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  • Tue
    Sep
    26
    2017
    Technology investment opportunities in Nigeria

    Over the years, technology is gradually taking its roots in Nigeria, thanks to key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Communications, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).

    However, there is more ground to be broken in the advancement of technology in Nigeria, and for the NCC and the ministry of communications to achieve set goals.

  • Tue
    Sep
    26
    2017
    Govts drive economic growth in GCC: Minister

    Governments are the main driver of economic growth in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, where they contribute with more than 70 percent of the gross domestic product, a Kuwaiti minister said yesterday.

    Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah made that statement during a speech while attending the ‘Consulting Services for Government Projects Forum,’ organized by Nouf Expo at Crowne Plaza Hotel under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

  • Tue
    Sep
    26
    2017
    US: Why Leading Smart Cities Are Often Bike-Friendly Cities

    The International Cycling Safety Conference in Davis, Calif., will explore how data from vehicles, smart and connected devices or sensors and other objects in the urban landscape can work to serve the needs and safety of cyclists.

    When it comes to smart city project planning and deployment, bicycles are just as much a part of the equation as the many other components (like street lights and parking meters), according to city planning and bicycle advocates.

  • Tue
    Sep
    26
    2017
    US: How GIS Can Help Communities Prepare for Disaster (Industry Perspective)

    September is National Preparedness Month, and given the September we have been having with back-to-back hurricanes and raging wildfires, this designation is especially timely. Although hurricane season begins in June and peak wildfire season is typically early July, September is often an apex in the disaster realm. While technology can’t prevent natural disasters, it builds powerful preparedness and response tools; in particular, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), commonly referred to as “mapping,” creates critical tools that provide a vital function for preparedness. Any community can increase their preparedness by following a few simple steps before a disaster comes calling.

  • Tue
    Sep
    26
    2017
    Increasing eGovernment Initiatives to Accelerate Digital Transformation Market Growth in MENA

    The MENA IT market is anticipated to grow at a single-digit CAGR during the forecast period. In contrast, the MENA digital transformation market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2020. The contribution of the MENA digital transformation market to the overall MENA IT market is likely to increase from 10% to 16% by 2020, witnessing an increase of 600 BPS.

    Growth of the MENA digital transformation market is mainly driven by increasing need for enhanced customer experience at all levels of customer interaction points and improvised process transparency in enterprises across the countries in this region. Moreover, countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon are increasingly introducing e-Government and smart city initiatives, with the objective to transform themselves into digitally-enabled countries. This is further supporting growth of the MENA digital transformation market.

  • Mon
    Sep
    25
    2017
    Re-branding of Qatar Post marks new era in postal services

    A new chapter has been scripted in the country's more than six-decade old postal history with Qatar Post unveiling its new branding on Sunday.

    Apart from the new visual identity, the re-branding would also contribute to Qatar Post's enhanced visibility at local, regional and international levels. A special ceremony in this connection was attended by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, many ministers, ambassadors and several senior Qatari officials.

  • Mon
    Sep
    25
    2017
    AE: Sharjah motorists to get driving licence online

    Effective from the beginning of next month (Oct.1) motorists can renew and get their driving licence issued online. The driving licence section of Sharjah Police has unveiled plans of stopping any transactions at the centre that should be completed electronically by downloading from the Ministry of Interior app store (UAE-MOI).

    Colonel Ali Bu Al Zod, Director of the Licence of Motorists at Sharjah Police, said that the smart e-service through the Ministry of Interior application should be used by motorists for various traffic services including a new driving licence and renewal, and issuing a new licence for a lost one.

  • Mon
    Sep
    25
    2017
    Gov't sector engine of economic growth in GCC states - Min.

    Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah said Sunday the government sector is the driving force fueling economic growth in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

    "The government sector accounts for more than 70 percent of the aggregate GDP of the GCC countries," he said in his inaugural speech to the first forum of consultancy services for government projects.

  • Mon
    Sep
    25
    2017
    US: Smart Cities Strategic Plan Begins to Take Shape in Henderson, Nev.

    City officials want to explore "smart cities" projects as a means of improving the overall quality of life, while trying to avoid technology for technology's sake.

    Henderson, Nev., will use smart cities projects and concepts to help realize the city’s larger strategic vision in areas like transportation, education and overall quality of life.

  • Mon
    Sep
    25
    2017
    US: Innovate Your State: What Cool Technologies Should Government Consider Implementing?

    The third iteration of Innovate Your State's Civic & Gov Tech Showcase highlighted the latest in nascent technology solutions with public-sector potential.

    On Sept. 13, a flurry of civic-minded technology was on display in San Jose, Calif., where a host of technologists showed their wares in the hopes of attracting government attention. At the same time, the city announced its own innovation — a direct pathway for technologists' ideas to reach City Hall.

  • Sun
    Sep
    24
    2017
    IN: Punjab: Digitisation of public utility services still a distant dream

    Six months on, MC fails to set up Citizen Facilitation Centre

    The Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to establish a Citizen Facilitation Centre till date. The proposal was mooted six months ago. The centre was proposed to digitise the public utility services. The project remained in limbo as complaints were lodged with the MC against the company hired for the purpose.

    On May 6, the MC had passed a proposal to operationalise the Citizen Facilitation Centre at a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC). But there has been no significant development in the implementation of the proposal.

  • Sun
    Sep
    24
    2017
    UAE's TRA organises workshop on open data and e-participation

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA, and the Open Data Institute, ODI, is organising a workshop to introduce global trends and best practices in e-participation and open data.

    The workshop will be held on Tuesday, 19th September, 2017, in Dubai. It will be hosted by Richard Kerby, the Inter-Regional Advisor in UNDESA e-government, and a number of experts, leaders of smart transformation in government entities, managers of corporate communication departments, e-participation and smart data officials, and several stakeholders.

  • Sun
    Sep
    24
    2017
    AE: Excise Tax to be paid in e-Dirham only, FTA announces

    The UAE Excise Tax, due to go into force effective from Oct.1, shall be collected in e-Dirham only, the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced.

    The move goes in line with the UAE government’s strategy to keep pace with the latest technological developments in areas of FinTech and revenue collection and ensure transparency, efficiency and safety in financial transactions

  • Sat
    Sep
    23
    2017
    IN: Karnataka: Mobile One: Launched for crores of people, but serving only a few lakh

    Over two years after its launch, Karnataka’s flagship Mobile One e-governance project has been able to attract only 0.4% of the 6.57 crore mobile users in the State.

    The project, whose budget is ₹17 crore for five years, was launched in a big way by former President Pranab Mukherjee in December 2014.

  • Sat
    Sep
    23
    2017
    Moroccan Ministries Launch Citizen Complaint Platform to Improve Administrative Services

    Moroccans will soon be able to file complaints about the country’s public administrations using Chikaya, a round-the-clock service for tracking complaints by citizens.

    Following an agreement signed on Thursday, the Ministries of Industry and Reform of the Public Administration and Civil Service will launch the platform, called Chikaya, in January 2018, aiming to improve satisfaction with the services of the kingdom’s public administration.

  • Fri
    Sep
    22
    2017
    US: Bipartisan Report Advocates Use of Data to Improve Government, Including Education

    A government report put into play during the Obama administration is pushing Congress, against privacy objections, to repeal current bans that limit how federally collected education data is used while also putting in place privacy and security protections.

    The report from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking isn't about education specifically; it's broader than that. The commission was established by a joint act of Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2016. The act directed the commission to consider how to strengthen government's evidence-building and policymaking efforts. In particular, the feds wanted the commission to study how data collected by the government could be used to improve its programs and policies.

  • Fri
    Sep
    22
    2017
    AE: Sharjah DeG wins excellence award for Arab Government Achievements

    The Sharjah Department of e-Government, DeG, is celebrating winning a major government award for the quality of its services.

    The department, which works to enhance connectivity in Sharjah and to create preparations for a transition to a digitally integrated society, was given the 'Excellence Award' for Arab Government Achievement' for its successful efforts in implementing the 'Zajel' electronic correspondence across government departments in the emirate.

  • Thu
    Sep
    21
    2017
    IN: Chhattisgarh: Govt to seek transaction advisory services to auction minerals

    The Chhattisgarh Government will seek transaction advisory services for auctioning of major and minor minerals in the State, officials informed.

    Chhattisgarh is among seven States that had informed the Union Secretary, Mines in June this year that about 11 mines are identified for e-auctioning during the remaining part of year 2017-18, a Ministry of Mines Press release informed.

  • Thu
    Sep
    21
    2017
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly puts RTI replies online

    RTI synonymous with transparency, accountability: Speaker

    As a part of digital India Plan, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly has put RTI responses online on its official website www.jklegislativeassembly.nic.in.

    Now replies to queries will be put up on the website and will be available for all to view and not just the person behind the query.

  • Thu
    Sep
    21
    2017
    AE: One-stop model service centre launched in Dubai offering government service packages around birth, marriage and employment

    The model centre also acts as a gateway to more than 100 smart services from eight government entities through ‘SmartPass’ e-identification.

    The Dubai government launched a one-stop service centre on September 9, called ‘Services 1’, integrating artificial intelligence solutions from IBM and robotics technologies. The centre will act as a pilot for future service centres.

  • Thu
    Sep
    21
    2017
    South Korea seeking to join Kazakhstan's e-govt. project

    South Korea promoted its electronic government solutions in Kazakhstan Wednesday as part of efforts to tap into a mammoth state project to digitalize public administration in the central Asian country.

    The Ministry of the Interior and Safety here said Vice Minister Shim Bo-kyun attended a "Digital Kazakhstan" event in Astana at the invitation of the Kazakh government.

  • Wed
    Sep
    20
    2017
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Smart city power plan off the grid

    Project for uninterrupted electricity in Aundh, Baner, Balewadi falls through after cost escalates by Rs 120 crore

    Residents of Aundh, Baner and Balewadi, who were looking forward to uninterrupted power supply under the smart city project, are to be disappointed as the plan has fallen through due to increased cost and lack of funds.

  • Wed
    Sep
    20
    2017
    IN: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launches the Nation-Wide Hackathon #OpenGovDataHack

    Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today launched a nation-wide hackathon #OpenGovDataHack. As part of the Startup Eco-system Development program, NIC and IAMAI have collaborated to conduct Nation Wide Hackathon #OpenGovDataHack across seven states of India. It aims to Support & Showcase potentially great Ideas/Talent from Inner India by reaching out in their own State/City (7 Cities). It is to enable them making their ideas developed into Apps/Infographics primarily by use of Open Government Data around the themes of Drinking Water& Sanitation, Transport, Education, Crime and Health to a stage, after which it can be evaluated by jury and be selected for Prizes and future support/funding.

  • Wed
    Sep
    20
    2017
    US: Why Small and Mid-Size Municipalities Don't Fear Smart City Tech

    Tech companies stress the notion that the market today is strong at the mid-size and small city levels.

    Smaller cities often possess the nimbleness to act quickly in areas of developing and deploying smart city technologies. But they also tend to lack the big budgets for the sort of large projects seen in a major metro.

  • Wed
    Sep
    20
    2017
    Stakeholders highlight Globacom’s contributions to digital Nigeria

    The contributions of Globacom to the development of the telecoms sector in Nigeria, and the digitalisation of the West African region came to the fore at the third INDO-AFRICA ICT Expo, which ended in Lagos last week.

    Giving the keynote address at the event, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said Nigeria had confidence in its home-grown industries and would, therefore, continue to give them preference over foreign counterparts.

  • Wed
    Sep
    20
    2017
    US: 11 Ways to Speed Up Government Procurement

    Buying with public money is difficult by design, but are there fair ways to fix it?

    Greg Veatch just wanted to buy some software. How hard could that be?

    As senior legal technology specialist in the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Veatch needed digital tools to better enable review of legal documents in the discovery process. Procurement took nine grueling months.

  • Tue
    Sep
    19
    2017
    ZA: E-govt department grows frustrated with SITA

    To guarantee rollout of three high priority projects, which include phase two of the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN), the Department of e-Government has requested telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele to intervene to request the State IT Agency (SITA) to finalise the procurement process.

    The department was established by the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) in 2015 as part of a restructuring process to ensure departments in the province are able to seamlessly talk to each other.

  • Tue
    Sep
    19
    2017
    Centre for Strategic Initiatives holds workshop on Armenia’s Digital Transformation Agenda

    The Centre for Strategic Initiatives (CSI), with the support of the EU funded project on Development and Strategic Studies, had organized a two-day workshop on Armenia’s Digital Transformation Agenda, which took place 9-10 September, the CSI told Armenpress.

    The objective of the workshop was to kick start the project on the Development of Armenia’s Digital Transformation Strategy. The key focus of the workshop was to prepare an outline of the strategy document based on the situation in Armenia, country’s needs and following international trends in digital transformation.

  • Tue
    Sep
    19
    2017
    European Parliaments adopts new EU scheme for free Wi-Fi

    The European Parliament has on Tuesday approved a resolution that creates a financial scheme for local wireless access points in the EU, free of charge and without discriminatory conditions.

    The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017-2019. It will support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life, such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums.

  • Tue
    Sep
    19
    2017
    EU to help fund wireless connectivity for local communities

    €120m funds under WiFi4EU scheme will be allocated on a first-serve basis to help local public administrations promote access to wireless connectivity in public spaces

    European Members of Parliament (MEPs) today approved a “WiFi4EU” scheme to finance free wireless connections in centres of public life, including outdoor spaces accessible to the general public in local villages, town and cities, hospitals, and libraries.

  • Mon
    Sep
    18
    2017
    Cashless cannot be the face for Singapore smart nation success

    Increased emphasis on building a cashless society to reflect country's success as a smart nation is misplaced, when the importance of getting the fundamentals right is overlooked.

    Singapore has intensified its push for a cashless society, touting it as a vital step towards becoming a smart nation, but this emphasis is misplaced when it overlooks the need to first get the fundamentals right.

  • Mon
    Sep
    18
    2017
    UAE’s AI investments to surge to $9 billion this year

    The UAE’s investments in Artificial Intelligence have been growing by 70 per cent over the past three years, and are projected to hit Dh33 billion ($9 billion) by the end of this year, according to economic analysts.

    The figures drive home the fact that UAE is ready to embrace AI technologies, managing in a few years to be a role model for adopting state-of-the-art technologies across all economic sectors, reported Wam, the Emirates official news agency.

  • Mon
    Sep
    18
    2017
    SG: Parliament: Being a Smart Nation is about being people-centric, says Janil Puthucheary

    Singapore does not chase technology for technology's sake, but to improve the lives of its people, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary told Parliament on Monday (Sept 11).

    Several MPs had voiced their concerns that the elderly may be left out in Singapore's pursuit to go cashless and digital, including for e-government services.

  • Sun
    Sep
    17
    2017
    IN: Eight Arunachal Govt Projects Receive SKOCH Awards

    Eight projects of the government of Arunachal Pradesh received the SKOCH awards of merit at the two-day 49th SKOCH summit which concluded in New Delhi on Saturday.

    The following eight projects received the SKOCH Award-of-merit while competing with projects from across India.

  • Sun
    Sep
    17
    2017
    IN: Rajasthan: Smart City Summit: Amit terms Smart Citizen as key to success

    “Smart Citizen” is the pre-requisite for execution of a successful Smart City concept at any place in the nation.

    This was said by Amit Sharma, Regional Director, Survey & Land Records (S&LR), Udhampur/Reasi, while shared his perspective on how Smart City concept can be taken forward, during a two-day Kota Smart City Summit, where being a specialist of e-Governance he led a crucial session on ‘Best Practices on Major Urban Schemes: Smart City, AMRUT & Swachh Bharat’ which also included technical presentations.

  • Sun
    Sep
    17
    2017
    RW: UoR students develop app to improve E-health for teens

    University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences students have come up with an app called ‘Tantine App’, which will provide reproductive health education to young refugees and teens across the country.

    The application which can be downloaded from Play Store was developed by Uhirwa Sylvie and Sylvain Hirwa Muzungu who are siblings. The duo is in their 5th year, pursuing Medicine.

  • Sat
    Sep
    16
    2017
    IN: 78% rise in paperless I-T assessment; all-India roll out by fiscal end

    The ambitious project to conduct paperless assessment for income tax payers rose by 78 per cent over the last three years, prompting the department to roll out the regime pan-India by the end of this financial year.

    The government initiative was launched in October 2015 by the I-T department's policy-making body--the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)--in select metro cities with an aim to reduce the visit by assesses to tax offices and their interface with the taxman, thereby curbing instances of corruption.

  • Sat
    Sep
    16
    2017
    IN: Nagaland capable of becoming IT hub of Northeastern region

    As per the status of e-Governance in the state and the launching of Nagaland Chapter of Computer Society of India (CSI) yesterday, the first state in the North East to have launched this so far,Nagaland would soon become the Information Technology (IT) hub of the Northeastern region.

    While appreciating the efforts of the state government in making good progress in IT sector, CSI former president Dr. Anirban Basu said Nagaland can become the hub for CSI in the North East.

  • Sat
    Sep
    16
    2017
    IN: Barnala tops in Punjab in e-office implementation

    Barnala district has secured the first position in implementation of "e-office" — an important project developed by NIC Punjab. District administration has achieved this milestone with rigorous hard work of 4 months and continuous efforts of all the administrative officers and staff. NIC Barnala has also extended its full technical support in its implementation.

  • Sat
    Sep
    16
    2017
    IN: Karnataka Transport Department Goes ‘Smart’

    The Transport Department is trying to make governance citizen-friendly and cost-effective by increasingly relying on online services to bring accountability and transparency into the system. The basic idea of Smart Cities is to smartly utilise the available resources to sustain every function of urban livelihood, says B Dayananda, Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety, Department of Transport, Government of Karnataka, in conversation with Ritika Srivastava of Elets News Network (ENN).

  • Fri
    Sep
    15
    2017
    RW: Direct Pay Online gets global accolade

    Direct Pay Online Group has been recognized as one of the best payment platforms in Africa by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

    The award comes after the successful completion of comprehensive audits in the Group’s global headquarters and all its other markets including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

  • Fri
    Sep
    15
    2017
    IN: Tamil Nadu: High court insists family courts to adopt digital mode to disburse alimony

    When the entire country is marching towards e-governance under 'Digital India' programme initiated by the union government, judiciary, particularly family courts should also update themselves utilising such initiatives, specifically in respect of disbursement of alimony, Justice RMT Teekaa Raman insisted.

    Highlighting the need to abolish age-old procedures like moving a cheque petition to claim the maintenance amount, which is the only source of livelihood for a deserted wife, the judge set out procedures to be adopted by all family courts in the state to digitalise the process.

  • Fri
    Sep
    15
    2017
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Smart city’s development plans ignore main areas

    The ABD area is around 6 sq.km while the total area of the city under Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) limits is almost 625 sq. km.

    Though several developmental projects have been taken up in the city under smart city projects, a majority of them are concentrated within an area that covers less than 1 per cent of the total city limits. Moreover, the projects seem to be confined to an area that barely has about 4 per cent of the city population residing there.

  • Thu
    Sep
    14
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Power deptt launches online payment system in Dmu, Kma

    To assist consumers in paying their electricity bill online, phase-1, four-day awareness-cum-demonstration campaign of online electricity bill payment organized by department of power, Dimapur commenced Wednesday, in Dimapur which was officially launched by additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Dimapur, Sarah Jamir.

    The phase-1, campaign will be held at Dimapur, Chumukedima and Kohima and will culminate on September 9.

    Launching the awareness-cum-demonstration programme, ADC Dimapur, Sarah Jamir pointed out waiting in a queue as one of the reason of not getting enough revenue collection in the power system. She was optimistic that with the system of online payment, without waiting in the queue and without spending money for going to the power department bill section, one can pay the bill with just a click. She reiterated that it would save time, money and help increase the revenue. Sarah further hoped that the power department would create more awareness programme.

  • Thu
    Sep
    14
    2017
    IN: Effective policing through digital systems

    The CCTNS portal will provide investigators complete record history of any criminal from anywhere across the country.

    The Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems, abbreviated to CCTNS, is a project under the government for creating a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing through e-governance. Recently, CCTNS received a major fillip when the government announced that various organs of the criminal justice system including police, courts and prisons, will be linked with the CCTNS database.

  • Thu
    Sep
    14
    2017
    IN: Telangana: UIDAI launches Aadhaar on Wheels

    IDAI Regional Office Deputy Director General M V S Rami Reddy flagged off an Aadhaar Mobile Van here on Wednesday. The van has been introduced to provide Aadhaar services to senior citizens who are having difficulty due to their medical conditions, in approaching Aadhaar enrolment centres for availing Aadhaar services like enrolment and updating.

    The van branded as ‘Aadhaar on Wheels’ will be operated by CSC e-Governance Services India Limited. Four such vans will run within the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, and will exclusively cater to senior residents who are bed-ridden and having difficulty in mobility due to health conditions, according to an official release issued here. Similar facility will soon be available in Vizag and Vijayawada.

  • Thu
    Sep
    14
    2017
    ZA: Knowledge-Based Economy Key to SADC Integration

    For Southern African Development Community (SADC) economic integration to be realised, the region will need to be transformed into an information and knowledge-based economy, Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo said on Thursday.

    The Minister was addressing delegates from 15 SADC countries who have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure.

  • Wed
    Sep
    13
    2017
    US: Why tracking data centers is so hard

    The Office of Management and Budget recently reported that the government has closed about 1,900 data centers since the launch of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative in 2010, saving almost $1 billion. It also lists the remaining data center inventory at 9,000 and reiterates the goal of the set out by the Data Center Optimization Initiative to cut that number in half and save an additional $2.7 billion by the end of fiscal year 2018.

  • Wed
    Sep
    13
    2017
    IE: Commissioner feared potential for ‘form of national ID card’

    Department believed release of Dixon’s email would ‘misinform’ about public services card

    The Data Protection Commissioner told the head of the Department of Social Protection last year that there was a risk the public services card (PSC) was expanding in scope and that this would turn it into “a form of national ID card”.

  • Tue
    Sep
    12
    2017
    Detailed examination of the Global digital and sharing economy - the e-commerce and m-commerce transformation

    E-commerce and m-commerce in general continue to rise and rise around the world. Other trends closely linked to this such as e-health and e-government initiatives also continue to gather pace. However, there is a divide occurring with some of the poorest nations around the world still unable to access suitable digital infrastructure to access such services.

    This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments for the Global Digital Economy in terms of the Sharing Economy, E-commerce, E-health, E-education and E-government. The report analyses the key trends occurring in these sectors, supported by statistics and examples.

  • Tue
    Sep
    12
    2017
    MW: Government hails TNM on ICT innovations

    Minister of Information and Technology and Communications Nicholas Dausi this week commended Malawi’s integrated mobile network provider TNM for pioneering innovative ICT products and services in the country.

    Dausi said this in Lilongwe during the launch of TNM 4.5 G/LTE dubbed: “Think Digital.”

  • Tue
    Sep
    12
    2017
    BY: South Korea to help Belarus develop paperless trade, electronic archives

    Companies of the Republic of Korea will help Belarus develop the systems of paperless trade and electronic archives. This information was placed on the website of the Communications and Informatization Ministry after the visit of the representatives of Kiny & Partners, KTNET, and Ahnlab to Belarus, BelTA has learned.

    These companies will implement projects in the Belarusian- South Korean center of cooperation in information technologies. The main objective of the center is the provision of help to Belarus in the development of the information society taking into account the experience of South Korea in the application of cutting-edge technologies. In particular, it is planned to exchange experience, provide technical assistance and organize consultations to promote the development of the information society and implement projects to design and apply e-government technologies.

  • Tue
    Sep
    12
    2017
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Poor response from KMC call center irks public

    Grievances lodged through the helpline are being closed without redressal.

    The Kakinada Municipal Corporation call centre is not delivering the services promised at its launch. As part of the Smart City project, officials launched a call centre for the benefit of the public to register complaints and grievances in the corporation limits.

  • Tue
    Sep
    12
    2017
    ZA: E-govt department gets clean audit

    The Department of e-Government achieved a clean audit opinion in 2016/17, as it strives to modernise the public service and contribute to re-industrialisation efforts in order to take advantage of opportunities offered by the fourth industrial revolution.

    The Department of e-Government was established by the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) in 2015 as part of a restructuring process to ensure departments in the province are able to seamlessly talk to each other.

  • Mon
    Sep
    11
    2017
    Digital India: Largest ever tender for laptops, projectors floated in Kerala

    The e-tender worth Rs 300 crore was billed in Kerala.

    An e-tender worth Rs 300 crore, billed to be the largest ever in the IT sector in Kerala’s history, was floated on Saturday, said an IT official. The e-tender for 60,250 laptops and 43,750 multimedia projectors was published in the state’s eTender portal, said K. Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) — formerly IT@School Project of the Kerala government.

  • Mon
    Sep
    11
    2017
    Government mandates all ministries to spend 10% of IT budgets on cyber security: Report

    India ranks 23rd out of 165 nations in the UN's Global Cybersecurity Index.

    The importance of cyber security is gradually being recognized by India, with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) now mandating all other ministries to earmark 10 percent of their IT budgets for security spending. The government wants to beef up its IT infrastructure in the the wake of recent security attacks such as Wannacry, Ransomware, and so on. The Ministry also plans to set up ten more Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) labs that provide quality assurance services in IT and electronics, ET reported.

  • Mon
    Sep
    11
    2017
    AU: Melbourne Health seeks network provider as it readies electronic record system

    Victorian healthcare provider Melbourne Health has published a request for tender to support its proposed electronic medical record system.

    The Victorian government has gone to tender, seeking a provider to upgrade Melbourne Health's network and site infrastructure.

    The successful vendor will be charged with enabling appropriate levels of clinical and administrative user access to a proposed electronic medical record (EMR) system to be introduced at Melbourne Health, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and the Royal Women's Hospital, the request for tender (RFT) explains.

  • Mon
    Sep
    11
    2017
    PH: Digital must be a force for good in business and life

    Digital technology is transforming our professional and personal lives, fast. It links us on social media, opens the world’s knowledge online and builds a shared economy that opens more opportunities for everyone, not to mention the effect of machine learning, artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, and other digital disruptions. Digital is morphing the character of business and corporate behavior and, of course, our lifestyles. And it’s forcing digital businesses to understand their positive impact on society.

  • Sun
    Sep
    10
    2017
    Summit pushes for greater ICT in Africa, developing world

    The Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), on Saturday called for the establishment of a greater Information and Communication Technology in Africa and the developing world.

    The Director-General, TEPC, Shri Rajesk Kumar Bhatnagar said in a statement that the Indo-Africa ICT Expo and Summit 2017 was an avenue where African ICT experts would fashion the future of the industry.

  • Sun
    Sep
    10
    2017
    IE: Doherty: Cannot guarantee Public Service Card data can be protected from hackers

    The Minister for Social Protection has said she cannot guarantee the protection of data from hackers, but they are taking security "very seriously", writes Amy Ryan Almost 3 million people in the State now have the new Public Service Cards and there are 50 different state bodies who have access to the data stored on the card. The Minister said that the card has been introduced to tackle the issue of fraud.

  • Sun
    Sep
    10
    2017
    SG: Cash is not king in a Smart Nation

    Consumers here still prefer cash options such as notes and coins; some continue to use cheque books.

    Statistics show that generally six in 10 consumer transactions are made in cash here. At hawker centres and in the HDB heartland, the figure rises to 70 per cent.

  • Sun
    Sep
    10
    2017
    CN: Shanghai to develop online ID system

    As an important part of Shanghai's smart city campaign, e-government has gained impressive development in recent years. A critical but unknown-to-many facility takes major credit: the online ID authentication system, Wenhui Daily reported Sunday. Cui Jiuqiang, vice general manager of Shanghai Electronic Certificate Authority Center Co, led the research and development of the system. As an experienced expert, Cui said that Shanghai has witnessed the prime days of this system over the past five years.

  • Sat
    Sep
    09
    2017
    US: Michigan: Grand Rapids-based telehealth app is free for victims of Harvey

    A tech professional in West Michigan is one of many who are finding a way to help the hundreds of thousands impacted by Harvey by providing free healthcare at the palm of their hand.

    Tele-health is becoming increasingly popular. Grand Rapids native Chris Bailey has created an app called Care Convene where you can interact with physicians through your cellphone. For the next month, people impacted by Hurricane Harvey an use the app and interact face to face with a physician at no cost.

  • Sat
    Sep
    09
    2017
    US: Employer Health Plans Pushing Telehealth Adoption One Step Closer To ‘Ubiquity’

    Next year could be a watershed year for telehealth. Currently, use of telehealth in the U.S. health and human service delivery system could be described as “sporadic” and “uneven.” Earlier this year, we looked at the adoption rates and they are very low – The Telehealth Numbers Are In – And They Aren’t Too Impressive. These data are reflected in the SERMO survey that found that only 15% of U.S. physicians thought their state was doing a good job with telehealth, and 44% called telehealth implementation outright poor (see U.S. lags on adoption of telehealth, according to over 3000 international physicians).

  • Sat
    Sep
    09
    2017
    US: Florida: Orlando doctors helping Harvey victims through app

    At Nemours, doctors are helping victims of Hurricane Harvey, without even leaving their offices.

    Doctors in Orlando are able to help young patients in Houston with the Nemours CareConnect app. Medical Director of Telehealth video Dr. Shayan Vyas explains how it works.

    "I sit at my computer and families in Houston and other states that we're in, they can download our app, NemoursCareConnect."

  • Sat
    Sep
    09
    2017
    EE: German health insurance alliance given overview of Estonian e-health system

    A delegation from the German Health Insurance Alliance (VDEK) paid a visit to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund this week in order to receive an overview of Estonia's e-health system and IT solutions.

    The German delegation met with the board of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE) and Deputy Secretary General on E-services Development and Innovation Ain Aaviksoo.

  • Fri
    Sep
    08
    2017
    US: What Is Considered 'Smart' Government in the Digital Age?

    And where in government is innovation easiest to find?

    Where do advances in good government take place, and what constitutes “smart” anything in a time when buzzwords run rampant in the tech environment? A panel of experts from all levels of North Carolina government gathered to hash out the definition and discuss where they look for ideas when it comes to moving their respective organizations forward.

  • Fri
    Sep
    08
    2017
    IN: Empower rural India with tech: Chandrababu Naidu

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu stressed the need to empower rural India with digital technology for their economic development. Addressing a seminar on Open Innovation Hackathon (Forum-India) on Building Smart Villages at KL University in Guntur district on Thursday, the Chief Minister asserted that in two to three years, state would become hub for IT and Internet of Things(IoT) and added that the government would be liking technology to enable real time governance.

  • Fri
    Sep
    08
    2017
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Smart Villages nodal centre at KLU: Chandrababu Naidu

    It is aimed at promoting use of technology in rural areas.

    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu stated that the AP government was promoting innovation centres to turn Amaravati into a research hub. He was speaking at the open innovation hackathon building on Smart Villages at KL University in Guntur district on Thursday.

  • Fri
    Sep
    08
    2017
    US: Connect, personalize and understand to improve the citizen experience

    Greg Reeder, the head of government industry strategy at Adobe, said data analytics holds the key to improve the citizen experience with government.

    The public’s satisfaction with the federal government is growing. Just look at the 2016 report by the American Customer Service Index (ACSI). It says citizen were happier with federal websites and the services they provide more last year than at any other time since 2012.

  • Fri
    Sep
    08
    2017
    GH: PPA denies spending $97million on e-Government Procurement

    The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has described as total falsehood reports that it is spending $97million on an electronic government procurement system (e-GP).

    Rather, it said the World Bank- sponsored program which cost $5 million was part of a larger project that cost $ 97million.

    The $5 million is going into the engagement of an application service provider, sensitization and training, roll-out expenses and other service costs.

  • Thu
    Sep
    07
    2017
    Digital Technologies Allow Estonia to Save 2% of GDP Annually - Prime Minister

    The active use of digital technologies by Estonia allows the country to save about 2 percent of its GDP on an annual basis, according to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas.

    "Digital solutions, such as the e-Tax Board, e-School, eHealth, etc., help save about two percent of Estonian GDP every year," Ratas said during his US visit, as quoted by the prime ministerial press service.

  • Thu
    Sep
    07
    2017
    Ghana's Accra Digital Centre reaches out to the ICT sector

    Tenancy applications at US$8.3 million facility are now open to businesses working in digital innovation.

    Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and ICT companies looking to be hosted at the US$8.3 million Accra Digital Centre (ADC) can now apply for tenancy, according to Ghana Digital Centres Limited (GDCL) which runs ADC on behalf of Ghana's Ministry of Communications.

  • Thu
    Sep
    07
    2017
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Adhere to Aadhaar timeline: Ansari

    Chairs meeting to review the progress made under various Information Technology projects being undertaken in the state.

    Minister for Information technology, technical education, youth services and sports, Imran Raza Ansari Wednesday directed for strict timelines to be framed and adhered to for enrollment of left out population under Aadhaar.

  • Thu
    Sep
    07
    2017
    US: Allscripts picks Vidyo to add telehealth features to patient portal

    The EHR vendor is enabling patients to consult with physicians either over the web or through a mobile app.

    EHR vendor Allscripts has selected the Vidyo.io platform from Vidyo to power virtual consultations directly embedded into the Allscripts FollowMyHealth patient portal.

    On-demand video visits can be launched directly from the patient portal workflow, with the aim of simplifying remote consultations between physicians and patients.

  • Wed
    Sep
    06
    2017
    PK: PM for promotion of E-governance

    Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday emphasized that E-governance should be promoted for transparency and efficiency. The prime minister chaired a meeting on the Ministry of Information and Technology (IT) affairs. Minister for IT Ms Anusha Rehman briefed the prime minister about the roadmap towards digitization process aimed at human resource development in IT sector, facilitating citizens in accessing basic facilities and government services, ensuring transparency and good governance. The prime minister appreciated the efforts of IT ministry towards digitization and strengthening of IT sector in the country and said that information and technology was the future.

  • Wed
    Sep
    06
    2017
    IN: Tamila Nadu: Now, tracking your lost document is a click away

    Lost your important documents and now staring at the prospect of a long haul running from pillar to post to get the duplicates made? Fret not.

    Come September 1, you will have the option of lodging a complaint online and following up on the status at the click of a mouse.

  • Wed
    Sep
    06
    2017
    US: Small Cities Go 'Smart' by Developing More Direct Relationships with Residents

    A survey released earlier this year looks at how smart cities projects are developing in smaller jurisdictions nationwide.

    Residents of Queen Creek, Ariz., wanting to build, say, a swimming pool no longer need to head down to city hall to consult with officials about how to apply for the building permit or other details related to the project.

  • Wed
    Sep
    06
    2017
    MyEG revenue and profit higher

    My EG Services Bhd’s (MyEG) net profit for the fourth quarter rose 16.7% to RM59.48mil while revenue jumped 20.3% to RM105.1mil.

    The e-government services provider’s higher earnings and revenue were attributed to higher transaction volume from the online renewal of foreign workers’ permits (FWP), foreign workers rehiring programme services (FWR Services) and foreign workers’ insurance from both FWP and FWR Services.

  • Wed
    Sep
    06
    2017
    Asean should benefit from Industry 4.0

    Asean nations will be able to share experiences and learn from each other to address the challenges that currently constrain development through regional integration.

    From artificial intelligence and robots, to big data and clean energy, disruptive technologies are rapidly redefining our daily lives, our businesses and economies. And in our interconnected world, these deepening impacts of “Industry 4.0” should compel countries to prepare for changes.

  • Tue
    Sep
    05
    2017
    US: Massachusetts: Tech Tools, Dashboards Help Boston Spark Citizen Interest in Open Data

    Future efforts may involve predictive analytics as city contemplates the future of putting public information to work for a better quality of life.

    Boston is famously a college town, and as such, this time of year brings hordes of students — both returning and new — to the city in need of a place to live.

  • Tue
    Sep
    05
    2017
    IE: Creed refuses to rule out need for ID cards for farmers

    All farmers will be forced to apply for EU funds online from next year

    Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has refused to rule out the prospect that controversial Public Services Cards (PSCs) will be required for more than a hundred thousand farmers to apply for EU payments.

  • Tue
    Sep
    05
    2017
    IE: Public services card to be needed for passport applications

    Civil rights campaigners say they are seeking clarity around the mandatory use of the public services card as the Government confirmed it will be required to secure passports in future.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said all passport applicants would need to have the card in 12 months. But opposition TDs have queried the legality of it being mandatory.

  • Tue
    Sep
    05
    2017
    GH: PPA will prudently manage funds for e-Government Procurement system

    The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) on Tuesday debunked media reports that the Authority had signed a GH¢97 million contract for the development of e-Government Procurement system.

    Addressing the media in Accra to explain the issues, Mr Agyenim Boateng Adjei, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PPA, said the information was totally false and a complete misrepresentation of facts and figures.

  • Mon
    Sep
    04
    2017
    UA: Cabinet of Ministers approves rules of using budget funds for development of e-government

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the rules of using funds of the national budget allocated to the financial department of the government's secretariat to develop e-government and modernize the hall for meetings of governmental committees.

    An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that the decision was made at a government meeting on August 23.

  • Mon
    Sep
    04
    2017
    OM: OCCI board approves launch of digital services

    As part of its strategic plan, the Board of Directors of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) on Sunday adopted the electronic transformation of the Chamber's services.

    The approval came during a meeting of the OCCI Board of Directors headed by Said bin Saleh Al Kiyoumi, Chairman of OCCI Board of Directors.

  • Sun
    Sep
    03
    2017
    AE: Why VAT and IT make for a complex combination

    Supplies of IT companies shall be taxable with five per cent VAT in the GCC countries

    The UAE's software, hardware and IT services segment continues to register steady and resilient growth, mostly driven by the government sector, through many of the IT projects it is involved in, such as e-government services, IT hardware for education and the 'Smart City' initiative, or indirectly through government-backed enterprises.

    According to a report by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sales in the UAE IT market are expected to hit almost Dh22 billion by 2019 and per capita spending to reach above Dh2,000 by 2018. The current IT market value in the UAE is estimated to be close to Dh19 billion, compared to just Dh12 billion in 2010

  • Sun
    Sep
    03
    2017
    US: Appalachian region: Op-ed: Internet access is essential

    To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life.

    There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too well. I’ve heard stories from a countless number of you: children having to go to the local library or to a fast-food restaurant in a neighboring town just to complete their homework; not being able to run a business in today’s information centric world economy; not being able to get online to upload pictures of your grandchildren; dropped cell phone calls; or, simply just not having the internet access necessary in today’s world.

  • Sun
    Sep
    03
    2017
    IN: Kerala: SC verdict to have major impact on health sector

    The apex court verdict, ruling privacy a fundamental right will have a major impact on the health sector, especially when majority of hospitals keep an electronic record of patients’ medical data. At a time when the Clinical Establishment Bill is before the Assembly, the state government is exploring the possibility of ensuring security of medical data through legislation.

    The government will have to look at ensuring data security in schemes like ‘e-Health Kerala’, run by the Health Department in association with the state IT Mission. There has always been apprehension about medical data leaking to private firms like insurance companies.

  • Sun
    Sep
    03
    2017
    IN: Prime Minister reviews government projects

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed progress of various projects of his government in a meeting with bureaucrats, as first group of 70 additional secretaries and joint secretaries met him on Wednesday, apprising him about their experiences on subjects such as digital and smart governance.

    During the interaction, the officers also shared their experiences on subjects such as administrative procedures and accountability, transparency, doubling of farmers’ income, skill development, Swachh Bharat, consumer rights, environment protection, and building of New India by 2022.

  • Sat
    Sep
    02
    2017
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad: Governor Narasimhan held talks with Nepal PM

    Governor Narasimhan explained the Prime Minister of Nepal on various eGovernance initiatives implemented by the Telangana State government.

    Governor ESL Narasimhan hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba, his wife Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba and the entourage comprising 40 members at Taj Falaknuma Palace on Friday.

  • Sat
    Sep
    02
    2017
    Major domestic conglomerates match Japan’s blockchain drive

    Cryptocurrency enthusiasts will agree that Bitcoin has always been big in Japan. After all, the country was last year named as one of A to Z Forex’s top 3 most Bitcoin-friendly countries in the world. Roger Ver, the so-called “Bitcoin Jesus,” has called Tokyo “the world’s most Bitcoin-friendly city” – a tag that many of the city’s tech officials have been only happy to cultivate.

    But as China has recently raced ahead in the East Asian bitcoin stakes, some Japanese tech gurus are instead pinning their hopes on finding innovative uses for blockchain technology.

  • Fri
    Sep
    01
    2017
    NG: BPP Begins Open Govt Partnership System

    The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has begun the pilot phase of the implementation of first national action plan of the Nigeria Open Government Partnership (OGP) by training participants on open contracting project.

    The training, which took place last Wednesday, in Abuja, was declared open by the Director-General, Mr Mamman Ahmadu.

    Director, Data Base Department, Mr Aliyu Aliyu, said President Muhammadu Buhari had at the London Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, committed to applying the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) in certain projects in the country.

  • Fri
    Sep
    01
    2017
    India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

    Facebook and Google also have reason to be worried

    India's Supreme Court has ruled that the nation's constitution gives its citizens a right to privacy, a decision that clouds the future of the country's Aadhaar biometric identification scheme.

    Aadhaar will see every Indian citizen identified by a 12-digit number after a process that sees their faces photographed, along with a record taken of their irises and fingerprints. The scheme also requires that ID number to be provided to third parties like financial institutions. India's already made use of Aadhaar compulsory for e-government services, part of the country's modernisation drive.

  • Fri
    Sep
    01
    2017
    IN: IFFCO to focus on e-commerce platform for rural areas

    As part of the agreement, all products and service offerings of IFFCO and group companies will be displayed on CSC e-commerce website

    The Indian Farmer Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) has signed an agreement with CSC e-Governance Services India (CSC SPV) to provide e-commerce services to villages.

    This will be done through IFFCO's digital initiative, Indian Cooperative Digital Platform (ICDP), the fertiliser cooperative said in a release here.

  • Fri
    Sep
    01
    2017
    IN: Use technology to simplify governance processes: PM Modi to govt officials

    Interacting with a group of over 80 Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries serving in the Government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to use technology interventions to simplify governance processes.

    With emphasis on e-governance, the government has been taking up various initiatives under the ambitious Digital India mission.

  • Thu
    Aug
    31
    2017
    Mobile Health Monitoring Market throughout the Foreseeable Period 2017 – 2025

    Mobile Health Monitoring Market Overview

    Information Technology has had an undeniably massive impact on improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Many industries have adopted it wholeheartedly to maintain their current market position or to improve it. Healthcare is no exception to this change.

  • Thu
    Aug
    31
    2017
    IoT enables the 'Uberising of citizens': IoT Alliance Australia

    Before smart cities are built and citizens are 'Uberised', a trust framework for data sharing needs to be established in Australia, according to the non-profit body representing IoT in Australia.

    Issues around technical standards, data sharing, and application interoperability require the government's attention if Australia wants to effectively grow smart infrastructure and smart cities using the Internet of Things (IoT), according to not-for-profit body IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA).

  • Thu
    Aug
    31
    2017
    US: Vendor sues VA for sole-sourcing e-health modernization contract

    A commercial electronic health record vendor has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs alleging that Secretary David Shulkin broke federal contracting laws by issuing a sole-source justification to contract with Cerner for the modernization of VA’s EHR system.

    San Diego-based CliniComp International, Inc. says the VA violated the Competition in Contracting Act of 1978, among other federal regulations, in choosing Cerner for its EHR modernization without openly competing the procurement.

  • Thu
    Aug
    31
    2017
    IN: IGNOU Signs MoUs With CSC And National e-Governance Division For Digital Inclusion Of Students

    The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) achieved another milestone under Digital India Programme for digital inclusion by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 22 with Common Service Centres (CSC). This Mou will help in facilitating the prospective and enrolled students of IGNOU with the facility of online admission form submission, online re-registration, online examination form submission, and other online services made available by IGNOU, including online payment facilitation through the CSC SPV Digital Sewa portal.

    Through this collaborative arrangement, over 2 lakhs CSCs will act as a single contact point for all the digital support services of the University, said a statement from IGNOU.

  • Wed
    Aug
    30
    2017
    IN: Haryana: Gurgaon: Cloud-based portal for property registration

    The Haryana revenue and disaster management department is rolling out a cloud-based centralised online system, Web-HALRIS, to manage property registration and land records in the state. The system is presently being pilot tested.

    In a meeting held on Tuesday to review the progress of digitisation of land records, property registration and other e-governance initiatives taken to ease the interface of the public, the revenue and disaster management minister, Captain Abhimanyu, directed officials to roll out new initiatives and pilot projects in a time-bound manner.

  • Wed
    Aug
    30
    2017
    Digital India vision: Euphoria apart, did country gain anything?

    Launched on July 1, 2015, Digital India generated a good deal of euphoria. The aim was to create an empowered society and knowledge economy with an emphasis on e-governance. Digital India targeted to provide internet services to 2.5 lakh villages and 1.5 lakh post offices that would be converted into multi-service centres. The government was to lay an optical fibre network in 2.5 lakh gram panchayats and take steps to ensure that, by 2018, all villages are covered through mobile connectivity. It was to train 1 crore students from small towns and villages for IT sector by 2020. The initial response was positive. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said his company would set up low-cost broadband in 5 lakh villages. Google CEO Sundar Pichai hoped that with this initiative India would play a big role in driving technology forward. But digitalisation cannot be in silo; it needs a 360-degree perspective encompassing all socio-economic parameters. So, while Digital India is great on paper, its execution has been behind schedule. The major hurdle is digital divide—even though mobile penetration in India is high, internet connectivity is poor.

  • Wed
    Aug
    30
    2017
    AE: Sharjah eyes fourth industrial revolution

    Economists, technologists and futurists are predicting that global economies are soon going to be subjected to their greatest transformation ever: the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. Built on the foundation laid by the third (digital) revolution, experts expect emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, the Internet of Things, quantum computing, biotechnology and nanotechnology to have a fundamental impact on business, government, jobs, leisure and society in general. They also expect the pace of change to prove to be exponential.

  • Wed
    Aug
    30
    2017
    BH: iGA's live broadcast Instalive successful

    Beneficiaries of the Information and e-Government Authority (iGA), and its social media accounts' followers have massively interacted with the authority’s live blog, InstaLive, and the national portal, bahrain.bh.

    iGA Chief Executive, Mohammed Ali Al-Qaed asserted that InstaLive, being among the latest social media trends, was launched by the iGA in line with the directives of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to intensify direct communication and interaction between the citizens and officials.

  • Tue
    Aug
    29
    2017
    SG: Coming your way: An NRIC - but in digital form on your smartphone

    The new system, which will build on existing SingPass, is likely to be in place in three years

    A new national digital identity (NDI) system to allow Singaporeans to do away with hardware tokens or the need to fuss with SMS one-time passwords is in the works and expected to be in place in three years.

    Singapore's NDI - which will be on trial over the next six months - will layer on the existing SingPass system, set up for Singapore residents in 2003 to access e-government services.

  • Tue
    Aug
    29
    2017
    IN: Mizoram Pushing e-Governance to The Next Level

    The Government of Mizoram has a dedicated ICT Department to closely monitor the growth of ICT projects in the State. The ICT Department has set up the State Data Centre for data security, and they are also planning to set up Cyber Security Centre, says Dr C Vanlalramsanga, Secretary, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Department, Government of Mizoram, in conversation with Ritika Srivastava of Elets News Network (ENN).

  • Tue
    Aug
    29
    2017
    CN: Anhui: Hefei Establishes Gov’t Agency to Manage Data Resources

    Hefei, the capital of East China's Anhui province, set up a government agency responsible for data resource management on Monday, as part of its effort to boost the big data industry and push ahead with its “smart city” program.

    Dubbed“gold ore” or “new oil” of the Information Age, data resources are becoming vital, basic and strategic.

  • Tue
    Aug
    29
    2017
    IN: Aadhaar will soon be mandatory for National Institute of Open Learning examinations

    Nios Chairman Chandra Bhushan Sharma said the move is being planned to ensure there are no proxy candidates appearing on others’ behalf. Aadhaar will soon be mandatory for National Institute of Open Learning examinations

    The National Institute of Open Learning is planning to make Aadhaar verification compulsory for candidates appearing for examinations to ensure there are no proxy students appearing on their behalf, said the institute’s chairperson Chandra Bhushan Sharma.

  • Mon
    Aug
    28
    2017
    Prospects of e-governance for India‘s internal security

    Hi-tech internal security market in India has not yet acquired robustness to seamlessly handle the supply-side. Seamlessness is also a business-cycle problem in contract-management in the information-technology sector across the country, says Dr Amitabh Rajan, former home secretary of Maharashtra, in conversation with Gopi Krishna Arora of Elets News Network (ENN).

    Q: What are the core techno-economic issues in India‘s internal security?

    Capability building is the first issue, adaptability the second, and value for public money the third. Technology, in any domain, should be appropriate, sensitive to the user, and cost-effective. In internal security operations, technology gives a tactical advantage, but only when it has been chosen discursively, adopted systematically, and procured honestly.

  • Mon
    Aug
    28
    2017
    Asean must embrace Industry 4.0

    From AI and robots to big data and clean energy, disruptive technologies are rapidly redefining our daily lives, our businesses, our economies. And in our interconnected world, these deepening impacts of "Industry 4.0" should compel countries to prepare for the changes. Asean countries are advised to focus in particular on the new technologies related to digital economy. However, in order to do so successfully requires overcoming a few key challenges: ensuring that necessary regulation and public infrastructure is in place, developing human resources and intensifying mutual cooperation.

    Industry 4.0 promises a revolutionary new paradigm for economic production that employs cyber-physical production systems including online networks of sensors, machines, workpieces and information technology systems that span entire value chains. These sophisticated new systems boost productivity and lead to levels of efficiency that were not imaginable just a couple of years ago. But these benefits also come at a cost from potential labour market disruption.

  • Mon
    Aug
    28
    2017
    US: Virginia: Pulaski County: Real estate records now available online

    Beginning Monday, real estate property records for Pulaski County’s 30,177 taxable properties will be available online and able to be searched by a variety of methods, according to Commissioner of the Revenue Trina Rupe.

    The records are accessible through the Real Estate Assessment Card Search Gateway via “Property Card” on the commissioner of the revenue’s link on the county website, www.pulaskicounty.org. Records will be updated throughout the year as changes are received from the circuit court clerk’s office.

  • Sun
    Aug
    27
    2017
    US: Arkansas: South Central Telehealth Resource Center gets grant renewal

    The South Central Telehealth Resource Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a three-year grant totaling $975,000, renewing its funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    It marks the third time the HRSA administration has renewed its financial support since 2010 when it first supplied funding to establish the resource center, which serves the south central states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

  • Sun
    Aug
    27
    2017
    NP: Internet forum stresses wider collaboration

    The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Nepal-2017 concluded in the Capital on Saturday with a commitment to collaboration among stakeholders for advancement of internet, expansion of internet accessibility and reaping multiple benefits.

    The forum, hosted by the Internet Society Nepal Chapter, saw presentations, followed by group discussions on internet policy, law, utility, future course and e-governance.

  • Sun
    Aug
    27
    2017
    SG: 3 key issues at National Day Rally 2017: The push to go digital

    Singapore has been placing emphasis on pre-school education, and announced plans to combat diabetes and step up digital payments and services to be a Smart Nation. Ahead of tonight's National Day Rally, where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will elaborate on plans in these areas, Insight looks at what has been done on all three fronts, why they are significant and what more could be done.

    Even when using smartphone apps for goods and services, Ms Kelly Kin, 29, prefers to part with cash.

  • Sun
    Aug
    27
    2017
    IN: Kerala: More services from e-District soon

    Project has processed over 3 crore certificates through its online platform

    e-District Kerala, the flagship e-governance project launched in 2013, will soon be offering more digital services for the public in the State.

    By October, the non-creamy layer certificate issued by the Revenue Department and the services offered under the Santhwana scheme of NoRKA (Non-Resident Keralites Affairs) will be made available through the e-District project by October, the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) has said.

  • Sat
    Aug
    26
    2017
    Future of e-Governance in a South Asian Sub Region

    ADB’s vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty. Its mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. ADB is committed to reducing poverty through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration, writes Harshita Bhatnagar, National ICT Expert, Asian Development Bank, for Elets News Network (ENN).

    Based in Manila, ADB is owned by 67 members, including 48 from the region. Its main instruments for helping its developing member countries are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance. Currently, the Asian economy is growing at the rate of 5.9 per cent per annum. Asia is home to approximately 60 per cent of the world’s population. Collaboration in various areas is imperative for the growth of Asia.

  • Sat
    Aug
    26
    2017
    Digital Transformation Market in MENA Industry Poised to Register 15.1% CAGR Through 2014 - 2020

    Future Market Insights (FMI), with sharp focus on emerging regions, delivers key insights on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) digital transformation market in its recent report titled "Digital Transformation Market: MENA Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 - 2020". The MENA IT market is anticipated to grow at a single-digit CAGR during the forecast period. In contrast, the MENA digital transformation market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2020. The contribution of the MENA digital transformation market to the overall MENA IT market is likely to increase from 10% to 16% by 2020, witnessing an increase of 600 BPS.

  • Sat
    Aug
    26
    2017
    Knowledge & Skill Can Shape India’s Future

    In our country, leadership has been confined to management science, whereas all other areas also require leadership. In order to offer that knowledge and help students understand and evolve, we have established the Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership, says Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament and National Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in conversation with Gautam Debroy of Elets News Network (ENN).

    Q: Share with us your vision on Indian education sector.

    Education in India is in flux. Too many changes are happening and many more are required. The urgent requirement is that the educators who are running the educational institutions in India — principals, headmasters, vice-chancellors —need to take into account employability of the students.

  • Fri
    Aug
    25
    2017
    IN: ICICI Bank signs MoU with Government of Odisha for e-governance services

    ICICI Bank, a private sector bank, on Friday said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of Odisha to provide e-governance services to the people of the state.

    This initiative will enable anyone including non-ICICI Bank customers to pay their utility bills, including electricity, water, withholding tax, etc. directly on the website of the Government of Odisha, using an ICICI Bank payment gateway.

  • Fri
    Aug
    25
    2017
    IN: Karnataka: ‘Not trying to be a Silicon Valley’

    Karnataka’s IT Minister wants the State to be an innovation hub for the world

    The Congress Party is betting big on technology and social media to reach out to the people in the country, said Priyank Kharge, IT, BT and tourism minister of Karnataka. In an interview, Mr. Kharge, 38, said that his party was not going to use technology and social media only during the elections but also for e-governance and to communicate with citizens. The tech-savvy minister, who is often found meeting start-up founders and discussing technologies such as artificial intelligence, also said that he didn’t want Bengaluru to be compared with the Silicon Valley but wanted it to become the innovation hub of the world. Excerpts:

  • Fri
    Aug
    25
    2017
    PH: Makati eyes becoming ‘Smart City’

    Soon, Makati City will become a fully digital and technology-embracing “Smart City”.

    This after the city government of Makati early this week entered into public-private partnership (PPP) contracts with private-sector partners for five landmark digital projects.

  • Fri
    Aug
    25
    2017
    IN: Changing world one project at a time – Center for Good Governance

    Center for Good Governance is helping large global enterprises and federal organizations transform, under the leadership of its Director General, Rajendra Nimje

    For Rajendra Nimje, becoming an IAS was something aspired by his father, which he thinks is the best career decision for him, till now. Transitioning from a techno-engineering background (studied M.Tech from India’s premier engineering institution, IIT-Bombay) to joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS, It is the premier service in India) was not an obvious choice for him. However, the need to enable efficient governance practices in the public sector, infused with ingenuity, and aided by technology led him to join the IAS in 1994.

  • Thu
    Aug
    24
    2017
    Finland in the Stall Out zone for digital evolution?

    Finland is in the top five of the most digitally advanced countries in the world, according to the Digital Evolution Index.

    The world is rapidly moving towards digitalisation and automation in all areas of society. Yet some of the most digitally advanced economies in the world are struggling to sustain digital growth and innovation – Finland being one of them. This years’ Digital Evolution Index places Finland in the Stall Out Zone; a category for digitally advanced countries that have reached so-called “digital plateaus” of slowing momentum in terms of digital growth.

  • Thu
    Aug
    24
    2017
    The future of ASEAN’s digital economies

    ASEAN countries are set to enter the top five global regions in terms of the application of digital technologies. By 2025, the manufacturing sector will have embraced fast evolving advanced technologies and its citizens will be increasingly using advanced digital communications in their personal lives as well as in the workplace.

  • Thu
    Aug
    24
    2017
    IN: Latest Aadhaar leak exposes security flaws in app developed by NIC

    In recent months, websites maintained by NIC have inadvertently published the Aadhaar numbers and financial details of millions of citizens.

    Crucial security flaws in the eHospital app developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) gave a Bengaluru-based software developer access to the Aadhaar numbers and personal details of thousands of citizens, officials said.

  • Thu
    Aug
    24
    2017
    GH: Government is keen on establishing a digital economy - Minister

    Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, said Government was keen on establishing a digital economy which would improve efficiency of government business.

    She said the Ministry of Communications was currently implementing a number of projects under the e-Transform initiative namely e-Immigration, e-Parliament, e-Procurement, Tertiary Institutions Connectivity Programme and e-Justice to achieve that goal.

  • Thu
    Aug
    24
    2017
    IR: DOE Launches Online Portal for Hunting Permits

    An online portal has been launched by the Department of Environment to facilitate the process of obtaining hunting permits and monitor their issuance.

    "This is in line with Iran's e-government policies and it has a number of advantages," Ali Teymouri, director of the Conservation, Hunting and Fishing Office, was quoted as saying by ISNA.

  • Wed
    Aug
    23
    2017
    IN: Punjab: Amarinder announces development schemes for Amritsar

    Amarinder announced the establishment of a directorate of fire services at state level in in the city, along with 50 % reservation for women in Urban Local Bodies

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced a number of welfare and development schemes for Amritsar, including a Rs 3,000 crore World Bank aided project to establish a surface water-based drinking supply system in the city.

  • Wed
    Aug
    23
    2017
    IN: IGNOU Partnered with NeGD and CSCs for training on e-governance

    Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced to partner with the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and Common Services Centres (CSCs) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).

    “After the MoU, IGNOU will be able to collaborate with NeGD to prepare e-governance training videos. NeGD will be providing all the technical assistance required for the LMS. While partnering with CSCs will be fruitful for IGNOU students,”IGNOU’s Vice Chancellor VC Ravindra Kumar said during university’s Independence Day celebrations.

  • Wed
    Aug
    23
    2017
    e-Governance in Indian Healthcare – Building a Stronger Nation

    Like in most other economies, disruptive forces of digital technology are paving the path for better governance in India. The e-Governance movement holds potential to radically transform the way services are delivered to the populace. It promotes a collaborative approach to decision-making by allowing active participation of the common man in improving quality of public services through higher transparency and accountability.

    The seeds of e-Governance in India were sown back in 1987 with the launch of national satellite-based computer network — NICNET. Since then, several e-Governance projects have been initiated at both Centre and State level. Rapid computerisation in the 90s coupled with widespread tele-connectivity and internet proliferation in recent times has provided an impetus to various e-governance initiatives in India.

  • Wed
    Aug
    23
    2017
    BT: Policy will require all Govt. agencies to make services online

    After the implementation of the e-Government Policy, all government agencies will have to adopt citizen-centric delivery of online services.

    All government services will be made available online.

    However, Information of Communications Minister DN Dhungyel said that “all government services” might have to be defined. He said it might not be possible to provide every government service online.

  • Tue
    Aug
    22
    2017
    OM: Bank Muscat mobile wallet evokes strong response

    Oman’s first mobile wallet launched by Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the sultanate, has evoked a strong response.

    The innovative bm Wallet marks yet another secure and convenient payment channel, reiterating the bank’s strong lead in rolling out electronic payment facility as part of the country’s e-Government initiative.

  • Tue
    Aug
    22
    2017
    KW: E-govt service to be ready soon: minister

    Minister of Justice and State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Dr Faleh Al-Azeb affirmed his keenness for the full implementation of e-government project, revealing that there was no e-government when he took up the ministerial position.

    He said the egovernment service is almost ready but some final touches are required, indicating that the electronic interfacing is yet to be completed. The minister affirmed that transactions can be completed within few minutes through e-government service, revealed that a number of services of the ministry were recently turned into electronic services with the aim of facilitating procedures for the public.

  • Tue
    Aug
    22
    2017
    ‘E-Governance: The Indian paradigm for citizen-friendly governance’

    Buiilding trust between governments and citizens is fundamental to good governance. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been recognized as an essential tool for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by United Nations for the welfare of mankind. It is globally recognized that ICT promotes good governance. ICT can help build trust by enabling citizen engagement in the policy process, promoting open and accountable governance. Through e-governance, government services can be made available to citizens in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner. ICT can help in improving efficiency in mass processing tasks and public administration operations.

  • Tue
    Aug
    22
    2017
    UAE climbs up in global digital government rankings

    Nation has invested heavily in adopting and implementing ICT for smart transformation, TRA says

    The UAE has moved up from 40th to 34th in ranking for its use of information and communication technology to improve the quality of services provided by the digital government, a study by the Waseda University Institute of e-Government revealed.

  • Mon
    Aug
    21
    2017
    Bahrain launches e-service for prequalification bids

    Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning has launched an electronic system to receive contractors’ pre-qualification applications.

    The system was launched under the supervision of the Works Affairs Undersecretary and chairman of the contractors and consultants pre-qualification committee Ahmed Al Khayyat.

  • Mon
    Aug
    21
    2017
    US: Modernizing Government Technology Act to get second path to passage in Senate NDAA

    Nearly every major technology reform bill has followed a similar path over the last 30 years. After being introduced as standalone legislation, lawmakers eventually attach it as an amendment to the defense authorization bill.

    It seems the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act is heading down the same well-traveled trail.

    Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have filed an amendment to the NDAA bill that is the MGT Act.

  • Mon
    Aug
    21
    2017
    Uruguay to improve e-government services with $12m World Bank loan to modernize public sector

    Uruguay will benefit from improved quality and access to electronic services from the public sector as a result of a US$12 million loan approved this month from the World Bank. The program to improve e-government services for citizens and businesses will optimize online services throughout the public administration to offer faster, user-friendly and accessible services to the population.

    Currently, nearly 90 percent of the population has home or cellphone access to the internet. Of the central government’s more than 1,400 administrative procedures, approximately 600 can be started online and 400 can be carried out entirely online. This reflects Uruguay’s efforts during the last decade to reduce the digital gap and improve service delivery using information and communication technologies. Nearly all schools in the country also now have internet access and exporters can carry out procedures via a single foreign trade window.

  • Mon
    Aug
    21
    2017
    ICT: Tool for tackling obstacles to Eco Opportunities in Ghana

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offers an excellent opportunity for economic growth in a developing country like Ghana.

    ICT, as an enabler, has the capability to enhance economic growth by impacting all sectors of the economy if adopted and utilised appropriately. ICT can help citizens take advantage of economic opportunities by removing obstacles such as geographic isolation, high prices of goods and services, lack of information and exclusion. ICT can also offer a voice to the marginalised and help create social capital.

  • Sun
    Aug
    20
    2017
    PH: Mayor Binay set to sign PPP deals for a more hi-tech Makati

    The Makati City government is set to sign Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts for five important projects that would bring about digital transformation for the city.

    Makati Mayor Abigail Binay will lead the signing of PPP contracts on Monday for the following: Fiber Optic Loop Connecting Makati City eGovernment in partnership with several private companies to acquire mobile signal boosters to strengthen cellular and Internet connectivity in partnership with technology and market research companies as well.

  • Sun
    Aug
    20
    2017
    IN: Odisha: ULBs to go online for citizen centric services

    The State Government has asked all 112 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to discontinue the manual system and adopt all 10 online e-modules under e-Municipality application for citizen centric services.The e-Municipality project is being implemented as part of an Integrated Municipal e-Governance application software system in all ULBs along with integration of existing software applications.

    All the ULBs have been instructed to undertake legacy data entry using legacy data entry screen provided in the new application developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

  • Sun
    Aug
    20
    2017
    Connecting the dots for a Digital India

    This is an opportune moment to pause and assess India’s rapid growth story in the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives like Digital India and to explore the achievements and challenges that face us.

    The Government is observing this Independence Day as ‘Sankalp Parva’, or the Day of Resolve. It has asked the people of India to dedicate themselves to social causes and to share their ideas for creating a new India. This is an opportune moment to pause and assess India’s rapid growth story in the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives like Digital India and to explore the achievements and challenges that face us.

  • Sun
    Aug
    20
    2017
    IN: Meghalaya: E-governance services launched for Garo Hills region

    The first ever e -District Services for districts and sub-divisions of Garo Hills region was officially launched on Saturday at DRDA Conference Hall, Tura in West Garo Hills.

    Principal Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Information Technology Department, D P Wahlang while speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest congratulated the officials and staff for the success of the project and said that this was a mission mode project which is being provided by the government of India.

  • Sun
    Aug
    20
    2017
    AE: Telecom regulatory body updates Federal Network security systems

    The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the completion of the upgradation of the Federal Network (FEDNet) security systems.

    This is a step aimed at protecting more than 35 federal entities against Advanced Persistent Threats in their various forms, whether through e-mail or internet browsing.

  • Sat
    Aug
    19
    2017
    US: Is voting a public or a private act? (Your ballot is not as secret as you think)

    Winston Churchill opined, “My idea of it [democracy] is that the plain, humble, common man...goes to the poll at the appropriate time, [and] puts his cross on the ballot paper. [T]his man, or woman, should do this without fear, and without any form of intimidation or victimization. He marks his ballot paper in strict secrecy.”

    Voters of all ages, from those nostalgic for curtained voting booths to those comfortable with online voting, may be dismayed to learn that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to a secret ballot. In fact, voting during the first 100 years of our nation was a very public matter. Much like contemporary participants in political party caucuses, voters were required to voice their electoral choices. Australia is credited with enacting the first voter privacy laws designed to combat the corruption and undue influence engendered by public voting. Private balloting was first introduced in the United States in 1888.

  • Sat
    Aug
    19
    2017
    E-governance shaping the future of India – Manish Sharma, CEO and President, Panasonic, India

    The boom in technology has broken the power of conventional communication methods, making the data as the new oil in the entire digital universe that’s surrounding us. Technology has become the new home which serves the information and new experiences in form of data. In the present scenario, Information innovation has added the driving force to the services provided by the government.

    There is immense potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in supporting the good governance in developing countries, especially like India. E-governance has made the Indian governance more efficient by contributing in improving government processes, connecting citizens and building external interactions. Indian government has been using IT for more than 45 years now.

  • Fri
    Aug
    18
    2017
    E-governance: Healing India’s healthcare system with technology – Ravi Virmani, CEO, Credihealth

    News and social media feeds often bring you face to face with the grim realities of the country’s public healthcare situation. Instances of how the lack of proper access to treatment and medication claims the lives of several children, women, and men in India are unfortunately too many to count. In 2012, it was reported that nearly 16.9 million in the country died due to the unavailability of anaesthesia and surgical facilities.

    Corruption, bureaucratic hassles, lack of public healthcare expenditure, ineffective government initiatives, unutilised funds, unavailability of doctors and inaccessible hospitals – problems plaguing India’s public healthcare system are plenty. In the last 70 years, preceding administrations have achieved little in the way of improving the state of healthcare delivery in India.

  • Fri
    Aug
    18
    2017
    AZ: Tax Ministry’s educational organizations and E-government operator decide to cooperate

    Educational organizations of the Ministry of Taxes of Azerbaijan and operator of E-government (Ministry of Transport, Communications & High Technology; NRYTN) made a decision on cooperation.

    NRYTN informs that Rauf Jabbarov, director of educational center of portal E-government, and head of the Tax Ministry’s training centre Ali Hasanov signed a cooperation agreement.

  • Fri
    Aug
    18
    2017
    Reasons why Digital Pakistan is the need of time

    No. The title doesn’t suggest that we have been living inside a cave in Pakistan. You’re reading this blog on your gadget and it says 4G/LTE on the top. You pay your utility bills without leaving your desk. You are now able to apply for your driving license online and yes, mobile wallets like Keenu and SimSim are disrupting the market too. So yeah, we are getting there. Gradually, but with a direction!

    Globally, digitalization has become the cornerstone of daily living. It is almost impossible to think back to a time when everything was not digital. In Pakistan, hindrances to achieve the benchmark that the world has created in digitalization are numerous. Let’s highlight them specifically.

  • Thu
    Aug
    17
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Poor mobile services irks APO

    Angami Public Organisation (APO) has expressed serious concern over the poor mobile service/connectivity provided by various telecom companies operating in Nagaland. In a press note, APO vice president, K.T. Vilie said the quality of internet and call connectivity/clarity has become a frustrating experience, with poor signal reception and repeated call drops without being able to have even a short conversation.

    Vilie said that the biggest drawback was the dismal speed of internet connectivity. He said despite the Central government giving much emphasis on Digital India mission and promoting e-Governance for effective delivery system of governance and utility services to the people, the poor quality of basic internet services offered by various telecom companies have turned the Centre’s flagship programmes into a mockery.

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