Some links: e-inclusion, smarter cities and safeguarding identity

  • In brief: inclusion consultants believe e-inclusion is a good thing. No shit, Sherlock!

    The survey’s main objective was to gather views on the role of e-Inclusion in the future European strategy on the information society that will succeed the “i2010” initiative. It also aimed at gathering opinions on European programmes and activities supporting e-Inclusion and cooperation modalities between European Commission services and relevant stakeholders regarding e-Inclusion activities.

    Among those who responded to this consultation, there was a general understanding that European policy on e-inclusion is useful and should be continued and enhanced in post ‘i2010’ initiative. There was an overwhelming consensus that in a context of financial and economic crisis greater e-Inclusion also generates systemic innovation, new business models and new modalities for service delivery. Respondents provided valuable inputs defining the future possible e-inclusion policies and dissemination activities.

  • As cities wield increasing economic, political and technological power, they are gaining greater control over the quality of services they provide to their people and businesses. Instrumented and interconnected core systems are providing new levels of intelligence.

    Technological advances allow cities to be “instrumented,” facilitating the collection of more data points than ever before, which enables cities to measure and influence more aspects of their operations. Cities are increasingly “interconnected,” allowing the free flow of information from one discrete system to another, which increases the efficiency of the overall infrastructure.

    Cities are struggling with a wide range of challenges and threats to sustainability in their people and business systems, as well as in such vital infrastructures as transport, water, energy and communications.

    Cities must become “smarter” and use new technologies to transform their systems to optimize the use of finite resources.

  • Recognising the huge value and importance of individuals’ identity information and tackling variations in how information is used across Government, ‘Safeguarding Identity’ is the focus of a new strategy launched today, 23 June 2009. The initiative has been led by IPS on behalf of Government and involved more than 12 departments and agencies. Building on a wide range of work already underway (including Directgov and the National Identity Service), it aims to deliver a common framework for the use and handling of individuals’ identity information. The full version of the strategy is here

About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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