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    harnessing them in order to tap what it saw as enormous potential for growth More importantly it outlined how the government intended to help all citizens regardless of location background or income to benefit from technology and its potential Themes for Development Connecting Victoria established six themes for development building a learning society growing industries of the future boosting e commerce connecting communities improving infrastructure and access and promoting a new style of government And beginning in 2000 the state and private sector partners logged solid achievements in each of the six areas All teachers were provided with notebook computers and email accounts Schools began updating curricula to emphasize technology skills and made students aware of technology employment opportunities The state attracted inward investment of over A 663 million in information and telecom technology and created 5 000 jobs at a time of global downturn in ICT To stimulate e commerce it created a Vic Export Web site to provide in state companies with an online presence distributed A 1 7 million to local communities for e commerce projects and helped establish the Ballarat and Portland Televillages Today there are more than 10 000 public Internet access terminals across the

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    of residents become Internet users and have total broadband penetration reach 60 Collaborating with telecom carriers cable TV companies and equipment manufacturers the city has deployed 20 000 km 12 500 miles of optical fiber in multiple interconnected networks The city had 2 7 million Internet subscribers at the end of 2004 up 35 from the prior year At the end of 2002 only 20 000 people in all of Tianjin used the Internet Broadband subscribers totaled 600 000 or 5 of the total population A newly completed telecommunications hub in Tianjin provides switching and control for networks that connect the nine provinces of northern China Though part of the Beijing metroplex Tianjin contains large rural areas where farming is the predominant industry A village to village program has with help from satellites connected nearly 4 000 villages to the Internet and has helped to transform rural life One small company Jinmao Co Ltd In Wang Zhuang Village was founded with the equivalent of US 62 in 1984 to manufacture manual agricultural tools After setting up a Web site in 1996 the company began receiving orders from throughout China and expanded its products to include painting cleaning gardening and other tools Their products are now available in five of the six biggest furniture chains in China and the company s sales have reached US 18 million Online Government Health Care and Customs Tianjin s e government programs have focused in increasing efficiency improving connectedness and centralizing information on residents To date the city has implemented 600 e government applications including public finance taxation city planning housing commerce education and justice Proposed government policies are posted to the Web so that citizens can offer comments before the policy is implemented Over 250 departments use the network for internal management The broadband

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    Microsystems and American Express have set up software development centers or contracted with local firms in order to take advantage of Bangalore s supply of highly trained English speaking computer graduates Because of the vast gap in per capita income between the West and India salaries are high by Indian standards but are only a fraction of those commanded by programmers in the US or Europe Just as important is the 24 hour working day that is created by satellite and fiber broadband circuits linking India and the US on opposite sides of the globe with software engineers trading projects back and forth as their working days begin and end Garden City Since the mid 1990s the result has been the creation of a fast growing and affluent community of professionals in what locals call India s Garden City The achievement is particularly impressive when considered in context India is a vast nation of one billion with per capita gross domestic product of US 458 2000 an estimated 44 of the population living in poverty mid 90s and only 30 residential phone lines per 1 000 people 2000 Bangalore s success is due to the effective economic development marketing of

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    designed to create a culture of use for broadband and information technology The Plaza developers timing was good because Japan was just beginning serious and widespread adoption of broadband that would put the nation into third place worldwide behind South Korea and Canada This created demand among citizens for the offerings emerging from both the public and private sectors Broadband and its Applications Shortly after deregulation in the 1980s the city and local companies established the Ichikawa Cable Network Company to provide TV service With broadband demand growing in the late 1990s the cable TV company introduced a broadband service via cable modem in 2000 at lower prices than the incumbent NTT By 2005 broadband subscribers on the cable network had grown fivefold to reach 9 000 Total broadband penetration in the city now exceeds 46 compared with a national average of 39 The Chiba University of Commerce CUC located in Ichikawa has a Faculty of Policy Informatics which focuses on the use of IT in solving social problems CUC has partnered with the government to create distance education programs over the Internet The city was also chosen by Japan s Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology for a model project to develop a new system connecting public and school libraries to open up research resources to citizens An e government project called 360 5 has made many government services accessible online and installed Internet access kiosks at public locations as well as 600 convenience stores In 2001 the city started training classes for residents and citizen groups in information and communications technology and by 2005 had provided training to 30 000 people Public safety has been a hot topic for citizens and in 2005 the city began installing video cameras in public locations and launched an online

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    of the world In 1984 Mitaka became the first city in Japan to host a field test of fiber to the home networking In 1988 it served as a test bed for Japan s first ISDN service and in 1996 Musashin Mitaka Cable Television became the first ISP in Japan to offer broadband at 10 Mbps Today Japan is a world leader in both broadband deployment third in the world after South Korea and Canada and broadband pricing with some of the world s lowest subscription costs Even more important was a tradition of strong citizen participation because it equipped Mitaka to respond flexibly and energetically to the challenges of a global economy The current mayor Keiko Kiyohara came to her office after decades as a technology educator and leader of citizen groups As the city has created development strategies citizens have collaborated in planning from transportation and public services to land use and communications In the late Nineties Mitaka launched a SOHO City Mitaka program to promote further development of the small office home office businesses that were an important part of its economy An organization called the Mitaka Town Management Organization MTMO was founded to create a SOHO incubator Its seven facilities today are home to 100 technology businesses MTMO also provides business matching programs and venture investment and other financial services to encourage business start up and growth In 2003 Mitaka launched a new public private project called Mitaka City of Tomorrow with a core team of 83 citizens and representatives from business universities and government The project is now engaged in national field testing of information home appliances and citizen e projects As early as 1989 Mitaka had introduced computer literacy classes for teachers and students By the late Nineties the city had connected its schools

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    major Japanese telecom equipment manufacturers to the new center in order to work on advanced telecom technology The success in attracting NTT caused the city government to investigate the concept of basing future economic development on info communications a term coined by the Japanese to describe the merging of information and telecommunications technologies The city published its Yokosuka Intelligent City Plan in 1986 subsequently gained the support of the powerful Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and in 1998 announced the creation of the Yokosuka Research Park YRP Yokosuka Research Park Like Stanford University Park in Silicon Valley or Sophia Antipolis in France the concept of YRP was to create an international research development base for the world s most advanced ICT technology Today the Park houses 6 000 research workers many from overseas and offers subsidized rental costs to attract new research enterprises such as the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications All workers have access to broadband at speeds of up to 100 Mbps nearly 400 times faster than typical consumer broadband in most countries But thanks to policies of the national government the impact of YRP extends far beyond its boundaries Though until recently a laggard Japan now

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    ranking the nation fourth in the world They also enjoy some of the fastest speeds in the world with 100 Mbps available for as little as 35 000 won US 37 per month Today 3 000 Gangnam residents subscribe to Wibro an advanced form of broadband that can be used even in a speeding car while 8 000 South Koreans are using a digital broadcasting service to watch TV on their handheld devices during the commute to work Broadband for the People Gangnam gu was quick to seize on broadband as a means to make government more transparent increase citizen participation and even to help citizens who remained outside the local broadband economy About 350 000 citizens are registered users of the district s Web portal and 210 000 are subscribers to an email system that asks for their comment on proposed laws and regulations They seem to take their responsibilities seriously Recently the district proposed installation of surveillance cameras in a particular alley in a residential district A local human rights organization opposed the move on privacy grounds When polled by email however 82 of residents supported the move and installation subsequently led to a 40 reduction in crimes in the area One interesting aspect of the email polling system is that Gangnam uses demographic weighting to adjust the results It compares the demographics of the citizens who vote provided in the registration process with those of the district as a whole and weights the voting in order to make it reflective of the whole population The Web has also played a vital role in a public campaign introduced by newly elected Mayor Maeng Jung ju in July 2006 called the Movement to Keep Basic Order The campaign enlists citizens in reporting on public nuisances from illegal parking to environmental violations by phone and online More important than improved law enforcement is the change it has created in public awareness Within 10 months of the campaign s start the average daily number of violations reported dropped nearly 9 Gangnam has also found innovative ways to bring the benefits of Web enabled government to citizens who have never gone online In 2005 Gangnam equipped its social service staff with wireless PDAs enabling them to check information make reports and request services while visiting clients In 2006 it launched TV GOV a set of interactive e government applications running over the familiar medium of the television set The system enables users to access services in 34 categories as well as government news channels cultural and arts channels and specialized information for seniors women and children In 2007 the district began offering a service that placed wireless motion detectors in the homes of the elderly and triggered a remote alarm if the sensor failed to detect motion for an extended period of time In 2008 the service will be extended to provide citizens with the option of wireless location tracking for young children or the elderly suffering from dementia These are the

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    documents paying tax watching educations TV SAT lectures receiving civil defense training taking surveys and the like over just a TV a highly familiar media even for the digitally uninitiated The TV e Government System is just one of the many innovations of the Gangnam gu District that make it one of the most digitally savvy administrations of the world Its other cutting edge e Government applications include the recently introduced Social Safety Network System for the Solitary Elderly that prevents the lonely death of the solitary elderly and the U Safe Service which spots the positions of the old and the weak including children women and dementia patients at any point for meeting emergencies And clearly it is no surprise then that District that lies to the south of the Han River which snakes through South Korea s capital city from east to west has emerged as an ideal case study for all e Government efforts around the world Over the past three years the District has also beaten many other administrations in grabbing the Intelligent Community of the Year instituted by the New York based Intelligent Community Forum ICF The most significant feature of the Gangnam s e Government efforts is the persistence with which this District has pursued the building of its intelligent community year after year says Robert Bell executive director ICF a think tank that focuses on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy In a way Gangnam invented e Government The District s genesis as an Intelligent Community actually goes back even before the web when it launched its first electronic government project in 1995 by setting up a series of kiosks connected electronically Back then says Kyung Ah Lee member of the Computerization Information Division of the Gangnam District Office the

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