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Joinup - Portugal adds services to its mobile app

Mobile phone app gives access to employment services

Portugal’s Agency for Administrative Modernisation (Agência para a Modernização Administrativa, AMA) has increased the number of eGovernment services that can be accessed through the agency’s smart phone application. Using mobile phones, users can now also access the employment services of the country’s Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP).

According to AMA the services were added following the revamp of the Simplex simplification and modernisation programme.

AMA is making its mobile app available for three different mobile phone operating systems, iOS, Windows Mobile and Android. These apps use Mapa do Cidadão, displaying the country’s eGovernment services centres (Espaços do Cidadão) on a geographic map. This lets users find the nearest service centre and, depending on the kind of service selected, lists document and information requirements, and provides the opportunity to schedule appointments.

By adding IEFP’s employment services, Simplex is taking another step towards creating a one-stop-shop eGovernment services point. IEFP helps the unemployed to find work, and offers HR services to employers.

Read the original article at Joinup - City as a Platform: How It Changes Governance

City as a Platform

How It Changes Governance

What is the future role of city governments? As digital technologies are changing the way we interact with each other, cities have to undergo a transition as well. Tomorrow’s government is not merely a centralised, rule-driven body, but enables and facilitates citizen-led innovation through an open ecosystem, called ‘city as a platform’.

We often expect our governments to do things, but we should also think of the government as a platform that lets things happen. That’s the transition we are currently undergoing under the sophisticated name of ‘City as a Platform’. Thanks to the omnipresent connectivity through Internet, smartphones and other sources of data, the “smartest” city is the city which knows how to leverage these digital networks in the most intelligent ways.


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European Commission - eGovernment in the European Union

Percentage of individuals using the internet for interacting with public authorities in EU


Basic data and indicators

> Population (1 000): 508,450,856 inhabitants (2015)

> GDP at market prices: 14,625,372.9 million EUR (2015)

> GDP growth rate: 1.9% (2015)

> Inflation rate: 0.0% (2015)

> Unemployment rate: 9.4% (2015)

> General government gross debt (Percentage of GDP): 85.2% (2015)

> General government deficit/surplus (Percentage of GDP): - 2.4 % (2015)

> Area: 4,306,585 km2

Source: Eurostat (last update: 21 April 2016)

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United Nations News - E-government a powerful tool to implement global sustainability goals, UN survey finds

E-government a powerful tool to implement global sustainability goals, UN survey finds

A new United Nations report has found that e-government is an effective tool for facilitating integrated policies and public service by promoting accountable and transparent institutions, such as through open data and participatory decision-making, and therefore it has the potential to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“For ICTs [information and communication technologies] to truly transform the public sector into an instrument of sustainable development, efficiency in service delivery must be also coupled with social equity and ensuring that all people can access quality services,” wrote Wu Hongbo, the top UN official on economic and social matters, in his foreword to the report.

“Such efforts are vital to making sure that the sustainable development goals are at the centre of all government policies and of public management and that no one is left behind,” he added.

The report 2016 UN E-Government Survey, produced every two years by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, is the only global report that assesses the e-government development status of all 193 Member States of the UN.

Source: United Nations News Center

Poster's source: UN in collaboration with Project Everyone

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TEDxWarsaw - "Open Data: why it is better to know than not to know?" by Alicja Peszkowska

Open Data: why it is better to know than not to know?

A talk about the significance of open data and the impact of open data based applications on our everyday life.

Alicja Peszkowska mentioned that: 

"Open data is not just another password.. It is important because you can do magic with information and most of all you can understand.. And once you understand you can make choices. It is really better to know than not to know because information is power."


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Watch Alicja Peszkowska talk at TEDxWarsaw on Youtube