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 Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Hosted by the Government of Botswana through the Department of Research, Science and Technology, Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE, IST-Africa 2011 will take place in Gaborone, 04 - 06 May 2011. The scientific programme for IST-Africa 2011 is based on an open Call for Papers The core thematic areas are eHealth, eInfrastructures, Technology Enhanced Learning and ICT Skills, Digital Libraries and Intelligent Content, Living Labs, Open Source Software, ICT for eInclusion and eAccessibility, ICT for Environmental Sustainability, RFID and Networked Enterprise, eGovernment, Networked Media, Transformation of Research Results into Local Innovation, Cloud Computing and IPv6. Interested presenters are encouraged to prepare an 8 page paper (4,000 - 5,000) words following the IST-Africa 2011 paper guidelines and paper template for submission online by 30 November.

All submissions will be double blind reviewed by the International Programme Committee and authors will receive feedback in January. Accepted authors will then be invited to submit a final paper taking account of feedback provided for inclusion in the conference proceedings by 18 February.


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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:00:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 30 April 2010

A new research report on online government from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that citizens are searching for information in unprecedented numbers. When they visit sites, they're increasingly making transactions and participating in discussion around policies. Forty-one percent have gone online to get forms, including tax forms, health forms or student aid forms, and 35 percent have researched government documents or statistics. Roughly one-third of all Internet users reported renewing driver's licenses and auto registrations online. In general, the use of government websites for information and transactions is nearly ubiquitous among Internet users, with 82 percent of online adults surveyed reporting one of the two activities.


(Source: Pew Research Center)

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Friday, 30 April 2010 17:30:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 16 March 2010

At the eighth Ministerial eHealth Conference in Barcelona today, EU ministers have outlined a joint vision and policy priorities on how to make eHealth more accessible, interactive and customised to patients. The Declaration outlines a vision and identifies key objectives to be achieved in the next ten years.

The Declaration calls for policy coordination amongst the various areas where eHealth can have an impact on citizens' health in order to enhance benefits for patients, healthcare systems and society. It recognises the need for stronger synergies with policy areas like competitiveness, research and regional development both at European and national levels.


(Source: Europe's Information Society)

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:23:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 15 March 2010

The government has added fresh resources to the fight against cybercrime with the launch of a £4.3m programme to help combat fraud, estimated to cost UK consumers £3.5bn per year. The programme, which aims to take down scam websites, was launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills this week. Under the scheme, up to 300 of the UK's approximately 3,000 existing trading standards officers will receive "intermediate" level training in tackling cybercrime.

In addition, a new cyber enforcement team within the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be set up. The team will lead investigations into websites selling fake or non-existent goods, tickets or services online, and will have an attached digital forensics lab that will be available to all OFT staff.


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Monday, 15 March 2010 18:35:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 08 March 2010

This three-day event fosters opportunities for IT and Telecommunication professionals to network, build relationships, and explore new ideas. It brings together IT professionals, developers, decisions and policy makers, governmental officials, experts, consultants, industry leaders, bankers, law enforcement officials, academics, networks security managers, database administrators, IT marketing executives, surveyors, etc. to share their protection experience in IT security and exchange ideas on most emerging technology trends, applications and practices.

Kuwait ICT Security Forum aims to keep you at the forefront of the latest security developments. Don't miss this opportunity to learn fresh approaches and develop innovative strategies and tactics to defeat today's biggest information security threats.


(Source: Kuwait ICT Security Forum)

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Monday, 08 March 2010 11:06:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 04 March 2010

The government develops a new strategy to help the information technology industry cut down on waste While no one will ever confuse the polluting effects of the information and communications technology sector with, say, the oil industry, all is not green in the realm of ICT. The world throws away of hundreds of millions of mobile phones, computers, printers, batteries and gadgets annually, while energy and raw materials consumed by the industry account for more than 2% of global greenhouse gases emissions.

It is with this in mind that the Egyptian government has begun work on a green information and communication technology (ICT) strategy aimed at reducing the sector’s energy use and finding a place for the tons of hardware thrown away every year.


(Source: Business Today)

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Thursday, 04 March 2010 16:15:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 15 February 2010

Former top US intelligence officials will become cyberwarriors on Tuesday in a simulation of how the US government would respond to a massive cyberattack on the United States. "The scenario itself is secret," said Eileen McMenamin, vice president of communications for the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), which is hosting the event dubbed "Cyber ShockWave." "The participants don't even know what it is," McMenamin told AFP. "None of them know what's going to transpire."

Former president George W. Bush's Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff will play the role of National Security Advisor to the president while former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte will be Secretary of State.


(Source: AFP)

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Monday, 15 February 2010 13:50:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 11 February 2010

The government has called on the mobile phone industry to do more to protect handset owners against theft. Alan Campbell, Minister for Crime Prevention, said firms "have a social and a corporate responsibility to tackle crime". Around 2% of British mobile phone users report they have suffered a theft in the last year, although for teenagers the figure is three times higher.

The government's call comes as the Home Office unveiled the winning designs in a crime prevention contest, aimed at making mobile phones less attractive to thieves. Designs included an alarm that sounds when a phone is too far from its owner and locks the handset.


(Source: BBC)

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Thursday, 11 February 2010 18:11:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The design of the future German identity card has been unveiled. Credit-card sized and made of polycarbonate, it will be issued from November 2010 on. The new card aims to ease the citizens' transactions with government and businesses and to increase security as well as to enhance public confidence in electronic services.

The front side has the image of the federal eagle, whereas on its reverse side the Brandenburg Gate is depicted. The new card contains numerous security features in order to increase protection against forgery. A special feature is that the holder's details are digitally stored. It is also capable to carry a digital signature. Both features will allow card holders to complete commercial online transactions as well as official business with government offices.


(Source: eGov Monitor)

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:58:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 25 January 2010

The 'Health-e-Space' website has gone online in Moray, Scotland, aiming to encourage individuals to play an active role in personal health matters by providing them with a series of online tools and information.

The website allows anybody living in Moray to become a member and to obtain local health information, links to recommended websites and suggestions on how to live with health conditions. Its sister website, the 'Health-e-Space Community', serves as a social networking platform for people to share their health concerns and experiences among them in the Moray area.


(Source: eGov Monitor)

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Monday, 25 January 2010 15:48:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 04 January 2010

Chinese authorities caught nearly 5,400 suspects last year in a crackdown on online pornography and have vowed to strengthen Internet policing.

Beijing's pervasive policing of cyberspace and attempts to block the Internet are already among the world's most stringent. In a statement late Thursday, the Ministry of Public Security said the "purification of the Internet" and fighting of online crime are closely tied to the country's stability. "Lewd and pornographic content seriously pollutes the online environment, depraves social morals and poisons the physical and psychological health of the masses of young people," the statement said. "It must be firmly controlled."


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Monday, 04 January 2010 13:31:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Australia said Tuesday it would push ahead with a mandatory China-style plan to filter the Internet, despite widespread criticism that it will strangle free speech and is doomed to fail.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said new laws would be introduced to ban access to "refused classification" (RC) sites featuring criminal content such as child sex abuse, bestiality, rape and detailed drug use. Blacklisted sites would be determined by an independent classification body via a "public complaint" process, said Conroy, admitting there was "no silver bullet solution to cyber-safety".


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Tuesday, 15 December 2009 15:23:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 14 December 2009

In the EU27, 65% of households 1 had access to the internet during the first quarter of 2009, compared with 60% during the first quarter of 2008, and 56% had a broadband internet connection in 2009, compared with 49% in 2008.

The se data 2 published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities , represent only a small part of the results of a survey on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) usage in households and by individuals in the EU27 Member States, the candidate countries, Norway , Iceland and Serbia . As well as internet use and broadband connections, the survey also covers other indicators such as e-shopping, e-government and advanced communication and content related services.


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Monday, 14 December 2009 18:00:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 08 December 2009

The government is preparing to set up a National Identity Management Center (NIMC) to distribute National Identity Cards (NIDC) across the country. Government officials said that the center will be located in Kathmandu and will distribute cards through thousands of government employees mobilized across the country.

Government officials are making preparations to set up the center on the basis of the recently submitted recommendations of a task force formed to study the need and structure of such a center. “We have recommended to the government to set up NIMC to distribute NIDCs as committed in the national budget and government policy and programs," Lilamani Paudel, Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM), told


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Tuesday, 08 December 2009 14:25:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 07 December 2009

The Taiwan government says it will spend 2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($65 million) to support its electronic-book industry and help makers cash in on the rapidly growing world market.

Companies can receive government subsidies of up to 40 percent of costs for programs developing related technologies, according to an Industrial Development Bureau report released Thursday. Taiwan is already a leading player in the digital book market, being the exclusive supplier of e-paper displays for Amazon's Kindle and Sony's e-Reader through collaboration with foreign firms that hold cutting-edge electronic ink technologies, officials said.


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Monday, 07 December 2009 09:55:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 01 December 2009

It’s not good news for IT cities. According to a report prepared by the Computer Emergency Research Team from the Union IT ministry, a total of 692 websites have been affected in September alone.

The unit has now asked the respective state governments to secure their own websites. “We have instructed all state governments to instal security measures, especially for those sites which contain sensitive data,’’ said a senior ministry official. Of the websites hacked, a whopping 74% belong to the dotin domain Most common hacking method is to steal password from administrator Hackers also enter web server and destroy the site Another method is to try and poison the URL.


(Source: The Economic Times)

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Tuesday, 01 December 2009 14:02:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee.

The original Panda worm, also known as Fujacks, caused widespread damage at a time when public knowledge about online security was low, and led to the country's first arrests for virus-writing in 2007. The new worm variant, one of many that have appeared since late 2006, adds a malicious component meant to make infection harder to detect.


(Source: PC World)

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Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:17:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Developing countries risk missing out on the benefits of information technology because of their lack of broadband infrastructure, a U.N. agency said.

Lack of broadband Internet access deprives countries of the possibility of building up offshoring industries, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report late on Thursday. It also prevents people from tapping into all the advantages of mobile phones, whose use is exploding in poor countries. "What is known as the broadband gap for example is becoming a serious handicap for companies in many poor countries," he told a briefing to launch UNCTAD's Information Economy Report.


(Source: Reuters)

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009 11:19:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 26 October 2009

Nigeria's anti-corruption police is working with Microsoft to halt thousands of fraudulent emails in a crackdown on internet crime in Africa's most populous country, an agency spokesman said.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Thursday its new project "Eagle Claw," expected to become fully operational within six months, is aimed at improving Nigeria's tarnished image as one of the world's top countries for internet crime. The agency said it has already shut down 800 scam websites and arrested 18 people.


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Monday, 26 October 2009 15:35:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 23 October 2009

The European Parliament has given the green light for member states to cut persistent file-sharers off from the net. It has dropped an amendment to its Telcoms Package which would have made it hard for countries to cut off pirates without court authority. It follows pressure from countries keen to adopt tough anti-piracy laws.

The French government has just approved plans which could see pirates removed from the net for up to a year. The UK's file-sharing policy is also likely to include a clause about disconnecting persistent offenders. The European Parliament was originally opposed to such legislation, claiming internet access was a basic human right.


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Friday, 23 October 2009 14:28:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Republic of Montenegro officially became a member of the International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), which is established under the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and consists of 191 members. The President of the Board of Directors of IMPACT -Mr. Datuk Muhd Noor Amin- welcomed Montenegro's membership in IMPACT and stated that Montenegro acquired the status of a full member in this international organization.

Montenegro has recently acquired the capability to track new information on cyber threats. More particularly, the participation in IMPACT will assist Montenegro in the identification of cyber threats in the early stages of their development.


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Thursday, 22 October 2009 09:23:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 02 October 2009

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that her department has received the green light to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts over the next three years.

Kicking off "National Cybersecurity Awareness Month," she said the new recruits would "help fulfill the department's broad mission to protect the nation's cyber infrastructure, systems and networks." "Effective cybersecurity requires all partners -- individuals, communities, government entities and the private sector -- to work together to protect our networks and strengthen our cyber resiliency," Napolitano said.


(Source: AFP)

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Friday, 02 October 2009 11:44:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 21 September 2009

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to outline network-neutrality proposals on Monday, according to Reuters. The proposals could become rules at the FCC's October meeting.

Neutrality advocates want Internet service providers barred from blocking or slowing Internet traffic based on content. ISPs, including AT&T, Verizon Communications, and Comcast, say growing traffic needs to be managed, and they contend that neutrality could stifle innovation.


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Monday, 21 September 2009 13:33:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 14 September 2009

South Korea plans to train 3,000 "cyber sheriffs" by next year to protect businesses after a spate of attacks on state and private websites, a report said Sunday. The "cyber sheriffs" would be tasked with "protecting corporate information and preventing the leaks of industrial secrets," Yonhap news agency said.

In the event of cyber attacks, the National Intelligence Service, the country's main spy agency, would set up a taskforce including civilian and government experts to counter the online threats, it added. The country already has a military cyber unit. South Korea, where 95 percent of homes have broadband, is among the top countries in terms of access to the high-speed Internet.


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Monday, 14 September 2009 10:07:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 09 September 2009

President Barack Obama warned American teenagers on Tuesday of the dangers of putting too much personal information on Internet social networking sites, saying it could come back to haunt them in later life. "Well, let me give you some very practical tips. First of all, I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life," Obama said.

The presidential words of advice follow recent studies that suggest U.S. employers are increasingly turning to sites such as Facebook and News Corp's MySpace to conduct background checks on job applicants.


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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 09:16:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 08 September 2009

Web sites that collect information about visitors in order to target advertising on their own pages would be required to prominently disclose what information they gather. Web sites that share user information with outside advertising networks, which place ads on sites all over the Internet, would be required to obtain user approval before collecting data. Web sites that deal with sensitive personal information, such as medical and financial data, sexual orientation, Social Security numbers and other ID numbers, would be subject to the opt-in rule.

Rep. Rick Boucher, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, hopes to put in a bill governing Internet advertising.


(Source: AP)

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Tuesday, 08 September 2009 14:17:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 07 September 2009

China approved of Google's efforts to filter porn from search results on its China portal following state-led criticism of the links, the former head of Google China said Sunday. has long filtered out some results for sensitive searches. The search engine displays a notice that some results have been filtered for search terms such as "Tiananmen," the square in Beijing around which soldiers killed hundreds to disperse a student democracy protest in 1989, or for the names of major political leaders. The search engine currently displays no search results at all for "Xu Zhiyong," the name of a human rights lawyer recently detained for about one month. The results screen says the search "may touch on content that does not conform with the related laws, regulations and policies"


(Source: PCWorld)

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Monday, 07 September 2009 09:18:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 27 August 2009

Internet service providers (ISPs) have reacted with anger to new proposals on how to tackle internet piracy. The government is proposing a tougher stance which would include cutting off repeat offenders from the net.

TalkTalk's director of regulation Andrew Heaney told that the ISP was as keen as anyone to clamp down on illegal file-sharers. "This is best done by making sure there are legal alternatives and educating people, writing letters to alleged file-sharers and, if necessary, taking them to court. But disconnecting alleged offenders will be futile given that it is relatively easy for determined file-sharers to mask their identity or their activity to avoid detection," he added.


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Thursday, 27 August 2009 09:33:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 04 August 2009

High-tech Japan is gearing up for elections, but you won't hear a tweet from Prime Minister Taro Aso or his main rivals. When election campaigning officially begins on August 18, a cyberspace ban will make it illegal for politicians to update their Internet blogs, share their political views by email or put new videos online.

It is an odd situation in one of the world's most wired countries, where more than 60 percent of the population regularly uses the Internet. Japanese politicians "are missing a real chance to try to generate interest among young voters by not allowing cyber campaigning," said Professor Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Tokyo.


(Source: AFP)

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Tuesday, 04 August 2009 10:07:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 04 June 2009

The government of Bahrain has introduced an e-government services that can be accessed through mobile phones. The mobile portal will allow anyone with a mobile phone to communicate with all government entities and avail of their services. The services are accessible through a mobile version of the national portal to WAP-equipped phones, in addition to other services available via text message. The initial phase of the mobile portal will include 11 basic government services, with 39 more to be rolled out by year’s end, taking the total to 50. The key services include enquiries regarding electricity bills and traffic contraventions, daily price index, flight information, school examination results and registration of complaints to government bodies.

Launching the mobile portal and CSCs are two of the basic components of e-government vision. By offering government e-services through multiple easy-to-access delivery channels, everyone is included, regardless of education, income, gender, age or nationality, with the aim to achieve quality and integration with a focus on customer satisfaction.”  said H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Ateyatalla Al Khalifa, the government of Bahrain’s Cabinet Affairs Minister and Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology member.

Source: Future Gov

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Thursday, 04 June 2009 10:34:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Experts on information and communication technology (ICT) from the United Nations, private industry, non-governmental organizations and government agencies have met in Geneva to look at ways to use the latest digital innovations to fight poverty and improve public health.

“The objective is to introduce cutting-edge, innovative knowledge, experiences, expertise and best practices” to the work of the UN, and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development in particular, according to the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), which organized the one-day meeting. “New technologies can boost education through distance learning, content creation and delivery, and teacher training,” GAID noted in a news release. “They can help create new job opportunities for people living in poverty. These technologies can also empower women and the disadvantaged to increase their access to information and participate in the economy.”

The Alliance also noted that advances in health information systems based on ICT are improving patients care and healthcare providers’ productivity worldwide. However, developing countries lag behind in employing ICT to these ends. “While diseases in developing countries account for over 90 per cent of the global disease burden, it is estimated that only 10 per cent of the more than $100 billion spent annually on health research is allocated for health problems prevalent in these countries,” it stated.

Source: UNESCO

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Wednesday, 27 May 2009 14:30:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 13 May 2009

"In a document that outlines a Digital Japan Creation Project, dubbed the ICT Hatoyama Plan, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications revealed plans to build a massive cloud computing infrastructure to support all of the government’s IT systems. Called tentatively the Kasumigaseki Cloud, the new infrastructure will be built in stages from now until 2015."

"The goal of the project consolidate all government IT systems into a single cloud infrastructure to improve operation efficiency and reduce cost. 'The Kasumigaseki Cloud will enable various ministries to collaborate to integrate and consolidate hardware and create platforms for shared functions,' according to MIC. 'Efforts will be made to efficiently develop and operate information systems with the aim of greatly reducing electronic government–related development and operating costs while increasing the pace of processing by integrating shared functions, increasing collaboration among systems, and providing secure and advanced governmental services.'

According to the MIC, the Kasumigaseki Cloud will eliminate the need for individual ministries to maintain their own IT systems by consolidating current data centres, and allow each ministries to use only the computer resources necessary through the cloud platform. Additional proposals were put forth to develop and implement ubiquitous Green ICT solutions, including initiatives like the Kasumigaseki Cloud, boost ICT human resources, and the creation of 'safe and secure networks' for the public.

Read the full story on Green Telecom here.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 18:37:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In order to increase efficiency in municipal parking services in Turkey, the Municipality of Istanbul and Turkcell Mobile Phone Company, have come up with a project that aims at solving the parking problem in Istanbul by using mobile technologies, especially mobile phones. Subscribers to the service use SMS function of their mobile phones to park their cars and the parking bills are sent to them within their mobile phone bills.


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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:07:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 29 April 2009

The ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab States, dedicated to “Connecting the World Responsibly”, aims to identify some of the main challenges faced by countries in Africa and Arab States in enhancing cybersecurity and securing critical information infrastructures.

It will consider best practices, information sharing mechanisms and concrete actions for cybersecurity development, taking into consideration the key principles of matching the borderless, transnational nature of cyber-threats with meeting specific national and regional requirements. The Forum will consider initiatives at the regional and international levels to increase cooperation and coordination amongst different stakeholders. The forum programme will include interactive sessions on the projects and related tools that ITU is working on to assist Member States in developing and implementing cybersecurity capabilities.

Capacity building activities will be undertaken in the following main areas:

  • Development of a legal framework;
  • Development of watch and warning and incident management capabilities, including the establishment of a national computer incident response team (CIRT); and,
  • Actions to be considered when developing a national cybersecurity strategy and harmonization within the key principles of international cooperation.

    The event is expected to bring together government representatives, industry actors, and other stakeholder groups from countries on the African continent and the Arab States to discuss, share information, and collaborate on the elaboration and implementation of national policy, regulatory and enforcement frameworks for cybersecurity. It will benefit information and communication policy makers from ministries and government departments; institutions and departments dealing with cybersecurity policies, legislation and enforcement; and representatives from operators, manufacturers, service providers, industry and consumer associations involved in promoting a culture of cybersecurity.

    The forum will be conducted in English, Arabic and French with simultaneous interpretation. Participation in the Forum is open to all ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates, and other interested stakeholders, including representatives from regional and international organizations.

    More detailed information about the event (including the draft forum agenda, online pre-registration, fellowship requests (for eligible LDCs) can be found on the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab States website at

    Register for the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab States here.

    We look forward to seeing you at the event!

  • Wednesday, 29 April 2009 10:03:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, 28 April 2009

    "Digital technologies, or Information and Communications Technologies as they are commonly known, offer massive opportunities: Innovation and technology are "the backbone of the modern economy," says Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the deputy leader of the Government in the Senate.

    As part of the Government of Australia's efforts at reducing carbon emissions by 2020, the energy sector providers plan to use broadband to improve the way they monitor and manage power distribution. Using broadband to connect power consumers with power generators will allow them to harness means of distribution in a more efficient and reliable manner. Smart grids connected by broadband will also raise the potential to not only monitor energy use but to allow remote adjustment of lights or temperature. This implies the very real possibility of significant carbon emission reductions for the country. 

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    Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:39:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 15 April 2009

    The Government of Malta has officially announced the launch of three new eGovernment services and an eGovernment Services Directory. The three services are the eHealth portal, the online certificates website and the scholarships service.These initiatives are aimed at improving the service delivery channels available between the Government and citizens.

    "We have compiled this e-Government Services Directory to help users look for the e-services they require. The user may consider this directory as a manual and a complete list of the e-government services launched to date. We will continue to update it with every service launched and an updated version will always be available at" said Austin Gatt, the Maltese Minister for Information, Transport and Communications (MITC).

    The ongoing transformation on the Maltese Government's IT resources is merely part of a much larger restructuring programme in the Government's approach to offering public services.


    See: Full Press Release

    Wednesday, 15 April 2009 10:32:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, 10 April 2009

    ITU is pleased to announce the launch of its 2009 Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition.

    The 2009 ITU Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition is open to current students and recent graduates in economics, political science, law, literature, telecommunications, computer science, information systems and related fields between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. The winners of the 2009 Essay Competition will be offered the opportunity of a consultancy contract within the ITU Development Sector's ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division for three months. The winners will be given a contribution towards the cost of an economy class flight from their place of residence. In addition, they will be paid the sum of CHF 6000 towards living expenses for the duration of the contract.

    To enter the competition you need to submit an essay on one of the following essay topics:

    • Mobiles for Development: Enabling Low-Cost e-Applications for Rural and Remote Areas (e-Health, e-Government, e-Environment)
    • Protecting Children and Youth in the Internet and Mobile Age: Innovative Technical and Social Solutions
    • Connecting the World Responsibly: Empowering Women and Girls Through Creative Uses of ICTs
    • Personal Information Online (internet/mobiles): Responding to User Safety Concerns

    All applications should be submitted online through the competition website.

    The deadline for applications is 14 June 2009.

    We look forward to reviewing your applications and wish you the best of luck in the competition!


    Friday, 10 April 2009 07:17:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, 23 February 2009

    The ITU has launched new partnerships to help 13 Pacific Island countries develop information and communications technology (ICT) in the region.

    In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum, held in Tonga, senior officials from the 13 countries called for greater coordination to minimize overlap in ICT initiatives and maximize the impact of investments in development projects. The ministers, including two Prime Ministers, called for rapid implementation of regional connectivity projects and for reinforced efforts to create more ICT professionals and a workforce with technical skills.

    “The Pacific Island countries have clearly stated their objectives and priorities,” said Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid. “ITU is fully committed to work with our partners in delivering results for the Pacific Island States,” added Mr. Al Basheer, who announced several new partnerships to assist the countries. “We are building on the expertise and resources of all interested partners to reinforce our collective impact on ICT development in the Pacific.” The Pacific Island ministers also directed officials to work towards establishing a shared regulatory resource centre and encouraged regional States to make full use of ICT for early warning and response systems to improve disaster preparedness.

    See the full ITU press release here.

    Monday, 23 February 2009 08:09:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    The ITU-D recruited an expert to produce a study report concerning "Electronic Government for Developing Countries", which is intended to help address challenges in formulating e-Government policies. The draft version as of August 2008 is now available online on the ITU-D ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division (CYB) website.

    The purpose of this report is to examine the adoption of e-Government services in countries with developing economies. As the day-to-day business of a public administration is to build on data and information, using the latter is critical to help ensuring its accountability, managing its operations, and to allow its citizens to participate in the country's governance. With the revolutionary changes that ICTs are bringing to our global society, public administrations worldwide continue to develop more sophisticated ways to digitize their operations and practices so that they can offer the public access to government services in more effective and efficient ways.

    The seven key recommendations outlined in this report are:

    • Developing a strategic plan to guide e-Government services;
    • Understanding the needs of citizens and of all public administration segments;
    • Using well established system development practices for e-Government services;
    • Creating a learning organization;
    • Developing effective ICT governance mechanisms;
    • Developing ICT capabilities, including human resources capacity building and suitable ICT infrastructure; and
    • Developing an e-Government security and disaster recovery plan.

    To continue reading the report and its case studies, click here. More information on ITU-D activities related to ICT applications, click here.

    Tuesday, 19 August 2008 14:52:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 06 February 2008

    The European Journal of ePractice yesterday published its second issue on "New e-ways of doing the Government's job" with some case studies that show Administrations are willing to experiment. From interoperability, to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) via online portals to bridging the digital gap, public actors take home important insights every day thanks to e-Government applications and services. The second issue of this journal includes topics of interest in e-Government such as:

    • Interoperability and the exchange of good practice cases
    • Using online auctions to sell surplus property
    • Some best practices in e-Government
    • Using RFID in healthcare organizations
    • Example of a city library trying to bridge the digital divide

    For more information on the European Journal of ePractice as part of, an interactive initiative created by the European Commission, click here.

    Wednesday, 06 February 2008 19:00:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Thursday, 17 January 2008

    The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently released the UN e-Government Survey 2008: From e-Government to Connected Governance, which presents an assessment of the new role of the government in enhancing public service delivery, while improving the efficiency and productivity of government processes and systems. It comprises two parts including a section which presents the findings of the UN e-Government Survey 2008 and a section focusing on the ‘how to’ approach connected governance.

    For more information on the survey, visit the Global E-Government Survey 2008 website.
    Access the complete survey here.

    Thursday, 17 January 2008 09:18:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 28 November 2007

    ITU, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, is hosting a workshop on 28-30 November 2007 entitled ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Applications for Rural Communication Development. The workshop is held in Bali, Indonesia.

    The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and practical information for meeting participants are available on the event website.

    Wednesday, 28 November 2007 13:52:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    A presentation on the ITU-D Question 17-2/2: Progress on activities for e-services/applications in the world was given on 25 September 2007 by Robert Shaw, head of the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division (CYB) of the Telecommunication Development Sector to the ITU-D Study Group 2. The presentation discusses the different e-Application areas in the division such as e-Environment, e-Government and e-Health. More on the CYB ICT Applications activities here.

    Wednesday, 26 September 2007 09:08:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 19 September 2007

    The Portuguese Government and the European Commission are jointly organising the fourth Ministerial eGovernment Conference entitled “Reaping the Benefits of eGovernment” in Lisbon from 19 to 21 September 2007.

    Topics to be covered during the workshops at the conference include the analysis of experience and results of the e-government initiatives at European level such as:

    • Research and Technological Development in Electronic Government;
    • Public Sector Innovators;
    • eGovernment standards;
    • Benefits for All derived from Electronic Government;
    • Benefits of the electronic infrastructure in e-government, e-health and e-learning.
    Wednesday, 19 September 2007 13:24:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 12 September 2007

    The e-Government Global Dialogue, Citizen-Centric Government: One-Stop Multi-Channel Service Delivery for All, will be held on Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 8:00-10:30 am ET at Room MC2-137, 1818 H Street NW in Washington, DC. It will also be accessible via live webcast.

    "The government of the future is a citizen-centric government and the one-stop approach is a quintessential expression of citizen centricity. This seminar, initiated by the Moscow City Government is integral part of Single Window Conference taking place in Zelenograd district of Moscow on Sep 18-20, which will bring together some 300 government officials and other stakeholders from multiple Russian regions as well as the audiences in other transition and developing countries. The seminar will enable policy-makers to get a snapshot of international experience, analyze critical success factors, lessons learned and implementation challenges in citizen service center projects, and explore a symbiotic relationship between the citizen service centres and other service delivery channels. Case studies of citizen service center projects will also be presented, and the following issues will be discussed in more detail: the profile, skills, professional background for one-stop citizen service centers; the legal status / organizational form of citizen service centers; and the relations and linkages between citizen service centers and the government agencies."

    More information about this event is available here.
    Interested participants may also join via the Live Webcast / Online Discussion.

    Wednesday, 12 September 2007 14:24:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    Bill St. Arnaud's blog passes on information on the upcoming OECD-Canada Technology Foresight Forum on the Participative Web: Strategies and Policies for the Future to be held 3 October 2007 in Ottawa, Canada.

    Tuesday, 11 September 2007 21:05:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 29 August 2007

    The VietNamNet Bridge yesterday published an interview with the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam. According to the Deputy Minister, developing e-government would support the government to operate more effectively, more transparently and to better serve citizens.

    Planned activities based on experiences in Vietnam and other countries would aim to integrate ICT applications into public administration agencies by 2010. Doing so would require digitalizing administrative systems and procedures, and providing ICT training. To overcome the reluctance to change, the programme would seek the support and involvement of civil society, private industry and local and regional administrations.

    To read more, click here.

    Wednesday, 29 August 2007 17:57:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, 17 August 2007

    The Russian government plans to introduce full-scale e-government services by 2010, as The Moscow Times reports. This would create a single point of entry to government services substantially reducing administrative costs and time to access information by citizens, public institutions and private organizations in the country.

    To read more, click here.

    Friday, 17 August 2007 14:43:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 15 August 2007

    Information technology flourishes in northern Indian states, as the Financial Express reports on 13 August 2007. In order to better evaluate the capacities of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in India to participate in a globally networked economy, the department of information technology and the National Council of Applied Economic Research released its latest e-Readiness Assessment report in January 2007.

    States and union territories ranked at the top have implemented, among others, some e-Governance initiatives for land and property records, transportation, birth and death registration, and ICT applications for agriculture. Further activities to boost the level of e-Readiness as well as e-Governance are mentioned in the article such as providing an enabling political and regulatory environment, infrastructure, capacity building and sharing experiences with other states.

    To learn more of the national e-Governance plan, click here.

    Wednesday, 15 August 2007 11:00:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 25 July 2007

    More and more citizens in Singapore are using government services online, of which 98% can be accessed on a 24/7 hour basis. Such e-government services include, inter alia, online business licensing services that allow entrepreneurs to register their business online, which would result in significant company savings.

    To protect Singapore's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks the government established a national cyber threat monitoring scheme in March 2007. International collaboration through computer emergency response teams (CERTS) represents another approach of combating the threats from cyberspace. Through both a public education campaign on cybersecurity and a legal environment dealing with computer misuse, spam, electronic transactions, etc. Singapore aims to increase confidence in using its e-government services.

    To read the full article "S'pore: E-govt success lures cyber terrorists" by L. Tann, ZDNet Asia, click here.

    Wednesday, 25 July 2007 15:48:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, 17 July 2007

    Symantec recently reported that it has detected phishing sites hosted on government servers. In the last month, it has found phony sites hosted on government servers in Thailand, Indonesia, Hungary, Bangladesh, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, China, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Columbia and Malaysia. This new disturbing trend compromises the credibilty of government-hosted sites and jeopardizes the security within government online transactions.

    Basically, these phishing sites managed by data thieves are used to mimic authentic business or government sites in order to gather valuable information from users such as credit card details or account passwords. These information are in demand in the underground market, and these could easily result to identity theft or account fraud.

    Government servers that are involved in low-risk jobs are often the target of this sort of scams. However, despite these servers being relatively low-risk, this still poses a problem. "Under the Federal Information Security Management Act, information technology security in the federal government is based on a philosophy of risk management. It does not aim for absolute security — which is impossible anyway — but for the proper level of security. Administrators do a risk-based assessment of their IT systems, prioritizing them by their vulnerabilities, their role in the agency’s mission and the criticality of that mission." Nonetheless, the impact and dangers of these phishing sites that are faced by the citizens should very well be considered in the process of risk-assessment as well.

    Read the full article here.

    Tuesday, 17 July 2007 14:46:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 11 October 2006

    An Open Event on "Security and Identity Management in a Federated World" was held on 2 October 2006, hosted by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in collaboration with Sun Microsystems. Speakers included Sun Microsystems' John Gage and Liberty Alliance's Hellmuth Broda. ITU's Lara Srivastava participated in the event and spoke on "the problem of identity in networked spaces". Her presentation is available here.

    The subject of digital identity will be examined more closely in the forthcoming 2006 ITU Internet Report entitled "", to be released at ITU Telecom World 2006, 4-8 December 2006 (Hong Kong, China).


    Wednesday, 11 October 2006 09:29:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, 04 July 2006

    On 20 June 2006 Singapore launched a new ten-year infocomm masterplan that will propel the nation into 2015 and beyond, with a line-up of activities and goals that spell benefits for the people, businesses and the global community. The vision is to turn the country into an Intelligent Nation and Global City, Powered by infocomm. The masterplan recommends the way forward for Singapore, into a future where infocomm will bring a sea change and become intrinsic in the way people live, learn, work and play.

    The masterplan sets bold targets for 2015:

    • Singapore to be No. 1 in the world in harnessing infocomm to add value to the economy and society
    • Achieve a two-fold increase in value-added1 of the infocomm industry to S$26 billion
    • See a three-fold increase in infocomm export revenue to S$60 billion
    • Create 80,000 additional jobs2
    • Have at least 90 per cent of homes using broadband
    • Ensure 100 per cent computer ownership for all homes with school-going children

    Further information on the masterplan is available here.

    Tuesday, 04 July 2006 08:30:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, 17 May 2006

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on RFID, with a view to developing a coherent RFID Policy for Europe. In order to prepare for the consultation, the Commission is organizing a series of workshops (5) between March and June 2006, in which experts and stakeholders from all over Europe and the world come together to debate the key issues.

    ITU's Lara Srivastava spoke at the first workshop (6-7 March 2006), and also at the third workshop in the series held 16-17 May 2006 on "RFID Security, Data Protection & Privacy, Health and Safety Issues" (see the presentation here). The Policy Framework Paper written by the Commission in advance of the meeting highlighted the vision of the ITU's 2006 Internet Report on "The Internet of Things" released in November 2005.

    Two more workshops are planned in early June, after which the Commission will open up the debate for a wider on-line public consultation, resulting in a Communication on RFID to be issued later this year.

    For more information, including webcasts, see the European Commission RFID Consultation Website.


    Wednesday, 17 May 2006 16:53:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, 28 April 2006

    Juries began deliberating at the International Competition for CyberArts 2006 (Prix Ars Electronica) in Linz, Austria this morning. Over 4'300 projects from around the world are being considered.

    Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has served as an interdisciplinary platform for everyone who uses ICTs as a universal medium for implementing and designing their creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society. The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the most important awards for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media.

    The event calls for entries in 7 categories, including a youth competition and a grant for young creative talent:

    • Computer Animation / Visual Effects

    • Digital Music

    • Interactive Art

    • Net Vision

    • Digital Communities

    • u19 – freestyle computing

    • [the next idea] Art and Technology Grant

    ITU's Lara Srivastava is Jury Member for the "Digital Communities" category, which focuses on the promotion of the social use of ICTs and the creation of common public goods, the sharing of knowledge, and the narrowing of the digital divide. This category was introduced to the Prix in 2004 by Jury Member Andreas Hirsch and Howard Rheingold. The other Jury members are: Steven Clift (Chairman, and Peter Kuthan (Founder, Tonga Online).

    The Net Vision Jury includes Marko Ahtisaari (Director of Design Strategy at Nokia) and the Digital Music Jury includes Rob Young (Editor-at-large, The Wire Magazine).

    The Computer Animation Jury includes such names as Mark Dippé (Director of Spawn and Visual Effects Supervisor for Jurassic Park, The Abyss, and Terminator 2), Rick Sayre (Visual Effects Supervisor for Pixar's Toy Story, A Bug's Life and The Incredibles), and Shuzo Shiota (President and CEO of Polygon Pictures).

    Results from all categories will be released during the third week in May. Awards will be handed out at the Ars Electronica Festival in September 2006. Check this blog for further news!


    Friday, 28 April 2006 12:24:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, 28 February 2006

    This publication, with a foreword by Nitin Desai, provides an overview of the key debates on Internet governance. It presents the work of the Open Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance, an Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP) initiative that has collected perspectives from regional experts and end users.

    Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:21:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, 24 February 2006

      The Golden Book — a record of work undertaken to implement the goas of the World Summit on the Information Society and build the future Information Society — was launched on 24 February 2006 during the Consultation Meeting of WSIS Action Lines Facilitators/Moderators, convened by ITU, UNESCO and UNDP in Geneva.

    This Golden Book highlights some of the valuable work being done around the world to promote ICTs in projects, large and small, by governments, individuals or team effort, for the benefit of all. It provides illustrative examples of new and innovative projects to build infrastructure, promote ICTs in education, health and governance, ensure fair access and enhance online security.

    The Golden Book has been published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a permanent record of the new commitments and resources pledged by stakeholders during the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). All WSIS stakeholders at the Summit were invited to submit an online questionnaire with details of their activities announced during the Tunis Phase. These activities have been planned or are already being undertaken to implement the WSIS Plan of Action. The Golden Book also serves as a tool helping to coordinate the action taken to implement the 11 Action lines and avoid duplication.

    More than 375 submissions were made to the Golden Book by governments, international organizations, NGOs, companies and individuals, describing their work towards promoting ICT activities. ITU estimates that the activities announced during the Tunis Phase to promote WSIS goals represented a total value of at least € 3.2 billion (US$ 3.9 billion). Governments committed to implement projects for some € 1.9 billion, representing nearly two-thirds of estimated total value of all commitments, while international organizations pledged to carry out activities for around half that amount, i.e. 0.83 billion Euros. Business entities announced plans to realize projects for around 0.35 billion Euros and civil society projects amount to least 0.13 billion Euros.

    Amount of financial commitments by stakeholder

    Breakdown by anticipated expenditure

    For more information on the Golden Book, please see here.

    Friday, 24 February 2006 18:22:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, 23 January 2006

    This UN study on the construction of knowledge societies puts forward "the idea that if societies desire to follow the path of knowledge-based growth and development, a very thorough reconstruction of their institutions must occur. It suggests to political leaders, public administrations and the public at large that a broad, well-informed debate about this institutional shift should be undertaken. The magnitude of such a shift would require the cooperation of all segments of society and their sharing not only of the risk and cost of change, but first and foremost, of common goals and values. It is hoped that this study will inform this debate or at least sketch its parameters."

    In an experimental Index of Knowledge Societies, it rates the following countries the highest:

    Country Name IKS Index

    1  Sweden 0.776
    2  Denmark 0.763
    3  Norway 0.719
    4  Switzerland 0.706
    5  Finland 0.704
    6  Japan 0.696
    7  Germany 0.696
    8  Austria 0.692
    9  New Zealand 0.692
    10 United Kingdom 0.688

    Monday, 23 January 2006 13:01:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Thursday, 13 October 2005

    The ITU Strategy and Policy Unit, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Communications, the Ugo Bordoni Foundation and the Aosta Valley regional authority, organized a Workshop on “Tomorrow’s Network Today” on 7-8 October 2005.

    The workshop considered five broad themes:

    • International Visions of Ubiquitous Networks and Next Generation Networks
    • National Visions of Ubiquitous Networks and Next Generation Networks
    • Creating an Enabling Environment
    • The Italian Path Towards Ubiquitous Networks
    • An example of Italian best practice: "Being Digital in the Aosta Valley"

    Now available on the workshop website  are the agenda, with links to presentations as they were delivered and the two Case Studies on Italy – “Bridging the Gap: Taking Tomorrow’s Network Today” presented by Marco Obiso and “Ubiquitous Networks Societies: The Case of Italy” presented by Cristina Bueti - as well as background papers and voluntary contributions produced for the workshop.

    During the event, Tim Kelly, Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit (ITU) presented “Tomorrow’s Network and the Internet of Things”, showing some of the outcomes of the forthcoming ITU Internet Reports publication that this year will be dedicated to the theme of the “Internet of Things “.

    A final report of the workshop will be available in the next few weeks at the workshop website.

    Thursday, 13 October 2005 15:46:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, 27 May 2005

    At an ITU/EU (ENISA) Regional Seminar on Cybersecurity for CEE, CIS and Baltic States in Riga, Latvia, Robert Shaw of the ITU Strategy and Policy Unit has given a presentation (PDF) on the upcoming ITU WSIS Thematic Meeting on Cybersecurity which will be held June 28-July 1 2005 at ITU headquarters.

    Other presentations on available on the event web site, including an update by Pernilla SKANTZ on the establishment of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

    Friday, 27 May 2005 13:32:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, 20 May 2005

    The internet edition of the "E-Commerce and Development Report 2004" published by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has been released. The E-commerce and Development Report is intended to provide policy-makers and practitioners with information and analysis to better assess the implications of the growing role of ICTs in economic development.

    From the report foreword by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan:
    "Information and communications technologies have considerable potential to promote development and economic growth. They can foster innovation and improve productivity. They can reduce transaction costs and make available, in mere seconds, the rich store of global knowledge. In the hands of developing countries, and especially small- and medium-sized enterprises, the use of ICTs can bring impressive gains in employment, gender equality and standards of living".

    To view the full report and highlights from the report, click here.



    Friday, 20 May 2005 11:41:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, 23 December 2002

    News on US E-Government Initiatives in the New York Times: Move to Open Government Electronically.

    Monday, 23 December 2002 12:02:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |