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Beyond the crisis: Our future is now - are you ready?

To the question what will the world look like after the COVID-19 crisis, we’d say there is only one thing that is clear right now: our lives will be vastly different to just a year ago. The pandemic has brought some profound changes. We work differently, shop differently, and interact with friends and family differently

Evolving as a modern e-state: A new age of government

At the beginning of this new decade, what kind of future governments will evolve given the power of new digital technologies and data now flooding our society? Governments everywhere face similar challenges. In a globalized economy, they must safeguard national security and the rule of law while stretching precious resources to meet the needs of growing populations amidst a widening wealth gap and…

Evolving as a modern e-state: Absolute e-states and data sovereignty

In today’s fast-changing world, while most governments acknowledge they must transform public services using digital technologies, many do not have a clear vision of what kind of digital nation – or ‘e-state’ – they want to be, and for what reason (other than reducing cost and striving for greater efficiency). As I’ve written in some of my blogs, I believe these countries…

Evolving as a modern e-state : could governments become obsolete ?

As well as the unicorns who have introduced us to taxi, delivery and retail services we’ve never seen before, there’s been a revolution in the financial services sector that means we can now make payments without needing traditional banks. With FinTechs, we’re seeing new market entrants who can offer such speed and razor-sharp services that their traditional rivals are rapidly re-inventing themselves…

Evolving as a modern e-state : why reinvent government services

While love might not be part of the equation, states do have long-term relationships with their citizens. It’s a kind of contract: in exchange for security, order and efficient everyday services, the citizen pays taxes and abides by the law. In the digital age, one might expect governments to deliver efficient and effective services online; after all, it’s in the contract!  Yet often,…

Evolving as a modern e-state : the essential paradigm shift

Since the agricultural revolution, people have organized themselves into communities to grow crops, create wealth, make laws and settle disputes. Over time, public administrations evolved to maintain the rule of law; these created huge bureaucracies and tightly controlled procedures to keep updated registers and archives about their citizens. Not only that, they continually checked each citizen’s status to ensure that their records were…

Obsolete and absolute e-states

All over the world, governments are under increasing pressure to accelerate their transformation into modern ‘e-states’ to achieve their goals. Whether to save taxpayers’ money, safeguard national security, implement new policies, or deliver cheaper, better, faster public services, governments everywhere need to harness the power, speed and agility of digital technologies and ever-growing volumes of data. At the same time, the socio-political climate is evolving fast: following the era of liberal capitalism,…

Blockchain is revolutionizing the Financial Services industry

Financial services have traditionally been a very conservative industry, where technological changes are adopted in a very conservative way, basically for two reasons: 1) it is a very highly regulated market; not so easy to become an early adopter of an emerging tech; 2) trust is critical in the relation between clients and financial services providers, so the industry needs to be risk-averse, and emerging technologies imply certain levels…

Unlocking the blockchain dilemmas facing utilities

Blockchain brings some immense opportunities to the utilities market. A good number of use cases are widely acknowledged with various consortia and startups progressing towards their realization. Households and companies can, for instance, produce solar energy and sell it to the grid during the day then consume from the grid overnight. Electric cars and advances in battery technology make distributed private storage feasible. Blockchain will give an immutable record of what…

Digital signatures: A security imperative for today’s open and fast-paced world

Internet connectivity makes today’s world more open than ever before. Organizations and individuals alike are exposed to new online threats every day. At the same time, we all want to go faster. We want to finalize a contract within minutes or buy something almost instantaneously – and all digitally, and without that traditional face-to-face contact. Digitization not only holds the key to…

Mobile World Congress 2019

As every year in Barcelona, the last week of February, it took place a new edition of the Mobile World Congress, and this year has been especially full of technological innovations that have been spearheaded by and the Internet of Things (IoT), a section that in addition to mobiles, includes wearables with innovative features in terms of design, materials and features, robots and drones, domestic appliances, and connected cars with autonomy

Blockchain VS User eXperience

To begin with A blockchain is a distributed database that uses cryptographic techniques to store a growing list of records – or blocks – sequentially. Blockchains can be private, public or owned by a consortium. This technology uses distributed ledger technologies to enable a new model where trust is established in a peer-to-peer network without the need for a trusted third party, such as a bank. The challenge Currently, blockchain is a new technology…