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Publications 2016

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

#12: Hardware configurations according to your requirements

First, I would like to begin by defining ‘hardware.’ What is Computer Hardware? Computer Hardware refers to the physical parts of the computer, both the internal and external parts.

Publication Date: 08/12/2016 Author: Claudio Laferla

Enabling local councils with tools  on how to use social media

The Malta Communications Authority, in collaboration with the Department for Local Government, has launched #Webcheck, a project aimed at providing all local councils with the necessary tools, training and official guidelines on the use of social media.

Publication Date: 08/12/2016 Author: MITA

Free Wi-Fi service available from more than 80 sites in Government departments

In an initiative to increase internet accessibility, the Maltese Government and MITA have launched another free Wi-Fi service in more than 80 sites in Government Departments.

Publication Date: 08/12/2016 Author: MITA

Mobile Government – the way forward

On Monday 21st November, the Principle Permanent Secretary launched the Mobile Government Strategy for 2017-2018. This strategy puts forward the Government’s plans for the provision of public services over mobile devices (mServices) for the next two years and is another building block in the achievement of the ultimate vision of providing access to 24x7 public services from anywhere.

Publication Date: 01/12/2016 Author: Mark Bartolo, MITA Enterprise Architect - ICT Policy

Gaming – as the next leap in learning

A Chinese proverb goes: “Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll understand.” This is the concept behind ‘Game-Based Learning’ (GBL) where students are more engaged and motivated to learn through good and effective GBL applications.

Publication Date: 01/12/2016 Author: MITA Digital Outreach Team

Compliance under the General Data Protection Regulation...

Under the current EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, and the Data Protection Act (Chapter 440) of the Laws of Malta, there is no mandatory requirement for companies or public authorities to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO).

Publication Date: 24/11/2016 Author: Grace Craus, MITA Specialist on Data Protection

Launch of the Mobile Government Strategy 2017-2018

The Government has today launched a Mobile Government Strategy which will enable public services to be accessible on mobile devices at any time and from anywhere.

Publication Date: 24/11/2016 Author: MITA

#11: A better performance through Google Analytics

I would like to start this article by asking the following question: Why would someone need to implement the Google Analytics? The answer is simple: for better performance!

Publication Date: 24/11/2016 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Knowledge Management Centre Executive

FITA: fifteen years of service, projects and innovation

It was at the turn of the century, when the millennium bug was on everybody’s mind that Mr Joseph Camilleri, voiced the concerns of the National Commission for Persons with Disability, during the annual conference of the Malta Information Technology & Training Services (MITTS), as MITA was known then.

Publication Date: 17/11/2016 Author: Stanley Debono, Chief Executive Officer FITA

An increasing number of news organisations using “bots” to write their articles

Throughout the US Presidential election campaign, many news organisations have used algorithmic systems to create text from data which is collected and automated “bots” to send these generated news updates to smartphones.

Publication Date: 10/11/2016 Author: MITA

#10: TED Talks - inspiring, challenging and thought provoking

TED stands for: Technology, Entertainment and Design. This started way back in 1984 with a conference set up. However, as time went by, it developed into a powerful 18 minute-long lecture by experts in a particular sector, delivering various insights into a plethora of themes such as life aspects, technology advancements and their promotion in every day experiences, life coaching tips, etc.

Publication Date: 10/11/2016 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Knowledge Management Centre Executive

MITA participates in the President’s Fun Run 2016

A group of MITA employees have participated in this year’s edition of the President’s Fun Run. This charity run is organised on an annual basis to raise funds in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

Publication Date: 10/11/2016 Author: MITA

A perfect occasion connecting students with the ICT Industry

Almost 30 of the top ICT companies in Malta have taken part in this year’s ICT Students’ Association Industry Expo 2016. This event, which was held on Saturday, 29th of October was organised for the third time and once again it served as an exceptional opportunity to connect students with the ICT Industry.

Publication Date: 03/11/2016 Author: Julia Psaila, ICTSA Subcommittee Member

Neural networks inventing their own encryption to send secrets messages to each other

A team of researchers from Google have shown that machines are learning their own way how to protect their messages through encryption. In this way, they are being able to send secret messages to other machines, while avoiding that anyone intercepting these messages can possibly understand them.

Publication Date: 03/11/2016 Author: MITA

European privacy regulators request Facebook to stop sharing information from WhatsApp

In August, Facebook changed the privacy policy of the WhatsApp messaging service. Since then, European Union privacy regulators have expressed their concerns and now they have called Facebook to stop sharing data from WhatsApp while they investigate about the legality of these changes.

Publication Date: 03/11/2016 Author: MITA

#9: Keeping your computer “healthy” by installing the best anti-virus

Vaccines are intended to help you remain physically healthy. In the same way, the ‘anti-virus’ is like the vaccine as it helps keeping the computer healthy in its operation.

Publication Date: 27/10/2016 Author: Claudio Laferla

More than 300 students actively immersed in MITA’s Coding Events

MITA’s Digital Outreach Team have participated in this year’s EU Code Week by organising two days of activities for more than 300 students, coming from four local church schools.

Publication Date: 27/10/2016 Author: Digital Outreach

The Bratislava Declaration calls for better digital skills across Europe to boost economy

More than 200 policy makers, business leaders and experts have gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia on the 17th and 18th October 2016, to understand how digital technologies are transforming our lives at a pace never seen before.

Publication Date: 27/10/2016 Author: Bernadette Zerafa

MITA presents the National Cyber Security Strategy at ENISA’s annual workshop on cyber security

MITA, on behalf of the Maltese Government, has presented the National Cyber Security Strategy to the Workshop on Network and Information Security in the EU at Bratislava, Slovakia. The event took place on Monday, 17th October 2016.

Publication Date: 20/10/2016 Author: MITA

MITA hosts a two-day training on the harmonisation process of spatial data

As part of the European Commission INSPIRE Directive obligations, Member States are required to create the necessary structures for the sharing of environmental related spatial data.

Publication Date: 20/10/2016 Author: MITA

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