Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Broadband and mobile internet access is spreading to more Americans, making them more likely to access health information whenever and wherever they need it. The always-on, always-with-you internet enhances people's online experience and creates a positive feedback loop, reinforcing their interest in using the internet to gather and share information. And yet, those who are online have a trump card. They have each other. Pew Internets research finds that having a chronic disease increases the probability that an internet user will share what they know and learn from their peers. They unearth nuggets of information. They blog. They participate in online discussions. And they just keep going.
(Source: Pew Internet Research Center)
Pew Internet Research Center
Tuesday, November 16, 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.
(Source: IST Africa)
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
The increased interest in e-waste recycling comes as Kenya enters a new regulatory regime, with guidelines that are meant to steer the formation of a new policy to support recyclers of obsolete mobiles, fridges, televisions, and computers, among other electronic items.
"Providing IT e-waste recycling is a logical extension of our current work in providing technology for schools across Kenya. Our engagement with HP will allow us to manage our own end of life equipment from schools and provide a local service where there is currently no provision for IT e-waste recycling, said Eoghan Crosby, the technical director at Camara. The plant is expected to handle 500 tonnes of e-waste in a year.
(Source: All Africa)
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The European Commission is organizing a workshop on Understanding the role of ICT in the integration of Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities (IEM), on November 23rd, 2010, in Brussels that will encourage the sharing of good practices and research studies in the area of ICT-enabled or supported IEM participation in lifelong learning, improved employability and social integration.
Indeed, recent research has shown the importance of ICT (among which social computing applications seems to play a specifically important role) in the process of enabling the socio-economic integration of IEM people and fostering cultural diversity in our European knowledge societies. Different types of integration where ICT play a role can be distinguished, as top-down and mediated integration, which relies upon online welcoming and integration services provided by public or third sector social organisations which are increasingly taking advantage of ICT to facilitate the integration of IEM; or bottom-up integration, which relies on informal hospitality and is directly linked to social networking processes between migrants and members of the host society.
(Source: European Commission)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Canada is seeing e-health gains in the area of medication, with an estimated $436 million in cost savings and efficiencies this year, a report released Wednesday says. Drug information systems, which are hooked up now mainly in the western provinces and Prince Edward Island and to a lesser extent elsewhere, allow pharmacists and health-care providers to electronically access records of a patient's prescription medications. And they provide a full and accurate medication history so that potential drug interactions or allergies can be caught before they happen. The $436-million tally and report were compiled by Deloitte for Canada Health Infoway, a federally funded organization that was founded in 2001 and charged with helping provinces and territories to adopt electronic health-record projects.
"We expect that number to increase over time as drug information systems are more widely used in the country, and we get more experienced with their use," said Jennifer Zelmer, senior vice-president of clinical adoption and innovation at Infoway.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Countries all over the world are facing manifold challenges regarding their healthcare delivery. Due to limited budgets and increasing demand for high-quality healthcare services, new cost-efficient, reliable and interconnected systems need to be developed. E-health can make a significant contribution to ensure high-quality, sustainable healthcare systems. The Global E-Health Forum, which will take place on October 25 + 26, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, will address these challenges.
The primary aim of the organizers of the Global E-Health Forum, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, IBM and the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), is to provide a cross-sector forum for representatives from hospitals and clinics, governments, health insurance organizations, service providers and the media. Policymakers, users, suppliers and implementation managers will have the opportunity to learn from each other and to develop collaborative working relationships.
(Source: Global E-Health Forum)
Global E-Health Forum
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Nearly six-in-ten adults (58%) have done research online about the products and services they buy, and about a quarter (24%) have posted comments or reviews online about the things they buy. On a typical day, 21% of adults search for product information online.
This is an increase from 15% in 2007 and 9% in 2004. The 2010 data come from a telephone survey by the Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010. The survey was administered to a sample of 3,001 adults, age 18 and older, using a combination of landline and cellular telephones. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish. The sample margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for the general population and plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for internet users (n=2,065). Among internet users, 78% say that they at least occasionally conduct product research and 32% report that they have posted online product comments.
(Source: Pew Internet Research)
Pew Internet Research
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Harrisburg University has banned these social media sites, as well as MySpace and AOL Instant Messenger, for one week on the Pennsylvania campus, starting September 13.
The ban is not because of any security or privacy issue. Rather, it is an experiment to make students and faculty members think about the significance of social media and how best to benefit from this channel in its absence. "We're not trying to stop all access to these sites," says Charles Palmer, executive director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies. "We're trying to enhance people's ability to reflect on how technology impacts their daily lives and really generate valuable conversations." According to Jeffery Mechling, a prominent author and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, "People depend a lot on those they trust. Making those connections easier is powerful, as social media have demonstrated. But this is a new phenomenon, so studying and understanding better is valuable."
(Source: Bank Info Security)
Bank Info Security
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of targets intended to reduce global poverty and improve living standards by 2015. Specific goals target education, fighting disease and promoting gender equality. Access to communications technology is a part of one of the targets. With five years to go until the deadline to achieve the goals, progress remains uneven. Some countries have achieved many of the goals, while others - mostly in the developing world - may not realise any. Many development experts question how the goals will be achieved and how they will be paid for. Some even question whether the approach is necessary or helpful.
But Dr Toure said that he believed technologies such as broadband could be used to "accelerate" progress on the goals and help countries achieve them. "Access to broadband in an affordable manner is our greatest challenge," Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), told BBC News.
Monday, September 13, 2010
ICT For Health Projects Exhibiting
27 September 2010 - 29 September 2010 Brussels, Belgium
The ICT for Health projects present at the ICT2010 conference. CD-Medics, Epilepsiae, HeartCycle, Hamam and Oldes will be exhibiting. Three eHealth related networking sessions will also take place on the following topics: Patient empowerment, EU-ASEAN Cooperation opportunities and Low-cost Imaging Technologies for Healthcare.
(Source: Europe's Information Society)
Europe's Information Society
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Americans use a range of approaches to keep informed about what is happening in their communities and online activities have been added to the mix. Face-to-face encounters and phone calls remain the most frequent methods of interaction with neighbors. At the same time, internet tools are gaining ground in community-oriented communications. In a poll conducted at the end of last year, we asked about online connections to communities and neighbors and found that in the twelve months preceding our survey:
- 22% of all adults (representing 28% of internet users) signed up to receive alerts about local issues (such as traffic, school events, weather warnings or crime alerts) via email or text messaging.
- 20% of all adults (27% of internet users) used digital tools to talk to their neighbors and keep informed about community issues.
(Source: Pew Research Center)
Pew Research Center
Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen. From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection. Finland has vowed to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015.
Finland's communication minister Suvi Linden explained the thinking behind the legislation: "We considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment. "Finland has worked hard to develop an information society and a couple of years ago we realised not everyone had access," she said. It is believed up to 96% of the population are already online and that only about 4,000 homes still need connecting to comply with the law.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Driven by the popularity of online video among 18-29 year-olds, there have been dramatic increases since 2007 in the number of American adults watching:
- Comedy or humorous videos, rising in viewership from 31% of adult internet users in 2007 to 50% of adult internet users in the current survey
- Educational videos, rising in viewership from 22% to 38% of adult internet users
- Movies or TV show videos, rising in viewership from 16% to 32% of adult internet users
- Political videos, rising in viewership from 15% to 30% of adult internet users
One in seven adult internet users (14%) have uploaded a video to the internet, almost double the 8% who were uploading video in 2007. Home video is far and away the most popular content posted online, shared by 62% of video uploaders. And uploaders are just as likely to share video on social networking sites like Facebook (52% do this) as they are on more specialized video-sharing sites like YouTube (49% do this).
(Source: Pew Research Center)
Pew Research Center
Thursday, June 03, 2010
With over 3.4 million users of the internet in Kenya, research indicates that the importance of the internet outstrips those of several key developed countries. Even so, the latent demand for local content is underlined by the fact that surveys show that lack of local content is the main reason many Kenyans shy away from accessing the internet. On the launch of the grant facility, the CEO, Kenya ICT Board Paul Kukubo, commented, We are pleased that we are launching this grant at a time that the ICT industry is growing and access to the internet all over the country has vastly improved.
The future for content industry is bright. Talent, creativity and skills are key drivers of competitiveness in the content sector and we expect that this grant will enable Kenyans everywhere to develop world class locally relevant content and get this industry to rapidly match the lucrative opportunities for talented content developers in developed nations.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Cisco Systems has embarked on a "take back and recycle" program, to ensure that consumers in Africa do not use phased-out equipment. The program takes used Cisco gear as well phased-out products that may still be sitting on resellers' shelves. Cisco has already indicated that it is phasing out the Linksys brand, which is common in Africa. "The Computer For Schools Kenya (CFSK) plant can handle large quantities of e-waste in a day; has employed young people and its important for equipment manufacturers and vendors in the region to work with communities,"
While the Cisco program may save customers the cost of managing and storing excess, outdated, or used ICT equipment, most such equipment on the continent is dumped is sold at low cost -- in some cases the equipment works, making cost-conscious customers consider buying obsolete equipment.
(Source: ComputerWorld Kenya)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This paper presents the findings from the 2nd Global Annual Symposium on DNS Security, Stability and Resiliency, conducted 1-3 February 2010 at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. Program committee members chose to focus this year's conference on the theme of measuring the health of the DNS. As the entire Internet relies daily on the DNS, understanding its health both at a given instant and as it changes over time is critical for being able to reasonably predict the DNS's health outlook and to decide whether to take corrective measures.
The Symposium endeavored to analyze the state of understanding DNS health, the key vital signs for the DNS and how the community might approach improving measurement and assessment of DNS health.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
From 15 to 18 March 2010 the Ministry of Health of Spain and the Regional Government of Catalonia in cooperation with the European Commission are organizing a ministerial Conference in Barcelona. It will co-locate with the World of Health IT conference. High-level eHealth conferences organised by the presiding countries since 2003 represent important annual milestones in this specific field. Spain therefore will carry on the tradition and host this Conference in Barcelona as a part of its presidency in the first half of 2010.
A platform will be provided to encourage the development of on-line health services in Europe. The politicians, health administrators, researchers and suppliers, along with health professionals, are meeting to share their experiences and to discover what is new in this fast-evolving area.
(Source: Europe's Information Society)
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
More than three-quarters of people across the world believe access to the Internet is a fundamental right, a poll carried out for the BBC indicated Monday. The poll, which questioned more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries, suggested strong support globally for access to the web. The findings come as efforts are stepped up across the world to increase net access, with the United Nations leading a push for more people to be given the opportunity to get online. Countries including Finland and Estonia have already ruled it is a human right, said the BBC.
"The right to communicate cannot be ignored," Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, told the broadcaster. "The Internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever created."
Monday, March 08, 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)
Kuwait ICT Security Forum
Thursday, March 04, 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 sectors energy use and finding a place for the tons of hardware thrown away every year.
(Source: Business Today)
Monday, February 08, 2010
Nearly 500 teachers are meeting in Seville to celebrate the fifth anniversary of eTwinning, an action that creates online communities of teachers and schools across Europe. Through eTwinning, over 85 000 teachers from across Europe work together in international school activities involving more than 50 000 schools in 32 European countries. In the five years of its existence, eTwinning has grown from being a partner-finding tool for teachers to become a rich, Europe-wide community of teaching and learning ( www.etwinning.net ).
On 5 February, a prize ceremony is being held for 37 schools from 21 countries that are the top winners of this year's eTwinning Awards for excellence in eTwinning.
Wednesday, January 27, 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)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
For the first time, the Ministerial High Level Conference on eHealth and the World Health IT Conference and Exhibition are being held in the same week in a joint initiative called e-Health Week 2010, the most prestigious event in the European eHealth sector. Barcelona International Conventions Centre (CCIB) will open its doors from March 15 to 18 to receive the European meeting most attended by the healthcare sector interest groups.
March 15 will see the start of the High Level eHealth Conference, an E.U. event organised by the Spanish Presidency of the E.U., the European Commission, the Government of Catalonia and the TicSalut Foundation. The conference is presented under the motto of eHealth for sustainable healthcare: global changes through local actions
(Source: eHealth Week)
Hundreds of tech volunteers spurred to action by Haiti's killer quake are adding a new dimension to disaster relief, developing new tools and services for first responders and the public in an unprecedented effort. "It really is amazing the change in the way crisis response can be done now," said Noel Dickover, a Washington, D.C.-based organizer of the CrisisCamp tech volunteer movement, which is central to the Haiti effort. "Developers, crisis mappers and even Internet-savvy folks can actually make a difference."
Another volunteer project forged in the quake's aftermath is a cell phone text-messaging system that has helped the U.N., Red Cross and other relief groups dispatch rescuers, food and water.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The World Economic Forum today released its study on Scaling Opportunity: Information and Communications Technology for Social Inclusion, an analysis of how ICT is evolving to address the social and economic needs of the poor. The study notes that, as 4 billion people have access to the global communications infrastructure, the opportunity to create innovative and inclusively tailored solutions for connecting the unconnected is extraordinary.
Along with highlighting the rapid adoption rate of mobile phone usage within emerging economies, the report focuses on the question: Whats next?
(Source: eGov Monitor)
Monday, December 14, 2009
ISO will develop a technical report (TR) to help emerging and developing countries implement a solid and internationally harmonized health informatics system. The report will present information in an accessible way to guide and facilitate the adoption of relevant International Standards by countries with limited resources and infrastructure.
International Standards can help by providing globally harmonized specifications for establishing the architectural framework used to design eHealth systems, plan implementation, make build-or-buy decisions, decide on acquisitions and undertake related activities.
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.
(Source: Euro Stat)
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Online sales in China almost doubled in the first nine months of this year, official data showed Tuesday, as the nation becomes more switched on and confident in Internet shopping.
China's enormous Internet community spent 168.9 billion yuan (25 billion dollars), a 90 percent increase from the same period last year, the government data showed. And Di Jiankai, a director-general of the commerce ministry, told reporters the total figure for the whole year was expected to exceed 260 billion yuan. He did not providing a comparative figure for 2008. "The commerce ministry pays great attention to e-commerce," he added. "It is a very important business form we can use to boost consumption."
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
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)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
In todays technologically advanced world, documents and correspondences that were once sent by post are now exchanged electronically. This exchange takes place smoothly until a signature is required in the transaction. Then the entire process falls back to the real e-less world of paper documents, faxes, snail-mail and even physical presence.
Technology, however, has not ceased to search for solutions to this barrier. The result: a method that is accurate and arguably more secure than the traditional handwritten signature, which allows documents to be signed online e-signatures.
(Source: Business Today)
That television set you discourage your children from watching may not be the greatest threat to their wellbeing. Instead, the mobile phone is the gateway in introducing children to the world of cyberspace, posing a great risk to their safety, a lobby group said Tuesday.
According to The Cradle, the unmonitored use of technology is increasingly exposing youngsters to the risk of harm and violence. "Only 24 per cent of children in the study reported to their parents or an authority of online or cell phone harassment, Cradle programme manager Brian Weke told journalists. The study also revealed that 77 out of the 96, who had the incidences reported to them, took no action and ignored the seriousness of the matter.
(Source: Daily Nation)
Tuesday, September 08, 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.
Monday, June 15, 2009
After a two weeks meeting in Bonn Germany, it appears that an ambitious and effective global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is in sight.
A big achievement of this meeting is that governments have made it clearer what they want to see in the Copenhagen agreed outcome, said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.The Copenhagen outcome is to follow on the first phase of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012. The negotiating text under consideration covers issues of a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, enhanced action on adaptation, mitigation and finance, as well as technology and capacity-building.
The gathering in Germany, which brought together more than 4,600 participants from government, business and industry, environmental groups and research institutions, was the second in a series of five major UN negotiating sessions slated for this year ahead of Copenhagen. The next meeting is scheduled to be held from 10 to 14 August in Bonn, followed by sessions in Bangkok from 28 September to 9 October and Barcelona from 2 to 6 November.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A mobile phone-based health project is helping the Peruvian military to keep disease at bay. The initiative, dubbed Alerta DISAMAR, has allowed doctors in the navy to report disease outbreaks and ask for help with treatment. The scheme was set up following the deaths of two Peruvian sailors in 2001 from malaria and is part of a wider mHealth project by the United Nations-Vodafone Foundation. Since it was set up in 2003 it has provided invaluable information for epidemiologists and enabled them to track the spread of diseases. It is also a useful way of gathering statistics on disease for health planning. To date, over 80,000 cases have been reported - everything from snakebites to yellow fever.
The US navy helped establish the product and a firm called Voxiva
developed the technical aspects, under advice from Ernesto Gozzer, a doctor who specialises in public health.
Read full Report: here
Thursday, June 04, 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 years 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 Bahrains Cabinet Affairs Minister and Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology member.
Source: Future Gov
Bahrain e-Government Portal
Monday, June 01, 2009
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a landmark agreement reached by over 30 African ministers to mainstream climate change adaptation measures into national and regional development plans, policies and strategies.
The Nairobi Declaration adopted at the Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) called on the international community to support the continent in implementing climate change programmes while at the same time achieving sustainable development, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable, such as women and children, who bear the brunt of the impact of global warming.
Africas environment ministers have today signalled their resolve to be part of the solution to the climate change challenge by forging a unified position, within their diversity of economies, in advance of the crucial UN climate change convention meeting in Copenhagen in just 192 days time, said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
The Declaration highlights the need for a coherent financial mechanism to battle climate change, with equitable governance and simplified access procedures. In this regard, African ministers are advocating for the improvement and modification of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in order to ensure equitable geographical distribution of projects that contribute to sustainable development efforts on the continent. They are also calling for the expansion of eligible categories to benefit from carbon credits and other international incentives to include sustainable land use, agriculture and forest management, in order to promote agricultural productivity in a way that improves resilience and adaptation to climate change.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
As part of this years focus on education, the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development (GAID) presented the newly formed University of the People, a non-profit institution offering higher education to the masses.
For hundreds of millions of people around the world higher education is no more than a dream, Shai Reshef, the founder of the University of the People, told reporters. They are constrained by finances, the lack of institutions in their region, or they are not able to leave home to study at a university for personal reasons. Mr Reshef said that this University opened the gate to these people to continue their studies from home and at minimal cost by using open-source technology, open course materials, e-learning methods and peer-to-peer teaching. Admission opened just over two weeks ago; and without any promotion some 200 students from 52 countries have already registered, with a high school diploma and a sufficient level of English as entry requirements. Students will be placed in classes of 20, after which they can log on to a weekly lecture, discuss its themes with their peers and take a test - all online. There are voluntary professors, post-graduate students and students in other classes who can also offer advice and consultation.
Source: United Nations
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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.
Wednesday, April 29, 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 www.itu.int/ITU-D/cyb/events/2009/tunis/.
Register for the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab States here.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Tuesday, April 28, 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.
Wednesday, April 15, 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 www.mygov.mt." 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
Friday, April 10, 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, April 03, 2009
The EU's Commissioner in charge of Information and Communication Technology Viviane Reding, has called on the European ICT sector, which accounts of 2% of carbon emissions, to become the engine in the drive against carbon emissions, by setting trends that can be followed in the wider economy to affect the other 98% of emissions.
"Personally, I would recommend the ICT sector to lead the way for the rest of the economy by reducing its own carbon footprint by 20 percent as early as 2015", said Reding. "I see from the response of European ICT companies to the Commission's ongoing work that Europe is already well ahead in using ICT to green the economy, with some ICT companies already voluntarily working to reduce CO2 emission by 50 to 80 percent."
Commissioner Reding cited buildings and transport as other sectors where ICTenabled energy efficiency could have an impact. Recent studies suggest that better use of ICT could reduce energy consumption of buildings in the EU by up to 17% and to reduce carbon emissions in transport logistics by up to 27%.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Anti]Phishing Working Group (APWG) and IPC has released a new idustry advisory document titled: "What to do if your site has been hacked by phishers". The purpose of the document is to provide website owners with specific actions they can take when they have been notified that their website or webserver has been infiltrated and used for phishing.
The document notes that "Some phishers use compromised computers to host malicious or illegal activities, including identity theft, fraudulent financial activities, as well as collecting personal information and business identities from their victims for future use. Others attack or 'hack' into and gain administrative control over the legitimate web sites of businesses and organizations of all sizes. Such hacked web sites disguise the bad acts the phishers perform. More importantly, web site hackers are fully aware that the web sites they hack and 'own' are reputably legitimate."
"Law enforcement and anti]phishing responders respect and operate under established business, technical, and legal constraints when they seek to remedy or take down hacked web sites. These measures protect legitimate web site operators but unfortunately serve the attacker as well by extending the duration of the attack. The Anti]Phishing Working Group (APWG) offers this document as a reference guide for any web site owner or operator who suspects, discovers, or receives notification that its web site is being used to host a phishing site. The document explains important incident response measures to take in the areas of identification, notification, containment, recovery, restoration, and follow]up when an attack is suspected or confirmed. This document serves a guideline for web site owners."
See the full APWG "What to do if your site has been hacked by phishers" Industry Advisory here.
Monday, February 23, 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, February 16, 2009
A new report from ITU, highlights some harsh realities for the global ICT industry. The report, Confronting the Crisis: Its Impact on the ICT Industry, considers how the industry can position itself for recovery in the future.
Confronting the Crisis: Its Impact on the ICT Industry draws on analysis from leading industry experts and international institutions. As the established order is overturned, it says, convergence in the ICT industry will accelerate, with the emergence of new players with new business models. Firms ability to weather the economic storm will depend on their ability to invest for the future and explore new opportunities to benefit from the eventual upturn. For an industry founded on innovation, the current turmoil will create openings for nascent ICT companies.
Confronting the Crisis finds that although credit is now less abundant and more expensive, with financing costs for operators on average 3 − 4 per cent higher year-on-year, savvy operators can take advantage of the economic turmoil to reposition their services for the upturn. Funding is still available for players with sound business models, established demand and early projected cash flows. Alternative sources of financing are now needed, with a growing role for government financing and economic stimulus packages.
Many analysts contributing to Confronting the Crisis underlined the need for ICT as vital services and suggested that fixed-mobile substitution and consumers decision to switch to mobile telephony may gain momentum in developed markets during a prolonged recession. The report also notes that long project lead times for the satellite industry mean that it has been less affected in the short term, with strong recent growth in demand from developing countries. The financial difficulties facing the private sector could add to pressure for government intervention in the financing of national backbone infrastructure. Governments are already stepping in to diminish the impact on the transition to next-generation networks (NGN), which can carry voice, data and media services simultaneously. Several administrations have announced commitments to invest in their national backbone infrastructure, while others, such as the European Union, have included the roll-out of broadband networks in their economic stimulus packages. Although the financial crisis may delay investment in NGN, it has also led to a widespread reaffirmation of the importance of building advanced telecommunication infrastructure as part of an economic stimulus package.
See the full press release from 16 February 2009.
The report is available for download here.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The 2008 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is being held 3-6 December 2008 in Hyderabad, India. The third meeting of the Internet Governance Forum will be focusing on the overall theme of Internet For All. The main sessions are organized as three thematic days under the following headings: Reaching the Next Billion, Promoting Cyber-Security and Trust, Managing Critical Internet Resources with the last day covering Emerging Issues - the Internet of Tomorrow and Taking Stock and the Way Forward.
Transcripts of the main session, webcasts, and contributions to the dicussions can be found on the IGF website.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
The ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau launched the study report "ICTs for e-Environment - Guidelines for Developing Countries, with a Focus on Climate Change", which is intended to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to mitigate and adapt to environmental change, including climate change, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Although ICTs require energy resources, they also offer a number of opportunities to advance global environmental research, planning and action. This includes monitoring and protecting the environment as well as mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. The report also looks extensively at the use of ICTs in many different aspects of work on the environment, including environmental observation, analysis, planning, management and protection, mitigation and capacity building.
In order to assess the adoptability of selected ICT applications for environmental management in developing countries in general, the report proposes a ranking system with parameters such as (a) environmental scope, (b) technology, (c) transferability, and (d) impact.
Furthermore, the ICTs for e-Environment report considers over 150 ICT applications in one of its annexes, including the name of the ICT applications, description, area of work, sponsor, region, active dates, and relevant web references.
Not all countries have the capacity to take advantage of these technologies in order to use the full potential of ICTs for environmental action. The report states that there is a clear need for a more comprehensive and integrated approach to global environmental action through access to ICTs and the use of information technologies and management practices to eliminate duplication of efforts. This can be done by consolidating action at national levels on the many and varied environmental conventions and initiatives that developing countries have already agreed to in principle. ICTs provide a unique opportunity to do so while assisting in building local capacity to use these tools and practices.
There is also a need to assign the environment a more important profile in ICT strategic planning initiatives at the national level and, in particular, in e‑Governance and e-Goverment initiatives so that the use of ICTs for the environment is integrated into planning processes from the beginning, along with other national priorities and initiatives.
The report proposes a methodology to undertake rapid national e‑Environment assessments as well as to develop and implement national e‑Environment strategies. Among other proposals, the report recommends the preparation of an e‑Environment toolkit comprised of best practices as one practical method to assist developing countries to take advantage of ICTs for environmental research, planning and action. Strengthening ongoing research activities is another proposal as well as placing more focus on the environment sector in e‑Government initiatives. Working on a regional basis may be the best approach for smaller, landlocked or island jurisdictions, such as small island developing states.
Whatever approach is taken to support the use of ICTs for environmental action in sustainable development, it must be undertaken in close collaboration with key development partners at the national and international level and in consultation with actors in the public and private sectors as well as civil society.
Tuesday, August 19, 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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The International Telecommunication Union organised two Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change. The first was held in Kyoto, Japan 15-16 April 2008, hosted by MIC Japan, and the second was held in London, UK, on 17-18 June, hosted by BT.
These symposia brought together key specialists in the field, from top decision-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. Among others, the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau presented a summary of the study report on "ICTs for e-Environment - Guidelines for Developing Countries, with a Focus on Climate Change".
For more information on presentations, meeting summarie and the outcomes of the symposia, click here.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
As part of its effort to combat climate change, the European Commission announced on 13 May 2008 that it would promote the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) to improve energy efficiency throughout the economy, starting with buildings, lighting and the power grid. The Commission will encourage the ICT industry to demonstrate leadership in reducing its own CO2 emissions and by identifying and creating solutions that will benefit the whole economy. "To meet Europe's energy efficiency goals by 2020, we need a high growth, low carbon economy. Research and rapid take-up of innovative energy efficient ICT solutions will be crucial to lowering emissions across the whole economy," said Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media. "There is a win-win situation in which ICT will promote the competitiveness of EU industry while leading the fight against climate change."
For more information, click here or read the European Commission document on Addressing the challenge of energy efficiency through Information and Communication Technologies.
Monday, May 19, 2008
On an article published Wednesday, 14 May 2008, on the Guardian, Will Ashley-Cantello writes about how the youth are both fully aware of the need to reduce environmental impacts and equipped to making this change happen. Ashley-Cantello points out that the second generation internet has fast become the most powerful tool the environment movement has. "Around 96% of Americans between 11 and 18 are members of an online social network. So when you consider that protecting the environment is a passion of many young people, the potential power of influence of Web 2.0 for the green movement is phenomenal." According to the Forum for the Future, 78% of university applicants in 2007 believed that "lifestyles need to change across the board, or in many areas, for human civilisation to survive the next 100 years". It is,
therefore, imperative that our young citizens are given a fair hearing on the decisions that current leaders are making - and online social
networking can help achieve this.
A new social networking site, Footprintfriends.com, was set up exclusively to join together young people who share a passion for protecting our natural environment. As a moderated site, it aims to be an enabler for young people aged 11 to 18 to act on their environmental concerns. The site has already attracted hundreds of young people since launching last August. It is set to expand rapidly after establishing a new partnership with the British Standards Institute, which is using the site to promote a Sustainable Students competition, involving about 20,000 schools.
Read the full article here.
The Guardian recently reports on a survey into ways in which colleges and universities can make computing greener and more sustainable. Preliminary findings of the study is about to be published soon. "Higher Education Environment Performance Improvement (Heepi) and SustainIT, an NGO set up to focus on the environmental and social impact of IT, are researching how sustainable further and higher education IT is, and how education best practice compares with the private sector. The report being written for the Joint Information System Committee (Jisc) says green IT is best achieved through the collaboration of IT and estates management." Among the findings is that increased energy and computing costs can be offset by technologies such as grid computing and virtualisation. According to Peter James, author of the report and is also part-time professor of environmental management at Bradford University and associate director of SustainIT, "Eighty to 90% of a computer's capacity is wasted. By linking PCs together we can run complex computing tasks broken down into manageable chunks when the computers are not in normal classroom use."
The publication of Heepi and SustainIT's interim report in June marks the start of a series of up to seven campus IT open days to be held throughout the UK until October and designed to allow IT managers a chance to see the latest sustainable initiatives for themselves. At least one event will be focused on the further education sector and based around the virtualisation programme at Stockport college.
Read the full article here.
Friday, May 16, 2008
OECD, together with the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the National IT and Telecom Agency, will hold a Workshop on ICTs and Environmental Challenges at Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen, Denmark on 22-23 May 2008.
The aim of this workshop is to:
- Take stock of the impacts of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the environment.
- Identify areas for further analysis of the application and use of ICTs to further environmental goals.
- Identify opportunities and best practices in the use of ICTs, the Internet and sensor networks in environmental management, energy efficiency, cleaner technologies and improved resource management.
- Consider policy implications and the development of goals and priorities in efficient buildings, transport and distribution systems that harness the potential of ICT-based systems and sensor networks.
- Contribute to preparation of the OECD Seoul Ministerial on the Internet Economy, the Hokkaido G8 meeting, and the planned OECD conference in 2009 and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009.
For more information about this workshop, click here or visit the The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the National IT and Telecom Agency's website.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
According to an article on The Citizen (Dar es Salaam) on 10 May 2008, toll-free mobile services are on its way to selected remote areas in Africa aiming to save lives by connecting people with emergency medical cases to health personnel. Under the initiative launched in Nairobi on Wednesday, health workers will also be trained through mobile phone sessions on day to day skills like collecting and sharing basic household health information.
Telecommunication equipment provider Ericsson and mobile phone service provider Zain have entered into a partnership that will ensure they provide network access, mobile phone handsets, sim cards and toll-free emergency numbers in remote areas in order to stimulate demand for cellular phone
solutions in those areas. The initiative is being rolled out in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. In Kenya, Ericsson and Zain subsidiary, Celtel, are rolling out a pilot programme in North Garissa in Dertu village targeting some 5,200 inhabitants.
According to the President of Ericsson, Mr Carl-Henri Svanberge, the partnership also includes the Earth Institute and will benefit 400,000 people in Africa. "The partnership will provide the development of a comprehensive voice to data coverage and a telecommunication strategy in the villages to drive up mobile connectivity," said Mr Svanberge. The phones
will use solar charges which according to Ericsson are capable of
charging 30 mobile phones a day.
Read the full article here
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
McKinsey & Company, with its McKinsey & Company Report: Revolutionizing Data Center Efficiency, provides critical analyses, key findings, and recommendations on data center efficiency.
Some of the key points in the report include:
- The rapid recent (and projected) growth in the number and size of Data centers creates two significant challenges for enterprises: 1.) Data center facilities spend (CapEx and OpEx) is a large, quickly growing and very inefficient portion of the total IT budget in many technology intensive industries such as financial services and telecommunications. Some intensive data center users will face meaningfully reduced profitability if current trends continue; 2.) For many industries, data centers are one of the largest sources of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. As a group, their overall emissions are significant, in-scale with industries such as airlines. Even with immediate efficiency improvements (and adoption of new technologies) enterprises and their equipment providers will face increased scrutiny given the projected quadrupling of their data-center GHG emissions by 2020.
- The primary drivers of poor efficiency are poor demand and capacity planning within and across functions (business, IT, facilities), significant failings in asset management (6% average server utilization, 56% facility utilization), and boards, CEOs, and CFOs are not holding CIOs accountable for critical data center facilities CapEx and data center operational efficiency.
- Improving efficiency is the best near term means to solving the twin challenges of rising spend and GHG emissions. The report proposes a three part solution to double IT energy efficiency by 2012 and to arrest the growth of GHG emissions from data centers: 1.) Rapidly mature and integrate asset management capabilities to reach the same par as the Security function; 2.) Mandate inclusion of true total cost of ownership (including data center facilities) in business case justification of new products and applications to throttle excess demand; and 3.) Formally move accountability for data center critical facilities expense and operations to the CIO and appoint internal Energy Czars with an operations and technology mandate to double IT energy efficiency by 2012.
- To achieve this doubling of energy efficiency CIOs, equipment manufacturers, as well as industry groups in dialog with regulators should quickly establish automotive style CAFE metrics that will measure the individual and combined energy efficiency of corporate, public sector and 3rd party hosted data centers. The report proposes one metric that would deliver immediate financial and transparency benefits to executive management of enterprises and could become a government recognized measure of efficiency.
A related OECD meeting on ICT and the Environment will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22-23 May 2008. A paper on Khazzoom-Brookes postulate and datacenters is also available online. This paper presents how Khazzoom-Brookes have demonstrated that improved efficiency actually results in increased energy consumption as it decreases the overall cost of a product or service and therefore increases demand.
Read more on the McKinsey report here.
Friday, May 02, 2008
According to a press release of the European Commission, published on 25 April, a pan-European survey on electronic services in healthcare (eHealth) shows that 87% of European doctors (General Practitioners) use a computer, 48% with a broadband connection. The survey shows that there are considerable differences between the countries, with broadband penetration ranging from 93% in Finland to 5% in Romania. An increasing number of doctors in Europe store and send patients' data such as lab reports electronically.
In using such eHealth applications, doctors and medical services have already improved healthcare in Europe through, for instance, more efficient administration and shorter waiting times for patients. According to the report, a majority of European doctors agree that information and communication technologies (ICTs) improve the quality of healthcare services that they provide.
Doctors not using ICT mention a lack of training and technical support as major barriers. In order to increase the use of eHealth, they ask for more ICT in medical education, more training and better electronic networking among healthcare practitioners that are willing to share clinical information. The report also highlights where doctors could make better use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to offer services such as telemonitoring, electronic prescriptions and cross border medical services.
For more information, click here.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
The 6th "Med-e-Tel Conference and Exhibition" took place on 16 -18 April 2008 in Luxembourg with about 450 participants from over 50 countries. Med-e-Tel focuses on eHealth and telemedicine applications and a wide range of other medical information and communication technology (ICT) applications and on the convergence of ICT with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, workflow efficiency, and widespread availability of healthcare services. Abstracts and presentations of annual events are soon available on the organizer's website.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The ITU/MIC Kyoto Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change closed 16 April with agreement that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) should play a significant role in the global efforts to combat climate change. The Symposium had six substantive sessions, including:
- Climate change: ICTs to the rescue?
- Corporate responsibility: Towards a climate-neutral ICT sector
- ICTs for monitoring climate change
- ICTs as a clean technology
- Towards a high bandwidth, low carbon future
- Adapting to climate change
A number of actions were recommended for ITU such as assisting countries, in particular developing ones, to raise awareness on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help adapting and mitigating to climate change. Specific areas mentioned are, among others, strengthening the capacity of developing countries to use ICTs for sustainable development, disaster and emergency preparedness, actions on food insecurity, use of remote sensing, assistance to rural communities and coordinated action to assist the most vulnerable countries. Experts also recognized that each country should consider promoting the use of ICT applications for government services (e-Government) from national to local levels, as well as reducing the emission of greenhouse gases through environmentally friendly use of ICTs in other sectors such as public health, education, business and employment.
More information on the Symposium is available in the chairmans report, the meeting summary and the ITU background report. Presentations from this event can be viewed here. The chairmans report will be forwarded to upcoming meetings of the World Economic Forum, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ministerial meeting in the Republic of Korea, the G8 meeting in Japan and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The second ITU symposium on ICTs and climate change, will be held 17-18 June in London, hosted by BT. The London event will also be broadcast as a live Webinar. To register online at this event, see here.
Friday, April 25, 2008
The United Nations (UN) recently launched the e-Government Survey 2008: From E-Government to Connected Governance assessing the e-government readiness of the 192 Member States of the UN. The study results are based on a quantitative composite index of e-readiness, including website assessment, telecommunication infrastructure, and human resource endowment.
One of the key outcomes of the study is that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help reinvent government in such a way that existing institutional arrangements can be restructured and new innovative approaches can flourish, paving the way for a transformed government.
The focus of the report, in Part II, is e-government initiatives directed at improving operational efficiency through the integration of back-office functions. Whilst such initiatives, if successful, will deliver benefits to citizens, the primary purpose is to improve the effectiveness of government and governmental agencies. Models of back-office integration, irrespective of the delivery mode, fall into three broad categories: single function integration, cross functional integration, and back-office to front-office integration. The level of complexity, expressed in terms of the number of functions within the scope and number of organizations involved, is the primary factor influencing a successful outcome - with a tendency amongst the more ambitious projects to fail to deliver the full anticipated benefits. The key variables involved in the delivery of back-office integration are the people, processes and technology required.
The report is available at the website of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN's Public Administration Programme. For more information, click here.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
A presentation on "e-Environment Opportunities for ITU " has been posted online today on the ITU-D ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division (CYB) website.
The presentation was made by Robert Shaw, head of the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity division, for the ICTs and Climate Change Symposium in Kyoto, Japan on 15-16 April 2008. It discusses definitions, the ITU report on "ICTs for e-Environment", background and objectives, environmental issues, trends of ICTs for environment, the effects of ICTs, e-Environment and sustainable development, implications for developing countries, and opportunities for ITU. More relevant information on the ITU activities on climate change website and on the CYB e-Environment website.
Monday, April 14, 2008
As an input to its activities on economics of network and information security (NIS), ENISA has commissioned a study identifying barriers and
incentives for NIS. The overarching aim of the report is to analyse the economic impact of NIS, to assess added value and contribution to the smooth functioning of the Internal Market for e-Communication. In February 2008, the report entitled "Security Economics and the Internal Market" by Prof. Ross Anderson, Rainer Böhme, Richard Clayton and Tyler Moore was submitted to ENISA, aiming:
- To identify existing economic barriers for addressing Network and Information Security (NIS) issues in a single, open and competitive Internal Market for e-Communication;
- To assess these barriers potential impact on the smooth functioning of the Internal Market for e-Communication;
- To identify and analyse incentives (regulatory, non-regulatory, technical, educational, etc.) for lifting these barriers identified to cause
distortion of the smooth functioning of the Internal Market for e-Communication;
- And to provide a range of recommendations to relevant actors (decision-makers both at EU and national level, industry, academia, etc.) for policy options, possible follow-up actions and initiatives.
The report identifies relevant groups of stakeholders and assesses their role and responsibilities. In addition, the report offers explanatory
and where possible causal linkages.
More information on the ENISA website.
Read the full report here.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
In Al Gore's new slideshow on climate change posted yesterday on TED.com, he presents evidence that climate change may could be even worse than scientists were recently predicting, and challenges us to act with a sense of "generational mission" - the kind of feeling that brought forth the civil rights movement - to set it right.
Mr. Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
Monday, April 07, 2008
A recent paper of Andrew Odlyzko of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota discusses the Internets role in aggravating and alleviating the energy crises. The article points out that, since the days of the horse-drawn coach and the penny post in England, people have believed that travel and communications would be substitutes, i.e. an increase in one would result in a decrease in the other. Nevertheless, history has shown that both travel and communications have grown in parallel with economic growth and have been complementing and stimulating each other. This has happened despite and even because of technological developments in each of these two areas.
One could conclude from past experience, therefore, that the Internet as a new form of communication would cause a continued increase in travel, leading to ever-greater consumption of energy. The article highlights, however, that there is a key difference between the current situation and the past: the very high and growing price of energy. Because of this unique context, the article concludes that the Internet - and greater broadband deployment - may actually bring about a reduction in energy consumption by helping to reduce the need for travel as well as by bringing about other efficiencies.
To read the full article, click here.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
The impact of human activities on the environment and on climate change in particular are issues of growing concern confronting life on Earth. Concurrently, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being rapidly deployed around the world. Although ICTs require energy resources, they also offer opportunities to monitor, learn about and protect the environment, reduce carbon emissions, and mitigate climate change.
A scoping study on using ICTs for environmental matters has been commissioned last year by the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau. This ICTs for e-Environment report approaches the issues from a development perspective and is based on consultations with key actors and extensive online research. It documents current activities and initiatives and makes a set of recommendations for strengthening the capacity of developing countries to make beneficial use of ICTs to mitigate and adapt to environmental change, including climate change.
The draft report and an overview presentation are available at ITU's ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division dealing with e-Environment matters.
For more information about ITU activities relating to climate change, click here.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) issued a press release on the upcoming Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change that aim at reaching a better understanding of the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.
The International Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change, featuring high-level experts drawn from industry, government and academia as well as key writers on the topic, will seek to provide guidance to the global ICT sector on how to monitor, mitigate and adapt to climate change. The meetings will take place April 15−16 in Kyoto, Japan, co-organized and hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); and 17−18 June 2008 in London, UK, supported and hosted by BT. These events will be available as a webinar so that remote participants can see and hear presentations from wherever they are in the world. Provision will also be made for remote participants to submit comments and questions.
It is estimated that ICTs contribute around 2-2.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. These percentages are likely to grow as ICTs become more widely available. At the same time ICTs can be a major linchpin in the effort to combat climate change. ICTs have the potential to serve as a potent, cross-cutting tool to limit and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions across economic and social sectors, in particular by the introduction and development of more energy efficient devices, applications and networks, as well as their environmentally sound disposal. ICT can therefore be a key enabler to a low carbon economy while also promoting growth.
In December 2007, ITU representatives made a statement at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia, illustrating how ICTs are both a cause and a potential cure for climate change. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon previously underlined ITUs role in meeting one of the most important challenges facing mankind. "ITU is one of the very important stakeholders in the area of climate change," he said. Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General, said, "Unequivocal and authoritative scientific evidence, recent climate events and an increased public awareness have elevated climate change to the highest rungs of the political agenda globally, regionally and at national levels. Climate change is a concern for all of humanity and requires efforts on the part of all sectors of society, including the ICT sector. ITU is committed to achieving climate neutrality and to working with our membership to promote the use of ICTs as an effective tool to combat climate change."
For more information on all ITU activities related to climate change, including e-environment, click here.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
A blog entry by Jessica Hupp at VirtualHosting.com addresses the impact on the environment in web development and use of computer equipment in general.
It provides a sample collection of environmentally friendly applications, tools, networks and directories, web hostings, and others. The list mentions tools and resources concerning information and communication technology infrastructure, hardware, software, and so on.
For more information, click here.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Bill St. Arnaud writes about fiber to the home (FTTH) connections on his blog on Green IT/Broadband and Cyberinfrastructure. A presentation quoted of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the European FTTH Council of 28 February 2008 takes into account CO2 emissions that are produced in the construction and deployment of fiber and measure them against the savings of three ICT applications in the area of telecommuting,telemedicine and home assistance. Among others, the main findings are that the environmental impact of the deployment of a typical FTTH network would be positive in less than 14 years regarding the selected services mentioned above. Additional existing or future applications would further emphasize these results.
For more information on the European FTTH Council, click here.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
The Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) today launched the project of "1000 Telemedicine Units for Africa". This eHealth initiative aims to support financing telemedicine units in Africa as well as to enable health professionals to obtain continuing education. The project consists of equipping district hospitals with diagnostic tools and internet connectivity to enable real-time or deferred exchanges with experts at a distance and to update medical knowledge of health professionals through e-Learning tools.
To date, DSF partners in this project are the Network of French-speaking Africa for Telemedicine (RAFT) of the University Hospitals of Geneva and the Africa Health Infoway (AHI) of the World Health Organization.
For more information on DSF, click here.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Jooce, a virtual desktop aimed at users who access the Web via cybercafes is attracting interest from organisations set up to bridge the digital divide. It is claimed that Jooce is presently targetting the estimated 500 million people who log on to the Internet from a cybercafe each day. Experts suggest that its free web-based desktop may be of great use for people who cannot afford their own personal computer.
Jooce provides the same functions as a personal computer, allowing access to files, e-mail, instant messaging, storage and other applications. "It's a platform that will make it much easier for the world's cybernomads to manage their digital lives", said Jooce founder, Stefan Surzyck, referring to this platform as "their very own private space online".
Joocetop, a public desktop, is also said to be able to allow friends to access and share files. In addition a dedicated e-mail client is underway.
Eloisa San Mateo, regional IT coordinator for the Philippines National Computer Centres, has some concerns about the performance of Jooce on lower spec machines with poor bandwith.
Meddie Mayanja, a senior program officer with telecentre.org sees organisations such as Jooce as essential to the sustainability of net access centres.
Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with JupiterResearch is less positive about web-based operating systems.
CNET.com, an online technology news site, nominated Jooce as a finalist in its 2008 Webware 100 awards.
Read full article at BBC website.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
GigaOm Earth2Techs 101 Cleantech Startups provides a map showing cleantech hot spots around the globe. The different sectors such as solar, energy storage, biofuels and electric vehicles are all represented by a logo, and each pin on the map has all of the vital stats for each startup (founding year, investors, technology, etc.).
For more information, visit GigaOm's Earth2Tech website.
View the map here.
Monday, February 25, 2008
The ITU-T newslog featured the following entry last Friday:
Senior technical experts have laid down the gauntlet on energy saving in information and communication technologies (ICTs) following a recent meeting in Geneva. Following tutorials on power saving, at a February meeting of ITU-Ts Study Group 15, experts agreed to work towards a proposed percentage reduction of power consumption in broadband technologies. The aim is for the agreed figure to form part of a Resolution from the upcoming World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly. Reduction of power consumption should and can be done without the degradation of services according to experts.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has also underlined ITUs role here saying: "ITU is one of the very important stakeholders in the area of climate change." ITU representatives made a statement at the UN Conference on Climate Change in, illustrating how ICTs are both a cause and a potential cure for climate change.
Speaking during the event attended by over 100 representatives from the ICT industry worldwide for each of its three, hour-long sessions, the Deputy Secretary-General of ITU, Houlin Zhao expressed appreciation that the meetings had proven so popular at such an early stage of the work. He pointed out that ICTs are responsible for 2.5 per cent of carbon emissions. This is roughly the equivalent of the airline industry and would require our urgent attention, he said.
The issue of power saving will be discussed within the wider context of climate change at ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change to be held 15-16 April 2008 in Kyoto (Japan) and hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and 17-18 June 2008 in London (Great Britain) and hosted by British Telecom. The events are part of a new initiative by ITU to better understand how ICTs can help mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as monitoring its impact.
Experts speaking at the SG 15 tutorials pointed to inefficiencies in terms of end-device power consumption level compared to the signal power. The deployment of passive optical network (PON) technology is of particular concern as operators worldwide rollout this new technology that some predict will massively increase power demands. Some simple measures, for example specifying power saving modes in network terminations such as: asleep, standby, as well as on and off, were cited by speakers. It was also noted that next-generation networks (NGN) can lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing network complexity, and introducing equipment that is more tolerant to natural climatic conditions and therefore does not require air conditioning. Smart buildings, energy supply and transport industries must all play their part in achieving greenhouse gas reductions.
A first and completed task of the ITU experts has been to create a power saving checklist for standards authors. Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU congratulated SG 15 for responding so quickly to the request to address climate change. He urged all Study Groups to start the process of reviewing their Recommendations (ITUs name for standards) according to the new checklist and assign appropriate metrics regarding reduction of greenhouse gases.
The checklist is intended to ensure that standards are drafted taking into account the most economic and energy-efficient solution, particularly related to energy saving in networks. Experts propose that each new ITU-T Recommendation should contain a clause that identifies its impact on climate change and demonstrates ways that it contributes towards emission reduction, covering both production and the use of the equipment.
To ensure that this work is completed with the highest degree of efficiency there is broad consensus that ITU action has to be taken into account collaborating in partnerships with other bodies working in the field and that everything is done to avoid duplication of work.
For activities carrying out in ITU's Telecommunication Development Sector on ICTs and climate change and e-environment, click here.
Friday, February 15, 2008
A draft paper from Bill St. Arnaud, entitled ICT and Global Warming Opportunities for Innovation and Economic Growth, is now available online. There has been considerable interest recently about how ICT (Information, Computer, Telecommunications) technologies and how they can address the global challenges of protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development. The subject of ICT and the environment covers a wide range of fields such as sustainable development, using ICT to improve practices in agriculture and forestry, monitoring atmospheric and water pollution, waste management and recycling, improved energy efficiency and, of course ICT as a source of toxic waste in its own right. Although these are all important areas of scientific research and public policy, the intent of the report is not to address the various areas on how ICT can address global environment challenges such as the emission of Green House Gases (GHG). Instead the purpose of this brief report is to focus on the opportunities for innovation and economic growth that might arise through the use of ICT to address the challenge of GHG emissions.
To date most approaches for using ICT to reduce GHG emissions have focused on "sackcloth and ashes" approach of reducing energy consumption or emission abatement techniques such as tele-commuting, tele-presence, etc. Various industry consortia and government programs have been set up to promote innovation in these areas. Although these may be worthwhile endeavours, they have been in existence for some time and so far, have made little progress in reducing energy consumption or GHG emissions. Rather than focusing on energy efficiency or abatement techniques, the document aims to demonstrate that ICT can provide much greater opportunities for innovation and economic growth through a strategy of "zero carbon" for the ICT industry itself and using ICT e-products and e-services as a reward mechanism to encourage consumers and businesses to reduce their
overall carbon footprint including heating, transportation, etc.
Read the complete draft paper here.
For additional information, please contact the author or visit the Green/IT and Cyber-infrastructure blog.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 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 ePractice.eu, an interactive initiative created by the European Commission, click here.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) extended its call for papers for the ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change to 29 February 2008.
The first symposium will be held in Kyoto, Japan (15-16 April 2008, hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication) and will be followed by finalizing the initial proposals at a second symposium in London, UK (17-18 June, hosted by British Telecom). These symposia will bring together key specialists in the field, from top decision-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. To contribute to this work, stakeholders are invited to submit an abstract, of maximum 300 words, for a paper or presentation which is relevant to one of more of the topics above.
The topics of interest at the symposia include:
- Climate change and the impact of ICTs
- Use of ICTs in monitoring climate change
- ICTs for mitigating the local effects of climate change
- ICTs and concerted action against global warming
- ICT standardization in the field of climate change
For more information on the ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change, click here. For information on ITU's e-environment activities, click here.
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) recently commissioned a research study to assess current carbon impacts of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and to analyse the role of ICTs in catalyzing transformation to a low-carbon economy. With a focus on both developed and emerging economies, the study aims to:
- Deliver a globally comprehensive picture of direct and indirect carbon emissions of telecommunications, computing, services and software.
- Define common themes across the lifecycle of ICTs, identifying critical trends, scenarios and impact assessments for the ICT sector to 2020.
- Create a road map to allow the ICT sector to act now on reducing global energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
To know more about the study, click here.
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is an initiative of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies aimed at improving the sustainability impact of the ICT industry, and is supported by the International Telecommunication Union and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Friday, February 01, 2008
The ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector announces the Study Group 15 tutorials on energy saving techniques to be held on 13-15 February 2008. This activity is in the context of ITU-T's efforts to address climate change issues. "A checklist for developers of standards is already under development in SG 15. The technologies considered in the list include optical transport networks and access network transport technologies such as
digital subscriber line (DSL) and Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON). Together these technologies represent a significant consumption of energy worldwide. The idea is that the checklist is applied before the work commences, during the work and after the completion of the work. The use of the checklist should ideally be complemented by involving energy efficiency experts and users in the process."
Other topics in the tutorials include energy efficient Ethernet and opportunities and techniques for power saving in DSL and PON. Also, a general introduction to the issues surrounding ICTs and climate change, (to be addressed in two upcoming ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change), and an update on the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, December 2007, will also be discussed.
More updates on this event on the ITU-T Newslog.
More information on ITU-D's activities involving ICTs and the environment (e-Environment) here.
Friday, January 18, 2008
FCW.com reports that "foreign hackers, primarily from Russia and China, are increasingly seeking to steal Americans health care records, according to a Department of Homeland Security analyst." Two cases of intrusions to the health care systems' servers have been recorded in the past year which alarmed security officials. In early 2007, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site was infected with a virus, and in April, a Military Health System server holding Tricare records was hacked. Mark Walker, who works in DHS Critical Infrastructure Protection Division, said the hackers are seeking to exfiltrate health care data probably for espionage. DHS is increasing its analysis staff to monitor threats in several industries, including health care, and will be issuing more alerts about cyberthreats to health care data, he said. He added further that DHS wants to build a database of health information system intrusions so it can better analyze the threats and develop countermeasures.
More on this report here.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) highlighted the role played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) as both a cause and a potential cure for climate change at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia, on 12 December.
ICTs can be used for remote monitoring of climate change and the gathering of crucial scientific data such as using telemetry or remote sensing by satellite. Smart and emerging technologies can be integrated into energy-efficient products, notably in next-generation networks (NGN) where ITU's Standardization sector (ITU-T) is carrying out vital specialized work.
Activities at the ITU's Development Sector (ITU-D) refer to promoting a role for information and communications technologies in the protection of the environment, together with partners from other international organizations and the industry. ITU-D also provides assistance to developing countries in emergency telecommunications as well as in the area of e-waste.
At the UN Conference, ITU raised awareness on standby services of ICT equipment such as computers and PC screens, DVD players, TVs and battery chargers, which places a burden on energy consumption. "Always-on" services, like broadband or mobile phones on standby, have increased energy consumption compared with fixed-line telephones, which do not require an independent power source.
ITU underlined an active commitment to promote the use of ICTs as a positive force to reduce greenhouse emissions and to find ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. In this regard, ITU can support and facilitate scientific studies aimed at implementation of new measures against the negative effects of climate change. As part of a unified effort of the UN system, ITU can contribute in its areas of expertise to support Member States and to foster partnerships with the private sector to develop more energy-efficient technologies.
For more information, click here.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) reported on 26 November about the launch of 20 broadband-enabled teacher resource centres in the Maldives to help the Ministry of Education to provide quality education to every child of a population spread across 1,000 small islands.
Using information and communication technologies (ICTs) enables administrators and teachers to be part of one learning community across the country. Teachers can simultaneously receive online training, access and exchange information through the common network. Moreover, the internet and state-of-the-art technologies are aimed to enhance interactive education and to increase motivation of both students and teachers, as UNICEF noted.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) are contributing to climate change, but can also provide problem-tackling tools, as the United Nations News Centre reported from a conference on the impact of ICTs on climate change organized by the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development and AIT Global Inc., a global association of management and information technology professionals,on 27-28 November.
Experts and industry leaders highlighted that servers, personal computers and monitors account for more that 60 per cent of global ICT-related carbon emissions, and that product design, manufacturing and internal operations would be essential to minimizing emissions. Even though the paperless office environment has not yet been achieved, industry could develop energy-efficient appliances that shut down automatically when not being used. ICT could also improve the energy efficiency of all economic sectors, for example diagnosing the carbon emissions of products or processes and suggesting their redesign.
To read the full article, click here.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) on 15 November 2007 is launching PreventionWeb.net, a new website for increasing knowledge-sharing on natural disaster risk reduction issues. The website will feature news reports, publications, fact sheets, examples of best practices and country reports targeted to both the general public and specialists. Users can also search for information related to disaster risk reduction such as early warning, climate change, health, education, etc.
For more information, please click here.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The U.S. Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL) conducted a study on The Value of Provider-to-Provider Telehealth Technologies. Assuming some specific healthcare settings such as emergency departments, correctional institutions, nursing homes and physician offices the cost-benefit analysis focused on three technology systems, i.e. store-and-forward, real-time video, and a hybrid model combining the first two.
The CITL study found that benefits outweighed costs for all three systems, but the research organization recommends the hybrid model as the most cost-effective one for the U.S. The report is available at citl.org.
Friday, November 09, 2007
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes the first conference in the ITU Arab region on "Sharing experience on best practices in ICT services for persons with disabilities", in cooperation with the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization (WHO/EMRO). The conference will take place in Cairo (Egypt) on 13 - 15 November 2007 under the auspices of the Ministry of ICT of the Government of Egypt and H. E. the Minister Dr. Tarek Kamel.
The conference is open to administrations, policy makers, regulators, and all industries involved in the development of dedicated information and communication technologies (ICTs) for persons with disabilities in addition to physicians and doctors from the public health sector. The main objective of the conference is to raise awareness on the importance of accessibility to all, including persons with disabilities, to ICTs.
For more information, please click here.
Monday, November 05, 2007
"Buses equipped with wi-fi are being used to deliver web content to remote rural villages in the developing world. In rural India and parts of Rwanda, Cambodia and Paraguay, the vehicles offer web content to computers with no internet connection." United Villages is an initiative that provides communties in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with a digital access to locally-relevant products and services using a low-cost, store-and-forward "drive-by WiFi" technology. Mobile Access Points (MAPs) are installed on existing vehicles (e.g. buses and motorcycles) and automatically provide access for
WiFi-enabled Kiosks along the roads. Whenever a MAP is within range of a real-time wireless Internet connection, it transfers the data from and for those Kiosks. The United Villages project also allows users to request specific information or content for a few additional rupees. The wi-fi vehicles also deliver as well as collect e-mails, and brings e-Commerce to the villagers.
Read the full article on BBC News.
More on United Villages on their website.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Wiley InterScience recently launched the journal Security and Communication Networks.
A call for papers has been opened for its special issue focusing on Clinical Information Systems Security, which addresses the need for a secure and trusted computerized approach in managing personal health information, both from a demand and supply side.
The topics of interest in this special issue include, but are not limited to:
- Authentication techniques for CIS
- Authorization mechanisms and approaches for patient-centric data
- Public Key Infrastructures to support diverse clinical information environments and networks
- Cryptographic protocols for use to secure patient-centric data
- Secure communication protocols for the communication of clinical data
- Wireless sensor networks security
- Body sensor networks security
- CIS Database security
- Interoperability across diverse CIS environments (national and multilateral)
- Government and international regulatory and compliance requirements
For more information on submission, dates and peer review, please visit Insecure.org.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, together with other partners, demonstrated how using information and communication technologies (ICTs) and telecommunications networks could result in considerable savings in power-grid infrastructure and electricity consumption, reported the Network World on 22 October.
The test network allowed consumers to select their usage preferences via a web portal. Smart controls-based devices such as virtual thermostats were interconnected with a service-oriented architecture (SOA) through middleware, and using broadband internet. The so-called GridWise project showed that both the power demand at the SOA electricity marketplace could be managed more evenly and customers were in better control of their energy consumption.
For more information on the project, please click here.
Monday, October 29, 2007
The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) last Friday launched a project aimed at helping farmers in Gabon diversify their incomes by developing and marketing new products from staple crops and by obtaining better access to value chains for products with significant market potential. The project aims to directly benefit 28,000 farmers, half of whom are women and a third young people.
Through training, farmer exchange visits and a new market information system, the project will also help farmers organizations better defend the economic interests of their members and market their goods more efficiently, according to IFAD's press release.
The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched a new website, MyGlobalFund.org, to foster sharing of best practices in the fight against the three pandemics; spreading ideas and stimulating research; and encouraging partnerships.
For more information on the Global Fund, please click here.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Economist.com recently features a report discussing innovation and how industries have become more open to and involved with it. Among these industries are the automotive and the IT industries. Larry Page, co-founder of Google, "had earlier hosted a gathering of leading environmentalists, political thinkers and energy experts to help shape an inducement to get things moving: the Automotive X Prize, expected to be unveiled in early 2008." This project urges both automotive and IT experts to develop the clean, software-rich car. "The organisers will offer at least $10m to whoever comes up with the best 'efficient, clean, affordable and sexy' car able to obtain the equivalent of 100 miles-per-gallon using alternative energy."
The article further discusses the current situation regarding Research and Development around the world, and continues to stress the importance of innovation. "Analysis done by the McKinsey Global Institute shows that competition and innovation (not information technology alone) led to the extraordinary productivity gains seen in the 1990s. 'Those innovationsin technology as well as products and business processesboosted productivity. As productivity rose, competition intensified, bringing fresh waves of innovation,' the institute explains."
Read the full article here.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Yesterday, Microsoft announced to launch HealthVault, an online platform to securely store personal health-related information online. The business model relies on performing vertical internet search tailored for health queries. Several organizations signed up to participate in the project including hospitals, disease prevention organizations, and health care companies.
For more information, see articles online of the New York Times, the Economist, discussions in several blogs and the company's press information.
A social networking space to address climate change, OneClimate.net, was recently launched by OneWorld. The idea is to act as a Climate Facebook to inspire people to protect planet Earth through exchange of experiences, asking questions, etc.
To read the press release, click here.
The Information for Development Program (infoDev) of The World Bank identified trends in 53 African countries related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education.
The report indicates a shift from small-scale pilot projects supported by donors and NGOs to a systematic policy and multi-stakeholder approach. While the degree of e-readiness varies from country to country, there is a growing commitment to using ICTs in education throughout administrations on the continent.
The survey finds some notable trends in the areas as follows:
- Public-private partnerships
- Digital content
- Open source software and operating systems
- Regional initiatives
- National research and education networks
- Internet connectivity
- Wireless networks
To read the summary report, click here.
To read the full article, click here.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Inveneo is a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to get the tools of ICT into the hands of organizations and people who need them most - those in remote and rural communities in the developing world. To do this, Inveneo creates and sells highly affordable and sustainable ICTs that are specifically designed for organizations- governments, NGOs, private enterprises - that serve these rural communities with vital services that include education, healthcare, economic development, relief and telecentres.
During September 2007, CNN showed a programme about the work of Inveneo in rural Uganda where the co-founder, Kristin Peterson stated that she regarded providing ICT to rural areas as important as providing food.
Monday, October 01, 2007
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 28 September launched a new interactive web-based site, underscoring the important role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in promoting agriculture and rural development. Users can exchange experiences, opinions and good practices on the platform, http://www.e-agriculture.org/, which was developed by the FAO and its partners.
The platform is part of the Community of Expertise - a global initiative to boost sustainable agricultural development and food security through increased use of ICT that includes policymakers, rural service providers, development practitioners, farmers, researchers and ICT specialists.
"We are confident that the e-agriculture Community of Expertise will help facilitate further global discussions and decisions facing farmers, Governments and the international community at large related to the role that ICT can have in agriculture and rural development," said the Director of FAO's Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Division, Anton Mangstl.
More than 3,400 people from 135 countries participated in an online survey and in virtual forums to help develop the platform.
Although the digital divide is shrinking, only 18 per cent of the global population has access to the Internet. The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that one billion people worldwide - most of whom depend in some way on agriculture for their livelihoods - still lack connection of any kind to ICT.
To access the press release from the United Nations News Centre, click here.
For more information on e-agriculture activities related to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), click here.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) launched a press release on 19 September 2007 on a study commissioned to investigate the impact of telecommuting and e-commerce on energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and liquid fuel consumption.
The study found that one day of telecommuting - using consumer electronics such as personal computers and wireless networks - would save the equivalent of up to 12 hours of an average household's electricity use in the United States. The findings also indicate that the level of CO2 reduction would be equal to removing 2 million vehicles from the road every year.
To read the study, click here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The International Trade Centre's e-Trade Development Unit published its latest newsletter today, which highlights the topics as follows:
- ITC joins the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development;
- Mali K7: an African Record Company aims at the Global Market;
- Training on e-Commerce targets SMEs in Tehran;
- Interview with Mr. Walid Kooli, e-Commerce focal point in Tunisia;
- Report from the field: ETDU in Iran;
- Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) event mobilizes African firms;
- Helping Developing Countries migrate towards Paperless Trade;
- Paperless trade - how does it work?
- Bangladesh designs a strategy for its technology sector.
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.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
At the first Regional Conference on Literacy taking place in Mali this week, Angola's Minister of Education underlined the importance of literacy skills to foster health prevention in Africa as the Angola Press Agency reported yesterday via All Africa.
In order to reach the objectives of the National Plan of Education for All by 2015, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are now used as tools to promote autodidactic learning and to train citizens on matters related to health primary care, personal hygiene, HIV/Aids and environment.
To read more, click here.
Wednesday, September 12, 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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) accepted the role and responsibilities of facilitating activities related to the action line under C.7 ICT Applications - e-Agriculture at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) follow-up meetings held in February 2006 in Geneva.
In May 2007, a pilot web-based platform, www.e-agriculture.org was launched providing a dynamic space for those interested in shaping e-agriculture policies and practices to network, share information, experiences, and opinions, and to find out about new and useful systems, tools, and methodologies.
From 12 September to 3 October 2007, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) invites all e-Agriculture Community members to participate in its online consultation on "Opening Access to CGIAR Research and Knowledge: From Data, Information and Collaboration to Food" at the online forum. The objective is to make it easier for CGIAR staff, partners and potential partners to access, use and add value to the research and to the scientific outputs of the CGIAR.
With the objective to support the use of ICTs and knowledge management in the agricultural sector, a strategy has been drafted on global public goods.
- Integrated access to global public goods stewarded by the CGIAR (technical standards/portal work);
- Networking and capacity building to ensure the best possible linkages between CGIAR, NARS and other partners for public goods generation and sharing;
- Value-added information products and services.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Following the devastating earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale that struck Southern Peru on 15 August 2007, killing more than 500 people and injuring as well as displacing thousands more, ITU deployed 50 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in remote and underserved areas. These links are critical in coordinating rescue and relief operations.
According to Ms Cayetana Aljovin, Vice-Minister for Communications of Peru, the equipment is being deployed in areas where telecommunications are not available. But these are most needed to facilitate emergency teams as well as government organizations in establishing communications to coordinate their work. "We take very seriously the role of telecommunications in mitigating disasters," said Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITUs Telecommunication Development Bureau. "Whenever a country is affected by a disaster, we quickly mobilize and dispatch transportable telecommunications resources that can be used for general communications by government authorities and to provide e-services such as telemedicine that are crucial for saving human lives. We hope that this contribution will go a long way towards helping Peru cope with this massive earthquake".
Emergency telecommunication is the key for government and humanitarian aid agencies involved in rescue operations, medical assistance and rehabilitation. Mountainous terrain in Peru has severely hampered access and the coordination of rescue operations. The restoration of telecommunication resources have helped bridge these gaps and provided the much needed link for the transmission and reception of high speed data for e-applications and for voice communications. This has provided succour to both government authorities and relief agencies as well as to the affected population.
ITU has been responsible for transporting and deploying all the terminals as well as paying for the air time for using them.
Twelve of the terminals are Global Area Network (GAN) terminals and 38 are regional broadband global network satellite terminals (RBGAN). The 12 GAN terminals are capable of providing voice, data and video services, and the 38 RBGAN terminals provide high-speed data communications.
For further information, please visit Emergency Telecommunications or contact Sanjay Acharya, Chief of Media Relations and Public Information, | ITU | Tel: +41 22 730 6135 | e-mail: pressinfo (ad)itu.int | Cosmas Zavazava, Head of Division Emergency Telecommunications,| ITU | Tel: + 41 22 730 5447 | e-mail: cosmas.zavazava (ad)itu.int | Roberto Bastidas-Buch, ITU Area Office Tegucigalpa | Tel: +504 220 1074 | e-mail: roberto.bastidas (ad)itu.int.
For ITU press releases, please click here.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Vanguard Media reported today on planned subsidies for telecom operators to erect base transceivers stations in Nigeria with the support of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).
The Fund would receive parts of the annual operating levy that all operators pay to the Nigerian Communications Commission. Finally, subsidies would allow telecom operators to expand their services to isolated and under-served areas, which would enable rural communities to have access to the information society through internet and telephone.
Click here, to read more.
Internet bandwidth could become a global currency under a proposed model for the
future of e-commerce that exploits a novel peer-to-peer video sharing application designed by a trans-Atlantic team of computer scientists according to an article by Vidura Panditaratne on Wednesday, 29 August 2007. This application is being used by researchers from Delft University of Technology and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to explore a next-generation model for safe and legal electronic commerce that uses Internet bandwidth as a global currency. An enhanced version of this application called Tribler is now available for free download online.
A version of the Tribler video sharing software serves as a model for an e-commerce system because of its flexibility, speed, and reliability. The researchers envision this model to connect users to a single global market, without any controlling company, network, or bank with bandwidth as the first true Internet "currency" for such a market. "By studying user behavior within an operational 'Internet currency' system, with a particular focus on understanding how and why attacks, fraud, and abuse occur and how trust can be established and maintained, the researchers imagine future improvements to everything from on-demand television to online auctions to open content encyclopedias."
Read more by accessing the full article.
Wednesday, August 29, 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.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The World Health Organization launched its annual leading publication focusing on building a safer future in public health. The World Health Report 2007 shows how and why the world is at increasing risk of outbreaks of communicable diseases across borders, natural and man-made disasters and other health emergencies that can rapidly become threats to global public health security.
Information and communication technologies used in surveillance, monitoring and response networks are mentioned as tools to respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases. The report says that the prospect of a safer future would be within reach - and that this would be both a collective aspiration and a mutual responsibility.
To read more, click here.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Australia announced a national strategy on deploying health records available over the internet to every citizen, as The Canberra Times reported yesterday. Patients would be able to securely access their medical claims and rebates over public networks as of 2008. Later on, patients would have online access to their pharmaceutical benefits schemes claims. Eventually, Australians would have access to their individual digital files, which would be automatically updated by health service providers.
A parallel initiative is focusing on ensuring effective follow-up medical care for indigenous children in remote areas. Depending on the patients or their parents authorization, health professionals would be able to access their digital records to support ongoing care.
(The full article "Aust health histories to be accessible on internet" by Danielle Cronin health reporter, Canberra Times, 21 August 2007, is not available freely online.)
Monday, August 20, 2007
Technicians and engineers from Telecoms sans Frontieres started deploying telecommunication centres in Peru to restore communications in the areas hit by the earthquakes last week, as the BBC reported. Well operating and reliable telecommunications are vital for coordinating emergency relief work and humanitarian assitance. The technologies brought by the non-governmental organization include satellite telephones and internet modems, and equipment to set up wireless connectivity to the internet. More on BBC News.
Friday, August 17, 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.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Two Ethiopian hospitals have been linked with a specialist hospital in India, which allows doctors to obtain real-time second opinion over the internet, as BBC News reported on 16 July 2007.
The pilot project focusing on a hospital in Addis Ababa and on a provincial one located 300 km away from the capital would likely be followed-up by connecting a total of 20 more hospitals into the network. For the first five years, India will run the project free of charge.
The technical platform facilitates sharing of patients' data between healthcare professionals (such as X-rays, laboratory tests, etc.); health workers in remote areas have better access to medical expertise without moving over long and time-consuming distances.
In order to improve secondary education and access to medical expertise, 23 African countries are already in the loop for a similar project agreed between India and the African Union.
To read the full article, click here.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The New York Times reported on 14 August 2007 that Google and Microsoft are separately developing a system of online health records, which would allow individuals to store, retrieve and provide personal health data to doctors, hospitals, insurers, laboratories, etc. as desired.
Data would been directly uploaded onto these records by health service providers, but access to the information (through PCs, mobile telephones and other digital devices) would be controlled by the patient. The health data stored on the personal online record would also lead their owners to locating relevant health-related information on the web (including advertisements that would likely fund the system).
Other companies specialized in digital health records and search engines are working on similar systems. To eventually reach end-users significant security and privacy issues will have to be resolved in fine-tuning these services
To read more, click here.
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.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
On 16 July 2007, the European Commission issued a set of draft recommendations on eHealth interoperability. This supports the idea that connecting people, systems, and services would be vital for the provision of good healthcare in Europe.
The lack of interoperability in systems and services has long been identified as one of the major challenges to the wider implementation of the Union's e-Health applications.
The goal of this Recommendation is to contribute to enabling the provision of a means of authorised healthcare professionals to gain managed access to essential health information about patients, subject to the patients' consent, and with full regard for data privacy and security requirements. Such information could include the appropriate parts of a patient's electronic health record, patient summary and emergency data from any place in Europe: within countries, in cross-border regions, and between countries.
The proposed actions cover the following areas:
- The overall (political/legal) level of eHealth interoperability inclusing privacy and confidentiality
- Creating the organisational framework (or process) for e-Health interoperability
- Applications (including semantic) interoperability
- Architectural and technical interoperability including security, certification and accreditation
- Monitoring and evaluation
For full information, click here.
Friday, August 10, 2007
The Journal Record reported on a hospital group in Oklahoma City, USA that is developing a technology program to better connect its hospitals and clinics in the metropolitan area with its seven rural hospitals. This program uses the existing hospitals infrastructure, and will cost USD 30,000 to develop. It will initially focus on fetal monitoring and on sharing records amongst hospitals, which will allow doctors to assist patients at different locations in remote areas.
Read the full article here.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The UNESCO Office in Bangkok launched an interactive online forum targeted to educators, teachers, administrators, policy makers and others to foster discussions on topics relating to the use of information and communication technologies in education.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
In order to ensure transparent procurement at reduced costs in Chinese hospitals, the China Medical Equipment Association (CMEA) under the auspice of the Ministry of Health will draw up a recommended list of medical equipment to be used for purchasing decisions. The list will be based on an open and fair assessment of medical equipment considering the needs of the partners involved (including the government, hospitals and manufacturers), according to CMEA. Purchases should be made by the Ministry's International Communication and Cooperation Center.
Furthermore, China earmarked 1.2 bln yuan (about 157.9 million USD) to purchase medical equipment for hospitals in the country's poor rural areas through government procurement and public bidding. As mentioned by an official of the Ministry of Health, the list of new equipment would include electro-cardiographs, ultrasound scanners, operation beds and respiratory mechanics.
For more information, see Xinhua News Agency and here.
Wednesday, July 25, 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.
Sophos recently released its global statistics naming the top 12 spam-relaying countries for the period between April to June 2007. The US and China tops the list, while Europe, on the other hand, houses six of the top 12 countries mentioned in the statistics, which when combined, account for even more spam-relaying than the U.S. The statistics reveal as well that the overall global volume of spam rose by 9% during the second quarter, when compared to the same period in 2006.
"'While the US remains top spam dog, the latest chart emphasises the urgent need for joined-up global action to combat this growing problem,' said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos. 'For every spam campaign, the spammers, the compromised computers used, and the people being deluged by the unsolicited mail are often located in totally different parts of the world. A consolidated effort is needed not only to pursue and prosecute spammers, but also to convince computer users everywhere of the importance of blocking rather than responding to spam messages. Everyone has a part to play if we are to win the global battle against spam.'"
Statistics on spam relayed by continent, however, show Asia as the top spam-relaying continent with the number of Asian nations relaying smaller amounts of spam. Europe, which topped the chart in the first quarter of 2007, has reduced its percentage by 6.6 percent and fallen to second place. Asia, North America, South America and Africa have all seen rises in spam-relaying activity.
Read the full article here.
Monday, July 23, 2007
The Africa Health Infoway is a World Health Organization (WHO) project supported by the Department for International Development (DfiD) that aims to provide a technology platform that supports the collection of sub national health data and statistics for analysis, dissemination and use to facilitate decision making in health, and strengthen capacity of African countries to use information in decision making. It is a district-based public health information network for African health which focuses on infostructure and connectivity, district health information systems, and knowledge translation into policy and action.
For more information on the Africa Health Infoway, click here
Tuesday, July 17, 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 agencys 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.
Monday, May 28, 2007
A North American corporation focused on acquiring versatile and profitable companies in the IT sector "...has received an order for a turnkey DICOM archive solution [...] to be deployed within Saskatchewan's Provincial health care region. The order is significant and unprecedented as it represents the first of its kind in Canada. The [...] Image Manager is a secure, open-system software solution for transporting, storing, tracking and retrieval of digital images across an entire DICOM network.
To view the full article by On The Go Technologies Group as published by GRIDtoday on 28 May 2007, click here.
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The WSIS Stocktaking Report has been officially launched during the World Summit on the Infrmation Society in Tunis. The report has been prepared on the basis of activities entered to the WSIS Stocktaking Database that by November 2005 contained more then 2500 entries.
For the launch presentation see Stocktaking.pdf (1.47 MB).
For the WSIS Stocktaking Database see here.