UAE Public Policy: New Frontiers in Government Innovation, Education and the Internet

UAE Public Policy: New Frontiers in Government Innovation, Education and the Internet

  • 27 April 2015

What the light bulb was to the 19th century, the Internet has become for the 21st century. It has become a public utility. As one of the most hyper-connected countries on earth, and with over 200 resident nationalities, for the UAE the web has a vast untapped potential to accelerate key plans, boosting education, raising the country’s cultural profile and expanding government innovation.

ICT skills have simply become life-skills. They are the new literacy. We’ve worked hard to incorporate digital literacy in educational systems, rolling out Google’s digital literacy programs in the US and globally.

The internet has vast untapped potential for countries to raise their global cultural profiles. Culture is key to sustaining humanity. We have an obligation to preserve, celebrate and advance it. You may ask why Google is interested in culture and preserving local heritage; we believe engineering and culture have much in common: both involve experimentation, and require an understanding of how ideas and mediums merge and affect their audience.  The Internet helps bring amazing works to life for millions around the globe.

More than at any point in history, there is an opportunity to reinvent how government works.  Data can help people create new services and solve big problems. The internet and ICT sectors are no longer “back office” parts of government ministries; rather, they are horizontal enablers of numerous public services, including education, healthcare and government communications. Many of the UAE’s knowledge economy plans depend on connectivity.

Governments are putting technology at the center of their thinking. We’ve seen impressive examples of this in the UAE. The world described by Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt is already here: technology is completely woven into the fabric of everyday life. Personal computers, tablets, smartphones, social networks and cloud computing have already transformed much of how we communicate, create, share, work and play. The pace of change is staggering. We are excited about the UAE, and can’t wait to see what will come next.

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Monday 27 April 2015

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Monday 27 April 2015

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