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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 10:28 AM EDT

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The 311 Launched Its Mobile Application

Internet & TechnologyThe 311 Citizen Service Center, from the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), officially launched the campaign "I am an Active Citizen, Mobilize your City with the 311 Mobile APP," which aims to inform all the country about the operation of the new app to report citizen complaints so these can be addressed by government entities.

This new system allows citizens to report their complaints in less than 30 seconds, by providing the pictures of the situation reported and in the case of some phones, the geo-spatial coordinates to determine the exact location of where the reported situation is located.

The general administrator of the AIG, Eduardo E. Jaén, said "with this application, Panama becomes the pioneer in the use of a mobile app for the service of the city in Latin America, getting the citizens closer to the government, one of the goals of the Martinelli administration."

Meanwhile, Rodolfo Caballero, director of 311, said "through the 311 Mobile App the citizens can send photos, videos, voice messages, and also receive notifications about different activities offered by public entities for the benefit of Panamanians."

To download the app to your cell phone, citizens only have to access the website www.311.gob.pa/apps and then register your name and email to start receiving notifications and report their cases, said Caballero, who also said they have received over 3 million calls and have resolved 94% of the reported cases for 4 years.

"With the 311 the citizen now has a single channel of communication so their complaints are answered immediately by the relevant authorities, and it is available 24 hours and 7 days a week," and also said that with this new application they can give faster results to all Panamanians.

Meanwhile, Jose Marante, general manager of Microsoft in Panama, said "we are very pleased that an application as important as the 311, which shortens the distance between the government and citizens, is now available for the Windows Phone platform. The proliferation of mobile devices and their connectivity with the cloud computing system is a great opportunity for the national government to deliver more services more quickly and efficiently to the citizens, businesses and the government itself, in order to reach their full potential through this new era of innovation." (Critica)

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ASEP Starts Technical Assistance On Digital Television

Internet & TechnologyWith the collaboration of the European Union, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) will start on Monday, June 3, a Regulatory Technical Assistance on digital terrestrial television under the DVB-T standard in Panama.

This technical assistance, made under the Support of Standard Implementation of DVB-T Agreement, celebrated between the ASEP, SERTV and the European Union, includes the training of the representatives of the state and the private sector in the research of content production and the regulatory technical support for migration to Digital Terrestrial Television.

In 2011, Panama became the first country in the region to formally make the open transition of analog television signal to digital, in order to provide the television viewers with better audio and video quality. (Panama America)

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Panamanians Presented Projects To The NASA

Internet & TechnologyA group of Panamanian specialists attended the open innovation event "International Space Apps Challenge" sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This group was congratulated by the Authority for Government Innovation (AIG).

The purpose of this event was to present several proposals for software solutions involving the dissemination of science and technology.

The projects of the Panamanians are being evaluated by the NASA at the time.

Among the projects presented by the nationals is the project BRAINLY, which is a mobile application for the challenge "My Virtual Mentor", a program that allows students to interact with engineers, astronauts and NASA scientists with the aim of motivating them to pursue careers focused on the area of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

The space agency is considering this option to use it in its summer program in the United States and will be available for smartphones and tablets.

Another application presented, which is 100% Panamanian, is the "WEWIT" defined as "Smart Cities", where a team of physicists, computer programmers, software engineers and mechanical engineers, developed a method for users to determine thermal and environmental sensations in different places of the city of Panama, through the GEORED platform from the AIG and it locates all the information, with the purpose of issuing alerts in the case of extreme or high risk situations.

A very interesting application was the project E-CHICKEN, which seeks to address the challenge of poultry production in residential yards. The purpose of this system is to help farmers and residential producers to improve their knowledge in poultry farming, providing information on the registry of expenses, breeding results and benefits; besides the construction of a community of poultry farmers to help promote sustainable agriculture. (Panama America)

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'Panama as a regional data center'

Internet & TechnologyPanama is emerging as a strategic center of the Americas for data storage and processing, this is shown by the dozen companies that have invested about 250 million dollars to open operations in the country.

Most of these firms offer their services to banks and telephony in Central America and the Caribbean, and "they have found in Panama a safe haven for their data," said the head of the Panamanian Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), Eduardo Jaen in an interview.

"Panama respects the information in those storage sites and, in fact, we want Panama to continue being a center in the forefront of this whole industry," said Jaen, an industrial engineer with a master's degree in business administration.

The Central American country, one of the nations with the fastest economic growth in the world with 10.6% in 2012, seems to have everything needed for the development of the data industry.

It has an exceptional international connectivity, with five systems of undersea fiber optic cables and "two more being studied," Jaen said. The country, with a territory of 75,517 square kilometers and about 3.5 million people, also has a "high degree of sophistication of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)," said the engineer.

Jaén said the government of the Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, has been developing since the beginning of his term in 2009, "a very ambitious program to provide free wireless internet to the people and we have done it from border to border."

"When we took over the government in 2009, Internet penetration was 35% and it now is 46%, one of the highest in Latin America. This motivated companies to improve their broadband infrastructure and now Panama is the fourth country in Latin America in terms of broadband infrastructure," he said.

Other factors that make Panama attractive as a regional data center is its geographical position in the center of the hemisphere and out of the path of hurricanes and cyclones, and its political and economic stability, said the Panamanian engineer. Therefore, large firms like Britain's Cable & Wireless, the Mexican Kio Networks and Telefónica from Spain have installed and maintained processing and data storage sites in Panama.

"We have been working with companies in the category of Google, HP, Dell, with the largest ‘cloud’ computing infrastructure from Latin America here in Panama," which have also established their headquarters in Panama, with more than 3,000 employees, stated the head of the Government Innovation Authority.

Kio by itself has invested more than 60 million dollars in Panama and has a category 4 data center, the strongest in the region, that can withstand hurricanes, earthquakes and has 100% redundancy in all systems, he said.

Panama becoming a regional data center "is something that is already happening" because "the ecosystem is being built: undersea cables, datacenters, multinational companies, large processors already giving services to those companies that are here", he added.

Storage centers "are a consequence of technology, they are taking everything to cloud computing," and this trend will remain and expand to all sectors that handle large volumes of data.

"We anticipate it will evolve to other sectors such as health, in industries that require processing power and large storage because the more equipment they can put together, the cheaper the service becomes," said Jaen.

The processing and storage of data "is a fast growing field in Panama," said the head of the Government Innovation Authority, allowed to "speculate that future investments" in the sector will almost certainly be "much bigger than 250 million", which have already been paid out. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: Yet another rapidly expanding sector of the Panamanian economy. Can anyone remember the last time I had to write a negative story about the Panamanian economy. I can't...

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An APP will be launched for the 311 system

Internet & TechnologyThe National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG) reported on Thursday, April 2nd, they will soon launch a new mobile application (APP) to support the services provided by the Center of Citizen Services (311) so that citizens can report from their mobile phones damages to infrastructure in their communities.

Rodolfo Caballero, director of 311, said they are will launch a mobile phone application to allow users to report damages and make suggestions, send photos of the reported events and locate with the assistance of geospatial systems the exact site they are reporting.

This application, according to Caballero, will be of great help to many institutions because it will help the staff of the Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN), to better determine where to focus their efforts in order to improve service for citizens, particularly when there is leakage caused by flaws in the distribution networks.

Starting today, complaints regarding the quality of service in the Social Security Fund will also be received on the line 311 and he also reminded the users that they can file their complaints regarding public transportation in the city by dialing 311 from the Center of Citizen Services.

According to AIG, 97% of the 190 000 cases documented through the 311 line, have been resolved.(La Estrella)

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Conference on Cyber Crime To Be Held In Panama

Internet & TechnologyA total of 18 countries will participate in the Cybercrime Conference 2013, which is supported by the Organization of United Nations (UN).

During this conference the participants will discuss the various types of cyber crimes and ways to address them.

The conference will be held in Panama. (Telemetro)

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Panama.com Hits The Market With A $1.6 Million Asking Price

Internet & Technologyby Michael Berkens - TobyClements.com just sent out his daily domain newsletter and topping the list today is the domain name Panama.com.

The asking price is $1,600,000.

Panama.com is obviously a great domain and one which I haven’t seen on the market before and one which Toby says has “never been available on the aftermarket and is still owned by the original registrant’.

Panama has a booming economy and is the financial center of Latin America.

Panama has a population of around 3.6 million and has a GDP of $36 Billion

As for the domain name, Panama.com it is parked but still has a Google PR of 4.

Complete.com is showing the domain getting only around 1K visitors a month.

We wish the owner the best on this domain and it will be interesting to see if anyone steps up to the plate and buys the domain.

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La Estrella Website Hacked

Internet & TechnologyThe web page of the newspaper La Estrella was hacked on Wednesday December 12 at about 5:50 pm.

The damage, caused by a hacker, was looking to damage the systems because they introduced a code which defaced the format of the website, and the notes contained a strange text.

Because of this hundreds of visitors could not access the articles and the strange text on Twitter, because everything was changed, and the news was reissued, but wrong.

"We denounce it as a serious attack on the freedom of the press, but we were not fazed in the least," said Eduardo Quirós, president of Grupo Editorial El Siglo & La Estrella (GESE).

Just after 10:00 pm, the team from La Estrella was still working to repair the damage caused by the hacker.

Many followers of the news talked about what happened, and their comments were framed within the context of the publication of the exclusive video about the transfer of Manuel Antonio Noriega and the participation of the today Deputy Minister of Security, Manuel Moreno.

Starting on Monday, 10 December 2012, the video clip was published exclusively by La Estrella, which shows the former dictator sending greetings and smiling with his guards.

The video has been viewed 12,000 times and has caused a stir in Panama, Latin America and the United States, and CNN in Spanish and the Associated Press broadcast the footage. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Many had the same reaction to the video as I did - big deal. The guys at La Estrella have been milking this 20 video clip for all it's worth all week long. Now they got hacked, and they are assuming the two things are related. Maybe, maybe not.

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Panama Escape Artist

Internet & TechnologyThe Two Oceans Group has partnered with Escape Artist to offer a Panama portal named Panama Escape Artist. The portal was officially launched September 5, 2012. Panama Escape Artist promises to be a website focused on tourism, travel, nightlife, restaurants, housing, economy, resorts, wildlife, agriculture, culture and the history of the Republic of Panama.

CEO Ulrich Schwark of the Two Oceans Group had a vision of a website in Panama for both Panamanians and expatriates. Escape Artist offered such an opportunity. After a few months of negotiations and behind the scenes work on the portal, the site is officially open for business.

The Two Oceans Group was founded in 2007 by business partners Peter Stehling and Ulrich Schwark. They own and operate multiple companies within Panama which add to the Panamanian economy. Those companies include a bakery, a real estate company, metal investment sales, storage facility and the premiere Kempinski hotel project. The Two Oceans Group with the help of its marketing team have decided that there was a significant gap in Panama media. Panama has such a large English speaking community that it made sense to have a site which offered in depth analysis of living in Panama.

Escape Artist, the recognized internet authority on working, living, investing and retiring overseas, had exactly what the Two Oceans Group was looking for. Escape Artist has been in the internet travel and tourism media business since the mid 90’s. The Escape Artist site receives over 1,000,000 unique visitors a month and boasts a subscriber list of over 400,000 people. This will give advertisers in Panama the opportunity to reach a very large audience.

There will be a monthly newsletter going out to over 400,000 people worldwide talking about exclusively Panama. Panama Escape Artist is offering an unparalleled opportunity for advertisers and business owners alike.

You can also follow Panama Escape Artist on Facebook where you will see daily postings of the latest articles, videos and stunning photos from around Panama. People are welcome to comment and post on the Facebook page. This will be a community for all fans to enjoy. Make sure to stop by the page and click the Like button. Also if you are on Google Plus you can follow Panama Escape Artist there also.

The Republic of Panama continues to rank as one of the top destinations in the world for people to expatriate to and retire.

Panama offers a wide range of opportunities for retirees and for investors. Panama Escape Artist is hoping to bring you all the information that you desire concerning international living. The teams of Escape Artist and the Two Oceans Group are here to help you along your journey and keep you informed of everything that is happening in this beautiful country of Panama.

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Anonymous Hacked Sinaproc West Webpage

Internet & TechnologyThe approval of Law 510 seems to be very controversial for netizens. Hundreds of Twitter users have opined against, besides the artists. And in the midst of this controversy, at 5:00 pm the group Anonymous launched a tweet reporting: "The war has begun snpcpanamaoeste.com <- SINAPROC West Panama hacked by # Anonymous #OpLey510 in marching #NOLey510." The website is not the official page of Sinaproc, but is related to this security institution in the Western part of the province of Panama. (Mi Diario)

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