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Pingfin 8: 24 MCAST and Odisee University students in 4-day bootcamp at MITA Innovation Hub

Fifteen ICT students from MCAST and nine students from Odisee University of Belgium hacked their way into developing a cloud-based bank payment processing system using SEPA.

Publication Date: 23/03/2017 Author: Tea Vrčic, Erasmus student from the University of Zagreb taking an internship at the MITA Innovation Hub

#17: Social media paving the way for businesses’ success

Social media provide innumerable possibilities to businesses as they act as a free online-platform with room for diverse and multiple scenarios and possibilities.

Publication Date: 23/03/2017 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Digital Outreach Executive

Malta’s President is proud in meeting the digital heart beating at MITA

MITA has this week welcomed Her Excellency the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca who expressed her pride in meeting the “digital heart of our country”.

Publication Date: 16/03/2017 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR & Communications Executive

Game-based Learning: A way-forward in teaching and learning

The MITA Innovation Hub (MIH), which provides start-ups with a financial and mentoring support ecosystem to bring a business to fruition, organised a 3-day play testing activities.

Publication Date: 16/03/2017 Author: MITA’s Digital Outreach Team

Malta reconfirmed as European leader in the provision of digital public services

In the Digital Economy and Society Index 2017 (DESI), which was recently published by the European Commission, Malta has been reconfirmed as the European leader in the provision of digital public services. Malta was also confirmed as the best-performing country when it comes to broadband connectivity.

Publication Date: 09/03/2017 Author: MITA

Malta Startup Weekend returns to SmartCity in style

SmartCity Malta hosted the sixth edition of Malta Startup Weekend between the 3rd and 5th March. The event was held in special collaboration with the MITA Innovation Hub which was the signature sponsor of the event.

Publication Date: 09/03/2017 Author: Tea Vrčic, Erasmus student from the University of Zagreb taking an internship at the MITA Innovation Hub

Providing students with an insight about the industry

As part of MITA’s outreach towards students who are interested in pursuing a career in Information Technology, a study unit is being delivered, where students are given an insight of what it means to work in the IT industry.

Publication Date: 05/03/2017 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR & Communications Executive

Coping with a lack of IT professionals

The European Union predicts that by 2020 it will be lacking some 750,000 professional workers specialising in Information and Communications Technologies.

Publication Date: 02/03/2017 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR & Communications Executive

#16: Great powers of social media creating greater responsibilities on its users

Social Media is a tricky noun… or is it a verb?! You decide! However, there seems to be two major uses to social media. There is the personal ‘connectivity’ aspect, and there is also the ‘business’ approach.

Publication Date: 02/03/2017 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Digital Outreach Executive

Collaborative tools making life easier in our schools

Imagine yourself managing a school and trying to deal with a constantly changing environment at the start of the scholastic year. At the same time, you need to deal with the changes in the teachers’ and students’ time tables, while answering urgent calls due to your responsibility towards the school authorities, the teachers, the students and also their parents.

Publication Date: 23/02/2017 Author: Ray Mifsud, MITA Education Programme Manager

Bill Gates suggesting that robots replacing human workers should pay taxes

The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has suggested that robots that are replacing workers through automations should pay a tax.

Publication Date: 23/02/2017 Author: MITA

Pirate sites will be removed from search results starting this summer

In a pledge to make it harder for internet users to find pirate films, music and illegally streamed sports, search engines Google and Bing have signed a code of practice through which they will ensure that the offending websites will be removed from the search results.

Publication Date: 23/02/2017 Author: MITA

Facilitating electronic payments and making money transfers fast and easy

Since 2002, the European Payments Council (EPC) has been developing and promoting SEPA-compliant schemes and standards, governed by several regulations and directives.

Publication Date: 16/02/2017 Author: David Grech, MITA Senior Project Leader on SEPA within Government IT applications

Women web-entrepreneurship: where do we go from here?

Last week’s European Commission backed Startup Europe Week (SEW), supporting entrepreneurs and startups at a local and regional level, registered more than 200 events across over 150 cities in 40 countries.

Publication Date: 16/02/2017 Author: Anamaria Magri Pantea, Founder and Managing Consultant of Ascend Consulting

Being online is not a game!

The Internet has been around for the last 28 years. It is estimated that it helped more than 21 million American citizens for career training and 61 million people to take drastic life decisions.

Publication Date: 09/02/2017 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Digital Outreach Executive

Doing away with inaccessible phone hand sets

The Foundation for IT Accessibility (FITA) annually channels ICT project requests to relevant educational entities or associations.

Publication Date: 09/02/2017 Author: Stanley Debono, FITA Chief Executive Officer

There is no delete button on the Internet!

It is a simple fact, but with deep ramifications. Once information is online and it spreads, then it is impossible to have all copies removed.

Publication Date: 05/02/2017 Author: Cedric Mallia, MITA Computer Security Incident Response Team Manager

Government launches a national cyber awareness campaign over the next two years

Government has launched a national cyber awareness campaign as one of the initial priority areas of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

Publication Date: 05/02/2017 Author: MITA

If it is too good to be true, then most probably it is not true!

We are children of the internet, although not all of us, including this writer, will claim to be the age of children anymore.

Publication Date: 02/02/2017 Author: Cedric Mallia, MITA Computer Security Incident Response Team Manager

MITA and Identity Malta compliant with the ETSI standard on electronic signatures and infrastructures

MITA and Identity Malta have recently been audited by Ernst & Young Ltd for compliance with the technical specification 101 456 on electronic signatures and infrastructures, produced by the European Telecommunications Standard Istitute.

Publication Date: 02/02/2017 Author: Glenn Camilleri, Manager - MITA Information Security and Compliance Department

MITA attains the ISO14001:2015 Environmental Certification

As part of its green commitment towards the environment, MITA has embarked on a holistic approach to align its procedures and practices to quantify, monitor and control the impact of MITA’s operation on the environment.

Publication Date: 26/01/2017 Author: MITA Facilities Management Department

UK Researchers identify a large number of fake accounts on Twitter

Research conducted in the United Kingdom has revealed that a large number of fake accounts were lying dormant on Twitter. The network included more than 350,000 accounts, although the study does not exclude that there can be even bigger networks.

Publication Date: 26/01/2017 Author: MITA

#15: The Internet and its continuous evolution

For the past 27 years, the Internet has formed part of our daily work. More so recently, that technology has grown exponentially.

Publication Date: 19/01/2017 Author: Claudio Laferla, MITA Knowledge Management Centre Executive

Software Support for Tax Fraud Experts

Fraud is a major challenge in any financial system, not least of which is that of taxation. Typically, tax fraud has been addressed by having teams of fraud experts auditing cases individually.

Publication Date: 19/01/2017 Author: Aaron Calafato, MITA Solutions Architect - Taxation Programme

“Growing Up Digital” analyses how prepared are children to engage with the internet

A report published by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield calls for the English Government to make three direct interventions to ensure that children have the right skills to be good citizens online.

Publication Date: 12/01/2017 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR & Communications Executive

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