United we fall

The results of the United Nations E-government Survey 2012 have just been released and will be a delight for those who relish league tables and similar things. The reports are available on the United Nations E-government surveys site. I’ve commented upon these surveys previously, including that from 2010, especially on how there seemed to be little citizen involvement in the process. This time around they have shifted some focus to the realization that multiple channels are a necessity in many cases and cover that in a specific chapter, there’s also some mention of co-production, open data, and participation.

Interestingly the top two nations are Korea (Republic of) and the Netherlands. The UK making fourth in E-government and fifth in E-participation. It can’t be the easiest task coming up with a league table of countries related to e-government and e-participation but a few of those in the list for e-participation are hardly renowned for their civil rights let alone participation, so that would be a real challenge in defining it, especially given the earlier debate on these pages surrounding ‘open’ and ‘transparency’.

Anyways, it’ll have kept a few people busy for the past months.

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