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Breaking: UN eGovernment Survey 2012 is out: UAE Tops Arab World and ranked top 10 in online servicesally

The United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) has just revealed the United Nations eGovernment Survey 2012 in New York. ِAccording to the UN eGovernment Index – a major component of the report that ranks the world countries covered by the report according to the advancement of their eGovernment programs  – UAE is now ranked 29th globally and tops all Arab countries.

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تجربة منتديات منطقة الشارقة التعليمية

مقال ضيف بقلم حصه الباهلي

من خلال عملي في مجال البحث الإعلامي التقليدي والمجتمعي مررت على منتديات منطقة الشارقة التعليمية والتي بدورها تتبع وزارة التربية والتعليم. الموقع يجسد فكرة التواصل الاجتماعي من خلال خلق بوابة مجتمعية ناجحة توفر جميع متطلبات الجمهور وتوفر لهم منصة للتواصل بطريقة مباشرة معها كهيئة حكومية من جهة، ومع الجمهور من المعلمين، الأكاديميين، الطلبة، وأولياء الأمور من جهة أخرى.  تجربة ناجحة يجدر في هذا المقام الإشارة إليها وتبيين نقاط النجاح فيها.

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From Cloud Computing 2011 to Open Data 2012: Research in Progress

My research activities for 2011 are just wrapping up in an exciting way,  I’ve just published a paper on cloud computing and started working on another one on Open Government Data.

The first one covers the shift towards cloud computing by UAE eGovernment, it describes the local context in which this shift is being made and the driving opportunities. In addition, it presents the first wave of deployed cloud services, the possible challenges in managing and marketing them and conclude with recommended solutions.

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Social Media and Arab Women’s Empowerment – New Report

A new report issued today by Dubai School of Government aimed at exploring the possible role social media platforms play in empowering the Arab women. This third issue of the Arab Social Media Report (ASMR) series explores the factors behind the low usage rates of social media among Arab women as compared to the men’s usage and the global women average. In addition, the report highlights how Arab women perceive social media and some key usage trends, the report features cases like the Saudi’s Women 2 Drive campaign  on Twitter and Facebook  and the HarrasMap initiative in Egypt.

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Is a wide ban on using smart devices in Saudi’s public sector the best choice?

The Saudi Gazette recently reported that “Government may ban all its employees from using smartphones and tablets, such as iPhones, iPads, and BlackBerry devices, during working hours after receiving complaints from the public“.

The paper offered no details about the  complaints received but inserted its comment: “It is quite common to find government employees at numerous service-based government agencies answering their mobiles and, in many cases, leaving the office to answer personal calls“.

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من تويتر إلى جميرا

في اليوم الأخير من عطلة الاحتفال باليوم الوطني الأربعين لدولة الامارات العربية المتحدة ، ازدحم تويتر بالوسم (#CleaningJumierah) وهو الوسم الخاص بمبادرة لتنظيف شوارع منطقة جميرا في دبي من مخلفات الاحتفال بهذه المناسبة.  بدأت المبادرة بدعوة من (7ooreed@)  على تويتر صباح السبت والتي حددت في تغرديتها مكان وزمان التجمع لبدء حملة التنظيف ثم بادرت بنفسها بالوصول إلى المكان والبدء في التنظيف، وبسرعة انتشرت التغريدة ومعها الوسم بين المغردين في جميرا ومناطق أخرى في دبي والذين سارع كثير منهم للانضمام إلى المبادرة والمشاركة في تنظيف جميرا.

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GCC eGovernment Award: Towards a Platform for Collaboration

I’m writing this post from Dubai Airport while waiting for my flight to Kuwait to join the jury sessions of the 2nd GCC eGovernment Award.  The award aims at recognizing the best eGovernment practices in the six Gulf Cooperation Coucnil (GCC) countries: Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Each country has already nominated a list of these practices for the competition and UAE has picked 15 nominations.

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Southern Sudan Declares Independence

I rarely discuss politics online but today is an exceptional day and it’s way beyond politics, my home country Sudan is officially split into two states as the State of Southern Sudan officially declared independence a few hours ago. This is the most important and influential development in Sudan modern history since the Independence Day in Jan 1st, 1956.

Personally, I cordially congratulate the people of Southern Sudan (our new neighbors!) and wish them all the best in building their emerging state.

For more information about the new state, you can visit the official website of Government of Southern Sudan where you can also find details about the official ceremony in the independence day.

The Map of Sudan and Southern Sudan