UK now 4th in UN e-government standings
The United Nations has recently announced that the UK has slipped from first to fourth place in the global digital government rankings.
Denmark has now assumed the top position with an e-government development index score of 0.915. A country’s score is assessed using three separate indexes that are equally weighted and cover a broad range of topics that relate to e-government:
- Telecommunication Index (2018 UK Score 0.9792)
- Online Service Index (2018 UK Score 0.8004)
- Human Capital Index (2018 UK Score 0.9200)
The current report claims that the ratings represent a “holistic” view of each country’s e-government set-up, based on three factors determining whether people can benefit from online information and digital services: quality of telecoms infrastructure; operational ability to promote and deploy technology; and availability of digital content and services.
The UK led the rankings in the 2016 report with an index of 0.9193, but could only manage a score of 0.8999 this year. Overall, European countries lead e-government development globally; with the Americas and Asia sharing almost equal standing in high and middle e-government index levels, and many African countries still struggling to improve their e-government standing.
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