The vulnerabilities of the complex artificial intelligence-powered software systems used to integrate the data from citizens, businesses, and government agencies make smart cities an appealing target for malicious cyber actors. Therefore, a group of leading cybersecurity experts created smart city security standards. The recommendations are designed to help smart cities strengthen their cyber defences.
New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NZ) released these in conjunction with the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS), the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
These agencies are aware that communities might look to smart city infrastructure digital transformation for cost savings and quality of life enhancements. While bringing public services online can boost efficiency and resilience, evaluating and managing potential cybersecurity risks is vital.
University campuses, military bases, municipalities, and cities are just some communities incorporating smart city technologies into their infrastructure. Connected places, connected communities, and smart homes all use information and communication technologies (ICT), community-wide data, and intelligent solutions to digitally transform infrastructure and optimise governance to meet residents’ needs better.
Information from various sources (governments, businesses, and individuals) is being gathered, sent, stored and processed. Some smart software cities use to combine this data is artificial intelligence-powered and potentially vulnerable. National governments, cybercriminals, hacktivists, insider threats, and terrorists all pose a risk because of the monetary and political value they could derive from exploiting the weaknesses in digital systems and the massive data sets they contain for espionage purposes.
There is no foolproof technological solution as municipalities adopt smart city technology. However, the guidelines suggest a middle ground between security, privacy, and productivity. Place the concepts of least privilege, enforce multifactor authentication, carry out zero trust architecture, regulate changes to internal architecture risks, carefully manage smart city assets, improve the safety of vulnerable devices, preserve internet-facing services, patch systems and applications in adequate time, and examine the legal, security, and privacy hazards associated with deployments are all suggestions for bolstering the cybersecurity of smart cities.
A security architecture should be developed following the principle of least privilege, which states that each entity should access only the most miniature set of system resources and authorisations necessary to carry out its specific role. Default and existing configurations, as well as hardening vendor recommendations, should be examined by administrators to guarantee that hardware and software have access to only the systems and data they need to execute their jobs.
To harden the infrastructure that permits access to networks and systems, the entities adopting smart city technologies should lock down remote access applications and require multifactor authentication (MFA) on local and remote accounts and devices.
Adopting zero trust network design concepts, users can use a layered, defence-in-depth strategy to achieve a more secure network environment. Each new connection needs authenticating and authorising. Zero trust makes network activity visibility, trend de-identification by analytics, issue resolution via automation and orchestration, and effective network security governance possible.
Organisations tasked with rolling out smart city technologies need to be aware of their surroundings and manage communications between subnetworks, especially those that have recently been integrated to facilitate the integration of infrastructure systems. Administrators of such networks should always be mindful of the people whose responsibility is to ensure the safety of the entire system and its constituent parts. The impact of a compromise on the community can be mitigated if administrators take the necessary steps to identify, organise, and isolate essential business systems and implement the required network security controls and monitoring tools.
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is spearheading an initiative to propel the nation’s capabilities in healthcare, Industry 4.0-driven manufacturing, and supply chain and logistics through the transformative power of 5G. This groundbreaking endeavour, known as the S$30 million 5G Innovation Programme, is not just a step forward but a giant leap into a future where innovation reshapes industries.
Launched in 2021, the 5G Innovation Programme is a testament to Singapore’s commitment to embracing emerging technologies. IMDA has forged strategic partnerships with key enterprises, including the National University Health System (NUHS).
In the healthcare industry, Singapore’s forward-thinking tech innovators, in collaboration with NUHS, have harnessed 5G to revolutionise patient care. The introduction of Mixed Reality-based Holomedicine in operating theatres stands out as a groundbreaking achievement.
This innovative approach not only enhances patient care but also redefines the entire healthcare experience. Announced in 2022, the initiative marks the Asia Pacific’s inaugural deployment of indoor private Enterprise 5G mobile edge computing (MEC) for Mixed Reality and Holomedicine capabilities in health tech.
A significant stride in healthcare also involves a collaboration with Republic Power to deploy 5G-enabled unmanned medical booths. These “Medbots” represent Asia’s first 5G-enabled unmanned pre-screening and teleconsultation medical booths. Equipped with state-of-the-art hygiene and safety systems, these booths support remote health screening and video consultations, offering an enhanced user experience that aligns with the demands of a digital era.
The impact of 5G extends beyond healthcare, permeating the realms of Industry 4.0-driven manufacturing, supply chain, and logistics. Collaborations with ST Engineering and DB Schenker have given rise to groundbreaking applications.
For instance, Singapore’s first 5G-enabled Digital Twin has been implemented for a logistics and supply chain company transforming warehouse and manufacturing operations, quality control, and customer experience. Simultaneously, ST Engineering’s 5G-Enabled Industry 4.0 Smart Factory boasts one of Singapore’s first 5G-enabled collaborative robots, revolutionising manufacturing processes.
Dr Ong Chen Hui, Assistant Chief Executive of the Biztech Group at IMDA, emphasised the agency’s commitment to architecting Singapore’s digital future. The goal is to build capabilities in various sectors powered by emerging technologies like 5G. IMDA’s collaboration with forward-looking companies signifies a concerted effort to unlock the full spectrum of benefits that 5G offers across a wide range of sectors.
As Singapore propels itself into the future, the 5G Innovation Programme stands as a testament to the nation’s dedication to progress. The partnerships with key enterprises underscore a collective effort to reshape, redefine, and transform industries across the country.
Singapore is not merely embracing change; it is pioneering a future where technology catalyses innovation and progress. The journey has just begun, and Singapore is at the forefront, shaping the narrative of a technologically advanced and future-ready nation.
The comprehensive initiative serves as a catalyst, propelling Singapore into a new era of digital prowess. It is not merely an adoption of advanced technologies; rather, it is a strategic alignment with the needs of the future, recognising the pivotal role technology plays in shaping economic landscapes on a global scale.
The 5G Innovation Programme signifies Singapore’s commitment to sustainable economic growth. By embracing technology as a driver of progress, Singapore is not just securing its current standing; it is laying the foundation for a resilient and forward-thinking economy. The emphasis on sustainability in this digital transformation ensures that growth is not just rapid but also enduring, with an eye towards environmental and social responsibility.
The implementation of a National Digital Identity (Digital ID) system in Malaysia is poised to revolutionise the verification and distribution of aid during crises or natural disasters, ensuring swift and precise assistance to those in need.
According to the Chairman of the Malaysian Cyber Consumer Association (MCCA), Digital ID has the potential to streamline processes, reducing bureaucratic hurdles and optimising the impact of government subsidies by facilitating the efficient distribution of assistance to targeted groups with greater accuracy and effectiveness.
Digital ID, in this context, serves as a digital means of self-identification and authentication for individuals, designed for use in both public and private sectors to verify user identities during online transactions. The nation’s Prime Minister has conveyed that while the government will not mandate registration for Digital ID presently, civil servants are encouraged to do so, especially as the Rahmah Cash Aid (STR) and other targeted subsidies will be channelled through this system. MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia’s national Applied Research and Development Centre, has been appointed as the implementing agency for Digital ID, with an initial allocation of RM80 million.
The Former Principal Assistant Director at Bukit Aman emphasised the significance of Digital ID in enhancing cybersecurity. The technology relies on digital certificates to bolster security in online transactions, verifying identities by linking cryptographic keys with their owners through cryptography.
Despite its potential benefits, the Former Principal Ass
istant Director pointed out a critical concern: the possibility of Digital ID being exploited as a ‘mule ID’ by third parties for fraudulent or illegal activities. He stressed the need for the government to establish robust security measures to prevent misuse, safeguard the system’s integrity, and maintain public trust in the initiative.
Addressing potential concerns about the misuse of Digital ID, the Former Principal Assistant Director called for a thorough examination of security measures. The government’s commitment to preventing fraudulent activities and illegal exploitation is crucial for the success of Digital ID. The Former Principal Assistant Director’s experience in cybercrime and multimedia investigations underscored the importance of maintaining the integrity of the system.
Furthermore, the Former Principal Assistant Director highlighted the need for comprehensive digital education to ensure that all segments of society benefit fully from Digital ID. A focus on digital education can prevent digital divides and contribute to the long-term success of Malaysia’s digitalisation initiatives. By promoting digital literacy, the government can empower citizens to use Digital ID responsibly and stay informed about potential risks.
In conclusion, the implementation of Digital ID in Malaysia represents a significant step toward modernising and securing online transactions. While the technology holds great potential for enhancing the distribution of aid during crises, it is imperative for the government to address security concerns and invest in digital education to ensure the successful adoption of Digital ID across all segments of society.
The advent of Digital ID in Malaysia represents a pivotal moment in the nation’s journey toward a more efficient and secure identity verification system. The Malaysian Cyber Consumer Association’s unwavering support underscores the potential benefits of this technological advancement for the wellbeing of Malaysians. However, as the implementation progresses, the emphasis on system integrity, cybersecurity, and public trust becomes paramount.
The call for robust security measures and consistency resonates as a crucial safeguard against potential misuse, ensuring that Digital ID serves as a reliable tool for streamlined aid distribution and government subsidies. As the nation navigates this transformative phase, it is imperative to strike a balance between technological innovation and the preservation of public confidence to fully realise the positive impact of Digital ID on the Malaysian society.
Based on a study conducted in 2018, the Head of the Satellite Division of the Accessibility to Communication and Information Agency (BAKTI) of the Ministry of Communication and Information, Sri Sanggrama Aradea, stated that based, there is a need for internet access to 1Mbps for 150,000 public service points in the fields of education, healthcare, and government in remote, frontier, and outermost (3T) areas.
The Ministry of Communication and Information continues to uphold its commitment to implementing the agenda of equalising the progress of digital transformation across the entire archipelago of Indonesia. This commitment is realised by continuing the contract for Base Transceiver Station (BTS) 4G services, especially for Remote, Frontier, and Outermost (3T) regions.
This action signifies the seriousness of the Ministry in ensuring that the benefits of digital transformation progress are not only felt in major cities but also extend to remote and outermost areas of Indonesia. Continuing the BTS 4G contract for 3T focuses on equalising access and strengthening communication networks, ensuring that communities in previously connectivity-limited areas can enjoy the benefits of the digital revolution.
Minister of Communication and Information Budi Arie Setiadi emphasised, “Strengthening communication networks is the main focus, ensuring that communities in areas that may have been previously limited in connectivity can benefit from the digital revolution.”
Minister Budi Arie Setiadi stated that this aligns with President Joko Widodo’s directive during the handover of the Ministry’s Budget Execution Plan for the Fiscal Year 2024, emphasising that the utilisation of government budget allocations must be focused on results. Minister Budi Arie explained that the signed Operation & Maintenance Contract is intended to continue the operation of the already-built BTS 4G, which has become an asset of the Telecommunication and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI).
Arwoto Atmosutarno, Chairman of the Task Force of the BAKTI at the Ministry of Communication and Information, admits that completing the BTS 4G Project is challenging. The diverse topography of Indonesia and its often remote geographical locations create complexities that increase the difficulty in executing this project.
In overcoming these challenges, Atmosutarno highlighted the importance of collaborative and synergistic coordination among Task Force members, involving entities such as the Attorney General’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Supreme Audit Agency (BPKP), Procurement Policy Agency (LKPP), Ministry of Communication and Information, and various related industry stakeholders. This joint effort aims to overcome various obstacles and challenges from complicated geographical conditions.
This indicates that project completion requires technical expertise and active involvement from various sectors contributing to addressing Indonesia’s unique and complex landscapes. Although the task is not easy, the determination and good cooperation among Task Force members ensure the efficiency of the project, even in challenging geographical conditions.
Indonesia is indeed known as an archipelagic country with quite extreme topography. This poses significant challenges for communication networks, especially telecommunication infrastructure projects such as BTS 4G. With widely scattered islands, high mountains, and remote areas that are difficult to access, establishing a network that can cover the entire Indonesian territory requires meticulous planning and execution.
Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the number of internet users in Indonesia reached 292.3 million in 2022, equivalent to 77.02% of the total population. This figure increased by 2.6% from the previous year.
The increase in Internet access is driven by various factors, including economic growth, increased smartphone penetration, and government programmes to equalise Internet access.
Regarding telecommunication infrastructure development, the government aims to achieve 100% 4G network coverage by 2024. This target seems achievable, as in 2023, 4G network coverage in Indonesia has reached 98%.
The progress of telecommunication network development in Indonesia has brought various benefits to the community, including: Improving accessibility to information and communication, Facilitating economic transactions, Enhancing the quality of education and healthcare and Increasing the nation’s competitiveness.
Chengdu has placed its sights on catalysing digital transformation to connect with the dynamic landscape of scientific and technological innovation. With this, the Municipal Development and Reform Commission recently organised a major scheduling meeting for the Digital Transformation Promotion Centre, bringing together key participants in the province’s digital progress.
The recently held meeting convened influential figures from 19 provincial-level digital transformation promotion centres, district and county development and reform departments, and pivotal enterprises within the city. The goal was to enhance the city’s digital transformation promotion service capabilities and fast-track the realisation of a modern industrial system.
The proceedings unfolded with a comprehensive report from the High Technology Department of the Municipal Development and Reform Commission, shedding light on the progress of the city’s digital transformation promotion centre and unveiling the initial evaluation results.
The exchange of ideas extended beyond city borders, with experts from the Sichuan Provincial Digital Economy Development Centre offering insights, interpretation, and guidance on policies supporting the digital transformation initiative.
Highlighting the diverse facets of digital transformation, representatives from various sectors shared their experiences. These exchanges delved into the construction nuances of supporting, regional, and industry-specific digital transformation promotion centres, emphasising a multifaceted approach to catalysing change.
Concrete examples from food technology elucidated the transformative power of digitalisation in their respective industries, showcasing the tangible benefits accrued through embracing cutting-edge technologies. From enhanced processing efficiency in aviation equipment manufacturing to streamlined collaboration in biopharmaceutical production, the ripple effects of digital transformation were tangible.
Chengdu’s strategic position as a hub node in the computing power network has been pivotal in propelling the city’s digital drives. The initiative to construct a ‘smart Chengdu’ serves as the cornerstone for iterative upgrades and the demonstration of emerging technologies, products, business formats, and models. This concerted effort aims to foster innovative development within the digital economy.
The city’s proactive stance has yielded approval for 19 provincial-level digital transformation promotion centres. This includes 10 support centres, 2 regional centres, and 7 industry centres, collectively constituting over 50% of the total number in the province. The coverage extends across strategic areas like Tianfu New District and key industrial chains such as electronic information, equipment manufacturing, and medicine and health.
Success stories were brought to the forefront during the meeting, showcasing the tangible impact of digital transformation. For instance, the Chengdu Aircraft Digital Transformation Promotion Centre has significantly boosted the processing efficiency of the aviation equipment industry chain. Similarly, the Kelun Pharmaceutical Digital Transformation Promotion Centre has facilitated intelligent collaboration in biopharmaceutical production, reducing costs and optimising inventory turnover.
The initiatives underscored the imperative to align with national, provincial, and municipal mandates for deepening the integration of the digital economy with the real economy. A call to action resonated, urging a focus on the high-level construction of Sichuan Provincial Digital Transformation Promotion Centres.
Likewise, the emphasis on harnessing the transformative potential of computing power, algorithms, and data highlights Chengdu’s unwavering commitment to catalysing industry-wide development. The city recognises the pivotal role that advanced computing capabilities, sophisticated algorithms, and insightful data analytics play in propelling industries forward.
By leveraging robust computing power, industries in Chengdu can not only streamline their operations but also enhance their overall efficiency. This translates into faster processing times, heightened accuracy, and the ability to handle complex tasks with unprecedented precision.
The infusion of advanced algorithms further augments this initiative by introducing intelligent decision-making processes that adapt and evolve, ensuring that industries remain agile in dynamic market landscapes.
Hong Kong, a dynamic global financial centre and a historical node for the Chinese diaspora, stands as a vibrant hub for tech and trade. Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem is thriving. In 2022, the number of start-ups in Hong Kong grew by 6% to 3,985, employing nearly 15,000 people.
Hong Kong’s innovation and technology sector together with that of Shenzhen and Guangzhou – the Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Guangzhou science and technology cluster – ranks as the world’s second performing according to the Global Innovation Index 2023.
Biotechnology, artificial intelligence, smart city and financial technologies were identified as the four key areas for Hong Kong’s innovation and technology industry. The city’s expenditure in absolute amount on research and development has almost doubled compared to a decade ago.
With opportunities brought by the Guangdong‑Hong Kong‑Macao Greater Bay Area development, Hong Kong is set to further capitalise on its advantages in R&D capabilities, technological infrastructure, legal system and intellectual property.
The region intends to spearhead the I&T industry and act as a business platform for companies looking to access the Asia market (and China in particular), or for innovative mainland companies seeking to go international.
There is a sharp focus on pivotal tech-driven sectors – healthcare, youth development, and the Greater Bay Area (GBA) – that have the potential to shape Hong Kong’s business trajectory. From cutting-edge healthcare advancements to fostering youth entrepreneurship and capitalising on the economic powerhouse that is the GBA, the pathways for innovation and collaboration will be determined.
Its pivotal role in the global business landscape is further accentuated by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (FHKBAW), a sprawling network uniting 47 associations across 36 countries and regions. With a membership boasting nearly 11,000 executives and professionals worldwide, this federation serves as a linchpin for a diverse global business community.
An annual Hong Kong Forum, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Federation, emerges as a pivotal event drawing in business leaders and tech innovators. Scheduled for 5th and 6th December, the 24th iteration promises an inspiring convergence of minds, ideas, and opportunities.
Sessions will explore the intricacies of navigating Hong Kong’s ever-evolving business landscape. Experts will elaborate on Hong Kong’s prowess as a global business platform and delve into how cultural exchange through the West Kowloon Cultural District could further elevate Hong Kong’s global cultural imprint.
As tech, innovation, and global business intertwine, Hong Kong is a testament to its unwavering commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and growth across industries that define the future.
The startup ecosystem is rapidly expanding and diversifying, stretching beyond conventional hubs like San Francisco and London to embrace emerging powerhouses like Hong Kong. Simultaneously, within the ASEAN region, burgeoning economies are evolving into significant nodes of innovation and entrepreneurship in their own right.
Acknowledging the borderless nature of the digital entrepreneurial landscape, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council unveiled Start-up Express International last year. This global iteration of its longstanding local entrepreneurship development programme acknowledges and taps into the interconnectedness of the worldwide startup community.
Hong Kong has launched multiple initiatives in line with its goal to expand its digital economy and propel technological advancements. Cyberport is Hong Kong’s digital technology flagship and incubator for entrepreneurship with over 2,000 members including over 900 onsite and close to 1,100 offsite start-ups and technology companies.
With a vision to become Hong Kong’s digital technology hub and stimulate a fresh economic impetus, Cyberport is dedicated to cultivating a dynamic tech environment.
This commitment involves nurturing talent, encouraging youth entrepreneurship, aiding start-ups, fostering industry growth through strategic partnerships with local and international entities, and driving digital transformation across public and private sectors, bridging new and traditional economies.
The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) has unveiled its highly anticipated 2023 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (DCR), showcasing Taiwan’s exceptional rise to the 9th position globally. This marks a notable climb of two places compared to the previous year, underscoring the nation’s expertise in the ever-evolving digital landscape.
Taiwan has not only secured a top-ten position but also emerged as the global leader in five key indicators:
- Total R&D personnel per capita;
- IT & media stock market capitalisation;
- Mobile broadband subscribers;
- Agility of companies; and
- Use of big data and analytics.
These distinctions validate Taiwan’s significant contributions to research and development, information technology, corporate agility, and advanced analytics on the global stage. The IMD assessment evaluates countries across three crucial dimensions – Knowledge, Technology, and Future Readiness – comprising 54 indicators.
Taiwan ranks 18th globally in the “Knowledge” dimension, demonstrating its capacity to embrace new technologies. Key highlights include securing the top global position in “Total R&D personnel per capita” and notable rankings in “Higher education achievement” and “Total expenditure on R&D (%).”
In the “Technology” dimension, Taiwan has made substantial progress, securing the 3rd global position. The nation maintains leadership in critical areas such as “IT & media stock market capitalisation” and “Mobile broadband subscribers,” showcasing advancements in “Investment in Telecommunications,” “Communication Technology,” “Wireless Broadband,” and “Internet bandwidth speed.”
Taiwan’s competence in digital transformation is evident in the “Future Readiness” dimension, where it secures the 7th global position. Particularly, Taiwan leads in “Agility of companies” and “Use of big data and analytics,” highlighting the nation’s adaptability and strategic use of technology.
Acknowledging the report, the Ministry of Digital Affairs (moda) expressed its commitment to leveraging the insights for future initiatives. Focused on developing the digital economy, enhancing cybersecurity measures, and fostering Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), the government aims to further bolster Taiwan’s standing as a global digital leader.
According to moda, Taiwan’s exceptional performance in the 2023 IMD World Digital Competitiveness Rankings not only solidifies its position as a global digital frontrunner but also reflects the nation’s commitment to continuous innovation and preparedness in an ever-evolving digital landscape.
Additionally, in a landmark move towards bolstering digital trust and countering fraud, moda unveiled the “111 Government Exclusive Short Code SMS Platform.” President Tsai Ing-wen personally announced the platform’s launch, showcasing its capabilities by sending live demonstrations to media attendees.
Rooted in the concept of digital trust technology, the platform aims to deliver authentic information directly from the source, enhancing efforts to combat fraudulent activities. Minister Audrey Tang emphasised that the Executive Yuan’s approval of short code 111 enables moda to establish a government-exclusive SMS platform, ensuring that only government agencies using this platform can utilise the 111 short code.
This ensures a unified, trusted channel for government SMS communication, protecting the public from counterfeit messages issued by fraudulent entities. The platform is now open for more central and local government agencies to join the trial, solidifying the government’s commitment to trustworthy communication.
The moda’s integration of the 111 short code SMS platform with the government-specific short URL service (https://url.gov.tw/) fortifies the authenticity of government messages, preventing fraud at its source. This holistic approach aligns with the moda’s broader efforts to promote digital trust technology, fostering a secure and reliable digital environment for the public.
The Philippines is embarking on a transformative journey to digitalise its prison system, addressing the persistent challenge of overcrowded jails. Director Ruel Rivera of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) highlighted the collaborative efforts with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the judiciary to navigate the complexities of the country’s penal system.
Director Ruel emphasised the National Inmate Monitoring System (NIMS) and the subsequent development of the National Jail Inmate Monitoring System (NJIS) as pivotal steps. These initiatives embody a holistic “whole-of-government” and “whole-of-society” approach, indicating a concerted effort to involve all relevant stakeholders in the digital transformation journey.
The Inmate Management Information System, a nationwide case monitoring and information system, plays a central role in this digital overhaul. It enables comprehensive tracking of case progress across various agencies, connecting Parole and Probation Administration’s regional offices, 224 field offices, and the Central Office through a wide area network (WAN).
Additionally, the BJMP has strategically deployed paralegal officers in every jail to coordinate with the courts, expediting the resolution of offenders’ cases. This integrated approach aims to streamline legal processes and alleviate the burden on the penal system.
The lack of facilities, an increase in arrests (especially drug-related cases), and an increase in prison admissions are the three main causes of jail congestion. As a result, government agencies, the Supreme Court (SC), and stakeholders are preparing for the upcoming National Jail Decongestion Summit.
Justice Karl Miranda of the Sandiganbayan highlighted the significance of this summit in addressing the multifaceted challenges in the penal system. The collaborative efforts underscore a commitment to finding comprehensive solutions and leveraging digital technologies to enhance efficiency.
Director Ruel acknowledged the crucial role played by the DICT in expanding technological capabilities related to information technology (IT). This partnership reflects a synergy between law enforcement agencies and technology experts to propel the prison system into a new era.
The Philippines’ commitment to digitalise its prison management extends beyond immediate challenges. It represents a visionary effort to revolutionise the justice system, leveraging technology to enhance transparency, efficiency, and collaboration across the board.
As the nation gears up for the National Jail Decongestion Summit, the convergence of diverse stakeholders signifies a collective determination to find lasting solutions. The digitalisation initiatives, coupled with a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, are poised to bring about a transformative impact on the Philippine penal system, setting the stage for a more effective and efficient justice system in the years to come.
According to the BJMP, the integration of digitalisation in the prison system plays a pivotal role in addressing the longstanding challenge of prison overcrowding. By leveraging technology, authorities can implement more efficient inmate management strategies, optimise resource allocation, and enhance the overall operational capacity of correctional facilities.
Digital tools, such as advanced case monitoring systems and inmate management databases, enable authorities to streamline processes, track individual cases, and identify opportunities for timely interventions.
The adoption of digital solutions facilitates a more sustainable and humane approach to detention by providing tools for accurate data analysis and informed decision-making. This, in turn, enables authorities to implement targeted rehabilitation programmes, identify non-violent offenders suitable for alternative sentencing, and make evidence-based parole decisions.
The intelligent use of technology also supports efforts to reduce repetition by tailoring rehabilitation initiatives to individual needs and monitoring progress more effectively.