Policy Shift Weekly News: our selection of news on e-government and digitalization of public sectors

Every week, Policy Shift shares a selection of recent articles and publications focused on public policy and innovation. This week's theme deals with digitalization at public sector level, e-government and open government.


Digitalization, technology, data: a call for action to the public sector.


E-Government Survey 2020: Digital Government in the Decade of Action for Sustainable Development


A report from the United Nations places Denmark, for a second year in a row, on top of the ranking of digital readiness and e-government. The report also highlights the digital divide between developed countries, emerging and developing nations. Other countries on top of the ranking include South Korea, Estonia, Finland and Australia. Discover why here:



The Path to Becoming a Data-Driven Public Sector


From the OECD Library, a 2019 report provides tools for governments to shift towards digitalization. The report sets the pre-requisites to make this possible and the recommendations to allow governments in the process of going from “analogue” to “digital” as well as the implications in terms of data and benefits of transparency for citizens.



KEVtalks Episode 12: Digital Transformation in Public Sector during COVID-19, July 29, 2020

An interesting exchange addressing the need for governments to become more open and digitalize in post-COVID-19 times. The article particularly addresses how Canada can undertake change and embrace the benefits of technology within its public sector.



Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Report


The First Edition of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Report provides an overview of OGP-member governments across multiple areas including Civil Liberties, Innovation, Freedom of Association, Fiscal Openness, and Access to Information.

Also from the OGP, a webinar on Open Response + Open Recovery: Open Government and Digital Governance in the Time of COVID-19” with relevant insights on the role of technology on the development of crisis responses and policy-making.



Finally, Sophie-Claire Hoeller, from the Insider, highlights in its article “You could move to Estonia and work there remotely for a year thanks to a new incentive” the groundbreaking policy put forth by Estonia for immigrants wishing to temporarily establish themselves in the country through a Digital Nomad Visa. Can this become the new normal in this era of globalization?

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