Governments struggle with Knowledge Management challenge #cloud #cloudcomputing #singapore #gov

SingaporeGrowing volumes of unstructured data, stored across siloed repositories, are eroding the effectiveness of traditional public sector Knowledge Management programmes, according to HP. The ad hoc growth of shadow IT has led to an increase in data silos, as different data sets are created and managed with their own security requirements and user privileges.

Australian state crime agency releases first data

AustraliaThe Crime Statistics Agency in Victoria, Australia has released its first datasets since it began operations in January. The data shows a 4.3 per cent rise in offences in the state last year from 2013, and 11.5 per cent increase in motor vehicle thefts. Women below the age of 25 were more likely to be victims than men, but men above 45 were more likely to be harmed than women.

Why Singapore’s Yale-NUS College is using Red Hat technology

SingaporeThe new Yale-NUS College in Singapore wants students to have a liberal arts experience that stands out in the region. The IT team running the college’s systems need to find novel ways to enable new digital solutions. Here’s why the colleges is working with open source provider Red Hat to find the solutions. Yale-NUS wants to minimise wastage and increase flexibility, and run as a “lean institution”, Darwin Gosal, Senior Manager for IT Infrastructure and Services, told FutureGov.

New health institute to tackle ‘wicked problems’ in Canberra

AustraliaCanberra has opened a health research institute to tackle wicked problems that require multiple disciplines to work together. The institute will bring together subject experts who might not typically work under the same roof. “We aim to address real world issues and some of the wicked problems plaguing health, but that requires collaboration from multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives,” said Rachel Davey, Founding Director, University of Canberra Health Research Institu

India’s top three telcos spend Rs 85k crore in auction

IndiaMUMBAI/NEW DELHI: India’s top three mobile operators scooped up almost 80% of the country’s airwaves in fierce competition, spending $13.6 billion in the latest round of spectrum auctions that raised a record $17.6 billion.  The heavy bidding by the large operators underscores their big bets on the potential for mobile data in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market.The three operators bought airwaves worth a total 855.75 billion rupees ($13.6 billion), or about 78% of the total airwaves sold in the auction, telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

Indian government web site hacking down by half

IndiaThe number of Indian government web sites hacked in 2014 was half of that in 2011, but the total number of hacked national web sites has increased, according to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) data. 308 web sites on the and government domains were hacked in 2011, but only 155 were reported to have been compromised last year, said IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Hong Kong’s open data portal revamped

Hong KongHong Kong has revamped its open data portal, changing its name from Data.One to Data.Gov.HK. The data catalogue is now easier to search with new filters for government departments, data categories and formats. Users can also chart and map data on the web site itself for a preliminary analysis of the datasets before downloading them. The web site features a new look, with large, minimalist icons of data categories on the home page.

Telecom spectrum auction concludes after 19 days

IndiaIndia’s telecom airwaves auction has ended after 19 days and 115 rounds of fierce bidding among eight operators, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.  The government had received provisional bids worth more than 1.09 trillion rupees ($17.5 billion) at the end of 110 rounds of bidding on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Department of Telecommunications. It had expected to raise about $13 billion.

DFAT dips toes in Microsoft public cloud

AustraliaAustralia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has shifted one of its business units to Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure solutions in one of the first federal government migrations of a full workload to the public cloud. DFAT earlier this week launched its $140 million ‘innovation Xchange’ – an innovation hub designed to propel the department to be more “create, entrepreneurial and innovative” in how Australia delivers international aid.,dfat-dips-toes-in-microsoft-public-cloud.aspx

Govt seeks to limit Telstra advantage in NBN Co data flows

AustraliaThe federal government is seeking to remove any perceived or actual advantage to Telstra as a result of the information it receives from NBN Co on the network rollout. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked the ACCC to consult with industry on a proposed carrier license condition for NBN Co which would govern the way it provides rollout information to Telstra and retail service providers (RSPs).,govt-seeks-to-limit-telstra-advantage-in-nbn-co-data-flows.aspx

Fiber-optics and smart cities: Indonesia gets aggressive with infrastructure modernization

IndonesiaOver the next five years, the Indonesian government plans to spend more than US$420 billion on infrastructure projects in the archipelago. A large portion is to come from the private sector; for telecoms projects in particular, nearly all of it will. Indonesia’s tech minister, Rudiantara, is looking to streamline the new network build-outs and has asked the nation’s three major telcos – Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL Axiata – to submit their plans. The minister wants to ensure that the telecoms infrastructure push is efficient nationwide, and not just limited to the greater Jakarta area.

Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

SingaporeLee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore and one of Asia’s tallest leaders, passed away on 23 March 2015 in Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Lee had been warded in the intensive care unit of SGH for severe pneumonia since 6 February 2015. He remained conscious but sedated, and on mechanical ventilation. His condition deteriorated on 17 March and remained critical.  Lee, considered the founding father of Singapore, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore. He governed the country for three decades.

Regulator set to punish SK Telecom

KoreaThe Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to impose a penalty on SK Telecom (SKT) for providing illegal kickbacks to attract more customers and to clear inventory ahead of the launch of new Samsung S6 mobile, said a senior KCC official, Saturday. The nation’s top telecom regulator is set to decide the level of “monetary penalties” at a general meeting, Thursday. The penalty is expected to be tough, considering that KCC commissioners regard SKT’s actions as a “serious violation.”

Australia Post systems go down after weekend upgrade

AustraliaA number of Australia Post’s payments and communications systems have gone offline after scheduled IT upgrades over the weekend had unintended consequences. The organisation is currently working to restore functionality to a number of systems – including EFTPOS and Bank at Post – following the outage. Retail outlets and stores are currently only able to accept cash due to failures with the electronic payments facilities.,auspost-systems-go-down-after-weekend-upgrade.aspx

Critical flaw found in NSW iVote system, from AU

AustraliaNSW’s online voting system iVote has been discovered to contain a critical flaw just days before the state’s citizens head to the polls for the 2015 election. Two university researchers over the weekend revealed that the system’s voting server had loaded code from a third-party website vulnerable to the recently discovered FREAK attack.,critical-flaw-found-in-nsw-ivote-system.aspx

How is Singapore getting its elderly residents online?

SingaporeAlmost every city in the world is facing an ageing population, and that’s certainly true of Singapore, where the government is keen to ensure that older citizens don’t miss out on its digital services. The elderly have to be taken along with changes in technology so it can improve their lives, Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing told FutureGov.

Pakistan blocks WordPress in the name of National Day security

PakistanThe blogging platform WordPress, used by millions of bloggers around the world, has been blocked in Pakistan, blogs from Pakistan report. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked ISPs (internet service providers) to block access to, says ProPakistani. This makes all blogs hosted on WordPress inaccessible. Self-hosted sites powered by WordPress, includingTech in Asia, are not affected by this.

Spectrum auction kitty dips to Rs 1.05 lakh crore

IndiaNEW DELHI: The government’s telecom spectrum auction kitty today declined to Rs 1.05 lakh crore with provisional allocation of 88% airwaves at the end of day 15.  The total amount of bids received for spectrum stood at Rs 1.09 lakh crore with 89% of the spectrum provisionally allocated to bidders.  While auction witnessed renewed activity in the premium 900Mhz band, no activity was seen in 2100Mhz band, which is used for 3G services.

Reuters inaccessible from China, reports Reuters

ChinaNewswire service Reuters is the latest foreign publication to see its lights flicker in the Middle Kingdom. Earlier today, the company reported that its English and Chinese websites were inaccessible from China, indicating that it might have been blocked by the Great Firewall. Now, when attempts to access Reuters’ website China without a VPN, the browser returns results consistent with other blocked websites like Facebook. Reuters says that the possible block is affecting its English-language content as well as its Chinese content.

What is the best public sector ICT project in Singapore?

SingaporeWhich Singapore agency launched the best ICT project in the past year? Was it a smart housing scheme; a new e-government app; a transportation solution; migration of transactional services to the cloud; or something completely different? Will your agency be recognised during Singapore’s 50th anniversary year as a pioneer in using technology to transform service delivery? This can only happen if your agency enters the FutureGov Singapore Awards 2015.