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  • North Rhine-Westphalia Leads Germany in Public Sector Digitalization with Linkando and Zoom X

Bonn, Germany — North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s largest state, can now partially be governed in online video calls by virtue of fully-approved digital voting. Deutsche Telekom said Monday the state approved the use of Linkando, a digital communication tool, for public sector committee work. This pioneering decision marks a milestone in Germany’s journey towards public sector digitalization, with NRW leading the charge.

Linkando, part of Deutsche Telekom’s MagentaBusiness Collaboration portfolio, extends Zoom X and represents a comprehensive solution for legally compliant digital committee work in Germany. As the sole provider of a full suite for digital collaboration in the public sector, Deutsche Telekom ensures secure and efficient digital meetings, aligning with the demands of modern governance.

The move follows the introduction of NRW’s Digital Meetings Ordinance (DigiSiVO) last year, demonstrating the state’s commitment to digitalizing public committees. NRW’s approval of Linkando, a product of Deutsche Telekom, positions it as the first German state to endorse such a service for public use, potentially influencing other states to follow suit in adopting digital solutions for efficient governance.

This digital transformation enables public administrations and government bodies to conduct council meetings and committee votes digitally, replacing traditional face-to-face gatherings. The move promises increased flexibility and speed in public sector operations, reflecting a significant step in the digitalization of Germany’s public life.

By Silvia Orfeo

Silvia Orfeo is a Sr. Politics and Economics Reporter at Nobot.News

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