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Intelligence and co-creation in Smart Specialisation Strategies: Towards the next stage of RIS3

The white paper on “Intelligence and Co-creation in Smart Specialisation Strategies’ outlines some key conclusions from the Online S3 project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. The Online S3 project has produced an online platform composed of software applications and roadmaps that facilitate the design and implementation of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

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Blockchains Unchained

The working paper Blockchains unchained blockchain technology and its use in the public sector, produced by OECD, tries to work as a guide to equip public servants with the necessary knowledge to understand what the Blockchain architecture is, the implications it could have on government services, and the opportunities and challenges governments may face as a result. Moreover, it also tries to clear what the Blockchain architecture is not to help policy makers look past the hype and determine whether Blockchain technology is something that may help them advance their missions. Continue reading

Blockchain and distributed ledgers

The white paper Blockchain and distributed ledgers, produced by ILNAS and ANEC, tries to shed light in a variety of aspects related to blockchain technology and its impacts on economics and businesses. The main questions arising in this report refer to: existing features, differences and similarities in major blockchain platforms; the ways in which will blockchain affect different economic sectors; emerging benefits of adopting blockchain within a given business; recent developments in blockchain technical standardization; and, existing sets of standards that are relevant to this technology. Continue reading

Book: Information Innovation Technology in Smart Cities

This book presents a series of information technologies that provide better living conditions in the cities of tomorrow. It brings together research findings from 27 countries across the globe, from academia, industry and government. It addresses a number of crucial topics in state of the arts of technologies and solutions related to smart cities, including big data and cloud computing, collaborative platforms, communication infrastructures, smart health, sustainable development and energy management. Continue reading

The Top 30 Government Innovations οf 2017

In this guide, published by GovLoop, you’ll find examples across six areas ‘“ cloud computing, cybersecurity, digital customer service, IT  modernization, procurement and workforce ‘“ of programs, leaders, technologies and more that are truly changing the face of government in the US.   In an era of increasing cyber-threats, workforce changes and uncertainty, these innovations are better serving citizens, creating efficiencies, doing more with less and helping communities. Continue reading

Estonia, the Digital Republic

E-Estonia is the most ambitious project in technological statecraft today, for it includes all members of the government, and alters citizens’ daily lives. The normal services that government is involved with’”legislation, voting, education, justice, health care, banking, taxes, policing, and so on’”have been digitally linked across one platform, wiring up the nation. Nathan Heller writes in New Yorker Magazine about Estonian government’ s achievement to be virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Continue reading

Connected Urban Growth: Public-Private Collaborations for Transforming Urban Mobility

The working paper “Connected Urban Growth: Public-Private Collaborations for Transforming Urban Mobility”   presents a working definition of the term new mobility services, which encompasses a broad set of emerging operating models and technologies that are intended to improve the performance of urban transportation systems. It also presents the first global survey of new mobility services, and identifies emerging trends and opportunities for decision-makers in both the public and private sectors. Continue reading