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Connecting eGovernment to Real Government - The Failure of the UN eParticipation Index

Abstract : eGovernment rankings are increasingly important as they guide countries’ focus of their efforts. Hence indexes must not just measure features of web sites but also accurately indicate underlying government processes. eGovernment rankings are in a process of maturation in that direction, moving from purely measuring web sites to assessing use and government qualities. One such measurement is the UN eParticipation index, intended to measure how well governments connect to their citizens. This paper analyzes the quality of the index by validating it against other indexes of government-citizen relations qualities, democracy, internet filtering, and transparency. Results: The relation between the index and democracy and participation is non-existent. Countries which are authoritarian or obstruct citizen internet use by filtering can score high on eParticipation by window-dressing their webs. We suggest that the eParticipation index includes an element of reality check and propose ways to do that.
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Åke Grönlund. Connecting eGovernment to Real Government - The Failure of the UN eParticipation Index. 10th Electronic Government (EGOV), Aug 2011, Delft, Netherlands. pp.26-37, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-22878-0_3⟩. ⟨hal-01589085⟩

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