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    Need of ICT development for making 'digital Nepal' stressed

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

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

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    Botswana urged to build digital libraries in schools

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

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

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    LK: The state is always watching

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

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

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    Estonia's Top Futurist Explains How Tech will Make Countries Obsolete

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

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

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

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    The GCC is in Tech Transformation Mode

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

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

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

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

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

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    IN: Maharashtra: Data entry operators start fast unto death over payment

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

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

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    IN: Andhra Pradesh bets big on Blockchain for e-governance security

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

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

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    AE: Set digital objectives for the future, experts advise at Gitex

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

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

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    20
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    Veridos to deliver electronic ID cards to Zambia

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

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

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    19
    2017
    NG: ICT expert tasks FG on digital inclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    19
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    Europe Pledges Support for Open Source Government Solutions

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

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

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    19
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    Qatar Ministry's call to go digital for enhanced govt service

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

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

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    AE: Sharjah Department of eGovernment sets out aims at Gitex 2017

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

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

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

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    18
    2017
    US: The Next Big Technology to Transform Government

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

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    18
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    US: Can Blockchain Bring Voting Online?

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

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

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    18
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    Which EU member states excel in the data-driven economy?

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

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

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    Azerbaijan informs European Commission on creation of digital economy

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

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

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    US: 17 better, cheaper ways to deliver city services

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

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

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    US: Cybersecurity: Protect, Detect and Respond

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

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

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

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    16
    2017
    How data fuels Estonia’s economy

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

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

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

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    MW: Kk Civil Servants to Have Official Govt Email Addresses Next Month

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

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

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    IN: Kerala: Doctors under one umbrella

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

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

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    Europe signs up to e-government vision

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

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

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    OM: This app can help you pay for all your Muscat Municipality services

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

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

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    UAE MoF Launches eCloud Service for Federal Entities’ Financial and HR Systems

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

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

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    2017
    Internet of Things to Catalyze Middle East’s USD 70 Billion Digital Economy

    Global digital transformation enabler, SAP, announced today at GITEX Technology Week 2017 that the Internet of Things will catalyze the Middle East’s USD 70 billion digital contribution to GDP. According to McKinsey, the UAE contribution to that figure is USD 15 billion.

    Governments across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia are increasingly driving innovative government digital transformation visions to transform lives, from the UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to Kuwait and Egypt, and Pakistan. This is powering the Middle East and Africa’s Internet of Things spend, which is set to grow 20 percent to USD 8 billion in 2017, says IDC.

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    European digital ministers sign Tallinn Declaration on e-government

    All European Union member states along with the European Free Trade Association countries Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland on Friday signed the Tallinn Declaration on e-Government that sets the common goals for the development of e-government over the next five years, providing direction for both national and pan-European innovation.

    "For Estonians, e-government has become quite commonplace and we are used to doing things online. However, in Europe as a whole, e-governance is not as prevalent as it is for us. Tallinn Declaration does not translate into innovation for Estonia as we have already complied with the guidelines, agreed upon today with the other European countries," Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo said.

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    Kuwait making "progress" on paperless gov't procedures - official

    Kuwait is making tangible progress towards embracing a full-fledged e-system to be activated across government bodies and institutions, said a Kuwaiti official on Sunday.

    In remarks to KUNA on the sidelines of the "2017 GITEX Technology Week" conference and exhibition, Deputy Director General of Kuwait's Central Agency for Information Technology Qusai Al-Shatti spoke of earnest efforts to establish a reliable database for numerical computation.

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    2017
    IN: Learning to build the smart cities

    The ambitious mission requires large-scale capacity building of civic officials

    With an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore for the 100 Smart Cities initiative and Rs 48,000 crore for 500 cities under the Atal Mission For Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), the government is targeting to address the growing challenges of rapid urbanisation in a sustainable manner. AMRUT aims to provide in cities basic services and amenities relating to water supply, sewerage, septage management, storm water drains, transport and development of green spaces and parks with special provision for meeting the needs of children. The implementation of this scheme will be linked to urban reforms like e-governance, development of management systems and constitution of professional municipal cadre.

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    14
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    Smart cities: Is the GCC seeing the transformation?

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

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

    Arguably, one of the main aspects of this transformation is the move towards becoming ‘smart’, with most regional governments aggressively expanding the adoption of new technologies as they strive to increase efficiencies and ease the lives of their populations.

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    PK: Transition to e-Governance is not a hefty process as it seems

    ICT helps governments to deliver services to the citizens with greater accountability responsiveness and sensitivity. Using ICT we could eliminate the classic hierarchical bureaucratic system, as information can be simultaneously shared across different levels and people. As volumes of transactions and information can be electronically handled and delivered over a wider area through web, qualitative services become possible in least time, in least cost, in least difficulty and in greater convenience.

    Researchers have found that corruption severely affects a country’s development because it takes resources away from the economy, leads to uncertainty and impairs investment. Administrative reforms, often, have focused on procedural details and restructuring of systems and processes of government organizations. The basic objective of these reforms is to enhance capacities of the systems. ICTs can be used and are being used now to give further impetus to the process.

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    Governments Eye Blockchain in Their Creation of National Identity Systems

    Various governments around the world are planning to use Blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) in their bid to establish a national identity system in their jurisdictions as of early October 2017. These systems are intended to be safe and secure and can be used in both public and private transactions.

    The need to create said systems is driven by the susceptibility of existing systems against various risks like identity theft. An example is the case of consumer credit reporting agency Equifax, whose latest data breach has resulted in the theft of personal data of over 140 million individuals.

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    13
    2017
    Cypriot Energy Minister to participate in the Ministerial e-Government Conference in Tallinn

    The Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, is travelling tonight (Thursday) to Tallinn, Estonia, where, in his capacity as Chairman of the e-Government Council, he will participate tomorrow morning in the deliberations of the e-Government High-Level Conference organized by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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    13
    2017
    EU agrees to implement digital-by-default services with Tallinn Declaration

    15 years after Estonia started to work on e-governnance, time has come for all EU member states, along with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries of Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland to establishes common goals for the development of e-government over the next five years.

    “The Tallinn Declaration does not translate into innovation for Estonia, as we have already complied with the guidelines agreed upon today with other European countries,” said the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo after the Tallinn Declaration was signed. According to Palo, it is the other EU member states that the Tallinn Declaration will bring about significant changes.

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    13
    2017
    US: The fourth National Action Plan for Open Government is coming. But what will transparency look like under Trump?

    The latest National Action Plan for Open Government, scheduled to be released later this month, is a “huge opportunity to give open government a refresh,” according to a senior White House official working on the transparency initiative.

    The forthcoming document will, as its three predecessors have, set U.S. open government goals for the next two years. The perennial mission is to make the government more “open, accountable and responsive.”

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    TH: 1,000 digital literacy trainers to bridge gap

    The Digital Economy and Society Ministry aims to build up a nationwide force of 1,000 digital literacy trainers within six months.

    Ajarin Pattanapanchai, the new permanent secretary at the ministry, said the trainers would be destined for 24,700 communities or villages by April next year. They would teach people the basics of digital literacy, imparting know-how that can be put to use in local communities, she said.

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    13
    2017
    EE: Data protection: Legal backing, people’s trust hold the key

    Constitutional support for data safety is the foundation stone for a strong e-governance ecosystem in Estonia.

    For Estonia, a European country with a population nearly 1,000 times less than India, the pursuit to establish a national digital identity programme was not any easier. When the nation rolled out its identity programme 15 years ago, similar to India’s Aadhaar project, political debates around the cost of the project and its mandatory nature had erupted. The government believed that the first step to have a strong ecosystem of digital services and e-governance was digital identity. However, that’s just one side of the coin. The push to electronic governance was backed by a data protection legislation.

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    12
    2017
    PK: Punjab — the ‘e’ in e-governance

    I want to share three stories.

    The first story is about vaccination coverage in Punjab. For years, Pakistan has struggled with the challenge of vaccinating children in far-flung villages and dense urban centres. Enough vaccines and staff were made available without any significant improvement in coverage. The sheer scale made it impossible to monitor vaccination staff. In 2014, however, this began to change in Punjab when the abysmal coverage of 25% suddenly started to improve. A smartphone application was given to 3,700+ vaccinators to report location and children data, making them accountable for their attendance and performance. Satellite images of urban settlements were then used to deepen the coverage. Today, Punjab’s vaccination coverage stands at an impressive 97%.

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    12
    2017
    E-Partnership Conference to enhance cybersecurity in EaP countries

    Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will host the “E-Partnership Conference” aimed at developing e-governance and enhancing cybersecurity in the European Union’s Eastern partner countries.

    The conference in Tallinn will bring together more than 150 experts and policy makers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the EU Member States.

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    12
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    UK to sign Tallinn Declaration on e-Government tomorrow

    The declarations aims to reinvigorate Europe's e-Government efforts and intend to agree upon a roadmap for ‘next steps’ both at national and EU level

    The minister for Government and Resilience and Efficiency Caroline Nokes is expected to sign the EU’s Tallinn Declaration on e-Government tomorrow at a ministerial meeting and conference organised by the Estonian EU presidency.

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    12
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    E-gov model that works in India is unique in many ways: UST Global

    Received wisdom in e-governance suggests that going digital is not a choice any more but is the only option to maintain the quality of life of citizens in the long-term.

    UST Global, a leading provider of IT and digital services worldwide and which has been working on the ‘e-Nagarpalika’ project for the Madhya Pradesh government, cannot agree more.

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    BH: Health Ministry wins best webpage award

    The Ministry of Health has won a key award for best Government-run electronic website.

    Health Minister Faeqa bint Said Al-Saleh was presented with the prize during the eGovernment Excellence Award ceremony, which was held under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT) Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa.

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    11
    2017
    Why SEA governments shoud adopt blockchain

    Blockchain brings three key features that make it ideal for government use: decentralization, transparency, and immutability

    Blockchain is becoming the technology platform of choice of many newly-founded startups for a variety of reasons. The dazzling rise in the prices of bitcoin and ether has put the spotlight on cryptocurrencies and crypto activities. The technology itself proves valuable to any task that requires transparent and immutable record keeping. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have also challenged venture capital and angel investment in the speed and ease by which companies could raise significant funding.

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    11
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    BH: Deputy Premier patronises eGovernment Excellence Award ceremony

    Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT) Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa patronized the eGovernment Excellence Award ceremony at the Gulf Hotel. The celebration was attended by the Shura Council Chairman, the Deputy Premiers, ministers and invitees.

    The Deputy Premier welcomed the guests and the participants, stressing the importance of continuity of the award which was launched in 2008 to reward and highlight the leading ICT initiatives undertaken by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s community. He said the award has been able in a short time to attract specialists and prompt innovation, creativity and competitiveness. He pointed out specificity of 2017 award which comprises seven categories and aims to optimize public services while reducing their cost, in line with the government’s trend to cut down expenditure.

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    11
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    US: Citizens Sound off on Smart Cities in New CompTIA Report

    A net six in ten Americans say they'd be interested in being a smart city resident, though they admit limited knowledge about what that entails and have concerns about tradeoffs in government services, according to a new study released today by CompTIA, the world's leading technology association.

    The CompTIA report "Building Smarter Cities and Communities" surveyed 1,000 U.S. households and 350 U.S government officials on their awareness and interest in the concept of smart communities. The report also examines what it will take to move beyond pilots, tests and trials to full-scale systems that deliver benefits to both the municipality and its citizens.

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    11
    2017
    E-government can be good for business

    Filing taxes online makes compliance easier and less of an obstacle to firms' operation and growth

    Many developing countries face significant challenges associated with collecting taxes and tendering public contracts. High tax compliance costs due to cumbersome regulations and harassment by tax officials deter investment, encourage tax evasion, and undermine economic growth. The public procurement of goods and services is often rife with collusive practices and corruption, resulting in the misallocation or waste of resources and poor quality infrastructure. One possible solution is to adopt electronic government (e-government) systems that automate and simplify interactions between government and the private sector.

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    10
    2017
    PK: Punjab: NBP to automate collection of property tax

    National Bank of Pakistan in collaboration with Punjab Excise & Taxation Department (E&T), is going to start the automation of collection process for Property Tax across Punjab. This collaboration is a step towards the vision of Punjab Government for complete E-governance of Excise & Taxation Department.

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    AE: Abu Dhabi Ports launches Maqta Gateway

    The new digital platform aims to boost trade

    Abu Dhabi Ports has launched Maqta Gateway, a digital platform which provides digital services to different entities including shipping agents, traders, freight forwarders, custom brokers among others to boost trade and efficiency.

    The new system was inaugurated in the presence of Shaikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court on Tuesday.

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    10
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    EE: e-Residency: the future of digital entrepreneurship?

    Estonia is the world leader in digital governance and a founding member of Digital 5 (D5), a global network of evolving digital governments. It is no surprise then that Estonia is creating a borderless digital society for global citizens as the first country to offer e-Residency

    The Telegraph’s Britain’s Smart Cities team caught up with Kaspar Korjus, e-Residency Managing Director, Republic of Estonia, to find out about the initiative and how it’s creating financial inclusion and empowerment for citizens worldwide.

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    10
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    AE: A digital bank for the connected generation

    Mashreq Neo aims to transform the traditional banking landscape in the UAE

    As the digital future becomes inevitable, a one-size-fits-all approach in banking does not work anymore, and financial institutions that adeptly combine the best of digital and human touch will stand out.

    These are the words of Aref Al Ramli (pictured right), Regional Head of Digital Banking for Mashreq, after the UAE-based lender launched Mashreq Neo, a full fledged digital bank that transformed the traditional banking landscape of the country, on October 1.

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    09
    2017
    RW: 'Digital ambassadors' key to digital literacy

    Innovation is a critical factor for digital revolution. Rwanda, which is currently implementing a fourth national digital plan – the Smart Rwanda Master Plan – is increasingly turning to innovative ways to boost its universal digital inclusion and literacy agenda.

    Just last Friday, officials launched two major initiatives designed to enhance uptake of ICT solutions in the countryside. They are Tumba Smart Village Initiative and the Digital Ambassadors Programme” (DAP) – the former an effort to engage all stakeholders to collaboratively bridge the digital divide through different technological approaches to transform rural areas; while the latter seeks to introduce five million citizens to digital literacy and opportunities through the use of e-Government and e-Business services in the next three years.

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    2017
    US: Social Media As A Vital Engagement Platform For Government Outreach

    Social media has evolved into the preferred method to reach and engage with the masses, culminating in exponential amplification. Individuals, businesses and celebrities have harnessed its power, yet the government has been slow to maximize social media as an outreach tool. Why has the government been slow to adopt?

    Over time, the federal government has been behind the curve as it pertains to effective use of social media. The government traditionally used its social platforms as a way to provide static information via direct hyperlinks or to provide applicable updates on agencies. As social media has evolved, the government is viewing it more as a tool rather than a mandated “e-government” initiative for public service delivery. These accounts provide for input (e.g. signing up for updates), which helps the agency identify and understand its followers and track their sentiment.

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    09
    2017
    US: Gov2Go: Personal assistant for state services launches nationwide

    E-government services firm NIC says its new consumer platform is the answer to government's silo problem.

    States pursuing a single citizen-centric touchpoint for service delivery may find their solution in a new consumer app announced by NIC on Monday.

    The e-government services organization has announced that its Gov2Go “personal assistant for government” is now available for free download and use in all 50 states. Drawing on federal, state and local government sources, the app provides users with access to a wide range of information and services, like license renewal and payment reminders, using a single interface, without the need to visit multiple websites or reenter personal and payment information.

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    08
    2017
    AE: Dubai launches world’s first virtual wills registry

    As part of Dubai’s e-government innovation agenda, DIFC Wills and Probate Registry has launched the world’s first Virtual Registry.

    Designed for overseas asset-holders, the new smart service enables eligible investors living outside of the UAE to create, register, witness and store a Will for Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah assets from anywhere in the world.

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    08
    2017
    US: Nevada: Telehealth: The Future is Now

    Imagine that a radiologist who resides in Australia reads a CT scan of a patient brought to an emergency room in Ely after a car accident. The CT scan is transmitted with an artifact that results in an incorrect diagnosis by a neurosurgeon in India, which is conveyed to the ER physician. The fiber optic cable used was installed by a vendor with a principal place of business in California and the video equipment used was made in New Jersey. Who is liable? What law governs? Where is the action brought? Is there insurance coverage? Where can a judgment be enforced? These are complex legal issues that challenge the landscape of telehealth services today.

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    08
    2017
    IN: Kerala: Years on, crime tracking project remains off grid

    Though Kerala was selected as a pilot state by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) years ago for implementing the much-touted Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS), the verification of crime records and criminals is still in its infancy.

    Sources said the difficulty in interlinking all police stations into a single network and dearth of funds have led to the inordinate delay in implementation. The State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) was entrusted with the implementation through a System Integrator (SI). According to an SCRB officer, the digitisation of criminal records is a tedious and cumbersome task. The pile of scattered data has to be connected to a single server and, hence, the delay.

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    07
    2017
    AE: Now, register your will online in Dubai registry

    Virtual registry opens a window of opportunity for expats and foreign investors

    Investors holding free zone assets in Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah can now register their wills online at the world’s first virtual wills registry that goes live from Sunday.

    Launched as part of Dubai’s e-government innovation agenda, DIFC Wills and Probate Registry is designed primarily for overseas asset-holders.

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    07
    2017
    US: Proposed rule would let VA caregivers practice telemedicine across state lines

    A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposed rule would allow VA telehealth providers to more easily administer care across state lines.

    “The Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to amend its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA healthcare providers through telehealth,” states the proposed rule, which will officially be published Oct. 2. “This rule would ensure that VA healthcare providers provide the same level of care to all beneficiaries, irrespective of the state or location in a state of the VA healthcare provider or the beneficiary.”

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    07
    2017
    Cybersecurity in Europe's digital future highlighted at Digital Expo in Tallinn

    The Digital Expo, held during the Tallinn Digital Summit, has highlighted the importance of cybersecurity in Europe's efforts to realize its digital future.

    Along with e-governance and 5G, cybersecurity has become a key word of the expo.

    "E-governance will not work unless people have trust in e-services and digital devices. So we need to strengthen cyber security. The safety can only be achieved if we safeguard European cyber security as a whole," said Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas.

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    07
    2017
    IN: IT Dept. has taken various initiatives to bring transparency in tax administration: Jaitely

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said Income Tax Department has taken various initiatives in the last two to three years to bring about efficiency, transparency and fairness in tax administration.

    Addressing the second meeting of the consultative committee of his Ministry in New Delhi, Finance Minister said, government is committed to widen the tax base by encouraging and incentivising the new tax payers.

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    07
    2017
    EU to step up cooperation to embrace digital opportunities

    Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said on Friday that Europe must use the opportunities created by huge advances in digital technology.

    Tusk made the remarks at the Tallinn Digital Summit which was held on Friday by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), in cooperation with the President of the European Council and the European Commission.

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    07
    2017
    How to get your Unique Permanent Registration Number with Medical Council Of India

    With the Medical Council of India announcing that each and every doctor will have their Unique Permanent Registration Number (UPRN), the council is now preparing with the herculean task of providing a unique ID to doctor online, based on the verification of their aadhar and other documents. In the world of digitisation, the move would digitise India’s registry of doctors and is being undertaken as part of its ongoing e-governance initiative.

    Moreover, UPRN number would indeed come as a solution to a number of issues that are plaguing the medical practitioners across the country, including duplicate registrations across various states, renewal of registrations, as well as that the growing menace fake medical practitioners

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    06
    2017
    AZ: Minister: New generation ID card to be given to each citizen in near future to be provided with e-signature certificate

    “Today ICT is successfully applied in any area in Azerbaijan. The implementation of effective projects is underway in our country in the field of e-education, e-tax, e-health, e-agriculture, e-customs, e-commerce and other directions. All the services are reflected in “Electronic Government” model”, the Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, Ramin Guluzade said in his interview to “Impact” magazine".

    According to him, the services of more than 40 government agencies are provided to citizens on the portal E-government: “Through the mobile application of the portal, users are sent notifications for communication, utilities, penalties and so on in real-time mode. This can be considered a successful start for building a “mobile government””.

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    06
    2017
    US: Government Technology's Complicated History

    Over the course of three decades, I’ve written extensively about government technology. While the technologies themselves have gotten faster, and cheaper, leading to some remarkable innovations and disrupting entire industries, change has been a lot slower in state and local government. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing: One of government’s essential roles is to enable entrepreneurship and let the private sector develop best practices. Indeed, the three biggest evolutions in government technology over the past 30 years bear that out.

    When Governing started publishing in 1987, the era of decentralized computing was about to begin. That year, state and local governments were still firmly in the mainframe computing camp, using big iron primarily to collect, sort and file data for the big government programs of the day, including Medicaid and unemployment insurance. But in the private sector, mainframes were on the way out.

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    06
    2017
    Namibia’s e-governance a reality – Tweya

    Windhoek-Though Namibia missed the June 15, 2016 deadline to establish its Internet Governance Forum, it is now a reality, said the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, during his keynote address at the inaugural Namibia Internet Governance Forum.

    According to Tweya, the internet has become an increasingly important platform for not only communication, whether locally or globally, personally or professionally, but also in terms of its role as a platform for meaningful political, social and economic engagement.

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    06
    2017
    KR: Marcus Evans to Enable a Favorable Environment for Smart City Projects

    Happening for the second time this year, Marcus Evans 2nd Annual Smart Cities is set to take place on the 25th – 27th October 2017 at Conrad Seoul, South Korea.

    Speaking at the event Fazal Hussain Director Enterprise Solutions City of Toronto mentioned that “sharing information from across the world allows us to consider new ideas and share experiences that help us all. The world is one big community the residents are highly mobile in order to make our urban centers competitive with other global urban centers we must participate in events like the Marcus Evans - 2nd Annual Smart Cities conference."

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    05
    2017
    Thailand can be smart-city flagship for Belt and Road

    At a recent Asean and China mayoral conference held in Nanning, Guangxi province, one of us (LHM) presented the concept of smart cities and its importance for Asean.

    It generated much interest from the audience, among which was former Thai deputy prime minister Korn Dabbaransi. Korn noted the significance of smart-city thinking for Thailand’s burgeoning urban areas, such as Chiang Mai.

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    05
    2017
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Computer training for government staff

    A three-day training programme on ‘Basics of computer applications’ commenced at ATI here on Tuesday. The training is for the ministerial staff of Capital Complex heads of offices and heads of departments as well as of the district administration, an official communiqué informed.

    Altogether 37 participants – 23 from Capital Complex and 14 from district administration – are attending the programme sponsored fully by central Department of Personnel and Training. Inaugurating the programme, ATI Director Pate Marik highlighted the importance of computer application in public delivery system.

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    05
    2017
    IN: Industry, govt gear up for 5G adoption

    Huawei India CEO Jay Chen told The Indian Express that right now operators were looking at deploying technologies, such as the Massive MIMO, through which they can rehaul their network.

    With most telcos having deployed 4G mobile telephony on their networks, these firms are now venturing into the fifth generation technology, or 5G. This was evident from the various stalls by telcos, equipment manufacturers and infrastructure firms at the India Mobile Congress on Wednesday.

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    05
    2017
    PS: Gazans now complaining online

    Gaza residents can submit their grievances and questions to governing authorities and departments via an electronic complaints system.

    Residents of Gaza have typically had to spend hours waiting to lodge their complaints at various government agencies, but for a few weeks now, they have been able to submit their grievances with a click. On Sept. 5, the administration in Gaza inaugurated an electronic complaints system, which should save residents much time and effort. Previously, complaints had to be submitted in writing or in person.

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    05
    2017
    IN: In a first, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board registers e-Governance services as info utility

    For the first time, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) on Wednesday registered National e-Governance Services Limited (NeSL) as an information utility. This registration is valid for five years from the date of registration, the ministry of coprorate affairs said in a statement.

    For the first time, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) on Wednesday registered National e-Governance Services Limited (NeSL) as an information utility. This registration is valid for five years from the date of registration, the ministry of coprorate affairs said in a statement. The information utility stores financial information that helps establish defaults as well as verify claims expeditiously and thereby facilitates completion of transactions under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) 2016 in a time-bound manner, the statement said. The information utility constitutes a key pillar of the insolvency and bankruptcy ecosystem, the other three being the Adjudicating Authority (National Company Law Tribunal and Debt Recovery Tribunal), the IBBI and insolvency professionals.

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    04
    2017
    PK: Modernized IT infrastructure enables NTC to provide cloud-based services and solutions to the govt

    VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), the IT and telecommunications service provider for the Government of Pakistan, to drive digital transformation within the public sector as part of the government’s Digital Pakistan initiative and the country’s push towards a digital nation. The agreement will enable NTC, the first cloud-based data center in the public sector, to tap on VMware solutions to modernize existing IT infrastructure and accelerate network extension to unserved and underserved districts under the National Data Centre plan.

    The rapid transformation of Pakistan towards a digitally enabled nation is anchored by the government’s commitment to a digital future. The government is the first in the region to transit to an e-governance model as Internet penetration in the nation skyrockets. In 2016 alone, the number of internet users in Pakistan increased by 20 per cent, double the global average growth rate.[1] The mobile-first nature of Pakistan is clearly evident with close to three in four internet users in Pakistan accessing the internet through their mobile phones, as compared to 27 percent via desktops.

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    04
    2017
    Bahrain is the First Country in the Region to Embrace Cloud!

    At the Amazon Web Services Summit, Mohamed Al AlQaed, the CEO of the Bahrain’s Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA), announced the launch of the ”Cloud First” policy, allowing migrating systems to cloud following the best practices while preserving the iGA’s high-security standards.

    AlQaed also commented that the Kingdom is among the leading countries in the Middle East to adopt the cloud policy in the public sector. According to him, it would lead to a wide range of high-paying jobs in both the public and the private sectors. Many government agencies have already started transferring their data to the cloud, he added.

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    04
    2017
    Bahrain implements 'cloud first' policy for e-government

    Bahrain's Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) has implemented the 'Cloud First' policy, enabling system migration systems to the cloud following the best practices, while adhering to iGA's security standards and procedures. Bahrain was selected by Amazon to become the first regional centre for data in the Middle East and Africa regions. With such an announcement, the country is considered to have made another international accomplishment.

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    03
    2017
    GB: Could GovTech become bigger than  FinTech?

    As digital technology continues to evolve and permeate every aspect of modern life, its role within the public sector is changing. Ian Dowson, the co-founder of GovTech, explores the opportunities being created and the potential for true digital transformation in governments worldwide.

    GovTech is gaining momentum as it is passing from an emergent state and is poised to go global, it could be in a similar position to FinTech 5 years ago, according to a report "GovTech: an Emergent Sector Revolutionising Public Services". Global government spending on technology is one of the largest ICT segments and is estimated to be a market worth at least $450 billion, with the US worth over $100 billion.

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    03
    2017
    JO: MPs receive EU-funded tablets to enhance e-government services

    The House of Representatives on Monday celebrated the official handover of tablet computers to the deputies, under the framework of the first component of the European Union (EU) funded project for the support of Jordanian democratic institutions and their development.

    The ceremony was inaugurated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Atef Tarawneh, who commended the efforts of the EU to “invigorate the deputies”, stressing that “time will not wait for anyone and the House of Representatives will continue to work towards the digital implementation.”

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    2017
    SG: All SingPass users to be auto enrolled in digital data vault MyInfo by year end

    All 3.3 million SingPass users will be automatically enrolled in MyInfo, a government-backed digital vault of their personal data, by year end.

    The auto-enrolment will increase the pool of MyInfo users from the existing 200,000 Singapore residents who have signed up for the service, said GovTech, the agency behind tech transformation in the public sector, in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 26).

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    2017
    VN: Hungary willing to share e-government building experience with VN

    Hungary is willing to share its experience in building e-government with Vietnam, said visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a meeting with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi on September 25.

    The top Vietnamese legislator stated that Vietnam always attaches great importance to consolidating and developing ties with traditional friends in the Central and Eastern Europe, with Hungary being a priority.

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    02
    2017
    84% Chinese can go out without cash: Report

    About 84 percent of the Chinese people can accept going out without any cash, according to a report of mobile payment usage in China released by Chinese mobile payment solution Wechat Pay.

    The report 2017 Mobile Payment Usage in China was released Friday during the 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Forums on Smart Cities and e-Government which was held in the north suburb of Bangkok.

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    01
    2017
    NG: Lagos: Digital and electronic administration of pensions

    For a considerable while now, the Lagos State Government has enjoyed reputation as a responsible government that pays the requisite attention to its pension responsibilities to the workforce of the civil service.

    This reputation is indeed deserved. It is one for which the government of Lagos State, and in particular, the administration of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, tirelessly worked and laboured. We must therefore commend the laudable commitment of His Excellency to sterling pension administration and management in Lagos State.

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    01
    2017
    Controversy in Kuwait over biometric finger-scanning

    Public sector employees in Kuwait will start signing in and out electronically from October 1 to ensure their punctuality and compliance with official working hours.

    The Kuwait Civil Service Commission (CSC) had issued an edict making biometric finger-scanning compulsory in the public sector, according to Al Anba newspaper.

    State ministries, government departments and public institutions have finalised all preparations to implement the biometric procedures, urging their personnel to comply.

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    01
    2017
    IN: Odisha: Public-private partnerships key to sustainable telemedicine

    Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a way to make telemedicine more affordable and sustainable in remote parts of India.

    Telemedicine is a way of using telecommunication and information technology to provide healthcare from a distance and is particularly useful in remote rural regions where access to medical care is sparse.

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    01
    2017
    PH: Private hospitals vow to comply with data privacy rules

    With the upcoming implementation of the Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE), private hospitals have committed to comply with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) of 2012 and are implementing data protection measures in their data processing systems to protect sensitive personal information of their patients.

    This was revealed at the first general assembly of Data Protection Officers (DPO) of Private Hospitals.

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    01
    2017
    IN: Chandigarh: e-governance will help improve quality of life: Chief Architect

    Chandigarh has been maintaining its beauty since its inception. A smart integrated e-governance project should always be kept in mind as the city is inching closer to becoming more than a smart city. This was stated by Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Chandigarh, while addressing a gathering on the second day of the ARCHIBUILD-2017, an exhibition-cum-conference being organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28. The Tribune is the media partner for the event.

    “e-goverance will not only help strengthen the entire system but also improve the quality of life,” added Setia.

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    30
    2017
    Exploding Cyber Crime in India

    Cyber Crime is emerging as the biggest threat to civil security and citizen safety in the country. A joint study conducted by ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce) & Mahindra SSG revealed certain startling facts. Facts which have added a whole new dimension to the various aspects of cyber crime control. This path breaking study had laid before the nation the fact that the cupboard of security is in a way totally empty. Before things get out of hand and uncontrollable action has to be taken and this has to be decisive and incisive action.

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    Sep
    30
    2017
    Serbian regulator enables online frequency requests

    Serbia's Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (Ratel) has enabled users of radio frequency spectrum to submit applications for the issue of licenses electronically. In this way, the procedure for issuing licenses will be accelerated by 50 percent, and the need for printing documents significantly reduced.

    Thanks to an agreement signed with the Office for Information Technology and eGovernment of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, electronic payment and monitoring of all payments related to this service will be enabled.

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    30
    2017
    ID: UI Collaborates with Victoria University of Wellington on e-Government Program

    Universitas Indonesia (UI) has collaborated with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, to introduce the first post-graduate e-Government program in Asia Pacific.

    The e-government program is developed specifically to enable professionals to learn, develop and manage e-government initiatives such as the transformation of digital services and the online form of public engagement.

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    Sep
    30
    2017
    84 pct Chinese can go out without cash: report

    About 84 percent of the Chinese people can accept going out without any cash, according to a report of mobile payment usage in China released by Chinese mobile payment solution Wechat Pay.

    The report 2017 Mobile Payment Usage in China was released Friday during the 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Forums on Smart Cities and e-Government which was held in the north suburb of Bangkok.

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    Sep
    29
    2017
    Blockchain and e-governance: from Estonia to BITNATION

    Blockchain technology has found plenty of advocates in the world of finance, banking and trade. But, it’s in the unlikely field of democracy where it may soon be making its presence felt most acutely.

    Indeed, governments around the world have been keen to implement e-governance systems for many years now – to reduce costs, boost efficiency and bring their operations up to date.

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    Sep
    29
    2017
    What's New in Civic Tech: U.S. Senate Passes OPEN Government Data Act

    Plus, Sunlight Foundation releases A Guide to Tactical Data, NYC Planning Labs launches its first project and tech continues to prove useful in the aftermath of major hurricanes.

    The U.S. Senate has passed the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at providing a governmentwide mandate requiring federal agencies to publish their information as open data.

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    Sep
    29
    2017
    US: Digital gov finds its footing

    Twenty-five years after the debut of tools and technologies that helped launch "e-government," agencies are embracing a new generation of digital services, leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning and collaborative software development practices.

    “We’re seeing the advent of tremendous new technologies in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, where we’re able to analyze in real time lots and lots of information from all over the world and make decisions at a very individual, personal level,” said Dan Chenok, executive director of IBM’s Center for the Business of Government.

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    Sep
    29
    2017
    NG: We’re reforming NIPOST for e-commerce, e-government services – Minister

    The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is being reformed to strengthen and reposition it in order to undertake e-commerce and e-government services, as a strategic response to technological challenges that have affected mail services globally, according to Alhaji Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications.

    Shittu, who stated this at a meeting with the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh, in his office on Thursday, September 20, 2017, said that despite the deteriorating state of NIPOST, it is still viable and has the infrastructure and personnel to provide essential services to Nigerians.

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    28
    2017
    IN: Andhra Pradesh government launches ‘People First’, a mobile app for citizens

    People First, currently available only on Android-based mobile phones, enables citizens to access their profile, the various benefits accrued to them from the government and also register their grievances.

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched the App at the two-day conference of district Collectors here on Wednesday. People First is a grievance redressal platform launched in May by the AP government as part of its e-governance initiative as a two-way communications channel between the government and the citizens.

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    Sep
    28
    2017
    IN: Goa: Mapusa civic body gets going on task towards e-governance

    After resolving to implement Goa (Right of Citizens to Time-Bound Delivery of Public Services) Act to provide better services to citizens, Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) is taking steps towards digitisation of all records.

    With an aim to take services to the doorsteps of people, the civic body is gearing up to provide e-governance services. For instance, payment and renewal of trade licence, income certificate, NOC for power and electricity will soon be one click away.

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    28
    2017
    IN: Telangana: Tenders and auctions: All payments to be online from October 3

    In order to ensure that transactions by contractors/bidders become more transparent, the state government has decided to make all the payments towards the EMD (Earnest Money Deposit) for all tender applications, under e-Procurement project, be paid through Net Banking/RTGS/NEFT/Credit Card/Debit Card from October 3.

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    28
    2017
    IN: Kolkata: Post-mortem report can now be available online

    Gone are those days when next of kin to a victim who had an unnatural death needed to wait for days to get the post-mortem report.

    In its bid to modernise the nearly 160-year-old force, the Kolkata Police is planning to do away with some of its age old practices and one of them is delivery of post-mortem reports in cases of unnatural deaths.

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    Sep
    28
    2017
    IN: IT and e-governance department taking steps to make a Digital Jharkhand: Singh

    Jharkhand's IT department secretary Satyendra Singh today said the department was working to prepare a digital Jharkhand as part of which under the digital literacy programme one lakh people have been made digitally literate while registration of four lakh others have been done.

    He said the department has commenced the process of providing training to the poor people and youth through e-motivator programme during which the people are taught to send mails, online form submissions, website operating and mobile operating. He said under the scheme, special focus was being accorded to make the school children and the youth digital literate.

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    Sep
    27
    2017
    Estonia’s top tech official: EU states should integrate their digital systems

    Estonia is trying to convince European ministers to agree on the “once only” principle. That means that if one member state has information about a citizen, another member state should not ask for it again, the country’s chief information officer told EURACTIV Slovakia.

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    Sep
    27
    2017
    South Africa lagging behind African countries, thanks to poor government

    South Africa is slipping down the global ICT development index at a time when other African countries are making big gains.

    This is according to the World Bank’s economic update for South Africa, which saw the country’s growth rate cut to 0.6%.

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    Sep
    27
    2017
    UA: Cabinet approves e-government development plan

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the concept of the development of e-government in Ukraine for the period until 2020, which envisages the introduction of the mobile identification system MobileID until the end of 2017.

    The corresponding decision was made at a government meeting on Wednesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

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    Sep
    26
    2017
    Technology investment opportunities in Nigeria

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

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

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    Sep
    26
    2017
    Govts drive economic growth in GCC: Minister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RTI synonymous with transparency, accountability: Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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