Indrajit Basu is an international correspondent for Government Technology's Digital Communities.
In India, a company called Protoprint aims to mobilize disadvantaged workers to gather and recycle waste plastic to produce filament yarn for 3D printers.
Local law enforcement agencies are using social networks to full effect in surprising ways.
Federal spending is set to decline significantly in 2013, but the IT industry sounds bullish on the state and local market.
The Dutch have forged ahead where most other nations still are struggling.
World Economic Forum economist says U.S. political and regulatory environment is a contributing factor holding the nation back from its full potential.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee and San Francisco’s chief innovation officer are bullish on an emerging platform for problem-solving.
The USDA and Oregon Department of Agriculture helped build a community that's like online dating for the food business.
KCmomentum.com engages citizens who don’t have time to go to public meetings.
A Florida police department unleashes mobile video surveillance.
Minneapolis officials want to align users’ check-in locations with the delivery of e-government information.
“Singapore’s achievements show that with bold policies and the right expertise, urbanization and population growth do not have to result in environmental degradation.”
It's not so good at building consensus that can replace one power structure with another.
The city’s green building effort launched in 2005 has set a target of greening 80 per cent of its building stock by 2030.
India discovered that Chinese hackers had launched an aggressive offensive on computer systems owned by the Indian government and the Dalai Lama.
KPN, the largest and the most powerful Dutch incumbent slapped extra charges for using Skype and WhatsApp. The move backfired.
The Internet in 15 years, has created as much value -- in terms of real GDP per capita -- as it took the industrial revolution of the 19th century to create in 50 years.
The French administration, it appears, is unhappy about the independence of the Internet and says it must be "civilized."
The report says the U.S. excels in 'useful connectivity' running neck-and-neck with top-ranked Sweden.
In a quiet move early last month, India passed a new set of rules called Information Technology Rules Act 2011, that curtail freedom of Internet speech.
It is primarily focused on local authorities and aims to show how information can be used by citizens to raise issues, campaign and otherwise influence things that affect communities.
The central government has ignored the concerns of the local government and its involvement in the UK's overall ICT plan.
"How does the country meet its enormous power needs when it is so short of natural resources?"
ITU deployed 78 Thuraya satellite phones equipped with GPS to facilitate search and rescue efforts, 13 Iridium satellite phones and 37 Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network terminals.
“The InfoLady acts as the human interface between a knowledge-base and the rural illiterate and print-disabled people."
Each NIU would be treated as an independent entity -- just like a separate back office company -- which will have its set of employees.
An Indian IT outsourcing service provider addresses government-sector IT contracts by buying local IT companies.
“My vision was to create a society that consciously works for continued improvement of their environment and I am working towards that.”
While the U.S. and UK-are still taking baby steps in crafting mobile e-government strategies, Singapore is leaping ahead.
Predictive analytics applications can uncover unexpected patterns and trends and can even develop models to guide actions from billions of historical records.
"We started getting numerous photographs from users complaining about traffic violations and suddenly we were nabbing many more errant and unruly drivers far easily.”
The Information Office of the State Council, or China's Cabinet, acknowledged that in a wide variety of ways the Internet has become the voice of its people and resolved to protect the right to freedom of speech on the Internet.
What can fund-starved local administrations, in one of the poorest countries in the world, do when they have to reach out to citizens living in areas so remote that one has to travel five miles to get to the nearest phone?
While many use the terms open government and government 2.0 interchangeably, they are very different.
President Obama seems to be indicating a new view of India -- from a source of U.S. job losses, to a strong new partner in the global economy.
"Local governments that went through 2009 without too much problem, have started facing a funds crunch now, and the reason behind this strange phenomenon is actually the U.S. government’s stimulus program.”
"It disrupts how banks and credit card companies process payments between any kinds of business, and use[s] the Internet to do it.”
By connecting school buses, particularly for rural children who commute long hours to school every day, it could mean significant additional time devoted to lessons.
Arlington stands out for keeping its identity intact despite being under the heavy influence of the federal government.
As leaders haggle over global warming in Copenhagen and struggle for the most desirable solution of initiating a 'green revolution' without compromising economic growth, one important omission in the key areas of the global negotiations has been the use of ICT as a tool in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
A recent investigation highlights how malware can plant illegal content, like child porn, on innocent people's computers without their knowledge.
While China is always at the center of all cyber warfare debates, the fact is that governments around the world are engaged in similar pursuits of developing and refining cyberwar capabilities.
Broadband could give rural America the competitive advantage for corporate business.
Some experts suggest that smaller applicants or communities sit out the initial round of the broadband stimulus grants.
French city uses information and communication technology to shift from manufacturing to tech-based intelligent community.
U.S. Internet speed is still behind much of the world's.
The Obama administration clearly sees a comprehensive U.S. National Broadband Strategy as a federal priority.
Australia National Broadband Network reaches isolated rural areas.
The big news is Australia is the only government in the world now that, realizing the crucial role that broadband can play in reviving the economy, has a multi-billion dollar economic stimulus package centered on the creation of a super-fast broadband infrastructure.
Issy is today France's most hi-tech city where 57 percent of the companies are ICT-based, which include marquee names like Cisco Systems Europe, France Telecom, Hewlett Packard, Orange Internet, Sybase, and Microsoft to name but a few
Mumbai's terror attacks last week have forced India to take a fresh look at not just its security agencies, but also how to tighten state control on communications networks.
Websites that have been compromised are spread across virtually every segment, including governments and Fortune 500 companies, universities, news and other information websites, several unnamed weapons manufacturers, and obviously e-commerce sites.
Recognizing that a concerted global effort is now required to ensure that the cyberworld becomes a safe place for young people, ITU launched a new initiative last week called the The Child Online Protection (COP) initiative.
Wireless access is nearly universal and virtually free in European city.
Obsolete electronics cause environmental problems in poor nations.
While many large U.S. cities stumble in creating free, city-wide Wi-Fi networks, the entire country of Estonia has managed virtually universal wireless Internet access through community participation.
IT outsourcing to rural America is more attractive to domestic firms.
Telecoms Sans Frontieres shows that telecommunications are a valuable tool in humanitarian efforts.
Greece's first digital city project bridges the digital divide and brings citizens into the decision-making processes.
Almost all railway operators in UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and many in China, Japan, South Korea and India are either running trials or are already in early stages of deployments.