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    UAE leads Arab region in AI adoption

    The UAE is leading the Arab region when it comes to the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, which is set to see an annual growth rate of 33.5 per cent, a new report has revealed.

    The report by the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Campus, prepared in collaboration with ArabNet and startAD, also revealed that the UAE is followed by Saudi Arabia with an expected 31.3 per cent annual growth rate in the adoption of AI, the rest of the GCC region at 28.8 per cent, and Egypt at 25.5 per cent.

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    2018
    IR: Taking smart decisions important for having smart cities: minister

    Taking smart decisions is as important as collecting and processing smart data for having smart cities, the information and communication technology minister said, IRNA reported.

    Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Smart Congress at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Monday.

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    ZA: SITA 'not institutionally ready' for IoT

    While the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) acknowledges it is not institutionally ready to fully maximise the Internet of Things (IoT), government views IoT as a catalyst for smart service delivery. SITA, however, aims to improve the country's state of readiness to adopt, implement and roll out IoT technology.

    This is according to SITA CEO, Setumo Mohapi, who was speaking at an IoT Industry Day organised by the agency in Pretoria yesterday. He said the organisation plans to roll out an IoT strategy in 2019 to 'leverage pockets of IoT development and innovation, harness available skills and implement an ecosystem based on open innovation'.

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    18
    2018
    Smarter cities for better life

    According to a report released by UN in May, today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050.

    The 31st of October is celebrated as World Cities Day. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the trends and consequences of increasing urbanization and the challenges and opportunities urbanization brings to sustainable development. It is also a chance to promote best practices, new ideas and partnerships between cities and different stakeholders.

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    17
    2018
    CA: Smart cities threaten privacy, freedom, warns expert

    The former privacy commissioner of Ontario recently resigned from a project to create a smart city in Toronto because there are no guarantees the collection of personal data would be kept private. Privacy is fundamental to freedom, says Ann Cavoukian, and smart cities being created around the world are not doing enough to guarantee it.

    ‘No opportunity to revoke consent’

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    17
    2018
    UG: ICTs for Development: An opportunity in waiting

    Digital governments take such dimensions as; service delivery, access to public information, open data and citizen engagement.

    The 21st century dynamics arguably provide a smart way for governments to go against the step by step development theory as posited by Walt Rostow back in the 1960s.

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    17
    2018
    Estonia to export its digital solutions to Benin

    The Republic of Benin in West Africa is to develop a data exchange platform based on the Estonian model.

    The Estonian e-Governance Academy and Benin’s National Information Systems and Services Agency have signed an agreement to design and implement the governmental interoperability framework for enhancing secure data exchange between government authorities and developing digital services for Beninese citizens. The development includes the Estonian secure data exchange platform based on the Estonian X-Road model and several interoperability solutions.

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    16
    2018
    IN: Odisha revenue cases pile up despite e-governance

    The pendency of mutation cases beyond the timeline of Odisha Right to Public Services (ORTPS) is almost 50 per cent of the total pendency in 14 districts.

    Even as the State Government claims to have introduced 3T (transparency, teamwork and technology) formula to improve governance, thousands of land mutation cases, which were supposed to be disposed of in a time-bound manner, are pending in several districts since long.The e-Governance initiatives have hit a roadblock due to a number of reasons including map issues, duplicate entry of cases and non-institution of old cases. As many as 2,37,605 mutation cases were recorded in 30 districts till November 20 while only 17 per cent of those cases have been disposed of.

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    16
    2018
    Iran climbs 20 steps in development of e-government

    Dean of Management Faculty of University of Tehran Ahmad Sahraei said that Iran has moved up 20 steps in the global ranking of the development of electronic government, standing in the 130th place.

    Development of electronic government is one of the main strategies of fighting corruption and in this regard, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the responsible body for fighting corruption," he added.

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    16
    2018
    Delegation visits Brunei’s leading digital transformation company

    A 30-member delegation from the 10th Brunei-Malaysia-Singapore Leadership Development Programme 2018 (Brunei Leg) visited Comquest Sdn Bhd, a leading digital transformation company in Brunei Darussalam recently.

    According to a press release, the leadership development programme is conducted annually by the Civil Service Institute (IPA) Brunei, Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN) Malaysia and Civil Service College (CSC) Singapore.

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    15
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Salem: CM to inaugurate Rs 170-crore worth smart city projects on Dec

    Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will inaugurate smart city projects to the tune of Rs 168.85 crore and other schemes at a government function to be held in the city on Thursday (December 13).

    Salem Municipal Corporation (SMC) commissioner R Sadheesh, along with Salem MP V Panneerselvam, MLAs G Venkatachalam and A B Sakthivel and other officials, inspected the event venue on Saturday. He said the smart city projects would focus on both area-based and pan city development.

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    15
    2018
    Microsoft shows power of AI for government in Kuwait

    Microsoft has discussed the potential of AI for government at the sixth E-Government Forum (EGOV) in Kuwait.

    The company was platinum sponsor for the event which took place from 4-6th December in Kuwait City.

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    14
    2018
    US: Is Your Data Center Ready for the Internet of Things?

    The potential for IoT to improve residents’ lives is significant, but only if cities have adequate digital infrastructure.

    In 2017, the number of IoT devices outnumbered the world’s population for the first time, exceeding 8 billion. While forecasts for the future have varied widely, the current consensus is that we can expect 20-plus billion IoT devices by 2020. We may have as many as 125 billion by 2030, according to IHS Markit, a data analytics research firm.

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    14
    2018
    US: Michigan: The Online Tools Detroit Is Using to Support Sustainability

    Detroit may be behind on rolling out a full sustainability action agenda, but the city is agile and catching up fast with a new set of digital tools to foster engagement among the community.

    Detroit, like many cities, is working to get greener these days, doing so by creating the Office of Sustainability, hiring a director for that office, and, most recently, deploying a new set of tech-based tools to foster broad community engagement.

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    13
    2018
    KW: Govt upgrades e-services to confront corruption: Minister

    Under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and in cooperation with the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT), the 6th E-Government Forum (EGOV6) kicked off on Tuesday under the motto ‘Managing Transformation Towards Digitalization’ in the Al-Baraka Ballroom of Crowne Plaza hotel. The forum focused on managing change during the digital transformation journey.

    On the sidelines of the forum, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Khaled Al-Saleh said raising the level of digital services in Kuwait is a big concern of the government, adding that the aim of upgrading electronic services is to confront corruption through e-services that remove the human element in the completion of any transaction.

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    13
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Traffic management to be part of Smart City

    Punishing stop light violators and managing traffic at 159 busy junctions of the city is set to get automated with corporation getting a nod to implement Red Light Violation Detection (RVLD) system by installing Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras under Smart City.

    The ANPR cameras will be powered by Optical Character Recognition technology to read the number plates of violating vehicles. The system will automatically generate challan for payment of a fine which will be sent to the violator.

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    13
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Hubballi Dharwad Smart City to implement ICCC, IoT enabled ICT systems

    The project is expected to be implemented in a phased manner and will go live by mid-2019

    NEC Technologies India has concluded a contract to provide command and control centre components and other IoT enabled smart ICT systems for Hubballi Dharwad Smart City (HDSCL). The project is expected to be implemented in a phased manner and will go live by mid-2019. Under the contract, NEC Technologies India will implement an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), city wide surveillance system and ICT based solid waste management system.

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    13
    2018
    Is Thailand 4.0 coming to fruition?

    Thailand’s military junta, also known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) came into power after a coup in 2014. Since then, it – under the leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha – has received both criticism and praise from people inside and outside the country. Say what you like but the NCPO has shown initiative in leading Thailand in the right direction when it unveiled its master plan for the country’s future two years after it took control.

    In 2016, the military government unveiled its newest economic initiative dubbed “Thailand 4.0”. The initiative was a master plan to get the country Industry 4.0-ready with the ultimate aim of freeing the people of Thailand from the middle-income trap by making the country a high-income nation in five years following the inception of Thailand 4.0.

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    12
    2018
    US: How Can Smaller Cities Join the Growing AI Economy?

    As artificial intelligence gains ground, countries are setting national strategies to promote the technology’s adoption. Local governments may not have those same resources, but they can make AI more accessible.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to make a significant impact on the global economy, adding $15.7 trillion to the GDP by 2030. In pursuit of these economic benefits, many countries have developed national strategies to promote the adoption of AI within their borders, such as China’s ambitious plan to become the global leader in AI. But what can state and local governments — especially those outside of the country’s main tech hubs — do to ensure they are not left behind in the AI economy?

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    12
    2018
    6 Challenges Smart Cities Face and How to Overcome Them

    Cities can surmount challenges around infrastructure, partnerships and politics through innovation and collaboration.

    Many cities today have ambitions of becoming the smart cities of tomorrow. But to achieve this, they need to overcome the challenges associated with mapping out a complex strategy that involves public and private participants, direct and indirect stakeholders, integrators, network and managed service providers, product vendors and IT infrastructure providers.

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    12
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    GR: Athens shows how smart cities can do more with less

    Last year, Greece’s capital city, Athens, hired its first Chief Digital Officer – Konstantinos Champidis talks to Smart Cities World about his first 18 months in the job.

    Many cities hired Chief Digital Officers years ago and their smart city drives are well underway. Athens has had other things on its mind.

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    12
    2018
    Azerbaijan creates e-government executive group

    An e-government executive group has been established in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.

    The group was created at an event “Development of e-government and transition to digital government: new concept and look into future.”

    The event was attended by representatives of various government agencies working in this area.

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    11
    2018
    Mediterranean EU countries make push on blockchain technology

    Seven southern EU member states including France, Italy, Spain and Malta are positioning themselves as Europe’s leaders on developing blockchain technology to be used by governments.

    A grouping known as the “Mediterranean seven” on Tuesday called on Brussels to help promote ‘Distributive Ledger Technology’ (DLT) that is most associated with cryptocurrencies but is increasingly being used by governments to offer services to citizens.

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    11
    2018
    EUR 1bn already allocated to the development of smart and sustainable cities in Belgium thanks to EIB-Belfius partnership

    In concrete terms, this constitutes 121 projects benefiting more than 2 million people

    “Smart Cities, Climate Action & Circular Economy II” has been launched with an additional EUR 400m to support ever smarter, more sustainable and circular projects helping to combat global warming

    The EIB and Belfius are cementing their partnership and are both supporting local authorities in the implementation of their projects and according to their needs

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    11
    2018
    MM: South Korean loan to help fund e-government data centre project

    The government will use a US$93.8 million (K147.3 billion) loan from South Korea to construct a data centre to support e-government processes.

    The Ministry of Transport and Communications gave a presentation to seek approval for the loan at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) on Monday.

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    11
    2018
    Mauritius Launches Smart City Aimed at Economic Transformation

    Located in the Indian Ocean 500 miles off the coast of Madagascar, the country of Mauritius is barely 10 times the size of Washington DC. Despite its size, but the country is attempting something big: creating an environment for potential investors and new jobs with its Smart City Scheme. Mauritius has already found success in moving from an economy based primarily on sugar exports and tourism to one based on finance, business and banking outsourcing. The island nation now boasts one of the most successful economies on the continent. If this Smart City Scheme project proves successful, it could provide a blueprint for more African smart cities to follow their own path to prosperity.

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    10
    2018
    IN: This is Determination: SenRa Reaches 30 City Milestone in India with LoRa Network Roll-Out

    SenRa, a PAN India Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWANs) provider for long range-based, low radio power Internet of Things (IoT) applications today announced they’ve rolled out networks in 30 cities in India.

    Cities with SenRa’s LoRaWAN™ network coverage include Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Chandigarh. SenRa’s deployment contributing to the adoption of LoRaWAN in the region, along with other companies, including Tata Communications, contributing to the development of Smart Cities throughout India.

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    10
    2018
    IN: Andhra to launch 125 digital services next year

    Andhra Pradesh’s e-Pragati Authority of the Information Technology (IT) department will launch 125 digital services in January next year. With an aim of ‘invisible government, visible governance’, the State Government is trying to bring all its 745 citizen services on one digital platform.

    “We have identified 125 services from seven departments, including Certificate Less Governance System (CLGS) and Licence Management System (LMS), to be integrated with the platform. We are working on it and expect to make them available by January,” said IT Principal Secretary K Vijayanand.

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    10
    2018
    Why we have delivered a bold vision for Australia’s digital future

    Last month, I was proud to unveil Australia's first ever Digital Transformation Strategy, which will revolutionise the delivery of government services over the next seven years and ensure we remain a world leader for digital government.

    The strategy sets out a bold and detailed plan on how we intend to achieve our goals and was backed by a roadmap containing more than $1.5 billion worth of fully funded digital initiatives that will be rolled out over the next two years.

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    10
    2018
    Parliament to Debate $95-Million S. Korean Loan for Gov’t Data Center

    The government has sought Parliament’s approval for a nearly US$95-million (150.7 billion kyats) loan from South Korea to build a centralized e-governance data center.

    Minister of Transportation and Communications U Thant Sin Maung explained to the Union Parliament on Monday the government’s plan to establish the e-Government Integrated Data Center (eGIDC) in Naypyitaw and a backup center in Thanlyin Township near Yangon.

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    09
    2018
    Stronger public private partnership required to drive Industry 4.0 in Malaysia

    • Entrepreneurs and SMEs need to assess fundamental aspects of their business
    • Time to take advantage of government policies, partner to accelerate digital businesses
    IDC believes that the 2019 Malaysia National Budget recently announced by Lim Guan Eng, the Finance Minister of Malaysia was an important incremental step in achieving Malaysia’s vision to become a fully connected digital economy.

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    09
    2018
    IN: ‘West Bengal focusing on people-centric applications in adopting emerging tech’

    The goal is to take these technologies to the grassroots level, state commerce and industries minister Amit Mitra said

    Speaking on the second day of the two-day “Emerging Tech Conclave”, organised by The Express Group here, Mitra, also the state finance minister, said that major tech companies are now flocking to Bengal to compete for orders convinced by the “transparent and competitive bidding process, embraced by the Mamata Banerjee-led government.”

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    09
    2018
    Australia launches Digital Transformation Strategy

    Australia has published a Digital Transformation Strategy, setting out its objective of allowing citizens to access all government services digitally by 2025. The goal, it says, is to ensure that government is “easy to deal with”; “informed by” citizens; and “fit for the digital age”.

    The strategy makes clear that it is dependent on the successful completion of the federal government’s project to create a digital identity system for users, work on which is already under way. With that in place, Australians using their digital ID will be able to opt-in to receive personalised services, alerting them to their eligibility for different services and providing reminders of when payments are due.

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    08
    2018
    IN: Nagaland: State signs MoU with Estonian academy on e-governance

    The Nagaland government on Friday inked an MoU with Estonian academy to enlighten the state people on the e-governance models prevailing in the world.

    The main objective of the five-year agreement with the e-Governance Academy of Estonia is to work together to develop and expand scientific collaboration on setting up e-Governance Academy in Nagaland, officials said.

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    08
    2018
    Iran starts issuing smart cards for gasoline purchase

    Iran started issuing smart cards for purchasing gasoline on Monday through “Mobile Government” - the first phase of e-government services project which came on stream in May.

    Applicants can register through the application or the website of Mobile Government, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said, Mehr reported.

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    08
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    IR: ICT ministry urges Majlis to help develop e-government

    The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has asked Majlis (the Iranian parliament) to help expand e-government in state-run organization, Mehr reported on Monday.

    Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi discussed the issues during the visit of Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani to the ICT ministry on Monday morning.

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    08
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    IN: 5 North Eastern states sign MoU with BEL on Smart City projects

    Five states of the Northeastern region on Saturday signed separate MoUs with the Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL), a central PSU, to develop mechanisms relating to the Smart City projects in those states, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

    The Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed in presence of Puri, the Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

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    07
    2018
    VN: Status of four focused solutions for smart city announced

    The HCMC Department of Information and Communications announced the implementation progress of four focused solutions for Smart City project on November 28.

    According to Decision No. 6179/QD-UBND issued by HCMC People’s Committee, there are four prioritized solutions, consisting of building a common database and developing an open database ecosystem; forming an operating center for the Smart City Project; constructing a simulation center to forecast urban economic – social status; and creating an information security center for the whole city.

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    07
    2018
    US: California: San Diego: Creating a scalable smart city

    Sarah Wray talks to Austin Ashe, General Manager of Intelligent Cities at Current by GE.

    San Diego is transforming its street lighting into a connected digital infrastructure with Current’s CityIQ platform. Sensors will collect real-time data across the city that can be used to develop applications to benefit the community – from directing drivers to open parking spaces to helping first responders during an emergency.

    Austin Ashe, General Manager of Intelligent Cities at Current by GE, tells SmartCitiesWorld more about this ground-breaking initiative.

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    07
    2018
    Efficient e-government By Blockchain Technology

    The blockchain technology works beyond the currency applications, and we need to look beyond the currency applications. The peer-to-peer networking and the consensus security mechanisms work in several other real-time applications other than just cryptocurrencies particularly in government tasks and as well in Identity management system providing for efficient e-government.

    The ideal of e-Government requires a lot of applications for its functioning. Several persistent documents should be authenticated in e-government, and the blockchain technology has already proved its capability in providing for the authentication process, therefore providing for an efficient document support infrastructure in e-government.

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    07
    2018
    CA: Ontario: Toronto: Sidewalk Labs’s updated smart city plan aims for ‘people-first public realm’

    New details on Toronto neighborhood’s streetscape, affordable housing, and privacy protection

    Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will present a new plan for Quayside, its pioneering smart city development on Toronto’s east waterfront, further demonstrating how it aims to improve how cities operate with a bottom-up reimagining of tech’s place in urban living.

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    07
    2018
    Introducing integrated e-government in Australia

    During the initial wave of digital-transformation efforts, Australia developed an international reputation as an early leader. That peaked in around 1999.

    While the different tiers of government (local, state and federal) and individual agencies have developed some impressive e-government platforms, a joined-up approach to e-government has so far remained elusive.

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    06
    2018
    IN: Government departments must do much more to be transparent

    The transparency audit by the Central Information Comission reveals that more than one-third of government ministries and departments do not disclose basic information about their decision-making process, foreign visits of senior officials, minutes of departmental meetings, transfer policy and grievance redressal mechanism

    Transparency is the bedrock of a democratic State. And since India is proud to be one, the government must take the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) transparency audit of ministries and departments seriously. According to CIC, more than one-third of government ministries and departments do not disclose basic information about their decision-making process, foreign visits of senior officials, minutes of departmental meetings, transfer policy and grievance redressal mechanism. “It has been found that out of 838 public authorities, 158 public authorities got grade A, 157 public authorities got grade B, 118 public authorities got grade C, 133 public authorities got grade D and 272 public authorities got grade E,” the report said.

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    06
    2018
    IN: Jammu & Kashmir: Labour dept goes online with host of services, Advisor Ganai launches portal, reviews performance of different wings

    The Labour Department today went online offering host of services as Advisor to Governor Khursheed Ahmed Ganai launched the departmental portal here before taking a review of performance of its different wings.The portal jointly crated by Labour department and SICOP will offer 31 services of twin organizations, including benefits under various welfare schemes for the workers, payment of various kinds of fee, besides information about labour laws and rules.Following an elaborate presentation on the working scope, workers’ welfare schemes, employment generation progammes being implemented by Entrepreneurs development Institute (EDI) given by Commissioner Secretary, Labour and Employment, Saurabh Bhagat, the Advisor asked the heads of different wings to explore the department’s massive reach by thorough understanding of laws, rules and schemes meant for benefiting huge population of working class.The meeting was attended by Labour Commissioner, Director Employment, Senior functionaries of various boards and corporations working for emancipation of workers, women, promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment schemes.

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    06
    2018
    ZW: Post offices to offer e-commerce services

    The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has announced that post offices dotted around the country will be transformed to offer e-commerce and e-government services.

    Electronic (e) government/commerce refers to the use of information and communication technologies to improve the activities of public sector organisations as well as buying and selling of goods or services using the internet.

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    06
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Smart cameras to help enforce traffic rules

    The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has started the process of installing registration number trackers and smart cameras to capture images of vehicles that are found to be flouting .

    Commonly referred to as the traffic violation detection system, the trackers and cameras will automatically track and capture the violators‘ motorcycle or car registration number once they zoom past the traffic post. “There are two components of the detection system – one is red light violation detection and another speed violation detection system,” a senior BSCL official explained.

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    06
    2018
    US: California: Sacramento: Change Is in the DNA of All Smart City Initiatives

    City and industry officials are gathered in Sacramento, Calif., for the annual Meeting of the Minds Summit to discuss problems and technological solutions in areas like transportation, sustainability and equity.

    The evolution and deployment of city projects seldom follow a simple and predicable path. So don’t expect smart city projects to start and end without changes along the way.

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    05
    2018
    US: Arizona State University Launches Hub for Smart City Innovation

    Arizona State University is partnering with Amazon Web Services to create the ASU Smart City Cloud Innovation Center to build smarter communities in the Phoenix area.

    A new effort at Arizona State University is designed to help build smart communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The ASU Smart City Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) will leverage the power of the Amazon Web Services to solve community and regional challenges through improving digital experiences for smart city designers, expanding technology alternatives to minimize costs, spurring economic and workforce development, and facilitating sharing of public sector solutions within the region.

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    05
    2018
    South Korean government to trial blockchain-based online voting system

    South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Election Commission (NEC) have announced their plans to develop a blockchain-based online voting system.

    This was first reported by ZDNet. According to the official release, the new system leverages blockchain technology for storing and verifying voting results. It will go on trial in the private sector in December.

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    05
    2018
    Singapore State Courts' digital files accessed illegally due to system loophole

    A loophole in its criminal case filing system has resulted in 223 State Courts electronic documents to be accessed without authorisation, enabling accused persons to view court documents in other case files.

    Singapore's State Courts has revealed that several digital documents have been accessed without proper authorisation due to a loophole in a filing system.

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    05
    2018
    US: The Challenges of Connected Government

    The Internet of Things has the power to transform how we work and live. But without the right leadership, new investments and better strategies, government risks losing out on this opportunity.

    Long before the emergence of smartphones, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk used their mobile devices to measure radioactive frequencies and receive messages from the Starship Enterprise. Before Tesla introduced self-driving cars, the spaceship commanded by Kirk had smart sensors all around it and video feeds communicating with headquarters and other flying ships in the galaxy. In other words, fiction has become part of our reality. While the rewards are more than imagined, the implications of not planning for the digital age could be far greater.

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    04
    2018
    MyEG eyeing Indonesian e-govt projects

    With investors concerned about its earnings prospects after the change of government at home, MyEG Services Bhd (MyEG) is eyeing e-government projects in Indonesia. MyEG announced it is buying a 40% stake in e-government service provider PT Cartenz Technology Indonesia for US$10 million (RM41.9 million).

    It seems that concerns about MyEG’s ability to secure local e-government projects have prompted it to venture beyond its home turf. This is the third joint venture abroad for the group, after being active in the Philippines since last year and it has also set foot in Bangladesh.

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    2018
    TZ: State launches online system for seeking visa, resident permits

    Foreigners wishing to visit or reside in Tanzania can now apply online for the relevant documents from anywhere around the world

    The government yesterday introduced electronic visa and residence permit services for foreign nationals wishing to visit or live in Tanzania, billed to enhance efficiency and boost security as well as revenue collection.

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    04
    2018
    PwC: Romania last in EU for digitalization

    Romania ranks last in EU for the digitalization of economy and society, said Dorian Farkas, senior manager financial consulting at PwC Romania, at a specialised conference on Wednesday.

    He presented results of three stages carried out on this topic at world level, Romania ranking last in EU for each of them.

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    04
    2018
    ZW: Zimpost shifting services launches online services to avoid bankruptcy

    Request a passport, birth or death certificates and access official documents online or receive goods bought online are the services Zimbabwe post (Zimpost) aims to offer residents in the coming years.

    This shift from its traditional services of sending and receiving mails is aimed at preserving Zimpost from the bankruptcy which was looming over it with the development of ICT.

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    03
    2018
    Inside Finland’s digital revolution

    Interview with Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director General of Public Sector ICT, Ministry of Finance. In a government office in Finland, 28 employees are working alongside 18 robots to trial a new way of working. Finland is one of the world’s most advanced govtech nations, ranking sixth in the 2018 United Nation e-government survey. “We have allocated for this year 10 million Euros to encourage government agencies to use robotics, analysis or AI in daily functions,” Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director General of Public Sector ICT at the Ministry of Finance, tells GovInsider.

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    03
    2018
    ZA: Ndabeni-Abrahams welcomes new govt cloud

    Newly appointed communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams delivered her first official public address on Friday, just 24 hours after being sworn-in.

    Speaking at the launch of government's private cloud by the State IT Agency (SITA), Ndabeni-Abrahams said history was being made with this initiative.

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    2018
    Zimbabweans to apply for passports at post offices

    Government is working on measures that will allow citizens to obtain passports and other official documents at post offices across the country, it has been learnt.

    The latest development is likely to bring relief to millions of people living in rural and marginalised areas, who are usually forced to travel to towns and cities to secure official documents such as identification cards.

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    2018
    MyEG breaks into Indonesian e-govt market

    My E.G. Services Bhd (MyEG), through wholly owned sub-subsidiary My EG (Indonesia) Sdn Bhd, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on investing in the leading e-government services provider in Indonesia, PT Cartenz Technology Indonesia, marking the group’s entry into the e-government space there.

    The partnership, subject to the fulfilment of certain terms and conditions, will entail an investment by MyEG of US$10 million (RM41.9 million) for up to a 40% interest. Further, MyEG and Cartenz will jointly implement real-time monitoring of business transactions for tax computation purposes across Indonesia.

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    2018
    In Ukraine will be a new online service for car owners

    In the office of the owner will contain information o the first registration of the vehicleUntil the end of the year will earn a new car service – electronic office of the owner. This was stated by first Deputy Chairman of the State Agency for e-government Alexei Vyskov, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to car Enthusiasts

    In the office of the owner will contain information o the first registration of the vehicle, as well as many other services that will help motorists to find all necessary information about the car. For example, the license plate of the car you can see the full story ee – o’s previous owners, accidents and the like.

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    2018
    PH: Smart City dreams, Laggard City realities

    The lone story on page 5 of a major daily last Monday had this headline: Phl affirms support for Asean Smart Cities Network. On page 4 of that same issue, the lone story had this headline: DOJ denies harassment in P108-M tax raps vs Rappler.

    Even if your level of discernment were just the size of a mustard seed, you would readily scream “What?” Given that there is no way of reconciling the two, I will explain.

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    2018
    Malta tops eGovernment Benchmark 2018 – EC

    Malta is in first place in the European Union in ‘egovernment’ according to the eGovernment Benchmark 2018 report published by the European Commission. In a statement, the Government said that Malta received top marks when it comes to user centricity, transparency, accessibility for other European citizens, and technological infrastructure.

    The Government said that this administration worked tirelessly to bring public services closer to the people, instead of people having to go from department to another to get what they need. The statement also spoke of €40 million in ‘Converge’, “to strengthen integration between the public Service and its clients.”

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    01
    2018
    Two-thirds of Europe’s public sector services are now available online: Capgemini report

    Two-thirds of Europe’s public sector services are now available online, according to the latest research by Capgemini.

    Through its annual eGovernment Benchmark report, Capgemini aims to investigate how well governments across Europe are digitising their services.

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    Nov
    30
    2018
    UK underperforms in European Commission’s e-government benchmarking report – is labelled an “unexploited eGovernment”

    The British government is exploiting its e-government potential. Whilst citizens are actively using online services, the government isn’t doing a good enough job in digitising the front and back-end for users.

    Those with a decent memory will recall how the British government has consistently boasted about how it topped the UN’s e-government league table, thanks to its centralised efforts from the Government Digital Service. A strong focus on user need, spend controls and setting standards saw the UK lead the charge for a number of years.

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    Nov
    30
    2018
    US: Nevada: Blockchains Unveils Plans To Build ‘Smart City’ East Of Reno

    Tech startup Blockchains LLC has revealed plans to build a "smart city" built on blockchain technology in the Northern Nevada desert. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.

    The startup owns 62 percent of Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Storey County.

    In January, the company spent $170 million on its purchase of 67,000 acres with plans to build a "smart city" roughly the size of Reno.

  • Fr
    Nov
    30
    2018
    Making Myanmar’s Last Royal Capital an ASEAN ‘Smart City’

    Myanmar’s last royal capital, Mandalay, was recently ranked by CIO Asia as number fifth among the top 10 cities in Southeast Asia in the process of becoming “smart cities,” a ranking which is based on information from The ASEAN Post, The Economist Intelligence Unit,a the network’s own project profiles and Govlnsider.

    Mandalay City Development Committee (MDCD) has drawn up a 30-year urban development plan with a vision to improve the water supply system, wastewater treatment and solid waste management using smart technology. Sensors have been installed on the streets of Mandalay to monitor and control traffic in real time and to monitor the condition of pipelines and water meters as well as a new electronic toll-payment system. The efforts show Mandalay has strong potential to achieve its goal of becoming a “smart city” along with more than 20 other contending ASEAN cities.

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    2018
    India's VisionCraft may implement "smart city" in Uzbekistan

    VisionCraft, an Indian IT company, may take part in a number of projects in Uzbekistan, the Uzbek media reported.

    A meeting with VisionCraft’s Managing Partner Amolak Singh was held at the e-Government Development Center.

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    2018
    Kazakhstan launches e-housing register, simplifies residence and work permit procedures

    The Ministry of Internal Affairs launched an electronic housing register in October, the Central Communications Service reported Nov. 19. The listing now includes approximately nine million people.

    Kazakh citizens have been submitting entitling documents for residential premises since 2017. The information can be received online from the address registry using the individual identification number and the electronic housing register system was developed based on the service. The migration service has started issuing address certificates to homeowners indicating all persons registered at the location.

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    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Smart city project gets boost with new Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Limited MD

    The twin cities are among 100 smart cities selected by the Centre for the project, which is being funded by both the Centre and the state, with each investing `500 crore.

    Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Limited (HDSCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up for implementing the smart city project, has got a full-time managing director, 20 months after it was incorporated under the Companies Act. The appointment of IAS officer Hephsiba Rani Korlapati as full-time MD is now expected to speed up work under the project.

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    2018
    SG: Why a smart city must also be a cybersecure city

    Over the past decade, smart cities have moved from being a buzzword to a reality. From cashless societies to autonomous vehicles and intelligent surveillance systems, the world's reliance on data and connectivity has risen dramatically.

    While a city's smart infrastructure improves the quality of life for citizens, it also brings the unwelcome consequence of increasing its security vulnerabilities. Cyber criminals continue to exploit a city's interconnectedness to carry out malicious activities, and cyber threats are further magnified as data becomes integral to a city's operations and interdependent social and economic systems.

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    2018
    VN: Smart communities could be the smartest way forward

    While talks about The Fourth Industrial Revolution, smart cities and digital connection become trendy, Trinh Thanh Thuy suggests that we should make our existing communities smart first to ensure no one is left behind.

    People are talking industry 4.0 and 5.0, and of high flying, but in these efforts to build a smart digital environment a serious lack of attention is being paid to those on the ground, or more accurately, lack of orientation and measures for improving the life of those classified as poor and destitute.

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    Nov
    28
    2018
    GB: West Midlands: Warwickshire: Wellesbourne to become a world centre for driverless cars

    Wellesbourne is set to become Europe’s capital for the development of driverless electric cars with the construction of a pioneering multi-million pound research centre.

    The ‘Smart City Mobility Centre’ planned at Warwick University’s Wellesbourne Campus will be a massive boost to the district and ensure South Warwickshire is at the cutting edge of a technology, long tipped to revolutionise the car industry.

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    Nov
    28
    2018
    US: New York: National Grid, City of Schenectady Begin Work on Smart City Streetlight Initiative

    Three-year project will upgrade streetlights, install smart technology, reduce energy costs

    National Grid and the City of Schenectady have begun work that will transform the municipality into a “smart city” by deploying advance street lighting technology. The work will start on Union Street between North College Street and Washington Avenue and will include retrofitting 18 streetlights with intelligent control nodes with a mixture of soft-white and daylight temperature LED bulbs. This project is a first of its kind partnership between a municipality and a utility company.

  • Mi
    Nov
    28
    2018
    US: Missouri: Data Startup Geospiza Helps Cities Prepare for Disaster

    The online platform pulls data so officials can make better decisions about how to prepare for, and respond to, disasters. It's working with Kansas City, Mo., to find neighborhoods at the greatest risk of fire.

    Every year, more cities make tragic headlines as new wildfires raze California, hurricanes batter the gulf and blizzards immobilize the East Coast. Facing these inevitabilities, governments need better than guesswork to prepare for the worst, from preventive safety measures to disaster response.

  • Mi
    Nov
    28
    2018
    PH: German state secretary visits for ‘smart cities’ talk

    State Secretary of the Federal German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, or BMI) Gunther Adler visited Manila from November 3 to 5, accompanied by a ministerial delegation from the Division for Smart Cities and Urban Development Policy.

    The visit to Manila marked the last destination of their mission to Asia, which included visits to Beijing and Tokyo. The BMI visit focused on urban planning and smart cities.

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    Nov
    28
    2018
    Vietnam’s blockchain development plan still up in the air

    With five to seven events organized each month, blockchain experts are trying to change the mindset of Vietnamese businesses about blockchain technology.

    The Blockchain Innovation Tour (BIT) was organized in HCMC on November 6. Vietnam was the second destination in Southeast Asia, after Malaysia, that BIT visited in the first half of the month.

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    Nov
    28
    2018
    VN: Digital transformation emphasised as urgent tasks

    Enterprises need to change their mindset to move into the digital world ahead of the fourth industrial revolution, a government official said this week.

    Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong was speaking at a recent conference organised by the Vietnam Digital Communications Association.

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    Nov
    28
    2018
    Finland invests in IT to upgrade electricity network

    National electricity transmission grid operator Fingrid’s Datahub system will play key role in retail market’s transition to a centralised information exchange Digital and artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies will feature prominently in a Finnish government-backed plan to modernise the country’s electricity network.

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    2018
    72.9% of households in Serbia have Internet

    72.9 per cent of households have an internet connection, which is 4 per cent more than last year, while almost every company in the country uses computers in its work – it was noted at the Informatics Day conference in Serbia.

    18th November is celebrated in Serbia in honour of CER10, the first Serbian digital computer produced at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in the 1960s.

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    27
    2018
    UG: Government to Start Issuing East African Electronic Passport Next Month

    Cabinet has resolved and directed the Ministry of East African Affairs to start the implementation of East African International electronic passport.

    The weekly Cabinet sitting on Monday at State House Entebbe, according to a statement read at Media Center, concluded that the issuance of the regional e-Passport should start on December 10th 2018.

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    2018
    US: Cities Are Rapidly Taking on Internet of Things Technology

    In 2015, 61 percent of cities participating in a national survey project said they were considering the Internet of Things in their IT strategic plans. This year, that number reached above 90 percent.

    It may still be an emerging technology, but in U.S. local government, the Internet of Things is everywhere.

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    26
    2018
    OP&HRD Ministry, Attached Depts Modernized To Further Serve Pakistani Expatriates Across World

    Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) and all its attached departments have been modernized to further serve Pakistani expatriates across the world in an efficient way.

    Special Assistant to Prime Minister OP&HRD Zulfikar Bukhari said this while talking to the participants at the launching ceremony of "Call Sarzameen", "E- Governance" and the new "Website" of the ministry here on Monday.

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    2018
    Azerbaijan among world's most digitised economies

    In recent years, formation of E-government is considered one of the factors contributing to further development of democracy in developed countries.

    It became necessary to apply a unified approach and standards in the formation of state information resources and systems, their management and ensuring their mutual integration, as well as accelerating the transition to the digital government.

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    2018
    PK: On digital dreams

    We stand on the cusp of a new machine age. If current trends and predictions are anything to go by, the next few decades will see a fundamental transformation of economy and society on a scale not seen since the first industrial revolution as artificial intelligence, autonomous machines, and big data revolutionize how things are produced, consumed, and even understood. Some estimates suggest that within this century, much of the work that is currently performed by humans will be done by complex technological systems that will be more efficient and, indeed, cost-effective than the labour they will be replacing, even as increases in computing power allow for the collection and use of data on an unprecedented scale, with significant implications for how human behaviour is understood and, more importantly, influenced.

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    2018
    AE: Dubai taps data-driven strategy to ride smart city wave

    Emirate boasts very strong data and experience-driven smart city strategy.

    Dubai's smart city vision will rely on a complex network of interconnected technologies such as Arificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain to tackle challenges such as sustainability, infrastructure quality, investment and funding, environmental quality, job generation and digital public services.

    Experts say that Dubai has already launched several smart city entities and initiatives that will address these challenges to attract investment, create jobs and boost competitiveness. These include the establishment of Smart Dubai and the Dubai Future Foundation, as well as the Dubai Data Initiative, the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, the Happiness Agenda, the Dubai AI Roadmap, and the Dubai Paperless Strategy.

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    25
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: AMC discusses smart city projects with citizens

    The Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Limited (ASCDCL) and industry initiative, Aurangabad First, jointly organized a daylong workshop titled Manthan at the MGM campus on Saturday. The workshop saw discussions on various projects to be undertaken under the Smart City Mission and continued till late on Saturday evening.

    ASCDCL is the special purpose vehicle established for the implementation of the smart city projects and Aurangabad First is an initiative of the Marathwada Environment Care Cluster (MECC), formed by industry associations. As part of the Smart City Mission, Aurangabad proposes to be a citizen friendly and socially inclusive tourism, heritage and industrial city with world-class infrastructure and a safe environment. Safe mobility, more open spaces, non-vehicular streets and the provision of basic infrastructure are the major goals to make the city citizen friendly, as per the proposal. The provision of affordable housing and employment opportunities also comprise key goals.

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    2018
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: ‘Where are the smart cities CM Shivraj Singh promised’

    At 7:30 am on Saturday, leader of opposition Ajay Singh received a call from Rewa that his maternal uncle Surendra Pratap Singh had passed away. “I have two Mamas (maternal uncles),” Ajay Singh told TOI. “The elder one lives in the US and the younger Mama passed away this morning. After I finish campaigning today, I will leave for Rewa and return by early morning for tomorrow’s campaign. There is no time. I have to finish campaigning for all 29 seats. The 30th seat is my own constituency and I will have to spend the last few days there.”

    Wasting no time, he stepped out of the house to campaign for the party. By 2:00 pm, he had address four public meetings in Umaria and Shahdol. At 2:30 pm, his chopper landed in Singhpur, part of Raigaon assembly seat, which the Congress has not won since 1990. “No garlands, ask the candidate to address the gathering,” he directed district Congress leaders.

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    2018
    IN: Delhi can’t become a smart city till multiple agencies stop fighting: Sisodia

    Delhi cannot become a smart city till the fighting among multiple agencies stops, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.

    Speaking at an event organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the NDMC Convention Centre here, he called for clarity in the national capital’s governance.

    Delhi industries minister Satyendar Jain also attended the event.

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    Nov
    24
    2018
    Smart Zambia donates computers to Pre-School in Lusaka

    Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet in charge of E-government Martine Mtonga says President Edgar Lungu is committed to have a Smart Zambia by 2030 where all young people will have access to equal education opportunities.

    Dr. Mtonga this after donating 10 computers to St. Francis Catholic Pre-School in Lusaka.

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    Nov
    24
    2018
    VN: Time to digitise land management

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has been working on a strategy for the development of land management for the 2020-30 period.

    It is hoped it will meet the demand of e-government project as well as enhance the land use efficiency, said Mai Văn Phấn, deputy head of the MONRE’s General Department of Land Administration (GDLA).

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    Nov
    24
    2018
    ET: Agency unveils digital procurement strategy, roadmap

    The Federal Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency (FPPA) along with its key partner organizations, on Thursday unveiled a five-year Electronic Procurement Strategic Document and Action Plan, which is said to implement an electronically aided procurement dubbed e-GP or [e-Government Procurement].

    Designed by the agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MoIT) – the latest roadmap - identified as e-GP System Implementation Strategy and Road Map – is believed to help transform the existing conventional procurement system among pubic organizations to a modern and digitally aided procurement system by leveraging information and communication technologies.

  • Fr
    Nov
    23
    2018
    China Expected To Lead AI Application In Smart City Development

    China's rapid deployment of new technologies and desire to develop artificial intelligence (AI) will help lead the smart city development, experts said the other day.

    Senior information technology experts and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley shared their opinions on China's smart city development and application at a seminar held by the US-Asia Technology Management Center and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

  • Fr
    Nov
    23
    2018
    Connected Vehicles in Smart Cities: The Future of Transportation

    The prospect of greater urban concentrations brings challenges to urban mobility. 5G networks, connected transport, and IoT bring solutions to municipalities.

    The upgrade to 5G networks is not only going to transform industries, businesses, and consumers with intelligent connectivity. Low-latency connectivity plays a paramount role enabling an array of smart city applications including smart urban agriculture to real-time detection of crime to intelligent traffic management and, of course, self-driving cars.

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    2018
    ‘Naya Pakistan Calling Portal’ launched for hiring expats

    Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari on Wednesday launched a web portal titled ‘Naya Pakistan Calling’ to hire the services of Pakistani diaspora in diverse fields of their expertise for national development.

    While addressing a launching ceremony of the portal held here at the Overseas Pakistan Foundation (OPF) Office, he said that it will provide the diaspora with a gateway where they could share their professional prowess and experiences.

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    Nov
    22
    2018
    How to develop Nigeria’s digital, by NIMC DG

    Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, has identified seven key conditions necessary to unlock opportunities and potential in Nigeria’s digital market.

    He spoke at the presentation of a paper at the just concluded eNigeria conference.

    According to him, Nigeria must establish “the right regulatory and industry policies to encourage infrastructure investment in digital infrastructure” such as “communications networks (broadband, mobile telecoms, Internet, online e-government and services) and smart cities.”

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    22
    2018
    CN: Hainan: Blockchain and AI-Based ‘Smart City’ is Being Built by China’s Ping An Insurance Group and Sanya

    According to news outlet, Coin Telegraph, one of China’s largest insurance, banking and financial services provider, Ping An has signed an agreement with Sanya’s government in what seems like a future “Smart City” based on evolving technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud-computing etc.

    The signed agreement seems to deal with not only the Smart City, but also collaboration in terms of financial investment in helping to further develop China’s municipal. The news outlet has reported based on another source, dubbed, People’s Daily, whom have since outlined the main aspects of the future city as being, “blockchain […] biometrics and other technologies.”

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    2018
    The Smart City way to securing Singapore and its borders

    With advancing technology and the ubiquitous Internet, it is easy for any organisation to be susceptible to hackers and terrorist attacks.

    For instance, July 2018 saw Singapore's worst cyber attack when 16,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, had their personal information stolen when hackers infiltrated SingHealth computers.

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    2018
    India's smart cities attract Chinese investors, experts caution about 'risk factors'

    India has become a major investment destination for the Chinese companies.

    Chinese companies are showing an increasing interest in Indian start-ups and the government's ambitious Smart Cities Mission, with experts reminding that the investors should factor-in risks and challenges, as per a report in Chinese media.

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    Nov
    21
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: A City Becomes ‘Smart’ When People Act ‘Smart’!

    The stars of the business world, who descended on Bhubaneswar for the second edition of the Make in Odisha conclave, must have been quite impressed with what they saw in the Smart City: freshly coated roads, smartly dressed traffic personnel, the swanky hotels, the glitzy shopping arcades and, last but not the least, the hi-tech extravaganza at the Janata Maidan, the venue for the star-studded event. Chances are some, if not all, of them have formed an opinion about the wonderful work that the ‘Maker of Modern Odisha’ has done to change the face of this benighted state from what they saw during their short stay in the city.

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    Nov
    21
    2018
    NG: Governor Udom aims to exploit ICT for wealth creation in Akwa Ibom

    Governor Udom Emmanuel said his government is exploiting the option of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Science and Technology for employment generation and wealth creation in Akwa Ibom state.

    TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Governor Udom stated this, as part of policy objectives, while presenting a N670.718 billion 2019 budget he proposed for Akwa Ibom before the State House of Assembly on Wednesday.

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    Nov
    21
    2018
    PK: Provinces brief Senate on IT plans, developments

    All four provinces on Tuesday briefed the Senate’s Standing Committee on Information Technology on the details of projects, development of services and future plans of their respective IT sectors.

    The meeting, chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid, commenced with a briefing given by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) that provided an overview of various projects undertaken by it. Most notable was the Flagship Citizen’s Feedback Monitoring Programme which is bridging the physical divide between the citizenry and government departments.

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    Nov
    21
    2018
    KZ: Digital economy: Smart Taraz and Taraz Hub projects presented to Prime Minister

    As part of his working visit to the Zhambyl region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev familiarized himself with the implementation of the state program Digital Kazakhstan in the region, and also examined new educational technologies at the IT Lyceum, the press centre of Prime-Minister reports.

    The Head of the Digitalization Office D. Yegizbayev reported that the Smart Taraz project, which includes 20 projects in five key areas: education, health, housing and public utilities, transport, agribusiness and security, is being implemented within the framework of the state program Digital Kazakhstan.

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    2018
    GB: West Midlands: New Smart City Mobility Centre planned in Warwickshire

    A new multi-million pound 'Smart City Mobility Centre' is being established at the University of Warwick's Wellesbourne campus in the UK. This facility will be used to developer driverless capable and electric vehicle technology as part of a multi-million pound pilot programme in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

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    2018
    Resist the AI hype: Annabelle Kwok tells govtech

    AI expert and govtech advisor shares tips on using AI and building trust.

    When the second Artificial Intelligence (AI) “winter” happened in the 1990s, Annabelle Kwok was just a baby. AI weathered two “winters” in the 1980s and 1990s, when overhype surrounding the tech culminated in extended periods of reduced funding and decrease in interest for AI research.

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    2018
    LR: Government Websites Should Be Built Professionally and Based on Policies and Standards Provided By the MoPT

    Two years of my professional life were spent working at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The first year, I worked on the World Bank funded eLiberia project with the task of creating a “One-Stop Shop” environment (Government e-Portal), to enable Government deliver services and information to citizens online. The second year, saw me working with various stakeholders (Government, Private sector, NGOs, etc) toward the achievement of a robust e-government program that would change the way Government delivers services and information to citizens. During those two years, I managed to complete my doctorate degree writing a dissertation on e-Government in developing countries with focus on Liberia. I learned a lot of things about our Government’s initiatives toward digital government or e-government. I also learned about those lingering problems that continue to hinder our efforts to achieve our goal. One of those “lingering problems” is the totally unorthodox and non-standard way in which Government’s websites are being handled, despite the existence of a comprehensive e-government web strategy developed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) and its partners.

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    Nov
    19
    2018
    Azerbaijani president, first lady inaugurate administrative building of E-Government Development Center

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the inauguration of the administrative building of E-Government Development Center under the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    The president cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the administrative building.

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    2018
    PH: Identifying our LGU Exemplars

    Parag Khanna, a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, wrote in 2011: “The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the ‘City.’ In a world that increasingly appears ungovernable, cities – not states – are islands of governance on which the future world order will be built… In this century, it will be the city – not the state – that becomes the nexus of economic and political power.”

    This echoes what journalist and urban activist Jane Jacobs wrote almost three decades before. In her Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1985), Jacobs outlined how “import-substitution” in cities and towns – or the process through which a certain locality gains the ability to create products and services that it previously imported – is in fact at the root of all economic expansion. In short, cities (municipalities, villages or other subnational divisions) are the true engines of national prosperity.

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    2018
    CN: Shanghai Data Exchange helps Indonesia tourism

    Shanghai Data Exchange Corp, the powerhouse of Shanghai's "smart city" ambitions, has entered the world stage by forming strategic cooperation with Indonesia's tourism authority.

    As China's leading big data center, it can handle an average 30 million pieces of data every day. By studying the data, Shanghai-based Zamplus Technology Inc, technology supporter of the center, helps Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia to find potential tourists in China and send tourism information to them through Internet as to attract them to travel to Indonesia.

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    2018
    IN: Punjab: Jalandhar: 10 sites in city to be spruced up to enhance green cover

    In a bid to provide green lungs to the city for checking environmental pollution, the district administration has selected 10 locations in the city for sprucing them to enhance the green cover in the city under the ‘Smart City’ project.

    Divulging details, Chief Executive Officer of the project Vishesh Sarangal said 10 locations — Beant Singh Park, Tobri Mohalla Park, Dr BR Ambedkar Park, Industrial Area Park, Tankiwala Park, Urban Estate green belt, DAV Bridge flyover, Hoshiarpur road flyover, Pathankot Chowk flyover and Canal Area — had been selected for enhancing the green cover in the city.

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    Nov
    18
    2018
    KR: KT to build smart community in Australia

    KT will build a smart community in Australia in cooperation with a local partner and Seoul National University using its information technology, Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier announced, Sunday.

    The telecommunication firm said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul National University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Australia's Smart Community Consortium (SSC) at KT's headquarters in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, Thursday.

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    18
    2018
    Foreign cities face GDPR fines for misusing EU citizens' data, Government smart city tsar warns

    Foreign “smart cities” could face GDPR fines for misusing EU citizens' data, a Government smart city tsar has warned.

    Dr Jacqui Taylor, strategic advisor to the UK Government on smart cities, said that public bodies and companies based abroad could face fines worth millions of pounds if they fail to follow strict rules which protect EU residents from data misuse.

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    Nov
    17
    2018
    ZM: Civil Service Pay Slips Go Electronic

    Government says the cost of processing salaries in the civil service has reduced to zero from 72 million Kwacha following the introduction of electronic pay slips.

    Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet E-government division, Martin Mtonga disclosed this in Mongu when he held a meeting with District Commissioners and Heads of Government Departments.

  • Fr
    Nov
    16
    2018
    Will Your City Be a Smart City Soon?

    Despite the apparent trade-off between privacy and efficiency, authorities across the globe are intent on becoming known for achieving smart city status and for the right reasons. Politicians are seeing the real benefits and cost savings that smart city initiatives can provide, and as citizens we need to get used to the idea of our towns collecting and making use of more and more data to reshape the world around us for the greater good.

    As the number of connected sensors, machines and devices rapidly grows in crowded cities, the data generated will provide the ubiquitous big data that we often hear about. But we are only just beginning to realize the value in a network that increasingly consists of everyday objects. Everything from buildings, energy, traffic flow, education, healthcare and even elevators contains information that represents both the daily grind and natural flow of every city.

  • Fr
    Nov
    16
    2018
    CN: E-governance continues to advance with innovation

    Government authorities, alongside experts from home and abroad, are calling for more international cooperation to promote the sustainable development of online public services and governance at the fifth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province.

    The development of information and communication technologies has influenced every dimension of society, including the way the government interacts with citizens. The advent of electronic governance has advanced management reform.

  • Fr
    Nov
    16
    2018
    NA: Govt Moves to Curb Bureaucracy

    In its effort to curb bureaucracy and to accelerate provision of service delivery, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told parliamentarians on Wednesday that government has turned to the application of e-governance.

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said this in Parliament while contributing to the motion on bureaucracy of public institutions that hampers efficient public service delivery.

  • Do
    Nov
    15
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Ownership of the data questions the Cloud State scheme for skill Development

    Just after entering into a deal with the software company MindTree, for implementing its ambitious Kaushalya Karnataka Skill Development Programme, the state has also decided to not to renew the partnership with the data privacy as the main aspect.

    In a year, when the skills development, livelihood department, and entrepreneurship was under the pressure, to implement the scheme to train and provide employment to a large number of unemployed youth the department has also signed a one-year agreement with the MindTree in the year 2017 Oct.

  • Do
    Nov
    15
    2018
    A free ticket to ride: how Estonia is leading the world in a free transit revolution

    The freelance journalist and a member of the Estonian Centre Party, Abdul Turay, asserts that Estonia’s free public transport system, first introduced in Tallinn in 2013, has justified itself and abolishing the project would be an act of folly.

    The editors of this portal asked me to rewrite this article as an op-ed – I originally wrote it as a feature. An astute reader will notice this story is more balanced and fact-laden than an opinion piece would normally be; now you know why.

  • Do
    Nov
    15
    2018
    NG: Upcoming technologies will promote digital growth, fight corruption

    Information Technology (IT) stakeholders on Wednesday said that deploying emerging technologies in e-governance would promote digital growth and ensure that corruption was eliminated in the public service.

    A Communiqué at the just concluded eNigeria Conference and Exhibition organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said this in Abuja.

  • Do
    Nov
    15
    2018
    GH: We need Machines to complement Digital Revolution - Frimpong Boateng

    Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has said that while the world is embracing digital revolution, there is the need to manufacture physical machines that could help every country to extract her natural resource endowment.

    He was of the opinion that poverty gap was a technological gap because no country in the world had developed without the capacity to manufacture basic devices and machines.

  • Mi
    Nov
    14
    2018
    Austria in E-Government ahead of Germany and Switzerland

    Margarete Schramböck is on the right course. According to a recent study on the e-government situation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Austria clearly holds the top position in the e-government country comparison.

    According to the eGovernment Monitor 2018, around three quarters of all Austrians (74 percent) already use eGovernment services (compared to only 67 percent in 2012).

  • Mi
    Nov
    14
    2018
    US: Utah: Salt Lake City Commits to Ending Digital Access Inequality

    Public and private partners gathered in Salt Lake City with Mayor Jackie Biskupski to discuss the future of the city’s connectivity and the introduction of a policy that will formalize the city’s commitment.

    The city of Salt Lake today took a major step toward leveling the playing field for all residents with a commitment to the development of a comprehensive digital inclusion policy.

  • Di
    Nov
    13
    2018
    FI: Helsinki Smart Mobility Development Moves Forward with On-demand Boat Rides

    The BOUT peer-to-peer boat ride platform enables a novel water transportation service

    The Helsinki archipelago and waterfronts can be accessed from spring 2019 onwards by hiring a private boat from BOUT. The development of BOUT is supported by the Last Mile program as one of several pilot projects testing new mobility concepts in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

    “The idea for BOUT came to us when we needed to arrange a ride to a Helsinki island. We couldn’t find a convenient boat service, so we decided to develop one,” says Joonas Sipari, one of the three founding partners and team of four of BOUT. BOUT is a for-profit P2P platform for on-demand boat rides. The service has been dubbed in the Finnish media as “the Uber of boats.”

  • Di
    Nov
    13
    2018
    PK: Improving E-Government

    Technology has been readily been employed over the past decade to fill the gaps in government service delivery. The aim of e-government initiatives as they are known is to provide online government services in a cost effective and client friendly manner while promoting transparency and accountability as well.

  • Mo
    Nov
    12
    2018
    IN: 50 smart cities integrated command and control centres to be ready by 2019: Hardeep Singh Puri

    By March 31, 2019, Rs 1 lakh crore worth of work will be under implementation under the Smart Cities mission, ministry sources said.

    As many as half of the smart cities' integrated command and control centres are expected to be ready by 2019, Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on November 5.

  • Mo
    Nov
    12
    2018
    VN’s e-government gains global above average ranking

    Results from a survey on e-government announced in the Vietnam Digital Economy Forum 2018 showed that Vietnam stands at the 88th position among 193 nations with 0.59 point, ranking the above average.

    According to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phuc, Director of the Authority of Information Technology Application under the Ministry of Information and Communications, among the 3 criteria in the evaluation, Vietnam achieved the highest point in online administrative services, followed by human resources and telecommunications infrastructure.

  • Mo
    Nov
    12
    2018
    ZA: Govt should focus on e-services in 2019

    E-government services are one of the key areas the administration should be looking to pay more attention to in 2019.

    This is the sentiment shared by Frost & Sullivan, stating that government is yet to take full advantage of the potential offered by advanced technologies such as the cloud and the Internet of things.

  • Mo
    Nov
    12
    2018
    CY: Prompt digitalisation a matter of national ‘survival’

    President Nikos Anastasiades said on Monday he was confident that parliamentary parties would accept the proposal to form a deputy ministry for digital strategy, research and innovation.

    “The cooperation of all parliamentary parties is crucial to the effective implementation of a digital strategy,” said the president in his speech to the Digital Cyprus Conference.

  • Mo
    Nov
    12
    2018
    SA: MOJ enters new digitization phase with e-notarization

    Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani on Sunday launched e-notarization, starting a new phase in the ministry’s digitization efforts. Starting Nov. 18, e-notarization will provide several services that dispense paperwork and spare clients the need to visit notarial offices for low-risk powers of attorney (POAs).

    “The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is continuing its efforts to achieve the objectives of the National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030, which focus on enhancing the user-friendliness and cost-effectiveness of government services,” the minister said during the inauguration event in Riyadh.

  • So
    Nov
    11
    2018
    US: This crypto millionaire is building his own city in the Nevada desert

    Jeffrey Berns plans to develop 67,000 acres into a city powered by blockchain

    A cryptocurrency millionaire plans to transform desert land in Nevada – a plot larger than Reno – into a dream city that runs on blockchain technology.

  • So
    Nov
    11
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Smart City Bhubaneswar: City Buses To Come With Route Networks In 3 Phases

    While city’s long wait to have a robust public transport through state-of-the art technology driven buses is about to be over with rolling out of ``Mo Bus’’ service on November 6, Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), the company to manage the show, will come up with the route network in three phases, starting the first one from the launch date.

    The Mo Bus Phase-I Network will be launched on November 6 with nine routes. The Mo Bus Phase-II Network will be launched from 15th November and Mo Bus Phase-III Network from 10th December.

  • So
    Nov
    11
    2018
    IN: Mukesh Ambani Sets Up Estonian Joint Venture for E-governance; Takes Up E-residency

    Industrialist Mukesh Ambani is keen on the e-governance space and has set up a subsidiary company in Estonia to get a grip on the solutions, government officials of the Northwestern European nation have said. Ambani has formed a subsidiary with the Estonian government's former chief information officer Taavi Kotka. The joint venture will be looking for solutions in the e-governance space, Viljar Lubi, vice-minister for economic affairs and communications of Estonia, which is a European Union member, told a group of visiting journalists recently. He, however, did not elaborate on the exact scope of the partnership, saying government only plays the role of a facilitator.

  • So
    Nov
    11
    2018
    PK: E-governance

    Why are Malaysians better off than Pakistanis? Why is Singapore ahead of Pakistan? Amazingly, there are only two differences: state institutions in Malaysia and Singapore work; and Malaysia and Singapore have successfully brought down the incidence of corruption. We have been left behind because our institutions don’t work and the incidence of corruption is way too high.

    Here’s something I wrote in an article titled ‘Without the US’ published in these pages on January 14: “We are not beggars; we have been conscripted into begging. We are not poor, wealth has been sucked out of us. We are a fertile nation – both land and minds. We are the sixth largest country in the world – and the youngest – with 63 percent of the total population under the age of 25. What this means is that a very large segment of our population has the potential to take Pakistan towards financial independence and prosperity”. Welcome to the use of technology to transform ‘governance’. ‘Good governance’ in the simplest of terms is a “form of governance which serves the citizens”. Welcome to the use of technology to serve citizens. Welcome to the Pakistan Citizens’ Portal.

  • So
    Nov
    11
    2018
    Azerbaijan Wants to Adopt Blockchain on Ministry of Justice Databases

    Azerbaijan is joining the list of governments adopting distributed ledger technology to promote efficiencies.

    Osman Gunduz, Chair of the Azerbaijani Internet Forum (AMF), announced the country will start using blockchain on the information systems and registries of the Ministry of Justice.

    Azerbaijan Government Eyes Blockchain Application on Notaries, Courts, Penitentiaries, NGOs, Registries

  • Sa
    Nov
    10
    2018
    IN: Centre rewards Assam Police for citizen services

    The Union Government has honored the Assam Police for “good practices” in e-governance project under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), an official release said Saturday.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs has also awarded Special Director General (CID) Anil Kumar Jha, for his outstanding contribution in implementing the project.

  • Sa
    Nov
    10
    2018
    US: Alabama: E-lection Day? Why online voting is not yet an option

    Alabamians can express political opinions, donate to candidates and register to vote via the internet.

    So why shouldn't citizens cast ballots online?

    In an effort to get more ballots in boxes, states and nations have looked to technology to bring more voters to the polls. Or in the case of online voting, bring the polls to the voters.

  • Fr
    Nov
    09
    2018
    Huawei lauds Smarter Cities for Better Life initiative

    According to a report released by UN in May, today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, with 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa. An earlier report by the organization also projected that Africa and Asia together will account for 86 per cent of growth in the world’s urban population over the next 4 decades.

  • Fr
    Nov
    09
    2018
    Say hello to St. Lucia’s only island-wide LTE network

    Digicel customers can now enjoy blazing-fast mobile speeds on St. Lucia’s only island-wide superfast Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network.

    The move is part of Digicel’s promise to take things to the next level with an ongoing global network expansion. LTE is the very latest in commercially available mobile data technology, packing speeds up to ten times faster than 4G. It is capable of running multiple applications smoothly, allowing customers to share large files in real-time and multi-task to their heart’s content. With speeds that surpass anything on a personal computer, it also enables glitch-free High Definition (HD) videos and streaming in real-time, whether on a smartphone, tablet or other internet-enabled device.

  • Do
    Nov
    08
    2018
    LV: 81.6 percent of households in Latvia have access to internet

    Early this year 81.6 percent of housholds in Latvia had access to the internet which is by 3 percentage points more than a year ago and by 2.18 percentage points more than in 2010, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

    The internet is available almost to all households with children (98.1 percent), while households without children have access to the internet less frequently (76.4 percent). The lowest share of households having access to the internet was recorded among households of single persons (64.9 percent), while the largest in households consisting of two adults with children (98.6 percent).

  • Do
    Nov
    08
    2018
    VN: NA deputies raise questions on e-government building

    he building of e-government was among the hot topics raised by National Assembly (NA) deputies for Cabinet members during the question-and-answer session on October 31 as part of the ongoing sixth session of the 14th NA.

    Bui Thanh Tung, a representative from the northern city of Hai Phong said that over the years, the Government has drastically directed the building of e-government, especially through the launching of online public services at levels 3 and 4 in line with administrative reform.

  • Do
    Nov
    08
    2018
    CY: New government helpline available 12 hours a day, every day

    A new government telephone service is now in place to serve the public every day of the week, the department of public administration announced on Wednesday.

    By dialling 1434 the public can contact the government seven days a week from 8am until 8pm. The service is available in English as well as Greek.

  • Do
    Nov
    08
    2018
    NP: Digital defence

    Going digital is a necessity, but privacy and security concerns must be addressed

    Back in May, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli made a bold statement—the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) would go paperless within six months. Following on that promise, the Cabinet held its first digital meeting in July, providing ample photo-ops of ministers sitting in front of brand new MacBooks.

    Now, the Oli government has made yet another move towards going digital—all official correspondence and transactions will now start to take place through official government emails. While it might come as a surprise to many that official emails were not already being used, it appears that many civil servants were using personal Gmail and Hotmail accounts to correspond with superiors and colleagues. The vast majority, however, confined to paper. Civil servants will now be using email to correspond, seek leave and transfers, and communicate official activities, all under a legal rubric provided by a Cabinet meeting on October 28.

  • Mi
    Nov
    07
    2018
    VN: Improving quality of administrative procedures

    Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc signed Directive No.30/CT-TTg on October 30 for improving the quality of administrative procedures at ministries, branches and localities.

    Accordingly, the directive requires that ministers, heads of the ministerial-level agencies, heads of the agencies attached to the Government, chairman of the People's Committees of the provinces and cities directly under the Central Government and the heads of public administrative units and organisations, direct the implementation of administrative reform, the handling of public administrative procedures, and the application of information technology to serve the construction of e-government and e-government within the ministries, branches and localities.

  • Mi
    Nov
    07
    2018
    CY: Paphos promoting ‘smart city’ package

    The French ambassador to Cyprus met with the mayor of Paphos on Wednesday and discussed the town’s efforts to transform itself into a ‘smart’ city.

    The ambassador, Rene Troccaz, met with Phedonas Phedonos at Paphos town hall.

    “This is the second time they have met each other and the ambassador was particularly interested in our efforts to establish Paphos as smart city,” a municipality spokesman told the Cyprus Mail.

  • Mi
    Nov
    07
    2018
    Smarter Cities for Better Life

    The 31st of October is celebrated as World Cities Day. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the trends and consequences of increasing urbanization and the challenges and opportunities urbanization brings to sustainable development. It is also a chance to promote best practices, new ideas and partnerships between cities and different stakeholders.

    According to a report released by the United Nations (UN) in May, today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, with 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa. An earlier report by the organization also projected that Africa and Asia together will account for 86% of growth in the world’s urban population over the next 4 decades.

  • Di
    Nov
    06
    2018
    AU: Smart Cities Standard released for industry adoption

    Enhanced telecommunications connectivity, data insights, digital planning practices and innovation districts are among the issues addressed in a new standard of practice released today by the Smart Cities Council and Green Building Council of Australia.

    Released as part of Smart Cities Week Australia in Sydney, the Code for Smart Communities is a new benchmark for urban development practices across greenfield communities, urban regeneration precincts and diverse institutional campuses.

  • Di
    Nov
    06
    2018
    UA: Kyiv developing smart technologies for its residents for three years already

    Kyiv is ready to share its experience in implementing successful innovative solutions with other cities.

    'The creation of Kyiv's smart infrastructure started three years ago. Today, Kyiv is ready to share its experience in introducing successful innovative solutions, which make the life of residents comfortable and safe and the city's management processes open and transparent, with other cities, said Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who will open the Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018 on Wednesday, October 31.

  • Di
    Nov
    06
    2018
    US; Newark, N.J., Installs Multipurpose Kiosks Loaded with Free Services

    The kiosks provide free international phone calls, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity, and can charge cellphones.

    International phone calls are expensive. But in Newark, N.J., you can make them for free. All you need to do is walk over to one of the city's newly installed kiosks in neighborhoods across the city.

    “Free is pretty good,” quipped Martin O’Malley, the former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, as he moderated a panel discussion in mid-October at the 2018 MetroLab Network Summit on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark.

  • Mo
    Nov
    05
    2018
    Australian Developer Bringing Disaster Response App to the States

    RADAR helps users document damage and qualify for government assistance.

    Responding to a natural disaster is chaotic enough without having to catalog thousands of forms and photos of property damage by hand.

    That was the premise for Igor Stjepanovic, founder and CEO of Australian software company Gruntify, in trying to simplify the process of qualifying for government aid with a new damage-assessment app called RADAR, which stands for Recording Asset Damage and Restoration.

  • Mo
    Nov
    05
    2018
    CN: Dahua launches new smart city engine and physical access control station with facial recognition

    Video surveillance company Dahua announced its Heart of City (HOC) New Smart City Framework for city, industrial, and commercial applications at a launch event during the Security China 2018 exhibition.

    The Dahua Heart of City is a development engine for smart cities, supported by sensing, intelligence, computing, and ecosystem capabilities the company calls “4 Full,” and uses a construction based on one platform, two centers, and N applications (1+2+N). It can be combined with supporting technologies including AI, deep learning, and IoT to form end-to-end solutions for all areas of smart city operations, according to the announcement.

  • Mo
    Nov
    05
    2018
    TT: Digital government can deliver GDP savings

    iGovTT drives online public services

    An effective knowledge-based economy can deliver economic savings of one working week per year or two per cent of a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    This calculation was put forward by Dr. Arvo Ott, one of the world’s leading experts in digital government when he spoke at iGovTT’s ICT Business Symposium at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, recently.

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