Singapore continues to lead Waseda rankings for third year running

Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Tokyo, Japan, 2 February 2011 — The Waseda University Institute of e-Government has released the 2011 Waseda University World e-Government Ranking, marking its seventh consecutive year of monitoring the development of e-Government worldwide. Singapore is once again at the top of the list.

The complete list of the top 15 countries (economies) which have the most advanced development in e-government according to the Waseda Survey are: (1) Singapore, (2) USA, (3) Sweden, (4) Korea, (5) Finland, (6) Japan, (7) Canada, (8) Estonia, (9) Belgium, (10) United Kingdom / Denmark, (12) Italy, (13)Taiwan, (14) Australia, (15) Norway. The 2011 ranking surveys the e-Government development of 50 countries altogether. New to the rankings are 10 countries, which were added to the survey for the first time: Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Israel, Macau SAR, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, and Uzbekistan.

Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi, Director of the Waseda Institute and Head of the research team observed that “ICT can be a powerful tool to current economic issues and in doing so, consolidate an inclusive Information Society. Governments are key actors in this process in building towards a citizen-oriented state”.

Altogether, there are seven main indicators used to carry out the survey. These indicators are: network preparedness, required interface-functioning applications, management optimization, national portal, CIO in government, e-Government promotion and e-participation.

Over the past seven years, the Waseda e-Government research team has surveyed the developments and observed the trends in the e-government arena. Some of the more prominent or interesting trends deal not just with technological developments, but also “paradigms” of how ICT is to be viewed within the context of solving problems.

The complete report of the Waseda Rankings will be published in the Journal of EGovernance (ISSN 1878-7673, edited by Mr. Russell Pipe and published by IOS Press) in volume 34, number 2. The article with the Waseda Rankings is open access, available at 9b88720f7c369a0e1π=2″>http://iospress.metapress.com/content/m35mg510818432k1/?p=6b79b62ac10c4269b88720f7c369a0e1π=2.

IOS Press is strongly focused on e-Governance in its public administration portfolio. Besides the Journal of E Governance, IOS Press publishes the journal Information Polity, the book series Innovation and the Public Sector and the Global E-Governance book series. The latter features The Innovative CIO and e-Participation in e-Government Initiatives by Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi, describing all research reports of the targeted e-government analyses of last year’s rankings. Please visit www.iospress.nl for more information.

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