June 2007


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3,334 crore IndIan rupees has been approved by the Government for the establishment of State Wide Area Networks (SWANs) over a period of 5 years. These SWANs would extend data  connectivity of 2 Mega bits per second up to the block level in all States and Union Territories in India.
Source: http://www.mit.gov.in/annualreport2005-06.pdf

880,000 montHly Internet users are there in Slovenia that access the World Wide Web with PC, according to the RIS 2006 survey. There are 90,000 people who get online with mobile phone.  More users are visiting e-Government websites, but respondents still complain that they are not sufficiently informed of the e-Government services and there are problems with usability and integration of certificates.
Source: http://Slovenia.riS.org/index.php?fl=1&nt=9&Sid=222

1,782 government websites in 198 different nations were analysed during 2006. 29% of  government websites offered fully executable online services. 94% of websites provided access  to publications and 72% had links to databases. 26% showed privacy policies, while 14% had  security policies. 23% of government websites also had some form of disability access.
Source: http://www.inSidepoliticS.org/egovt06int.pdf

51,000 are the number of His-b users i.e., there are three lucky persons in every 10,000  Pakistanis, according to the recent statistics of Pakistan Telecom Authority. In terms of  percentage of total Internet users of the country estimated between 3 to 5 million, only 1.6%  are currently using broadband, a disappointing figure even if compared to the standards of  least developing countries.
Source: http://www.thenewS.com.pk/daily_detail.aSp?id=45010

940,000 estonians voted in the parliamentary election by casting their ballot online through  the Internet. Estonia has pushed the boundaries of technology and democracy a step further  by holding the world’s first parliamentary e-lection, in which voters can cast their ballots  online.
Source: http://cooltech.iafrica.com/technewS/641307.htm

5 billion Indian rupees has been allocated by the Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram  during the 2007-08 budget for improving the efficiency, convenience and transparency of e-Governance. The Government of India has announced that it would launch more ambitious  e-Governance programmes to increase its service to the common man.
Source: http://www.newkerala.com/newS4.php?action=fullnewS&id=11 0942

9.6 millioneuro has been approved in funding by the European commission to develop the  next generation of European powerline technology, which uses national electricity grids to  carry data communications and provide Internet access. The funding is a part of the Sixth  Framework Programme (FP6), and would go to the Open PLC European Research Alliance  (OPERA) to support field deployments in Europe based on the first open specification for  broadband access over Power Line Communications.
Source: http://cordiS.europa.eu/fetch?caller=en_newS&action=d&SeSSi on=&rcn=27191

50 bilKorean Won would be invested in information security by Korea’s Ministry of    Government Administration and Home Affairs. The Government would expand the information security infrastructure of e-Government and strengthen the punishment for misuse and abuse of personal information.
Source:http://www.ddaily.co.kr/engliSh/?fn=view&article_num=210830, 7204,21063915%5e26199%5e%5enbv%5e15306-15319,00.html

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