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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The GCC eGovernment Award: The Winners List

In a festive ceremony in Kuwait this week at inauguration of the GCC eGovernment Conference, the results of the 2nd GCC eGovernment Award were announced. The six GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman , Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE ) had nominated more than 85 applications to the award’s six categories. UAE and Oman have won all the 6 awards (3 for each). Here are the full winners list:

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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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