Collaborative E-procurement

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At the afternoon session “Collaborative E-procurement: ICT Empowering Citizens, Businesses and Public Authorities,” Chair Francisco Garcia Moran started by speaking on the benefits.  For example, on the buyer-oriented side,  companies can learn from each other how to modernize; on the supplier side, they can gain customers and scale down to a single point of contact.

Moderator Angela Russo of CONSIP posed two questions to all panelists: What has changed since governmentsts have used eProcurement, and what are the major benefits?

Chong Suk-Kang of the Public Procurement Service (PPS) spoke on Korea’s ON-line E-Procurement System (KONEPS) and its divisions of e-bidding, e-contracting, e-payment, and the online shopping mall.  KONEPS has enhanced efficiency and transparency and saved $8.1 billion in annual transaction costs.

Radu  Bogdan Savonea of SEAP said Romania’s Public Acquisitions Electronic System was created in 2002 and has processed 6 billion Euros worth of transactions.  SEAP was created because of the need for a more efficient system and transparency for public procurement.  Currently, 40% of bids are through electronic system.  They aim for 50% as soon as next year and 60-70% in 2012.  One of their ongoing goals is to make the system more user-friendly and accessible.

Kathleen Turco described GSA’s role: “We are like the middleman.”  One may be surprised to learn that GSA ranks #30 in Forbes 500.  This Administration’s High Priority Performance goals focus on sustainability, such as eliminating waste in operations.  They have created GSA Advantage!, a database of environmental products for sale.

The last speaker, Gian Luigi Albano, of CONSIP, lightened the discussion by joking that the individual time limit of 6 minutes was usually what one allowed to tell a joke.  He explained that public procurement is actually a very good tool to achieve strategic policies such as innovation, sustainability, and effects on the market structure.

Carabinieri Corps at the Global Forum 2010

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Representatives from the Embassy of Italy, Carabinieri Corps

Lt. Col. Giuseppe Battaglia, Maj. Gianluigi Me, Carabinieri Headquarters

Embassy of Italy, Carabinieri Corps


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In today’s digital age, citizens expect many public services to not only be available online, but to be utilized on demand via mobile devices.  As Samia Melhem discussed, this is most important in developing countries where many citizens have access to mobile phones but not proper sanitation.  Ms. Melhem, from the World Bank Group, said governments should “catch up” technologically with their citizens or fall behind in their credibility.

Extending beyond internet based voting systems, eGovernment allows for representative transparency and the empowerment of the civil servant.  For example, a sanitation crew in Nairobi could more efficiently plan their clean-up route when utilizing a photo from a mobile device from an involved citizen.  Assessing the work to be done based on the photo, as well as the time, date and location imprinted, the sanitation crew becomes empowered to provide a more efficient and timely service.

With the growing use of smarter, mobile devices, more pressure will be placed on public services from involved and empowered citizens.

A keynote focused on Internet voting

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Casting a ballot online seems simple in concept.

But the risks of implementation are still very high, said Anja Wyden Guelpa, Geneva State Chancellor in Sweden.

“The risks and countermeasures in Internet voting differ radically to what they are in electronic polling at polling stations,” Wyden Guelpa said. Ballots, she said, must be recorded, stored and counted correctly. This creates an problem with Internet votes because humans have access to online data, even if encrypted. “We must protect our data as it runs through the [voting] system.”

In Geneva, the government created an online voting technology, currently in test mode, that has successfully given people the ability to cast their ballot online. “We have a lot of other countries who are coming to Geneva to see our system,” she said to a question of whether the voting system could be licensed. “It’s a system that could be used in many places.”

Tom Wilkey, Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, said America is moving forward with online measures related to the elections process, but still, online voting is years away. Citizens can register to vote online in four U.S. states, he said, and that technology is catching on quickly but its use is “dependent upon local jurisdiction to be able to fund it.”

Wilkey also said some county registrars are jumping headfirst into social media. He suggested people visit and for two locations – Los Angeles and Orange County, respectively – that are active in social media.

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Other takeaways:

-ICT/IT created approximately 5 percent of global GDP growth between 2003 and 2008, according to Danilo Broggi, CEP of Consip S.p.A., Italy. This figure is expected to reach nearly 9 percent by 202o.

-The top 5 countries that invested in ICT: Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, U.S.A., Germany.

-“The advent of the cloud is clearly apparent. It really can be an enabler for transformation.” -Jean-Francois Junger, Head of Sector ICT for Government and Public Relations.

‘Digital Oxygen’

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That’s what Michael Bartholomew, Director of the European Telecommunications Network Operations Association, called broadband technology during today’s “Broadband: Ready to Invest” panel.

“It is absolutely essential to Europe’s economy and well-being,” he told the crowd. By 2020, he said, all households in Europe should have access to 30 Mbps, and half should be subscribing to 100 Mbps. “The goals are very ambitious, and given the current [economic] situation, it’s very challenging.”

But, Bartholomew said, “talk is cheap, and broadband is expensive.” And helping overcome this problem in the U.S. is Johnathan Adelstein, Rural Utilities Services Program Administrator at the Department of Agriculture. His office oversees the $2.5 billion from President Obama’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act that is dedicated to deploying broadband networks into lesser-served communities throughout the U.S.

“We are now doing for broadband what we did for electricity so many years ago,” he said. During the next few years, he said these fiber deployment projects will reach 6 million people in 46 states, 350,000 businesses and more than 1 million K-12 children, in addition to healthcare and higher education organizations.

Low income areas are the most targeted with the projects, he said. Still, he noted, large gaps in coverage will remain after the awards are given to communities.

The information and communications sector is a core driver for economic growth and job creation throughout Europe and the U.S.  Gabrielle Gauthey, EVP of Global Government & Public Affairs at Alcatel-Lucent, said government organizations should partner with private telecommunications companies to achieve ubiquitous coverage of high-speed connectivity and to tackle future challenges, such as ensuring low-income areas and older populations are served. Government can also foster new competition through  public-private partnerships, she said.

Driving growth in broadband are mobile devices, said Thomas J. Sugrue , vice president of Government Affairs at T-Mobile USA.  He called the need to open up more spectrum for U.S. telecom providers essential to industry growth. “Spectrum really is the lifeblood” of mobility, he said.

Also at the panel, IBM’s Steven Adler shared the InfoGov Community, which connects IT/ICT officials directly with thought leaders in world-leading enterprises. Learn more about the company’s program by clicking here.

Lastly, some eye-opening figures from Bartholomew: Just 1.2 percent of European households have fiber. In the U.S., that figure is 2.4 percent. And in Japan? 35 percent.

Facing Everyday Challenge of Cyber Security

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During the morning session “Safer Services in a Digital Society” many members of the distinguished panel called for an international standard in cyber security.  Through a public and private partnership, consumers should enjoy a “framework of trust” from one retailer or financial institution to another.  While Joe Jarzombek, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, called for more stringent regulation and accountability of software developers in today’s internet based, global market.  Mr. Jarzombek argues that many software programs in use today are being used outside of the developer’s original parameters.  Additionally, Willam Piatt of General Services Administration, suggested a global standard of privacy bill of rights, giving consumers the choice to “opt in” to lesser forms of privacy on the internet.  With so many differences of opinion on what actually constitutes cyber security, Dr. Julie Ryan called for an immediate, unified approach to this international threat.

Coffee Break

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Hugo Kerschot, IS Practice

Jeremy Millard, Danish Technological Institute

Jean-Francois Junger, European Commission

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Networking at the Global Forum 2010 on Monday Morning

Alfredo Ronchi and Jenee Andreev at the Global Forum 2010 Conference on Monday

From the Keynote “ICT: A Vision or the Next Generation”

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A photo from the keynote opening session as Yasuhiko Taniwaki, a division director at the Global ICT Strategy Bureau in Japan, discusses implementation of cloud computing in governments.

Beatrice Covassia Sees Cloud Governance as Priority

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Beatrice Covassi, Digital Agenda Counselor, EU Delegation to the U.S.: “The cloud knows no jurisdiction.” She said priorities for her are cloud governance  and security, and ICT for healthcare.

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