Open dataset of the week: Healthcare in Jakarta #cloud #cloudcomputing

Primary health centres are the most basic unit of the public healthcare network. Jakarta’s open dataset on its primary health centres can uncover a host of services for Indonesians and benefits for the government. This is why FutureGov has chosen this dataset as its open dataset of the week. The dataset lists the names, addresses and contact details of 394 clinics across Jakarta. It also indicates a breakdown of staff and the state of infrastructure in each of these clinics, including the condition of the buildings, ambulances, internet connections.

ASIC to lobby Govt for metadata access, from AU #cloud #cloudcomputing

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has expressed concern at being excluded from the initial batch of approved agencies under the Government’s mandatory data retention scheme, and has promised to apply for access within six months of the scheme’s implementation. The Government’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 will allow organisations classified as “criminal law enforcement agencies” to access metadata stored for two years under the regime without a warrant.,asic-to-lobby-govt-for-metadata-access.aspx

Qld Govt lawyers up for battle against IBM

The Queensland Government has hired Minter Ellison lawyers to argue its case against technology giant IBM, as it goes after compensation for the botched replacement of Queensland Health payroll systems. The appointment of the top tier law firm to the case marks the first public step the state has taken in its legal battle to secure compensation from its former contractor since it filed a statement of claim in the Queensland Supreme Court in December 2013.,qld-govt-lawyers-up-for-battle-against-ibm.aspx

Many organisations still fall short on cyber security: EY Malaysia study

Tax and financial consultancy EY’s annual global survey shows that Malaysian organisations are as unprepared for cyber attacks as their global peers. EY Malaysia partner, IT risk and assurance, Jason Yuen said globally more than a third of organisations (67 percent) are facing rising threats in their information security risk environment, but over a third (37 percent) have no real-time insight on cyber risks necessary to combat these threats.

Data analytics lab in Melbourne will aid in smart city development

National ICT Australia (NICTA) has launched a data analytics lab this week in collaboration with RMIT University. Professor Mark Sanderson, Deputy Head Researcher of the Computer Science and Information Technology of RMIT University told FutureGov that the lab will improve how information is transmitted and analysed in transport and healthcare systems. “It might be that you have sensors that are telling you on how your roads are being used, or the number of passengers that you have on a train, or just the way that people are accessing your website

How Singapore’s environment agency has responded to rising public expectations

Singapore’s environment agency is engaging its citizens more and personalising services through its mobile app, driven by rising public expectations, its Chief Information Officer told FutureGov. “In recent years, citizens expect the government to give them up to date information and also expect the government to respond very quickly,” Elaine Phang (pictured) said in an interview. The National Environment Agency has used its mobile app to allow citizens to share more information with each other.

Australian Govt to rethink cyber security strategy

The Australian Government will soon seek advice from industry on a proposed update to the nation’s cyber security strategy, giving in to calls to review the ageing policy in light of a vastly different technological landscape. The existing cyber security strategy [pdf] was written in 2008 and introduced by the former Labor Government in late 2009. It aimed to increase the country’s awareness of and reaction to cybercrime incidents, and ensure government and local businesses used secure and resilient IT infrastructure.,australian-govt-to-rethink-cyber-security-strategy.aspx

Southern Cross Cable telcos ‘partnered’ with spy agencies

Telcos and network providers on the main cable system connecting Australia and New Zealand to the United States provided interception capability to British and American spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Four global telcos and network providers operating on Southern Cross – BT, Vodafone, Level 3 and Global Crossing – are listed in the leaked documents under their codenames REMEDY, GERONTIC, LITTLE and PINNAGE respectively.,southern-cross-cable-telcos-partnered-with-spy-agencies.aspx

Microsoft to pay China $160m for tax evasion

China has levied about 840 million (A$160 million) in back taxes from Microsoft in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on US corporations doing business there. China’s Xinhua official news agency on Sunday reported an unnamed US multinational must pay the Chinese government 840 million yuan in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future.,microsoft-to-pay-china-160m-for-tax-evasion.aspx

Australian Govt rolls out cybercrime reporting site

The Federal Government today launched a new website aimed at providing a secure way of reporting cybercrime incidents such as identity theft and online fraud. Dubbed ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network), the website will enable the public to report cases of cybercrime and also offer information to the public on how to avoid such attacks.,australian-govt-rolls-out-15m-cybercrime-reporting-site.aspx

Internet access, local content must for Digital India success: IAMAI

NEW DELHI: The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has said that Internet access is a key to the centre-driven Digital India program while local content remains a key challenge. Narendra Modi-led BJP government that came to power in May this year has embarked on an ambitious ‘Digital India’ umbrella program, at an initial cost of Rs 1.13 lakh crore that envisages encourage broadband penetration into the nook and corner of the country and delivering a slew of e-services riding the network.

Aus Govt CTO readies cloud email, desktop services

Australian Government CTO John Sheridan has revealed the Department of Finance will go to market to set up whole-of-government email and desktop-as-a-service buying schemes in 2015-16. Speaking at the GovInnovate conference in Canberra today, Sheridan said a second draft of a scoping study into the ‘GovMail’ and ‘GovDesk’ cloud-based procurement options – undertaken by Deloitte – is “in my inbox”.,aus-govt-cto-readies-cloud-email-and-desktop-services.aspx

Defence spends $50m to upgrade RAAF’s air traffic systems, from AU

The Royal Australian Air Force will receive three new mobile air traffic management and control systems as part of a $50 million contract awarded under the Defence department’s ten-year effort to overhaul its air traffic control infrastructure. The new contract – which replaces an almost 20 year arrangement with Raytheon – will see the RAAF make use of two new rapidly deployable systems and one larger air traffic management and control system courtesy of global air system provider Indra.,defence-spends-50m-to-upgrade-raafs-air-traffic-systems.aspx

Vic Coalition promises $25m for police smart devices, from AU

A re-elected Victorian Coalition government will spend $25 million on equipping the state’s police force with mobile devices, Police Minister Kim Wells announced today. He pledged the money towards a four-year ‘tech policing fund’ that will pay for projects leveraging technology to keep police out of the office and on the beat. Victorian police officers currently spend just over half of their day out in the community, with much of the remainder dedicated to filling out paperwork in the office.,vic-coalition-promises-25m-for-police-smart-devices.aspx

Smart Nation initiative ‘about people, not machines’ , from Singapore

SINGAPORE: The man tasked with overseeing Singapore’s push to become the world’s first Smart Nation said the initiative is “all about people, not machines”.  Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, touched on priorities for the new Smart Nation Programme Office, announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 24).

As Facebook faces uncertain future, Malaysian government now considers censorship of YouTube

The Malaysian government is on a roll. Three months back, it mulled over the possibility of banning Facebook locally, following 2,000 reports of abuse made in the country. That didn’t sit well with Malaysians at all. Now, the Malay Mail Online reports that authorities are looking into setting up a firewall on a number of websites including YouTube.

China aims to streamline its mobile game censorship process

Mobile gaming is huge in China, and thousands of new games come out each year. That’s good news for the tech industry, but it also means a lot of work for China’s government, and long delays for developers because every game released has to be formally approved by China’s censorship board. And until recently, the group that was reviewing mobile games included just ten people. (It has since been upped to twenty).

The Philippines partners with Google as cyclone predicted this month

The Philippines weather agency’s prediction models are telling them that the country might see a cyclone before the end of the month. This time, though, residents will be getting real-time alerts via Google’s search engine and maps. The Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has partnered with Google’s Public Alerts service to issue alerts for tropical cyclones forming in its area of jurisdiction. FutureGov spoke with Resly George Amador, a member of PAGASA’s technical group on public alerts to find out more.

India launches digital education drive

The Indian Government is planning an online education platform and equipping its classrooms with WiFi, the Ministry of Human Resource Development said. The government is creating a platform, known as Swayam, to host massive open online courses (MOOCs), said Amita Sharma, Advisor to the ministry. It has also started work to get WiFi to classrooms, she said.

Telstra to create Government Cloud

To help drive the adoption of Cloud services within the public sector, Telstra has announced it will create a Cloud environment built specifically for federal, state and local government. In a statement, Telstra said the Government Cloud was a key milestone in the implementation of its long term Cloud strategy, which is to offer customers scalable and flexible Cloud services.