Estonia can claim to be one of the most advanced digital nations in the world. Citizens can vote, file tax returns, register companies and provide signatures online. Digital services are built on a flexible, open platform so new components can be added whenever needed. Estonia will host the D5 next year.
2. South Korea
The Republic of Korea is implementing a ‘Government 3.0’ plan to open up its data, encourage data sharing and provide personalised digital services. The government has also promised to hold online public discussions, surveys and voting.
3. New Zealand
New Zealand launched a pan-government ICT strategy last June and claims to have saved NS$130 million by sharing ICT across agencies. The government promises citizens will be able to complete 70 percent of government transactions digitally by 2017. It is also investing in setting up an ultra-fast broadband network.
The government’s ‘Digital Israel’ initiative promises to move education, healthcare and welfare services online and improve the take-up of technology by businesses, especially SMEs. It also aims to set up one of the most advanced broadband networks in the world with download speeds of 1 Gbps by 2020.