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India Budget 2014 invests US$1.3 billion in smart cities, national digitisation initiative

The Indian Government has set aside US$ 83.4 million for a national programme to improve access to digital services and US$ 1.2 billion for its smart cities programme, Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, announced in his Budget 2014-2015 speech.

Singapore joining-up agency efforts through libraries

From books to businesses, libraries are getting a new lease ...

9 June 2014 | News

Australia redefines digital and open data road-map

A customer-first strategy drives the business of government in the state of New South Wales. Insights were shared at last week’s 3rd Annual FutureGov Forum New South Wales in Sydney.

15 May 2014 | News

Malaysia Government prioritises e-government, e-learning and healthcare IT in 2020 vision

Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit under the Prime Minister’s Department has highlighted deeper use of IT in government, education and healthcare in its 2013 Annual Report of the Economic Transformation Programme.

9 May 2014 | News

New Zealand Government to modernise unified portal with faster online access and responsive design

New Zealand reinforces reputation for clean and open government through a web site modernisation effort, bringing together 36 core service delivery agencies and Crown entities. New look-and-feel site goes live in July.

2 May 2014 | News

Australia government urges digital-by-default, cloud-first & Big Data strategies

Australian Government’s new “Report of the National Commission of Audit” reinforces support for ICT modernisation. This canvasses continued support for cloud computing, big data, and digital services. Foreshadows outsourcing services, and closer scrutiny of big-ticket spending programmes.

8 April 2014 | News

Australian government mobile service centres to help drought-hit farmers

Farmers affected by drought are encouraged to visit Mobile Service Centre ‘Desert Pea’ when it is in central west Queensland next week to test their eligibility for income support by lodging a claim, announced Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services of Australia.

7 April 2014 | News

Myanmar opens online digital library for education and research

With the support of Ministry of Education, the ‘eLibrary Myanmar’ project will for the first time provide local academics and students online access to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary collection of scholarly resources.

4 April 2014 | News

Singapore government sets up Digital Inclusion fund as it prepares to be a Smart Nation

The Singapore government will set up a S$8 million (US$6.3 million) Digital Inclusion Fund to raise the adoption of infocomm for low-income households, and encourage social innovations to help voluntary welfare organisations better manage the well-being of their beneficiaries with relevant technology, announced Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information.

3 April 2014 | News

Singapore government enhances WiFi network and will double hotspots by 2015

Singapore residents and tourists can now enjoy easier access to WiFi hotspots with a new automatic login feature which started on 1 April.

27 March 2014 | News

4 steps to achieve conflict resolution with Skype videoconferencing

A non-profit organisation might have found the solution to reduce conflicts using free online video calls and improve learning for students at the same time. PeaceTech Founder Robin Pettyfer reveals four steps on how he is bridging the divide between hostile communities in Indonesia and the Philippines through video conferencing.

20 March 2014 | News

Singapore Infocomm Development Authority helps elderly pick up e-health tools

A record number of Singaporean senior citizens are attending an IT workshop organised by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore this week to pick up basic computer and Internet skills from students.

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