Government agencies in Singapore will appoint Chief Information Security Officers to counter the increasing threat of cyber attack, Communications Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has announced. Speaking at an event organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), he said: “The Government will appoint Chief Information Security Officers to strengthen the infocomm security governance in government agencies.”
The Australian Government has proposed setting up a panel of suppliers in December which will be continuously refreshed so that new products and vendors can be added. “As demand changes over time, Finance will add more categories through the iterative refreshes of the Panel,” said a Cloud Procurement Discussion Paper published by the Department of Finance earlier this month. “This will provide flexibility to capture new services available in the market and also increase competition. Providing multiple opportunities for suppliers to join the Panel will allow new industry participants to access government business,” it added.
Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, recently announced plans for the city to build an “ops centre” in his National Day Rally speech, following the example of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. But what does an ops centre do – and are there any in the region? An ops-centre combines real time information from CCTV feeds and other data sources, allowing responses to be managed by a single team. In Rio De Janeiro, “all the emergency services, all the key public agencies report to it,” Loong said. “They have cameras around the city so they can see what’s happening, it’s manned by 50 officers and they can give commands and make things happen if there’s a disaster.”
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 ― MyEG Services Bhd (MyEG), one of the biggest Internet services companies listed in Malaysia, is optimistic about its growth prospects for the financial year ahead ending June 30, 2015, after it delivered another good run with its recent full year financial results. The e-government services provider, which saw full-year net profits jump 43 per cent to RM50.11 million, expects growth next year to be driven by new services as well as expanding volume of its existing services, on the back of an extension of its concession period with the Malaysian Government.
Open source solutions provider, Red Hat, will be hosting its annual Asia Pacific forums to address pain-points and share strategies with public sector agencies and businesses interested in open source. Red Hat customers, partners and executives will be sharing their experiences with open source technology at a series of events across 10 cities in the region, kicking off in Malaysia on 11 September.
Thailand’s government cloud has saved more than 30% of costs for hosting e-government services and internal government systems, Sak Segkhoonthod, President and CEO, E-Government Agency told FutureGov. “It turns out during the last two years, we have saved THB 600 million (US$18.8 million). I would say [this is] at least 30% reduction in costs,” he said. Over 100 Thai government agencies are currently hosting around 500 applications on the G-Cloud. The e-government authority’s initial budget for the project is THB 1400 million (US$43.8 million).
The shortlisted government agencies for the E-Government category of the annual FutureGov Awards have been announced – with departments from Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand making it through to the final stage. 2014 E-Government Shortlist : Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency, Indonesia : Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Malaysia : Business Victoria, Australia : National Environment Agency, Singapore : Land Information New Zealand
NEW DELHI: The government is likely to launch a website tomorrow, through which a user can send electronic greeting cards, under its ‘Digital India’ initiative. The eGreetings portal aims to encourage people to increase the use of Internet by sending greetings to their friends and family on various occasions through the portal. “The portal aims to promote sending eGreetings to colleagues and friends. It allows a user to select a greeting for various occasions and send it to fr ..
The federal government will release thousands of previously unavailable Commonwealth data sets to application developers within months, including some of its most commercial valuable. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the move to the finalists and winners of the GovHack 2014 awards ceremony in Brisbane last night. Turnbull said the information belonged to the public and the Abbott government had a ‘strong political commitment’ to making it available for use.
Indonesian startups don’t really talk that much about the government. Besides the annual tech competition INAICTA , a lot of people still feel that the government doesn’t understand the tech scene. Thankfully, that perception could change in the coming years as more government departments are starting to embrace the open government initiative. Thanks to the initiative, citizens can access public information much more easily from the internet, and be more proactive in utilizing the raw information. During the recent presidential election for example, citizens created numerous websites to count the official vote tally documents made available on the General Elections Commission’s website.
The Government of Mumbai in India has launched a mobile application for its 3 million residents to carry out tax and license related transactions with the government. This is part of the country’s national initiative to bring government services to people’s mobile devices. “Now onwards, the citizens of Mumbai do not need to stand in queue to pay water bills, property tax, and renewal of licenses,” says the government app store description. The new mobile app, MCGM [Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai] 24×7, also allows residents to file complaints.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be providing technical and financial assistance to help countries in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) implement their initiatives, announced Joe Powell, Deputy Director, OGP Support Unit. “The ADB’s support will focus on exploring opportunities to provide technical and financial assistance to help countries meet OGP eligibility criteria and to develop and implement OGP action plans,” he wrote this week in an OGP blog announcing the partnership.
The Australian Government is preparing an Open Data Toolkit to consolidate policies and guidance for agencies managing and sharing government data. “This Toolkit will consolidate policy, guidance, case studies and technical advice on how to manage, publish and share government data more effectively and efficiently for greater benefits to the public service, industry and the broader community. The Toolkit will be updated on a regular basis as new information, guidance, best practices and policies emerge, and you can subscribe to wiki updates there,” the data.gov.au team wrote in its latest blog.
Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act goes live today: organisations must now get the consent of individuals when their data is collected. Although public agencies are exempted from the Act, the government has told FutureGov that it has introduced its own set of rules which are based on the same principles as the new law. From 2 July 2014 “organisations will have to notify individuals of the purposes for which their personal data is being collected, used or disclosed, and obtain their consent to do so”, said a statement by the Personal Data Protection Commission.
It can take up to 90 days to make new IT infrastructure available for a government agency. “With cloud, you don’t need days, just minutes,” Glenn West (pictured), Cloud Business Unit Manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat told FutureGov. Governments need an open source cloud to deliver their digital public services with “speed and scalability”, West said. For example, a tax agency provides a portal for its citizens to file their taxes every year – the capabilities of this portal need to be able to expand rapidly as millions of citizens access the portal at the same time. “When you go from 100 users to the [whole] population instantaneously… you need [the portal] to scale up quickly,” he said.
The New Zealand Government will be presenting its Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan in July, Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne has announced. The action plan will be built around improving public services, increasing public integrity, more effectively management public resources and creating safer communities. OGP is an international partnership of 64 countries committed to making their governments more open accountable and responsive to citizens.