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    and primary population center is the hotbed of the phenomenon Year on year the number of subscribers grew 59 from 2000 to 2001 According to the OECD there were 23 million broadband users in Korea by the end of 2001 50 of the online population including 8 million individual subscriptions This achievement is the product of strong government policy in support of broadband services Three years ago the Ministry of Information and Communications made broadband infrastructure a high priority reflecting the goals of President Kim Dae Jung The government began to invest in networks for its agencies schools and universities and offered US 400 million in loans to carriers for infrastructure construction This led first Korea Telecom and then its competitors to invest an estimated 10 billion in network development Pointing the Way Today there are more than 70 broadband service providers led by Korea Telecom Hanaro Telecom and Korea Thrunet These leaders have bundled content along with access in an effort to build usage The nine key Internet access applications are online gaming Internet telephony e learning movies on demand finance shopping broadcasting chat and music Under the combined pressure of government policy and competition access prices are kept

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    what he called a CyberCity The first phase of the project 1999 2002 focused on building broadband infrastructure and using the Internet to improve public services The city invested an average of US 75 million per year to install PCs on the desks of all employees at leading government agencies deploy a city wide electronic document system that saved US 7 5 million per year and create hundreds of online applications ranging from requests for service to complaints about parking violations An e schools effort placed at least one PC with broadband connectivity in every classroom created computer labs in 250 schools and trained teachers in PC and Internet skills An e communities project provided free PC and Internet training to 240 000 people and established 800 public Internet kiosks throughout the city An online Intelligent Transportation System was developed to monitor traffic flow guide drivers to available parking and improve taxi safety and an EasyCard multi function pass for Taipei s Mass Rapid Transit System attracted new riders To date the system has issued over 5 7 million cards Phase Two Brings Second Top Seven Ranking For these efforts Taipei was named one of ICF s Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2003 In 2006 ICF recognizes Taipei for taking its CyberCity program to the next level by making broadband connectivity an essential component of life for its citizens and businesses and using it to transform the economy of the city The second phase of the CyberCity program 2003 2006 has focused on several priorities The first was to better integrate broadband and online services into citizens lives By May 2005 84 of the government s total document traffic was moving through its electronic document exchange Its Internet portal was offering over 400 services used by an average of 3 500 citizens per day and over 5 200 small to midsize companies had created Web sites on a free Taipei Business Net portal In the longer term Taipei aims to encourage development of better Chinese computer interfaces and expand content and applications suited to Chinese tradition These advances will not only foster broadband use by citizens but will provide an opportunity for Taipei s companies to more easily access business opportunities in greater China Knowledge Workers A second priority was to shorten the time and resources needed to turn students into productive knowledge workers The most crucial challenge faced by Taipei s companies is the last mile between school and industry To that end every four years over US 93 million is earmarked to fund IT education in Taipei IT skills are widely taught in elementary schools high schools and universities as well as business incubators Microsoft selected Taipei as the world s first location for its Future School Program Cisco is implementing its Network Academy in Taiwan which has attracted participation from 79 Taiwanese companies and provided training to 16 000 students The government has also created Taipei e University to provide online training in academic theory and hands

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    access Internet even farther Meanwhile time and enlightened policy had begun to heal the country s manufacturers After privatization and a painful restructuring the surviving traditional businesses in machine building metal processing textiles food and furniture found new markets in Western Europe and North America New foreign direct investment went into the manufacturing of electronics automotive components and maritime services More investment went into rebuilding the Port of Tallinn and the Tallinn International Airport to bring them up to international standards The volume of goods moving through the airport jumped 120 from 2007 to 2008 and trade through the port outpaced Helsinki Gdansk and Riga Attracting Human and Financial Capital It was all very exciting but Tallinn s government understood that it was not enough If Tallinn was to grow at a pace sufficient to raise standards of living to the levels of Western Europe it needed to attract foreign investment new businesses and skilled people on a major scale That meant reinventing the medieval seaport city as a new center of the Broadband Economy National initiatives continued to provide a strong wind beneath Tallinn s wings The Estonia government introduced e government in 1998 and continued to expand and improve it Today laws move in 100 electronic form through the legislative process The government also introduced an electronic ID card and developed a data secu rity system to support safe e commerce The ID card is a mandatory document for all Estonians over the age of 15 and 1 1 million cards were issued through October 2007 In addition to providing visual identification and a legally valid digital signature the card can be used as a ticket on public transport as a bank card and as an authorization card for online voting The government also created an e government middleware platform called X Road winner of ICF s 2008 Founders Award to bridge the many databases and systems that were springing up in different departments X Road not only allows different systems to talk to each other securely but includes standard tools to speed the development of new online services It now takes from a few hours to a few days at a cost of US 1 000 to 10 000 to develop a new service X Road has become the backbone for all e government services in Estonia In Tallinn the Council set up an e Meeting system that permits members of government to participate in meetings regardless of their location An e School platform introduced in 2006 offers a common environment for managing the municipal school curriculum and provides real time data exchange between students parents and teachers The Youth Sport Activities Support System also introduced in 2006 now registers 20 000 children per year with over 250 local sports clubs Residents pay for parking via mobile phone and the Municipal School Health System which entered development in 2008 will provide a secure online health management system for doctors patients students and schools Ninety five percent of

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    regularly participate remotely today In 2002 Issy created a Participative Budget Making Platform that enables citizens to help in setting local investment priorities Its latest generation includes an online game for children 7 to 14 that chalenges them to test their knowledge of local finances Service was expanded in 2005 with the IRIS citizen relationship management system through which citizens could make inquiries or lodge complaints online via telephone email or mail Today the portal www issy com was providing local news online public procurement online applications for certificates and permits access to more than 15 000 documents and was receiving over 1 million visits per year By 2010 Issy had extended e government to the mobile user with mobile phone payment of parking fees and an array of mobile remote support services for the elderly As a result of this rich array of offerings nine out of ten Issy citizens are daily users of the Internet and 98 told a pollster that it has fundamentally changed their lives Betting on Broadband The Santini administration also dared to place big bets on the future In 1998 the city made headlines by deciding to outsource its entire IT infrastructure to Euriware a 10 year old Paris company The goal was to create an efficient service organization that could quickly turn ideas from municipal departments into reality Mayor Santini promoted it as the first essential step in transforming Issy into a digital city The following year the state owned France Telecom lost its monopoly on telecommunications The history of liberalization in telecom has been mixed at best It has succeeded in lowering prices particularly for long distance service but has failed in local markets around the world to loosen the grip of incumbents Not so in Issy because well before the deadline Mayor Santini s team launched negotiations with alternative carriers which agreed to enter public private partnerships with Issy to deploy networks As a result on the same day that the monopoly ended Issue became the first city in France to offer businesses a choice of carriers Over the next decade as it continued to welcome competitors Issy gained a total of six alternative broadband networks passing 100 of businesses government agencies institutions and households Issy also operates a network of 100 WiFi access points with speeds up to 20 Mbps around the city Today 85 of Issy s 35 000 households have broadband connections compared with the French average of 70 With a robust broadband infrastructure in place Issy s government has concentrated on encouraging citizens and businesses to make it an essential part of their life and work Cyber Kindergartens provide parents with access to in class Webcams that let them check on their children whenever they want Issy TV which garnered 400 000 hits in the year of its launch in 2009 has a successful series called Issy 2 0 which shows the daily life of citizens in the digital era Computer training courses are provided to all

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    quality and availability of care at a lower total cost Track Record in Collaboration Some partnering some pre commercial testing some cost sharing at first glance the BHI projects sound worthy but hardly enough to light up the night But that is the Brainport method Bring together the players from business government institutions and citizens groups Figure out specific projects on which they can cooperate for clear mutual benefit Then manage the projects carefully until they produce results and gain the ability to become self sustaining The range of Brainport projects is extraordinarily wide The Automative Technology Center involves 125 organizations in collaborative projects that from 2005 to 2008 generated 4 5m in new investment The start up of new high tech systems and ICT companies is stimulated by incubators with names like Catalyst Beta II and the Device Process Building Design Connection Brainport manages a wide range of projects in design and technology in order to encourage the industrial design expertise that is as essential as information technology to all of the SRE s industrial clusters Paradigit is a systems integrator founded in a university dormitory that built a fast growing business producing build to order PCs and name brand systems Through membership in Brainport the company identified an opportunity that turned into a program called SKOOL This program pro vides over 800 Dutch primary schools with a combination of hardware and software that vastly simplifies the integration of information technology into education Students receive SKOOL laptops from Paradigit When students start up the laptops for the first time the systems automatically connect to the SKOOL server download all of the applications specified for that school and configure themselves SKOOL provides remote management of all servers and PCs at its client schools as well as an online interface for students and teachers to communicate and share content securely So bullet proof are the hardware and software that SKOOL s technical support department consists of just three people The Taskforce Technology Education and Employment program abbreviated TTOA in Dutch focuses on promoting the interest of young people in engineering attracting foreign knowledge workers career counseling and lifelong learning A project called Technific has created an award winning game called Medical Investigators in which the student is an investigator accused of committing a crime His goal is to prove his innocence by collecting evidence throughout the game using an electron microscope infrared equipment and DNA testing Each completed experiment helps the students advance to the next level Another 1 500 kids take part in BrainTrigger in which they work with local companies to develop innovative solutions in the fields of sustainability mobility safety and health Responding to Crisis As the financial crisis gripped the region TTOA funded research projects for more than 2 000 workers who faced layoffs in order to preserve their skills until the economy recovered An additional 670 000 went to retraining personnel within businesses A Dutch entrepreneurs organization identified Helmond the SRE s second largest city as

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    decided to pursue an unusual model in telecommunications The city owned company Stokab started in 1994 to build a fiber optic network throughout the municipality as a level playing field for all operators Stokab dug up the streets once to install conduit and run fiber closed them up and began offering dark fiber capacity to carriers for less than it would cost them to install it themselves Today the 1 2 million kilometer 720 000 mile network has more than 90 operators and 450 enterprises as primary customers and is now in the final year of a three year project to bring fiber to 100 of public housing which is expected to add 95 000 households to the network Stockholm s Mayor has set a goal of connecting 90 of all households to fiber by 2012 As an information utility the Stokab network has become an engine for driving efficiency in every aspect of government The City s Web site hosts a huge range of applications through which citizens can request and receive service online from applying for social housing for the elderly to a schools portal that facilitates collaboration among students teachers school administrators and parents or guardians Over 95 of renters use the housing department s portal to find apartments and the library portal provides online access to the content of 44 individual libraries After pilot projects in 2005 the city has also instituted a contact center to handle inquiries and complaints from offline citizens and to support users of e services There is a special telephone line for the elderly to call Much of the efficiency gain happens inside the walls of government offices Stockholm uses a Web based tool to manage its operations at all levels from the Municipal Assembly to schools and housing for the elderly The system aims to automate routine administrative tasks such as accounts payable and applying for vacation time and encourage collaboration across agencies Citizens can follow City Council meetings through Internet video Internet radio and broadcast radio as well as having online access to the minutes and documents of each meeting The city is investing about 650 million kronor 59m Euros or US 72 2m in developing the various services and in using IT to reduce operating costs and improve citizen services To prevent redundant investments Stockholm has introduced a coordination program through which agencies apply for funding for e service projects from a central office In 2007 the City of Stockholm published Vision 2030 identifying the key characteristics the city aimed to have by that year In 2030 according to the plan Stockholm would be a world class metropolis offering a rich urban living experience the center of an internationally competitive innovation region and a place where citizens enjoyed a broad range of high quality cost effective social services All employees of the city receive online training three times per year on the goals of the program and the changing nature of their responsibilities The city also uses Web

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    formation in the new sectors A government funded Business Gateway project began providing e business training and support to small and midsize companies helping to improve the e readiness of nearly 600 companies in 2004 and 2005 Moving in synch Dundee s universities established graduate business incubators and policies promoting the spin out of new companies The University of Abertay Dundee opened the IC CAVE research center to support the computer game and digital entertainment sector A 20 million US 40m Digital Media Park entered into development and by 2007 opened its first phase consisting of 100 000 sq feet 9290 m 2 of space for e businesses Two new marketing partnerships bringing together public private and academic leaders launched Web sites e newsletters and conferences promoting BioDundee to attract life science companies and Interactive Tayside to the digital media sector Several Scottish investment programs support these efforts including Proof of Concept which funds pre commercial research and SMART SPUR which issues grants to small to midsize businesses to develop innovative and commercially viable products and processes By 2007 the life sciences sector employed 3 900 people including 300 scientists from across the world Wyeth Pharmaceuticals announced that it would locate the world s first translational medical research center in the city Meanwhile over 380 digital media businesses have opened or moved into the Tayside region compared with 150 in 2000 They employ more than 3 000 people and generate over 100 million US 198m in annual sales Discovery Card Dundee has also taken digital technology to the people The City Council s Web site began offering online payment and processes to the public in 2002 and by 2007 had collected 25 million US 50m in taxes and fees With more than 60 online applications the Web site is used by 32 of Dundee s population and received satisfactory rankings from 86 of users In 2006 alone it processed 60 000 transactions and collected over 8 million 16m Behind the public face of the Web Dundee developed a comprehensive approach to its digital relationship with citizens It established a Citizen Account database system that captured data on citizens with their permission and used it to pre fill online forms Some of the data was amassed through issuance of the Dundee Discovery Card which replaced 10 separate card related services in the city for everything from bus service and parking to social services The Discovery Card was the first example in Scotland of a university Abertay and City Council sharing a single card for their different purposes One of the outstanding benefits of the Discovery Card in the eyes of the City Council is that it eliminates the social stigma attached to social services cards for low income residents So popular has it become with 44 000 cards issued used by 87 of 12 18 year olds for school meals and bus travel and 85 of 60 year olds for leisure access and bus travel that the Scottish Government decided to

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