Tag: open government

Kenya, Morocco ranked globally as Africa’s leaders on e-participation

Broadband, Governance, Internet
The United Nations recently released a survey, E-GOVERNMENT SURVEY 2014: E-GOVERNMENT FOR THE FUTURE WE WANT showing how e-Government initiatives are being applied in various regions of the world. And Africa is lagging behind. The continent scored lower than any other region in the world. Africa had an average e-Government development index (EGDI) of 0.2661 compared to the global average of 0.4712. The report denotes: “Tunisia and Mauritius are the two highest-ranked countries in Africa, with Egypt, Seychelles, Morocco and South Africa following closely behind and showing progress as compared with the 2012 Survey. However, Africa as a whole exhibits a regional digital divide with most internet activity and infrastructure concentrated in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Mauritius and Seychel

Government Technology Trends to Watch in 2014

Governance
The top 3 tech policy trends that will demand attention from state and local leaders this year. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr famously said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” I tend to agree with him, but as we enter the New Year there are three interrelated technology issues that we can’t ignore. They’ll demand more attention from state and local leaders in 2014. Data Analytics Governments are great at collecting information, but they often do a lousy job of using it eff ectively. Dropping prices for storage and high-speed computing have put sophisticated analytics capabilities within reach of more public agencies, potentially giving policymakers new tools for spotting trends, allocating resources and modeling the impact of decisions. But the
President Obama on Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information

President Obama on Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information

Governance
The US President Barak Obama has made an Executive Order to  Make Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, the press release is below EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - MAKING OPEN AND MACHINE READABLE THE NEW DEFAULT FOR GOVERNMENT INFORMATION By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. General Principles. Openness in government strengthens our democracy, promotes the delivery of efficient and effective services to the public, and contributes to economic growth. As one vital benefit of open government, making information resources easy to find, accessible, and usable can fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery that improves Americans' l