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Collaborative tools making life easier in our schools

Imagine yourself managing a school and trying to deal with a constantly changing environment at the start of the scholastic year. At the same time, you need to deal with the changes in the teachers’ and students’ time tables, while answering urgent calls due to your responsibility towards the school authorities, the teachers, the students and also their parents.

Publication Date: 23/02/2017 Author: Ray Mifsud, MITA Education Programme Manager

Bill Gates suggesting that robots replacing human workers should pay taxes

The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has suggested that robots that are replacing workers through automations should pay a tax.

Publication Date: 23/02/2017 Author: MITA

Pirate sites will be removed from search results starting this summer

In a pledge to make it harder for internet users to find pirate films, music and illegally streamed sports, search engines Google and Bing have signed a code of practice through which they will ensure that the offending websites will be removed from the search results.

Publication Date: 23/02/2017 Author: MITA

Facilitating electronic payments and making money transfers fast and easy

Since 2002, the European Payments Council (EPC) has been developing and promoting SEPA-compliant schemes and standards, governed by several regulations and directives.

Publication Date: 16/02/2017 Author: David Grech, MITA Senior Project Leader on SEPA within Government IT applications

Women web-entrepreneurship: where do we go from here?

Last week’s European Commission backed Startup Europe Week (SEW), supporting entrepreneurs and startups at a local and regional level, registered more than 200 events across over 150 cities in 40 countries.

Publication Date: 16/02/2017 Author: Anamaria Magri Pantea, Founder and Managing Consultant of Ascend Consulting

Being online is not a game!

The Internet has been around for the last 28 years. It is estimated that it helped more than 21 million American citizens for career training and 61 million people to take drastic life decisions.

Publication Date: 09/02/2017 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Digital Outreach Executive

Doing away with inaccessible phone hand sets

The Foundation for IT Accessibility (FITA) annually channels ICT project requests to relevant educational entities or associations.

Publication Date: 09/02/2017 Author: Stanley Debono, FITA Chief Executive Officer

There is no delete button on the Internet!

It is a simple fact, but with deep ramifications. Once information is online and it spreads, then it is impossible to have all copies removed.

Publication Date: 05/02/2017 Author: Cedric Mallia, MITA Computer Security Incident Response Team Manager

Government launches a national cyber awareness campaign over the next two years

Government has launched a national cyber awareness campaign as one of the initial priority areas of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

Publication Date: 05/02/2017 Author: MITA

If it is too good to be true, then most probably it is not true!

We are children of the internet, although not all of us, including this writer, will claim to be the age of children anymore.

Publication Date: 02/02/2017 Author: Cedric Mallia, MITA Computer Security Incident Response Team Manager

MITA and Identity Malta compliant with the ETSI standard on electronic signatures and infrastructures

MITA and Identity Malta have recently been audited by Ernst & Young Ltd for compliance with the technical specification 101 456 on electronic signatures and infrastructures, produced by the European Telecommunications Standard Istitute.

Publication Date: 02/02/2017 Author: Glenn Camilleri, Manager - MITA Information Security and Compliance Department

MITA attains the ISO14001:2015 Environmental Certification

As part of its green commitment towards the environment, MITA has embarked on a holistic approach to align its procedures and practices to quantify, monitor and control the impact of MITA’s operation on the environment.

Publication Date: 26/01/2017 Author: MITA Facilities Management Department

UK Researchers identify a large number of fake accounts on Twitter

Research conducted in the United Kingdom has revealed that a large number of fake accounts were lying dormant on Twitter. The network included more than 350,000 accounts, although the study does not exclude that there can be even bigger networks.

Publication Date: 26/01/2017 Author: MITA

#15: The Internet and its continuous evolution

For the past 27 years, the Internet has formed part of our daily work. More so recently, that technology has grown exponentially.

Publication Date: 19/01/2017 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Knowledge Management Centre Executive

Software Support for Tax Fraud Experts

Fraud is a major challenge in any financial system, not least of which is that of taxation. Typically, tax fraud has been addressed by having teams of fraud experts auditing cases individually.

Publication Date: 19/01/2017 Author: Aaron Calafato, MITA Solutions Architect - Taxation Programme

“Growing Up Digital” analyses how prepared are children to engage with the internet

A report published by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield calls for the English Government to make three direct interventions to ensure that children have the right skills to be good citizens online.

Publication Date: 12/01/2017 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR & Communications Executive

Fraudsters targeting schools in the United Kingdom

Last week it was reported that a number of schools in the United Kingdom were being attacked by fraudsters who were demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unlock data that they encrypted using malware.

Publication Date: 12/01/2017 Author: MITA

2016: a challenging but successful year for MITA

The past year was a challenging but successful one for MITA. Through the support, dedication and commitment of its employees, the agency achieved all its endeavours. For this reason, we step into 2017 with confidence that it will be another successful year. The following are a number of initiatives that characterised our year.

Publication Date: 08/01/2017 Author: MITA

#14: Creating spreadsheets and databases to collect statistics

One of the things that I remember in the good old days, when computers were starting to fill the shops, was the first question we used to ask the shop-salesmen: “Does this computer have Word?” The answer was and still is “No!”

Publication Date: 05/01/2017 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Knowledge Management Centre Executive

Easier to settle a court fine through an online service

People who want to settle a Court fine can now avoid from having to go physically to the Courts and instead pay it online. Through the online system, which is already functional, fines can be paid through the e-ID services by using the link https://justice.gov.mt/onlineservices.

Publication Date: 05/01/2017 Author: MITA

Looking back at a challenging but successful year

As we approach 2017, we look back at the challenges and the achievements that have characterised the past year. MITA’s Executive Chairman, Tony Sultana gives us an overview about the significant investment that MITA has made throughout the year to keep abreast with the latest developments in technology.

Publication Date: 29/12/2016 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR and Communications Executive

MCCFF launches a mobile app to reach the public and volunteers

The Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation, in collaboration with MITA, today launched a mobile app which will serve as a communication tool to reach the public and volunteers.

Publication Date: 22/12/2016 Author: MITA

#13: Making the Internet a safer place for our children

In a drive to make the Internet safer for its users, especially for younger children, a campaign titled “Think before you click” was launched in Malta and supported by a number of entities.

Publication Date: 22/12/2016 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Knowledge Management Centre Executive

Official launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

On the 1st of December, the European Commission hosted the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a new partnership bringing together all stakeholders and Member States who are committed to reduce the digital skills gaps in Europe. The Executive Coordinator of eSkills Malta Foundation, Carm Cachia, as a member of the sub-group of the Member States who worked on the “shared concept”, was asked to hand over a copy of the shared concept to Commissioner Günther Oettinger.

Publication Date: 15/12/2016 Author: eSkills Malta Foundation

Over 6,000 students participated in events encouraging coding…

While delivering words of encouragement to young coders who put his coding skills to the test, the Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, Dr Emmanuel Mallia stressed that “The Hour of Code” should not be the only event held throughout the year.

Publication Date: 15/12/2016 Author: MITA
 

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