Tax & Revenue Management

Customs in the cognitive era (part 1)

Norbert Kouwenhoven and I are writing an article about how cognitive computing can transform the way customs agencies supervise international merchandise trade. Over the next couple of months I plan to post a series of blog posts about customs in the cognitive era as we finalise the article. In part 1, we look at cognitive […]

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Time for Government Clouds is Now

When I hear many government executives talk about cloud computing today, they still express a view that cloud computing is in their future but the timing is very vague.  Some have undertaken limited cloud initiatives but too many have not.  But of course this hesitancy to adopt a new technology is not without precedent. Back […]

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Cognitive Government: Enabling the data-driven economy in the cognitive era

In government, cognitive capabilities can help organizations better understand critical trends and develop insights at scale to accelerate improvements for citizens and systems in areas such as public health, education, economic development, public safety and the utilization of natural resources

E-Government vs. Digital Government in Tax Administrations

Much has been written about digital government recently, appropriately lauding the concept of bringing government services and use of technology to the level of the private sector.  But concern has been expressed about the potential for the investment in this area to simply be e-government on steroids.  It would be sad if this was the […]

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Blockchain: Tackling Tax Evasion in a Digital Economy

The fast-growing digital economy is a nightmare for governments looking to maximise tax revenues and minimise tax evasion!  A recent report “Tax Challenges in the Digital Economy” from the policy department of the European Parliament states: “Digital goods are highly mobile or intangible, physical presence of a company in the market country is often not needed in […]

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Privacy services & blockchain

In this blog post I will discuss the use of privacy services in blockchain, specifically the Hyperledger blockchain fabric.  I will explain privacy services in business terms, and avoid technical gobbledygook! Blockchain gives participants in a business network the ability to share a ledger which is updated every time a transaction occurs through peer to peer […]

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Can the Millennial Generation Rescue Government?

Can the Millennial generation help lead the charge in transforming governments in the new digital era? Despite efforts to transform services through technology, government organizations are trailing behind the private sector in the digital revolution. Yet today’s citizens expect government to provide the same conveniences they experience as consumers – including information and services when, […]

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What the Public Sector Can Learn From Uber

When most people hear the word Uber they think about a mobile app that allows them to book car services. However, Uber is much more than that. Uber is a dynamic peer-to-peer market making platform that connects buyers and sellers and helps address supply and demand inefficiencies in markets. Uber and other market making platforms […]

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Mission: Possible! – New IBV study on the future of cognitive in government

Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. First movers in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology and its potential to transform government is enormous. Already, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in […]

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Blockchain for Government?

There is much hype around Blockchain.  Most of this is about the use of Blockchain to underpin the Bitcoin crypto currency.  Whilst IBM are not interested in Crypto currency, we are very interested in exploring the broader application of Blockchain technology.  This touches most all industries – and Government. WHAT . . . is Blockchain? Business […]

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“If governments are smarter in leveraging technology and data, will that mean less government jobs?”

This was the first question posed to our closing panel by a participant in our recent Data Driven Government conference in Barcelona, Spain. So much for warming the panel up with an easy or “softball” question! Fortunately, our esteemed panel which included Ian Baker, Cameron Brooks, Jordi Puignero, Bryan Sivak, and Jo Stark was up […]

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Data Driven Government – Unlocking Insights and Value for Citizens

Governments suffer from an excess of data – most of which is rarely used after being collected and stored. The amount of data generated on a daily basis (over 2.5 Billion GB) is staggering – and a vast majority of it (80 percent or more) is not structured. The potential value of data has always […]

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Transforming Economic Development Strategies with Watson, Cognitive, and More

Cities, regions and nations are increasingly in competition with one another to attract citizens and business in order to drive sustainable economic growth – and this dynamic has intensified since the Global Economic Crisis. With the changing demographics of cities (population growth, urbanization, etc.), coupled with a constrained funding environment, more and more governments have […]

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