these facilities at the Gram Panchayat level, says Awanish Kumar Sharan, District Magistrate, Balrampur, Chhattisgarh, in conversation with Susmriti Sahu of Elets News Network (ENN).

    “District Balrampur is the first district in the State where common service centres were set up for the facilities of rural citizens. Rural masses started getting income, caste, residence certificate and other facilities at the village panchayat level only thereby saving them from undue inconvenience.”

  • Fri
    Nov
    03
    2017
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Seamless sharing of Aadhaar details to become a reality

    Databases of different government departments to be synchronised soon.

    The Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency has authorised the use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of individuals for various government schemes.

    According to a notification issued by the Commissioner of e-Governance, residents can register their Aadhaar numbers with the State Resident Data Hub (SRDH) portal and give their consent for sharing of the details with other departments. In case of changes, the same shall be carried out in the databases of the respective departments too.

  • Fri
    Nov
    03
    2017
    IN: Punjab: Barnala district administration launches mobile App ‘eBarnala’

    Aiming a transparent governance, Barnala district administration on Friday launched its first mobile app named 'eBarnala'. The Mobile App is targeted towards implementation of Government to Citizen (G2C) model of e-Governance. Everyone who is having a simple mobile phone can download this app from the Google Play Store and App Store for iOS.

    The app provides contact details of employees of various departments like police, health, education, revenue and welfare to facilitate every citizen to contact the concerned directly. Every citizen will now be able to have the official contact details of his Tehsildar, Kanungo, SDM by simply selecting the revenue department and by selecting his village. Similarly, they will be able to get the details of concerned JE of PWD and Irrigation department, SHO, DSP etc. This App will also provide Google directions of the concerned office.

  • Thu
    Nov
    02
    2017
    AE: Dubai government service centres to go online-only on October 26

    Don't be surprised if all government service centres are closed on Thursday, October 26. This day has been set as 'A Day Without Service Centres' by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

    But, government services are still in full swing, albeit only online. This means that more than 950 government services from 33 public entities and a number of private sector entities, in more than 100 governmental service centres, will be delivered on October 26 through smart channels only (see box for participating entities).

  • Thu
    Nov
    02
    2017
    US: Technology Is Key to Local Citizen Engagement

    The mayors of Austin, Texas, Louisville, Ky., and Raleigh, N.C., hope their successful resident engagement projects will serve as guides for other major cities across the country.

    It is so important for Americans across the country to engage with their government, and so far this year more and more citizens are seeking ways to engage in civic life.

  • Thu
    Nov
    02
    2017
    EU: The Tallinn Declaration promises a digital future for Europeans

    By signing the Tallinn Declaration, all member states of the European Union agree on common goals for e-government development over the next five years, providing direction for both national and pan-European innovation.

    While Estonia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2017, the country is pushing a digital agenda. On 6 October, all member states of the EU, together with the European Free Trade Association countries Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, signed the Tallinn e-government declaration in the Estonian capital.

  • Thu
    Nov
    02
    2017
    FR: Digital technology – Congress on the Digital Transition in Africa (Paris, 25-27 October 2017)

    The Sixth Annual Congress on the Digital Transition in Africa is being held in Paris from October 25 to 27.

    Since 2011, this conference has brought together the main decision-makers of the African digital ecosystem. For three days, 1,000 participants from all over the continent, decision-makers from the public and private sectors, ministerial delegations, and corporate and civil society representatives, will discuss the role of digital technology in Africa and the opportunities for personal services, the strengthening of democracy through e-government, and economic growth.

  • Thu
    Nov
    02
    2017
    PK: Computerisation of land record in capital still a far cry

    ADC (Revenue) Waqar Cheema says software built for the purpose was incompatible with servers provided

    Islooites will have to wait, God knows better how long, to acquire computerised copies of documents related to the sale, purchase and transfer of land as the previous progress on the project has become irrelevant due to continuous delay of over a decade.

    In 2006, the project was launched by E-government Directorate of the Ministry of Information Technology to digitise land record of 112 revenue estates under the ambit of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

  • Thu
    Nov
    02
    2017
    Ghana needs to transform into a nation of innovators – Dr Omaboe

    The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) has indicated its willingness to continue to work with government to implement initiatives that will transform the country from a passive technology consumer to one of innovations.

    The Executive Chairman of GCNet, Dr. Nortey Omaboe, who made the call, said the technology landscape was experiencing rapid transformation, which required the collaboration between governments and private sector technology experts to keep pace with the transformation.

  • Thu
    Nov
    02
    2017
    IN: Kerala's Kavanur village adopts e-governance project, first in the country to get ISO 9001 certification

    When the government of Kerala selected the backward Muslim-majority Malappuram district for the pilot implementation of its ambitious total e-literacy drive in 2002, many had expressed doubts about its success.

    But the district, with one of the lowest literacy rates in the state, proved the sceptics wrong and achieved the rare distinction of being India's first e-literate district 16 months later, with more than 90 percent of families connected through a network of about 600 e-centres called Akshaya.

  • Wed
    Nov
    01
    2017
    VN: Hà Nội seeks support over smart city initiative

    Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee, Nguyễn Đức Chung, on Tuesday worked with the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) to turn the capital into a smart city.

    Hà Nội has been working towards its smart city initiative since 2014.

  • Wed
    Nov
    01
    2017
    VN: Ho Chi Minh City hosts international conference on smart city development

    ver 500 delegates, from countries and territories throughout the world, that have experience in smart urban development joined local authorities and IT experts at an international seminar on the theme, which opened in Ho Chi Minh City, on October 25.

    Hosted by the city’s Department of Information and Communications, in collaboration with Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) and Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO), the Smart City 2017 event aims to share visions, strategies and experience on smart urban construction, while delivering smart urban development solutions and planning based on advanced technologies, such as IoT and Big Data.

  • Wed
    Nov
    01
    2017
    US: Alabama: Rural Health: Connecting Doctors and Patients

    All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’ve been looking at rural health care. Advocates of rural health in Alabama say one of the biggest issues is access to health care in rural areas. The state is facing a massive shortage of physicians, and the doctors we do have are largely concentrated in metropolitan areas.

    The situation gets worse when it comes to specialty and subspecialty care. The vast majority of the state’s specialists are in Birmingham, Huntsville or Mobile. But doctors are now starting to use technology to bring specialty care into rural Alabama.

  • Tue
    Oct
    31
    2017
    SK: Interior Ministry deactivates services requiring e-signature

    The reason is a vulnerability in the chips that are used in Slovak ID cards

    The state is temporarily suspending electronic government services (eGovernment) that require the use of a secured electronic signature. The reason for this step is that the certification authority cancelled the validity of their security certificate, the State Secretary of the Interior Ministry, Denisa Saková, announced on Monday, October 23.

  • Tue
    Oct
    31
    2017
    Another bank joins Azerbaijan's E-government portal

    Azerbaijan's AFB Bank OJSC has started to issue e-references through the 'Electronic Government' portal (e-gov.az), the Information and Computing Center of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies told Trend Oct. 24.

    One can use the service via "E-reference on citizens' personal data" section.

  • Tue
    Oct
    31
    2017
    Dutch govt digital maturity improves to 75%

    The Dutch government's digital maturity has reached 75 percent, up 4 percent points from 2016, according to a briefing by the interior minister to parliament. The indicator rose 17 points from 2014, when the first measurement was conducted on only municipal, provincial and watershed authorities.

    The digital maturity measures e-government services, such as online forms and the DigiD. The minister said the latest results show the level of digital services had reached a good level, in line with the government's targets.

  • Tue
    Oct
    31
    2017
    MEA: Increasing Investment by Government on Digital Solution and Services are Likely to Impel the Growth of Middle East & Africa Digital Transformation Market in Future, According to Research Nester

    The global Middle East & Africa digital transformation market is segmented into digital software such as digital content and application, digital sales and commerce, digital marketing, digital customer experience & service and digital integration platform. Among these segments, digital integration platform segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment in the market by the end of forecast period. The expansion of the digital integration segment is backed by its compact and lightweight design. Moreover, it can be used in areas of adventures and harsh conditions owing to its rugged and waterproof design.

  • Tue
    Oct
    31
    2017
    Azerbaijan prepares strategy for development of ICT in 2018-2021

    A strategy for the development of information and communication technologies for 2018-2021 has been prepared in Azerbaijan, according to the concept and forecast indicators of economic and social development for 2018 and the next three years, submitted to the Azerbaijani parliament.

    It is based on the national strategy for development of information society in Azerbaijan for 2014-2020, which envisages the formation of an effective mechanism to carry out reforms for the future development of industry.

  • Mon
    Oct
    30
    2017
    Asia Pacific Region: Open source innovation in the public sector

    With digitalization, open source technology is gaining momentum and governments are increasingly embracing open source solutions. In open government initiatives, open source has led to greater citizen participation and contribution. eGov Innovation speaks to Damien Wong, Vice President & General Manager ASEAN, Red Hat, on how government agencies can tap on open source to foster innovation, accelerate digital transformation and benefit citizens.

  • Mon
    Oct
    30
    2017
    IN: In big relief, Smart Cities delayed projects to get a foreign booster; find out how

    Ministry of housing and urban affairs will get experts in planning and development of smart cities from France in order to bring the delayed smart city projects on fast track. “French President will visit India in the month of December this year and agreement on many projects including smart city will be on the agenda. French participation in smart city projects of India is likely to be announced in December this year,” a senior government official said. The French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to visit India in December.

  • Mon
    Oct
    30
    2017
    IE: Government plans €200,000 public services card campaign

    Departments want to increase uptake and counteract ‘negative’ media coverage

    The Government is to launch a €200,000 radio and online advertising campaign to promote the public services card and to address concerns reported in the media in recent months.

    The Department of Public Expenditure and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer are seeking tenders for a media strategy and creative campaign to encourage uptake of the card, particularly among young people and men of working age.

  • Mon
    Oct
    30
    2017
    Switzerland expected to adopt e-Gov strategy update sooner than planned

    The Swiss Government is expected to adopt an update to the currently valid e-Gov Strategy one year sooner than originally planned, reported Inside-IT.ch. The current strategy was adopted in 2016 for the period until the end of 2019.

    The Ministry of Finance wants to update the strategy, so that the new one can go in effect from the beginning of 2019. The ministry is working on the development of framework conditions, such as interoperability, data security, as well as the basic infrastructure, including electronic identity.

  • Mon
    Oct
    30
    2017
    Ghana To Establish Top Of The World Cyber Security Centre

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said his government intends to establish a National Cyber Security Centre, to liaise with relevant state agencies and the private sector to oversee cyber security operations at the national level.

    According to the President, the national identification system, the digital addressing system, e-payments, digital financial services as well as the various e-government initiatives being initiated by the government, could be adversely affected by cyber crime, hence the need for such a centre.

  • Sun
    Oct
    29
    2017
    US: Kansas Health Providers, Insurers Clash On Telemedicine

    A committee of the Kansas Legislature examined complexities Friday of expanding the reach of telemedicine despite apprehension among insurance companies about reimbursement costs for care.

    More than 30 states, including four that border Kansas, have sought to improve access to health care in rural areas by enacting laws requiring insurance plans to cover delivery of remote medical services provided via telecommunications systems.

  • Sun
    Oct
    29
    2017
    US: Employers make a big push for telehealth

    As Hurricane Irma lashed Orlando, Fla., last month, Amanda Leite needed a doctor for her 4-year-old daughter, who had a fever.

    Finding a pediatrician’s office with both electricity and a doctor on call was not an option. Neither was breaking curfew to get to an emergency room.

  • Sun
    Oct
    29
    2017
    Indian, Russian firms sign an agreement to cooperate in smart city projects, cyber security and e-governance

    Indian and Russian firms have signed an agreement to cooperate in Information Technology and the projects in the agreement include cooperation in Smart City projects, cyber security and e-governance, officials said.

    The agreements were signed by Russian RusITExport (RITE), a key integrator of top Russian IT solutions in the global market, and Indian firm Aark Infosoft Pvt Ltd for development of complex IT projects in India.

  • Sat
    Oct
    28
    2017
    CN: Hong Kong to roll out electronic identification in two years to boost e-transactions

    But will city make the same mistakes it did in similar plan 17 years ago?

    The government’s HK$100 million plan to issue “electronic identification” for Hong Kong residents to allow easier access to online public and commercial services parallels a similar plan unveiled 17 years ago that never took off as hoped.

  • Sat
    Oct
    28
    2017
    IN: Govt to set up 7.5 lakh public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2018-end

    The government has decided to give a major push to Wi-Fi deployment across the length and breadth of the country and will facilitate the setting up of as many as 7.5 lakh public-internet hotpots by the end of next year.

    The rollout — mainly focussed at providing high-speed internet in semi-urban and rural areas — will be carried out by private operators such as Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and state-owned BSNL, apart from internet service providers (ISPs), Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.

  • Sat
    Oct
    28
    2017
    IN: How Karnataka’s IT hub is readying for the future

    Even as enterprises rethink technology and IT services to digitise and define innovative business models, Karnataka’s IT sector is helping usher in a new era of technology.

    Karnataka has always been known for its technical prowess. Its foundations were laid in the erstwhile Mysore State by one of the greatest Indian engineers of all time, Sir M Visvesvaraya.

  • Sat
    Oct
    28
    2017
    US: Cybersecurity remains a major focus at the top of OPM

    Cybersecurity hasn’t always been a top priority for the director of the Office of Personnel Management, but since the massive data breaches at the agency in 2015, it persists as an issue that defines the role.

    As President Donald Trump’s nominee to head OPM, Jeff T.H. Pon spent much of his nomination hearing Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee answering questions about the state of OPM’s cybersecurity in the wake of those breaches. Two years after, the agency’s inspector general found this summer that it’s still struggling with “significant problems” in security assessment and authorization methodology.

  • Fri
    Oct
    27
    2017
    US: Making the Most of Data: Internal, External Partners at the Table in Indiana

    Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah discusses how Indiana works to get data to out of government silos and into the hands of groups that can use it.

    Indiana’s Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah wants to get the most out of the state’s Management and Performance Hub (MPH), not only to make sure internal operations run as smoothly as possible, but also to see that Indiana’s wealth of information is being put to use for the people of the state. Shah talked to Government Technology at the NASCIO conference in Austin earlier this month.

  • Fri
    Oct
    27
    2017
    US: Philadelphia Kicks Off Smart City Planning Workshop

    Philadelphia hosted a SmartCityPHL Readiness Workshop to hear from city leaders, businesses, civic organizations and other groups for feedback as the city develops a smart city strategic plan.

    Philadelphia wants to hear from an entire cross-section of the community as it develops a "road map" to deploy smart cities technologies.

    To start this listening tour, the city hosted a SmartCityPHL Readiness Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 12. The day-long event brought out roughly 160 representatives representing city leaders, businesses, civic organizations and other groups, said Ellen Hwang, program manager for Philadelphia's Innovation Management office. The workshop was part of its process to develop a road map for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment.

  • Fri
    Oct
    27
    2017
    EU leaders agree to speed up work on Digital Single Market legislation

    EU leaders have agreed to speed up digital policy-making and agreed at their summit in Brussels to complete the Digital Single Market legislation by the end of 2018.

    Despite considerable progress, work in this area needs to be accelerated in order to meet this deadline, the European Council said in a statement. The Council of telecom ministers will discuss at its next meeting 24 October how to accelerate the process and prioritise work on the Digital Single Market.

  • Fri
    Oct
    27
    2017
    VN: Dak Lak launches online single-window administrative services

    The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, on October 20, launched a system that offers online single-window administrative services to its residents.

    The move is in line with the Government’s Resolution No 36a on e-government, which was issued on October 14, 2015.

  • Thu
    Oct
    26
    2017
    EU encryption plans hope to stave off ‘backdoors’

    EU can help break encrypted messages but countries want more.

    The European Union will boost its law enforcement agency and free up funding to help police break encryption for investigations, but the move is unlikely to satisfy Europe’s most powerful governments that want broad access to chat messages and data.

    The Commission said Wednesday it wants to create a “toolbox” to help national law enforcement break encryption, provide up €500,000 to train European police and boost its police agency Europol’s ability to hack into phones, computers and private messages.

  • Thu
    Oct
    26
    2017
    AU: ​OAIC received 114 voluntary data breach notifications in 2016-17

    The office led by Information and Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim received 114 voluntary data breach notifications, 35 mandatory digital health data notifications, and 2,494 privacy-related complaints during the 12-month period.# During the 2016-17 financial year, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received a total of 114 voluntary data beach notifications, with a further 35 mandatory digital health data breach notifications also reported, the agency's 2016-17 Annual Report [PDF] has revealed.

  • Thu
    Oct
    26
    2017
    US: Why telehealth is fueling the move towards micro-hospitals

    The technology is helping facility operators provide faster, more personalized service

    The growth of micro-hospitals, where small neighborhood hospitals offer care tailored to the specific needs of a community, has been dramatic in recent years. And companies that are building and operating these facilities are relying on telemedicine to help them provide faster, more personalized service.

    Cited as a new trend in healthcare in U.S. News and World Report, micro-hospitals -- sometimes called neighborhood or community hospitals -- typically have eight to 10 short-stay beds and provide the inpatient care, emergency care, imaging and lab services typically performed in larger hospitals. Some also offer outpatient surgery.

  • Thu
    Oct
    26
    2017
    US: Report: Nearly every state has updated its telehealth legislation since last year

    As telehealth becomes more prevalent among US healthcare institutions, states are rolling out or modifying their laws to better define regulatory frameworks specifically affecting remote delivery of care. In fact, every state but Connecticut and Massachusetts has made substantive legal changes to how telehealth is delivered in the past year, with some taking specific actions to better define the path of mental health-focused treatment, according to recent data on telemental regulations released by healthcare and life sciences firm Epstein Becker Green.

  • Wed
    Oct
    25
    2017
    US: Dakotas: Using Technology to Improve Rural Health Care

    Providing health care in rural regions presents unique challenges. For some patients, the closest doctor may be a three-hour drive. Clinicians seeking an expert consult may find there’s no appropriate specialist within 100 miles. And vast distance can hinder the dissemination of best practices and coordination of care. At Sanford Health, one of the largest rural health-care-delivery systems, we’ve tackled this challenge by leveraging an array of technologies to provide high-value care to a population of around 2 million, dispersed across 300,000 square miles in the Dakotas. We’ve adopted a single electronic medical record (EMR) platform, embraced telehealth technologies, developed enterprise-wide departments, and committed to data transparency.

  • Wed
    Oct
    25
    2017
    CN: Building Hong Kong as a leading smart city

    This year’s policy address actively fosters innovation and technology development with eight specific proposals. It is gratifying to see that the Chief Executive has fulfilled her promise in the election campaign: to act as a “facilitator” and “promoter” in innovation and technology development.

    The eight proposals are quite comprehensive, covering nurturing and attracting talent, increasing public and private sector research resources, opening government data, and revising outdated regulations that impede the development of innovation and technology. The Government will also increase investment in trying new services, while the Efficiency Unit will merge with the Innovation and Technology Bureau to form a stronger team to promote innovation and effective use of technology within the Government. It is even more encouraging that the Chief Executive will chair an internal Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology, to steer collaboration and participation across bureau and departments with effect from the most senior level on the smart city related policies.

  • Wed
    Oct
    25
    2017
    US: Florida: Report Charts Course To Expand Telehealth

    The state Telehealth Advisory Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a final report and legislative recommendations to remove barriers to the use of telehealth.

    Council Chairman Justin Senior, secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration, thanked panel members for their work over the last year and warned them not to get discouraged if the Legislature doesn't turn the proposals into law.

  • Tue
    Oct
    24
    2017
    GB: 5 Key Trends Helping to Drive Successful Digital Change

    Vodafone explores the trends enabling digital change to be expanded and accelerated across government

    The UK boasts one of the world’s most advanced digital governments. In terms of open data for example, the UK is a global leader. And in 2016, the UK was top of the United Nations E-Government survey, which measures e-government effectiveness in delivering basic economic and social services across a range of sectors, including education and health.

  • Tue
    Oct
    24
    2017
    US: Can Government Change the Online Citizen Experience?

    State and local governments have poured time and money into online services, but while some work, others fail miserably. Understanding citizen behavior is the key to success.

    For New York state, tax collection is a very big business. In Fiscal 2016-2017, the state collected $71.2 billion in taxes and fees, including $47.6 billion in personal taxes. Like government tax and revenue agencies at every level, New York wants to automate the collection of revenue as much as possible.

  • Tue
    Oct
    24
    2017
    US: Doing Away with Government Forms

    Limiting the amount of paperwork residents have to fill out could make for easier, more efficient service.

    Few would consider forms a particularly exciting area of opportunity for government innovation. And yet, here’s a solution that would probably spark the interest of anyone who’s ever waited in line at the DMV: Let’s get rid of them.

  • Tue
    Oct
    24
    2017
    UNDP to work on strengthening of E-Governance in Uzbekistan

    Minfinkom and UNDP have launched a joint project “Public Administration Reforms and Digital Transformation”. This new initiative is aimed at assisting the government in carrying out reforms in the field of public administration and providing quality public services, the UNDP said in press release.

    The joint project on public administration reforms will operate from October 2017-December 2020. The total budget amounts to USD 1,200,000.

  • Mon
    Oct
    23
    2017
    AU: CIOs and the transition to digital government

    Ongoing economic uncertainty and a slowdown in government technology investment continue to delay or limit the adoption of digital innovation and radically redesigned service models.

    But CIOs at all levels of government can help ease the path.

    Part of the problem is that the structure of government has remained largely unchanged for more than half a century, while the needs and expectations of citizens and businesses have outpaced the ability to adequately address them.

  • Mon
    Oct
    23
    2017
    Mohammad Bin Rashid launches UAE Artificial Intelligence strategy

    The strategy was launched to boost government performance and boost rate of accomplishing achievements

    The UAE Artificial Intelligence strategy was launched to boost government performance, the rate of accomplishing achievements.

    The strategy will create a highly productive innovative environment by investing in advanced technologies and AI tools that will be implemented in all fields of work.

  • Mon
    Oct
    23
    2017
    DE: City of Munich poised to migrate back to Windows, throwing out both Linux and Libre Office

    "The operation of the non-uniform client landscape can no longer be made cost-efficient," admits German city council

    The City of Munich is planning to complete a reversion to Windows and Office, with City councillors poised to vote in favour of ditching the bespoke Linux system implemented from 2004.

  • Sun
    Oct
    22
    2017
    Need of ICT development for making 'digital Nepal' stressed

    Minister of Information and Communications, Mohan Bahadur Basnet has returned home on Sunday after taking part in the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in Buenos Aires, Argentine.

    Talking to journalists at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival home, Minister Basnet said the conference held important discussions on the new technological advances in the telecommunication sector in various countries, successes, and exchange of practices.

  • Sun
    Oct
    22
    2017
    Botswana urged to build digital libraries in schools

    School libraries in Botswana need data connection to make the transition to open access, a senior lecturer at the University of Botswana said Saturday.

    Speaking at the 2017 International School Libraries Day celebration in Francistown, some 430km northeast of the capital, Gaborone, Boemo Jorosi said e-learning and related approaches are key tools to reviving the culture of reading.

  • Sun
    Oct
    22
    2017
    LK: The state is always watching

    Sri Lanka has been issuing National Identity Cards (NICs) to its citizens for 45 years now, but the government’s recent push for an electronic version with biometrics is making privacy advocates uneasy about the extent of information the state wants in its database.

    In February, the country’s Right to Information Act came into force, drawing praise for the government’s efforts to promote transparency. Six months later, the government presented to Parliament regulations for creating a central electronic database of citizens that officials with wide-ranging powers will be able to access.

  • Sat
    Oct
    21
    2017
    Estonia's Top Futurist Explains How Tech will Make Countries Obsolete

    The country's very own cryptocurrency is just the start.

    Kaspar Korjus has big plans for Estonia’s future. He’s the managing director of the country’s e-Residency initiative, a futuristic idea that made headlines in 2014 for allowing anyone in the world to become a virtual resident and start a company. Now, Korjus has a bigger goal in mind: to become the world’s first country with its very own cryptocurrency.

    The “ambitious new proposal,” outlined in a Medium post in August, would expand on the idea behind e-Residency, which has already seen over 20,000 people sign up. With Estcoin, anyone could invest in Estonia, using something similar to Bitcoin.

  • Sat
    Oct
    21
    2017
    The GCC is in Tech Transformation Mode

    From less traffic congestion on roads to connected healthcare systems, smart cities are moving to revolutionize the way the region functions

    The GCC region has been witnessing transformation on an unprecedented scale in the last few years, with economic challenges and technological progress having a combined effect on the nature of change.

  • Fri
    Oct
    20
    2017
    Digital India to provide 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025: K.J. Alphons

    Digital India program has the potential to provide an incremental 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025, since its launch in July 2015, significant progress has been made in several initiatives under Digital India, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Mr K.J. Alphons said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.

    Several of the flagship projects under the program have now moved from the planning phase to the execution phase. The progress made in these projects and across the three vision areas of Digital India has started to show an impact on the lives of citizens and on businesses, said Mr K.J. Alphons, Minister of State, Ministry of Tourism (I/C) & Ministry of Electronics and IT while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM 13th National Summit on e-Governance & Digital India.

  • Fri
    Oct
    20
    2017
    IN: Maharashtra: Data entry operators start fast unto death over payment

    There are a total of 23,500 data entry operators across the 27,000 gram panchayats in the state. The data entry operators play an important role in e-governance at the village level.

    Data entry operators in 27,000 gram panchayats across the state started a fast unto death on Thursday, demanding release of payments for the past six months, a fixed honorarium, timely payment and reinstatement of 3,000 operators whose services had been terminated. The data operators said they have been on an indefinite strike since September 25 but the Rural Development Department did not resolve any of the issues.

  • Fri
    Oct
    20
    2017
    IN: Andhra Pradesh bets big on Blockchain for e-governance security

    With the aim to make e-governance more robust, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that state will use blockchain technology for e-governance

    With the aim to make e-governance more robust, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that state will use blockchain technology for e-governance. While speaking at event in Vizag, the CM said that Blockchain is going to be the future of e-governance in India.

  • Fri
    Oct
    20
    2017
    AE: Set digital objectives for the future, experts advise at Gitex

    As Gitex Technology Week 2017 drew to a close on Thursday, experts across various sectors noted that it was imperative that companies set digital objectives for themselves in an increasingly technological world.

    Smart Dubai, which has long held synergistic and cooperative relationships with a diverse spectrum of Dubai Government bodies and private companies, showcased a wide variety of new innovations and tech at its pavilion during the event. As many as 50 public and private entities highlighted upwards of 200 innovative smart services that tap cutting-edge Fourth-Industrial-Revolution technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual and augmented reality. The exhibits reflected the six key objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021, including smart living, smart environment, smart mobility, and smart governance.

  • Fri
    Oct
    20
    2017
    Veridos to deliver electronic ID cards to Zambia

    Veridos has won a contract with The Republic of Zambia to deliver polycarbonate electronic ID cards to the country.

    Based on the German eID card concept, there is a contactless security chip embedded in the new ID card which supports multiple applications for biometric identification, authentication, and digital signature services. International standards including X.509 certificates for secure authentication are applied and biometric information is stored on the card

  • Thu
    Oct
    19
    2017
    NG: ICT expert tasks FG on digital inclusion

    Mr Jide Awe, the Chairman Conference Committee, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) on Wednesday said proper implementation of government policies would aid digital inclusion in the country.

    Awe, an ICT expert made this known in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.

    He said that apart from the country’s present policies being improperly implemented, some of them were not in tune with current realities as such it had not meaningfully impacted the populace.

  • Thu
    Oct
    19
    2017
    EU: #BroadbandPlatform: Cities and regions join forces with Commission to narrow digital divide

    The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) launched a joint platform today to help high-speed broadband reach all European regions, including rural and sparsely populated areas where there is not enough market-driven development. The first meeting of the Broadband Platform took place in Brussels in the presence of the Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz and local and regional politicians from EU member states.

    The new platform aims to contribute to the deployment of faster, better and sustainable high-speed broadband in all European regions, working towards eliminating the digital divide due to geographical location or market failure. Topics discussed included governance, policy and technology choices, regulatory framework and financial opportunities. In the inaugural meeting, there was particular focus on the WiFi4EU initiative which aims to provide free wireless connectivity in public spaces everywhere in Europe.

  • Thu
    Oct
    19
    2017
    Europe Pledges Support for Open Source Government Solutions

    European Union & EFTA nations recognize open source software as a key driver of government digital transformation.

    It was thus fitting that Estonia, the current EU presidency, brought together Ministers from 32 countries (under the umbrellas of the EU and European Free Trade Association) to adopt the Tallinn Declaration on E-Government, creating a renewed political dynamism coupled with legal tools to accelerate the implementation of a range of existing EU policy instruments (e.g., the e-Government Action Plan and ISA² program).

  • Thu
    Oct
    19
    2017
    Qatar Ministry's call to go digital for enhanced govt service

    The new teaching staff of Texas A & M University-Qatar were introduced to the digital government services available online, at an awareness workshop organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) jointly with TAMUQ last week.

    Representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Education and Higher Education and Public Health also attended the induction workshop, which came within the framework of implementing the Qatar Digital Government 2020 Strategy and nationwide digital transformation plans.

  • Thu
    Oct
    19
    2017
    AE: Sharjah Department of eGovernment sets out aims at Gitex 2017

    The emirate of Sharjah has set out its plans for digital transformation at the Gitex 2017 event in Dubai

    Six new and updated websites, 13 smart applications and an array of digital services have been launched at Gitex 2017 by Sharjah’s Department of eGovernment (DeG).

    The prime purpose of all this making life more convenient for residents of the emirate, according to Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, director general at Sharjah DeG.

  • Wed
    Oct
    18
    2017
    US: The Next Big Technology to Transform Government

    It's called blockchain. Some say it will have a bigger impact than the internet. Imagine this: Homeowners no longer need to buy title insurance. The chronology of ownership and claims for every piece of property in a jurisdiction are on an unhackable, constantly updated, always current ledger. Or this: Governments, companies and individuals can transfer funds from their banks to another bank or party instantly -- without any administrative holding period or fee.

  • Wed
    Oct
    18
    2017
    US: Can Blockchain Bring Voting Online?

    Blockchain has the potential to bring online voting to the mainstream, but some experts worry security concerns outweigh its potential benefits.

    Should somebody develop a means of conducting elections online that the nation finds acceptably secure and private, it could very well transform democracy for the better. It is the hope of those people working on such efforts — and no stretch of the imagination to those who aren’t — that online voting would mean more participation from a more representative portion of the people, faster results and even unchallengeable records of the outcome.

  • Wed
    Oct
    18
    2017
    Which EU member states excel in the data-driven economy?

    Data innovation is a significant and growing part of Europe’s economy, but EU member states are not equally poised to benefit, according to a comprehensive analysis released by the Centre for Data Innovation. The Centre, a data-policy think tank, recommends that European policymakers encourage data-driven innovation by maximising the supply of reusable data, improving infrastructure that supports data innovation, and developing data science and data literacy skills among workers.

    “Supporting data innovation can help countries grow their domestic economies, improve the lives of their citizens, and maximise their competitive advantage in Europe and internationally,” said Daniel Castro, director of the Centre and co-author of the report. “But countries need strong national leadership and the right public policies to realise the full benefits of data innovation.”

  • Wed
    Oct
    18
    2017
    Azerbaijan informs European Commission on creation of digital economy

    Having appeared not so long ago, the digital economy has already become one of the main ways through which many entrepreneurs and governments all over the world do their work.

    The term, originated in 1995, refers to an economy that is based on digital computing technologies. In this new type of economy, digital networking and communication infrastructures provide a global platform where people and organizations devise strategies, interact, communicate and collaborate.

  • Tue
    Oct
    17
    2017
    US: 17 better, cheaper ways to deliver city services

    Most digital city applications automate service delivery and transactions, providing 24-7, self-service access. Many of them also push essential information to citizens so they can make better decisions and better use of city resources. We explore how in the new Digital City Services chapter of our Smart Cities Readiness Guide.

    Although some of these categories are primarily for the use of city employees, we include them here. First, providing electronic tools for employees is one important aspect of efficient e-government. Second, employee apps increasingly include ways for citizens to provide input (e.g. report graffiti) or to get updates (e.g. to notify them that the graffiti has been removed).

  • Tue
    Oct
    17
    2017
    US: Cybersecurity: Protect, Detect and Respond

    Cloud computing, mobile devices, the Internet of Things, and the increasing digitization of information and processes are pushing agencies toward a hybrid computing environment. This is when agencies have a mix of on premise and commercial cloud infrastructures.

    Among the challenges these hybrid environments present are around securing your data.

    On one hand, experts say moving non-mission critical systems and data to the public cloud offers flexibility and agility with little worry.

  • Mon
    Oct
    16
    2017
    How data fuels Estonia’s economy

    Estonia is looking into the future with plans to digitise everything from voting to healthcare

    First there was Skype. Next came ‘e-residency’ – and now, it appears, that’s only the start of the digital innovations that Estonian leaders hope to see emerging from their small country in coming years.

    Jaak Aaviksoo, the rector of the Tallinn Technical University and a former government defence and education minister, hopes to see his country become a global leader in brain research and artificial intelligence, both fields that rely heavily on data. Then, others suggest, there are new prospects in digital healthcare, online government and cybersecurity. Says Aaviksoo, in an interview with Science|Business: “Information and data is the new oil of the 21st century.”

  • Mon
    Oct
    16
    2017
    MW: Kk Civil Servants to Have Official Govt Email Addresses Next Month

    Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) through its E-Government department has told civil servants in Nkhotakota that they will have official government email accounts by next month.

    Speaking during a meeting organised to orient district civil servants on services available on Government Wide Area Network (GWAN), Deputy GWAN Manager, Sitiopa Kadongola said it is a requirement for every civil servant to use official email addresses when communicating.

  • Mon
    Oct
    16
    2017
    IN: Kerala: Doctors under one umbrella

    The new system, considered part of the E-governance initiative of the MCI, is expected to check the proliferation of quacks.

    The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to bring medical practitioners in the country under one umbrella with a uniform registration system instead of the existing regional ones. The new system, considered part of the E-governance initiative of the MCI, is expected to check the proliferation of quacks. Dr. Suplhi N. of the Kerala Unit of the Indian Medical Association and Dr. K.A. Raoof, general secretary of the Kerala Government Medical Officers Association detail the merits and demerits of the new system.

  • Mon
    Oct
    16
    2017
    Europe signs up to e-government vision

    Europe’s digital ministers have made the right noises and posed for the photo opp, Now they face the challenge of implementing a five year e-government vision.

    All 28 countries in the European Union (EU) plus the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) zone have taken a major step forwards towards a unified vision of e-government on the continent with the signing of the Tallinn Declaration.

  • Mon
    Oct
    16
    2017
    OM: This app can help you pay for all your Muscat Municipality services

    Residents are being encouraged to pay fees and fines electronically, the Muscat Municipality said on Sunday.

    The municipality has introduced several electronic services through its website and smartphone application — called Baladiyeti — which includes building permits, rent contracts, municipal permits, and car parking lots.

  • Mon
    Oct
    16
    2017
    UAE MoF Launches eCloud Service for Federal Entities’ Financial and HR Systems

    The Ministry of Finance (MoF), launched its new eCloud service technology for federal entities’ financial and HR systems, in collaboration with the Federal Authority of Human Resources (FAHR) and Oracle International. This technology provides a secure IT infrastructure, with minimal intervention from operators and system administrators. The launch took place during the Ministry’s participation in GITEX Technology Week 2017.

    The eCloud service is a portal that allows other federal entities to access HR resources and financial system training through customised profiles, enhancing the efficiency and security of IT infrastructure across the government.

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