International Cooperation

First Technical Assistance Mission to the National Assembly of Seychelles

In the framework of the project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments”, a technical mission was conducted to the National Assembly of Seychelles (4 to 9 September 2011) by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and the SADC Parliamentary Forum, with support from an expert from the Parliament of Finland.

Session 4 - Web 2.0 to increase use of digital resources

Time slot: 
16:00 - 17:30
Panelists
Panelists: 
Moira Fraser, Chair, IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments, and Chief Librarian, Parliament of New Zealand
Soledad Ferreiro, Director of the Library, National Congress of Chile

Session 3 - Capture, management and dissemination of digital resources

Time slot: 
14:00 - 15:30
Panelists
Panelists: 
Alenka Kavčič-Čolić, Secretary, IFLA Information Technology Section, and Head of the Research and Development Unit, National and University Library of Slovenia
Adolfo Furtado, Director of the Centre for Documentation and Information, Chamber of Deputies of Brazil

Session 2 - Creating a digital library

Time slot: 
11:30 - 13:00
Panelists
Panelists: 
Edmund Balnaves, Information Coordinator, IFLA Information Technology Section
Simone Bastos Vieira, Director of the Library, Federal Senate of Brazil

Session 1 - Introduction into concepts and practices of managing digital library sources

Time slot: 
09:30 - 11:00
Panelists
Panelists: 
Edmund Balnaves, Information Coordinator, IFLA Information Technology Section
Donna Scheeder, Member of the Governing Board of IFLA, and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress of the United States of America

Technical Assistance Mission to the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda

In the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Caribbean Parliaments”, a technical mission was conducted to the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda (25 to 28 July 2011) to carry out an assessment of the status of ICT in the Assembly and make initial recommendation for the ICT Strategic Plan. The mission team was composed by a senior expert on ICT in Parliament and IT experts from the House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago and CARICAD.

Technical Assistance Mission to the House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

In the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Caribbean Parliaments”, a technical mission was conducted to the House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (19 to 22 July 2011) to carry out an assessment of the status of ICT in the Assembly and make initial recommendation for the ICT Strategic Plan. The mission team was composed by a senior expert on ICT in Parliament and IT experts from the House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago and CARICAD.

Secretary Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister to Launch Open Government Partnership on July 12

Source: 
U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota will announce the Open Government Partnership (OGP) at a high-level meeting of governments and civil society at the Department of State on July 12, 2011. The Open Government Partnership is a new, multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

First High-level meeting of the Open Government Partnership

Date: 
Tue, 12/07/2011

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable. A multi-stakeholder International Steering Committee, co-chaired by the United States and Brazil in its inaugural year, is comprised of government and civil society representatives from around the world.

Japan to fine or jail computer virus creators

Source: 
AFP
Japan will punish people who create or wilfully spread computer viruses with fines and prison terms of up to three years under a new law enacted by parliament. Under the law, police can seize email communication logs of suspects from Internet service providers, among other information. The action, which has met with opposition from privacy and free speech advocates, brings Japan a step closer to concluding the Convention on Cybercrime, a Europe-led effort.

Technical Assistance Mission to the National Assembly of Guyana

In the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Caribbean  Parliaments”, a technical mission was conducted to the National Assembly of Guyana (13 to 17 June 2011) to carry out an assessment of the state of ICT of the  Assembly. The mission team was composed by a Senior Advisor of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and IT experts from the National Assembly of Panama and CARICAD.

Technical Assistance Mission to the House of Assembly of Dominica

A technical mission was conducted to the House of Assembly of Dominica from 6 to 10 June 2011. The mission  aimed to carry out an assessment of the state of ICT of the House of Assembly and to outline gaps and opportunities for future strategic recommendations for its improvement. The mission team was composed by a Senior Advisor of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and an IT expert from the National Assembly of Panama.

Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry

Source: 
New York Times
The expertise behind the attack, according to law enforcement officials and security experts, is a sign of what is likely to be a wave of more and more sophisticated breaches by high-tech thieves hungry for credit card numbers and other confidential information. That is because demand for the data is on the rise. In 2008, the underground market for the data was flooded with more than 360 million stolen personal records, most of them credit and debit files.

Mass arrests across Asia over phone scam network

Source: 
AFP
Hundreds of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals have been arrested across Asia in an international operation targeting telephone scam artists, officials in several countries said. Most of the arrests were in Indonesia and Cambodia where 177 and 166 people respectively were held in a cross-border crackdown on criminals using Internet phone services to trick thousands of victims across the region out of money.

Technical Assistance Mission to the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic

The technical mission to the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic was conducted from 28 February to 4 March 2011. With the assistance of the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico and the Senate of Chile, the mission aimed to assess the current state of ICT in the Chamber of Deputies, what challenges it faces, and what objectives it has for the use of technology.

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