In brief: NITA unveils new awards; UCC steps up war on cybercrime
The National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U) has introduced new Awards dubbed eGovernment Excellence Awards aimed at motivating government agencies and ministries to put more energy into the efforts towards ramping up digital services.
Launched under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”, the Awards’ main objective is “to share experiences with various Government entities from across the country, who share a vision of innovative administration, access to information and enhanced service delivery through the application of E-Government,” said James Saaka, the executive director of NITA-U.
Through eGovernment Excellence Awards, the Authority also wants to create awareness of eGovernment services, drive adoption and use of eGovernment services.
Additionally, NITA-U wants to understand how ICTs can help transform Uganda and accelerate the country’s job & wealth creation and socio-economic development as well as celebrate achievements in e-government and public service delivery Services.
Statistics from the Authority show that there has been a major boost in government online presence, with 98% of MDAs and LGs having fully functional websites and 319 government applications are up and running.
81 e-government services have been rolled out and are accessible through the e-citizens portal www.ecitizen.go.ug, according to the statistics.
A recent report by the Uganda Communications Commission also indicated a 38% increase in internet penetration and the National IT survey (2017/2018) revealed that almost 24.8 million Ugandans own mobile phones.
As part of the E-Government Excellence Awards, NITA-U will hold a month-long campaign culminating into a two-day award ceremony. The activities will commence on Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 and run up to Thursday, 4th April 2019.
UCC toughens war on cybercrime
As new waves of cybercrimes continue to emerge, UCC has partnered with law enforcement officers to operate a unit that will reinforce the crackdown on Internet-based criminals.
The Commission revealed the development through a tweet as the world celebrate the Safe Internet Day on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
.@UCC_Official has established a Prosecution and Litigation Unit supported by a Police investigations unit to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes. Turnaround time for communication related prosecutions has reduced#SaferInternetDay2019 #SaferInternetDayUG pic.twitter.com/4zHfYmha3z
— UCC (@UCC_Official) February 5, 2019
This comes after NITA-U recently partnered with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to train the Uganda Police’s Criminal Investigations Department on investigating cybercrime.