Author: Mikhail Doroshevich
According to the Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide 2005 report, prepared by the E-Governance Institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Campus at Newark and the Global e-Policy e-Government Institute at Sungkyunkwan University 2005 Minsk (Belarus) took the 49th place in overall e-governance ranking list.
The ranking list includes 81 world capitals. Seoul got the highest score of 81.70. Minsk with its score of 26.91 got the lowest position among its neighbor countries capitals (Riga 53.95; Warsaw 53.26; Moscow 34.62; Kiev 31.10; Vilnius 30.18).
The results for Minsk as compared to other European cities are presented in the the table below.
|Category||Ranking (of 81)||Score (of 100)|
|1||Privacy and security||51||0.00|
The Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide 2005 report replicates a survey completed in 2003 and evaluates the practice of digital governance in large municipalities worldwide. Both studies focused on the evaluation of current practices in government, and the emphasis of the research was on the evaluation of each website in terms of digital governance. Simply stated, digital governance includes both digital government (delivery of public service) and digital democracy (citizen participation in governance). The major criteria under survey were security, usability, and content of websites, the type of online services currently being offered, and citizen response and participation through websites established by city governments.
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