The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has changed its strategy to digitise nearly 60 crore documents as old as 100 years. The civic body has asked all its departments to scan their documents at their own level. The BMC has a total of 64 departments dealing with civic subjects including health, water, roads, garden, property tax etc. Some of the departments like development plan, building proposals and estates have the oldest of records, the paper quality of which seems to be deteriorating with every passing day. Digitisation of documents will also help in replying to RTI queries on time. The purpose behind the same is to end physical movement and increase work efficiency. Earlier, the BMC had appointed a contractor to scan nearly 60 crore documents at a cost of around Rs 60 crore. However, in four years, barely 10 per cent documents could be scanned. The contractor alleged that they were not provided the documents by BMC's Archive department while the BMC administration found a … [Read more...] about Digitise paper records by yourselves: BMC to departments
Finland's most widely-read daily Helsingin Sanomat starts out the week with a story on a record number of used diesel and petrol cars being imported. Tero Kallio, head of a car importing association, tells the paper that over 40,000 used diesel and petrol vehicles will be brought into Finland in 2018, accounting for one-third of all cars registered this year. Typically purchased from Sweden or Germany, the used cars that Finnish residents buy abroad tend to be larger, use more fuel and release more emissions. Two-thirds of them run on diesel, HS writes.This increase in imported used cars flies in the face of Finnish decision-makers' efforts to renew the relatively old and high-emission fleet of vehicles on Finnish roads. A variety of carrots, like a cash-for-clunkers programme, and sticks, like higher taxes on petrol, diesel and high-emission cars, have been introduced to encourage consumers to buy newer cars.EU courts have nevertheless ruled that older emission regulations should … [Read more...] about Monday’s papers: Record import of used cars, domestic food prices, and another imbibing pilot
Sponsored by Did you know that 50% of data breaches are paper-based? The GDPR date may have passed—but for many organizations, the journey toward compliance is only beginning. Much of the focus has been on what is commonly perceived as “customer data,” such as CRM databases and email lists. Yet GDPR isn’t prescriptive about the form of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), meaning the regulation also applies to unstructured documents, email, and even the contents of an organization’s filing cabinets. In this webinar, we consider the importance of ensuring all forms of data are incorporated into the GDPR strategy. We’ll discuss how GDPR presents an opportunity to eliminate non-electronic (paper) records and how this transition to digital can be low-hanging fruit for managing documents more securely, effectively and cost-efficiently. Whether you’re still on the GDPR starting blocks or are strategizing about forward-thinking steps, join … [Read more...] about Are Paper Records the Low-hanging Fruit of GDPR?
opinion NorthJersey Published 9:13 p.m. UTC Jun 4, 2018 As New Jersey voters go to the polls in this year’s June primary elections, it is sobering to note that the voting machines on which the great majority will be casting their ballots represent “fatally flawed technology” that is in sore need of updating. Specifically, in the age of the grievous efforts of Russian hackers in 2016 and other threats to democracy as we know it, New Jersey needs to revamp its voting infrastructure to incorporate a more secure system — preferably one that includes a verifiable paper record that can be checked against the electronic tally. In a time in this country when some of the very basic tenets of a free and just government are under attack from both within and without, the integrity of the ballot is perhaps more important than ever before to assure that our institutions remain intact. That said, the state must move to address these shortcomings in the way New Jersey … [Read more...] about Editorial: NJ voting technology must include paper record
Nicholas Pugliese State House Bureau, @nickpugz Published 7:08 p.m. UTC Jun 4, 2018 It was a discomforting moment recently when a Princeton University computer science professor, in a series of PowerPoint slides, showed lawmakers how he had hacked the type of electronic voting machine most New Jersey counties use to conduct their elections. More jarring still, the professor, Andrew W. Appel, explained that if he manipulated a machine actually in use, election officials would be hard-pressed to detect it because the devices don’t leave a paper trail that can be checked against the electronic tally. “They’re a fatally flawed technology,” said Appel, who was previously involved in a lawsuit that sought to end the use of the machines. “Pretty much everyone knows this now.” And yet New Jersey is one of only about 10 states that still uses that technology — a dangerous arrangement, experts say, in the wake of Russian operatives … [Read more...] about Could New Jersey go back to paper ballots? To stop Russian hackers we might have to