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  • Sa
    Jul
    22
    2017
    SA: Paperless courts deliver justice quickly

    I congratulate the Saudi Ministry of Justice for winning the UN-sponsored technical excellence award at the World Summit on Information Society in Geneva. The ministry won the award following a global contest on best information and communication technologies initiatives. This was in recognition of the launch of a series of “paperless courts” in a number of parts of the Kingdom.

    The system allows individuals to submit documents electronically and without the need to visit offices. This saves time and effort, and speeds up judicial processes. The Justice Ministry’s move comes in the context of the digital transformation enhancing e-government performance that is consistent with the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision. We hope that we will see a day when members of the public no longer need to visit government departments.

  • Sa
    Jul
    22
    2017
    BH: Zain implements new SIM card registration rule

    Zain Bahrain, a leading telecommunications company in the kingdom, said it has implemented a new registration process for postpaid and prepaid mobile services applications, in accordance with the latest regulation issued by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA).

    The new SIM-card enabled telecommunications services registration process has come into force starting from July 12, according to Zain.

  • Fr
    Jul
    21
    2017
    ZA: Microsoft to digitalise Eastern Cape’s Rural Schools

    Technology can transform the educational experience at an individual student, group or class level, but when the borders of affordability and access get expanded, the benefits obtained get magnified, as schools are empowered to deliver more entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators. It is in this spirit that Microsoft South Africa signed an agreement with Internet Service Provider Brightwave, to bring Wi-Fi and TV white spaces technology based on broadband access to more than 213,000 students at 609 primary and secondary schools, as well as several healthcare clinics in King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province.

  • Fr
    Jul
    21
    2017
    TRA UAE activates e-participation through Sharik.ae

    Initiative in line with the concept of ‘Government with you’

    TRA UAE has launched, in coordination with the federal government entities, a plan to activate the e-participation portal Sharik.ae.

    The portal currently includes e-consultations launched by government entities to communicate with the public in order to develop the services and policies, which would reflect on the customer happiness and achieve the higher objectives of the government.

  • Do
    Jul
    20
    2017
    Kyrgyzstan starts issuing ICAO-compliant eIDs

    Central Asian state Kyrgyzstan has begun issuing ICAO-compliant eIDs.

    The National Electronic Identity Card (eID) is a new generation document that certifies the identity of a citizen of Kyrgyz Republic, using an integrated circuit chip.

    Beginning from May 2017, the State registration service under the Kyrgyz Government had started the enrollment of applications for issuing the National electronic identification cards for Kyrgyz citizens.

  • Do
    Jul
    20
    2017
    IN: Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar, privacy issues

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to set up a five-judge Constitution bench to hold hearing on July 18 and 19 to adjudicate upon a crucial legal issue if right to privacy is a fundamental right and is being violated in issuance of Aadhaar.

    A bench presided over by Chief Justice J S Khehar allowed a plea made by Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan for constituting a larger bench to decide the questions, including to the one related to privacy, raised in challenge to validity of Aadhaar.

  • Do
    Jul
    20
    2017
    BH: Batelco implements new TRA Sim-card registration rules

    Bahrain operator Batelco says it will implement new registration rules for postpaid and prepaid mobile services from 12 July. The Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has introduced new regulations governing the registration of sim-card enabled devices for all of Bahrain’s mobile operators including Batelco, the operator said in a statement said. The regulations state that all individuals as well as commercial and government organisations applying for new mobile services (whether postpaid and/or prepaid lines) must provide documentation as outlined by the TRA.

  • Mi
    Jul
    19
    2017
    KR: MOI Selected 7 Projects to Support Overseas Expansion of e-Government

    The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) in South Korea will carry out a project of supporting the export of Korea’s e-Government model, with 1 billion won of budget, for six months from July to December 2017 to spread its digital government across the globe.

    Started in 2016, the project to support overseas expansion of South Korea’s e-Government is aimed at assisting digital government-related international cooperation activities by each government organization and linking those activities to the export of e-Government system and services.

  • Mi
    Jul
    19
    2017
    Pakistani Citizens will soon be able to apply for driving licenses online

    Through an application, Pakistani Citizens will be able to apply for driving license online.

    The application process will be done through a mobile application called Rasta. The system is expected to speed up the process of obtaining a driving license with a significant number of Pakistani citizens set to benefit from this new step in technological development.

  • Mi
    Jul
    19
    2017
    Germany still lagging in e-government, watchdog says

    E-government in Germany requires urgent action, as the country continues to lag others, according to the annual report from the national regulatory control council, the Normenkontrollrat. The report said digitisation of the public administration still needs significant work, especially in terms of linking the many different public registers and sources of information.

  • Di
    Jul
    18
    2017
    Jamaican team to study national ID system in South Korea

    As Jamaica looks to establish a National Identification System (NIDS), a 12-member government team will leave for South Korea on Friday to study best practices from the Asian country's identification system.

    The group will consist of members from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Tax Administration Jamaica, the Registrar General's Department, e-Gov, the Electoral Commission, Office of the Prime Minister, and Jamaica Post.

  • Di
    Jul
    18
    2017
    AE: AED 2.50 Billion Revenues From E-Dirham in Q2 2017

    The federal government revenue collected through e-Dirham reached AED 2,542,411,494 in Q2 2017, compared to more than AED 2 billion in the same period in 2016, achieving a growth rate of 25%. The federal government revenues collected through the e-Dirham payment gateway reached AED 958,461,182 in Q2 2017; while revenue through the service centres reached AED 1,583,950,310 during the same period.

    The number of service transactions done through the e-Dirham system in Q2 2017 amounted to 10,837,965 transactions, compared to 9,966,134 in Q2 2016;while the total payment receipts amounted to 5,533,223, compared to 5,141,945 in Q2 2016.The total number of e-Dirham cards issued amounted to 2,730,720, compared to 2,102,466 in Q2 2016. The average execution time for e-Dirham transactions is now only 1.02 seconds online through the e-Dirham network and 1.03 seconds through e-Dirham POS devices.

  • Di
    Jul
    18
    2017
    US: Transform Your City with Image Recognition (Industry Perspective)

    Image recognition software has real-world implications for local governments and can help officials efficiently integrate and manage assets.

    Advances in artificial intelligence mean applications increasingly can take on image recognition capabilities that allow them to identify objects, detect the age of human faces and screen out adult content. The Department of Homeland Security has worked for several years to implement a biometric monitoring system to verify travelers in U.S. airports, and they recently found success with a Customs and Border Protection pilot.

  • Mo
    Jul
    17
    2017
    GH: PPA launches e-government procurement system to enhance transparency

    A proposed electronic government procurement system (e-Ghana project) was launched on Monday by the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to strengthen transparency in the country’s procurement landscape and improve compliance of the procurement laws.

    The project was funded by the World Bank at an estimated cost of $97 million.

  • Mo
    Jul
    17
    2017
    AE: Abu Dhabi's e-Government Gears up for the 2017 Esri User Conference in the U.S.

    57 employees representing 21 entities from Abu Dhabi's e-Government are gearing up to participate in the 2017 Esri User Conference (Esri UC), the world's leading Geographic Information Systems (GIS) event, which is set to take place between 10 to 14 July in San Diego, California.

    Organised by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the event is considered the largest global GIS gathering that brings together more than 1500 GIS community members to communicate, exchange experiences and share knowledge on the latest technologies and innovations in the industry.

  • Mo
    Jul
    17
    2017
    ZA: Govt pushes for broadband access in Eastern Cape

    Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a broadband infrastructure project to promote Internet access and facilitate delivery of government services digitally to residents in the Eastern Cape.

    The OR Tambo broadband project was launched in the Eastern Cape's Mhlontlo and King Sabata Dalindyebo municipalities on Friday.

  • Mo
    Jul
    17
    2017
    How digital can lift the developing world out of poverty

    The world's least developed countries can use digital technology to become more inclusive and sustainable. But they'll need our help.

    The internet has revolutionised the way of doing business in industrial countries, but are the poorest nations also benefiting from this transformation? Only one in seven people living in the world's least developed countries (LDCs) has access to the internet.

  • So
    Jul
    16
    2017
    IN: Goa seeks Andhra model to develop IT

    Seeking Andhra Pradesh model for Goan information technology sector, Minister of Information Technology (IT), Rohan Khaunte, who called on Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu at the Interim Government Complex, at Velagapudi, sought cooperation of the Naidu government for development of information technology sector in Goa, including real-time governance (RTG) and e-governance initiatives.

    Khaunte, who is on a visit to Andhra Pradesh, interacting with Naidu observed that Andhra Pradesh has made rapid strides in the implementation of information technology in the day-to-day administration. He also cited programmes such as e-pragati, fiber-grid and Core Dash board to highlight Andhra Pradesh’s progress in the use of information technology.

  • Sa
    Jul
    15
    2017
    US: School-Based Health Services and Medicaid in Context: A Better Way to Pay

    Congressional efforts to reform health care include capping federal funding and streamlining Medicaid to refocus it on its original, neediest recipients and slow the rate of growth for what has become an expensive, unrestricted entitlement threatening the future of the safety net for those in greatest need.

    Yet critics argue that such efforts would adversely impact low-income schools, which in some cases tap into Medicaid for reimbursements for certain health care-related costs, such as school nurses and other health care professionals, and equipment for children with special needs.

  • Sa
    Jul
    15
    2017
    NP: Kathmandu: Ministry of Health pilots mHealth, eHealth services

    The Health Ministry has begun formal efforts to expand mHealth and eHealth services, a popular term explaining use of mobile phones and electronic tools in healthcare, by its health facilities.

    In the first phase, a mobile application and SMS service are being piloted in Baglung and Ilam districts to track the pregnant mothers for regular antenatal visits.

  • Sa
    Jul
    15
    2017
    CA: eHealth shared health card numbers with Elections Sask. without 'legislative authority'

    A report from Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner says the Crown corporation that handles the province’s health information system shared information it should not have about every adult and many teenagers in the province.

    But eHealth Saskatchewan says that clinical information was not among the data it passed along without legal authorization to Elections Saskatchewan.

  • Fr
    Jul
    14
    2017
    Cloud to overtake traditional data centres as infrastructure spending soars to $40bn

    Worldwide spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure expected to decline 4.6% in 2017.

    The IT infrastructure space is in a rapid evolving cycle of change which will see a drop of more than 10% in the usage of traditional data centre architectures by 2021.

    That is according to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, which predicts that from 2019 to 2020, public and private cloud deployments will overtake those of traditional infrastructure.

  • Fr
    Jul
    14
    2017
    CY: Petrides defends e-government progress

    E-government is not something that can be implemented overnight but a change that requires hard work and this should not be used as an excuse to serve party interests, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said on Thursday.

    His statements came two days after the audit service issued a report saying the council set up to implement the e-government service aimed making Cyprus’ public service more digitally friendly was failing to meet its targets.

  • Fr
    Jul
    14
    2017
    UG: Govt to Engage Private Sector in E-Services

    Government, through National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U), is seeking to integrate all information systems in government so that data can seamlessly be shared between the systems in a rational, secure, efficient and sustainable manner to enhance public service delivery.

    Speaking at the systems integration meeting organised for the private sector players in the country in Kampala last week, the Permanent Secretary ministry of ICT and National Guidance, Mr Vincent Bagiire, said government has put in place the infrastructure that will enhance integration of systems.

  • Do
    Jul
    13
    2017
    IN: DocsApp reaches out to smaller cities with exceptional services, as region garners over 40 % consultations

    DocsApp, a chat-based healthcare platform that connects patients to specialist doctors in less than 30 minutes, has reached out to people in tier 2 and 3 cities in a big way. The company earns 60% of its response from tier 1 and tier 2 cities and more than 40% of consultations come from towns, villages and other small towns falling outside the tier 3 bracket.

    Through DocsApp’s, patients are able to gain access to specialists on the app anytime, anywhere. Consultation is provided in over 17 different specialties. It takes not less than 30 minutes to start the consultation from the time the user posts his/her query. Patients can either dial the toll-free number, 1800-2748-333, or access the UI on the app which is similar to WhatsApp. After the consultation, the doctor provides a report and an e-prescription. Users can also buy medicines and run lab tests through the app itself.

  • Do
    Jul
    13
    2017
    US: 3 State Transportation Agencies Turn to Smart Technologies to Save Time, Money on Road Projects

    Agencies in Idaho, California and Colorado are using Automated Machine Guidance, 3-D modeling and Intelligent Traffic Control Devices.

    In 2013, the most recent year surveyed, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) found that 16 percent of the nation's highways were in poor or mediocre condition and needed repaving or larger repairs.

  • Do
    Jul
    13
    2017
    EE: Presidency Gateway: Estonia’s digital gift to the EU

    Estonia has produced a digital solution which will make it simpler to organise and run the events taking place during the Estonian EU Presidency. Presidency Gateway is the central web portal which will be used by the ministries organising the Presidency events, as well as the delegates and if necessary the journalists attending the events.

    Already in spring, Enterprise Estonia, the state-run agency responsible for promoting Estonia abroad and attracting investment, launched two brand new web platforms – estonia.ee and brand.estonia.ee, at the cost of €200,000.

  • Do
    Jul
    13
    2017
    IN: Himachal Pradesh releases Rs.156 Cr to all Gram Panchayats under 14 FC: Minister

    Himachal Pradesh considered among the model state in Panchayat Raj system today released the first installment of Rs 156 Cr to 3226 Gram Panchayats in the State who would get funds under the recommendation of 14th Fiance Commission. The son of former Union Minister Pandit Sukh Ram and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma claimed today. The State has taken major leap after linking all Gram Panchayat under E-governance directly deposited the sums to bank accounts of the Panchayats.

  • Do
    Jul
    13
    2017
    JO: Cabinet approves committee for 'Internet for All' project

    he Cabinet on Wednesday approved the formation of a steering committee for the "Internet for All" project, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The committee will be tasked with preparing the organisational and administrative structure of the project, identifying the goals and supervising the work of the permanent office to ensure proper implementation.

  • Do
    Jul
    13
    2017
    US: mHealth, Telehealth Are Making the House Call Meaningful Again

    From community paramedicine programs to house calls arranged by a provider or ordered through an app, mHealth and telehealth are showing that technology doesn't have to separate the doctor from the patient.

    mHealth and telehealth have often been pitched as replacements for the in-person healthcare encounter, but some providers and payers now see mobile health as a means of improving the face-to-face visit.

  • Mi
    Jul
    12
    2017
    e-Governance – Promoting efficiency and transparency in India

    e-Governance is the application of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information, communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone systems and services between government-to-customer, government-to-business, government-to-government as well as support systems, processes and interactions within the entire government framework.

    Through e-Governance, various government services will be made available to citizens in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner.

  • Mi
    Jul
    12
    2017
    IN: Insights for e-governance

    The Modi government has unfeigned fascination with digital things as it believes that this technology is a savior and a salutary agent for positive change to alter the topography of governance for bringing immeasurable benefits to the Indian people. No doubt, the digital economy is a key driver of growth and development.

    The World Investment Report, 2017 of the UN Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) has set apart a few exclusive chapters extolling the countless benefits digital technology can usher in as "it can provide a boost to competitiveness across all sectors, new opportunities for business and entrepreneurial activity and new avenues for accessing overseas markets and participating in global e-value chains". It has in its armory new tools for "tackling persistent development problems" which has attracted the focused attention of political classes across the universe with India being no exception to this ubiquitous rule to mollify, if not end the inequities and inequalities of the extant societal order. At the same time, the UNCTAD has not glossed over the "host of policy challenges, including the needs to bridge the digital divide, minimise potential of negative social and development impacts and deal with complex internet-specific regulatory issues",

  • Mi
    Jul
    12
    2017
    AZ: State property sales through e-auction launched

    The State Committee on Property Issues of Azerbaijan held the first electronic auction on July 4.

    The Committee reported that currently, the "electronic auction" service combines the privatization procedure of vehicles and equipment. In the future, it will be possible to privatize small state enterprises and facilities, joint-stock companies through electronic auction.

  • Di
    Jul
    11
    2017
    TH: NBTC bullish on digital govt progress

    The GOAL of comprehensive delivery of government services by digital means can be realised much faster than the 20 years targeted, according to Takorn Tantasith, secretary general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

    Almost 75,000 villages across the country will be able to access high-speed Internet via fibre-optic lines by the end of next year, pushing the country further on the road towards so-called digital government, Takorn said.

  • Di
    Jul
    11
    2017
    Swaziland launches e-Government

    The government of Swaziland is now user-friendly following the launch of e-Government which will enable people to make payments using credit and debit cards, APA learns here on Tuesday.Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini said government transactions would from now be processed from anywhere at any time without having to go to offices.

    This followed the introduction of the Point of Sales facility that allow debit and credit card usage when paying for government services.

  • Di
    Jul
    11
    2017
    CY: E-government council fails to meet goals

    A council set up to improve Cyprus’s e-government services has failed to meet its three-year targets, an audit service report said on Tuesday.

    The council’s aims, drawn up in October 2015, included providing more public services online through the Ariadne platform, electronic signatures and authentication, exchange of data between different government departments, digitizing government grant schemes and moving towards a ‘paperless’ public service (eOasis).

  • Di
    Jul
    11
    2017
    AE: Judicial procedures in Abu Dhabi go online

    The Abu Dhabi Judicial department launched an electronic overhaul for half of their services

    People can now file lawsuits, request to lift a travel ban and process dozens of other judicial services from the comfort of their homes without having to physically go to court.

    Abu Dhabi Judicial department launched an electronic overhaul for half of the services provided by the department, public prosecution and the notary public, in a bid to cut down time and effort spent on legal procedures.

  • Mo
    Jul
    10
    2017
    PH: Digital transformation in the public sector

    The chief of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), Hans Leo Cacdac, would read messages aloud from his computer screen posted by OFWs from different parts of the world. He replies to questions regarding scholarships and business loans, while also taking the time to greet overseas workers who are happy to see the OWWA administrator waving to them online. By leading his institution in its digital journey, Cacdac has transformed OWWA into a modern, responsive agency, much to the delight of many of its members.

    Unfortunately, we don’t see similar initiatives in other agencies, including departments that have so many services that few people know or understand. Hopefully, this will soon change based on the presentation given by Assistant Secretary Alan Silor of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) during a recent conference on “Digital Transformation for the OFW Sector” organized by the Blas F. Ople Policy Center.

  • Mo
    Jul
    10
    2017
    Estonia, Leading The EU Into The E-Future

    With Britain missing its turn for the European Union presidency in light of Brexit, the rotating six-month duty has fallen into Estonia’s lap earlier than planned.

    Until the end of the year, the northernmost Baltic country will lead the EU through a complicated period: On top of difficult divorce negotiations between Britain and the 27-nation bloc, Estonia will also oversee talks on the Russian Nordstream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to Germany, an issue over which several diverging interests are likely to face off in Europe.

  • Mo
    Jul
    10
    2017
    IN: How IoT can enable better governance

    In the last couple of years Internet of Things (IoT) has been established as one of the most prominent emerging technology. IoT has caught up in several sectors and research firms predict that this potential trillion-dollar market will grow progressively. The benefits of IoT are relevant for both private and public sectors, observes Jitender Sandhu, M2M Director, ASEAN & India, Gemalto.

    With the increase in economic growth and all round development, the needs of the people have grown, and consequently the services necessary for a growing society. IoT technology can prove very useful in delivering key citizen services such as healthcare, education, public safety, transportation and security. With reference to case studies around the world, IoT is helping different governments deliver services on real-time and situation-specific conditions.

  • Mo
    Jul
    10
    2017
    US: 5 Ways Sensor Technology Can Improve City Infrastructure (Industry Perspective)

    In order to withstand the pressure on infrastructure that urbanization will bring, smart cities are expected to grow commensurate with the process of worldwide urbanization.

    More than 6.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050, according to UN estimates. That figure represents more than double the number of people currently living in such settlements. In order to withstand the pressure on infrastructure that this process of urbanization will bring, smart cities — referring to a concept by which cities’ traditionally offline systems such as water supply networks are brought online and connected to sophisticated analysis and control systems — are expected to grow commensurate with this process of worldwide urbanization.

  • Mo
    Jul
    10
    2017
    JM: Estonia helps Jamaica set up its first digital identity

    Estonia will be helping the country to establish the first fully-digitised government system in the region.

    Jamaica wants to establish the first fully-digitised government system in the region with help from digitally-advanced Estonia, it was announced.

    In a statement, the Jamaican government described the proposed National Identification System (NIDS) as being “poised to secure the future growth of Jamaica”. NIDS will provide citizens with a single source of trusted identification, and kickstart Jamaica’s e-Governance push.

  • So
    Jul
    09
    2017
    IN: ILP goes paperless in Arunachal Pradesh

    Visiting the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh just got easier with the introduction of the e-Inner Line Permit (eILP) programme here.

    Chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday inaugurated the system on www.arunachalilp.com, the web portal which will allow domestic visitors to apply for and obtain the mandatory ILP online from anywhere in the country. Khandu was optimistic that the hassle-free and paperless system would lead to a significant increase in the number of visitors to the state.

  • So
    Jul
    09
    2017
    IN: Providing Satellite-Powered Data Analytics to Empower the Lives of Farmers

    Can we use technology to solve the problems of farmers and create a possible e-governance framework to solve issues scalable from a farm level perspective to the entire nation?

    Over 12,000 suicides were reported in the agricultural sector of India every year since 2013. One of the fundamental reasons for such manifestation of unfortunate incidents of suicides in the farm sector in India is a large number of farmers living below the poverty line. The question remains how do you address this problem in short term while you try to double-quadruple the income of farmers over a period of time.

  • So
    Jul
    09
    2017
    AE: Smart decision by EIDA

    The Emirates Identity Authority's, EIDA, decision to cease accepting cash transactions and instead accept e-Dirham and credit cards at all its customer centres nationwide from 2nd July, 2017 is a welcome move that will make things much easier for customers, said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Saturday.

    "The move will definitely support EIDA's pursuit of accuracy and efficiency levels in its operations. The diversification of channels of service is in the best interest of customers as they will get more convenient and flexible payment options.

  • Sa
    Jul
    08
    2017
    IN: People Visiting Arunachal Can Apply Online for ILP

    In a digital step that would make hassle free entry possible for domestic visitors into Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday afternoon launched the e-Inner Line Permit (eILP) programme in a simple ceremony.

    Khandu click-opened the web portal www.arunachalilp.com that provides visitors to apply and obtain the mandatory inner line permit (ILP) online from anywhere in the country.

  • Sa
    Jul
    08
    2017
    VN seeks EU smart city know-how

    HCM City needs Europe’s experience and solutions to create smart cities, a conference heard Friday.

    Speaking at the “Cyber security, Internet of Things and Connected Services towards a smart city” conference, organised by the European Chamber of Commerce in Việt Nam (EuroCham), Võ Quang Huệ, vice chairman of EuroCham, said: “The Smart Cities subject is one of great importance for EuroCham Việt Nam. EuroCham believes its members have a lot to offer for Việt Nam’s sustainable development.

  • Sa
    Jul
    08
    2017
    Canada in 150 years: People power will shake up society

    Editor’s note: 2017 marks the sesquicentennial of Confederation. While the anniversary is a chance to reflect on the past, The Conversation Canada asked some of our academic authors to look down the road a further 150 years — or “Canada +150”. Curtis McCord, who researches information systems, predicts technology will further expand our ability to understand politics and engage in political action. Nothing is certain in the next 150 years — not even the future of our democracy. Coming to grips with the tragedies of a colonial past and uncertainties of our present is a challenge for many of us.

  • Fr
    Jul
    07
    2017
    SA: Gauteng targets 3,000 government sites for broadband

    The Gauteng government says is taking urgent steps to modernise the public service and boost its re-industrialisation efforts.

    “This modernisation offers opportunities to improve efficiency and access to public services; develop the transparency and accountability of government, and empower citizens to better participate in the decision-making,” said Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy.

  • Fr
    Jul
    07
    2017
    GB: Report says new governance needed for data use

    Royal Society and British Academy call for new independent body and outline high level principles

    The UK needs a new governance structure to preserve public confidence and support the delivery of potential benefits of data use such as improved public services, according to a new report by the Royal Society and the British Academy.

  • Fr
    Jul
    07
    2017
    ZM: ZPPA registers 10,000 suppliers

    The Zambia Public Procurement Authority -ZPPA- has registered over 10 thousand suppliers following Vice President Inonge Wina’s launch of the E-Government Procurement system last year.

    The -Government Procurement -EGP is a new system which ZPPA is using to assist suppliers of goods and services to public institutions bid for contracts and get quotations.

  • Do
    Jul
    06
    2017
    Japan looks to blockchains for more secure e-government systems

    Testing to begin this fiscal year with tender applications

    Japan wants to use the data storage technology behind bitcoin and similar virtual currencies to update how individuals and companies interact electronically with government, aiming to bolster information security while cutting administrative costs.

  • Do
    Jul
    06
    2017
    Blockchaining India’s digital future

    How a nascent technology could pave the way for Digital India

    Almost as soon as he was elected, India’s “reformer-in-chief” sought to upend the inefficiency and corruption endemic to the country’s lackadaisical bureaucracy. Citing bureaucrats’ struggle to get in their usual round of golf, The Washington Post’s Annie Gowen wrote, “Babudom is now in peril”. Three years later, it seems the reports of Indian bureaucracy’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

  • Do
    Jul
    06
    2017
    India Looks To Blockchain For E-Governance

    Two states within the country of India will be integrating blockchain technology into their governance.

    Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh, will be integrating blockchain technology into its government affairs. The two Indian states are pursuing assistance from blockchain startups as they assess the technology for data security. Several other state governments within the country, such as Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra, have also started exploring the application of blockchain technology for governance. State IT minister of Karnataka, Priyank Kharge, says Indian officials are currently evaluating global markets to see how the technology can be used in the public and private sectors:

  • Do
    Jul
    06
    2017
    Estonia’s e-residency offers EU bolthole to Britons facing Brexit

    Innovations like Skype, TransferWise, Pipedrive push Baltic state’s post-Soviet success

    Amid the fog of uncertainty over Brexit, a growing number of Britons are finding a route to remain in the European Union through a tiny country on the Baltic Sea.

  • Do
    Jul
    06
    2017
    ZA: Gauteng to build on teacher and school training to strengthen ICT rollout

    The Gauteng Department of Education plans to strengthen its training of schools and teachers in the province to maximise, strengthen and sustain its ICT rollout programme is public schools.

    MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, delivered his budget speech yesterday in Johannesburg.

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    Jul
    06
    2017
    US: Vegas, D.C. Showcase Their Smart Cities Approaches In Austin, Texas

    We also ran into one of our GovTech 100 companies, AppCityLife.

    At this week's the Smart Cities Connect Conference, officials have acknowledged that the next iteration of the smart city should focus more on people and less on infrastructure; the National Science Foundation highlighted three ways it's supporting the greater gov tech movement; and five new cities joined the Smart Gigabit Communities program.

  • Do
    Jul
    06
    2017
    Legislation is needed for smart cities, say 90% of US companies

    Smart infrastructure, e-government, and smart mobility are top technology priorities for governments, according to a study from ABI Research.

    In an endorsement for smart cities, more than 50% of government agencies reported that public technology adoption should be stimulated, managed, and aggregated at the local or city level, according to a report from ABI Research, released Wednesday.

  • Do
    Jul
    06
    2017
    US: Illinois: Chicago's Procurement Modernization Seeks to Better Collaboration Across 29 City Departments

    In early August, the city will advertise for requests for proposals to modernize the systems used by the Department of Procurement Services.

    Procurement is one of those areas of government that doesn’t often get a lot of attention. When it comes to technology, people love talking about data analytics, moving to the cloud and any number of overused catchphrases. But too often the simple stuff gets overlooked.

  • Mi
    Jul
    05
    2017
    PHL ICT projects seen to breed digital Pinoys

    Information and communications technology (ICT) has been hailed by many governments around the world as the great enabler to achieve a higher degree of efficiency, better productivity, stronger transparency and improved government service to the people.

    Politicians in a developing country such as the Philippines got the point.

  • Mi
    Jul
    05
    2017
    US: Smart City 2.0: Shifting the Focus from Infrastructure to People

    Thus far, the smart city movement has been focused on core infrastructure like broadband and sensors, but this week, the conversation began to shift to an even more important element — people.

    19,519. That is the number of cities that exist in the United States. Over the past decade, each one of those cities experienced major shifts brought on by changes in technology, business and overall consumer behavior.

  • Di
    Jul
    04
    2017
    IN: Sonowal asks Assam DGP to connect all police stations with CCTNS

    In a move to empower Assam Police with technological solutions and criminal intelligence to enable it to render its duties, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday has asked the DGP to ensure that no slackness creeps in connecting all police stations in the State with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS).

    It may be noted that CCTNS is a comprehensive and integrated system for augmenting the efficacy of policing through adopting the principle of e-Governance and creation of a nationwide networking infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled-state-of-the-art tracking system around 'Investigation of crime and detection of criminals'.

  • Di
    Jul
    04
    2017
    US: The Pathway to Digital Transformation in Government

    Digital transformation is happening across the government. Citizens are driving the rate of change through their expectations. What we’ve seen over the past few years with the growth and acceptance of the cloud, mobility, application programming interfaces (APIs) and the ability to understand user behavior like never before through data analytics, those agencies which are taking advantage of the evolutions of technology are doing a better job meeting their customers’ needs.

  • Mo
    Jul
    03
    2017
    IN: Maharashtra: Mumbai: Now, drones to keep tab on illegal structures in twin-city

    In a multi-pronged strategy to keep a tab on illegal construction and to enrich its coffers by broadening the tax base, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), led by Dr Naresh Gite, will soon deploy drone cameras to detect illegal structures and to identify properties that have been under-assessed or have still not been evaluated.

    This will be done under the government’s e-governance project, which has been mandated for all corporations. The administration has roped in M/s KPMG as its technical consultant to launch a comprehensive e-governance platform for the corporation.

  • Mo
    Jul
    03
    2017
    US: Federal suit claims government overcharges for court records

    Members of the public using the federal court database to access court records may be part of a class action lawsuit, which alleges the U.S. government overcharges for federal court records.

    Filed April 21, 2016, the suit alleges the cost of producing court records electronically has increased twice since 2002, when Congress passed the E-Government Act of 2002, which sought to cap rising court record costs.

  • So
    Jul
    02
    2017
    IN: Chhattisgarh: IT-based building permission management system soon

    The Chhattisgarh Government will be deploying an IT-based building management permission system soon, officials informed.

    The Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) is the nodal agency for implementation of the project.

  • So
    Jul
    02
    2017
    IN: Gujarat: GNFC's tech division eyes overseas foray

    GNFC serves over 11,500 companies through its (n) Code platform for e-tender and e-procurement

    Having posted close to 30 per cent growth in its annual turnover and nearly 40 per cent rise in bottom line for the previous financial year (FY17), state-owned Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) is planning to take its information technology division, (n)Code Solutions, abroad.

  • So
    Jul
    02
    2017
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla to have smart public transport: Virbhadra Singh

    Complimenting the residents of Shimla for the city being included in the smart cities list of the central government, he said the Smart City tag would help in its planned development.

    Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday said promoting smart public transport, developing footpaths for pedestrians, eco-tourism and better management of natural springs will be the top priorities for restoring the glory of the state capital under the Smart Cities Mission.

  • Sa
    Jul
    01
    2017
    SX: William envisions St. Maarten as Smart City in near future

    Prime Minister William Marlin envisions St. Maarten as being a smart city or a smart island in the not-too-distant future.

    Marlin made the comments during the sixth annual Governor’s Symposium themed “ICT Governance – Shaping Our Future,” held at American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine in Cupecoy on Friday.

  • Sa
    Jul
    01
    2017
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla Makes It To India’s Smart City List & Here’s What Will Change

    The state capital of Himachal Pradesh also known as the ‘Summer Capital of the British Raj’ — Shimla is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. The ‘Smart City’ status that has been recently bestowed upon Shimla has given this Himalayan city another reason to cherish. The Centre recently announced a list of 30 cities to be developed as smart cities. The Smart City Mission was launched in the year 2015 and till now 90 cities have made it to the list.

    Dharamshala was brought under the Centre’s Urban Development Project last year and now Shimla has become the second city in Himachal Pradesh to have made it to the list of the smart cities in the country. The news spread in the state like forest fire after an announcement was made in the third and final list of the Smart City Mission at the National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New Delhi yesterday.

  • Sa
    Jul
    01
    2017
    PK: Gearing towards digital age

    Pakistani society is going through a transformational phase. All sectors of society are ready for uplift towards digitisation. The fields of health, justice, education, jobs, empowerment and infrastructure can all be drastically improved through digital initiatives.

    Digital ecosystems are the backbone for delivering these ambitions. The development of IT parks, incubation centres and open access to services could turn out to be a baseline for growth and progress.

  • Sa
    Jul
    01
    2017
    IN: Readying plan to transform all cities in Andhra Pradesh into smart cities: Minister

    Expressing happiness about Centre's decision to pick up Amaravati as smart city, municipal administration minister Dr P Narayana has said that the state government is readying plans to make all the cities in the state as smart cities.

    He said that they are readying a blue-print to develop all the cities in the state as smart cities with state, central and private funds. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Narayana said that chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had directed them to ready the plans to transform all the cities into smart cities. "Centre is extending funds for development of Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Tirupati and Amaravati as smart cities under its quota. We have already spared funds to develop another six cities with state funds. Now, we are contemplating to develop all the cities as smart cities," said Narayana.

  • Fr
    Jun
    30
    2017
    BZ: GOB Strikes Deal With Microsoft For E-Government

    Today the Government of Belize and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at helping the government to meet its National Digital Transformation Goals. Microsoft will help to address problems with government inefficiency and corruption by incorporating more advanced technology. Government plans to integrate cloud storage and computing, as well as train Public Officers to properly use the new technology. Representatives from both the GOB and Microsoft gave presentations about the soon to be improved government systems...

  • Fr
    Jun
    30
    2017
    IN: Smart City: Tamil Nadu talks e-governance

    Tirupur, the knitwear hub that is among four Tamil Nadu cities in the latest round of smart city entrants, wants to provide underground sewerage and increase green cover.

    Commissioner M. Ashokan said e-governance, better water supply, health and public transport are also on the cards.

  • Fr
    Jun
    30
    2017
    Ted Osius vows US support for smart city building in Vietnam

    The US stands ready to sponsor, support and share its experience in building smart cities with Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular, US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said.

    Ted Osius made the statement at a workshop on Vietnam-US cooperation in developing smart cities jointly held by the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications, the US Embassy in Vietnam, and the US Trade and Development Agency in Hanoi on June 21-22.

  • Fr
    Jun
    30
    2017
    Zambia to allow more mobile phone operators

    Transport and Telecommunications Minister Brian Mushimba has announced that his ministry has been granted approval by Cabinet to introduce a converged licencing framework in the sector.

    Mr Mushimba said the new licencing framework will inevitably open up the telecommunications market beyond the current three mobile operators.

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    Jun
    29
    2017
    US: Passing through the park made easy

    Sure, most visit the parks conveniently located nearby to take a step out of their daily grind, unplug and enjoy nature. But before visitors turn their phone off for the day, they may just want to use it for an easier entrance. Instead of waiting in a long line of cars to pay for a pass, visitors can now purchase passes online and show their ticket at the booth.

    The new convenience is a result of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks partnership with digital government services provider NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV). NIC Inc has provided the capability to offer digital park passes to visitors through “YourPassNow.”

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    Jun
    29
    2017
    Cloud Computing and Digital Divide 2.0

    Internet connectivity is the great enabler of the 21st century global economy. Studies worldwide unequivocally link increases in Internet penetration rates and expansion of Internet infrastructure to improved education, employment rates, and overall GDP development. Over the next decade, the Internet will reinvent itself yet again in ways we can only imagine today, and cloud computing will be the primary operating platform of this revolution.

    But not for everyone. Worldwide, the estimated Internet penetration rate ranges between 44% and 50%, much of which is through less productive mobile devices than desktop workstations. Overall, Internet penetration rates in developed countries stand at over twice that of underdeveloped economies. For many, high-quality Internet services are simply cost-prohibitive. Low-quality infrastructure and devices, unreliable connectivity, and low data rates relegate millions to a global online underclass that lack the resources and skills necessary to more fully participate in the global economy. First recognized as early as the 1990s, these persistent quantitative inequities in overall availability, usability, etc., demarcate a world of Internet "haves" and "have not's" known commonly as the "Digital Divide".

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    Jun
    29
    2017
    IN: Punjab govt to enforce Raavi font in all e-governance transaction: Health minister Brahm Mohindra

    Standardisation of character encoding is mandated as per the notification of ministry of electronics and information technology, in the centre, and the same shall be strictly implemented across all government offices, boards, corporations and commissions.

    The Punjab government has decided to implement the Unicode-compliant Raavi font in all official matters to ensure smooth e-governance transactions.

  • Do
    Jun
    29
    2017
    How is Estonia building a ‘virtual data embassy’?

    Research by the Estonian Government and Microsoft discusses cutting-edge digital policies.

    Failure is not an option for Estonia. In a country where 98% of banking transactions are done online, digital services need to be continuously available.

    “Estonia must be able to continue to function as a government, and as a people, even in the direst of scenarios, including the loss of our territory,” writes Taavi Kotka, the former Government CIO.

  • Do
    Jun
    29
    2017
    IN: FMCG firms eye rural push via govt's common service centres

    HUL, ITC, Iffco products can be ordered online in rural areas via such centres

    People in rural areas will soon be able to access a wide range of products online from Hindustan Unilever (HUL), ITC and Iffco in their nearest Common Service Centres (CSC).

    CSCs, an important part of government's Digital India initiative, function as a single access point for delivery of services electronically including passport and Aadhaar enrollment.

  • Mi
    Jun
    28
    2017
    US: CRM Use Is Gaining Traction in Local Government — Here Are the Numbers to Prove It

    Data from the Digital Cities and Counties Surveys reveals that governments are either investing in or planning to deploy CRM systems.

    Over the last few years, the use of customer relationship management (CRM) has been ramping up in local government. The Digital Cities Survey revealed that as of last year, more than 90 percent of cities are either using or working to deploy the technology. And while it’s not quite as pervasive in counties, nearly 70 percent are doing the same, according to the 2016 Digital Counties Survey. Since the information has been tracked for cities, more than half have implemented CRM, while the numbers have been inching up for counties. As cloud computing makes the technology more easily attainable and citizens look for their governments to take a customer-driven approach to services, these numbers are expected to continue to rise.

  • Mi
    Jun
    28
    2017
    US: Connectivity for All: 5 Cities Creating Innovative Internet Solutions (Industry Perspective)

    Public Wi-Fi may not be the game-changer some people anticipated, but that doesn’t mean residents won’t have solid Internet options as more cities compete to become tech hubs.

    A few years ago, everyone was thrilled by the concept of free public Wi-Fi. Cities and businesses were collaborating to blanket busy shopping districts with coverage, and many people envisioned a beautiful wireless paradise. Then, reality set in.

  • Mi
    Jun
    28
    2017
    US: NYC Looks to Make Its 911 System Fully Digital

    The city has issued an RFP for its Next Generation 911 project, while installing interim text-to-911 capabilities slated to go live in early 2018.

    New York City is working to make its 911 system fully digital, which in practical terms means that residents will be able to interact with emergency responders through text messages, photos, videos, social media and other state-of-the-art methods of communication.

  • Di
    Jun
    27
    2017
    EU’s journey of modernising public administration and tackling the challenges of interoperability across different member states

    Ms. Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DIGIT talks about the progress of modernising the EU public administration, working with different member states and more.

    The Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) is the European Commission (EU or the Commission) department or Directorate-General (DG), which is responsible for providing digital services that support other Commission departments and EU institutions in their daily work.  It provides IT and telecommunication equipment and solutions, information systems and infrastructure services for over 33,000 staff in the Commission. Furthermore, DIGIT runs a major IT procurement operation and all the EU Institutions and Agencies have increasingly come to rely on the Commission for their procurement needs in the area of IT. Based in Luxembourg and Brussels, DIGIT employs around 480 full time staff and about 1100 external contractors and it managed a budget of 129M€ in 2016.

  • Di
    Jun
    27
    2017
    GB: Nexus Commended For Digital Drive

    Nexus Vehicle Rental, the UK’s leading corporate vehicle rental provider, has been recognised as one of the top ecommerce companies in the North as part of a major new report on the region’s tech sector.

    The Top 100 eCommerce Companies in the North report has been compiled by Prolific North with Nexus listed in the top 30 companies, recognised for its fast growth alongside giants of the ecommerce and automotive industry including MoneySuperMarket, Autotrader and The Car Buying Group.

  • Di
    Jun
    27
    2017
    Colombia outlines digital roadmap, action plans

    Colombia's government announced a series of regulations and proposed measures on Tuesday to boost the digital economy, including the creation of a strategic ICT department and regulation requiring minimum download speeds of 25Mbps by 2019.

    Speaking during a workshop on Colombia's digital economy strategy at the Latin American Telecommunications Congress in Cartagena de Indias, ICT minister David Luna said the government's digital economy roadmap would introduce six regulatory projects, three ICT measures and 11 digital economy actions.

  • Di
    Jun
    27
    2017
    US: Massachusetts: The Future of CRM and Customer Service: Look to Boston

    Every service request — by phone, mobile app or Boston’s Web portal — becomes a piece of data that can be used to track the city’s performance.

    If traditional, hotline 311 calls and fully staffed call centers are financially unsustainable, then the future of customer service and CRM might be found in the city where the first mobile app was launched. Since that eventful moment, Boston has seen its digital channels grow significantly, expanding 10 percent per year for the past three years, according to CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge. “Today, we are averaging 59 percent of our service requests through digital channels,” he said. “There’s been a dramatic move by our customers from phone to digital.”

  • Mo
    Jun
    26
    2017
    ZW: Zimpost rakes in $3,2m from partnerships

    State-owned postal, courier and ICT services provider, Zimpost, handled international transactions worth $3,2 million in the year to December 2016 through partnerships with international money transfer companies, acting managing director, Sifundo Moyo, said.

    The Zimpost boss said the firm — presently disbursing close to $4 million pension pay-outs on behalf of pension companies —was working on expanding partnerships with non-postal international money transfer companies to push transaction volumes.

  • Mo
    Jun
    26
    2017
    DO: Technology as Innovation: Putting Citizens at Center of Govt

    The world is undergoing major changes, but the challenges also bring technological innovations that allow governments to provide for citizens’ needs.

    Technological innovations are an efficient tool to refocus governance on the citizens who make up the state, and are more necessary than ever to help governments define their administrations and build an open platform to communicate with their citizens. Providing for citizens basic needs and services is the essence of good governance; a public administration that is considered and strives to be called an open government.

  • Mo
    Jun
    26
    2017
    UG: ICT ministry 'to manage all gov’t IT officers'

    "We shall now be managing your recruitment, talent development, promotion and managing your exit as well."

    Cabinet has passed a resolution to have all Information and Communications Technology (ICT) officers from different government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to be managed by the ICT and National Guidance Ministry.

    The ministry’s permanent secretary Vincent Bagiire said the resolution was passed and forwarded to Public Service.

  • Mo
    Jun
    26
    2017
    mGovernment: Reaching the mobile tipping point

    Our lives have become, in many ways, a ‘mobile experience’. We’ve become inseparable from, dependent on and emotionally attached to our devices to the extent that we feel lost without them. Whether for social media, banking, business tasks, buying and selling products, or for identification purposes, mobile devices are an essential part of everyday life. This mobile experience is now part of everyday life for more people than ever before, smartphone penetration has become more prevalent and the management of the identity we use online is now of critical importance – the requirement for using Digital Identities is mounting as the use of them permeates our daily activities: using them both for our personal and professional lives.

    This was clearly demonstrated in a recent research study to forecast and understand customer wants and needs in the year 2025. In December 2016, an independent consumer survey of 1,969 smartphone users globally was carried out by Smart Survey on behalf of Gemalto. This was done to provide insights into what the customer of tomorrow wants and expects, the study surveyed people from three different age groups including the 15-30, 31-49 and the 50+ groups.

  • So
    Jun
    25
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima: Officers Hill youth launch smart colony

    In a first of its kind in the State, the Officers Hill Youth Organisation (OHYO), Kohima, launched the ‘Smart Colony: GIS and 3D Map’ – zero budget community project with Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, Rajesh Soundararajan, as the chief guest held at Hotel Urra, Officers Hill, Kohima.

    The present initiative is a unique government and voluntary community participation as well as collaboration, which aims to provide location based address details of the citizens so that correspondences as well as basic public services can be properly delivered at the citizens doorsteps without any hassles of finding address.

  • So
    Jun
    25
    2017
    IN: Chhattisgarh: State Govt starts process to implement COSMOS project

    The Chhattisgarh Govern-ment has commenced the process to implement the ‘National Digital System’ (COSMOS) for various schools of the State, officials informed on Saturday.

    The Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) is the nodal agency for implementation of the project.

  • So
    Jun
    25
    2017
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Aadhaar centres in wards to meet enrolment target in Dec

    A permanent Aadhaar enrolment centre at ward office level or at any central location for covering every 25,000 population who have not enrolled for the unique identification number and continuous camps in societies and schools are some of the plans lined up in all districts to complete the Aadhaar enrolment process by December this year.

    Pune collector office has decided to cover citizens who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar number by setting up permanent enrolment centres as well as camps in societies. In Pune district, only 91 % coverage has been registered with the district facing some issues regarding renewal of enrolment agencies. The permanent centres will be initiated in the coming fortnight.

  • Sa
    Jun
    24
    2017
    IN: Better city planning: E-governance, efficient public transport a must

    Niti Aayog, in the draft of its 3-year action plan, has suggested steps such as creating adequate living and office space, preventing slum creation, building new cities for increased urbanisation and improved quality of urban life

    Recognising urbanisation as an integral part of economic development in the country, government think-tank Niti Aayog, in the draft of its three-year action plan, has suggested a number of actionable points for the Centre and the states to facilitate this facet of economic transformation. These points include key deliverables for programmes such as Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities Mission, and promotion of efficient and sustainable public transport.

  • Sa
    Jun
    24
    2017
    IN: Thomson Reuters inks pact with NSDL e-Governance to offer joint GST solution

    Thomson Reuters and NSDL e-Governance, one of the pioneers of e-governance in the country, have agreed to offer an integrated Goods and Services Tax (GST) proposition for large and mid-sized corporations in India.

    Based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Friday, the duo claim that this solution will enable seamless calculation and filing of returns under the new tax regime. Additionally, Thomson Reuters and NSDL e-Gov have also agreed to collaborate to leverage Thomson Reuters Onesource Determination solution to provide value added services, including validation services, for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) segment.

  • Sa
    Jun
    24
    2017
    Estonia and Finland establish nonprofit for developing X-Road

    Estonia and Finland have established a nonprofit association titled Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS) to develop the X-Road data exchange layer in information systems, which allows databases and registers to communicate securely, reports LETA/BNS.

    The institute that is aimed at making data exchanges between the two countries significantly more effective will be headquartered in Tallinn.

  • Sa
    Jun
    24
    2017
    JO: Cabinet asks ministries to prepare for e-service

    The Council of Ministers has directed ministries and concerned entities to start preparation to switch to electronic service in implementation of last week's cabinet order to stop paperwork and begin providing ten services online to the public as of Jan. 1, 2018.

    Among these are land registration, the issuance of professional licenses, payment of land tax and traffic violations, the issuance of non-conviction certificates, renewal of vehicle licenses and social security services.

  • Fr
    Jun
    23
    2017
    BZ: One standard motor vehicle registration and license system to be implemented

    For the most part, the process of acquiring any form of driver’s license or vehicle registration has been anything but a uniform and cohesive process. Up until now, there were 9 different systems for the 9 different municipalities but since the latest Belizean-Taiwanese venture, all of that will change. The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been the spearhead in this USD $2.8 million project. The project is a 4-year joint partnership on e-government so that the Belizean citizenry will be able to enjoy a more effective and efficient transport service.

    On June 8, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Taiwanese Ambassador, H. E. Charles K. Y. Liu, and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight of the Ministry of Finance. The MoU is for the e-government initiative “Belize Motor Vehicle Registration and License System” (BMVRALS). The intent of the 4-year-project is to make the current, decentralized system one that will be integrated and centralized by the end of its two phases. The current systems work independent of each other leaving room for inefficient record management and data sharing. The new system will be implemented in the entire country to digitize transport services.

  • Fr
    Jun
    23
    2017
    Estonian digital signature used to sign a memorandum with the European Space Agency

    For the first time, the European Space Agency has used the Estonian digital signature solution to sign a memorandum – and naturally, the document was between the ESA and Estonia.

    Jan Woerner, the director general of the space agency, and Urve Palo, the Estonian minister of entrepreneurship and information technology, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communications Technology collaboration on 13 June. According to the space agency, it was the first digital signature signed at the ESA.

  • Fr
    Jun
    23
    2017
    US: 311: From a Hotline to a Platform for Citizen Engagement

    The days when cities offered a three-digit hotline service have been eclipsed by what might be called the Amazon era, where customer service is paramount.

    Boston, a city of nearly 650,000, launched in 2009 what is probably the first mobile app for 311 services. BOS:311, formerly called Citizens Connect, allows anyone to request a variety of services using their smartphone and an Internet connection. The app even allows them to take photos of a pothole, geotag its location, and forward to the city so workers can quickly find and fix the problem. Today, the data collected from 311, whether from the app or from regular phone calls, helps the city not only decide how it should improve services, but it also can figure out who needs those services more, and if they aren’t getting the right services, why not.

  • Do
    Jun
    22
    2017
    US: 4 Ways HR (and Other Departments) Can Use Social Media

    It’s not always obvious how an internal department can benefit from social media.

    I hear this all the time: “If I’m the human resources rep for my agency, wouldn’t I just send everyone an email to let them know about programs and deadlines? Why would I use an external social media site?” These questions are understandable, as it is not always obvious how an internal department such as human resources can benefit from embracing social media. Let me try to make you a believer.

  • Do
    Jun
    22
    2017
    IR: Isfahan: Kashan Citizenship Card Among WeGO Top 5

    Kashan Citizenship Card has been selected among the top five projects lined up for the third WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards, the mayor of the historic city in Isfahan Province announced.

    “According to the Secretariat of Awards, Kashan Citizenship Card, along with other top projects, has been recognized on the WeGO website and will be cited in a top ICT journal,”Seyyed Mohammad Nazem Razavi was also quoted as saying by Kashan Municipality’s official website.

  • Do
    Jun
    22
    2017
    First digital signature between ESA and Estonia on ICT collaboration for Space

    As part of of ESA’s 268th council on 13 June, Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia, and Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, digitally signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communications Technology collaboration. It is the first digital signature performed at ESA.

    “I am happy to see that the digital signature has found its way to the European Space Agency,” noted Ms Palo. “I and every other Estonian use it on a daily basis, saving up to five working days per year by this solution."

  • Do
    Jun
    22
    2017
    IN: Smart city mission: 0.87% of Chandigarh in area, Sec 43 corners 87% of fund

    The sector, which covers an area of just one sq km , has a population of 12,000

    A whopping Rs 4,932.5 crore of the proposed total investment of Rs 5,654.89 crore under the Area Based Development (ABD) of Smart City Mission is to be spent on Sector 43, a 1 square kilometre of Chandigarh’s total area of 114 sq km.Sector 43 has a population of about 12,000 people, but 87.2 per cent of the total funds would be spent on this sector, under the ABD.

  • Do
    Jun
    22
    2017
    Liberians urged to uphold strong integrity

    The chief of party of Digital Liberia E-Government Project is emphasizing here that if Liberia will be a better place, it means every citizen should be honest, trustworthy and sincere in whatever position he or she occupies in public service.

    Madam RieLukowski spoke recently at the 5th ConsultativeMeeting of KvinnaTilKvinna or TK Liberia, urging Liberians to become standard bearers of building integrity, because it’s very significant to the rebuilding process of the country.She explains that the aim and objective of the meeting was to learn more about integrity, understanding the importance of being a person with integrity and how integrity is linked to unity and culture.

  • Mi
    Jun
    21
    2017
    Bahrain to introduce cloud computing

    Deputy Premier, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa chaired the meeting of the High Information and Communication Committee, at the Gudaibiya Palace today.

    Deputy Premier, HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, and Deputy Premier, Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, and committee members attended the meeting.

  • Mi
    Jun
    21
    2017
    US: Cities Turn to Public Input to Shape Open Data Policy

    Transparency advocates hope tech-based collaborations will become a permanent part of the lawmaking process.

    In recent weeks, four cities have begun to actively solicit public input as they draft or hone open data policies — a practice that government transparency advocates hope could one day grow from the niche realm of open data into a routine part of all lawmaking practices.

  • Mi
    Jun
    21
    2017
    S. Korea taps deeper into South American e-government market

    A South Korean government delegation will visit Brazil and Peru next week to promote its electronic government systems, the ministries of interior and foreign affairs said Wednesday.

    The team led by a senior official of the Ministry of the Interior plan to visit the South American countries through Tuesday.

    In Peru, the delegation plans to hold talks with senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. It is also scheduled to hold sessions to train Peruvian civil servants on the use of e-government.

  • Di
    Jun
    20
    2017
    Saudi Arabia ranks highest in perception of E-government services improvement: Survey

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranks top on the highest net perception of service improvement over the past two years globally and ranks third in terms of the highest level of frequency in e-government usage, with 32.6% more Saudi citizens using these services more often, the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) 2016 Digital Government Survey showed. The survey, which was based on 13,570 individual responses across 21 countries and 26 digital government services, benchmarks citizen perspectives on their use of digital channels for government services.

  • Di
    Jun
    20
    2017
    AE: Satisfaction with e-government rising, but usability issues persist

    BCG survey shows growing adoption and satisfaction with online government services

    Users of online government services in the UAE report high levels of satisfaction, but three quarters are suffering from usability problems, according to a survey by Boston Consulting Group.

    The 2016 Digital Government Survey showed that the UAE ranked fourth overall worldwide in satisfaction with online government services, and that there has been a 39.5% growth in the number of users accessing government services at least once per week over the past two years.

  • Di
    Jun
    20
    2017
    IN: North Delhi civic body relaunches website, offers e-mutation facility for taxpayers

    A major new feature of the website is the facility for residents to apply for mutation or change of name in property tax records online

    The BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday launched its new-look website with added features even as its mayor asserted that the move would promote e-governance and reduce the scope for corruption.

    A major new feature of the website is the facility for residents to apply for mutation or change of name in property tax records online.

  • Mo
    Jun
    19
    2017
    Jamaica to be first total e-governance country in region

    Jamaica is now poised to become the first total e-government society in this region.

    This means that the country will be operating as a digital society where all public services are accessed online.

    The plan was announced Friday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness who said that a new National Identification System (NIDS) will serve as the main platform for e-governance locally.

  • Mo
    Jun
    19
    2017
    NG: S/Korea offers N158m for e-govt training centre

    South Korea, through its agency for international cooperation (KOICA), has offered N158m ($500,000) for the renovation of e-government training centre, sited at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN).

    The country’s ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-duk, at the kickoff ceremony in Abuja, said the gesture was to institutionalise e-government system in Nigeria.

  • Mo
    Jun
    19
    2017
    UAE ranks top in satisfaction for online govt services

    The UAE has the second highest net perception of service improvement over the past two years globally and ranks first in terms of the highest levels of satisfaction for services in comparison to the private sector, a report said.

    About 39.5 per cent more UAE citizens are using these services more often, according to the 2016 Digital Government Survey published by The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG), a global management consultancy.

  • So
    Jun
    18
    2017
    Estonia to help Jamaica establish its region’s first e-government system

    With the help of Estonia, the tiny island nation of Jamaica is looking to establish its region’s first e-government system.

    The Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness, said in a statement that his administration was committed to establishing the first fully digitised government system in the region.

  • Sa
    Jun
    17
    2017
    PK: Examining Punjab’s e-Governance claims

    The e-governance has shaken the bygone rudimentary modus operandi of governance and administration; where it has made it more accessible for the commoners to reach out to the people on the helm of affairs, that too with just a few button clicks. The service delivery ought to get better in terms of efficiency and expediency. Even though the e-governance seems to have been implemented in the most populated province of the country, Punjab, through the e-Khidmat centers that purportedly aim to change the culture of waiting in hour-long queues, the optics are farfetched from actuality.

    Giving the semblance of improvement in service delivery won’t work only with the development of digital platforms. Smart phone applications, Chief Minister’s complaint cells and other similar web portals won’t suffice if the redressing infrastructure is weak. Without a shadow of doubt, mainstreaming the use of ICT in the field of governance is a hallmark of the 21st century, bringing about genuine across-the-board democratisation in terms of accessibility to the public institutions. Yet, the intent behind the overhaul holds promise if the potentates desire to empower the citizens down to the household level.

  • Sa
    Jun
    17
    2017
    TH: Deputy PM pushes support for e-Gov in Phuket

    Deputy Prime Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Janthong arrived in Phuket yesterday (June 9) to promote a roadshow highlighting the government’s move towards providing cloud-based e-services

    At the public launched for the “Gov Channel Roadshow 2017: Digital Local Government”, held at the Novotel Phuket Phokeethra hotel in Phuket Town, ACM Prajin said, “Phuket as a Smart City is to be a role model for other provinces, with technological infrastructure developed to make people’s digital lives easier.”

  • Fr
    Jun
    16
    2017
    BY: South Korean company invited to co-develop Belarus' paperless trade system

    Belarus has an interest in developing a national paperless trade system in cooperation with the Korea Trade Network company (KTNET), Belarus Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said as he met with KTNET Director General Jin-Hyun Han on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

    According to Vladimir Semashko, promotion of relations with Seoul is of great importance for Belarus. The Republic of Korea is ranked 1st in the global ICT Development Index. “ICT development is one of Belarus' major goals. We hope that South Korean partners will help Belarus' e-government and paperless trade system emerge,” the deputy prime minister remarked. The South Korean side has already explored current Belarus' potential for establishing a national paperless trade system and nearly accomplished a feasibility study of the project.

  • Do
    Jun
    15
    2017
    IN: BIZGURU, a One-stop Solution for Small Businesses and Traders

    Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), the country’s largest trade body, Acer, one of the largest PC companies in the worldand Tally Solutions, India’s leading business software provider,today announced the launch of “BIZGURU”, a one-stop plug and playbusinesssolution for all accounting and GST compliance needs. BizGurucomes withAcer’s world-renowned PC products and pre-installed Tally.ERP 9, the country’s preferredbusiness software.The initiative is supported by CAIT, who have been helping Indian traders embrace new technology for the last decade.

  • Do
    Jun
    15
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Agri launches app development drive

    he Agriculture department of Nagaland is gradually meeting with the age of digital technology. A program launching a drive for development of mobile applications, or apps, of the National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) was held in the APC Conference hall on June 7.

    YM Yolow, parliamentary secretary for Agriculture was the chief guest of the event, a press release from the department of Agriculture stated on Wednesday. During the formal programme, the chief guest declared the project for development of mobile applications “open.” He said that five mobile apps meant for agriculture and allied departments that were identified and recommended by the committee have been ‘officially awarded’ to the department of Information technology & Communication from the day the memorandum of understanding was signed i.e., May 16.

  • Do
    Jun
    15
    2017
    IN: Nagaland: Yolow launches development of mobile Apps under NeGPA

    Parliamentary secretary for agriculture Y.M Yolow on Wednesday launched the programme for development of Mobile Apps under National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) at APC conference hall as chief guest.

    A press note by joint director Agriculture, Letkholal Hangshing stated that chief guest during his speech said the recent advancement of technology had brought the world closer, but added that it had both merits and demerits. He therefore called upon the agriculture and allied department to take advantage of the mobile apps that could be developed.

  • Mi
    Jun
    14
    2017
    US: Agencies in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota Make Strides in Federated ID Management, Single Sign-On

    State and local agencies are evaluating federated identity concepts as a way to become more business-friendly and potentially forge a unified citizen document stream.

    Full partnerships will take time to develop, but state and county agencies are exploring expanding ideas of teamwork beyond traditional notions of collaboration, and looking at concepts of federated identity that could lead to active, secure information sharing later this year.

  • Mi
    Jun
    14
    2017
    US: 5 Steps Agencies Can Take to Prepare for Pitfalls in the Cloud (Industry Perspective)

    There still isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to the public cloud, but agencies shouldn't panic. 2017-06-14 00:08:00 The merits of cloud have long been a point of discussion. Is a public or private cloud more preferable? What should government consider versus the private sector when using a cloud-based content delivery network (CDN)?

  • Di
    Jun
    13
    2017
    Report: India has world's highest useage of biometrics

    A new report has found that India has the highest usage of biometrics per person, thanks to its Aadhaar unique ID scheme.

    India now leads globally in the adoption of biometrics techniques, according to HSBC's recent Trust in Technology report.

  • Di
    Jun
    13
    2017
    Digital Innovation in Latin America: How Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have been experimenting with E-participation

    Overcoming state dependence may be crucial for digital innovations to transform democracy by engaging more citizens in the political process.

    Latin America has always been a region of deep contradictions, and this is especially true when one considers its politics and democracy. Despite its authoritarian past that continues to show through in some political practices and institutions, the region has experimented with democracy in very innovative ways in recent years. Likewise, whereas the region still suffers from deep social inequality and is not yet free from poverty and hunger, Latin America is the world’s third largest regional online market and its internet penetration rate is above the world’s average, half of which is due to intense smartphone usage.

  • Di
    Jun
    13
    2017
    Unified ID card for transacting with city government and merchants in Makati City, Philippines

    The card will be used for direct and real-time crediting of salaries and benefits to linked mobile cash wallets of employees, health beneficiaries, senior citizens, and students.

    The city government of Makati City in Philippines (a part of Metro Manila)has launched the Makatizen Card, which will allow the city’s 500,000 residents to access city government services and transact with the city government. They can receive cash allowances, stipends, and other cash benefits using the Card. They can also use their cards to pay fees and taxes, as well as for personal remittances and other financial transactions. City government employees can use their Makatizen Card to receive salaries and allowances.

  • Mo
    Jun
    12
    2017
    Array of local cloud services will spur faster digitisation of SA Inc

    The launch of various local cloud platforms is a defining moment in the digitisation of companies and governments across the continent, says Peter Reid, Executive Head of Intervate South Africa, a T-Systems company.

    The launch of various local cloud platforms is a defining moment in the digitisation of companies and governments across the continent, says Peter Reid, Executive Head of Intervate South Africa, a T-Systems company.

  • Mo
    Jun
    12
    2017
    NG: KOICA holds e-govt training on ‘project planning & devt’

    The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in partnership with Federal Ministry of Communications, Public Service Institute of Nigeria and Ministry of Budget and National Planning, has begun training government officials on “Project Planning and Development Course”, as part of its on-going e-Government Capacity Building programme for Nigerian public servants.

    This is in light of the e-Government Master Plan which is expected to be approved by the Federal Executive Council and should in turn lead to various implementation of e-Government projects across the country.

  • Mo
    Jun
    12
    2017
    US: California: Citizen Service Center In-A-Box Makes Pasadena, Calif.’s 311 Phone System Mobile

    A grab-and-go mobile communications set-up ensures that one California city can be there for residents during an emergency.

    What do you get when a major windstorm hits a 100-plus-year-old city? A recipe for disaster. That’s what Pasadena, Calif., city officials faced in 2011 when severe gusts of wind toppled hundreds of trees and snapped traffic signals in half. The city launched its Emergency Operations Center according to procedure and began receiving 311 calls from residents who needed help. While operations went smoothly, it brought up an important question for city officials: what happens if we can’t access our emergency facilities in the event of an emergency? That question led to the development of Pasadena’s Citizen Service Center (CSC) In-A-Box to ensure emergencies don’t get in the way of residents’ ability to reach out to the city for help.

  • Mo
    Jun
    12
    2017
    US: 3 Tips for Designing Municipal Tools with Employees in Mind

    While many cities offer technical tools to municipal workers, many are not well suited to employees’ needs.

    A number of years ago, a Midwestern state rolled out a comprehensive procurement system that allowed state employees to identify purchases based on 1,400 different categories. However, despite the specificity built into the system, the state was surprised to find that 20 percent of procurements were marked as “other.” The problem was not that there were not enough categories, but rather that state employees did not want to scroll through all 1,400 to find the right one.

    This is all too typical an occurrence in city government. While many cities offer a host of technical tools to municipal workers, many are not well suited to employees’ needs. These types of problems underscore the value of human-centered design, a process in which the needs of end users are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process.

  • Mo
    Jun
    12
    2017
    US: Visualization Takes Open Data to the Next Level

    An in-depth look at five interactive websites that offer fresh views of data.

    When Stephen Goldsmith was deputy mayor of New York City in 2010 and 2011, the city was working on processes to make data available to the public. “We have now gone from fulfilling that transparency goal, which has its own value, to thinking more fully about open data in its role for creating better community outcomes,” he said. That means considering how a sister agency could use data or how community groups could use it to identify and solve problems in their own neighborhood.

    “You begin to think about data as driving value, as contrasted to data as transparency for its own sake,” he said. “Then visualization becomes critical. In fact, data without visualization is barely open data at all.”

  • So
    Jun
    11
    2017
    IN: Arunachal CM discusses connectivity with Telecom minister

    Pointing out that the existing IT network was not fully reliable, the chief minister said the urgency of having a good OFC network was necessary for GST to be implemented in the state.

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Union Minister Manoj Sinha in New Delhi to discuss issues related to telecom connectivity in the state.

    Khandu informed the Union Minister of State for Communications yesterday that the state government was emphasising on e-governance and m-governance while apprising him of the need for robust optical fibre connectivity (OFC) augmented with microwave towers and VSATs, an official release said on Saturday.

  • So
    Jun
    11
    2017
    KNET partners with Gemalto to strengthen Kuwait's on-line transaction security

    Gemalto has been selected by KNET, Kuwait’s national shared electronic banking service company, and jointly owned by 11 Kuwait’s banking institutions, to supply its confirm authentication server.

    Gemalto’s solution generates one-time passwords for online authentication, enabling millions of safe etransactions in the country via the KNET epayment gateway and delivering a step change in fraud protection. The secure platform is highly customisable and it can support a wide range of authentication and signing methods. Starting with SMS OTP, it will ultimately enable banks to expand towards Gemalto Mobile Protector and Secure Messenger solutions.

  • So
    Jun
    11
    2017
    GE: Land grab: Governments may be big backers of the blockchain

    In the hills overlooking Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, sits a nondescript building housing rows of humming computer servers. The data centre, operated by the BitFury Group, a technology company, was built to “mine” (cryptographically generate) bitcoin, the digital currency. But now it also uses the technology underlying bitcoin, called the “blockchain”, to help secure Georgian government records. Experts are eyeing the experiment for proof of whether blockchain technology could alter the infrastructure of government everywhere.

  • Sa
    Jun
    10
    2017
    IN: Centre assures support for robust telecom connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh

    Union Minister of State for Communications (Independent), Manoj Sinha assured the Arunachal Pradesh Govt of his full support for a robust telecom connectivity in state informing that the central government has set the target of connecting over 2.5 lakh gram panchayats under the Bharat Netproject with the aim to provide 2-20 Mbps bandwidth to individual houses. The assurance came when Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on the Union Minister here on Friday.

    Informing on steps being taken for improving mobile connectivity in Arunachal, the Union Minister said that BSNL will roll out 1893 mobile towers to provide 2G internet service and seamless mobile coverage across the state.

  • Sa
    Jun
    10
    2017
    BD: Not for mobile handsets

    The government plans to deliver all digital services through mobile phone by 2021, but in reality, they have increased customs duty on mobile handsets in the four consecutive fiscal years including the proposed budget for 2017-18.

    According to the country's seventh five-year plan, all e-governance services will be available on mobile platform. Finance Minister AMA Muhith in his budget presentation also reiterated the government's importance on digitisation.

  • Sa
    Jun
    10
    2017
    TH: TOT upbeat on village schedule

    The government has completed the first batch of broadband network construction for around 3,000 villages on schedule.

    TOT will implement the network for 24,700 villages throughout the country with an investment of 15 billion baht, with the remaining 21,700 to be done by year-end, said TOT president Monchai Noosong.

  • Fr
    Jun
    09
    2017
    IN: Smart city projects need to get their e-gov models right: UST Global executives

    Say going digital should be seen as a process with incremental steps

    Proposed smart cities would need to get their e-governance model right to justify the big expectations built around them, say top honchos at digital technology services provider UST Global.

    A smart city is far from being a greenfield project, say Alexander Varghese, Chief Administrator and Country Head, and Hari Chandrasekaran, VP and Global Head, Public Sector.

  • Fr
    Jun
    09
    2017
    US: Online Voting Is Inevitable, But Will It Impact Turnout?

    In a new "Predicting Our Future" podcast, entrepreneur Andrew Weinreich looks at voting via the Internet and the two essential questions that remain unanswered: whether more people will vote and what the risks are.

    Public agencies across the United States are already evaluating online voting. And while casting a vote via the Web may not be an all-inclusive answer, it's certainly a potential solution to our democracy’s far greater problem of low voter turnout, according to the creator of a new podcast on the issue.

  • Fr
    Jun
    09
    2017
    ACP: Why Developing Countries Strive to Embrace e-Governance

    Following are extensive excerpts from the opening remarks by the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) at the high-level E-Governance Conference on 30 May 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Many institutions and organizations (public and private) in developing countries, such as ACP (the African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries, have embraced the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to address the various opportunities and challenges in the context of their respective development strategies.

  • Fr
    Jun
    09
    2017
    LI: National ICT Broadband Backbone Will Expedite Development

    Thomas Wesseh Doe, founder and chief executive officer of WESAGROCOM, Inc., an ICT (information communication technology) and real estate company, says there is the need for a national network that would ensure connectivity in all fifteen counties of Liberia.

    In a recent interview at the Daily Observer office in Paynesville, Mr. Doe said the implementation of a national network will ensure effective communication across counties as well as improve government’s service delivery.

  • Do
    Jun
    08
    2017
    Thailand up in competitiveness ranking

    Thailand saw a slight improvement in its competitiveness ranking, moving up from 28 last year to 27 this year, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2017 released late Tuesday.

    The top five economies of the 63 rated this year are: Hong Kong, Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Netherlands.

  • Do
    Jun
    08
    2017
    EU to provide Wi-Fi to everyone everywhere in Europe

    Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council reached an agreement to launch the WiFi4EU initiative aimed at bringing high-quality wireless internet access to at least 6,000-8,000 local communities. It has a total provisional budget of upto €120m until 2020 and will provide internet access for locals, visitors and tourists in parks, squares, libraries or public buildings.

    “This agreement shows that Europe can be practical and useful in citizens’ everyday life”, declared MEP Anne Sander, the EPP Group’s spokeswoman in the report ‘Promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities’.

  • Do
    Jun
    08
    2017
    JO: King follows up on progress in public sector development

    His Majesty says those who hinder plans will be held accountable

    His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday said that those who hinder plans to improve the performance of the public sector and other economic programmes would be held accountable.

    He told a meeting of officials tasked with implementing public sector development policies that the performance of each official would be evaluated in accordance with the size of achievement and in case of failure to accomplish the tasks vested in them.

  • Mi
    Jun
    07
    2017
    African ICT leaders seeking ideas in Estonia

    Estonia is clearly punching above its weight when it comes to e-services, African ICT leaders attending the Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2017 told daily Postimees.

    One of the conference's highest-ranking guests was African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, effectively the counterpart of European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Andrus Ansip, Postimees wrote.

  • Mi
    Jun
    07
    2017
    PK: Over 5,000 officials trained on e-governance system

    Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT) has provided training to more than 5,000 staff of different government departments on e-governance system, launched to ensure accuracy, transparency and accountability in decision making.

    In this regard, workshops are being conducted to give orientations regarding e-office to officials and familiarize them with good practices and measures already taken by MoIT.

  • Mi
    Jun
    07
    2017
    US: Digital Age: Local Governments, App-Based Economy Are Clashing

    The more our commerce moves to app-based, peer-to-peer hookups for rooms, rides and other things, those transactions slip further beyond government control to protect us from rip-offs and danger.

    I want to rent out a room near the Plaza to the occasional traveler. What’s it to you?

    I’m gonna make a few extra bucks giving people rides home from Westport. What do you care?

  • Di
    Jun
    06
    2017
    MyEG on track for another record year with strong growth

    MY EG Services Bhd (MyEG) looks set for another record financial year with a double-digit growth, having delivered a 63% growth in earnings to RM53.9mil for the third quarter ended March 31, 2017.

    That raised its nine-month earnings to RM142.03mil, up 55% compared to the same period in the preceding financial year, according to the e-Government service provider’s latest interim financial report to the stock exchange.

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