May 17, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Stockholm (pictured) "methodically and substantially redefined the possibilities of urban living."
Stockholm, Sweden was named the Intelligent Community of the Year for 2009 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) at an awards ceremony last week in New York. "This is a community that has methodically and substantially redefined the possibilities of urban living and sets an example of how technology can play a role to enhance economic and social development," said ICF Co-Founder Louis Zacharilla. The ICF Visionary of the Year award was presented to Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, Mayor Andre Santini, and ICF Founders' Awards were presented to:
Last Wednesday, a number of Web sites in Kazakhstan were blank for an hour -- and supporters boycotted the .kz domain -- to protest Parliament's new Internet law which allows the government's prosecutor to shut down Internet blogs and social media without a legal proceeding.
On Monday, the INET Africa Regional Conference will convene in Cairo. The group is expected to address regional Internet governance issues, in preparation for the UN Internet Governance Forum scheduled for Egypt this November. On the agenda Monday are Internet backbone development, IPv6, multilingualism, and more.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.