The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 aims to prevent New Zealand becoming a haven for spammers by prohibiting unsolicited commercial electronic messages and requiring senders of commercial electronic messages to include accurate sender information and a functional unsubscribe facility.
According to a recent press release published by UNCTAD, the organization has developed a new statistical Website to help developing countries use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to stimulate Economic growth. Twelve years ago, a young Brazilian woman started a swimwear factory with an investment of US$1,000. Continuous improvement in managerial skills, and the use of such tools as e-commerce, has turned the undertaking into a successful enterprise that now has 20 employees and exports 35% of its products to Europe and the United States. The process has been boosted by Government policies intended to encourage the adoption of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by Brazilian firms, and Government officials have been monitoring the effectiveness of their policies by collecting and analyzing statistics. To capitalize on the opportunities ICT offers, and to enable Governments to make informed decisions that increase ICT´s impact on economic growth, UNCTAD has expanded its efforts to help developing countries collect statistics and set up effective ICT policies. The UNCTAD subsite http://measuring-ict.unctad.org has been redesigned to better match national statistical offices (NSOs) needs in offering key information on ICT data collection and dissemination.
The Slovenian Government has adopted an eGovernment Action Plan, set to run until 2010. The plan is a central element of the SEP-2010 strategy (eGovernment Strategy of the Republic of Slovenia 2006 to 2010) adopted by the Government in April 2006.
The primary aim of the Action Plan is to give concrete form to the implementation and monitoring of the SEP-2010 eGovernment strategy in Slovenia. The Action Plan concerns all eGovernment projects and eServices put forward in SEP-2010 and provides detailed updates on the progress made so far. It also provides examples of good practice and a general overview of the advancement of eGovernment in Slovenia, comparing it with progress in other parts of the European Union.
To ensure transparency, particular care was taken in selecting the most appropriate processes, organisational solutions, tools, IT solutions and methodologies to be used throughout the plan. These are essential for the successful development of eGovernment in the future. They also allow for mistakes that occur while developing new eServices to be corrected along the way, taking account of European and international standards.
A secondary goal of the action plan is to provide new impetus to the development of eServices that are considered necessary but that have so far been delayed. In particular, those based on joint EU projects, using a shared architecture and common European standards, as well as those necessary for the internal functioning of the Slovenian Government.
In January 2007, IATP in Moldova launched its new sub-project offering IT and personal developing training to young women - Tech Age Girls – Moldova (TAG Moldova) of the Republic of Moldova. Moldova is one of the post-Soviet countries with pressing human trafficking problem. Lots of Moldovan girls from disadvantaged families, from smaller towns, with less access to information, are looking for a job abroad, and often end up in illegal businesses. Without access to information, these categories of young women lack necessary knowledge to enroll to university, or necessary skills to get a job in their hometown. Part of the employment problem for women is also a fact that they are traditionally considered less technically competent than men; this prejudice often prevents young women themselves from focusing on achieving necessary level of computer literacy. TAG Project aims to help address the situation described above by providing encouragement and training to girls of disadvantaged families, smaller towns and rural areas.
A survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project discovered that 34 percent of Internet users in the U.S.
have used a wireless connection to surf the Web or check e-mail. The figures were up from February 2004, when 22 percent of Internet users said they had gone online using a wireless device.